Today's Wisdom

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Homeschool Curriculum For Sale–Part 2

US residents and paypal only please.  Interested - email me!   

Abeka Basic Mathematics (Grade 7) – Teacher Key – $15ppd

Abeka 3 – $25ppd
Language 3 Teacher Key
Language 3 Tests Key
Reading Lesson Plans

Abeka 3 Arithmetic  - $20 ppd
Arithmetic 3 Teacher Key
Arithmetic 3 Tests and Speed Drills

Abeka 4 – $25ppd
Arithmetic 4 Teacher Key
Arithmetic 4 Tests and Speed Drills Key
Reading 4 Answer Key
Language A Teacher Key

Another Freebie!

mega book of ebooks

Ebook PDF Download With Links To Over 21 Topics is available free!


Review: How To Market and Sell Your Ebook

Okay, confession time again!  That's twice in one week.  Writing an ebook has never even crossed my mind. I love the information available today in the form of ebooks but for me to personally write one. way!  So, why in the world did I read and review a book on selling and marketing your ebook?  Because, it is a book written by a mom just like me.  A mom trying to support her family.  A mom who has a passion of helping other moms.  A mom who has many talents and gifts and among them - writing ebooks.

I had previously read Sarah Mae's two other ebooks - Core Lies and 31 Days To Clean.  Core Lies is available for free and 31 Days To Clean is only $4.99.  I enjoyed both of those so I wanted to see what this one was about too!

Let me just tell you that after finishing reading this ebook, I felt empowered to write my own!  And remember I had no desire before AT ALL!  So, if you have even the slightest urge to write your own ebook - you will definitely want to get this one to aid you in the process.  Sarah Mae gives you step by step instructions on promoting, editing tips, frequently asked questions for the skeptical, resources available, costs analysis, and so much more.  

And again, her pricing is so affordable!   How To Market and Sell Your Own Ebook is only $4.99.  Honestly, it has so many valuable resources included in it that it is worth much more than that.  She shares with you her own personal success story and gives you what worked for her step by step!  

Right now, you can win your own marketing package along with this ebook!  You can also check out the table of contents.

And for my readers, I have a free copy to give away!  So, if you are interested in winning your own copy of  "How To Sell and Market Your Ebook" read the following guidelines.

  1. You must be a follower of Grace Christian Homeschool.  If not, you can do so easily by hitting the follow button in the sidebar.
  2. Leave me a comment stating what ebook topics you would be interested in reading about and make sure you leave me an email address!  

Contest ends July 4th and the winner will be announced July 5th.  One winner will be chosen by my Sarah in honor of Sarah Mae!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Homeschool Curriculum For Sale

All books used in our homeschool and in good condition.  All items include shipping media mail - US only.  Paypal only please.  Thanks for looking!  Email me if interested!

Learning Grammar Through Writing - $6ppd

Positive Action for Christ - Growing with God TM and Chorus CD - $25ppd

  • Teacher Manual has a few coffee stains and is in a binder. You know a mom must have her coffee :).   Hymn and Chorus Cd case has a crack but Cd works fine. 

The Greenleaf Guide to Famous Men of the Middle Ages and Textbook (pb) - $15ppd
  • 1997 edition

Painless Grammar - $7ppd

Sonlight Core 2 – Includes IG with copyright 2003 and includes the regular readers for 5 day schedule – $85 ppd
The Beginner's Bible
Pompeii...Buried Alive
Owl At Home
Frog and Toad are Friends
Mouse Tales
Greg's Microscope
Hill of Fire
Frog and Toad All Year
Daniel's Duck
Amelia Bedelia
Nate the Great
Frog and Toad Together
The Big Balloon Race
The Fire Cat
The Sword in the Tree
Wagon Wheels
The Titanic Lost...And Found

Abeka 5 Language Arts – $40ppd
Lesson Plan Book
Language B test key
Language B teacher key
Readers: Rosa, Noah Webster, Windows to the World, Beyond the Horizon, Of America, Adventures in Nature (quizzes missing)
spelling and vocabulary test key

Abeka 5 Science/Health – $40 ppd
Lesson Plan Book
Health Reader – Enjoying Good Health
Answer key to reader
tests, quizzes, and worksheets student pages
tests, quizzes, and worksheets answer key
Science Reader – Investigating God’s World
Answer key to reader
tests student book – missing first 2
tests key
quizzes student book – missing first 6
quiz answer key

Abeka 5 History/Geography
Lesson plan Book
Reader – Old World History & Geography
answer key to reader
maps & activities student book – missing first 11
maps & activities teacher key
review maps book
tests student book – first 2 missing
tests answer key
quizzes student book – first 6 missing
quizzes answer key

Abeka 2 - $30ppd
Arithmetic 2 lesson plans
Arithmetic 2 Tests and speed drills key
Letter and Sounds 2 Test key

More to come later!!

