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We do so love this time of the year! We get to go from convention to convention and meet up with other homeschool families, to speak to and encourage them and we just love to meet you in person. Exploring is one of our favorite things to do anytime.

It’s almost summertime and a great time to get out and explore with the kiddos. The grass is greener, the air seems fresher and the outdoors beg us to come and play. It’s the perfect backdrop for curious kids! It’s also the perfect set up for homeschool parents to sneak in a little extra education – and go practically unnoticed!

Get outside and explore!

A few simple props can turn your walks in the park – into an exciting day of discoveries:

  • Use a magnifying glass
  • Binoculars
  • Photography
  • A Backpack
  • Collect bugs in a jar
  • Sketch in a nature journal
  • Simple art kit
  • Use a Kindle Fire or tablet to homeschool on the GO!

pdf's on KINDLE - Homeschool on the GO

If you can tap into the excitement which comes natural to your kids – you’ll be able to make learning fun and perfectly painless.

Curiosity

 

We want you to have a copy of this free printable. You can frame it and place it on a table in your homeschool area to remind you to get out and explore! It can be placed in the front cover of a Binder as a great reminder to be curious each day – OR it can even be framed &  given away to encourage a new homeschool friend.

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FREE Printable – “Curiosity”


Homeschool on the Go

HUNDREDS of dollars in curriculum for pennies on the dollar! 

Middle School Curriculum at a LOW Price - 85% off!

 

If you have not heard about the Build Your Bundle Sale – well, let me fill you in . . . It’s the BIGGEST Homeschool Sale of the year! The products are digital, bundles for all ages, use pre-arranged bundles or build your own, and there is more. . .

5 for $25

Building Your OWN Bundle? Let me do some math for you:

  • Purchase 3 Basic Bundles of Five for just $50! That is 15 products priced $19.99 and under at a savings up to 83%!
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Of course – you can also select Fantastic Bundles that are already assembled-  The savings just keep on coming! It’s the BEST way I know to try a variety of products and curriculum for your homeschool family.

Take advantage of this awesome opportunity! I’m getting the Boy Bundle, Middle School and 4th – 6th grade Bundle myself. . . . Oh and maybe the Fine Arts Bundle – Unit Studies Bundle – High School Bundle . . . there is even a Moms Bundle and a secular (non-faith based) bundle. It’s full of curriculum that everyone will like. 

They are BOGO! (well buy 2 get 1)

If you grabbed a coupon during the pre-sale advertising – you can stack it on top of the BOGO!

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Kindle Fire Giveaway

If you need to learn more about homeschooling with Kindle – Go HERE (learn to use your pdf’s on Kindle) We love taking ours on the go!

Win your own Kindle Fire – we’re so excited to give you a Kindle Fire so you can enjoy homeschooling on the go (or at home) Remember – we share regular FREE books that are great for homemaking & homeschooling that are easily read on the Kindle too!

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Memorial Day 4 Homeschoolers: Field Trips That Matter

Memorial Day for Homeschoolers

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 Happy Memorial Day!

We love hands on learning – which translates into awesome field trips as well as educational projects at home. Field trips and travel are some of our favorite things about homeschooling. Homeschool convention season presents multiple opportunities to set out for some roadschooling.

Last year we were able to visit Arlington Cemetery and tour Washington DC during the Teach Them Diligently Convention – which is a perfect field trip for any patriotic themed lessons.

Throughout the year, we read and learn about wars, battles, and people who have shaped our nation and made a difference in the world. When we hit the road – we take that information with us and look for ways to add depth to our schooling with great field trips.

Great Memorial Day (or week) Field Trips

Obviously Arlington Cemetery is a top of the list choice, but you may very well have a Veterans Memorial Cemetery in your area. Thousands of patriotic citizens from around the country will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes at VA national cemeteries on Memorial Day.

