Monday, January 27, 2020

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 28, 2020


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Monday, January 20, 2020

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 21, 2020


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

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1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Littles Learning Link Up: Penguin Unit- Lesson 1 How Penguins Stay Warm and Dry plus a Shape Penguin Craft


Littles Learning Link Up is now on Friday!!

Each month you will find:
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my elementary-age children and the preschoolers I work with at our homeschool co-op (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
  • The occasional round up post.
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child(ren).

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

Here's a peek at what we have been up to in our homeschool.

 In our history lessons we have been learning about India from the time of the Mogul Empire to the time of the English gaining power there. We learned about the Taj Mahal. 

The children use the computer for math. Tabitha and Amelia also use computer time to work on their Bible verse memorization for Bible Quizzing. And Amelia is still working on her story. 

Harold and Hannah have been using SchoolhouseTeachers.com for grammar (which I posted my review for last week), while Amelia is using Easy Grammar Plus from last year, and Tabitha is using Grammar Planet. 

Other than that, we aren't getting a lot done. I'm still trying to find a balance with our homeschool and my Pampered Chef consultant business.

Moving on to our preschool lesson:

I started a Penguin unit with the prek/k class at co-op this month. I started out with a bit of a review of the Arctic, to see how much they could remember from last winter. They did a pretty good job. Then I showed them the globe and explained that Antarctica is on the opposite side of the world. We read a bit about Antarctica and Penguins. 



We talked about how cold it is in Antarctica and the penguins living on the ice and snow. Then we sang a couple of songs I came up with about penguins.

Did You Ever See a Penguin (tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie)

Did you ever see a penguin, a penguin, a penguin
did you ever see a penguin waddle around?
Waddle this way and that way, waddle this way and that way
Did you ever see a penguin waddle around?

See the Penguins (tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

See the penguins standing there, standing there standing there
See the penguins standing there,
In Antarctica

They would go tobogganing, tobogganing, tobogganing
The would go tobogganing
Down the snowy hill.

Of course I have motions and movements for these like our songs from last year.

We also sang our snowy, winter songs from last winter.

Then we started our Shape Penguin Craft. This is a craft I came up with a few years ago when Harold was still in what was then the Nursery class. The only difference was, this time I used cotton balls for the snow on the ground.

Here are the materials you will need:


Black construction paper
White construction paper
Orange construction paper
White paint
School glue
Glue sticks
Cotton balls
Wiggle eyes
Paper fasteners (brads)
Light blue construction paper or cardstock (not shown)
Q-tips (not shown)

In preparation I cut the black paper into oval bodies, and rectangle flippers/wings, the white into circle bellies, and the orange into triangle beaks and star feet.

The children started by using the Q-tips to make snow falling from the sky with the white paint.



We set them aside to dry while we started assembling the penguins.


This was what was completed when they had to go for snack and gym. 


I attached the penguin's flippers with the paper fasteners so they would be ready to attach to the snowy scene when the children returned.


After the penguin was safely attached, I had them glue on the wiggle eyes.


Then we glued on the fluffy snow.




Here are their finished Shape Penguins in a Snowy Land.


We also read this cute book to learn more about penguins, and the one pictured toward the beginning of the lesson.


We talked about how penguins stay warm because they have so many feathers overlapping. I found this idea online. We took feathers and playdough, plus I had a ruler to measure out 1 centimeter square of space. They learned that the penguins have nine feathers in every square inch.


 First they were given some playdough and nine feathers and told to arrange them however they wanted.



Then they were challenged to fit all the feathers in that 1 centimeter square.


We also talked about how they stay dry because they have an oil that they secrete near their tail which they then preen all over their feathers. So, we did a little science experiment to see how oil and water don't mix.





We will be working on this penguin unit all month. Next week I'll be sharing our lesson the focuses more on Emperor penguins.

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there was 1 wonderful post linked up. I will be featuring this post

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's featured post is:


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Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on one of my relevant boards, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Monday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Littles Learning Link Up permalink please.



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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #291: January 16, 2020

Welcome back to... 


I know, I know, Throwback Thursday seems to be all about sharing pictures from the past, great memories that mean something to you, that you would like to share with others. At least that is how it appears to me. Throwback Thursday wasn't something I was participating in, and then I came up with an idea.

I thought it would be great fun and a help to my blog to share old content, but not just any old content. Each week I will share an old blog post from a previous year, any year, BUT it has to be from the current week (for example, something I've posted around January 16th, from any previous year)  I will go in, edit the post if needed, add a pinnable image if I don't already have one, and share it on Facebook.