New Domain Name

We are now!  You should be redirected automatically from the old address but just wanted to update everyone with our new easier address :)

Today's Giveaway

house cleaning lists and schedules for your home


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

FREE Warrior Prayers Ebook!

Get a copy of Warrior Prayers FREE!

For the next 24 hours (ending 6/29/11 at 2:30 PM EST) you can get a FREE PDF download of the Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most eBook!
All you have to do is sign up for Brooke's email list here.

Homeschool Planning

Okay, I have a confession.  I am a planning junkie!!  This week I am typing up lesson plans by the week for us.  So far I have our grade level readers, additional history readers, and read aloud schedules plugged in.  Most of my plans are coming from My Father's World this year so I'm at least simplifying!  I'm also using Sonlight's reading schedule but I needed it all in one place or I knew the follow through wouldn't go as well.  

Not only am I combining curriculum but I'm also combining lesson plan sheets!  I really liked the weekly planning pages in this planner but it wasn't possible to change the headers and I didn't like that at all!  I did like the 2nd part of the planner page where I could list field trips coming up, supplies needed, etc.  So, I am using the 2nd page and also using this one from Creatin' Classical Choas and the best part is it's free!!  Thank you so much for sharing Julie. It was just what I was looking for.  I was able to tweak it to fit our schedule which includes no work at home on Tuesdays because we have Classical Conversations.

I was going to show you my hard work but much of it is under copyright so here is the body :).

Reading Sarah
filled in with SL Core 2 Wk 1

Reading Stephen
filled in with SL Core 2 Wk 1


History Reading
this is where I put in some of SL books that I wanted us to read


Latin 4 Children

Week 1 Memory Work
Week 1 Memory Work

History Snippet
Week 1 Memory Work

Science Snippet
Week 1 Memory Work
still planning

 still planning

 still planning

Read Aloud
filled in with SL Core 3 Wk 1

I am hoping to plan for 36 weeks and print out each week to place in my planning notebook.  That is my goal anyway!  I used Homeschool Tracker last year and it didn't work well for me.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Free samples never stink.

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2011-2012 Curriculum - 3rd grade

updated 1/6/12

Grammar - Primary Language Lessons
Grammar - Rod and Staff's Grade 3
Grammar - First Language Lesson - finally found the one we love!
Math - Saxon 3
Latin - Latin For Children A, Classical Coversations 
Writing - copy work CC memory work, All Things Fun and Fascinating
Reading - Sonlight 3 Regular Readers

  • Pocahontas and the Strangers
  • Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims
  • The Thanksgiving Story
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • The Skippack School
  • The Matchlock Gun
  • Meet George Washington
  • Phoebe the Spy
  • Om-kas-toe
  • Sarah Whitcher's Story
  • Robert Fulton:  bay Craftsman
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

Family Resources

Bible - Who Is God
Read Alouds - Sonlight Core 3/D
  • Walk the World's Rim
  • The Sign of the Beaver
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
  • Calico Bush
  • The Journeyman
  • Swift Rivers

Spelling - Spelling Power

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - summer!

In my life this week….

I came to the conclusion that I am getting old :).  After returning from summer camp I went to bed for three days straight at 9:00pm and that after taking 2 hour naps during the day!  I was so exhausted!!  We had a wonderful time but we were so glad to be back home.

My favorite thing this week was…

Reading my children's essay papers on why they want to be a part of the dance ministry team.  Oh boy, I was in tears.  Their hearts are so focused on God at such young ages that it blows me away!

Places I’m going…

After returning from summer camp, Sarah had princess camp in the morning this week and they all attended a local VBS by night.  So, we are doing nothing next week!  A stay at home week!  Woohoo!