Ceremonies can vary from cemetery to cemetery, and may include parades, speeches, music performances, rifle volleys, bugle calls and wreath layings. Veterans Service Organizations will participate as well as active duty military members, scout groups, government officials and patriotic citizens who wish to pay their respects to those who sacrificed so much for their country.

 STATE by STATE list of National Cemeteries 

Mobile app “grave stone locator”

Another great opportunity came as we traveled from TTD Nashville all the way to Louisiana and then back through Mississippi and Alabama to get home.

We stopped at Vicksburg National Military Park  – and it was one of the nicest military memorial parks we had ever been to. The battlefield came alive in the minds of my boys, as they walked among the cannons, through the tunnels, and visited the monuments. They read markers, and stood beside awe inspiring monuments as more and more understanding of what had taken place there – became much more than an old story.

Vicksburg National Park

As great an experience as that was – when we arrived in Mobile’s USS Alabama Memorial Park something even more wonderful took place.

We started with the Korean War monument and discussed the role their paternal grandfather had played there. We moved on to the Vietnam Memorial, and as the boys stood in front of it – we began reading the names.

Name after name of men who did not return home. Hundreds – even a thousand names seemed to be engraved on the memorial stone. My father fought in Vietnam, and we discussed the fact that he is our very own hero. We took time to be grateful for his service and for the service of those we’ll never know. Then we realized that these were only the names of the men who had not returned to Alabama. As that realization hit home – I watched as the lights came on for each of them.

USS Alabama Memorial

We’ve studied Vietnam, we’ve read, learned and discussed the perils of war – but as we stood and read the names of real men who will  never return home – my boys learned what it truly means to serve your country.

Afterward, we spent time touring the USS Alabama to learn first hand how the sailors lived aboard the huge battleship. The boys even laid down on the bunks that hang from the ceiling!

These valuable experiences will never be forgotten. The information we read and study is important – but it was in the doing – it was in the hands on experience where life changing knowledge and a deeper understanding was gained.

Combining solid curriculum full of exciting stories and important information with field trips that matter – now THAT is a winning and powerful combination!

Up Next

This Memorial Day (week) we are on our way to the Lowcountry Homeschoolers Convention in South Carolina. Charleston is home of Fort Sumter where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. I cannot wait to share this experience with the boys!

One of my favorite tools of the trade in homeschooling – is the ability to bring our work with us on the road. These days – we have digital access to a library of information – right at our fingertips. This is also one of my favorite things about the incredible Build Your Bundle Sale!

The thing I love even more than the ease of use and having a bundle of curriculum at my fingertips . . . . . . . . . IS THE PRICE!

We’re excited about the homeschool bundle sale!

Did you grab your coupon to stack on top of the discount bundle? Sunday is the LAST Chance to grab the coupon which will save you additional money on the bundles – which are up to 90% off already!  (click the pic)

Build Your Bundle 2015 Pre-Sale

 

FREE Planner

Free homeschool planner including flexible pages for planning extra-curricular activities as well as field trips!

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Ah-HA Moments

Have you had the experience of that “ah-ha” moment on a fabulous field trip with your homeschoolers?

We’d love to hear about it! Share your favorite field trip ideas with us in the comments.

Check out our History Lapbooks For More Hands on Learning HERE

 

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Join us on Tuesday night on the A Journey Through Learning facebook page here for a fun, and encouraging party. The event starts at 9 pm. ET and will run for about an hour.

We will discuss tips and tricks to help you teach and answer questions about hands on homeschooling, teaching with chronic illness, teaching special needs kiddos, teaching multiple ages, how and why notebooking, lapbooking, and unit studies are invaluable tools in your family homeschool.

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Overcoming Dyslexia – a guest post and free printables

Overcoming Dyslexia - a guest post

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Guest post by: Kelli Becton @Adventures in Childrearing  from the –  Teaching Students with Dyslexia Series! Here you will find encouragement and information you can use to teach your child to overcome – to work WITH their gifts and talents – and to read and write successfully.

When Practice Is Just Not Enough

You practice and practice, and work and work – and yet feel like you’ve made very little progress with your child on reading. Sound familiar?

