Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
If you are a seamstress now is a wonderful time to add to your pattern collection! Until midnight, July 5th all products are on sale from Sense and Sensibility Patterns; including e-books and e-patterns.
I have been a fan of these beautiful patterns for years and highly recommend them!
Friday, June 26, 2009
Here are some of the ideas that were shared along with some of my own. Reading is my hobby. I love sneaking in snippets of reading while nursing my baby, during nap time, and before bed as time allows. But…the cost of books surely does add up. How can we pursue the joys of reading and all the benefits it brings without breaking the bank?Read the rest of the article here (Excellent tips for finding books inexpensively!)
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tree in the Trail ( Note: I have not read this book yet, but in browsing through it though it seems that Native American medicine men and superstition are portrayed in a positive light. I'd use caution with this book, though it is possible you may be able to edit it as you read it aloud. Again, I haven't read this one yet, so perhaps it is not a large part of the story. If you have read this book and have any input on this please leave a comment! It is worth looking at the pictures if nothing else! Please see my note at the end of this post on Holling's books.)
Pagoo (I haven't read this one either so I can't vouch for it 100%!)
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Hope that clears up any confusion in how different books are labeled. :-)
Monday, June 22, 2009
I was quite surprised that a frog could sound like that as it was nothing like your nice, normal, ordinary "ribbit ribbit" or "glub glub".
Here is a link to some very different frog sounds... some I hope never to hear if I am ever lost, alone in the woods at night (And I also really hope never to be lost, alone in the woods at night period). Our frog turned out to be a gray treefrog.
Handwriting Lessons and Copywork
Saturday, June 20, 2009
When Mother Reads Aloud
When Mother reads aloud, the past
When Mother reads aloud, far lands
When Mother reads aloud, I long
~ Author Unknown
Friday, June 19, 2009
Globalmania - Master World Geography in Just 7 Months (Regular retail value $12.95). You also have the option to receive 6 free historical biographies, part of their What Really Happened... series. This is a limited time offer and will only be available for 2-3 weeks so don't delay in getting your copy! :-)
Published weekly it will arrive in your inbox every Friday and contains a potpourri of free items and specials (often seasonal):
"Do you love freebies? Finding those wonderful little treasures on the internet that help make homeschooling easier and more fun? Then you're sure to love our Freebie Friday newsletter. Freebie Friday guides readers to free resources for homeschooling and offers a new "buy one, get one free" special each week. " Click here (and scroll down a bit) to subscribe
Thursday, June 18, 2009
If you prefer the printed version it is still available through Christian Book Distributors at this link: Future Christian Homemakers' Handbook Print Version
"I love gardening and preserving!! In this ebook, I share helpful tips I’ve learned about having a simple, yet successful organic garden. Read about how to plant, what to plant, when to plant, planting potatoes in both a garden and in a container and much more!
Beyond gardening, you’ll read my ideas about making the most of your farmer’s market!
Then comes my favorite part of the ebook: Freezing and canning all the wonderful produce from your garden or farmer’s market!!"
Click here to enter the drawing to win a free copy
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
As summer approaches, you might want to spruce up your garden with some decorative flower pots or painted watering cans. What better way to get the latest crafting ideas than by using our free Garden Craft eBook?Click here to download.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The Botkin family has been a wonderful source of encouragement and wisdom to us and we highly recommend their upcoming conference!
Click here to read or listen to the the whole book !
"Good children must,
Fear God all day, Love Christ alway,
Parents obey, In secret pray,
No false thing say, Mind little play,
By no sin stray, Make no delay,
In doing good. "
Click here for the online version.
"The New England Primer is the single most influential Christian textbook in history. Most scholars agree that most, if not all, of the Founding Fathers were taught to read and write using this volume which is unsurpassed to this day for its excellence of practical training and Christian worldview. First published in 1690, the goal of the Primer was to combine the study of the Bible with the alphabet, vocabulary, and the reading of prose and poetry."
Click here for more information or to order a beautiful reproduction from Vision Forum.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
If you prefer the printed version, a beautifully reprinted edition is on sale at Vision Forum for 25% off:
"This gigantic, oversized, heavy book is perhaps second only to the Bible in terms of importance in your home. When Noah Webster first published this book, he understood that whoever defined the words of a culture would capture that culture. So he sought to give the American people a dictionary in which words have meaning in terms of their relationship to Jesus Christ. In fact, this is the only comprehensive dictionary of the English language in print that seeks to communicate a distinctively biblical worldview, even to the point of using Scriptures in the definitions.
Your children can join the ranks of those generations of American leaders who were weaned on Webster. Our book is sturdy and well bound with acid-free paper and a gold foil stamp. A worthy investment" Click here to purchase
The fine Nuts in the basket looked very tempting, but Eddie's mother had given him some, and told him not to take any more. But after she had left the room, he ran to the table, and by standing on tiptoe, got enough to fill his pocket, and then ran back to his play in the corner. But Eddie knew he had done wrong, and when his mother came in, he did not like to stay where she was, so he put up his blocks and went into the garden. But here he felt very unhappy, for he had disobeyed his kind mother; he wandered about for a while, feeling very uneasy, but, at last, he thought he would do what he knew was right--go and tell his mother what he had done, and how sorry he was. When he told her, she felt very sad to think that eddie should do so, but was glad that he was so willing to confess his fault. Children should obey their parents."
