Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Zoo Adventures" & Freebie

Have I told you how much I love Zoo kits?  I LOVE Zoo kits!  Animals, safari, jungles, any of those.  I have lots of zoo pictures, and zoo kits are also good for just about any kids' pages or cards.  The colors in this one are perfect for advertising my children's book as well!

Get your Zoo Adventures kit by Dandelion Dust Designs exclusively at ScrapTakeout.

Then come back and download this free paper stacker from Mediafire.  Click image to download.  PU only.

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit in exchange for layouts.

Share the Memories #3

Good things always come in threes, right?  I love the colors in this minikit!  Download the third Share the Memories freebie here.

Available until February 9.

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Share the Memories Freebie #2

Need another Freebie fix?  Download this Share the Memories freebie by Marie H Designs here.

Available until February 9.

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

New Share the Memories Freebie!

Share the Memories has a lovely new freebie for Valentine's Day!  Download the quickpage here.

Available until February 9!

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Monday, January 27, 2014

Download 6 FREE Time Management ebooks!  Join the email list this week at HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay ... AND enjoy all the other Subscriber Exclusive freebies! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Share the Memories Freebie #3

This fantastic freebie from Share the Memories is only available until January 26!  Hurry!

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Share the Memories Freebie #2

This delightful winter freebie is available at Share the Memories until January 26.

Come back tomorrow for the final STM Freebie.

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Share the Memories Freebie #1

Needing some bright yellow flowers to cheer you up on these gray winter days?  This Share the Memories freebie will be available until January 26!

Come back tomorrow for the next STM Freebie!

Happy Scrapping!  :-)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Free Download! Olympic Country Book!

Knowledge Quest has a free download available:  The Olympic Country Book.  Great resource!

"911" and Freebie

Dandelion Dust Designs just released the mini-kit "911".  It may be a mini-kit, but you simply must have the adorable Dalmatian alpha that goes along with it!  My kids love fire trucks, so between all the field trips we've taken to firehouses and the pictures of my cousin who is a fireman, I will get plenty of use out of this kit!

These pictures are of my teenage son, who resists pictures being taken at all costs.  With the help of a friend of ours who is a volunteer fireman, however, we got him in the gear and got some pics for Mom's scrapbook!

The 911 minikit and 911 alpha are available at ScrapTakeout.

The FREE Quickpage is available at Mediafire.  Click image below.  PU only.

Happy Scrapping!

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit and alpha in exchange for a layout.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Homeschool Product Review: Time4Learning

Sometime ago I was privileged to review Time 4 Learning, an online homeschool curriculum.  My chief sorrow at that time was that T4L did not have a high school curriculum, but ended with 8th Grade.  I was excited this fall to find out that T4L had added high school classes, and that they offered me another chance to review the program for 30 days!

One thing I have learned in 10 years of homeschooling is that there is great benefit to specializing your lesson plans to each child's learning style.  My four children are a microcosm of homeschooling-at-large, each learning in very different ways.  Thus, T4L is a good match for some of them and not for others.  I will try to tell you what worked and what didn't work for us, so hopefully you can determine whether or not it will be a good fit for you.

Time 4 Learning is video-based curriculum.  Students watch a video for each lesson and then complete an online quiz.  After an entire section, there is a test.  For the elementary grades, there is also a game section for separate practice.  Truthfully, I didn't look too much at the "playground" section, but my girls said there were both educational games and "just for fun" games.  For children who enjoy and/or learn well from videos, this is a good program.  It includes audio and visual learning, and I think the videos are well done.  The parent can log in to see the children's progress and scores, and to print grade reports.  All the planning is done, and the parent saves a great deal of time on planning, teaching, and grading.  The T4L program is well-planned and is a good program for those who want a video-based program.  My younger two children (grades 3 and 6) enjoyed T4L.  They learned well and enjoyed the videos and the games. 

Some students find watching videos all day tedious.  My older children (grades 8 and 10) still prefer good old books and workbooks to videos or computer-based programs.  My 10th-grade son tried the high school lessons, but he felt that too much was packed into each lesson.  He learns better with a self-paced lesson where he can read the material and look over the diagrams at his own speed, skipping over some things that are review for him, but able to slow down or look back if he is having a hard time understanding something.  I do not feel this was a shortfall with the T4L program at all.  It is just his learning style.  I have tried several video and computer-based programs, and none have worked well for him.  He keeps asking to go back to the old-fashioned textbooks and workbooks.

Time 4 Learning works with either Mac or Windows.  Payments are made monthly, and you may stop and start anytime you like.  This may be easier for some people than paying for all the curriculum at one  time at the beginning of the year, and there is no contract or long-term commitment.  Discounts are given for additional students within the family.  Even if you do not homeschool, T4L is a great after-school supplement to help your students excel.

Find out more about T4L, and try some online demos to see if it will work for your family, at Time 4 Learning.

See my past T4L review here.

Thanks for looking, and happy homeschooling in 2014!  :-)

January Calendar Freebie

Just a quick post today!  Click image below to download a free January Calendar made from Dandelion Dust Designs' "Milk & Cookies" Kit (Facebook Freebie).  PU only.

Haven't downloaded the FREE Milk & Cookies kit yet?  Scroll down one post!

Happy January!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

"Milk & Cookies" Freebie

Needing more freebies to get 2014 started?  Stay tuned, I have a few.  Next up, visit Dandelion Dust Designs' Facebook page to download the free Milk & Cookies kit!

Come back tomorrow for your "Milk & Cookies" freebie from me!

Scroll down one post to see DDD's new "Fresh Start" Kit and alpha, as well as a few freebies from me!

"Fresh Start" & FREEBIES

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year.  I know that this season is also very difficult for some, and so I pray you find peace.  I will miss the Christmas decorations and the Christmas scrapbook kits for the next 11 months, but I personally am hoping, praying, and looking forward to a better year in 2014!

If you are looking for a better 2014 or have some resolutions to scrap, you will enjoy Dandelion Dust Designs' new kit, "Fresh Start."

Find the Fresh Start Kit and the Fresh Start Alpha exclusively at ScrapTakeout.

Also find three FREE Quickpages at Mediafire!  Click images to download.  PU only.

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Happy New Year!

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this kit in exchange for layouts.