On Saturday, April 28, you can register and attend a FREE Virtual event put on by IEW. This Spring Mini-Conference features five workshops with Andrew Pudewa, Todd Wilson, Lee Binz and more. You can sign up here. The workshops include: Time (CT) Session ...


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IEW’s FREE Spring Mini-Conference (April 28, 2018)

On Saturday, April 28, you can register and attend a FREE Virtual event put on by IEW. This Spring Mini-Conference features five workshops with Andrew Pudewa, Todd Wilson, Lee Binz and more.

You can sign up here.

The workshops include:

Time (CT) Session Speaker(s)
10:00AM–11:00AM Struggling Learners/Special Education:
Answers to Difficult Questions

Dyslexia. Dysgraphia. ADHD. Spectrum disorders. The journey for a student with these special learning needs (and others!) often seems daunting and presents unique questions. Join Andrew Pudewa and Jill Pike as they answer your questions and share insights to help you successfully navigate this pathway successfully.
Andrew Pudewa
Jill Pike
11:30AM–12:30PM Family Schooling with the Family Man
As parents we are charged with the responsibility of educating our children, whether that involves a full-time school, hybrid school, or homeschool. How can parents maximize the influence they have in their children’s lives regardless of their time constraints? How can parents best support each other’s efforts? Join Andrew Pudewa and Todd Wilson as they share ideas from their own experience that will uplift and encourage you. Dads welcome!
Andrew Pudewa
Todd Wilson
12:30PM–1:30PM Lunch Break
1:30PM–2:30PM Tackling Your Teens: Homeschooling through High School
The task of teaching your high school kids at home may seem a bit intimidating. What does that look like today? Are they even home? How can you know you are providing a robust high school experience that will prepare them for life and “college and career” without squelching their love of learning? Join Andrew Pudewa and Lee Binz as they answer these questions and others you may have. You may discover homeschooling high school isn’t actually that overwhelming!
Andrew Pudewa
Lee Binz
3:00PM–4:00PM Teaching Boys and Other Children Who Would Rather Make Forts All Day
Research shows that not only do boys and girls respond differently to similar environments, children in general like to do what they can do, and they hate to do what they think they cannot do. You will laugh as you learn from Andrew Pudewa and discover how to create relevancy for children as you teach them both academic and life skills.
Andrew Pudewa
4:30PM–5:30PM Experience Excellence in Writing
Have you heard of IEW but need a closer look? Join Laura House, homeschool mom and IEW Accomplished Instructor, to learn how IEW differs from other writing programs and what resources can help you get started. Whether your students love to write, hate to write, or struggle because of special learning needs, you’ll see why IEW’s method can transform them into competent and confident communicators.
Laura House

Final Time: Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Memberships for Just $50 (reg. $97, Ends 4/27)

If you use (or plan to use) notebooking in your schooling, this is a great deal! For the next three days, you can SAVE $47 on Notebooking Pages LIFETIME Memberships. At $50, this is the lowest price I’ve seen.

Please note that this will be the last time they offer this low price on LIFETIME memberships (they are restructuring memberships and pricing in the fall).

In addition, you can also choose to pay now or with a 3-month installment plan ($10 the first month, $20 the second, and $20 the third month).

LIFETIME Members receive all current & future notebooking products PLUS two bonuses:

  • Bonus 1: 6 months free subscription to The Notebooking Publisher web-app
  • Bonus 2: $100+ Homeschool e-book package

This offer expires Friday, April 27 at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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Intentional Homeschooling Fall Bundle

For a few more days, you can get the Intentional Homeschooling Fall Bundle for just $25. There are a variety of homeschool resources to help you, and it’s worth taking a look since the value is over $236.

The bundle includes:

Spy School e-book by Kara Anderson
Mulberry Magazine Issue #7 by Grace @ Mulberry Magazine
Basic Kit Piano Course Level 1 For Beginning Students by The Domestic Musician
Growth Mindset Printables by Big Life Journal
Mom’s Quiet Time Journal by Sara @ The Homeschool Post
How to Choose the Best Curriculum for Your Homeschool by Sara @ The Homeschool Post
Special Education at Home by Shawna @ Not The Former Things
Boy of the Painted Cave Literature Unit by Laura @ Homeschooling Five
Preparing My Heart for Christmas Challenge Journal by Heather @ Life of a Homeschool Mom
Nature Identification Set – Constellations by Ashley @ Brave Grown Home
The Gnomes’ Gemstones by Jennifer @ From Jennifer
Explore the World Digital Resource Guide by Chantel @ Intentional Homeschooling
Kids Travel Journal by Chantel @ Intentional Homeschooling
Lesson Planner by Alicia @ Learning Well Community
Erosion, Weathering and Depositions bundle by Tanya @ The Natural Homeschool
Photo Class for Kids by Angie Warren @ Warren Schoolhouse
Homeschooling Your Preschooler Five Senses by Elizabeth @ This Little Home of Mine
Letter-a-Week Activity Guide by Elizabeth @ This Little Home of Mine

Learn more about the bundle here


Saturday Savings: 7/22

Here are a few freebies and deals for this weekend!

