Saturday, December 19, 2009

**New** Reading Product Released from Teacher Book Bag

Teacher Book Bag has a new product just released!

First Steps Reading: Learning to Read with the -at Family is now available!

Inside this 38 page book, you will find two easy-reader books designed to help your child build their reading skills, a fun file folder game, and a vast variety of activities designed to get your child building, reading, and applying words from the -at family! Many of these activities are perfect for workboxes and can be easily adapted for different reading levels.

Whether your child is just beginning their reading journey or just need an extra boost, First Steps Reading: Learning to Read with the -at Family will bring some phonics fun into your reading routine! For a FULL preview of this book, please follow this link:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

GPX 4GB Digital Audio MP3 Player with Stereo Earbuds Giveaway

Retail Value: $66.00

Favorite tunes play on with this 4GB digital audio MP3 player. At home or on the go, just plug and play to hear songs through the stereo earbuds. The headphones give easy access to volume control and preset equalizer settings let the sounds come through loud and clear--all the time. From GPX.

■Includes 4GB digital audio MP3 player, stereo earbuds, and cable
■Holds approximately 1,000 songs; 2,400 photos; or 12 hours of video
■Plays MP3, WMA file formats
■Supports USB 2.0 high speed
■Headphone jack volume control
■Five preset equalizer settings
■SD/MMC memory expansion
■Backlit LCD display with artist and track information
■Artist and track information
■Requires 1 AAA battery, not included
■Measures 2"L x 2-3/4"W
■90-day Limited Manufacturer's Warranty To enter this giveaway please "Attend" this event

Friday, December 11, 2009

Remember Me Pockets from Fortunately For You Books - Review

Remember Me Pockets are like a new treasure hunt everyday of the month! What will you find next!?!  

There are puzzles, worksheets, a book list, and book report forms (just to name a few). GREAT learning for ALL ages. I can't tell you how much I have learned by working on these with the boys!!! :)  

After getting one, you'll be hooked, and getting the whole year's worth of Remember Me Pockets!!!  

Lots of printing, but it is so worth it due to the educational value they hold for your children (and everyone else in your household)!!!  

Try Remember Me Pockets today ... there is one for each month of the year just waiting for you! :)

The 14 Days of Homeschool

I found this on and thought it was just too cute not to share it. :)  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The 14 Days Of Homeschool
Sing this to the tune of "THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS"

On the first day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Can you home school legally?" 

On the second day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Are they socialized, can you home school legally?" 

On the third day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?" 

On the fourth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "What about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?" 

On the fifth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "YOU ARE SO STRANGE! What about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?"

On the Sixth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "How long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?" 

On the seventh day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE!, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, do you home school legally?" 

On the eighth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "Why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, what about P.E. do you give them tests, are they socialized, do you home school legally?" 

On the ninth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "They'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE!, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, do you home school legally?" 

On the tenth day of home school my neighbor said to me, "What about graduation, they'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you home school, YOU ARE SO STRANGE!, what about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you home school legally?" 

On the eleventh day of home school my neighbor said to me, "I could never do that, what about graduation, they'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you homeschool, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, what about P.E. do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?" 

On the twelfth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me, "Can they go to college, I could never do that, what about graduation, they'll miss the prom, why do you do this, look at what they're missing, how long will you homeschool, YOU ARE SO STRANGE, What about P.E., do you give them tests, are they socialized, can you homeschool legally?" 

On the thirteenth day of homeschool I thoughtfully replied: "They can go to college, yes you can do this, they can have graduation, we don't like the prom, we do it cuz we like it, they are missing nothing, we'll homeschool forever, WE ARE NOT STRANGE!, We give them P.E., and we give them tests, they are socialized, AND WE HOMESCHOOL LEGALLY!

On the fourteenth day of homeschool my neighbor said to me, "How can I get started, why didn't you tell me, where do I buy curriculum, when is the next conference, WILL PEOPLE THINK WE'RE STRANGE? I think we can do this, if you will help us, can we join P.E. and we'll home school legally

Monday, December 7, 2009

Fortunately for You Books

Have you ever wondered if your child was understanding and comprehending what they were reading? My oldest youngest son is a late bloomer when it comes to reading and I want to make sure he understands the books that I choose for him. I came across a wonderful website called Fortunately For You Books. Fortunately For You Books carries a variety of hands on ways of teaching reading comprehension with your children’s favorite stories. We have used almost every type of product they have in their store.

My son is now starting to love reading! He now understands what he has read, and enjoys doing his schoolwork. .