Sometimes practice just isn’t enough!

You don’t need to be discouraged, the good news is – there are loads of resources, tools, products, and information available to help you along in this reading journey with dyslexia.

Our Homeschool & Dyslexia

I am a “relaxed” homeschooler. We do a lot of hands on learning, traveling, museums and outdoor exploring. I read aloud to the boys about science and history and we have wonderful discussions about what we learn. All three of our boys have thrived with this type of environment!

They are learning to seek and find the information they need, rather than simply memorizing a list of answers. They do a lot of map work – exploring the world from an encyclopedia and an atlas with pretend passports in hand – when destinations are out of our physical reach.

They have each had ample opportunity to investigate and pursue individual interests, and they each have very specific & different interests as well as things the whole family enjoys studying together. These are all some of our favorite parts of homeschooling!

Everyday exploring

When I realized that our youngest son was really struggling to remember the basic shapes of his alphabet (it was evident from the very beginning that his problem was out of the range of what is considered “normal”) I really didn’t worry too much about it.

I have taken a relaxed approach in our situation. Knowing that he is learning so much from our hands on projects, field trips, and family read aloud studies has given me the perspective that once it “clicks” for him, he will be well ahead of the game.

While that is certainly true, it has also become obvious that it isn’t enough. He deserves more support and better resources. Learn more about the recommended beginning steps in the first article of our series here.

With a lot of research and planning, I have come up with a plan for the next few years.  One of the most important pieces of information I’ve come across is what is called the “Orton-Gilligham Approach” 

The essential curricular content and instructional practices that characterize the Orton-Gillingham Approach are derived from two sources: first from a body of time-tested knowledge and practice that has been validated over the past 70 years, and second from scientific evidence about how persons learn to read and write; why a significant number have difficulty in doing so; how having dyslexia makes achieving literacy skills more difficult; and which instructional practices are best suited for teaching such persons to read and write.  (source: Academy of Orton-Gillingham)

The approach is so named because of the foundational and seminal contributions of Samuel T. Orton and Anna Gillingham. The Orton-Gillingham Approach is usually referring to a one-on-one teacher-student model, making it perfect for homeschool!

The All About Reading and All About Spelling program is designed to make reading successful!

Making A Plan

If you are just getting started on this journey with dyslexia – be encouraged – we can and will succeed! God has ordained you as the parent, and He will be faithful to bring you the resources and information you need to teach your child.

As you follow our series and do your research – make a plan that seems right for your family and your student. It should be a plan that focuses on your child’s talents and abilities, one that includes things they like, hands on tools they can use, and a positive attitude.

If you haven’t yet read our first post in this series – go here. 

Below you will find links to resources, games, information and ideas that I am using, plan to use, or recommend.

Products & Tools

While there is no need to run out and buy everything you can get your hands on – it helps to have some good tools on hand to encourage your child to read. Also, choose books with themes they love (mine loves fishing and wildlife – for instance) those are the books they will WANT to learn to read.

Use things you have on hand – such as the blocks in our series picture. We use those to write site words on and then put them together to build short sentences or race to pick up the block with the right word on it. It does not have to be complicated to be successful!

Lapbooking is another tool and technique that aids in teaching because of the creative nature of the process. Students with dyslexia need to stimulate both sides of their brain in order to really understand what is on the page in front of them. Using their gifts – such as creativity and artistic abilities will help them when mixed with reading practice!

Watch the Video – Figure 8 Right Brain Therapy Technique

I cannot stress enough the importance of Diane Craft’s book: Brain Integration Therapy Manual  She explains  exactly why this technique (of her own design) works and how it can help with dyslexia and dysgraphia. You don’t need to run out and spend a bunch of money to help your child read – but a $57 investment in this information is one that will encourage and equip you for this journey.

