Free ABC’s to Scheduling Workshop Audio

Cindy Rushton has just finished adding all of the resources into the Ultimate Homeschool Expo virtual library. And here is another sneak peek into her Membership Site.

Remember, when you purchase a ticket to the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, everything is ONLINE indefinitely. Cindy builds a private, exclusive Membership Site that includes everything from the UHSE in one place–it has audios (from all of the sessions and from the bonus gifts that her speakers give to us), ebooks, complete unit study guides, articles, printable notebooking pages, cookbooks, on and on. I can’t believe all of the things that we receive for only $39.95. It is truly ULTIMATE!

Anyway, back to the reason that I am sharing with you…

Here is another sampler of one of her free gifts that is included on the Membership Site. You are going to love this one! I’m always looking at ways to improve our schedule and manage our time more effectively and more usefully!

It is an audio that she actually sells on her website, but she is giving away on the Membership Site. Here is the link:

Scheduling ABC’s Audio Workshop with Cindy Rushton

Let Cindy take you by the hand and show you secrets to
developing a schedule that works for you and your family!

Download by Mp3
http://tinyurl.com/2cpsb9
Just think…this is only ONE of the awesome gifts included on the Membership Site. There are hundreds more!

Take my word for it, you will WANT to purchase this set and access all of the wonderful resources. Grab your ticket here:
Ultimate Homeschool Expo 2010

Winner Announced for our Free Drawing!

We have a winner to our free ticket to Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo! I have contacted Lydia who entered our drawing after posting about our drawing and the Expo on her blog. Thank you for spreading the news, Lydia!

Lesson Planet

    My family and I received a complimentary membership to Lesson Planet for the purpose of a review for the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Always looking for different ideas and lesson plans for different subjects all at different grade levels for your homeschool? Well, Lesson Planet may be the solution for you.

      Lesson Planet is a website dedicated to the sole purpose to assist you in searching the vast World Wide Web for lesson plan ideas for just the right subject area, age, and activity to use in with your children.

“What makes Lesson Planet different from using internet search engines,” you ask. Well, Lesson Planet supplies the following features for your use:

  • You can search according to different categories and categories within categories.
    You can choose to search for just Worksheets, then choose the Subject area or Theme of those worksheets.
    You can also choose to search for just Lesson Plans, then choose the Subject area, ThemeCalendar, or Lesson Planning Articles.
  • You can read Lesson Planning Articles written by Subject Guides, experienced educators in specific education areas, who write articles with suggestions in lesson planning, activity and resource recommendations, and assorted topics of interest. There is even one specifically for Homeschoolers.
  • You can look up Standards by State. You can click on a particular state and see the standards followed by that state for its public school system curriculum. (I found these to be outdated. Several states date back to 1999 and early 2000’s, even though their standards have been updated and modified statewide.)

The best feature that may be of interest to you and that I found the most valuable was the Advanced Search feature. This is something that a general internet search engine cannot do for you. Here you can specify what you want included and do not want included in the search results:

  • Grade level
  • Words to include, exact phrases, words not to include
  • Technology suggested terms to include
  • Teaching method terms to include
  • Lesson to include various terms of student activity – quiz, forms, vocabulary, Webquest, etc.
  • Exclude sites that require subscription, exclude lessons that require web access, exclude sites with advertising

A Lesson Planet subscription costs $39.95 per year. A 10 day free trial is available with the use of a credit card. If you cancel within the 10 days, you will not be charged. If you  do not, a charge will appear on your card.

For other reviews of Lesson Planet, visit the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Free Chance for Homeschool Expo and a Free Notebooking Gift

Here is another gift to show you some of the wonderful things Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo has to offer you! As I wrote earlier, I love joining in on this online conference every year to listen to different guest speakers, win doorprizes, receive a goody bag filled with resources to use my homeschool, and walk away feeling refreshed. And, better yet, I know I can always go back to Cindy’s Membership site with my ticket purchase to listen to these workshops from then on and receive refreshment whenever I need it.  I can even download these audio files to listen to when I’m on the move with my kiddos.

With every online event that Cindy plans, she builds a private, exclusive Membership Site that includes everything from the UHSE in one place–it has audios (from all of the sessions and from the bonus gifts that her speakers give to us), ebooks, complete unit study guides, articles, printable notebooking pages, cookbooks, on and on.

I can’t believe all of the things that we receive for only $39.95. It is truly ULTIMATE!

Anyway, back to the reason that I am sharing with you…

Here is the link to the gift:

A Quick Start for Notebooking Mini-Set!

