15 Educational Ways to Celebrate 4th of July

Books, Braids, Recipes and Lessons for the 4th of July - Educents blog

Independence Day is a great opportunity to add a little history to your day-to-day activities. Whether your kids want to complete an American History hands-on activity, or listen to the Star Spangled Banner while they craft together a red, white and blue hat, these activities guarantee some patriotic FUN!

5 Ways to Learn about American History

American History LapbooksAmerican History Lapbook Bundle – Use these lapbooks year round, but begin with the U.S. Constitution lapbook this weekend!

American History Posters – Download, print and add an educational decoration to your 4th of July festivities. Party-goers can learn more about famous Americans like Eli Whitney, Thomas Jefferson, and more!

U.S. Symbols Vocabulary Cards – Use these flash cards to learn about American symbols like the Washington Monument, the flag, bald eagle, and more!

Historical Recipes for Kids – What a COOL way to celebrate our country’s history: feast like our founding fathers! Cook with recipes from the Revolutionary War and learn about the time period too!

American History Go Fish Game – Learn American history, geography, and social skills while playing a big-kid version of go fish!

5 Books to Read for 4th of July

Ready to get into the spirit of Independence Day? Look for these patriotic titles at the library with your little reader this week!


  1. America the Beautiful by Katherine Bates
  2. Wow America by Robert Neubecker
  3. Hats Off for the 4th of July by Harriet Ziefert
  4. Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts
  5. ABCs of America by Kim Bellefontaine

See also: Patriotic Books for Kids

Star-Spangled Noggins

How cute are these festive hairstyles??! We LOVE the star braids.

Also read: 4th of July-Inspired Hairdos

5 Crafts for 4th of July

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  1. Headed to a 4th of July parade? Take a patriotic parade stick like this one from Crafts by Amanda.
  2. Another cute craft even little ones can enjoy are these 4th of July tissue paper stars from Preschool Crafts for Kids.
  3. I love bead crafts like this one with pony beads and straws- the patriotic necklace craft from Buggy and Buddy.
  4. If you can’t have fireworks on the 4th of July, try these confetti launchers from Pi’ikea Street.
  5. Another fun craft to wear to a parade – or make your own parade- is this cute paper plate patriotic hat from Tutus and Tea Parties.

See more: Hands-On 4th of July Crafts for Kids

How is your family celebrating the Fourth of July? Tell us in the comments!!


Homeschool Curriculum Guide Giveaway


Have you checked out the Top Picks 2015 Homeschool Curriculum Guide? It’s organized by subject and FULL of some of the very BEST homeschool curriculum choices! We love these companies and their products so much that we wanted to be able to give away a few to you for FREE! And by a few, we mean over $6300 worth of prizes!

There are five prize pack giveaways {thus there will be five winners}, and one giveaway that will have 200 winners! Yes, you read that correctly, one very awesome giveaway will have 200 winners!

So, let’s get started!! Use the Rafflecopter forms below to enter. All entries will be verified. The giveaway period will close on 7/10/15 at 11:59pm EST. Winners will be notified via email on 7/13 and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!!!


Giveaway #1

This awesome prize pack consists of:

See the Light


Bible Stories Boxed Set- $74.95 value

Explore the Bible through Interactive Art. See The Artist Draw the Bible Story. Hear The Dramatic Telling of the Story. Draw 3 Step-by-Step Lessons Related to the Bible. Share The Art and Story with Others. Over 17 hours of content! For ages 6+.

Red Wagon Tutorials


Red Wagon Tutorials e-Notebook product offers a thirty-two class lecture series recorded in MP4-HD format which can be downloaded and accessed via Internet browser. These products are Red Wagon Tutorials exclusive productions. Each session in the series is sixty to ninety minutes in length, depending on how they are used. We currently have presentations available for General Science, Health & Fitness, Physical Science, Earth Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Advanced Biology, and Biochemistry. Also in the works are two additional high school course presentations: Zoology and Botany. Included in our products are the video links, lecture notes, tests, answer keys, and formal lab report examples used during class presentations. They are used by over 2100 students annually worldwide. Red Wagon Tutorials gives away one free e-Notebook to a missionary family working overseas for each one we sell. e-Notebooks retail for $175.00 for each course. Titles available for this giveaway include: General Science, Physical Science, Biology, Marine Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Advanced Biology. Apologia textbook/solutions manual is required for the e-Notebook course.



Science4Us is giving away a 3-month subscription of Science4Us for one student. The winner will receive access to the entire K-2 online science program that includes interactive lessons, hands-on activities and worksheets, lesson plans and automated reports. $23.85 value.



ChessKid.com is the safest, most fun way for children to learn and play chess online. The scholastic extension site of Chess.com – the world’s largest chess website with more than 12 million registered users – ChessKid was started to provide chess coaches, parents and teachers around the world with the learning environment they needed to make chess a regular part of their children’s everyday lives. With comprehensive learning tools that include videos, articles, puzzle trainers and more – ChessKid.com has everything a child needs to go from beginner to strong tournament player.

ChessKid.com is giving away a 1-month Gold (Premium Access) Membership to all those who visit http://www.chesskid.com/homeschoolblogs— Basic Membership is always FREE, but this month members can gain premium access to try out the learning tools and playing platform that all our premium members enjoy.

ChessKid.com is also giving one lucky winner 35 1-year gold memberships. This is perfect for coaches, homeschool groups/co-ops. $250 value.

Critical Thinking Co.


Win a Free Book Bundle of your choice from CriticalThinking.com! A $148 to $301 value (depending on the bundle you choose)! The winner gets to choose from 9 book bundles for grades PreK-12+. The award-winning PreK-12+ books, software, & apps from The Critical Thinking Co. teach thinking, reading, writing, math, science & history in a fun, engaging way. With every purchase, they donate two or more products to children in need.

Don’t want to enter the sweepstakes? Get Seven (7) FREE eBooks! A $53 value — yours absolutely free! No purchase necessary. Just visit: www.criticalthinking.com/hbn



We’re giving away one level of Math-U-See for Top Picks 2015, valued at up to $149!

The year 2015 marks 25 years of teaching math in a way that equips and encourages both teacher and student. Math-U-See is a complete K – 12 math curriculum focused on homeschool and small group learning environments. We “Build Understanding” in students by using manipulatives in a multi-sensory, mastery-based approach suitable for all levels and learning styles. Each level focuses on a specific set of concepts while continuously reviewing and integrating previous concepts; other math topics are introduced where appropriate.