Success Story

Since we have been researching, using and sharing these techniques and resources – my son has seen dramatic improvement in his reading. It is wonderful to see the proud look on his face when the clues come together and he understands what is on the page in front of him! ~ Kelli Becton

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This is the 2nd post in our series. Check back regularly for more information. Thank you – and please let me know if you have any questions. ~ Kelli Becton @Adventures in ChildRearing
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New Year Resolutions and Goals (freebie for the kids)

New Year Resolutions for kids

It’s the beginning of another new year and a great time to assess and remember the old while making plans for the new. Use this simple sheet to have children record their favorite memories from 2014 and their goals and objectives for 2015.

This is a great way to begin teaching kids how to set reasonable goals for themselves and walk them through making a plan to achieve those goals. Although many people set resolutions and goals at the beginning of each year, many fail to lay out the plan for success. Doing so can make all the difference between those who follow through with their resolutions and those whose ideals fall by the wayside.

Your homeschool students can begin a lifelong habit of setting goals and plans. Take it a step further and encourage them to set monthly, weekly, and even daily goals working towards a larger objective. Download the free printable to get started below:

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If one of your goals is to put some fun and excitement back into your homechool, add more lapbooking into your days! Learn more about WHY Lapbooking is good for learning HERE. 

Save Big

Right now is a GREAT time to stock up on lapbooks! You can save 50% on all downloadable lapbooks with code: AJTLHOLIDAY (at checkout)

Choose from stand alone lapbooks or buy them to go with some of the top curriculum in the industry. Excludes only GeoMatters. All other downloads are included in this terrific sale.

50% off ALL Downloads through Dec 31st

 

 New Year

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Homeschool Christmas Resources from around the Web

Homeschool Christmas Resources  - FREE

 Homeschool Christmas from Around the Web

It’s a fun time of the year and a great time to enjoy using crafts and activities. As a matter of fact, we believe that EVERY time of the year is a great time to use fun, hands-on learning! We’ve collected some great freebies to homeschool Christmas style!

 Handmade Angel Ornament                 Christmas Activities                                         A Christmas Carol Mini Unit

Handmade Angel Ornament - Sunshine & Hurricanes              Christmas Activity Pack             Scrooge Unit Study - This Sweet Life of Mine

Sunshine & Hurricanes Blog                   Living Life & Learning                                       This Sweet Life of Mine

 

Christmas Lacing Cards                             Joy to the World Copywork                            The Legend of the Candy Cane

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Learning to Walk                                             Homeschool Encouragement                      Ben and Me 

 

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Right now – you will get a free 17th Century Lapbook AND a Bonus Christmas Scriptures Freebie by Kelli @ Adventures in Childrearing 

Print and cursive bible verses from Luke 2 – all about the birth of Christ. Merry Christmas! 

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FREE Preschool Christmas Printable and Giveaway

Preschool Christmas Printable Pack

 

Merry Christmas!

Enjoy this free Preschool Christmas Printable Pack from team member Kelli Becton of Adventures in Childrearing 

This simple Christmas pack will teach and enthrall preschoolers and young learners. It includes bible verse pages to learn about the birth of our Savior.

Sheets include cutting and pasting to decorate a paper wreath and Christmas bulbs, math sheets for writing numbers and counting, letter Cc, decorate and color the gingerbread man page, critical thinking – find which picture is different, bible verse pages, phonic blends and more!

Sample pages: 

printable preschool Christmas pack

Bible verse pages for preschool and early learners

 

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Giveaway Opportunity

Enter to win over $900 in wonderful Homeschool Curriculum with the team of bloggers through Homeschool Giveaways

Includes multiple winners and several favorite homeschool companies.

From AJTL you can win $78 in Lapbooking Materials – Printed!

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ON SALE NOW 

A Journey Through Learning Holiday and Seasonal lapbooks are on sale now for 50% off!

Use code: AJTLHOLIDAY at checkout and you could purchase lapbooks for as little as $0.50 – $4.00

Coupon code is good for DOWNLOADABLE lapbooks in Seasonal and Holiday choices only – no GeoMatters or other options currently available at this price. But – keep checking – we are running special sales each month!

