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This Week @ Family Intel: Summary of “Home Sweet Homework”

Hmmmm!  It almost seems like Family Intel has a videocamera watching our house.  Last week’s summary was particularly applicable to our family.  And it seems this week’s summary just may be too.  Even though we’re homeschoolers and homework is not a huge problem around here (everything we do is home-work–hehe!), I’m pretty sure the studying strategies part will be helpful.

Remember that you must register at Family Intel to see the summaries.  As always, registration is FREE!  🙂

SUMMARY RUN-DOWN:

~This Week~  Home Sweet Homework:  A Parent’s Guide to Stress-Free Homework & Studying Strategies That Work by Sharon Marshall Lockett

~Last Week~  Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

~Next Week~ Helping  Hyperactive Kids by Lynn Horowitz and Cecile Rost

Family Intel now has 43 FREE summaries!  Yay!

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This Week @ Homeschool FREEBIE of the Day: The Giant Handbook of Nature Study

I love what Homeschool FREEBIE of the Day is offering this week!   This week’s FREEBIE download is so big, they’ve divided it up over the whole week.  I’ll try to remember to remind you every day so that you (and I) will not miss any part of it!

Here are the details from their Heads Up email:

Well, this week we’re doing something a bit different at HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay — bringing you ONE great resource that is so big, we had to divide it into SIX separate ebooks:


THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY

This is a HUGE (940 pages) and absolutely wonderful teaching guide full of hundreds of nature study lessons,
activities and discussion questions. It is a complete multi-year nature study curriculum that you can use
for years to come. It is so big (over 100 megs in size) we had to divide it into six manageable ebooks for you.

Here’s the rundown:

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Monday, January 18th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART I – TEACHER’S GUIDE & OVERVIEW plus THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART II –  BIRDS & FISH

In PART ONE, you get a very helpful and practical teacher’s guide, including an overview of the purpose, scope and style of the handbook… how each lesson is set up… what nature study should do for your children… how to to tie math, art, geography, gardening, agriculture & science into your nature study, and more. Each lesson begins with a “teacher’s story” which can be read to students along with suggested activities & methods, followed by great discussion questions.

In PART TWO, we jump into the actual lessons, this time devoted to birds & fish. As you’ll quickly see, these lessons are wonderfully written, blending history, humor, a bit of poetry, and a delightful sense of wonder into these nature studies.

Over the rest of the week, then, we’ll bring you the rest of the book:

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Tuesday, January 19th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART III – AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES & MAMMALS

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Wednesday, January 20th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART IV – INSECTS & INVERTEBRATES

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Thursday, January 21st:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART V – PLANTS AND TREES

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Friday, January 22nd:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART VI – EARTH, WATER & SKY

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Check these out all this week and see why we decided to devote the full week to bringing you this excellent study resource curriculum!  It is just great.

You can find each of these resources on their respective days at:

http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

NOTE: If you ever have any trouble accessing the site with that link, try
http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/

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FREE DVD Offer from Brainy Baby (Must pay S&H)

Brainy Baby is offering a free DVD.  Choose from their four most popular DVDs.  You can only get ONE free DVD and you must pay $6.95 for S&H.

Click here for the details.

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This Week @ Family Intel: Summary of Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber/Mazlish

Click here to see this weeks’ FREE book summary.  (Remember that you have to be registered to view the summary library.)

Siblings Without Rivalry is a bestseller by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  “It helps parents of two or more children find solutions to their children’s constant squabbling.”

Since I have three kiddos, I’ll definitely be reading this one!

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Cerebellum Corporation: 25% Off All Videos (Educational)

Cerebellum Corporation is having a Winter Sale of 25% Off ALL of their educational videos.  They sell DVDs from Just the Facts, Light Speed, and The Standard Deviants.  They have other  educational products too (such as Rocket Books and African American literature from Dunbar). The sale ends January 31, 2010.  They are also offering FREE Shipping on orders over $50.

FYI:  We have used a couple of different DVDs from Standard Deviants and have found them to be comprehensive and engaging. They are certainly not the “view it in an hour” kind of educational DVDs.  They are packed full with information that is broken down into topics. We find that tackling one or two topics at a sitting is sufficient for a day’s lesson.

Have you tried any of their products?  If so, let us know what you thought of them!

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Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves: Review of WOOMBIE & Giveaway

I recently blogged here about how much I love Minnesota Mama’s Must Haves.  She has awesome reviews and giveaways.  Entering her giveaways is easy and you can “earn” multiple entries by following her guidelines.  I won’t be blogging about every giveaway she has because I’d be blogging about her every day.  LOL!  But, I do think today’s review and giveaway is worth mentioning.  I had never heard of the Woombie before I read about it in her blog newsletter, but it looks like a lifesaver for the parent with a newborn. I really wish I’d had Woombie for my newborns!

Here is a short excerpt from her review of Woombie:

“You can help ease your baby’s transition from the womb to the outside world with Woombie. It is a safe way to swaddle your baby and reduce discomfort. It follows SIDS guidelines and is designed to help your baby sleep better and safer.”