We teach by concept:

  • Emphasis on the “why” of problem solving, not just the “how”
  • Focus on teaching students how/when to apply concepts
  • A systematic and cumulative approach that is definitive and logical

We are a mastery program:

  • Step-by-step procedures for introducing, practicing, mastering, and reviewing concepts
  • Designed to teach students specific skills in sequence as the student progresses

We are skill-based and multi-sensory:

  • Use of block manipulatives to teach concepts for every level
  • Teaching that incorporates multiple senses to accommodate each learner

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Giveaway #2:


This amazing prize pack is valued at over $380 and consists of:


Foreign Language for Kids

Sign 1 (New award winning) This year Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids® is thrilled to be able to give away an annual membership to our online Spanish Program! The Membership includes full access to our complete, award-winning video series. In addition, the online program offers fun and interactive quizzes which will challenge your student and tell you when he or she is ready to progress to the next lesson. Our colorful Workbooks, which supplement the videos, are also included in the online program in a fully interactive format. The Workbooks contains, puzzles, word finds, and other fun activities to reinforce and expand upon what the videos teach. The Workbooks also add an optional component of culture and geography, which is presented in an entertaining way. The program is easy for parents to implement, even if they do not speak any Spanish. Students are engaged by the entertaining videos and excited when they realize that they are understanding and speaking some Spanish! At Foreign Languages for Kids by Kids®, we pride ourselves on our customer service. We are always available to answer your questions as your children progress through the program. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

Applecore System

Giveaway Image Applecore is a simple, online record keeping service designed for the fast paced homeschool parent. You can easily track courses, grades, attendance and more, all with full reporting from transcripts to report cards. Your FREE, year long, Gold Membership will include the following: recordkeeping for all of the students in your household, course tracking, grade reporting, report cards, a portfolio, attendance tracker, a scheduler and transcripts. Applecore is happy to assist you in keeping your child’s records organized from year to year!

Simply Fun

FrontRunner_250 We’re not just horsing around! Exercise your math factoring skills and make your horse the Front Runner. The first horse to cross the finish line wins the race. Solve equations using the dice by plugging in the missing numbers needed to solve the equation. Feeling fearless? Use a Second Wind card to re-roll the dice and try again. Falling behind? Use a Nose Ahead card for a chance to make up some ground. Solving for multiple operators? Follow the 3 rules for Order of Operations and run a smooth race. Learn Pre-Algebra Equations, Order of Operations, and Factors. Perfect for ages 8 and up! Value: $32

Systematic Mathematics

1 Math Rescue Cover We say “NO!” to Common Core. Math Rescue is a nonconsumable DVD program for older students (8th grade or above) that are struggling in math, have gaps, or just need a refresher. It will give them a solid foundation of understanding in math, which will build their confidence and enable them to pursue algebra and beyond. Math Rescue is a “Weapon of Math Instruction”! This course can be used alone or followed up with our algebra sets. Math Rescue includes 1 data CD and 8 lesson DVDs – an $82 value! Check out our website to learn more about Math Rescue and our other materials. Email [email protected] with any questions.

Godstruck Ministries 4 Kids






Sing God’s Word – Psalms in Tune(CD #1) and the associated Companion Curriculum (for CD #1); a $21.98 value.


Listeners will follow the adventures of Kori and Anthony who encounter Matt Cello (M.C.), Joni Microphonie, Buddy Bass, the Dissonance Brothers, and a cast of many other musical characters from Symphony City. Each song features a Bible verse or verses with dialogue that can be used as its own devotion, or each of the CDs can be enjoyed as a complete story. The Sing God’s Word CD series is a valuable teaching tool and each CD provides over an hour of audio entertainment.



Along with the eleven songs and the accompanying tracks of the story line, a simple companion curriculum has been created for each CD designed to meet the needs of preschool and younger elementary-aged students. The curricula can be used as Sunday school material, with Children’s Church small groups, as part of a home school curriculum or with individual family devotions. For each devotional segment, the curricula provide an activity/object lesson, commentary, an appropriate coloring page (a free download from our website), an accompanying Bible story from My First Study Bible: Exploring God’s Word on My Own by Thomas Nelson Publishers, and suggestions for movement or reflection for the song.



Planner-500sq The author of The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling has helped thousands of families organize their curriculum and activities through her best-selling books. Now Debra Bell has developed a series of gorgeous planners tailored to meet the specific needs of homeschooling parents and their students. Do you want to do more than just survive homeschooling? Now you can thrive in the pleasure of God’s calling. Count your blessings while charting your family’s progress with this 52-week planner designed to help you document God’s faithfulness and activity during your homeschool journey. Features include: • Unique Lord’s Day planning grid • Flexibility to help you prioritize and plan for up to six children • Customized daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly planning forms • Forms for setting goals, journaling activities, and tracking reading lists • Year-end review pages This giveaway is for two copies of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner, valued at $29 each.

Spelling You See

400x400-sys We’re giving away one level of Spelling You See for Top Picks 2015, valued at up to $46! The Demme Learning family is proud to introduce a program that allows students to develop spelling skills naturally, at their own pace, with the direction and encouragement of the instructor. Dr. Karen Holinga developed this innovative approach during more than ten years of research and experience tutoring children who struggle with spelling. With Spelling You See, you can use Dr. Holinga’s approach to help your students become confident, competent spellers

  • Unique new research-based program
  • Follows developmental stages of spelling
  • Tested successfully since 2000 by Dr. Karen Holinga, “The Reading Doctor”
  • Short, daily activities integrating copywork, reading, speaking, and listening
  • Promotes long-term visual memory of letter patterns that helps students, over time, to incorporate correct spelling in everyday writing

    Research has shown that students spell correctly when words are imprinted on the visual memory. This happens with repeated reading and repeated copying of letters and words. Reading back what is written helps students cement the correct spelling in their long-term memories, enabling them to spell the words naturally in everyday writing. To enter Giveaway #2, please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway #3

Home Educating Family


Family Magazine meets you at the intersection of your life and faith. Committed to engaging today’s homeschooling family in thoughtful discussions of relevant topics, we bring you the best articles by the best authors about the most important issues facing families today. No cookie-cutter answers here—only practical, current homeschooling advice and resources.