Homeschool Family Freebies:

1) FREE Periodic Table of Elements in Words and Pictures

This is one of my favorite freebies I found this week. Visit this interactive Periodic Table of Elements in words and pictures. You can also download and print one out for free! So fun!


2) FREE Redbox Rental

Get a free one-night game, DVD, or Blu-Ray rental from any Redbox kiosk by texting GAMENIGHT to 727272!

**The code will say “game rental,” but will work for DVD/Blu-Ray rentals as well.**

Code valid for 14 days after you receive it.


3) Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Chipotle Coupon

Here’s a nice, high-value Chipotle offer. First, you will need to hit the “Make Your Mix” button, make a music mix and listen to it, and then get a buy one, get one free entree coupon texted to you. This coupon is valid for burritos, salads, tacos, or burrito bowls.

Exp. August 31, 2017.


4) Military – FREE Day at Seaworld

If you are active duty military, SeaWorld is offering a FREE DAY AT SEAWORLD (select locations + up to three dependents). Be sure to check out the details to see if you qualify.

Waves of Honor complimentary admission permits any U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman to one complimentary admission per year to either SeaWorld®, Busch Gardens®, or Sesame Place® for military personnel and as many as three direct dependents. The offer is valid for one park and one visit only.


5) FREE Munchkin Bottle & Canvas w/Baby Registry Purchase

Through July 31st, Prime members can create a FREE Baby registry, make a $25 or more purchase from it, and get a FREE Munchkin bottle AND code for a FREE 8×10 photo canvas from Amazon Prints.



Homeschool Family Deals


1) PaperMate InkJoy

These are my favorite pens! Get this PaperMate InkJoy 8-Pack for just $3.97 as an add-on item or $3.77 when you order with Subscribe & Save.

  • Ultra-smooth ink in 8 Vivid shades keeps the fun and ideas flowing
  • Reliable and fluid 1.0mm medium tip draws bold lines from beginning to end
  • Retractable design is ready to write with just a click
  • Comfortable grip feels good in your hand
  • Includes: 1 magenta, 1 red, 1 orange, 1 green, 1 turquoise, 1 blue, 1 purple and 1 black ballpoint pen


2) $10 Lifetime National Parks Pass (Ages 62+)

If you are 62 or older and enjoy visiting National Parks, you might want to get a lifetime National Parks Senior Pass soon!  Right now, the price for a pass is just $10, but after August 27, 2017, the price will go up to $80.  You can check out this post for more info.

You can check this list to see where to purchase your pass in your state.  You can also apply online or send in a mail-in application for an extra $10 for document processing.


3) Writing Essentials Kit

Here is a nice deal on this writing essentials kit from Amazon. It includes high-quality, brand-name pens, highlighters, and more.

  • Equip the home, office or go back to school fully supplied: 2 permanent markers, 1 dry erase marker, 3 highlighters, 6 ballpoint pens, 1 gel pen, 2 felt pens, 3 mechanical pencils and 2 erasers
  • Sharpie markers and highlighters are loaded with vibrant, high-contrast ink that dries quickly to make every message and idea pop
  • Paper Mate InkJoy pens feature a range of fun, vivid colors and ultra-smooth ink while flair felt tip pens have brilliant ink that won’t bleed through paper
  • Paper Mate Mechanical pencils and erasers are the perfect partners for neat writing and notes
  • EXPO 2-in-1 low odor dry erase markers have double the bold color and create consistent marks that erase cleanly from most non-porous surfaces.


4) Fiskars Scissors (Original)

Grab these Fiskars Original (8-inch Orange-Handled) Scissors for just $3.69 as an add-on item (reg. $8.97). This is the lowest price-to-date.

  • Ideal for cutting a wide variety of materials including denim, silk and multiple layers of fabric
  • High-grade, precision-ground stainless steel blades offer a lasting sharp edge that cuts all the way to the tip
  • Ergonomic handle is sculpted to fit your hand, maximizing cutting control and sensitivity
  • Length: 8 inch
  • Lifetime warranty


5) Solar Eclipse Glasses

You can get a package of 11 Solar Eclipse Glasses for $7.75 right now.

I also found another pack of 10 flag solar eclipse glasses for $5.99 as an add-on item. There is also a 25 pack that is $6.98. It doesn’t include Prime shipping though, so I’m not sure how long it will take them to arrive.

