What’s Up Wednesday

Good Morning! I hope your week is going well. Ours has been good and a little rough at the same time. The rough part wasn’t that bad, just kiddos not wanting to do chores or some school work I wanted them to complete.

We had a fun trip to a local farm. They boys learned more about planting and growing pumpkins. They got to feed some ponies, goats and a donkey. We went through a straw and a corn maze. Then they took us out to the pumpkin patch by way of a hay ride. A little bumpy, but lots of fun. Lol After we rode on the hay ride back to the farm’s store we enjoyed some cider slushies. It was a beautiful day too. The sun was shining and the temperature was perfect.

What have you all been up to this week? Anything new and fun, or has it been a rough week?

Just to let you know, we will be having our next Thinking Tree Journal giveaway this Friday! I will let you know the time soon! I will also be scheduling the Grammar Galaxy Review and the KidArtLit review soon. I am still waiting on some clarification on some things. I think you guys are going to love all of these products! Let me know if there is a product you would like me to check out for you and I will see if I can do a review for you. I just found a neat product that is like legos, but that shows up on a tablet as you connect them. I have contacted them and am hoping to get to do a review and at least a coupon code if not a giveaway! So, let me know if you have any thoughts! I hope you all have a fun week! Talk to you later!

Chime in!

When should I have my next Thinking Tree giveaway?

I want to make sure and include working mamas, so I am going to show the book and leave the video up for you all to leave comments (That’s how you are entered to win). Then I will post the winner the next morning. Let me know when you all want me to have the The Thinking Tree Journal giveaway! What day of the week is best for most of you?

I will also be scheduling the Grammar Galaxy review and giveaway soon. The boys are really enjoying it, so I can’t wait to share it with all of you! Please share about the giveaways! I hope you have a fantastic day!

I have to say: Facebook has nothing to do with either of these giveaways.

Bach, Beethoven, Pachelbel, Mozart

Our boys have been into classical music a lot. Since I was pretty tired today we decided to watch documentaries about composers and how to read music. I then started to wonder…..are there any close symphonies that have school shows….I bet there are. So, I looked up symphonies near us….none are “near” lol. Anyway, I found Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and emailed them. Ok, get this, not only do they have shows for schools, but also cater to homeschool and families and here is the big surprise….they are free! So, if you aren’t far from Pittsburgh, check it out! Here is the link. We have already made our reservations! Let us know if you are going too! Would love to meet some of you!

Heinz Hall Education Reservations

They also have pre-show info and activities for you and your kiddos to do and learn before you go. Here is the link for that.

Preconcert Resources

We are so happy to have found this! Thank you Heinz Hall!!

Bach, Beethoven, Pachelbel, Mozart

Our boys have been into classical music a lot. Since I was pretty tired today we decided to watch documentaries about composers and how to read music. I then started to wonder…..are there any close symphonies that have school shows….I bet there are. So, I looked up symphonies near us….none are “near” lol. Anyway, I found Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh and emailed them. Ok, get this, not only do they have shows for schools, but also cater to homeschool and families and here is the big surprise….they are free! So, if you aren’t far from Pittsburgh, check it out! Here is the link. We have already made our reservations! Let us know if you are going too! Would love to meet some of you!

Heinz Hall Education Reservations

They also have pre-show info and activities for you and your kiddos to do and learn before you go. Here is the link for that.

Preconcert Resources

We are so happy to have found this! Thank you Heinz Hall!!

Motivation Monday

Another Monday, another week to get moving and get things done. Gonna be honest….my get up and go, has not gotten up yet. Lol The boys are still asleep and I’m relaxing and reading other bloggers blogs. I am thankful I can do that on a Monday morning. I know most people have to get up early to get the kids ready for school or to get to work or both. When WH went to public virtual school he had to get up a lot earlier and he hated it. We homeschool for several reasons, but being able to take a day and take it slow and easy is such a huge perk. We are going to do some “school work” but today its just going to be a nice easy day. My husband also told me it is National Boston Cream day…so we are going to have to honor that. Lol So, for Motivation Monday, I’m going to tell you to motivate yourself to relax, and take in all the wonderful things in your life right now. Even if things are really crappy, find something positive that has happened, think on that and thank God for it. I hope your week is wonderful and I pray for you all to have some time to sit back and relax a while. Talk to you later! Mandy

So Excited!

