Homeschool Resource & Curriculum Fun Pack

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I’ve got some exciting news!

April, 2017 marks ten years of writing at Blog, She Wrote.

In the blogging world, that’s about a century.

Or maybe even a millennium.

To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway for you all!

Read about the fun resource and curriculum items I’ve collected.

Then enter the Rafflecopter to join the party and have a chance to win.

Thank you for faithfully reading all these years.

It’s a pleasure to share our brand of homeschooling with all of you!

Homeschool Resources & Curriculum Fun Pack Items

Lion Preparatory Academy– An out of print gem which teaches from the Chronicles of Narnia. This is a rare item!

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook– Written by two authors, this book for middle schoolers is a great way to have fun with writing.

Oceans for Every Kid– Science lessons in oceanography. Older kids can enjoy this one on their own while younger kids can join in with adult supervision. There are great explanations for adult teachers.

Mixing with the Masters– Art course by Alisha Gratehouse. I’m especially excited to give this one away. You won’t regret one minute you and your kids spend with Ms. Gratehouse!

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 1– A book written and compiled by bloggers of the iHomeschool Network, this is full of wonderful ideas on all aspects of homeschooling. You will receive the eBook version. I contributed two chapters to this first volume.

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 2– The second volume full of more ideas from homeschooling moms. I wrote a chapter on helping teens to become independent learners. The winner will receive an eBook version.

Kids History Coloring Book Pack– from Dover Publishing. This is a sampling of the coloring books found at this link including books on U.S. Presidents, U.S. States, etc.

Enter the Giveaway

Choose from the entries below for a total of 15 chances. The giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on Monday, April 24, 2017.

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More Mother’s Day Basket giveaways are going on with other iHomeschool Network bloggers. Check them out.











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  1. Looks awesome! Happy 10 years! I miss the family stories, but you have morphed into something even bigger. congrats!

    1. The stories are still there…just not the only thing in a post these days! Thanks for reading, friend! 🙂

  2. The best way for me is talking with other moms! Seriously, hearing what they do is how I get great ideas!

  3. Jay Wile’s elementary book Science In The Beginning is a favorite right now, plus Morning Basket.

  4. I love the science kits from Moving Beyond the Page. They include everything needed which is the only way experiments get done at our house!

  5. I love your blog! I’ve been reading it for years. I remember how excited I was the first time I found it and I sat and read backwards for days. You’re doing a wonderful job. Holly

    1. Oh I forgot…Favorite resource right now – wow hard to pick I just bought a Teacher Planner I like really well and those erasable pens are fabulousl.

  6. Edwardian Lady nature sketching diaries. Nature Anatomy. Sketch books and good pencils.

  7. My favorite resource is phonics pathways! We have used it to teach reading and we are going back through it in first grade for spelling! we love it!

    1. Teaching reading- one of the hallmarks of any homeschool. I’m glad you find the right tool for your family!

  8. I am in the planning stage of homeschooling as I am still working (I’m a teacher). I’ll be homeschooling in the fall and I’m so excited! So far I’m really looking forward to using “The Story of the World” to teach my boys history. I’m excited about all the hands on projects we’ll do together.

  9. My favorite homeschool resource is our Ipad. There is so much that we can do with it. From learning apps, ebooks, blogs, & so much more.

  10. We absolutely adore Teaching Textbooks. I love how they give the option of walking you through each and every problem in the book. Amazing! Also, I have a daughter in the seventh grade and have turned to you over the years for inspiration. I love how you have identified the need to provide resources to the upper grades. Thanks so much!

    1. Folks love Teaching Textbooks- thanks!

      Thanks for your kind words on upper grades. It seems like a natural shift since all of my kids are middle and high school.

  11. I love ambleside online as a resource! And living books:-)
    Thanks for the opportunity to win an awesome prize!! We have 5 children~ ages newborn to 16yrs old.

  12. My favorite homeschool resource has to be just good books! I also love Five in a Row and IEW’s writing program.

  13. My current favorite resource is the Read Aloud Revival podcast and membership. I find I’m in a season where I need to be constantly reminded to focus on what is important and not giving into panic on being behind or “not doing enough.”