Sarah and Mrs. Angela at the end of princess camp.

Things I’m working on…

lesson plans, cleaning, decluttering

Books I’m reading…

Still reading the same books!

Ministry of Motherhood with Good Morning Girls.


Large Family Logistics

A quote, a video, a link or pic to share…

At 13 he still wants to be with his mom!  I love it!  

You can also join up to share your week and check out what other homeschoolers are up to this summer by visiting The Homeschool Chick.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011-2012 Curriculum - 5th grade

Grammar - Intermediate Language Lessons, CC Essentials
Math - Saxon 6/5
Latin - Latin For Children A, Classical Coversations

Writing - IEW US History Lesson
Reading - Sonlight 3 Advanced Readers

  • Vostaas:  White Buffalo's Story
  • A Lion To Guard Us
  • Pocahontas and the Strangers
  • The Thanksgiving Story
  • The Courage of Sarah Noble
  • The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
  • The Skippack School
  • The Matchlock Gun
  • Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
  • Meet George Washington
  • Phoebe the Spy
  • George Washington:  Young Leader
  • The Cabin Faced West
  • Meet Thomas Jefferson
  • Sarah Whitcher's Story
  • Noya Nuki
  • Robert Fulton:  bay Craftsman
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall
  • Stone Fox

Family Resources

Bible - Who Is God, MFW ECC
Read Alouds - Sonlight Core 3/D
  • Walk the World's Rim
  • The Sign of the Beaver
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Johnny Tremain
  • Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse
  • Calico Bush
  • The Journeyman
  • Swift Rivers

Spelling - Spelling Power
Memory Work - Classical Conversations and My Father's World

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Warrior Prayers E-book for Sons only 99 cents!!

The Warrior Prayers E-book is only 99 cents until June 24th so act fast and enjoy!

Hello Fellow Crewmates for 2011-2012!


The Homeschool Crew has set sail again for the new year.  If you are a fellow crewmate - give a shout out by leaving a comment!  I'm looking forward to a brand new adventure!

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - summer!

In my life this week….

This week has been crazy as we are gearing up for dance recitals tomorrow! All 3 of my children started taking dance this year and love it! They are a part of a ministry team that goes out into the community and dances to Christian music to share God's love through dance. Jonathan and I are also packing to head out to summer camp on Monday!! Summer is here!

My favorite thing this week was…

The final week of our ladies bible study. We finished up Living Beyond Yourself by Beth Moore and let me just tell you that I was so filled with the Spirit when I left last night that I had a hard time even sleeping. Our group was small and intimate and mixed of all ages and every single one of us talked about how much we grew during this study and we're already planning our next one!!

Places I’m going…

My oldest son and I will be gearing up for a week of summer camp on Monday! I would appreciate your prayers for our leaders and teens.

Things I’m working on…

packing - a week is a long time especially when you need sheets and towels too!

Books I’m reading…

Ministry of Motherhood with Good Morning Girls.


Large Family Logistics

A quote, a video, a link or pic to share…

If you are looking for a simple paper planner to get you started with your homeschool - I am giving away 5 copies of The Homeschool Planner!! Go enter here!
You can also join up to share your week and check out what other homeschoolers are up to this summer by visiting The Homeschool Chick.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Homeschool Planner Review and Giveaways!

As you know I LOVE to plan - the follow through is a whole different story but I'm working on that!  I've tried many planners and found that for me - the simplest seems to work the best.  I also like pulling pages from different planners because let's face it - not every planner will fit your every need perfectly!  Or is that just me??

The Homeschool Planner is a simple streamlined printable planner that I have used to print off the pages I need and begin to plan our fall homeschool lessons.  I started with the lesson planner and wrote in our Sonlight reading plans, math lessons, and Classcial Conversations ideas for history and science.  There is also a spot for supplies needed for the week so I added in what we will need for My Father's World there.  We are combining lots of curriculum this year so I know I'd need it all in one place or else it will fall by the way side.

My favorite of all the forms so far would be the attendance record keeper.  It is broken down by month, week, and day!  I really like checking off what days we are in attendance so I can see a pattern and try to plan accordingly for the next year.

