Monday, October 5, 2015

10 Awesome Thanksgiving Resources

Don't let Thanksgiving come and go this year with the only thing to remember it by is a hand print turkey. For those of us who simply don't have enough hours in the day to pull together a unit study for this important holiday, Amanda Bennett has already done all the busy work for you! Purchase her Thanksgiving Unit Study on CD-Rom and your kids will be able to learn, hands-on about early American history.  

 Even though all the stores are donning Halloween and Christmas apparel this time of year, we can still point out to even the youngest of children that the signs of the Thanksgiving season is all around. Share with your youngster with The Berenstain Bears Thanksgiving All Around
lift the flap book and engage them in the wonders of the season. 

I love the story of Squanto. It's uncanny how similar it is to Joseph in the Bible. My children remember his story in great detail because it is powerful. I know that many Americans struggle with our history because they ask, "what about the Indians?" The concept of the white men coming in and taking over bothers them. I used to struggle with that too. Once I began to pray and study my Bible though things became more clear and I truly began to appreciate what the Puritans did. When I read about Squanto's story I began to understand more of God's heart and how he desires for all to know Him. Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving shares the truth of his story in a way that you won't find in any public school textbook!

From beloved author Lousia May Alcott comes

An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving
written in story form as opposed to a straight history book. The story takes readers back in time to see what life would have been like for children in the olden days!


If You Were At The First Thanksgiving
is an excellent resource for elementary aged students. It asks questions to get their little minds working. Questions such as, were Pilgrim parents strict? Who was Squanto? How did the children help? Written in a way that young ones can understand, this book gently introduces the concepts of the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. 

The level three reader,  It's Thanksgiving! 
is perfect for your second through forth grader. The book consists of twelve poems that are sure to get your child excited about Thanksgiving! Some include, "If Turkey's Thought", "I Went Hungry on Thanksgiving", and "When Daddy Caves the Turkey."

Magic Tree House: Pilgrims
is a fact book that goes along with the Magic Tree House Book #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday. This book provides the answers to many of the questions that Jack and Annie are left wondering about after their adventure. Why did the Pilgrims choose Plymouth? What was it like to sail on the Mayflower? And more!

is not just a cute children's song but is actually meant to be sung at Thanksgiving time! Written in poem form, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to get your family excited about the upcoming holiday season!

is priced at only a little over a dollar, this consumable coloring book has thick black lines perfect for little artists! What a perfect book for young ones to enjoy learning about this wonderful holiday! 
 Definitely geared towards second and third graders, The Thanksgiving Story gives an accurate account of the history of Thanksgiving. I bought this book when my son was a Kindergartener and it was way too long and over his head. Now that he is older, it is a perfect resource for this time of year. I now keep it on hand so I can pull it out every fall! 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

3 Ways to Show Support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Chances are, if  you are reading this, then you most likely know someone who has been affected by breast cancer. More and more women are surviving this disease and more stories of hope are coming to the surface. If you have lost someone to breast cancer, then my heart goes out to you. I am sure October is a difficult month for you. If you are reading this as a survivor (like my mom!) then more power to you. I am sure this month is empowering for you, giving you a chance to encourage other women who are currently walking down this road.

Show Your Support

Whether you are a cancer survivor, know a survivor or simply want to show your support for the furtherance of breast cancer research there are several ways you can show your support this October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Wear Pink
Be bold. Whether it's a pink shirt, headband or dress, you can offer your support by simply stepping out in your pink garb. Show others that you indeed are aware of how many are affected by breast cancer and that you support the efforts to find or develop it's cure.

Display the Pink Ribbon
This past spring, a man ordered a metal, hand forged, decorative ribbon from my husband's blacksmithing business. He was planning to paint it pink and give to a woman he knew battling breast cancer. When she received the gift, they were so thankful and the husband was even brought to tears. Unless you've experienced it yourself, there really isn't a way to relate. But you still can show you care. The pink ribbon is a universal symbol of hope and compassion for everyone involved.