    1. Truth, AR! I need the same reminder even with older kids and maybe especially with them. I love RAR as well- a great community!

  14. We love All About Reading, All About Spelling, and Teaching Textbooks. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

  15. Our ever-growing reference library of used/found animal, history, and art books. They make for great entries down rabbit holes of curiosity!

  16. Right now Kahn academy is a big help since we keep moving and having our curriculum stuck in boxes.

  17. I’m actually surprised by this because I have resisted against “traditional” schooling since the beginning, but I am LOVING the Scott Foresman Reading Street curriculum for my 1st/22nd grader.

  18. My current favorite homeschooling item is Sequential Spelling. Even my struggling reader can catch the spelling patterns and get the words correct, which makes her happy. It has improved her writing as well!

  19. Story of the World! We’ve only listened to the audio book of Volume 1 in the car and we are learning SO much. I’d recommend it to homeschoolers and everyone else I know. We love it!

  20. Since I work at Mardel, I am happy to see that someone loves the “A Simple Plan” homeschool planner! My favorite thing to use right now is Teaching Textbooks. My son is doing well and advancing quickly with this program. It is a great value!

  21. There are SO many favorites, but this was our first year, so perhaps I’m more dependent on my resources than most! My planner from TinasDynamic homeschoolers has kept me on task! Blogs like yours have been a blessing for this Newbie especially as I found few sites geared toward older children!!! Please share your science tips! I know you don’t feel as if you need a formal curriculum as science is your field of expertise, but the rest of us would love details!! I would also say AAR. I taught my big three to read without problems, but my fourth seems to have some kind of visual, and language delays (although public said she was fine). I’ve made more progress with AAR than I was able to make on my own, or with speech/ot for that matter!

    1. I sent out a survey the other day by email and it turns out, you are not alone. I will be sharing more science posts. Stay tuned! And thank you for the feedback.

  22. Its hard to choose just one thing. I have gleaned so much from your website. We switched to “Life of Fred” for Math with Khan Academy to help with harder math. It turned my younger daughter from being a girl who hated and avoided math at all costs to actually enjoying math because she wanted to follow Fred in his adventures and the math was not overwhelming. For my older daughter, her spelling improved substantially after we went through all 6 levels of All About Spelling. It helped her figure out a lot about how to spell English words. She also loves robots and thanks to all your input on the Legos Mindstorm, she spent a few years saving her money and purchased one. We find her many days on the floor working on the robot. Thank you for your blog. It has really benefited us in our homeschool life.

    1. Cathy, thanks for your kind words and encouragement! How exciting about the Mindstorms!

  23. Any Narnia resource is wonderful and with a couple of budding artists the mixing with the masters looks wonderful.

  24. My favorite resources, if I’m being real, are my children. Sometimes when I stop and really listen to what they are enjoying, struggling with, interested in, upset about, etc. I can really turn the day or subject around.

  25. We are currently enjoying Life of Fred and Thornton W. Burgess stories.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  26. Our favorite right now is Story of the World. My kids love coloring the worksheets in the activity guide while I read the chapter to them.

  27. MY favorite would have to be All About Spelling, because it’s working! Our kids’ favorites are Beast Academy (math) and Math Mammoth, and Story of the World, which they listen to on CD during their quiet times… over, and over and over again 🙂

  28. We love Life of Fred! My son doesn’t even consider it school, we read it as part of fun reading time!
    Love your blog and the basket!

  29. I like the fact that I can teach my children French without waiting for high school, my favorite book is Bien dit for my 7 grader and to do games and songs in French for my youngest ones. Thank you for the wonderful resources on upper grade and encouragements:)

  30. Our favorite resource varies by child, but the library has been as great asset in encouraging a passion for reading.

  31. Hard to pick just 1 resource! I would have to say FIAR because after all these years, I keep coming back to it!

  32. My favorite resource are my homeschooling Mom friends, we get together once a month & bounce ideas off each other & share what curriculums we are using. They’ve been a Godsend to me.

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