"Letters from Egypt - A fascinating living geography book from 1879!
My Good Friends, By God’s providence I have been led to settle in this distant land, and can but seldom visit England; however, I do not forget friends there, for whom I always have felt great interest. One day it came to my mind that I might do some little good to old folk at home—and perhaps to the young, too—in spite of being so far off, and having a large school to look after, and several other things; and this was my idea:—that I would write some simple familiar accounts of the land of Egypt where I dwell . . .
Mary Whately’s letters paint a fascinating picture of life in Egypt in 1879. And her insight into customs, culture, and climate ring true even today. Plus, many Bible quotations and allusions are woven throughout the letters, along with illustrations of how life in Egypt reminded Mary of those passages. Letters from Egypt is a living geography book that will touch your mind, your imagination, and your heart.
Living Geography—Learn about the people, customs, and climate of Egypt in these letters from a Christian friend.
Biblical Insights—Gain a greater understanding of the culture and how it is reflected in so many Scripture verses."
The book is available in both electronic and printed formats and is on sale until June 26, 2009. You can also read the first few chapters online for free!
For more information click here
Friday, June 12, 2009
"A few years ago, the Lord prompted me to begin building our home library. I began filling our shelves with books of all sorts - biographies, books on nature and scientific discovery, historical fiction, reference books, books on theology, doctrine and Christian living, music books, art books, fiction, poetry - you name it, we have it! I have since begun calling our home library our “Heritage Library”. Here’s why. My vision is to establish a very fine, private library that will be available not only to my children, but to my children’s children" Read the whole article here
In winter I get up at night,
And dress by yellow candle light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.
And does it not seem hard to you,
Robert Louis Stevenson
"M Y DEAR CHILD ---Can you tell who made you? Who gave you your little hands and feet, and your bright eyes and soft hair?
Was it your dear papa, or mamma? No. They could not make your little body, or put the breath in your mouth.
God made you, and gave you to your dear parents; and God has kept you alive every day since he first made you."
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Vision Forum is our very favorite book publisher and seller. They offer a wonderful selection of books, both newly written and reprinted. They also offer excellent sales through the year. Here is information on their current special :
"Vision Forum is offering a tremendous deal on a very special hardback classics collection — the books our mothers and fathers read. Some of these books, like The Swiss Family Robsinson, are overtly biblical, emphasizing such principles as the sovereignty of God and the importance of honoring parents. Others are less explicit, but nonetheless reflect the values of a Christian worldview in which right was right, wrong was wrong, and men knew the difference. Together, their message of faith and fortitude are as relevant today as when they were first penned."
1. They are usually available for immediate download. If you are like me and are a type Triple A person who has a hard time with waiting, you will especially appreciate this feature.
2. They are often very inexpensive. Some publishers are now offering both print and electronic versions of the same book. The e-version is usually quite a bit cheaper, plus there are no shipping charges. Be careful though as there are e-books out there that are over-priced.
3. They are often free. Many companies or authors will offer an e-book as part of a special promotion or as an incentive for joining their mailing list. Homeschool Freebie of the Day is a site that links to limited time offers on free e-books and other products. Hundreds of excellent, old, out of print books have also been made available free online.
4. Hundreds of excellent, old, out of print books have been made available for free online! This is my favorite use of e-books. I love old books and while I am trying to collect hard copies for our library the e-versions have been quite invaluable as well. If an antique book you want to use is not quite in the budget at the moment, you can often find an e-version of it online to use until you are able to purchase the hard copy.
Many wonderful old gems that would otherwise be lost, lonely, dusty and unknown have been found and published online as e-books and are currently only widely available in this format. (Though you can always hunt for hard copies on Ebay, at antique stores, and through used book sellers). Yesterday's Classics is a delightful site that is reprinting old children's books and offers you the choice of reading them free online or purchasing the printed version.
5. They can help you decide how to spend your money. I have included many old books in our homeschool curriculum, but there have been times when I was not quite sure if I should use a certain book. Being able to look through the free version online has been a huge help in deciding if I do indeed want to purchase a hard copy or not. There have been several old books I was pretty sure I wanted to use and purchase, but after reading the e-versions I decided against them. (Though many old books are wonderful, use caution. They are not all worth reading.) Others I have been excited to purchase as hard copies to add to our library.
While e-books will never quite hold a candle to good 'ol printed ones they have earned their place as respected members of society. ;-)
(I'm sure I have not listed all of the virtues of e-books so if you have something to add, please feel free to comment!)
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Like most other families though, we do not have unlimited money to spend on books and other homeschool materials (Alas! ;-)). I am always on the lookout for a new treasure to add to our growing home library and in my quest I have been delighted to discover many excellent free and frugal educational resources. Thankfully, it is quite possible to have a rich, full education quite inexpensively on a one income budget!
I will be sharing many of the resources I have compiled here on this blog including book, DVD, and CD reviews, tips on purchasing high quality, "living books," links to special sales, free e-books, helpful websites and blogs and more!
Thank you for stopping by; I wish I could offer you a cup of tea :-) I hope you enjoy your visit!