Please visit the MMMH blog to read more and enter the giveaway.  And don’t forget to scroll down to see more of her great reviews and giveaways!


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This Week @ Family Intel: Summary of “What a Difference a Daddy Makes” by Dr. Kevin Leman

Click here to access this week’s summary.  Remember that you need to be registered (It’s FREE!) to read/print summaries!

Below is a brief excerpt about this summary:

What a Difference a Daddy Makes

Dr. Kevin Leman explains the importance of the father- daughter relationship and how every dad can leave a positive imprint on his daughter.

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Update from Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Earlier, I posted the FREEBIE resources for Monday through Thursday of this week.  I had to leave out Friday because it was a surprise. Well, the Friday surprise didn’t work out as planned (It’s actually a GREAT thing for them!) and so they have released a regular FREEBIE for Friday.  They’ve also made a special announcement about changes to the Friday format.  Below is a cut & paste from the email with all the necessary details.

Friday, Jan 8th:
WHAT SHALL WE DO NOW?
Five Hundred Games & Pastimes (PDF ebook)

A wonderful volume of delightful activities, projects, and
things to do compiled by Dorothy Canfield back in 1907,
especially for any child who’s felt bored and wondered
what to do next. In this book, you’ll discover the things
your great grandparents did for fun back when they were kids.
It is just great.

Some of our favorite sections are the sections on building
your own dollhouse furniture, things to make indoors & out,
writing & drawing games, how to enjoy the countryside,
rainy day games, and lots more.

This is a huge book, chock full of fascinating, fun stuff.
We suggest you keep a copy on your computer and refer to
it from time to time whenever your tribe is bored and wondering
“what shall WE do now?”

You can pick up your copy of this resource tomorrow at

http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

(Tip: If that link doesn’t work for you, go to
http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com )

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Second…

We also wanted to let you know about a brand NEW Friday
feature that we adding to our regular daily resource this
new year:

Each Friday, we’ll be featuring our “Deal of the Week”,
which will offer – for one week only – one of our wonderful
resource packages, toolkits or collections at a
a rock-bottom, deep DEEP discount. We’re talking uber-cool,
recession-busting, kick-yourself-if-you-miss-it deals.

So be sure to stop by the site tomorrow — both for our regular
daily resource, AND to check out our first incredible
“Deal of the Week” for 2010! You’re gonna be amazed.

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Lifeway Christian Store: 50% Off One Clearance Item

Click here for the printable coupon.  [Valid January 8th and 9th ONLY.  In-store ONLY.]

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This Week @ Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Homeschool Freebie of the Day, one of my favorite sources for free downloads, is back after taking a holiday break.  Their Heads Up email has hit my inbox, so here’s a cut & paste of what’s in store this week:

Monday, January 4th:
Supermom’s Simple Guide to Healthier Eating for Beginners and Beyond (PDF ebook)

“I know I should be eating healthier, but I don’t know where to begin!”
“A healthier diet would be nice, but my husband and kids will never go for it.”
“Healthy food doesn’t taste good.” Have you ever had any of these thoughts?
Many people do! Incorporating healthful habits is important for all of us,
but it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to do, how to do it,
all the while wondering whether or not we’re going to like the taste.

In her long-anticipated first book, “Supermom” Erica Johns shares her
philosophy of taking realistic baby steps toward your healthy eating goals,
rather than burning yourself out on extreme health plans. A homeschooling
mother of six, she understands the unique challenges of time management
and healthy living on a modest budget.  A must for homeschool moms that
want to start out the new year with a practical plan for health and
weight loss that works!

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Tuesday, January 5th:
Living Book for the Ears:
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter” (MP3 audio)

Classic old time radio adaptation of one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s
best books. Can the Ingalls family and the rest of the town survive
one of the longest, harshest winters on recordwhile starvation looms?
Find out in this great half hour “Living Book for the Ears” audio program.

(PLUS… we’ll also have TWO MORE great “wintertime” audio stories
for you today!)

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Wednesday, January 6th:
“FireSide Cheer” (PDF ebook)

A full length HomeMaker’s Mentor lesson offering inspiration
that will warm you and yours! This lesson includes a photo tutorial on how to make
pinecone firestarters, ornamental gift match boxes, a checklist for your fireplace,
reminiscing about hearths in the homes of yesteryear through all four seasons,
and warming recipes for cups o’ fireside cheer! A great resource for those
chilly winter evenings!

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Thursday, January 7th:
Cursive Writing printables (PDF ebooks)

Courtesy of Copycat Books, today we have a neat little collection of
cursive writing printables. Included are: Pangrams (sentences containing all 26 letters
of the alphabet); the Pledge of Allegiance; the Preamble to the Constitution;
the books of the Bible; and a selection from Proverbs 31 on the Virtuous Woman.
Three versions of each printable is provided: traditional script, modern & italic.
A great tool to provide your students penmanship practice!

[Please note:  Friday’s freebie is a secret and only available to email subscribers.]

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