Also included in the original download of The Homeschool Planner are forms for a Cover page, Art Project Planner, Attendance Record Keeper, Book Report Worksheet, Field Trip Planner, Project Planner, Science Experiment Planner, Scripture Verse Planner, Student Project Notes Worksheet, and Thematic Unit Planner.

The planner also includes a lifetime unlimited access to a special members area where forms are being adding on a weekly – sometimes daily – basis. I love this - she is also taking suggestions for forms.

Some other great features of this planner are........

  •  You can pick and choose what to print, how much to print, etc.
  • Minimal items are needed to put together your own planner. Items needed: 3 ring binder, the forms provided with The Printable Homeschool Planner, a printer with ink, a three ring hole punch, and dividers (optional.)
  • You can get a free sample just for sharing about their website on either Twitter or Facebook!
  • One more thing to note is Heather is working to make the forms editable!  Oh yeah!!
The best part about The Homeschool Planner is the cost!  To start planning today all you need is $4.97 and you can print it again year after year!  

Heather has been so kind as to allow me to giveaway 5 copies of The Homeschool Planner!!

To enter please be sure to follow "Grace Christian School" and then leave me a comment letting me know you did.  I will also need an email address to get in touch with you!  Simple enough?  GO!  Contest ends June 19th!

I will have my children draw numbers for the winners after I return from summer camp next week so on June 20th we will announce the winners!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

And Today I Pray For You

My sweet and precious boys.  My prayer is that you would be obedient first and foremost to the Lord your God and all else will fall into place. 
 They may fight with each other and get on each others nerves but truly they are best buddies.  May you each grow closer in your walk with God each and every day!

I love you!

Friday, June 3, 2011

June Love

Thank you for your link love!  

Host of the weekly Homeschool Mother's Journal.  

Joyful Mothering
Host of The Homemaker's Challenge.


Host of great homeschool product reviews!

Enjoying the simple pleasures of home, family, and everyday living.

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it" Proverbs 22:6

Homemaker's Challenge - 31 Days To Clean - Week 5

Wow, we are coming to the end of this challenge and I have to say that I have really enjoyed it.  I haven't completed every Martha or Mary challenge but that's okay because I MADE PROGRESS and that's better than doing nothing!

This week, I have to say I think Sarah Mae was reading my mind!!  
I am a person who loves to plan, who loves to schedule, who loves trying out new systems and building them up.  I am not a person who follows through well!  I think I get bored so I look for something new and that excites me to start again.  That's okay, I know I'm not perfect but I won't let that stop me from continuing!

Once again it was the Mary challenges that I gained the most insight from this week.  We came up with a workable routine, listed distractions that keep us from following that routine, and today we begin a journal of the times when we feel more motivated to clean.  I can tell you that after two nights of sleeplessness - I was not motivated to clean!  

A big distraction for me would definitely be my computer.  I had a great habit of not turning it on before noon during our homeschool days when we first started.  I have completely turned away from that and I'm finding it is a huge distraction!  How about you?  What do you do to help with your distractions?

The Homeschool Mother's Journal - summer!

Love the new summer edition tag over at The Homeschool Chick!
In my life this week….
First week of summer vacation!!  Woot woot!  And you know what - I couldn't help myself! I already started a little planning.  I'm also tweaking our curriculum for next year and seeing what else needs to purchased.  Here's our 8th grade choices.  3rd and 5th coming up soon. 
My favorite thing this week was…
Shopping in a new to us mall by none other than - a mini train!  We took our mother in law to the airport this week and she gave us some money to stop by and enjoy a lunch out.  Have I mentioned that I have the best m-i-l ever!?!?  It's blurry but we were in action ;)

Places I’m going…
My oldest son and I will be gearing up for a week of summer camp starting June 13!  I would appreciate your prayers for our leaders and teens.
Things I’m working on…
Nothing really -  but I need to....
clean out this year's school stuff
get next year's out and place on shelves
planning - shouldn't be too difficult this year since we are using parts of My Father's World, Sonlight, and Classical Conversations.  I just need to combine which schedules we will be using.  I'm looking forward to doing that using my new weekly homeschool planner.
Books I’m reading…
A quote, a video, a link or pic to share…
Note to self:  Enjoy summer!  Jump in a few puddles - it's okay and fun too!!

You can join up and check out what other homeschoolers are up to this summer by visiting The Homeschool Chick.