Teaching your children at home in the 21st century is starkly different than it was over thirty years ago when the homeschooling movement began. Families now have more options, support, and resources than ever before! Our mission is to keep you informed, so that you have the very best home educating experience possible. Family Magazine is committed to addressing those topics that influence us most deeply, such as parenting, marriage, biblical manhood and womanhood, and the family’s important roles in the church and the government. At the same time, we give you immensely practical advice on implementing the newest and best ideas in homeschooling! Homeschoolers have the advantage of avoiding some of the worst elements of our world, but we also have the responsibility of changing our world. We provides you with you the encouragement, inspiration, and information to do just that!

Win a 1 Year Subscription to Family Magazine!
In six print issues each year with first-rate graphic design and culturally relevant articles, Family Magazine has quickly become the most popular homeschool magazine on the market. Subscribe and join the discussions taking place in the homeschooling community today. Family Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine published in February, April, June, August, October, and December
Please allow up to 12 weeks for delivery of your first issue.

Home Educating Family is giving away 200 one-year subscriptions to Family Magazine {valued at $25 EACH!}

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Giveaway #4


This incredible prize pack is valued at over $1800 and includes:


Easy Grammar

EGUS 8 TED COVER From the author: I created Easy Grammar Ultimate Series texts Grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12+* to ascertain students have a well-rounded curriculum. As a former high school English teacher, I knew that the focus should be literature, writing, and speech. However, students still need to be introduced to grammar concepts and mechanics at higher levels as well as to maintain mastery through daily application of concepts. The Ultimate Series has been designed for that exact purpose. I’ve used both an escalator, building-block paradigm and a cyclical approach. The former allows students to learn gradually. (Overwhelmed students tend not to learn.) Cyclical learning involves introducing, reviewing, expanding, and/or applying concept—every 20-25 days. In fact, I have written a “Scope and Sequence” for capitalization, punctuation, and grammar for each grade level. (For example, in Easy Grammar Ultimate Series: Grade 9, students actually practice using an apostrophe to form singular possessives during nineteen lessons (days). This spiraling approach enhances mastery learning! Daily Format: #1 Capitalization, #2 Punctuation, #3 & #4 Grammar Usage and Other Concepts #5 Sentence Combining for improved quality of writing. *The + denotes that Grade 12 is also applicable at college level.


T4L_400x400_06-2015_Static Time4Learning is an online, interactive curriculum for PreK-12th. It can be used for homeschool, skill building, and summer study. Time4Learning combines the technology kids love with the education they need to make learning fun! Real life concepts are taught with animation, adding a sense of humor, to make lessons engaging. The curriculum can be used by following our lessons plans or you can use the activity finder to hone in on a particular area of study. For example, if you want to work on fractions and nouns only, you can. With automated reporting, adjustable grade levels, and support, Time4Learning helps customize a curriculum to your child’s needs. Give your children the tools to work independently, study confidently, and excel in the comfort and safety of their own home. Over the past decade, Time4Learning has helped over 400,000 homeschool students including gifted, special needs, and mainstream, discover their learning styles and instill a love for learning. Whether you’re looking for homeschool curriculum, skill sharpening, or looking for educational summer fun, Time4Learning can help! Time4Learning is available on tablets now, perfect for traveling. Our award-winning curriculum is available all year long, is student-paced, and accommodates every family’s schedule, even on the go! Time4Learning is giving away a one-year free subscription, up to $1,440.00 value. This 1-year subscription is good for a family of 4 and children in any grade levels PreK-12th. Winner will receive access to a parent login, multiple student logins, all activities, tools, and resources.


Great Homeschool Conventions



Winner’s choice of location Enter to win a Family Package to winner’s choice of location to THE HOMESCHOOL EVENT OF THE YEAR in 2016 (Texas, South Carolina, Ohio, or California). A Family Package includes a FAMILY REGISTRATION, up to 4 tickets to the TEEN TRACK, and up to 6 tickets to the GRAND FINALE EVENT. All tickets included in the Family Package are for use by immediate family members only – parents, children, and grandparents. Value: up to $150 SOUTHEAST Homeschool Convention – Greenville, South Carolina March 10-12, 2016 TD Convention Center TEXAS Homeschool Convention – Fort Worth, Texas March 17-19, 2016 Fort Worth Convention Center MIDWEST Homeschool Convention – Cincinnati, Ohio March 31-April 2, 2016 Duke Energy Convention Center CALIFORNIA Homeschool Convention – Ontario, California June 16-18, 2016 Ontario Convention Center GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTIONS is an event not to miss! Hosted in major cities across the country, this event offers something for the entire family.

  • Outstanding Speakers
  • 100s of Information-Packed Workshops, including Homeschooling 101, Special Needs and Gifted, Parenting, and Classical Education specialty tracks
  • HUGE Homeschool Curriculum Exhibit Hall
  • REAL FAITH for the REAL WORLD Teen Track
  • High-energy Children’s Conference, hosted by Giant Cow Ministries
  • Exclusive special events for families
  • Plus much, much more!



We Choose Virtues

Parentig Cards As parents, do you struggle to set behavior standards your family will stick with? Is it hard to communicate your expectations in a positive way? Who said you have to figure this out all by yourself? We Choose Virtues has tools to help you. We take the guess-work out of parenting and put the fun back in! The Parenting Cards are a set of 12 virtue-training cards, teaching 12 essential virtues in just minutes a day. This flexible curriculum works in countless homes and homeschool formats, for ages 3-11. How it works: 1. Memorize simple action-definitions, antonyms and memory verse for each virtue. (front of each card) 2. Practice each virtue using real-life demonstrations provided, read about the Kids of VirtueVille, and take the virtue-user’s challenge. (back of each card) 3. Look for teachable-moments to reinforce the virtue throughout each day. 4. Encourage your children as they become even more obedient, honest, content, and kind! The Parenting Cards are included in the Homeschool and Family Kits, but we are giving away one FREE set! Moms are saying… “My kids beg for their We Choose Virtues lessons” “The yelling and screaming has all but stopped at our house. Amazing. Thank you, We Choose Virtues!” Retail $38.49 Promo Code VIRTUE15 for 15% off the Parenting Cards.