Would you like to join in? You do not need to edit your past post in any way, you don't need to create a pinnable image, though it couldn't hurt, in fact it will help your blog traffic to add quality pinnable images to your posts.

Just go into your archives, choose a favorite post from this current week from any previous year, and link it up below. (If you don't have anything from this current week, it is still okay to link up with a post from a previous year around this time. And if you haven't been blogging for a full year, feel free to share any earlier post.)


Please make sure to share from the past as instructed above.  The spirit of Throwback Thursday Blog-Style is to share posts from the past. Please follow the guidelines. I would hate to have to delete your link.
Thank you

I will be pinning posts to my appropriate Pinterest boards and will be randomly selecting a Featured Throwback Thursday post to share next week. Just a note, I will be sharing a picture from your post if you are selected as the featured post, but I will link back to your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. By linking up you are giving me permission to use your picture in the post. 

Here is my Throwback Thursday post
(I've been sharing reviews this year, but this time of year there aren't many reviews, so I decided to share something different today):

Originally posted January 18, 2019
Arctic Animal Fun: Arctic Fox Lesson


Here is this week's randomly selected
Featured Throwback Thursday post:

Homeschool on the Range shared


To participate, link up below. It would be great if you could visit several of the other posts that have linked up. Stop by, comment, and pin images so we can help each other.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button. Just link it to my Throwback Thursday Blog-Style permalink please.



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Monday, January 13, 2020

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- January 14, 2020


Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Supplementing Our Homeschool with Lessons from SchoolhouseTeacher.com {A Homeschool Review Crew Review}

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.



We have had access to the SchoolhouseTeachers.com site since we started on the Homeschool Review Crew in December of 2012. Wow, can you believe this is our eighth year on the Crew?!? Anyway, the SchoolhouseTeachers.com site has gone through quite a lot of changes since we first started using it. I admit, though we have had access, we haven't used it very much over the years. Mainly because we are always switching from one product to another with the Crew, so it is hard to find time to go back to SchoolhouseTeachers.com while reviewing other products and staying on schedule with our core curriculum. However, as I have had taken the time to peruse the site this past month, I think we may continue using the Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership that we have been provided. 



This Ultimate PreK-12 Annual Membership provides a full curriculum for all the children in a family, ranging from your preschoolers to your high school seniors. There are actually over 460 courses and over 14,000 individual lessons from all academic subjects. Of course, you will find the core subjects that your children will need, such as math, language arts, science, and history. But there is so much more. There are courses in Bible, Computer & Technology, Health & Fitness, and Music to name several of them. There are also unit studies in the different subjects, including holidays. 

There are multiple ways to go about putting together a course of study for your children. You may want to just pick and choose different subjects to supplement your child(ren)'s schooling. Or, you could choose to use SchoolhouseTeachers.com for your complete curriculum. 

I like being able to search for courses using the drop-down menu in the blue bar on the home screen. You can search by grade level or by subject. Just hover over the title, move your cursor down to the grade level or subject you want, and click on it. 


As I was browsing the site, I decided I wanted to focus on some Language Arts for the younger two children. So, I used the "Browse by Subject" menu to discover some courses I wanted them to focus on. When you click on the course you want, it brings up that course's page, which includes thumbnails of the courses you can scroll through horizontally. 


I decided to focus on Daily Grammar with Harold and Hannah. Hannah has been working on capitalization and Harold has been focusing on nouns and pronouns.

With their lessons, I have had to download what I need and print it out for them to use. After I go over the lesson with the children, they sit at the table to work through their exercises. They are free to come to me for help and clarification when they need to.




SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a variety of different formats for children to learn through. In addition to having having courses where we have to download and print out lessons, there are courses that have video or audio components, plus some may have interactive content or self-correcting assignments. 

Here is a look at part of the Geography menu:


I used the following key to help me find some Geography courses for the older girls to use.


Tabitha has been getting into some Geography and Bible with the course titled "Trek to the Holy Land and Beyond." These videos are from Vision Video and are called Stevie's Trek. They are currently available to be streamed through the SchoolhouseTeachers.com site, and will be available at least though July 13, 2022. 


Tabitha has been getting some review of Bible stories, such as Abraham and Moses, while learning some new geography information. After watching the videos, which are all around half an hour in length, Tabitha takes a short quiz. These can be taken in two different formats: a worksheet that is downloaded and printed out, or the interactive, on-screen version. As we like to save ink when we can, I opted to have her do her work on the computer.


The child is able to redo a quiz if they need to, and I like that I can get a detailed report. 

As I wanted to get a good grasp on the different kinds of components available, I asked Amelia if she could work through a course that had not just downloadable text, but interactive content. 

She has been working through the Wonders of the World course. With this course we could download the information for her to work through, or she could use the onscreen lessons, both of which have the same information. I like that there are pictures included with the interactive lessons though, plus an interactive activity at the end of the lesson.  


This is the interactive lesson which she has been working through on the site.


And this is the section of the downloadable version which shares the same information.

Here's Amelia working on her lesson.


And this is interactive activity at the end of this particular lesson.


Whether a child chooses to do the lessons through the interactive lessons or the downloadable lessons, there are also other downloadable files that can be used. There are Activities, Coloring Pages, and Copywork. As of yet we haven't used any of those extras. The activities appear to be more for review after the full course has been completed. Amelia isn't really interested in coloring sheets, and the copywork seems to be designed for younger students. I do wish they had copywork for older children with smaller lines and cursive writing.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com does provide lesson plans to help you keep yourself organized.

The first page lets you know the length of the class plus a schedule on how to get the lessons completed. It also lists the resources needed and instructions. There is then a checklist where you can check off the box after the lesson is complete.



The following pages list out the activities that should be completed each day of each week, with a box for taking notes.


I like that though SchoolhouseTeachers.com provides lesson plans it is not required to use them. We have always been on the relaxed homeschooling side, and I love being able to pick and choose what we are going to work on (or allowing the children to do so, now that they are older) and go at our own pace. Though I do admit, these would be great to keep in a notebook just so I can keep track of what was done, even if we don't follow the suggested schedule.

Remember I stated I like to use the drop down menu to choose the courses we are going to use? Well, if you are someone who needs a bit more guidance, you could choose to utilize the Scope and Sequence charts. You can check out the Scope and Sequence by grade or by subject. Personally, there was just too much information in those files for me to go through, so I prefer to use the strategy I have been using. Scroll though the courses to see what we want to do. 

Now I wanted to talk a bit more about the additional resources that I discovered while perusing the site. 

There is a SchoolhouseTeachers.com Video Library. 

I have to tell you, this is an awesome section of the site! There are hundreds of videos to choose from (over 450 actually). Remember the Vision Video "Trek to the Holy Land and Beyond" videos that I mentioned Tabitha was watching? Well, you can access them from the video library. The thing is, there are so many other great video providers, such as Drive Thru History and Creation.com, and RightNow Media which have videos available for streaming. Yes, these videos are accessible from lessons, but I love the way they have made them available all in one place. Here take a look at all the different topics you will find videos in: Kids, Art, Apologetics, Bible, Electives, Foreign Languages, Geography, History, Language Arts, Math, Marriage, Mission & Persecution, Music, Parents, Science, Video Courses on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, Christmas, and Easter.

And there is a Literacy Center for children learning to read. This is actually one of thirteen Focused Learning Centers. If you have a child who needs help in a particular subject, you can find some guidance through these centers.

And, if you are one who needs to use a planner, there is the normal downloadable Schoolhouse Planner which has over 750 pages to help you organize, plus they also have a downloadable High School Schoolhouse Planner. I have used their Hey Mama! print planner in the past, and I can just imaging how much greatness is packed into 750 pages. 

We are also given access to World Book. 

As you can see, there is a LOT to SchoolhouseTeachers.com. You really can pull together a complete curriculum with all of the core subjects plus different electives. And you can keep yourself organized by using the different checklists, lesson plans, and planners. Everything you need for homeschooling is right at your fingertips. When you purchase the annual membership you qualify for the Gold AppleCore Plan which includes such things as a Course Tracker, Grade Reporting, Report Cards, Portfolio Assistance, and more. And if you join by the end of the month there is quite the discount available. 


I'm going to keep encouraging the children to find topics they want to learn about as well as continue with the grammar with the younger two, and adding in spelling as well. I am really looking forward to being able to watch some of the Drive Thru History videos that are available, along with the science

SchoolhouseTeachers.com really is a wonderful, valuable resource for homeschooling families.Think about it, the price listed above in the graphic, that covers your entire family for the year. 

Though it may feel overwhelming at first, they definitely have improved the organization from when we first reviewed it back in December of 2012. I love how I can find the courses I want by looking at the subject list or by going to each of the children's grade levels. I think my favorite part might just have to be all those videos we can watch.

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