Fortunately For You Books has several products which include the following:

Pockets of Time
Pockets of Time takes your child’s storybook and turns it into a hands on learning experience. For every chapter in the story, there is a set of cards with the chapter’s main storyline on them. Your child colors each card as described and puts them in order of the events in the chapter. Each chapter card is placed in it's own individual pocket and stored in a folder of your choice.

Some titles include - Magic Treehouse series, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Little House series, The Little’s, Sarah, Plain and Tall series and much more.

Little Pockets of Time
Little Pockets of Time is designed for preschool aged children. Basic skills from the story are taken and reinforced through matching activities. They then place it into a pocket.

Some titles include - Eric Carle books, Peter Rabbit’s Halloween

Remember Me Pockets

Remember Me Pockets is similar to the pockets of time in that it uses a pocket to store the activities. This has special remembrances all through the month. The activities consist of fun, historical and reflective information.

Each month consists of the following pockets:

Author birthdays
Remember Me Monthly
Remember Me Weekly
Remember Me Daily
If you have a child who has a birthday that month there is a special pocket for them too.

For instance, you will learn about holidays, special events, special people, and daily events that happen in that particular month. What a great way to add a little extra to your curriculum without having to do the research for it. It goes along each month’s calendar and can be added easily to what you’re already studying.

Sticker Studies
Sticker Studies is another way for your child to learn with literature without the boring drills or writing. With each study you print off the sheets which go along with the pages in the story. You print off the answers onto a sticker sheet or colored paper and glue. As you read the story you answer the questions in the study by placing the correct stickers in the boxes next to the questions.

Some titles include - P is for Pilgrim, I is for Idea, S is for Star, and D is for Democracy

Lines of Time
Lines of Time is similar to the Pockets of Time but instead of a pocket, a timeline template is given. The story is represented by boxes and graphics which are placed almost like a board game. You then have extra graphics or words to place in the appropriate spot to put the story in sequential order. You then can see if your child has read and understood the story. You can connect them and place on a wall or in a binder or folder.

Some titles include - Tuck Everlasting, Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, Twas the Night Before Christmas, A Wrinkle in Time and more.

Also included are Little Lines of Time for your preschooler.

Some titles include - Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit, Dream Snow and Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever!

Tags of Time
Tags of time have the similar concept as the Pockets of Time, but use tags instead of pockets. Each tag comes with a chapter number, clipart and picture to glue where ever they would like on the tag, and then they color each main idea strip and glue them in order of the events in that chapter. This is great for the older elementary children who are ready for chapter books.

Some titles include - Nim’s Island, The Secret Garden, Little House Series, The Courage of Sarah Noble.

Pockets of Copywork
Pockets of Copywork is four weeks of copywork put into a pocket. Each month is themed with lyrics, poems, bible verses and quotes. Some themes include, freedom, change, hope, thanks, joy, fall, summer, heritage, knowledge, service, love, plenty, and spring.

Grammar By The Book
Grammar By The Book is a perfect way to reinforce grammar with any book your child would like to read. It’s not restricted to grammar books or worksheets but allows you to teach the grammar rules through everyday reading. Your child can see the grammar rules being used and applied as they read each story. This is a great way to teach the rules without using stuffy worksheets and drills. You can use it with every book and grade level in your home.

Check out what Fortunately For You Books has to offer. They have something for all ages from preschool to high school. Each month they feature a free product of the month and also offer a Dollar Menu.

You can visit their website at

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Giveway OF Thanks!

Only a few days left to enter... Last day is December 5th! Hurry!

One of my personal goals for November is to be aware of my many blessings and be thankful for them! I am so thankful for my visitors both here at Teaching Heart Mom and at Teaching Heart. I am also thankful to those that purchase products from Teaching Heart... I wish I could thank everyone with a free treat. That just is not possible! But I can

Teaching Heart Mom is giving away this basket filled with tons of treats any teacher would love plus three Teaching Heart CDROMs (valued at over $100)

... filled with all of this stuff...

2 New books (one paper back and one hardback), 2 listen and play games, a hungry caterpillar puzzle, Telling Time game, pocket chart, three CDROMS from Teaching Heart (CD #3, Packet CD #2, and Any Skills game board CD), stickers, star notepad, holiday coffee, candle, hand sanitizer, hand cream...

and she's also giving away five CD's to five entries (you choose the CDROM if you win).


So run on over there and check it out!!!  

Christmas Countdown 2009

A Polar Christmas (a lapbook designed to go with The Polar Express!)

It's time to board The Polar Express. This Caldecott Medal winner by Chris Van Allsburg is a MUST in all households with children. Their lapbook - A Polar Christmas - is specially designed to go with this wonderful book! See sample pages on their website.

