Substitute Groundhog


Maybe Groundhog Day isn’t up there with Christmas and Easter and the Fourth of July, but when February rolls around and it seems like winter will never end, I think celebrating any holiday is a great idea!  Pat Miller’s Substitute Groundhog is a terrific book to read on Groundhog Day or it could even be a great launch for some animal studies!

It’s the day before Groundhog Day, and Groundhog is sick!  He decides the best plan is to find a substitute, but not just any volunteer will do.  The substitute groundhog must meet certain requirements in order to get the job.  Animal after animal auditions, but none of them can do the job right.  Finally, Armadillo saves the day–and takes Groundhog on a vacation!  The bright, cheery illustrations add fun to the book as you look each applicant over and try to decide if they look like they could fill Groundhog’s shoes.  With some of the animals, it’s clear just by looking at them that they aren’t suited for the position!

Substitute Groundhog would make a good read aloud for the day, but if you want to take it even further, there are FREE lapbooks at Homeschool Share for almost all of the animals in the book:

And at the end of the book, Armadillo takes Groundhog off to Texas, so this would be a great lead in to a unit study with Armadillo Rodeo!

Happy Groundhog Day–and may your winter be short this year!

Another HUGE Homeschool Giveaway — 6 winners!

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We are excited to bring you another HUGE giveaway this month!

Great Homeschool Giveaways January 2015 - 2

Welcome to the January Edition of Great Homeschool Giveaways!

Each month, Homeschool Giveaways and Ben and Me, along with a host of homeschool blogging friends, are bringing the homeschool community GREAT GIVEAWAYS and FREEBIES!

Here’s how it works:

There will be 5 INDIVIDUAL WINNERS (one from each sponsor) and . . . One GRAND PRIZE WINNER, who will be awarded every prize in the giveaway, a value of over $460!

Some of the sponsors are also providing GREAT FREEBIES for everyone! This month our generous sponsors include A Journey Through Learning,  Homemaker’s Friend, Home School Adventure Co.,  The 101 Series, and Diana Waring Presents.

Here’s what you could win (and don’t forget to grab your freebies!):

A Journey Through Learning Giveaway

A  Journey Through Learning ($78 value)

Valentine’s Day Print Lapbook

Your child will learn all about Valentine’s Day in our Valentine’s Lapbook with Study Guide? Topics include:

What is the history of Valentine’s Day?, How did Valentine cards come about?, What are the symbols of Valentine’s and what do they mean?, How is Valentine’s Day celebrated in other countries? Play mazes, puzzles, design your own card, write down who your “Valentine” is and much more!

America’s Presidents Print Copywork

All the presidents are covered in our Presidents Lapbook with Study Guide! Have fun learning about the presidents with this 3 folder lapbook! Learn about the President’s job, how a president is elected, political parties, inauguration day, the oath of office, the White House, match the president’s name to the picture ( a real picture-NOT a cartoon), and more!

Reptiles Print Lapbook with Study Guide

What is a reptile?, What defenses do they have in order to survive?, What do reptiles eat when they get hungry?, Just how strange are chameleons?, Do you want to know about venomous and non-venomous snakes, crocs, turtles, lizards? What is the a food chain and where do reptiles fit on the food chain?   Your child will learn the answers to these questions and so much more with this colorful and lively Reptiles Lapbook with Study Guide.

Little House in the Big Woods Print Lapbook

This lapbook is designed to follow Little House in the Big Woods written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. It is written to have your child read a chapter at a time before doing the lapbook activities.

Veggie Tales DVD: Larry Boy and the Bad Apple

Something is rotten in the peaceful town of Bumblyburg! The Bad Apple has dropped onto the scene and is trying to take control of the town by making all of its citizens give into their temptations. Everyone is in danger –Mayor Blueberry, Reporter Petunia, Butler Alfred – even the town’s fearless defender, LarryBoy!

Will the good people of Bumblyburg be able to resist the tricks of the Bad Apple? Can LarryBoy see through the sour plot and save the day? LarryBoy and the Bad Appleteaches kids that we can’t fight temptation on our own – we need God’s help and the help of our friends.

Grab your AJTL Freebie

Teaching Students With Dyslexia – FREE Printable Pack


Biology 101 Giveaway

Westfield Studies ($69.95 value)

Biology 101

A Biology Course from a Biblical Perspective

Biology 101 is a complete overview of the world of biology from a Biblical perspective, in a set of 4 DVDs. It is easy to use, understandable and visually rich.Taking God’s word as the starting point, this DVD course divides all life according to the days of creation. An exciting, visually rich experience, it is designed specifically for ages 15 years old and up.Filmed in locations throughout America’s beautiful Northwest, Biology 101 is full of accurate and fascinating information supported by hundreds of captivating visuals and graphics. The 4 DVD set is accompanied by a printable (pdf) guidebook, allowing the student to easily review all the information covered in the film. Each guidebook segment includes a multiple choice quiz and discussion questions. A 12-page “Course Accreditation Program” booklet is included for those families who want a year-long biology course.


Home School Adventure Giveaways


Home School Adventure Co. ($57.90 value)

Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal and Answer Key

Have we forgotten whose we are?