Support Cancer Research
The charms brand Glamulet was launched in 2014 to offer to every woman a new range of trendy and elegant quality jewelry at an affordable price. Half of all process go to charities that support breast cancer. If you want to help support breast cancer charities, then you can show your support by purchasing these affordable, glamorous charms. 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Math Mammoth Review and Giveaway

Welcome to Thrift Schooling's Fall Frenzy Homeschool Materials Giveaway sponsored by Rainbow Resource Center! Last week I launched our first giveaway of the frenzy. Now I would like to introduce you to a curriculum package worth approximately $50!

Light Blue Series

So how is your current math curriculum working out for you? Have you ever entered into a year ready to conquer only to find out that one of your subjects just isn't working. Has that subject ever been math? There are so many different ways to teach math and not every child learns the same way. What works for one might not work for another. Some programs use rote memorization. Others use manipulatives for a more hands-on approach. Math Mammoth teaches using conceptual understanding. Basically, the student is taught one concept in full before moving on to the next. This method is very different than the one that I have been using. Math Mammoth focuses on just one concept and once the child masters it, they move on. 

Fortunately, my children are excellent math students. They are able to pick new concepts up quickly, even my kindergardener! My second grader flies right through his math work as well. Usually he finishes his math a month or two early each year because he enjoys it so much! This past year, we schooled through the summer and he was always itching to do math, (yes, I'm serious!) We received the Math Mammoth Light Blue Series for him to work through. 

For Grade 2, I received the following:

Student Workbooks 
(There are 2 for the whole year)

Answer Keys 
(One book covers the answers for both student books) 

Tests and Reviews

 There were several qualities about this series  that I was impressed with. For one, the student workbook is very self-explanatory. This is great for homes or private schools where the teacher is teaching more than one grade level at a time. The student can read for themselves the new concept and easily understand what they need to do. There also are teacher instructions in the book, if the parent or teacher needs to go into further explanation of a concept. I liked that each lesson was short and sweet. They weren't overwhelming long and my son didn't complain about the length. Even though the material was challenging for him, it wasn't stressful as math can be for some children. A new concept was taught and there were just enough problems expected for the student to complete for them to be able to understand it. If your child needs that extra affirmation that some kids need from achieving a goal then this series is for you! It provides kids with a sense of accomplishment in a mild and nonabrasive manner. If your child tends to thrive on variety rather than focusing on just one simple concept at a time, then this is not for you.

These quality workbooks can be found at a discounted price on the Rainbow Resource Site!

A big thank you to the Rainbow Resource Center for providing this Amazing Curriculum to one of our readers. Enter below to win! Winner receive the complete light blue series for the grade of your choice, (grades 1-5).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Homeschooling and Housework

When I first began homeschooling I asked a friend how to do it all. Her response? “Hire a maid!” At first I thought she was joking until I realized she did in fact have hired help. Just imagine, long nature walks with READ MORE AT OUR HOMESCHOOL FORUM

Project AMP Giveaway


I've been sharing with you recently about how we've begun to integrate electronics into our homeschool using EEME. So far we've completed  two of six sets. We are about to get started with the thrid and my oldest son keeps asking me when we are going to work on it. Soon, very soon! So check back often for the review coming up! So far we have worked with smaller projects but now EMME has developed a larger project with over 100 components that, when complete, can be used by the entire family! 


  • Integrated Circuits
  • Amplifier circuits
  • How capacitors filter sound
  • How capacitors store supplemental power
  • How volume controls work
  • What is sound
  • How speakers generate sound
  • Direct versus alternating current
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    In creating an amplifier system, you and your child will learn about integrated circuits, amplifier circuits, how speakers generate sound and so much more! With over 50 lessons to go along with this kit, you will not only learn about how to build the system but you will learn about the concepts involved. 

