Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

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If you are a regular reader here at Living and Learning at Home, you know that I mostly blog about homeschooling.  If you know me personally, you know that before I am a homeschool mom, I am a wife and a homemaker.

I love to encourage other women in their role as a homemaker, so I am so excited to be sharing this great resource with you today!  Read below to find out all the great details.  Don't worry, there are some great homeschooling resources included as well!

As a bonus to anyone who chooses to buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle from me here at Living and Learning at Home I would love to give you 2 copywork packs of your choosing from Classical Copywork.  All you have tot do is forward me your receipt as proof of purchase, and head on over to www.classicalcopywork.com to let me know which two packs you would like!

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By popular demand, 100+ homemaking bloggers are bringing back The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, and it's better than ever!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is a complete library of great eBooks on homemaking—a truly valuable knowledge base you’ll use for many years to come.

Unlike a library, though, you don’t have to spend years building it up. The Ultimate Bundles team has done the hard work for you, searching the web to find the very best eBooks from top homemaking authors and combining them into one essential collection that you can buy in one simple purchase.

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Or, for just an extra $10, you not only get the full set of PDF files, but also a bonus set of Kindle editions, perfectly formatted for easy Kindle reading. This has been a popular request over the years and I'm excited to say it's now available!

I believe it’s the best deal on homemaking eBooks anywhere on the web. But it will only be available for six days. So grab yours before it's gone!

You get ALL THIS in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!
This huge wealth of information and guidance will be right there on your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or Kindle, whenever you need it.

Here's what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 23 until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 28
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What's in the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle? ($698 value!)

Homemaking




Food




Motherhood




Marriage




Faith





Faith {For Kids}





Financial Stewardship




Health & Wellness




Holidays & Special Events




Homeschooling




Pregnancy & Babies




Self-Care



Working from Home & Blogging



What are the Ultimate Homemaking Bonus Offers? ($200+ value)
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In addition to all the amazing eResources, this bundle includes the best bonus offers it's ever had. These deals are worth over six times the price of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle. So you’re up on the deal right away!
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Buy the PDF BundleBuy the Kindle Bundle

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, April 23 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 28th.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #104


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this is a link-up aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.




Don't forget to follow my Pinterest boards that are a part of the All Things Classical List!

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Also, please remember to only link up posts that have to do with homeschooling using the classical model of education.  Thank you for understanding this link-up's theme.



Featured Post from Last Week



 I thought Beth, from Classical Conversations at Home, shared a very encouraging post last week.  It was all about remembering why you decided to homeschool.  So what about you?  Will you be homeschooling again next year?


Your Favorite from Last Week


Sara, from Classically Homeschooling, got the most clicks last week with her post How to Start a Classical Education at Home.  Hop on over if you missed it last week!


This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <a href="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNtNfqeG_W4/U0qj7mUZCfI/AAAAAAAAFbo/vhEStFGbogw/s1600/Trivium+Tuesdays+-+button.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

I will visit each of your blogs this week and feature my favorite link-up for all to see next week!  Also, if your blog has a button I will place it on my sidebar (under Friends to Visit) for the week until it is replaced by the next week's favorite =)


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Trivium Tuesdays - Classical Link-Up #103


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Welcome to another week of Trivium Tuesdays!  For those of you who are new here today, this is a link-up aimed at encouraging and informing other homeschoolers who use the Classical model of teaching.  Here we can share with each other and learn from one another.




Don't forget to follow my Pinterest boards that are a part of the All Things Classical List!

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Also, please remember to only link up posts that have to do with homeschooling using the classical model of education.  Thank you for understanding this link-up's theme.



Featured Posts from Last Week


Here are three great post from last week that are jam packed with helpful information and resources!






Gena was the last to link up, so a lot of you missed this one, but I really think it's worth a look!



The Ultimate Guide to Classical Curriculum from Aspired Living.  This one wins the 'most clicked' honor from last week!



This Week's Link-Up


Here are the rules:
  • Your post must have to do (in some way) with classical homeschooling (any age children).
  • Your post may be from your archives as long as you only post it one time on this link-up.
  • Please link to your direct post, not your blog in general.
  • Please link back to this post in some way. You can use my Trivium Tuesdays button (found on my right sidebar) if you'd like so others can learn about this link-up! Button code: <a href="http://www.livingandlearningathome.com/" target="_blank" title="Trivium Tuesdays"><img alt="Living and Learning at Home" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZNtNfqeG_W4/U0qj7mUZCfI/AAAAAAAAFbo/vhEStFGbogw/s1600/Trivium+Tuesdays+-+button.png"/></a>
  • It may be helpful to state in your link description what stage of the trivium or what subject your post is about, if applicable, so others can easily find posts they are interested in looking at.
  • Remember, everyone loves comments =) So don't be shy, and tell someone if you liked their post!


I reserve the right to remove any link-up that does not have to do with classical homeschooling.         

If you are a regular here at Trivium Tuesdays and have something to share that is a little off topic, but still would be an encouragement to the readers here, please still share it =)  I'm referring to people who are just trying to get their blog more exposure without following the rules above.

