Monday, March 28, 2011

Giveaway -  Melaleuca Gift Pack

Yes, my cupboards are overflowing with stuff - again. 
These are great products, eco-friendly, kid-safe, and very effective.

Items included in this giveaway:

 1.    4 oz. Sol-U-Mel  Stain Remover Concentrate (will clean up about anything we've tried)
2.    1 bottle Activate Immune Complex (60 capsules)  (Does wonders for the common cold)
3.    .5 oz. tube Dermatin - Clotrimazole Antifungal Cream (for Athlete's Foot, Jock Itch, and Ringworm)

To have a chance to win all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment indicating interest.
2. For another entry, click to follow me on Google Connect, or tell me you already follow.
3. For an additional entry, click to follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs, or tell me you already follow.
4. For one more entry, go to the "Pondering on the Prairie" page and Facebook and click Like.

The lucky winner will be picked randomly from all entries and posted on Friday, April 1, 2011.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Ecology For Every Kid - Winner!

Oh Beverly, you'll be learning about/teaching Ecology the fun way.  Congratulations.  (My darling daughter randomly picked your entry - and was tickled to take part by the way)

You will receive an e-mail to verify your address.

Thanks everyone!  Blessings.

Watch here for more giveaways.  Some that will be coming up are a Todd Wilson book, See the Light's The Crossmaker Easter Story & Art Lessons DVD, a Rebecca St. James CD and more.

Friday, March 18, 2011

We Have a Winner - The Art of Bread Making

Thanks everyone for making this first giveaway fun. 

Keep watching here for upcoming giveaways.  In addition to Janice VanCleaves Ecology for Every Kid (drawing to be held March 25th), I'll be having an Easter geared DVD coming up too.  I have a couple others up my sleeve too.

Congratulations to the lucky winner Tristan !  You'll be receiving an e-mail to verify your address. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Another Giveaway - Ecology for Every Kid by Janice VanCleave

It's Another Giveaway!! 

I recently got a copy of this thinking it might be helpful to someone.  If you'd like that someone to be you just follow the directions below.

Janice VanCleave's Ecology for Every Kid
Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun

Some of the lessons in the book include:

  • Space Sharers - What Ecology is About
  • Connections - How Plants and Animals Live with and Affect Each Other
  • Food Chain - How Plants and Animals Are Linked by Food
  • Up and Down - Learning About the Water Cycle
  • Boundaries - Understanding Ecosystems and Biomes
  • Woodlands - Learning about Plants and Animals in Forest Biomes
  • Watery Home - Learning about Plants and Animals in Ocean Ecosystems
  • Good and Bad - How Plastics Affect the Environment
  • Endangered - Learning about Endangered Animals 
          There are 25 lessons in all as well as a glossary of terms.   

To have a chance to win this book all you have to do is:

1. Leave a comment as to whether you've used any other books by the author and what you thought of them.
2. For another entry, click to follow me on Google Connect, or tell me you already follow.
3. For an additional entry, click to follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs, or tell me you already follow.
4. For one more entry, go to the "Pondering on the Prairie" page and Facebook and click Like.

The lucky winner will be picked randomly from all entries and posted on Friday, March 25, 2011.
Good luck!



Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Who Is God? And Can I Really Know Him? - Another TOS Review Favorite



Who Is God and Can I Really Know Him?
Biblical Worldview of God and Truth
John Hay & David Webb    2009    

What We Believe Series
Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
22 Town Farm Road Bldg #13
Westford, MA 01886

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Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.
1106 Meridian Plaza, Suite 220
Anderson, IN 46016

253 full-color, indexed pages, hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781935495079
Retail: $39.00

We've recently been reading Who Is God?  And Can I Really Know Him? by John Hay and David Webb.  Let me tell you a bit about this wonderful book I recently received free from Apologia Educational Ministries in return for an honest review of the contents.