This lapbook is 2 folders big.

The Polar Express book is sold separately - they do not sell it.


The ABC's of Christmas

A couple of ABC poems that I liked and will be having the boys use as copywork this month. Thought I would share them with you.


The ABC's of Christmas

A is for the Angel who sang, "Peace on Earth",

B is for the bells that rang out the Baby's birth.

C is for the Christmas candle, lighting up the night,

D is for the drum that makes one boy's Christmas bright.

E is for the Eve when we're all excited!

F is for the fun when the tree is finally lighted!

G is for the gifts Santa leaves on that special night,

H is for the holly with pointed leaves and berries bright.

I is for the icing on our Christmas cake so tall,

J is for Jesus, the reason for it all.

K is for the kindness shown without reason,

L is for the Lights of the Season.

M is for the Manger bed for Jesus at His birth,

N is for Noel we all sing on earth.

O is for the oxen, the first to adore Him,

P is for the Presents the Wise Men lay before Him.

Q is for the quiet night, with hardly a beat,

R is for the reindeer with speedy tireless feet.

S is for Santa bringing Christmas Joy,

T is for the lighted tree, to amaze each girl and boy.

U is for Us--all the family,

V is for visitors stopping by for tea.

W is for the wreath hanging on the door,

X is for the X-tra special feeling Christmas brings and more.

Y is for Your Christmas joys, may they be bright,

Z is for the animal zoo at His feet that night.

A to Z, all the alphabet you see!

Merry Christmas to all, wherever you be!

~Donna O'Briant~

ABC Christmas

A is for Angel on top of the tree

B is for Baby asleep on the hay

C is for Candy Canes to stir my hot cocoa

D is for Dreams on a soft pillow

E is for Eggnog my mom won’t let me drink

F is for Family far, far away

G is for Gingerbread house so pretty to make

H is for Hope of a new treasured toy

I is for Icicle lights on everyone’s house

J is for Jingle bells tied on my shoes

K is for the Kitchen that always smells great

L is for List of the gifts that I need

M is for Money to spend on a friend

N is for Nose that runs in the cold

O is for the Only thought of you on my mind

P is for Post Office I’m so thankful for

Q is for the Quest to find the right gift

R is for Roses in bloom in December

S is for the Sleigh that drives us through town

T is for Token of my love for you

U is for Unwanted junk that we buy

V is for Village as small as can be

W is for Wings, when a bell rings

X is for Xmas a short way to spell Christmas

Y is for Yawns cause it’s getting late

Z is for the Zzz’s we don’t get on Christmas Eve

-- Submitted by The Mama Nov 2000

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Teacher Book Bag Samplers of ALL their Bookbags from Aug through Nov.

Tomorrow is CurrClick's big Black Friday giveaway, an event that you don't want to miss!

Teacher Book Bag will be giving away a sampler of all of their August through November 2009 Book Bags. This would be a GREAT way to get to know their products!

I have just about all of the Bookbags (ones from last school year too) and my kids just love them! Even the high schoolers love the 4th and Beyond series.

Check em out!!!


Friday, November 20, 2009

A Journey Through Learning Black Friday SUPER AWESOME Sale Preview!!!

An announcement from A Journey Through Learning ...
I do hope ya'll will stop by! I know I plan to stock up!!! AJTL, in my opinion, is the BEST out there with lapbooks and unit studies. I just LOVE their work. Mainly because it makes my homeschool life easier!!! :)

Black Friday Preview!

Here's a big "heads-up" about their incredible

Two days only!
Friday (Nov. 27) and Saturday(Nov. 28)
Ends at midnight central time

Make plans now to stop by on these two days!

They have 2 different specials!!

Special #1 - Get 55% off instant download products! Use coupon code BF1 at check out.

Special #2 - Get 20% off of CD, Printed and Assembled products! (As always, these items are shipped to your front door for FREE!) Use code BF2 at check out.

Instant downloads must be purchased separately from the other formats to get the 55% off. For instance-If you want to buy a printed format, a CD and an instant download, you may put the printed and CD together in the same order because they have the same coupon code. The instant download has to be purchased in a separate order because it has a different coupon code from the other formats.

Black Friday sale starts at 12:00am Friday and ends at midnight Saturday (central time)

Stock up while these prices are at rock bottom!!

To see more, check out the details on their website at

Take note of their NEW UNIT STUDIES!! Yes! They are expanding their unit study line. They have received such positive reviews about their unit studies that they already have, that they felt it was time to make some more! Their newest ones are Christmas, The Arrival of a King, and Winter!
They will be on within the next couple of days WITH sample pages! Unit studies are a great alternative for those who enjoy hands-on learning but not lapbooking!