YE-500sq The Young Explorer series is Apologia’s award-winning curriculum for students from six years old through sixth grade. These books are written directly to the student in an engaging voice and include notebooking activities, projects, and experiments. These courses may be taught in any order, depending on your child’s interests. However, Anatomy & Physiology, and Chemistry & Physics cover more difficult concepts and are best used with older elementary students. Apologia’s spiral-bound notebooking journals contain lesson plans, review questions, additional project and experiments, full-color mini-books, puzzles, and more! Our standard notebooking journals are recommended for grades 3-6. Apologia also offers junior notebooking journals! Designed for younger scientists, these notebooking journals offer age-appropriate activities for grades K-2, including coloring pages, easy and fun science experiments, full-color mini-books, and simple vocabulary exercises. A suggested lesson plan makes this resource ready to use and enjoy. Perfect for younger elementary students or those students with limited writing skills. This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one textbook and one junior or regular notebooking journal, valued at a total of $68.


HSP_400x400 Win a KidCoder: Beginning Web Design course from Homeschool Programming! This popular first-semester course will teach your 4th-12th grade student how to create their own web pages, right on their own computer. No prior programming experience is necessary; all HTML and CSS skills are taught from the ground up. Students will complete a multi-page website with many professional features, using the free software tools already installed on their computer. The giveaway includes the optional instructional videos to provide audio-visual introduction and re-enforcement of the textbook. Together this package retails for $85! Parents do not have to be computer science experts; we gladly answer your technical support questions. This course is compatible with Windows and Mac OS. To enter Giveaway #4, please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway


Giveaway #5

This amazing prize pack is valued at over $400 and includes:


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WriteShop Primary is a parent-led writing program that gently introduces K-3rd graders to the steps of the writing process through hands-on activities, crafts, and picture books. These creative activities produce ideas and smiles! When you start teaching simple writing skills at a young age, children are less likely to fear and hate writing later on—and when fun replaces fear, their confidence will blossom. Lessons are divided into Activity Sets to fully cover a topic without hurrying the child. Lots of examples make teaching easy for you. Each Activity Set includes time for you to model and teach writing in a relaxed, nonthreatening way. Reading and writing skills are not needed—all activities may be done orally.

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Winner can choose WriteShop Primary Book A, Book B, or Book C SET, which includes both Teacher’s Guide and student Activity Pack (available in both print and digital versions).


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Time4Writing.com offers 8-week online writing courses for elementary, middle and high school students. Each online course is led by a certified teacher who provides one-on-one instruction, personalized feedback and guidance along the way. Time4Writing offers basic, intermediate and advanced courses that teach topics such as grammar, sentence structure, paragraph writing, essay writing, sentence writing, writing for the SAT and research papers. Each course includes fun, interactive lessons and writing assignments. Students can easily access the virtual campus with their own secure login from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection. The writing process includes learning to think, asking good questions, building confidence, and getting your thoughts out. Students work on their schedule, at their own pace, throughout the length of the course. Once an assignment is submitted, students receive constructive feedback from their teacher within one business day. Parents are able to log in as well to monitor reports and purchase additional courses. In addition to teaching students the ins and outs of a particular area of writing, Time4Writing also teaches students how to think and express themselves clearly and confidently. Each course comes with a 14-day money-back guarantee.

Time4Writing is giving away one writing course, equal to $99.00, for one student. The winner will receive access to any course of his or her choosing, which includes access to 8 weeks with a certified teacher, an online login, and all activities and tools within the course.

Geography Matters


GeoMatters is proud to provide the digital download version of your choice of levels from our popular complete curriculum series, Trail Guide to Learning. The winner can select from Paths of Exploration (grades 3-5), Paths of Settlement (grades 4-6) or Paths of Progress (grades 5-7). The digital download contains the complete text of the curriculum plus all student notebook pages for each of the three grades indicated. A complete book list of readers, atlases, references and other resources that are used throughout the year are provided. The winner of this giveaway will also receive a discount to purchase the resource package.
The Trail Guide to Learning curriculum is multi-level for seamlessly teaching several grades together. Each of the six units making up the school year takes about six weeks to complete. All subjects (except math) are woven together to create a natural learning experience for one child or the whole family. Students enjoy learning with approach as they love the book choices and the supportive hands-on activities. In addition, the curriculum is intentional in helping your child develop thinking skills that will last a lifetime. Value $160.

Brinkman Adventures

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The Complete third season of the Brinkman Adventures Audio Drama Series. Set contains 4 audio CD’s with over 5 hours of quality family entertainment. The Brinkman family returns for another exciting season of missionary stories and family adventures. From dangerous terrorists and a Taliban jail to threatening wolves and hypothermia, new challenges push our characters to the limit of endurance and force them to face their deepest fears. Travel the globe from Ecuador to Kashmir and from Africa to Alaska as you listen to these amazing stories and discover God’s wonderful truths!

“Brinkman Adventures tell incredible stories that God writes about people who offer their will as His quill and their lives as His slate.” -Steve Saint- Author of End of the Spear & Founder of I-Tec

“Captivates & Inspires… For all ages!”

$27.99 value.



Our children are bombarded daily with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas–ideas about God, people, truth, beauty, and right and wrong. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are deceptive and even destructive. Because it is more important than ever that children learn to discern the truth, Apologia has partnered with Summit Ministries to bring the What We Believe series to your family.

The What We Believe series is an outstanding way to teach children the essential beliefs of the Christian faith, but it’s so much more! With this beautifully illustrated Bible-based curriculum, your children will learn to use Scripture as a lens though which to view the world around them. Featuring engaging stories, creative notebooking, and fun activities, this four-part series is presented in a conversational style that makes the study of God’s Word exciting and memorable for the whole family!

This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of one textbook and one junior or regular notebooking journal, valued at a total of $68.




On italki, there are over 2,000 language teachers who are available to teach your child privately by Skype at anytime.

italki is giving 5 lucky winners ~3 language lessons in a language of their choice for FREE. Each winner will receive 30 USD in italki credits which can be used to take ~3 language lessons on italki.


All lessons are private and give your child the opportunity to learn in a relaxed environment.


Whether your child is learning Chinese, French or Arabic, italki has teachers to cater for all language interests.


As all learning takes place at home, your child can interact with a teacher from the safety of your house, and under your supervision.


Teachers will provide materials and suggest a customized curriculum based on your child’s needs.

Find a professional language teacher on italki.