Need ideas for encouraging your young writers and QUICK?  Ready for a FUN way to encourage your most reluctant writer to write AND like it??? This fun-filled, hands-on workshop is one that you simply CANNOT miss!!  Cindy Rushton, who has become known through the years as THE BINDER QUEEN, uses Notebooking for EVERYTHING! She will show you how to begin whether your child is a toddler or the most skeptical high schoolers.  This workshop is sure to light a fire that will equip YOU to help your children deepen their studies and document learning all along the way!

TOPICS FOR THIS WORKSHOP INCLUDE: Hey! Do I Have A Chance At This??; Why On Earth Notebook???; Down to the Nitty Gritty…WHAT Do I Need and HOW Do I Do It?; Step-by-Step Through Notebooking; Scrapbooking! YES! You CAN Have Fun Homeschooling; Hey? What is Legal?  What All  Goes Into A Notebook???; Developing FUN Studies That Teach and Inspire!!; Copywork…Answers to ALL of Your Questions; Taking the Writer From Reluctant to Researching; Ideas, Ideas, Ideas, There’s Gotta Be One for You; PLUS Much, Much More! PLUS! Cindy doesn’t stop with the workshop, she also includes the Q/A Session after the workshop AND her handouts/samples of student notebooks. Awesome!

Let’s Try Notebooking Audio Mp3:
(Cindy’s Workshop)
http://www.cindysdesktop.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/TALNotebookingPartOne.mp3

(Questions and Answers)
http://www.cindysdesktop.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/TALNotebookingPartTwo.mp3
Handouts:
http://www.cindyrushton.com/Ebooks/LetsTryNotebooking!.pdf

Samples of Student Notebooks:
http://www.cindyrushton.com/Ebooks/SamplesofStudentNotebooks.pdf
Take my word for it, you will WANT a ticket to this event and access to all of the wonderful resources. Grab your ticket here:

The Ultimate Homeschool Expo Ticket

ALSO – I haven’t gotten any takers on my chance to win a ticket to the Expo. Leave me your email address and a link to your blog where you share this offer in the Comments box below and I will enter your name in a drawing for a chance to receive a free ticket to the expo.

That’s all there is to it!

Learning Games from Super Star Speech

    My family had the opportunity to receive complimentary copies of games published by Super Star Speech for the purpose of a review for the TOS Homeschool Crew.

Super Star Speech publishes much more than just fun and effective speech therapy games. There are games that include subject areas from grammar to geography to history to science. Debbie Lott, the publisher of these games, is a licensed speech pathologist who has developed fun learning games to help your child improve his articulation in his speech. Along with this program, she has developed games to review and reinforce facts from across the curriculum.

I will summarize and share our experiences with various games we have used.

        Silly Snail Parts of Speech Game

This game has a game board in the shape of a snail’s shell with spaces labeled with the parts of speech. Each player takes turns picking a card with a sentence with a highlighted word. The player identifies the part of speech for that word and then moves his piece to the space marked with that part of speech. The first one to reach the Finish space wins the game.

Both my guys enjoyed this game and I could see it was a good review for them as we looked at how each word was being used in the sentences on their chosen cards.

Explorers of the World Matching Game

This game includes a large assortment of explorers from across a broad timeline. There are a couple of suggestions in how you can play this game. We chose to play a concentration game and make matches between those cards that describe the explorer’s route and geographical location with the name of the explorer, so we had to recall information from our current explorer’s unit to make a match. For younger children, you can use pairs of cards that have the geographical information with the name of the appropriate explorer and match it during a game of concentration with the matching card that has just the name of the explorer on it. That way your child does not have to recall specific facts about the explorer, but can learn about it from reading the cards as he matches each card.

My guys also enjoyed this game and gained quite a bit from the review. They attempted to play with all 24 pairs, but soon discovered that was a bit overwhelming for them and cut that back to 12 pairs at a time.

Covering the Continents Game

This game includes a map of the continents with each player choosing a color for his tokens. Each player picks a card that contains a fact about a continent and reads that card to the other player whose turn it is. That player names the continent he thinks that corresponds to that fact. If he is correct, he places one of his tokens on that continent on the map. The next player then has a turn to attempt to place a token on a continent. Once a player has placed three tokens of his color on a continent it is considered “settled.” Once all of the continents are “settled” or the deck of cards are all used, the game is over. The player with the most “settled” continents wins.

My guys enjoyed this game, as it was a competition to see who could get each continent “settled” first. I thought it was also a great review of facts about each continent and a fun way to reinforce those facts.

