You Can Do It To!

You Can Do It Too - 25 Homeschool Families Share Their Stories

I am honored to share this eBook with you, and hope it is a huge encouragement to those of you who sit right where I sat years ago.  I was overwhelmed with the idea of homeschooling, confused, and just wanted to find real people, like me, who were doing it.  I had a couple of in real life friends, and I longed for more, so I turned to the internet.  I wish a book like this would have been available to me back then I would have purchased it in a heartbeat and soaked in every word.

I am honored to be a part of this project and hope my words and the words of 25 other homeschoolers {there is one bonus interview}.  Homeschoolers like Stephanie from Keeper of the Home, Toni from The Happy Housewife, Mandi from Life Your Way, and Tabitha from Meet Penny. The eBook is over 250 pages of encouragement and honesty from real life homeschoolers.

A few of the questions I answered in my section {many others answered these same questions}…

  • How and why did you decide to start home schooling?
  • Have you thought about quitting before?
  • How has the home school schedule affected/benefited your family life?
  • Are you worried about socialization?
  • What are your concerns with home schooling now? Are they different than when you started?

You can purchase your copy in Kindle format here on Amazon, or in PDF format here on the YCDIT website.You Can Do it To Homeschooling eBook

I am giving away 3 copies of You Can Do It To here on my blog!  You can enter using Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway is open to anyone, a code making the eBook checkout free will be emailed to you if you are one of the winners!  Giveaway closes 10/2/12.

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$1,000 Holiday Cash Giveaway #HolidayCash

I am excited to share another HUGE cash giveaway with you!  This time I have partnered with a lovely group of bloggers {see below} to bless 2 winners this time!  The $1000 cash will be divided between two winners, each winner receiving $500.  You can see full details regarding this giveaway within the Rafflecopter form below! 

I invite you to enter to win and maybe you find a few new blogs you like too! 

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Please enter using Rafflecopter below, this form is the SAME on all participating blogs. See details within the form for all rules and info regarding this giveaway.  The giveaway closes on 9/29/12, and is open for US residents only.

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Learning Resources Geometric Shapes


We have a fun giveaway for you today, for Real World Folding Geometric Shapes  from Learning Resources!

Learning Resources Geometric Shapes

There are 8 shapes included ~ cube, cylinder, hexagonal prism, rectangular prism,  triangular prism, square pyramid,  triangular pyramid and cone. Each shapes comes with foldable inserts to represent real world objects.  There are a total of 24 inserts, some shapes have more options than others.

Learning Resources Geometric Shapes

Ladybug’s thoughts… she really enjoyed these even though they weren’t really meant for her!  She thought they were really neat and has played with them a lot!Learning Resources Geometric Shapes

As for the boys, honestly, they weren’t too impressed since they weren’t as good for building, and more for learning.  They thought they were neat, but haven’t explored them much.

My thoughts…the teacher in me really likes these. Having a hands on version of geometric shapes that represent real world objects makes for fun math learning! The plastic part used to close the shape and keep the insert inside isn’t as sturdy as I would like, I had to add a little bit of clear tape to a few of them to keep them from falling apart as we explored them, but it’s not a really big deal.  I know I will love having these when we get to geometric shape lessons in math!

You can purchase these on Amazon here, and also directly on the Learning Resources website.prod4356_2_lg

Wanna win a set of your own?

Enter using Rafflecopter below, if you don’t see the widget, be sure you are reading on the actual blog and not in RSS or email.

Giveaway is open for US only and ends 9/24/12.

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All About Learning Press #giveaway

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you know we have been using products from All About Learning Press. Specifically, PacMan used All About Spelling when he was struggling a few years ago, and Krash will start with it this year. Krash is currently using All About Reading Level 1, and Ladybug is using All About Reading Level Pre-1.

I am thrilled to host a giveaway for you, for a $50 gift certificate to All About Learning Press! I know many of you have been eyeing products from All About Learning Press, and I love that one of you will win this to help with your purchases for the upcoming school year!

Not sure what you would want to purchase? Here are some links to some of my favorite resources on the All About Learning Press website {which is so helpful and informative}.

You can enter to win using Rafflecopter below. If you don’t see the widget, be sure you are reading on the blog itself, and not in RSS/email.

This giveaway is open to anyone, and ends on September 14, 2012.

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Draw, Write, Now Giveaway & Printables

We love Draw, Write, Now and have for years!  I bought my set when we first began homeschooling and am now using that same set with Krash!  When Barker Creek  Publishing contacted me about  partnering together it was a natural fit!


Barker Creek is a small, woman-owned business located near Seattle, Washington. Our company was founded almost 20 years ago with the release of Draw-Write-Now Book One. Through the years, the Draw Write Now series has earned numerous education awards including Teachers Choice and has been a recipient of Practical Homeschooling Magazine’s Reader’s Choice award-winner in both the handwriting and art categories almost every year for the past two decades. Barker Creek has expanded through the years and we now offer over 400 products that help children master essential skills and help teachers and parents organize and decorate their learning environments.

Be sure to read to the bottom of the post, they are giving away a complete set of Draw, Write, Now books!  I also have free go-along printables to share too!

For those of you unfamiliar with Draw, Write, Now, I will give you a little tour.  There are 8 books in the series, which can be purchased separately as well as all together in a box set. The individual books and topics are:

  • Book 1 ~  On the Farm, Kids & Critters, Storybook Characters
  • Book 2  ~ Columbus, Autumn Harvest, Weather
  • Book 3 ~ North America, Native Americans, Pilgrims
  • Book 4 ~ Polar Regions, Arctic, Antarctic
  • Book 5 ~ The United States, From Sea to Sea, Moving Forward
  • Book 6 ~ Animal Habitats: Land, Ponds/Rivers, Ocean
  • Book 7 ~ Animals of the World, Part 1: Forest Animals
  • Book 8 ~ Animals, part 2: Grasslands & Desert Animals


    The target age range for these books is 1st or 2nd grade, BUT Pac used them as a Kindergartner, and STILL uses them as a 5th grader!  The handwriting work is obviously for those learning to write, but the drawing lessons are timeless, even I use them!

    The books focus on enhancing students’ drawing and handwriting skills, while providing fun facts about different topics.

    For a little walk down memory lane, here are a few drawings Pac did when he was about 5/6 years old!

    Draw Write Now

    Draw Write Now


    And now, Krash is using the same books!  He has just begun, so I am starting him with book 1 and we are going to go through them in order.  With Pac, we used them for topics and built the books into our schoolwork that way.

    Here Krash is working on his hen, adding color.  I created some printables to help him during this stage as all of the copywork will overwhelm him right now.  I made tracers for him to start with, and then we will gradually move to more independent copying as he progresses.

    Draw, Write, Now


    His finished product…Draw, Write, Now Book One Hen -1157

    Great news!  I got permission from Draw, Write, Now to share these files with you.  The text is copied exact from their books, which is why I needed permission. This file includes all printables for Book One.  I am not guaranteeing all 8 books, it depends on many factors in my life!  Here are the two options included for each drawing.

    Draw Write Now Book 1 Hen Draw Write Now Book 1 Hen 2 

    Download the printables here!

    Draw, Write, Now Book 1 Printables

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