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Giveaway #6


The final giveaway includes an amazing prize pack valued at over $480 and consists of:


Math Mammoth

mathmammotj Math Mammoth Light Blue Series (value: $175) constitutes a full elementary mathematics curriculum for grades 1-7. Some of the main features of the curriculum are:

  • It is mastery oriented, concentrating fairly long on one topic, with fairly few topics per grade;
  • It focuses on conceptual understanding.
  • Visual models and exercises are used a lot.
  • Mental math and number sense are emphasized.
  • The curriculum is nearly self-teaching for many children, since the explanations of concepts are found in the student worktext. Thus it requires fairly little preparation time from the teacher.
  • The curriculum meets and exceeds the Common Core Standards.

    What is included? Each grade level in the curriculum consists of two student worktexts (A and B) which contain both the teaching (explanations) and all the student work (exercises). Also included are answer keys, tests, cumulative reviews, and a versatile worksheet maker (Internet access required). Additionally, the download and CD versions provide these “extras”:

  • Files to replace the money chapter in grades 1-3 for Canadian, British, European, Australian, and South African currencies. The student worktexts use U.S. dollars as a default currency.
  • Bonus software Soft-Pak
  • User guide


vsc-homeschool-guide-400x400 VocabularySpellingCity Family Premium Membership for up to 5 students, valued at $29.99. VocabularySpellingCity is an award-winning website and app offering vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing practice.

  • Immediate corrective feedback, for a powerful learning experience
  • Ongoing exposure to words your child is studying
  • Time-saving! Spelling and vocabulary tests are automatically graded
  • Use with any homeschool curriculum
  • Thirty-seven engaging games and activities

Happy Kids Songs

happykidssongs Thousands of parents worldwide have learned how fun and helpful it can be to have Happy Kids Songs in their lives. No child can be happy all the time, but all kids can be happier with improved character, social & emotional skills. Happy Kids Songs are both highly entertaining and age appropriate—adult quality music, but with words and themes that tap into the most common issues confronting kids ages 4-8. There are 8 different award-winning albums to download, each with 5 songs. One lucky winner will win two FREE albums of their choice.

Beautiful Feet Books

BFB Top Picks Giveaway Item The winner of this giveaway will be awarded one free History Through Literature Pack from Beautiful Feet Books. Choose one of our award-winning K-12 history programs from a variety of subjects including Ancient, Medieval, Early American, or Modern history, among others. Each Pack includes a Study Guide or teacher’s manual, all required literature, as well as other required materials depending on the study. Study Guide outlines each program and will instruct teacher and student what to read, offer comprehension and discussion questions, vocabulary, copy work, coloring, notebooking, research and essay projects, web links, and more! Value range from $65 to $215.

Bright World eBooks



“Ocean Forests” is the first app in a new digital reading series by Bright World eBooks. “Ocean Forests” acquaints children ages 5 – 8 with kelp forests, providing a nonfiction reading option for young readers.
In the storybook feature of the app children can choose to either listen to the story or read it on their own. Using a conversational tone, the story introduces children to life in the kelp forest. Giant kelp is the focal point of an environment that includes harbor seals, multiple species of fish, octopuses, sharks, sea otters, sea birds and more! Each page of the storybook provides an option for children to record themselves reading the story aloud.
“Ocean Forests” includes an Explore feature which allows students to move freely within a 3D environment, experiencing the kelp forest as if scuba diving! Children might tap on a gray whale swimming through the kelp forest and then hear a description of the gray whale’s long migration. There are many, many such auditory descriptions within Explore, all boosting children’s receptive language skills.
“Ocean Forests” also includes two games, one of which helps children make sight words of new vocabulary and the other challenges children’s reading comprehension. Available for $2.99 in the iTunes App Store, but one lucky winner will get a FREE download!
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Patriotic Books to Read on the 4th of July

Ready to get into the spirit of Independence Day? Looks for these patriotic titles at the library with your little reader this week!

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  • America the Beautiful by Katherine Bates
  • Wow America by Robert Neubecker
  • Hats Off for the 4th of July by Harriet Ziefert
  • Fourth of July Mice by Bethany Roberts
  • ABCs of America by Kim Bellefontaine
  • Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet S. Wong
  • A is for America by Devin Scillian
  • The Story of America’s Birthday by Patricia Pingry
  • F is for Flag by Wendy Cheyette Lewison
  • Red, White and Boom by Lee Wardlaw

See also: Hands-On 4th of July Activities for Kids, 4th of July-Inspired Hairdos, 4th of July Lapbook

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Blog Author, NikiNiki is a typical Mom living in a typical suburban Nashville neighborhood, just trying to make something special out of the “every day”. She is a homeschooling mom to three (20, 17 and 4 ¾), wife, blogger and lover of all things fun and yummy. When she’s not blogging at Adventures of a Midlife Mommy, she’s probably washing clothes, doing dishes, refereeing sibling fights or playing in the garden.


Hands-On 4th of July Crafts for Kids

Independence Day is a great time to talk about American history with the kids. It’s a great time for family celebrations – cookouts, fireworks, parades. It’s also a great time to celebrate with some fun crafts and activities for the kids. Here’s a round up of crafty ideas to help you celebrate the 4th of July. And I’ve included instructions and pictures of some “fork art” fireworks that our family enjoyed creating.

Here is a sampling of 18 fun 4th of July crafts.

  1. These paper lanterns from Crafting Chicks are made with 4th of July flair.

    1 Paper Lanterns

  2. Even the littlest kids can enjoy making these fireworks in a bottle from No Twiddle Twaddle.

    2 Fireworks Bottle

  3. For some paper crafting, this star wreath from Activity Village is simple and cute.

    3 Ring Craft

  4. If you aren’t so sure about little ones holding sparklers, let them make these fun and easy sparklers from Kids’ Craft Room.
  5. I love tie dye shirts, but I’ve never been particularly successful with them. This t-shirt craft from Cherry Blossom gives an easy alternative, using sharpie markers and rubbing alcohol to make cute fireworks, tie dye shirts.
  6. My younger girls love creating with watercolors, so these watercolor flags from Make and Takes are a great idea for them.
  7. Another fun craft that even little ones can enjoy is these fireworks rings from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
  8. I love handprint crafts, so this handprint flag from Muffin Tin Mom is one of my favorites.
  9. This bubble wrap firecracker craft from Make and Takes is a great use for recycled bubble wrap and toilet paper tubes.
  10. These cupcake liner fireworks from No Time for Flash Cards are another fun way to let little ones get in on the fireworks action.
  11. For a little more time intensive- but very cute- patriotic craft, try this clothespin wreath from All You.
  12. With this pom pom flag craft from Crafty Morning, you can make a cute and simple American flag.