Exploring Egypt Game

The Exploring Egypt Game also includes a board game, this one in the shape of a pyramid. A player picks up and reads a card with the beginning of a phrase about Egypt and a choice of three possible answers, the answer being highlighted. The other player can either attempt to complete the phrase on his own or listen to the three possible choices and pick one. If he answers correctly, he can move his piece the number of spaces that appears on the question card. The play continues in this manner until a player reaches the top of the pyramid. The cards add variety to the game with directions for losing a turn or moving forward or backward. The pyramid also includes the occasional sun picture, allowing the player to take another turn.

My guys enjoyed this game and review of Egyptian facts. I also thought this was great way to review a unit on Egypt.

Colony Quest Game

This game is similar to the Continent Game in that one player reads to the other player a card with a fact associated with one of the original colonies. The other player either names the colony on his own or can choose an answer from the two choices read to him. If he answers the question correctly, the player puts a colored token onto a game board with a map of the colonies on it. Once a player places two tokens of the same color on a colony, that colony is considered “settled.” The game is over once the cards have all been used or all of the colonies are “settled.” The player who has the most “settled” colonies wins. The cards add variety to the game by various instructions to the players to lose a token or removing another player’s token and replacing it with your own.

This was another winner in our house and we will definitely be playing this as we cycle through more years of American History in our house.

Road to Revolution

Speaking of American History, we also played another game from this era called Road to Revolution. You guessed it, from the Revolutionary War. This game is more like a traditional board game with answering the question on a card, rolling the die, and moving that number of spaces on a game board. The first player to reach the Finish space wins the game.

Another winner in reviewing facts from an area of study! Of course, my boys, being boys, love the study of any war in history. This will be played many times and my guys are already adding their own questions and answers to this game.

Inventors Game

  The Inventors Game is another game of matching/concentration. Your children can choose from matching a card with an inventor’s name on it with another card with either just the name of the invention he invented or one with the inventor’s name and invention on it. A variation of this game is to play a game of competing against others in building a timeline of the inventors and their inventions.

This is a very interesting and educational game in learning about a large number and variety of inventions.

            

Super Star Speech: Therapy Made Simple

When one of my children needed speech therapy when he was little, I could find no games that were simple enough and reasonably priced for a parent to use at home with her child for review and practice between speech therapy sessions. I wanted to review this program because I really feel there is a need for this kind of product. I was fortunate enough to have found a wonderful therapist to work with my son once per week. She showed me and helped me develop simple games to play with my son to review the speech sounds she was currently focusing on and working with him. My son even helped me make the pieces for the game and we played every day. What a difference this kind of review and learning game has on speech development! I highly recommend this kind of “learning” between therapy sessions.

There are four books to this series:

  1. Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple
  2. Super Star Ch, J, and Th: Speech Therapy Made Simple
  3. Super Star S, Z, and Sh, Speech Therapy Made Simple
  4. Super Star R & L, Speech Therapy Made Simple

The main book, Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple, has the following tools to get you started with your child’s speech therapy and introduces target sounds for articulation:

  • Test for articulation with directions for administration
  • Response sheet
  • Sound error analysis sheet
  • Therapy plan

This book also includes directions for which sounds to target at what ages and how. There is also instruction as to how to focus on specific sounds for articulation. To practice those sounds after demonstrating and working with your child in how to form them, games and activities are included.

The other books in this series focus specifically on those sounds found in each title of the books. Like the main title, these include step by step practical instruction to the parent from using a mirror to proper tongue and teeth placement, and how to instruct your child in his practice of each particular sound.

There are explanations to you to help you understand the process. Wordlists using the particular sound to use for practice are also included, as well as, lesson plan forms to detail the “task” you are working on with your child, the activity used to practice the sound, the accuracy of articulating that sound, and a section for notes. Suggested therapy games and activities from worksheet activities to checkers, and from tic-tac-toe to board games will keep your child enjoying this learning process.

As I said earlier, I am so glad Debbie has published this series of books and I know it will bless many parents in need of this type of resource. I sure did a number of years ago, and was fortunate enough to have found someone like Debbie who helped me develop what my son needed at the time. Now it’s all been done for you!

The following is the pricing for the speech materials: Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made Simple in a ring binder $22.95, spiral bound $18.95, or in ebook format for $12.95; the “R” and “L” sound specific book and the “S”, “Z”, and “Sh” sound specific book are available as spiral bound also for $18.95, while all three sound specific books are available as eb00ks for $12.95.

The following is the pricing for the Super Star Games: all games are available as a download for $3.50 each.

For other reviews about Super Star Speech materials and other games not mentioned here, visit the TOS Homeschool Crew.