In this “Age of Tolerance,” Christians are in danger of forgetting (or never learning) what distinguishes a Christian worldview from other worldviews. The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal is a powerful tool to strengthen critical thinking while cultivating a biblical worldview. A companion to Lewis’s classic work, the Journal can be used for independent study with teenagers or adults, or as a group study in  families, homeschools, co-ops, classrooms, Sunday school, and small groups.

The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal Print Edition is an 183 page, 8.5 x 11″ spiral bound journal. The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal Answer Key — Print Edition is an 8.5 x 11″ spiral bound journal with suggested answers printed in red beneath the journal questions.

Grab your Home School Adventure Co. Freebie!

FREE Unit Study on Thales – The Father of Western Philosophy

This FREE Unit Study includes: Thales lesson, notebooking page, freewriting assignment, and memory cards.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.With “Thales — The Father of Western Philosophy” your middle and high school students can explore the first unit of Philosophy Adventure absolutely FREE.

Subjects include:

  • English Composition
  • World History / Geography
  • Speech / Communications
  • Logic / Critical Thinking


Experience History Through Music Giveaway

Diana Waring Presents ($54.95 value)

Experience History Through Music

Not only will you find some of the best-loved American folk songs performed by some of the best musicians you’ll ever hear, but you will discover the stories behind the songs–stories that bring that slice of Americana to life. Included with the stories are historic photos, paintings, and other images that will give your kids yet another way to grasp America’s stories.Included in this series are the book and CD sets:

America — A chronological overview of American history from the French and Indian War through the first transcontinental railroad

Westward Ho! — Songs and stories of the American pioneers, the Texas cowboys, the California Gold Rush, mountain men and missionaries.

Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder — Several of the songs Laura mentions in her Little House books, along with background information on Laura and her memorable family, along with rare photos of Laura, Almanzo, and the Ingalls family.

Grab Your Diana Waring Presents Freebie

Encouragement for Moms Collection

Because every homeschool mom needs encouragement from one who’s been there, please accept the Encouragement for Homeschool Moms Collection as our gift. The collection includes an ebook with 8 articles — over 40 pages in eight brief readings — that Diana wrote as she was coming to the end of her homeschooling journey. The ebook, titled Once Upon a Time…Eight Articles of Relational Homeschooling, is the first of a series of e-books (to be released throughout 2013) pulling together articles written during Diana’s “years in the trenches.”  In addition to this fabulous and inspiring e-book, the collection also includes recordings of four workshops — Beyond SurvivalBox Free LivingRoots and Wings – delivered by MP3 downloads.


Homemaker's Daily Planner Giveaway

Homemaker’s Friend ($50 value)

2015 Daily Planner

A homemaker’s life consists of innumerable details. Appointments, church activities, school schedules, and homemaking in general, repeatedly demand her time and attention. Written tasks help to organize our days and duties and it frees the mind to focus on what is most important.

A planner helps create a visual layout of a week or month. We measure time by years, months, weeks, and days. Likewise, events, projects, and normal daily duties can be categorized in the same orderly way.The Yearly Calendar gives a quick overview. The Monthly Calendar shows at a glance what is taking place.The Weekly Calendar is more detailed to help keep us focused.

$35 Amazon Gift Card


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January Dates in History

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Bring History to Life with January Dates in History

I hope you enjoyed last month’s roundup of teaching resources for December dates in history. It’s time for a roundup of teaching resources for January dates in history, and I hope you’ll like what we’ve found. These worksheets will take you from the gold rush to the Russian ruble, oceanography to Edgar Allan Poe, and Charles Ingalls to President McKinley! So let’s get ready to have some fun with history!

On January 1, 1961, Russia introduced a new ruble. Try your hand at this world currency match-up and see which currency types you can match to the country that uses them.

On January 4, 1809, Louis Braille was born. Blinded as a child, he later became the inventor of the Braille alphabet which has enabled countless visually impaired children and adults to read. Try this worksheet about the Braille alphabet and see if you can decode the passage shared.

January 10, 1836, marks the birthday of Charles Ingalls, father of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Enjoy these two life on the prairie coloring sheets!

On January 14, 1806, Matthew Fontaine Maury was born. He became a pioneer in the science of oceanography. Try this science quiz and see if you can match the correct oceanography terms with their definitions.

On January 17, 1773, Captain James Cook became the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle. Let’s try to unscramble ten popular winter sports.

January 19, 1809, is the birthday of Edgar Allan Poe is born. Learn more about the author and his works with this notebooking page and timeline worksheet plus grab some free Edgar Allan Poe copywork.

On January 24, 1848, gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California. Just how valuable was gold in 1848? How does that compare with how much it is worth in the present day? Try this fun math worksheet and find out!

On January 29, 1843, William McKinley, who would become the 25th President of the United States, is born in Niles, Ohio. Try this Presidential copywork of a famous quote by William McKinley. It is available in print, cursive, and manuscript styles.

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Bonnie Rose Hudson works as a curriculum creator and is the Executive Editor of Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by her author’s blog for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.