Our KidArtLit box came today! We will be doing the live review on our Facebook page as soon as we get the giveawAy and coupons figured out! I am hoping to have it sometime next week! I will keep you all posted! I hope you are having a great day!

KidArtLit

I have exciting news about the KidArtLit subscription boxes I told you all about. I heard back from them yesterday and they are going to allow me to do a giveaway and a coupon code when I do the live review on FB! I have to work out all the details with them, but I will keep you all posted on when we will be doing that review…it should be within the next week or so. If you want to check them out before my review, check out their link in my blog page.

KidArtLit October Box

KidArtLit October box sounds so fun! Here is what you get in it:

Each October box includes:

  • A hardback picture book that illuminates the everyday wonders of community
  • A Ready-Set-Go cellophane stained-glass window exploration for two
  • Everything you need to create two papier-mâché luminariesthat will light up your home with autumn color
  • Guidance from our easy-to-follow mini magazine
  • Order your subscription today with code OCTOBER10 to receive a discount!
  • Here is the link!http://KidArtLit.com?rfsn=796522.f88d0

We tried!

This little fella was on our screen door! Lol

Well, we went for a goal of 50 new followers and we did pretty good, but didn’t quite make it. I truly appreciate all of you sharing my blog and I hope you continue to enjoy our little adventure in homeschooling. I hope I encourage you all and help you realize you are not alone especially during the difficult times! We are here for each other to listen and if wanted, give advice.

Just so you know, I will be having at least one giveaway in November and December…it is looking like I will have some more for the new year, but I don’t want to let you in on anything just yet! You gotta stick with me and keep an eye out! Lol I will also be doing some live reviews on some of the other things we use in our homeschool….I may not have a giveaway, but I know just seeing a curriculum before you choose to buy it is helpful. I’ll let you all go…..I can’t wait til this evening! My mom is bringing me a chocolate peanut butter cake for my birthday! My mouth is already watering! Lol Have a great day everyone! Mandy

What’s Up Wednesday!

Hump day already! I swear the older I get the faster time seems to go. Anyway, I decided to make Wednesday’s our “What’s Up Wednesday” post. Where we share what we have been up to for the week and where you can share how your week has been going. It can be about hhomeschooling, anything you want to brag about or get off your chest. So, without further adue….our first, What’s Up Wednesday!

So, I’m not going to lie….this week has been a llittle frustrating. Nothing major just the boys not wanting to do chores or school work or go to bed. Like any normal kid, right?

Don’t get me wrong, we have had a lot of good times too. WH is really into classical music from around the world. We have been listening to it during school. It distracts him a little, but I think the cultural exposure is a huge positive. He is also really starting to understand math. I think using the Thinking Tree journals and Life of Fred together are helping him grasp things.

LH is taking off with his reading ….he is reading books to his younger brother and starting to gain a lot of confidence because of that.

WYH, now he is a different story and we are still trying to use all kinds of things to help him learn. He is a hands on learner. He doesn’t like to sit down and write in journals or read a book. He has enjoyed listening to The Mouse and the Motorcycle book at night. Teach your monster to read has become a God send. He is starting to read and doesn’t even realize it! He loves building so I usually have build some kind of structure with blocks too. This week I have slacked a little with that though.

I have been trying to work on my blog and learn how to make it better for all of you. It really is a learning curve, but I’m getting there. I appreciate all of you joining me for this ride! Talk to ya later, Mandy

Update on possible birthday giveaway giveaway: we have gotten several more followers and we are getting close to our goal of 50 new followers! We still need 15 more by tomorrow morning! If we get there by 9:30 am Eastern, we will do the extra Thinking Tree review and giveaway! So, keep sharing and sharing! We are so close to the goal! I really want to give something away! Also, I am going to do it a little different. I will do the live review, but to make sure we give working mamas and others time to see it and comment, I won’t announce a winner until Friday morning! Have a great day!