 

Free Gift for Planning Your New Year and Free Ticket Giveaway

It’s that time of year, again! Time to think, plan, and purchase new materials for the next school year. I love attending a yearly homeschool conference to gain fresh ideas and look at materials for the next year’s subjects. For me, it’s like spring – a time for renewal and fresh ideas.

If you are unable to attend a conference in person, there is another conference you can attend online and you have access to listen to it even after it is over, by purchasing a ticket and gaining access to the Ultimate Homeschool Expo resource library. I love attending this conference every year as well. It’s Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo!

This expo has live and recorded workshops on a large variety of topics covering all aspects of homeschooling and your family’s individual needs. Take a look at some of the many topics here: Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo

There are door prizes awarded as you listen live, as well as a goody grab bag full of free homeschool resources just for purchasing a ticket.

With every online event that Cindy plans, she builds a private, exclusive Membership Site that includes everything from the UHSE in one place–it has audios (from all of the sessions and from the bonus gifts that her speakers give to us), ebooks, complete unit study guides, articles, printable notebooking pages, cookbooks, on and on. I can’t believe all of the things that we receive for only $39.95. It is truly ULTIMATE!

Anyway, back to the reason that I am sharing with you…

Cindy just sent me permission to give you a sampler of one of her free gifts that is included on the Membership Site. I am so excited to give it to you! It is an audio and ebook set that she actually sells on her website, but she is giving away on the Membership Site. Here is the link:

Let’s Get Ready for a New School Year Super Set!

Let’s Get Ready for the New School Year Mommy Planner…
Ebook
by Cindy Rushton

Need some help gearing up for the new school year? Wish you had a friend to take you by the hand and help you plan your year? You will LOVE this! It includes a quick Mommy Planner with a potpourri of planning sheets from all of Cindy’s products to help you get started on the right track with your homeschool planning. It is full of goodies! AND YOURS…

Download Part One
http://www.cindyrushton.com/pdfs/GearingUp1.pdf

Download Part Two
http://www.cindyrushton.com/pdfs/GearingUp2.pdf
PLUS! Companion Audio! :)
Let’s Get Ready for a New School Year–Audio

Download by Mp3
http://www.cindysdesktop.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/GetReadyNewSchoolYear.mp3

I hope you will love them and get as much use out of them as I do. I pull them out every year at this time and start jotting down my ideas for the new year.

You know the saying that a picture captures a thousand words,well…what about a a gift like this???  And, just think…this is only ONE of the awesome gifts included on the Membership Site. There are hundreds more!

I will be posting more gifts like this one during the next week leading up to the Expo which starts May 3. So be sure you have signed up for our newsletter.

Take my word for it, you will WANT a ticket to this event and access to all of the wonderful resources. Grab your ticket here:

Cindy Rushton’s Ultimate Homeschool Expo
 
OR

You can try to win a FREE Ticket to the Expo in our GIVEAWAY HERE.

To ENTER:

Post a link to this GIVEAWAY on your blog, sign up for our newsletter (you’ll want to do this anyway to receive updates on more free giveaways), and lastly, IN THE COMMENTS section for this post – leave me your email address where I can contact you if you win and the link where you have posted the link for this blog post and giveaway.

I will contact the winner by email the morning of April 30 and give your information to Cindy so you will have access to the Ultimate School Expo!

It’s that easy! Make sure you remember to sign up for our newsletter for more free gifts like today’s planner!

All About Reading Level 2

    My family and I recently received a complimentary copy of Level 2 in the All About Reading program for the purpose of a review for the TOS Homeschool Crew.

I have posted previously about the new reading program, All About Reading, produced and published by the same author as the All About Spelling program. That review was about the first book in the program, Beehive Reader 1. This second book, soon to be released, is entitled What Am I? a collection of short stories and, includes words from Level 2 of the All About Spelling program.

This book follows the same concept as the Beehive Reader in that the words correlate to the corresponding level in the All About Spelling program and has the same high quality artwork depicting the stories. This book has several short stories with more complex sentences, is a higher reading level, and has poetry and fun “What am I” scenarios your child can solve.

Your child will enjoy such stories as “An Elf in the Alps”, “Broken Robot”, “Skunk Hotel”, and “Pine Tree Pet Shop”. This is another quality hard cover book of 160 pages that will remain in good condition through all of your children.

Visit All About Reading to see samples of the Beehive Reader to get an idea of what you can expect in the soon to be released What Am I? a collection of short stories.

To read more reviews about this new book and the All About Reading program, visit the TOS Homeschool Crew.

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