Something else new that they are offering is their copywork pages in Abeka style print and cursive AND copywork in Handwriting Without Tears style print and cursive. They also plan to add Bob Jones style too!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Teaching Heart's Newest CDROM and Winners.

Awhile back I entered the giveaway hosted by Teaching Heart Mom & won the new CD (I'm on a roll!) LoL I was excited when I was told about winning, and just as excited about getting it in the mail.

The CD is packed full! My boys love playing the games we have printed out from the CD and the learning that they retain from playing games is just awesome! LoL

I highly recommend this CD for any homeschooler ... or any teacher out there!



Guess who won the SpellQuizzer Giveaway from Chic Mummy??? Yep, you guessed it ... Me!!! I am so thrilled!!! :)

I've downloaded it and registered it today. Now I just have to find my microphone. Wonder where that thing is? LoL I hope to find it this evening so the boys can start using it by tomorrow at the latest.

After reviewing it ... and if I like it ... I'll be hosting my own giveaway on this product. So look for the review. :)


Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hands of a Child Super Membership Giveaway!!!

Laura from Day By Day in Our World is giving away a 3 month Super Membership from Hands of a Child!!! Everyone can enter! :)

So stop on by and check out how you could win!


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SpellQuizzer Program Giveaway

Chic Mummy is giving away a copy of the SpellQuizzer program. To read more about the giveaway please visit Chic Mummy's Blog to find out how you can enter to win.

The creator of SpellQuizzer, Dan Hite, has this to say about SpellQuizzer:

" SpellQuizzer is simple and narrowly focused: it helps children practice their spelling words. With SpellQuizzer you make custom spelling lists by making a sound recording of each word as it is added to the list. The software is then used by the child to practice their spelling. It corrects the student each time a word is misspelled with an amusing prompt showing them the correct spelling. When the student finishes the list it offers to re-quiz them on the words they missed. Since you create your own lists you can record words using your own voice and even make some entertaining recordings to keep the practice fun. It really made a difference for my own kids as they worked to master their own 'problem words'."

I do not have any personal knowledge of this product. If I win a copy, I'll certainly let you all know what I like or dislike about the program, but for now you'll just have to make up your own minds. :)


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Win Teaching Heart's New CDROM and more...

Teaching Heart's newest CDROM is called... Any Skill Board Games. All files based on Educational Standards for PreK to Third Grade curriculum. Kids love these activities!

All you have to do is print a board game and a set of cards. Then you will you have a great center or a game to play with small groups. Great for classrooms and home.

To learn all about the new CDROM and to print free printables from the CD, please visit:

To learn more about the giveaway, please visit:

Monday, September 28, 2009

Homeschool Notebooking's Giveaway

Homeschool Notebooking is giving away two (2) copies of their

This combo set includes their boys and girls student planners.

Click HERE to view their giveaway.

You can view sample pages of the planners by visiting their store. Click the banner below to view the Homeschool Notebooking website.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Homeschool Buyers Co-Op

The Homeschool Buyer Co-op is a free homeschooling organization for both new and veteran homeschoolers. Co-op membership is free and confidential, and entitles homeschooling families to discounts from over a hundred educational suppliers. They also sponsor "Group Buys" for curriculum packages that save homerschooling families lots of money. On the site you'll find lots of free information, such as databases of free curriculum, field trips, and educational contests and scholarships. Highly recommended. Click here for more information.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Three Discounts and Five New Freebies in Honor of Labor Day!!


Teacher Book Bag has always considered the sacrifice that families make in order to homeschool their children. In honor of your "labor", they have discounted three of their newest items, and on Monday they'll have FIVE NEW FREEBIES on their website!!!

The freebies are going to be BIG!!! They will be intorducing two new product lines to their collection that you are guaranteed to LOVE! :) Quality plus affordability, ages 4 - 18, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math.

Here are the discounts that are available NOW!!!

2.00 August 2009 Monthly Book Bag Collection (That's right...all three books for just $2.00 on CurrClick for three days.)

3.50 TBB Preschool File Folder Game Kits Collection One (Only on CurrClick...Half Price for three days!)

3.50 TBB Kindergarten through First Game Kit Collection One (Only on CurrClick...Half Price for three days!)

These three discounts end at midnight, Sunday, September 6, 2009.

Check out their 20+ FREEBIES and look for their five NEW freebies on Monday, September 7 on their website at .

Have a GREAT Labor Day!!!

The Teacher Book Bag