October Grand Giveaway

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Our giveaway this month is from Home School Adventure Co. Actually, I should say giveaways. Through the generosity of this wonderful company, we will be awarding 3 of our readers with prizes! And just so the rest of you won’t feel left out, Home School Adventure Co. is also offering our readers a promo code!

Use the code: SHARE5 for $5 off an order at HomeSchoolAdventure.com! Offer expires November 10.

Home School Adventure Co. creates and offers resources designed to inspire and equip parents to educate and raise children to be loving, compassionate, strong, and wise.

For those of you planning to attend Great Homeschool Convention’s Cincinnati convention, be sure to make time to stop by the Home School Adventure Co. booth and to hear Stacy Farrell speak.

Three winners will each receive one of the following resources offered by this inspirational company:

Philosophy Adventure™: Pre-Socratics digital download ($39.95 value)

Philosophy Adventure™ is designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.

READER DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: The Reader is a colorful text filled with relevant images, philosopher stories, writing lessons, critical thinking lessons, public speaking lessons, historical geography, primary sources, and a biblical worldview analysis. It also contains detailed writing checklists and delightful creative writing prompts.

STUDENT WORKBOOK DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: The Student Workbook includes philosopher notebook pages, mapping assignments, quizzes, tests, and more.

TEACHER’S RESOURCES DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: The Teacher’s Resources includes keys to the quizzes, tests, and mapping assignments, timelines, and “at-a-glance” instructions designed to simplify your role as instructor.


Philippians in 28 Weeks™ eBook ($14.95 value)

What does it mean to love Him with all your mind?

The Bible is banned in many countries. Countless believers have sacrificed their freedom—and many, their lives—to spread the message of God’s love and salvation contained within its pages. Are we exercising our freedom responsibly?

Memorize the entire book of Philippians in 28 weeks!

It is easier to share the Word of God when it is etched upon your heart. Philippians in 28 Weeks
is a delightful and painless way to commit the entire book of Philippians to memory.

The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions eBook ($14.95 value)

How do you train a heart? to love what is right, pure, and true.

The Wise Woman enchants readers while it contrasts the ugliness of pride, selfishness and conceit with the beauty of humility, sacrifice, and compassion.

By offering students 16 to 24 literary analysis questions per chapter, this 160-page spiral bound edition teaches critical thinking in a way that is engaging and transformational.

The Wise Woman is a perfect story for a family to read together curled up on the couch under a warm afghan or after a meal. (It is only fair to warn you: once you read the first chapter, you might not put it down. More than one mom has stayed up late to read after her children have gone to bed.)

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Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!

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Sometimes I look for books for my kids to make them think. Sometimes I choose them to help them learn facts. And sometimes, I want a book that’s just plain fun, which is why our copy of David McPhail’s Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is very well worn!

Do you love to read aloud to your little ones? Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is one of the best read alouds around. It begins ominously as the narrator hears strange noises (cue your mysterious voice) and then to his surprise—get your shocked voice ready!—he discovers that his house has been overrun by pigs. Even stranger, these pigs are not the normal barnyard kind of pigs, they’re skateboarding, oatmeal-making, half-dressed,  royal pigs! The rhyming text makes the story flow easily and is so fun to share out loud with your kids.

The pigs have their fun until, in frustration over an exorbitant pizza bill, the narrator banishes them from his home. This isn’t the end, of course. The piggies plead to stay and the narrator relents, providing they clean up and help out. The story ends happily with everyone piled into bed, dreaming sweet porcine dreams.

Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is a picture book that young children will enjoy, but even older children will find it funny. My nine year old will still stop and listen if I’m reading it to his little sister! The great language keeps this from being an ordinary picture book that loses its appeal as the reader ages. The details in the illustrations also make this a book that’s entertaining to look at as well as listen to or read.

Some days you just need a little silly, and Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! is the perfect choice!

Favorite Unit Study ~ Armadillo Rodeo

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One of our very favorite units from Homeschool Share is on Jan Brett’s Armadillo Rodeo.  My son was six when we used this unit and he had so much fun!

The unit study has been re-done since we used it, so the graphics are even better and it’s easier to download and print!

We also used The Kids’ Wildlife Book to learn how animals like the armadillo can get moisture even when they live in dry climates.

We learned about non-standard measurement in math and tried measuring our horse in hands.

We ended our unit with a trip to the rodeo!

A few more books we used as go-alongs:

I hope you enjoy the Armadillo Rodeo unit as much as we did!

Favorite Unit Study – Just Plain Fancy

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To choose my favorite unit study, I went back in time about 10 years, to when we shared Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco My girls were about 3 and 6 at the time, and remember the unit fondly.

 Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco, is about two sisters who live on a farm in Pennsylvania’s Amish country.  Being “plain folk”, the one sister, Naomi, longs for something fancy. When she finds an unusual egg by the side of the road, puts it in her hen’s nest, and watches it hatch and grow into a beautiful peacock, she gets just what she wants!  But alas, being fearful that the elders of the Amish community will shun it for its fanciness, she keeps this special bird a secret. When the secret finally gets out, Naomi is praised for raising such a beautiful bird, and learns that some kinds of “fancy” are acceptable.

This unit study has so many great themes, including discontentment, envy, and responsibility, and gives a glimpse at the unique culture of the Amish. We read another charming picture book, Katy’s Gift by Keith Bowen, to expand on the lessons about Amish children, learning that they are not all that different from us.

My girls especially connected with Just Plain Fancy, well, because they too are two sisters who live on a farmette near Pennsylvania’s Amish country. It was a great opportunity to learn some local history, and obtain a better understanding of our neighbors.   Some of the books specific to Pennsylvania we read were:

The Folks in the Valley: A Pennsylvania Dutch ABC by Jim Aylesworth, with each letter of the alphabet cleverly describing an aspect of life among the Amish.

Seeds of a Nation: Pennsylvania by Margaret Coull Phillips, presenting the early history of Pennsylvania using colorful photographs, illustrations, maps and engravings.

For some hands on learning fun, my girls made and played For the Birds File Folder Game, with simple lessons regarding birds and their habits. 

 The high point of this unit study was bringing all the lessons to life, visiting a Pennsylvania Dutch Festival.


My children did learn a lot about the Amish, birds, Pennsylvania, pride, and envy with this unit, but the best part was the memories we made!