Do you have a hard time sharing what you believe about God with others?  Do  you have a hard time sharing it with your children?  Do you or your children have a hard time sharing it with others?  Do you want to make sure your children look at things from a Christian worldview?   Check out what this beautiful book has to offer:
  • Eye-appealing colorful pictures
  • Easy to read larger type font
  • Vocabulary definitions 
  • Bible verses to "hide" in the hearts of your children
  • Thoughtful prayers
  • Nicely outlined notebooking activities
  • Thought-provoking questions
  • Interesting Quotes
  • Interesting Stories
  • Basic Christian Truths and Biblical references from 8 different Bible versions 
  • Pictures of works of art by significant artists
  • Biographical Sections about famous people
  • There are even recipes for Phenomenal Brownies, S'mores Clusters and Creamy Mango Sorbet!
This book guides readers through a conversational, family-inclusive study of Bible concepts and introduces a Biblical worldview.  It's the first book in the What We Believe series which also includes:

Volume 2 - Who Am I? (And Why Am I Here?)
Biblical Worldview of Self-Image ISBN 978-1-935495-08-6 (Summer 2010)

Volume 3 - Who Is My Brother? (And Why Do We Need Each Other?)
Biblical Worldview of Servanthood ISBN 978-1-935495-09-3 (2011)

Volume 4 - What On Earth Can I Do?
Biblical Worldview of Stewardship ISBN 978-1-935495-10-9 (2012)

The information in the book is presented in 10 different lessons, written directly to students ages 6 to 14, which contain:
  • The Big Idea (main topic introduction)
  • What You Will Do (learning objectives)
  • Short Story (about children of ages similar to your child)
  • Think About It (questions to dig deeper)
  • Words You Need to Know (vocabulary significant to the lesson)
  • Hide It in Your Heart (verses to memorize)
  • Integrated Learning (additional articles on various related topics)
  • What Should I Do (godly character traits for your child to strive for)
  • Prayer (adaptable to individual or family use)
  • Worldview Study (Biblical emphasis)
  • House of Truth (a visual model memory-aid)
The book suggests a lesson plan based on 2 weeks per lesson, 3 days per week.  (This is very flexible, however, to allow your child to learn at their own pace.)  Additional teaching materials are available through the Apologia website at (using a password you will find in the book), and Notebooking activities are presented to create deeper learning opportunities.

Lessons Included:
  • Lesson 1:  Where Am I Building My Life?
  • Lesson 2:  How Can I Know What's True?
  • Lesson 3:  What Is God Like (Part 1)
  • Lesson 4:  What Is God Like (Part 2)
  • Lesson 5:  Who Are The Father, The Son, And The Holy Spirit?
  • Lesson 6:  If God Created The World, Why Isn't It Perfect?
  • Lesson 7:  Why Did God Create Me?
  • Lesson 8:  Will God Meet All My Needs?
  • Lesson 9:  Why Does Sin Keep Me From Knowing God?
  • Lesson 10:  Is Jesus The Only Way To God?
We enjoyed this book and the way it is presented.  Favorite parts included the extra articles, stories, and worldview-focused sections.  My daughter liked the stories and thought they tied in well with the lessons.
The lessons definitely held her interest.  The ages suggested for this book are pretty accurate, in my opinion.  Having said that, the book can also be used and enjoyed by children a bit older too, probably up to age 16.  Older children can definitely read this on their own, but we did the read-aloud thing for more discussion.

My favorite parts were the Biblical references, the vocabulary section, the notebooking activities and the memory verses.  This book is beautiful and content-rich.  I had a hard time thinking of anything that I didn't like about this book.  I guess if there were anything I would do different it would be to stick with one Bible version.  Then again, we all have a favorite version so the mixture was okay.  The cost may look a bit expensive, but I think this one is worth it.  (And I'm a thrift store shopper that rarely buys anything new!)  I suspect we'll be checking into the other volumes too! 

I received a free copy of this book from the vendor in return for an honest review.  All comments and opinions are my own.  I was not obligated to provide a positive review.  No further compensation was received.
To see what other TOS Homeschool Crew members had to say about this book click here


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Homestead Blessings - The Art of Bread Making - It's a Giveaway!!

Homestead Blessings - The Art of Bread Making - It's a Giveaway!!

Bread, any way you slice it, it's a staple in a lot of homes.  I have a DVD of "Homestead Blessings: The Art of Bread Making" to give away.  A Franklin Springs Family Media Presentation, this DVD is hosted by Vicki, Jasmine, Hannah & Cece West.  This 56 minute DVD teaches the wonderful skill of how to make bread.  The West Ladies share advice, practical tips and even recipes.  This was educational and entertaining to watch and would be great for teaching children this wonderful "art".   
Come on, who doesn't like the smell of baking bread? 

To have a chance to win this DVD all you have to do is:

1.  Leave me a comment that you're interested in the DVD.

2.  For another entry, click to follow me on Google Connect.

3.  For an additional entry, click to follow me on Facebook Networked Blogs.

The lucky winner will be picked randomly from all entries and posted on Friday, March 18, 2011.   
Good luck!

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