I will visit each of your blogs this week and feature my favorite link-up for all to see next week!  Also, if your blog has a button I will place it on my sidebar (under Friends to Visit) for the week until it is replaced by the next week's favorite =)


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Friday, April 11, 2014

10 Things To Do With Your Children Ages 13-15

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Welcome to another week of the Teaching the Trivium book club!  I am so excited to read and discuss this book along with you.  I loved the discussion last week and would love to hear from more of you!  Today we talk about teaching children in the Logic Stage.


Chapter 13 - Ten Things To Do With Your Children Ages Thirteen Through Fifteen


The Bluedorns place the logic stage from ages 13-15.  As I read this chapter I had to keep reminding my self that we were still in the logic stage, because typically when I think of 15 year olds, I'm thinking rhetoric stage.  Just like in the previous chapter, they go through ten things to be focusing on with your children that are in the 13-15 year age range.  Early in the chapter they state,

"Early teens are developing into thinking, reasoning, questioning creatures.  They are no longer content to know what happened; they want to know why."




What age have you noticed your children transition from the grammar stage to the logic stage?





Before getting into the meat of the chapter, the Bluedorns give an encouragement to parents to keep on keeping on with homeschooling, even as their children get older.  They note that as children grow and the material they need to learn gets harder, many parents give up or assume that the children would be better served in a classroom school.  I loved what they said on page 394:

Homeschooling is for parents...We now have another opportunity to learn these things as we teach them to our children.




What are your homeschooling plans as your children get older?  

Do you want to continue homeschooling or do you think you will send them to school?




Instead of going through each of the 10 things one-by-one this time, I am going to just pull out some key points.  As we get to these older levels, I feel less able to comment and more like I'm just soaking in information!  I hope that some of your with children in (or past) this stage will provide some further insight!


Logic Stage Students Should Be...


  • Developing theologically.  "He does not just know what the Bible says...he is developing an idea of what it means."  (pg 394)

  • Continuing in oral narration

  • Using maps and timelines to orient themselves to events in history

  • Transitioning to written narration. Just a few sentences at first, then progressing to passages.

  • Writing essays and creative stories

  • Speaking in front of other, either by doing speeches or debates

  • Continuing in their Greek and/or Latin studies

  • Continuing in their Math

  • Increasing their science discoveries by beginning a systematic study of the difference fields of science

  • Learning to play an instrument, draw, or at least appreciate the art and music of others


The Father's Role


At the end of the chapter, the Bluedorns take a page to talk about the role of the father in the homeschool family.  I really liked a few things they had to say in this section:

The classical homeschool is not just Latin and Logic.  It is a way of life. (pg 409)

So true!  I'm sure any of you could second  that statement.  I think most homeschoolers in general could affirm this, whether they are classical in method or not.

Daddy only has so much time with the children, so make the best use of it. (pg 409)

I'm trying to remember this one =)  Sometimes I get a little nervous when my husband starts teaching the kids something, simply because it is not on "The Plan."  After the initial nervousness, I realize how awesome it is that my son loves looking at maps with my husband and what a great asset it is that my husband can teach my son those things in a natural way!

Also, the Bluedorns mention a scenario when a dad might call for his son to help him with something and that would pull the son away from his books.  They say, "by all means, let the lawn mower win."  I was encouraged by that =)




How is Dad involved in your homeschool?

Are their certain subjects that your husband teaches the kids?





Thanks for reading along this week!  Leave comments here on the blog post, or share about it on social media (#ClassicalMamasRead).  I'll be sharing too, so follow me on facebook, twitter, or google+ and we can chat about it there as well!  Don't forget, if you want to share your thoughts about Teaching the Trivium on your own blog, link it up below so we can all come and visit!


Next week we will be talking about chapter thirteen of Teaching the Trivium.  If you haven't gotten your own copy yet, make sure you check your library or order one soon so you can be ready for next time!  Also, this is a 600+ page book, so I am only touching on certain points of each chapter.  There is so much great information that I am not covering, so if this discussion interests you, you are going to want to make sure to pick up your own copy so you can read more!



Classical Mamas Read Link-Up



Did you write about Teaching the Trivium on your blog?  Have you been reading and blogging about another book (for you, not a children's book)?  Do you have a book club going on at your blog (once again, not for a children's book)?  I'd love for you link up here so we can all be encouraged by each other and maybe find another great book to read!

I think I'm going to keep this link-up ongoing since there aren't going to be a huge number of posts and then anyone new will be able to be encouraged by the other book reading ideas and discussions.  If the number of posts gets too large, I will fix it.

Please note, all posts must be on topic (about a book you are reading) and appropriate (think family friendly).


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Elemental Science - Biology for the Grammar Stage

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My son is 5 years old this school year and I decided at the beginning of the year to include science into our curriculum plans. We had done lots of Charlotte Mason style nature studies in his preschool years, but I wanted to be a little more formal this year. At the same time, I wanted something simple enough that it wouldn't be too daunting for a kindergartener.

Being a classical homeschooler, I decided to take the advice of The Well Trained Mind and I bought the Kingfisher first Encyclopedia of Animals. Two times a week we would read about a different animal. When time permitted, I would go to the library and find simple, living books about the animals for the week to read in addition to the page in the Kingfisher encyclopedia. Then I created some Animal Kingdom Notebooking Pages to fill out about the animals. It was a really nice rhythm of reading together (which my kids really enjoy) and then documenting a bit about what we learned.

Then my son started asking for experiments.

Come read how I solved that problem using Elemental Science!  

You can read my review at The Curriculum Choice.


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