Gift Basket Giveaway & Big Book of Homeschool Ideas!

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Today’s post is kinda a HUGE deal for me.  I have two giant things to share with you and I am so excited about both of them.  First: I wrote a chapter for the brand new Big Book of Homeschool Ideas with iHN! My chapter is about playful learning ideas (my favorite topic)! Today is the very first day of the sale.  Woohoo!!  Second: I am participating in iHN’s Gift Basket giveaway this year!  I giving away an American History gift basket & it is pretty awesome!  See below for more details.


Big Book of Homeschool Ideas


The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas

First let me tell you a little about The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas.  This e-book was written by 55 homeschool moms who are bloggers and a part of the iHomeschool Network. There are 103 different topics and 561 pages of awesome content. Yeah, it really is a BIG BOOK!  This book covered everything you ever wanted to know (and more) about homeschooling from some homeschool experts.

There are chapters about every age level, every subject, co-ops schooling boys, only child families, learning with games, special needs, homeschooling while pregnant, military families, virtual schools, and more.  If you want to know something, it is very likely covered in this book. The great thing about having it written by so many different authors is that we all bring our own experience and expertise to the table to share with you. I have only gotten part way through this book so far (did I mention it is BIG), and it has been so wonderful to me. If you are looking for motivation, ideas, or planning tips, you’ll find it in this BIG book.

Like I said above, my chapter is on playful learning (using games in learning). I shared research backing it as well as some fun ways to make learning more hands on in your homeschool.  It was a fun chapter to write about since it is really something I am passionate about.  I have read several other chapters and each one is really packed full of so much useful information. I am so happy to have the chance to be a part of this book!



The BIG book of Homeschooling Ideas is selling for just $10.99.  When you order it you will get a download link to get your copy. You will get it in 3 formats (pdf, mobi, and epub) allowing you to read it on any device you may own.  See who all of the authors are and lear more about the book at the iHomeschool Network!


Now on to the AWESOME American History Gift Basket giveaway. . .  :) 

The iHomeschool Network has done these gift basket giveaways in the past and I always loved entering them. I am excited to actually be able to participate this year and share some great homeschool resources with one of my readers. My basket is all related to American History.

Here is what I am including in my Gift Basket:

American History Gift Basket Giveaway

Heritage History Early American Classical Library CD

Kids Meet the Presidents by Paul Rodhe & Paul Beatrice

The Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker

My Little House Crafts Book by Carolyn Strom Collins & Christina Wyss Eriksson

My Book of Centuries: A Timeline Notebook for Pre-K through 3rd Grade by Lara Molettiere

Declaration of Independence & Constitution booklet from the Heritage Foundation

Coast to Coast State Trivia file folder game

Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents: Thomas Jefferson by Mike Venezia

A pack of US. States Fill in the blank worksheets

There are 28 different baskets to enter. The list of all of them is below.  Each one needs to be entered individually, so be sure to stop back and enter a few each day!
Or find them all on the iHN page.

Gift Basket Giveaway

(1) STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, Math} Gift Basket from Amy
(2) Hands On Science Basket from Colleen
(3) Second-Third Grade Back to Homeschool Giveaway from Heidi
(4) Back To School Sensory Resources Basket from Nicole


(5) Foreign Language Learning from Selena
(6) Toddler Fun Basket from Dianna
(7) Apologia Basket from Stephanie
(8) Tot School Supplies Basket from Kara


(9) Middle School Science Basket from Megan
(10Nature Discovery Gift Basket from Amy
(11) The Ultimate Back-to-School Giveaway from Sallie
(12) Explorer’s Basket from Tina


(13) Back to School Gift Basket from Janine
(14) Back to School Homeschooler’s Art & More Basket from Renee
(15) Classically Charlotte Gift Basket from Lara
(16) Learn to Knit and Crochet Giveaway Basket from Aadel


(17) Let Freedom Ring ~ A Back to School Patriotic Giveaway from Eva
(18) Geography Learning Tools Basket from Heather
(19) Back To School with Financial Peace Giveaway from Amy
(20) High School American Literature and Research Writing Curriculum from Vicki


(21) Five Homeschool Essentials Giveaway from Sam
(22) Getting organized for the new year from Laurie
(23) American History Basket from Karyn
(24) Nature Study Bag from Alicia


(25) Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Basket from Cindy
(26) Mom’s Favorite Things from MacKenzie
(27) Pampering Mama basket from Shannen

(28) Homeschool for Free Gift Basket from Amy

Have fun entering all these amazing giveaways!


Online Elementary Spanish {GIVEAWAY!}

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Most of us as homeschoolers are trying to teach our kids a foreign language.  It is a hard thing to do if you are not fluent in the language yourself, though. Also, it is hard to find good resources for elementary aged kids.  We have been learning Spanish in our home. I have explored a lot of different options for teaching elementary Spanish.  We were recently given a free subscription to Speekee Spanish to review.    We used it a while back and my kids REALLY liked it, so I was glad to have another chance with it. They have updated the website and made a lot of changes to the program since the last time we tried it. Stay tuned for a giveaway at the end, too!

Speekee- Online Elementary Spanish

Using Speekee for Elementary Spanish

Speekee is a website for young kids that teaches Spanish with games and videos. When you set up your account you choose a character to represent your child.  The website gives you little missions to complete. You click on the bell and it gives you instructions to complete each one.  AS you complete the missions you get awards in your room.  The character can walk about the city and explore with the arrow keys or you can use the map to click on where you would like to visit (Zoo, Carnival, Cafe, School, etc.)   At each location there are videos to watch and learn vocabulary related to the place, and trivia games to play.   You earn points and awards for the different things that you do.  Also in each location, you can click on little stars around the scene to learn words.

Speekee website

The videos are all of kids in Spain speaking slowly and clearly to help kids understand the language.   They have a funny little purple puppet named Speekee in lots of the videos who helps teach the Spanish words.  The videos have some really fun catchy songs that my kids love to sing and dance around to.  In the videos it takes you on adventures to different locations- the park, the market, a birthday party, school, the beach and more.  At each location, they teach different words relating to that location. My little ones have picked up a lot of words from the videos and I hear them using them throughout the day.

This video is the introduction:



Speekee Lesson Plan:

Speekee lesson plan


Along with the videos, they have a “Fast Track” lesson plan which outlines a 40-week plan of lessons to use in teaching your kids.  Each lesson gives suggested daily activities for using it 4x each week.  The lessons include suggested videos to watch, have free worksheet downloads, vocabulary and dialogue to practice and flashcards.  I love having this option to make it a little more challenging for my kids who are a little older and need a little more intensity.

Speekee is recommended for kids up to age 7.  I have a three-year-old and a 7-year-old who have both been enjoying the videos a lot!  With the “Fast Track” lessons you can vary the levels by adding in more or less work for your kids.  We really just love logging in playing the games and watching the movies over and over and over…  Once you hear the songs you’ll have them stuck in your head for a long time!

Speekee has a free account and a premium account. The free account has limited access to the videos. The premium account gives you access to more than 40 videos as well as games, locations to explore, safe networking features and lessons.
My kids ADORE Speekee.  They were so excited when we got to subscribe to it again.  They watch the videos all the time- just for fun.  They speak sing and speak in Spanish all around the house all day.   I think it is a really great way to begin Spanish with young kids.  It is fun and low pressure. I love the website redesign that they have done. It took a little bit of figuring out at the beginning, but once we learned how it worked and what we were supposed to do, it is a lot of fun. It is definitely a great resource for teaching elementary Spanish!
I get to give away a three month premium membership to one of my readers!!  Enter below. 


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