The solar eclipse will be visible on August 21!

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Saturday Savings: Homeschool Family Freebies & Deals for 7/8

Here are a few freebies and deals for this weekend!

Homeschool Family Freebies


1. Chick-Fil-A’s Dress Like a Cow Day (Free Entree)

It’s coming up!  On July 11, you can participate in Chick-Fil-a’s Dress Like a Cow Day.  This will run from store opening to 7pm.  Anyone dressing like a cow (even partially) will receive a free entree, and kids will receive a free kid’s meal.

See all the details here.

2. FREE Shipping from IEW

The Institute for Excellence in Writing is offering free shipping through July 10. You’ll need to use the code SHIP-FREEDOM17 to get this offer.

3. FREE $10 Bonus w/Amazon App Download & Sign-In

If you are a Prime Member and you haven’t yet used the Amazon app, you can get a $10 bonus when you download the app and sign-in for the first time. You’ll need to download the app and then sign-in. You should receive an email with details about the bonus.

This offer expires July 31, 2017.


4. Notebooking Pages Freebies

Notebooking Pages offer access to over 600 free notebooking pages when you sign up. They also have a lifetime membership if you find that you utilize many of their pages.


5. Currclick Freebies

Currclick offers lots of downloadable freebies. You can find them all here.


Homeschool Family Deals


1. Sisters in Time Series eBooks

My girls love these books! Right now, most of these Sisters in Time series books are just $1.99 for the eBook version and one is free. That’s a great deal, and these are perfect for ages 8 and up. With four books in one and over 500 pages each, they provide lots of reading material…at least that’s what I’m looking for since my girls seem to be zipping through books this summer! 

American Dream

American Progress

American Rebirth

American Struggle

American Triumph


2. Prime Day Deals & Freebies

It’s almost Prime Day! If you are a Prime Member, here are a few promotions you can take advantage of beforehand. If you aren’t a Prime Member, you can get a free 30-day trial here.

Prime Day is July 11th: It actually starts at 9 PM ET on July 10 for Prime Members, and there are supposed to be hundreds of thousands of deals–with some better than Black Friday. I’ll be posting all day, so be sure to check back often.

Six Month Subscription to Audible for 40% Off: This is one of my favorites, but I can’t tell if it’s still available since I took advantage of this deal. They were offering Prime Members the chance to start a subscription to Audible for just $8.95 per month for six months (reg. $14.95 per month).

Music Unlimited (Four Months) for just $0.99:– If you are a Prime member without a subscription to Music Unlimited, you can sign up to get four months for just $0.25 per month (reg. $7.99 per month).

FREE $10 Amazon credit w/1st Alexa order: Prime Members can order via Alexa for the first time and get a $10 credit. More details.

40% Off Kindle Unlimited: New or existing Prime members, can get 40% off a Kindle Unlimited subscription. This lets you read any eBook available in Kindle Unlimited.

No-Rush Rewards or Discounts: Prime Members can choose no-rush shipping at check-out and receive either rewards to use on future orders or a discount on whatever you are purchasing.


3. LEGO DUPLO Rocket Set

Get this LEGO DUPLO My First Rocket Set for just $5 right now. This is the lowest price-to-date. Please note this is an add-on item and prices may change.

  • Features a buildable rocket and planet, a double-sided girl/boy-decorated brick, bricks decorated as a moon, 2 planets and 3 stars, and 1-2-3 number-decorated bricks as talking points for learning and play
  • Encourage early construction skills by stacking the bricks to make a rocket and planet
  • Includes building cards to help you combine the bricks in different ways, creating new rockets or buildings and play with your toddler while introducing 1, 2, 3
  • Rocket measures over 9″ (23cm) high, 3″ (9cm) wide and 2″ (6cm) deep
  • LEGO DUPLO products are specially designed to be fun and easy for little hands


4. Boynton’s Greatest Hits Boxed Set (Board Books)

You can get Boynton’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 for $8.83. This is by far the lowest price I’ve seen this! Please remember prices may change.

Titles in the Vol. 1 set:

  • Blue Hat
  • Green Hat
  • A to Z
  • Moo, Baa, La La La!
  • Doggies


5. Tuesdays at the Castle eBook

Get Tuesdays at the Castle for just $1.99 today. This is a great book for kids grades 3 and up. There are several other books in the series, too.

Tuesdays at Castle Glower are Princess Celia’s favorite days. That’s because on Tuesdays the castle adds a new room, a turret, or sometimes even an entire wing to itself. No one ever knows what the castle will do next, and no one – other than Celia, that is – takes time to map out the new additions. But when King and Queen Glower are ambushed and reportedly killed, it’s up to Celia with her secret knowledge of the Castle’s many twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom