Thursday, July 11, 2019

Throwback Thursday Blog-Style #264: July 11, 2019

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 July 11th, 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
(This year I am going to focus on looking back at past reviews):

Originally posted June 27th, 2014
Creating Works of Art with ArtAchieve {A TOS Review}

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

Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach 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.

Happy Throwback Thursday!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wordless Wednesday: July 10, 2019 (w/linky) - Independence Day 2019

The children enjoyed some time at the playground while we were waiting for the fireworks to start.

Then it was time for the fireworks.

First they displayed the American Flag. We weren't at a great angle, but here it is.


These stuffies were watching the fireworks from the safety of the van.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

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 on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Littles Learning Link Up: July 9, 2019

Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • 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).
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. 

We started back to school for our summer session this week. Some children are happy because they said they were bored without school time, others aren't quite as happy. 

We are continuing our study from My Father's World Rome to the Reformation. We have made it to the Renaissance and will be focusing on different events and people from this time period for the next several weeks. I'm not sure if we will get all the week's finished, but I am not too concerned about the last couple of weeks as it focuses on some explorers, which is what we start our year off with in Exploration to 1850.

For science we will be learning a bit of astronomy, which goes well with this year's Summer Reading Program space theme. 

  And of course, we are still working on review products. 

We are all learning to play some simple songs on the piano with Simply Music. 

Harold and Hannah are working on some USA state sheets from The Crafty Classroom. Even Tabitha and Amelia are using the fun state map mazes that we received with the bundle.

We are going to be using Time Line pieces from Home School in the Woods to make matching cards to review what we have learned this year.

And for Language Arts, all of the children are going to be working through literature study guides from Memoria Press. The set I received is actually for third grade, so originally I was just going to work with Hannah on Mr. Popper's Penguins. However, I decided the other children could each use one of the guides as the books are appropriate for them too. Harold and I will be reading A Bear Called Paddington. Amelia will be working on Charlotte's Web. And Tabitha will be working on Farmer Boy.

Harold and I also had some fun in the kitchen yesterday. He wanted some mommy time that wasn't just school work, so we made a cake. It was just a boxed cake, but as is normal with my kids, he wanted to experiment. We added coffee instead of water and threw in a bit of cocoa powder. I have to say, it turned out very good.

Let's take a look at that review schedule real quick:

Last week I shared my review for Matific Galaxy which Harold absolutely loves! Don't miss your chance to win 1 of 3 single-grade, one-year access accounts. Just check out my giveaway post:

Later this month I will share reviews for the Music & Creativity Foundation Course from Simply Music plus the USA Activity Bundle Pack from Crafty Classroom.

And in August you will find reviews for Memoria Press, Home School in the Woods and Library & Educational Services.

Here are some things I would like to share with you:

Now onto:
Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 5 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post, plus the most clicked on posts.

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 randomly selected post is:

Early Learning Mom shared Early Learning Revolution.

This week's most clicked on post is:

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.

I am sharing over at

Homeschool Coffee Break

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- July 9, 2019

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!

Featured Giveaway

Matific Galaxy Giveaway Win 1 of 3 Single-Grade 1-year Access Accounts US only Ends 7/14

Storm Boy DVD US only Ends 7/19 2 Winners

Featured Reviews

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife .

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Matific Galaxy Giveaway {3 Winners!}

Last week I posted my review of Matific Galaxy, an online math program Harold has been using for the past several weeks. This award-winning program is for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. 

Harold loves the challenge of saving the aliens on the different planets while working on his math. Once the aliens get their pixels back, through Harold successfully completing math problems, he gets to give them gifts and take care of them.

We love the colorful, interactive games that help him improve his math skills in many topics. 

The topics include:
  • Numbers
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Mixed Operations
  • Basic Fractions
  • Length and Area
  • Measurements
  • Geometry
  • Problem Solving
Here is a screenshot of one of Harold's favorite games.

And I love the Parent Zone where I can check on his progress.

Harold loves this program so much and thinks it is so fun. In fact, he's been known to play a lot longer than he is required to each day. 

Not only can Matific Galaxy be played on a computer, but it can be played on your tablet or smartphone with their app. They have a separate one for each grade level.


Matific Galaxy has generously allowed me to give away 3 single grade, 1-year access accounts. You can actually try the program out for free, but you will be unable to move beyond the first planet without a subscription.

Do you have a child who loves to play on the computer, or a tablet or phone? Why not give them a fun way to work on their math while they do so? 

This giveaway will run for a week and a half. What I need you to do, is go try out the app (either from the App Store or Google Play) and then leave a review. You will then need to take a screenshot of that review and leave it on my Facebook post about this giveaway. Then, you can come back here to earn more entries into the giveaway.

Giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and over
Giveaway runs from July 4th through July 14th
Good luck!

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