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    • Integrated Circuits
    • Amplifier circuits
    • How capacitors filter sound
    • How capacitors store supplemental power
    • How volume controls work
    • What is sound
    • How speakers generate sound
    • Direct versus alternating current
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    Your family will learn about:
    • Integrated Circuits
    • Amplifier circuits
    • How capacitors filter sound
    • How capacitors store supplemental power
    • How volume controls work
    • What is sound
    • How speakers generate sound
    • Direct versus alternating current
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    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    ReCap Explore GIVEAWAY

    Homeschooling and bug catching go hand in hand. At least in our world it does! I used to have a section in my pantry devoted to storing empty oatmeal and bread crumb containers for this very purpose. If the kids found a grasshopper, butterfly, snail, or other entertaining creature they would run in the house frantic for a container. I would then have to figure out a way to make holes in the lid, quickly, so they could enjoy their new find. Of course, none of these containers were ever see through and so the kids would catch the bugs and have to open the lid ever so carefully and peek in. We've tried Mason Jars but then there is the issue of the lid! 

    Well, after two years of diligent research and design the reCap Explore is ready for bug enthusiasts all over the world to enjoy. Perfect for kids of all ages, this product is great for homeschoolers and kids who love to explore outdoors. What intrigues me about this cap is not only that it fits Mason Jars but the lid has both breathe holes AND a magnifier! It even glows in the dark which is perfect for camping trips. My kids are so excited to try out this product when it comes out in November that they keep asking about it, (they really do piles of bug catching!)  

    If you are curious about who reCap is you can check out my
    reCap review to find out more. They offer some pretty innovative products. 

    ReCap is presently running a Kickstarter Campaign to help get the reCap Explore out in the market. They would love any support they can get, and of course as with any Kickstarter Campaign, if you donate even a small amount there will be a little goodie sent to you in the mail as a thank you!


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    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Fall Frenzy Giveaway

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    Adventures in Odessey's
    Imagination Station

     If you are familiar with the beloved Adventures in Odyssey audio series then you will quickly become a fan of
     The Imagination Station Book Series.
    Join cousins Patrick and Beth as they travel through time visiting the Holy Land in 1000 BC in Showdown with the Shepherd. Or go with them to medieval times and learn about English knights and jousting in Revenge of the Red Knight. 
    Just in time for Thanksgiving, you can brush up on your Pilgrim history in Problems in Plymouth.

    This 3-pack is the second set in The Imagination Station Series. It is recommended to start from the beginning of the series but it is easy enough to jump right in the middle and enjoy the adventures of Patrick and Beth wherever the Imagination Station may have taken them!

    My son, age 8, adores this series. I bought him one of the books for Christmas last year and he couldn't put it down. Once finished he made sure he put it somewhere safe in his room so it doesn't get lost and he can read it again when he wants to.

    When I received books 4-6 in the series I told him that he could pick one to read over the next two weeks. He was done in two DAYS. In less than a week he had finished ALL THREE BOOKS and wants to continue on with the rest in the series!

    This is a wonderful, safe series that I can trust. I don't have to worry about any hidden, secular agenda. Historical fiction is an excellent way to introduce your children to history in a non-abrasive manner and it really captivates the attention of my son.  I've been wanting him to enjoy reading on his own with books other than "school books" and these books have made that happen. 

    My son enjoys the fact that the endings of the books are never complete. Although it does come to a close in one aspect, there is always a mystery that still needs to be solved. It leaves him on the edge of his seat wanting more. According to my son, there is a ring that the villain Hugh has stolen and the kids need to get it back to Whit. This is the main theme throughout all the books. This Hugh guy apparently is not a fan of the Bible or God and tries to go throughout history and help the enemy win in each story. For example, in the case of David and Goliath, he tried to help the Philistines win against David so history could be changed forever! Nothing like a good time travel story complete with bad guys and all! Intriguing and entertaining for young, emerging readers.

    There have been times where he gets so excited about a certain part of one that the books that he wants to read that portion to my husband and I. I love that he is falling in love with reading!

    Rainbow Resource Center sells The Imagination Station Books
    for a discounted price, much cheaper than retail! Pick up a copy today!

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    Book 4: Revenge of the Red Knight
    Book 5: Showdown with the Shepherd
    Book 6: Problems in Plymouth

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    All opinions stated here are my own.
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