October Homeschool Sale and Bonus Freebie

October Sale 50% off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October homeschool sale!!!

Get 50% off all DOWNLOADS with the top secret code “pumpkinpatch” – Choose from any of your favorites and be sure to stock up with this super sale for fall. Sale does not include GeoMatters products – but does include all other downloads!

*Bonus freebies:

If you share, forward or pin this sale we will give you an express lapbook of your choice!

Simply Email:  lapbooks@ajourneythroughlearning.net with your choice and we will send you a free download.
(One per family. Ends Oct. 31)

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Stock up

This is a great way to save big bucks and stock up on your homeschool learning activities. Plan to use as stand-alone curriculum (with some choices) or use together to make hands on learning fun out of popular curriculum programs you know and love.

However you use them, lapbooking will add depth and fun to your homeschool studies! Whether you are a new homeschooling family or have been homeschooling for years – lapbooking can breathe new life into your days.

Lapbooking can be a lifesaver for moms who are teaching multiple children of various ages and for those who need educational projects to keep younger students busy learning while working with older students. These products are perfect for allowing older siblings to lend a hand is helping younger ones learn.

Visit our store HERE to pick out your favorites and get started today.

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Goldtown Adventures (Books 3 & 4) and 2 AJTL Lapbooks are Free Today!

Hello, friends! We have several wonderful freebies to share with you!

Canyon of Danger and River of Peril in the Goldtown Adventures series (digital version) are FREE TODAY (4/14)!

Goldtown

Just click on the images below to find the download links.

Canyon of Danger

Jem couldn’t be more excited. Pa must escort a prisoner to Sacramento, and he’s left the ranch in Jem’s care. How hard can it be to look after a couple dozen beef cattle and a few chickens? But Jem soon discovers that being “man of the family” is not how he imagined it. Everything goes wrong. A wolf threatens the herd, and an injured stranger invades the Coulter family’s lives. Then Jem’s horse goes missing, along with Pa’s good rifle . . . stolen right out from under Jem’s nose. Goldtown’s bungling miners-turned-deputies are no help. They have their hands full with the disorder and rowdiness the sheriff’s absence has sparked. Jem won’t let his father down. He’ll do anything to recover his family’s stolen property—even venture into a canyon filled with unexpected danger.

Canyon of Danger

riverofperil

A visit to Sacramento should be the trip of a lifetime for Jem and his family. But something’s not right. Jem’s fears are realized when the stagecoach is held up. Highwaymen calling themselves the Knights of the Golden Circle haul away a strongbox of gold. So, why isn’t Sheriff Coulter upset over the robbery? The answer turns Jem’s carefree city holiday upside down. While exploring the river wharf and enjoying a tour of a paddlewheel steamboat—courtesy of a new friend—Jem, Nathan, and Ellie stumble across a dangerous smuggling operation. Then the bandits show up, and Ellie disappears. With Pa off on business and Aunt Rose worried sick, Jem must use all his wits to find and rescue his sister before the side-wheeler steams downriver and out of reach.

River of Peril

These two titles are FREE TODAY ONLY (4/14). If you miss this freebie, you can pick them up on sale from April 15-18th for $1.99.

We have two more fabulous freebies for you!

A Journey Through Learning has teamed up with author Susan K. Marlow to offer learning lapbooks for the Goldtown Adventures! Through April 18th you can download TWO FREE full-size lapbooks (digital downloads) for this series!

Canyon of Danger Learning Lapbook

River of Peril Learning Lapbook

Feel free to share these freebies (via this blog post) with your friends! Please do not link directly to the lapbook files. We ask that you help us spread the word by sharing this blog post. Thank you!

Be sure to stop by the Goldtown Adventures website and pick up FREE Study Guides to correspond with the books!

You can visit the A Journey Through Learning store to check out more learning lapbooks that correspond with Circle C Adventures titles by Susan K. Marlow!

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Enjoy!