    4 Pom-Pom Flag

  13. I love craft foam! Use it to make these cute patriotic pencil toppers from Easy Peasy and Fun.

    5 Pencil Toppers

  14. Headed to a 4th of July parade? Take a patriotic parade stick like this one from Crafts by Amanda.
  15. Another cute craft even little ones can enjoy are these 4th of July tissue paper stars from Preschool Crafts for Kids.
  16. I love bead crafts like this one with pony beads and straws- the patriotic necklace craft from Buggy and Buddy.

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  17. If you can’t have fireworks on the 4th of July, try these confetti launchers from Pi’ikea Street.
  18. Another fun craft to wear to a parade – or make your own parade- is this cute paper plate patriotic hat from Tutus and Tea Parties.

And now a look at our “fork art” fireworks:

Beginning with the idea of using forks to paint fireworks (found here on Crafty Morning), we created these fireworks scenes.


Materials Needed:


  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors
  • Black construction paper
  • White crayons
  • Plastic forks
  • Paper plate


One the black construction paper, use the white crayons to sketch a scene of the people who are going to be watching the fireworks.


On the paper plate, squeeze out the colors of paint you want to use for your fireworks. Then, press the plastic fork into the paint. Dab it so that there aren’t clumps of paint on the fork. Finally, press the fork onto the black construction paper.


Use multiple colors and press the fork around so that you have a fireworks look. And, voila! Super simple, cute and festive. 

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HiRes_4711443580053D (2)Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.



It’s a Women’s World Cup Summer!

women_soccer_blogAre your kiddos into soccer? And how about your family?  Do you have footballers yelling at the television and kicking the ball up against a wall?  Then you must know that it is time for Copa America, Gold Cup, AND the Women’s World Cup!  It’s also a great opportunity to inspire summer learning through the sport of soccer.  As the veteran teacher and passionate footballer on the team here at Educents, I’m excited to share our resources.  Let’s get started!

For the youngest in your family, our current freebie offered through a special partnership with Readworks.org offers an authentic reading passage and question set, Learning on the Soccer Field. Best suited for grades 1-3, this activity fosters reading, talking, and conjecturing, all important skills to sharpen during the summer break.  soccer_ball__educents

Also supporting development of literacy for the littlest footballers, the Short Vowel Soccer Board Game from Sweet Integrations offers a soccer game board,shortvowelsoccer short vowel picture and word cards, and more.

How about two pages of quick facts about the Women’s World Cup and a series of activities including a crossword, word make, and world cup flag study sheet? Click here to access Women’s World cup Soccer 2015 Activities.   Maybe the kiddos are staying with grandma and grandpa this weekend. They can work on crosswords together while watching the world cup teams in action –  creating memories that last a lifetime!

Family soccer fun doesn’t mean mom and dad have to be the best passers or dribblers.  Everybody can contribute to a crossword or practice identifying country flags.  Want more activities for the family? http://www.educents.com/world-cup-summer/.  WWC_Educents

Fostering family bonding and learning about the world’s most beautiful sport is a win-win!

I know I have fond World Cup memories with my family and I hope you get to create some too!




Homeschooling While Fighting Cancer

When Michelle started homeschooling eight years ago, she wanted provide her two sons with a broad education embedded with her family’s values. When she was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, Michelle’s homeschooling routine was shaken at its core. Learn why Michelle continued to homeschool while fighting cancer, and how she managed to do it. 

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Hi, I’m Michelle. I’m a homeschool mom of two (ages 12 and 9). In October 2012, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Aside from my world being turned upside down, my family’s lives were flipped as well. I had only two weeks to recover from surgery before starting four months of chemotherapy. Those two weeks were filled with getting subs for my co-op homeschool teaching positions, revamping lesson plans, and trying to get help with child care so my boys could continue their schoolwork.

The Treatment

While I’d heard about the toll chemotherapy takes on the body, there’s no way to prepare for it. Each infusion, done every three weeks, made me sicker. While I started to feel normal in three or four days after the treatment, but it took nearly three weeks to bounce back after my seventh treatment. 

I lived on anti-nausea medication and steroids, but developed an intolerance to the chemotherapy drugs, so they had to be infused slowly. Plus, some days the chemotherapy treatment lasted up to 11 hours!

The worst part was seeing the fear in my sons’ faces as they watched me drag myself from room to room. It was heart-breaking.

Changes to Homeschool Routine

In an effort to create some type of “normal” life for my family, I insisted on homeschooling. My husband initially resisted the idea, believing it would be too much for me. I was undaunted. I needed to homeschool. It was one area that cancer hadn’t touched. I might not be the same mom but I could certainly be the same teacher.

We worked on history (nothing beats studying The Plague while feeling like you’ve caught it), reading, spelling, and some math. I couldn’t handle science, but later realized my boys got many hands-on health lessons about the importance of hand washing, food safety and keeping germs to oneself. They also learned the side effects of steroids, which make your face round, and how chemo makes your hair fall out everywhere (they hated when my eyebrows and eye lashes fell out)! 

The daily routine of homeschooling was something I looked forward to because it allowed me to escape, albeit briefly, the fact that I was sick.

Unexpected Lessons

Homeschooling was difficult, but we did it! Yes, my children ended up being a bit behind in “book learning,” but they gained in what I call “heart learning.” They’ve developed a deep sense of compassion for people who are ill. They learned you can’t “catch” cancer and no one knows why you get it. You have to take care of yourself, eat nutritious food, and get regular exercise to take care of it. However, even if people do everything right, cancer can develop in anyone, even the healthiest. Conversely, a person can be a couch potato and live to 100. It just happens.

My children learned a lot during this process, but I learned some important lessons as well. For example, my youngest son is quite the comedian and has a wonderful way of using laughter as a healing tool. My oldest son loves to serve by doing things for others. Truthfully, however, homeschooling is what really held my family together during this time. I can’t count the number of times lessons took place on the couch or in my bed. 

We worked together and we learned that we are much stronger together than we are as individuals. I doubt they would have learned that lesson at such an early age without cancer interfering.

The Results

Homeschooling during a health crisis is tough. It takes dedication, determination and the drive to make it work. There are days when getting out of bed is a major undertaking, let alone getting dressed or grading a math test. But that’s the beauty of homeschooling – PJs are perfectly acceptable in the classroom and there’s no rigid deadline for submitting grades. You get out of it what you put into it. So you didn’t finish the entire book? It’s okay! Life’s got a way to teaching us the really important stuff.  

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced while homeschooling?


Giess FamilyMichelle and her husband live in Butler County, OH where they raise and homeschool their sons, Kyle (12) and Braeden (9). Michelle is active in her homeschool co-op, where she teaches middle school science and speech and high school government.  When she’s not homeschooling, she works as a freelance writer and volunteer for the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and Survivors Teaching Students, a national program that educates medical and nursing students on the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Michelle enjoys reading, cooking, cross stitch and having fun with her family.


My Favorite Lessons from the Life of Fred Books

You’ve seen it on Educents, maybe on Facebook or Instagram, but you’re still wondering, “What is Life of Fred, and why is everyone so interested in it?”  Life of Fred (some call it Lof) is a series of math books that are nothing like the text books you may remember. The Fred books are filled with adventure, humor, cross-curricular lessons, and everything needed for a perfect math resource.

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Each book tells the story of Fred through various chapters. The stories are interesting; my children hardly notice the mathematical aspect of the lessons. At the end of each chapter, it’s “Your Turn to Play”  and students are asked solve problems. Through a more traditional math course you’d expect 4+3=_?, but in Life of Fred, children are asked 3x+4x in the first book! And, it’s not difficult for students to solve. The elementary series assumes your child hasn’t had any math instruction, so it’s appropriate from the start.

Elementary Series Overview

The elementary series includes 10 books.  Each book incorporates the title in the story; in Cats, for example, students learn that the “kitty” Fred adopts is actually an escaped tiger from the zoo! Or, in Dogs, Fred ends up moving 30 dogs into his office! In Apples, students learn about Archimedes, obligate carnivores, deciduous things (like trees, teeth, etc.), and telling time. Also, Fred has the attention span of a 5-year-old, which works great for young kids. The books seem to detect when kids begin losing focus; as soon as kids start dozing off, Fred goes off on a tangent. Fred’s tangents often make kids laugh, and how often have you heard laughing during math lessons?


Life of Fred Intermediate Math Books: Kidneys, Liver, and Mineshaft

Intermediate Series Overview

In the Intermediate series, students continue doing algebra they learned in the elementary series, but they also learn to identify and build functions, what the smell of urine indicates, set theory, how to mathematically analyze logic arguments, and arithmetic sequences. Also, each book is filled with teasers about future books: “Name one solution for x3=64. There are two other solutions, but you won’t be able to name then until you have had the last week of trig.”  

Before High School Series Overview

After intermediate math, the “Before High School” series teaches concepts including pre-algebra. Currently, I use two books from this series at the private school where I teach. One of my 12-year-old students arrived during the last two months of the school year and tested into Saxon Algebra. Rather than taking the drill and kill approach, we worked through Life of Fred Pre-Algebra. He learned everything a traditional pre-algebra course teaches, but he also learned biology and economics. He loved math! Unfortunately, he was 3 lessons from finishing his second Fred book when the school year came to an end. He begged his parents and they agreed he could come back during his summer vacation to find out how the story ends. That’s the difference Life of Fred books make!

A Bridge in the Life of Fred Decimals Book

A Bridge in the Life of Fred Decimals Book

Life of Fred doesn’t have tests and instead requires kids to “cross bridges” in the series. For example, imagine a river with 5 different bridges crossing it at some point. Students must answer 9 out of 10 questions correctly in order to move on to the next chapter. If students answer only 8 correctly, they simply move on to the next bridge. Students have 5 chances to cross the river. I’ve had students choose to do extra bridges because they want to know what happens next.

High School Series Overview

The high school math series includes two years of Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry. The story of how Fred came to Kittens University isn’t explained until students get to Calculus. I’ve had students exclaim in the middle of class, “I can’t wait till I get to Calculus!”  These students are truly interested in having fun! Also, I’ve used this curriculum with kids who have attention disorders and serious anxiety problems. They all enjoy this math.

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Philosophy lesson time out in the Life of Fred Chemistry book

College Math Series, Science, Etc.,

The Life of Fred books continue through college math with two years of Calculus, a year of college statistics, and a year of Linear Algebra.

The Life of Fred books put the fun back in math! Many of the students I teach are high school-aged and they hate math because they were taught math through traditional, drill-and-kill techniques. Sadly, the fun was taken out of learning. With Life of Fred however, the method focuses on enjoying the process of doing math and in return math is learned!  

If you feel like brushing up on your Calculus skills, why not pick up a copy of Life of Fred Calculus? Recently, Life of Fred has added beginning readers (three sets total), high school language arts, and I’m currently reading Life of Fred Chemistry for fun. It’s entertaining and I just want to know how the story will end. I recommend it!


About the All-Star Blogger

DSC_1014Jessica homeschools her twin first graders and teaches math and science at a small private school. In her spare time, she maintains a blog (Parenting with Research), runs half marathons, and wishes for more sleep.



The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Is homeschooling the best choice for everyone? I’ve been homeschooling mom for more than 10 years now, and I can’t agree to that statement. The decision to homeschool is one that must be carefully weighed when your family is considering it. Here are the benefits and drawbacks to consider before homeschooling.

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The Pros of Homeschooling

Homeschooling has many benefits. Some are educational and some are relational.

Quality and Quantity Time With the Family

Homeschool families spend a lot of time together. It allows the parents and children to enjoy each other’s company as a family and as a learning unit. My children are close siblings, and I know that part of the reason is because they are together regularly.

Opportunities to Teach Values and Worldviews

Because we homeschool, my children see my values acted upon regularly. I don’t just tell them what I believe. They see the way I act, day in and day out. This gives parents the opportunity to teach children how to question, evaluate, and form opinions for themselves.

Educational Flexibility

With homeschooling, I’ve learned that even the four children from the same family do not learn the same way. They have different needs in a curriculum and plan. Some need structure. Some need movement. Some need to move slower. I can adjust and adapt so that no one falls behind just because of a learning difference.

See also: Lapbooks, homeschool management, and homeschool worksheets

The Cons of Homeschooling

So, with all of these benefits, can I agree that homeschooling is for everyone? No. There are drawbacks to homeschooling. I’ll be the first to say it’s not all sunshine and roses.

The Blurred Line Between Teacher and Parent

Because I’m serving the role of mother and teacher, it’s easy to carry over feelings and attitudes from one to the other. When I have a child who gets up in the morning and immediately has a bad attitude over chores or bickering with a sibling, it is sometimes difficult to put that aside and work with that child on math. Feelings carry over. He’s annoyed with me, and I’m annoyed with him. To succeed in homeschooling, I have to maintain that line. But it’s very easily blurred.

Financial Cost to the Family

There is a loss of income when mom stays home to homeschool. Homeschool families usually live on one income, and are likely to spend a lot of money on curricula each year. It can help if mom has a part time job or works from home. But in many homeschool families, living on one income takes sacrifice and diligence. This cost can be a definite drawback.

The Cost to Mom and Marriage

As a homeschool mom, I’m “on” all the time. At any moment of the day – or sometimes night – I can be caught up in a school-related question. Plus, staying home all day with the kids doesn’t give me a lot of time to wind down. This constant tug can affect, not only mom, but the relationship between parents. If there isn’t any time to build the marriage relationship and problems with kids are constantly creeping in, it’s time to set some boundaries. Setting aside time for mom to refresh and for mom and dad to relate is crucial. Homeschooling can definitely have a cost if those boundaries aren’t set.

As with any decision, weigh the pros and cons before homeschooling. If homeschooling is the right fit for your family, be prepared for those potential drawbacks and have a plan for dealing with them. Only then can homeschooling be a very beneficial – and enjoyable – way of life.


About the All-Star Blogger

leahcourtneyLeah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.


Last-Minute Ways to Celebrate Dad on Father’s Day

Dad. He is a man of many hats (and no, we’re not talking about his baseball cap collection). Dad can be a child’s superhero, best friend, teacher, listener, coach, biggest fan, and so much more. No matter which role dad, grandpa, uncle or brother plays – make sure you and your kids remind him that you love him.

Check out these really cool dads, ways to celebrate dad at home (or in the classroom), and books to read with dad this week. And if you’re scrambling for a last-minute way to say “you’re awesome,” download our FREE World’s Best Dad Award, print it at home, and serve it up with dad’s morning coffee.

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Really Cool Dads

Being a single dad means playing roles of best friend and hero. We LOVE this dad who totally dressed the part!



Here’s a very dedicated dad – every day for one year he dressed in a costume to wave goodbye to his teenage son boarding the school bus. This dad might be humiliating his teenage son, but we applaud his dedication and creativity!

Activities for Kids to Celebrate Dad

Looking for a last-minute activity to do on Father’s Day? We have so many Father’s Day activities that parents can download and print for the kids to do this weekend. Don’t forget to download our World’s Best Dad Award freebie!


Dad flip book

Father’s Day Flip Book – The perfect printable gift that’s hands-on and ready to go!

Father’s Day Activity Pages – Includes 45 printable pages all about being thankful for dad! For students who do not have a father figure in their life, there is also duplicate pages for a special uncle, grandpa, and friend.

Create Your Own Father’s Day Magazine – With this project, kids interview dad and complete activities to create their own magazine issue all about dad!!

Dad-approved Tegu blocks

Dad-approved Tegu blocks

Happy Father’s Day Writing Prompt and Drawing Activities – This book includes 4 different writing prompts, space to draw a picture and a cute picture to color. The cover can be color or black and white. Kids can practice their writing skills while creating a personalized present for their fathers.

Tegu Magnetic Blocks – Tegu Blocks are a dad-approved toy! Defy gravity and push your imagination in ways never before possible. No instruction manuals or electronics; just toys that demand imagination and inspire limitless creativity across all ages.

Daddy You’re The Best FREEBIE – Give Dad the unique gift of hands-on bonding time with this daddy song, quilt project, and fishing activity.


Books to Read with Dad

There’s a lot of books about dads out there. But these ones are extra special.

fathers-day-poppaPapa, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse is a lovely look at a young boy trying to test his father’s unconditional love for him. The son throws scenario after scenario at his father and his father calmly replies to each one.



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Trying to explain to children about the war is not an easy subject to pull off. The author takes this tender subject, and has found a warm and endearing way to show children how to be proud of their father for serving in the military.




Take Your Kids on a Summer Reading Adventure

Parents and teachers want children to continue learning during the summer, but doing worksheets sounds like agony when there’s swimming and playing to do! Children can experience learning loss during the summer months unless they are stimulated and continually engaged in educational activities.

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See also: Free Summer Reading Log

Instead of worksheets and workbooks, why not provide a Summer Reading Adventure for your child? Here’s how you can get started TODAY: Sign the kids (and yourself) up for one of the many free summer reading programs that offer prizes, free books, free tickets to theme parks and more (check out your local library). Make it fun, read outside or maybe go to the library and find a cozy corner and just sit and read books to your child. Make it a weekly thing or heck, get crazy, go twice in one week. It really doesn’t matter, just do it!

Where will your  Summer Reading Adventure take you? To the beach? To the woods? Here are a few lists of fun books to get you started on your summer-filled with reading.

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  • Pirate Pete by Lisa Kennedy
  • What Lives in a Shell by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
  • Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
  • Pete the Cat: at the Beach by Eric Litwin
  • Just Grandma and Me by Mercer Mayer
  • Beach Day by Karen Roosa
  • Magic School Bus: On the Ocean Floor by Joanna Cole
  • Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
  • Hello Ocean by Pam Ryan
  • Beach by Elisha Cooper

See also: Summer Beach Bash Math and ELA Activities, Beach Summer Math Practice, and more beach-themed activities for kids

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  • Pete the Cat: Twinkle Twinkle by Eric Litwin
  • Flat Stanley Goes Camping by Jeff Brown
  • Froggy Goes to Camp by Jonathan London
  • Who Pooped in the Park? by Gary D. Robson
  • Fred & Ted Go Camping by Peter Eastman
  • Sleeping in a Sack: Activities for Kids by Linda White
  • Lazy Days of Summer by Judy Young
  • Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret and H. A. Rey
  • Into the Outdoors by Susan Gal
  • S is for S’mores by Helen Foster James

See also: How to Make a S’more Writing ActivityCamping Fun K-2 Learning Activities, and more camping activities for kids

What books are on your summer reading list?

Blog Author, NikiNiki is a typical Mom living in a typical suburban Nashville neighborhood, just trying to make something special out of the “every day.” She is a homeschooling mom to three (20, 17 and 4 ¾), wife, blogger and lover of all things fun and yummy. When she’s not blogging at Adventures of a Midlife Mommy, she’s probably washing clothes, doing dishes, refereeing sibling fights or playing in the garden.