Friday, August 15, 2014

A Year of American Girl Giveaway!

Super excited to be participating in this giveaway!  You can win clothing and accessories to outfit your 18" doll not matter the season or holiday!  Good Luck!

A Year of American Girl Wardrobe Giveaway
We have something special for you! 27 wonderful ladies have teamed up to bring you the "Year of American Girl Doll" Wardrobe Giveaway. This collection includes clothing and accessories for all holidays and occasions in a year. Your 18" doll will be ready for any occasion! This outstanding giveaway is brought to you by the following co-hosts, sponsors, and contributors~

1. Diana of Diana Rambles - Diana, aka FreeStyleMama, the coordinator of this giveaway, is a self-described creative crafty mama of three who blogs about food, crafts, family and fun. She also is a blog designer and seamstress.

2. Laura of Laura Kelly's INKlings
- Laura Kelly is a licensed artist and creative project designer for She blogs her journey with hopes of inspiring and stimulating creativity in others.

3. Katrina Thennis of The Chicken Wire - A wife and a mother of three, blogging about homeschooling with a fun mix of faith, family and farmstead added in.

4. Char of Doll Diaries
- Char is the founder and blogger at Doll Diaries where girls of all
ages are inspired to create, play and share doll related activities. There is a weekly feature of wonderful ideas of doll lovers around the web.

5. Amy of SewsNBows - Amy is a fabric hoarder and sewing pattern collector who enjoys sewing children's clothing and accessories. Her beautiful creations are showcased on her blog.

6. Gina of Gina's Craft Corner - Gina is a wife, homeschooling mother of two young girls and a bagaholic. Visit her blog to see her latest handbag creations, sewing tips and tutorials, along with other easy DIY crafts.

7. Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
- Jenny is a proud wife and mama who enjoys blogging about teaching her
kids, the books she reads and food. With another job relocation always
just over the horizon, most of the projects she writes about are an
attempt to distract her from packing.

8. Debbie of Heartbeats~ Soul Stains
- Debbie is a wife, mother of seven, and nurse living in Hawaii where she shares what life is like in a large household; recipes, giveaways and just about anything that gets thrown her way. She and her children have survived many obstacles and tragedies, but have persevered through it all, with faith and love.

9. Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy - Stephanie is a 30-something stay-at-home mom of three, ages 4 to 14, who blogs at The TipToe Fairy about sewing and crafty tutorials, delicious recipes, book reviews, and more. She is an avid sewist, crafter, book lover, and cupcake baker.

10. Dee of Meatloaf and Melodrama - Dee is a blogger, freelance writer and mom to five active kiddos. She writes about easy crafts, DIY projects and simple family meals.

11. Jessica of Jessie's Girl Clothing - Jessica started sewing for her daughters and loved it so much that she didn't stop; and kept finding more things to sew. She loves a challenge so making custom (whatever she makes) really excites her.

12. Anna of Doll It Up - Anna shares projects and inspiration to sew, craft and create for dolls. From easy to advanced projects -- come and create, repurpose and PLAY!

Winter Outfit - Starabella Doll Design

Coat & Boots Set - Tickie's Treasures

Valentine's Dress - Aunt Sissy Originals

St. Patrick's Day Outfit - Laura Kelly's INKlings

Easter Dress - Kimmie Sew Crazy

Spring Outfit - Jazzy Doll Duds

Fancy Dress - Doll Fashions by Luanne

Summer Outfit - Mini Me Doll Divas

Bathing Suit Set - Jessie's Girl Clothing

4th of July Dress - Doll It Up

Mermaid Outfit - The Tip Toe Fairy

School Uniform Collection - SewsNBows

Fall Outfit - Camelot's Treasures

Halloween Elsa Costume - Cat's Meow

Christmas Formal Outfit - Darlin Girl Creations

5 pair of Shoes - Confetti Doll Designs

Two Bags - Gina's Craft Corner

Months of the Year Headbands - Punch Place Plus

Wooden Bed - Meatloaf and Melodrama

Bedding Set & Nightgown - FreeStyleMama

Girl & Doll Scrapbook Set - Learning and Growing the Piwi Way

A Year of American Girl Doll Wardrobe Giveaway
Enter the giveaway using the PromoSimple entry form below.

18+ yrs, US & Canada Only. Official Rules at bottom of the entry form.

Bonus entries unlocked after required entry.

The more entries, the better chance you have of winning.
This giveaway was coordinated by Diana Rambles!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Math Game: X Game

This game was shared with me by a friend of mine who teaches 2nd grade.  It can be used to introduce the concept of Multiplication and to practice Multiplication facts.

For 2-3 players, but you can have multiple games going. The idea of the game is to fill in the grid paper with different sized rectangles and the winner is the one who can fill in the last space with their rectangle.

Materials Needed
1 cm Grid Paper
2-3 dice per group
Colored Pencils

 How to Play
1.Each group of children gets one piece of grid paper and  2-3 dice.
2. The first child begins by rolling two dice.
3. The child chooses a number that was rolled and makes an x (I colored mine as it made it easier when I was explaining it) on that many squares on the grid going either up or across.  Then the second number determines the amount of squares filled in going the remaining direction (up or across).  As you can see in the picture, the first number is 1, so the squares are filled in for 1 row going up.  The second number is 5, so the squares are filled in 5 across.
4. Once the child is done filling in squares, they write the product in one of the squares.

5. It is now the next child's turn to roll. You can see we chose three as the first number so three up and then 4 across.  Thus 3x4=12.

6. The game continues and the squares are filled in until the last space is filled. If one player can't fill in a space, the next player rolls and tries to fill it in. With the person filling the last spot being the winner!  As it gets down to the last few tiny spots to fill in, we set one die to the side with the number one on it and just rolled one die.  You don't have to do this but it makes the ending a little less drawn out.

Revisions to Increase Difficulty Level
As the children progress in multiplication you can:
-Use a smaller grid.
-Roll two dice for the first factor and one for the second.
-Roll two dice and add twice for the factors to get big boxes.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy the game!  I would love to hear if your kids like it or if you have any questions. 


Monday, August 11, 2014

Math Game: Silent Flash Ball

This game was shared by my Mother-in-Law who has taught 5th grade math for 20+ years.  It is a spin-off of a game that was originally found in a book titled Multiplications and Division Flashcard Games for Grade 3-4 by Susan Dillon.  My MIL says she is amazed at how well loved this game is because it's SO simple!  But it's a great way to learn Math Facts (not just Multiplication and Division) while having fun!

So here's her version: ( I have added a revision at the bottom for those playing with only 1-2 children or multiple ages)
Materials Needed:
-A small ball that you don't mind tossing inside.
-Flash cards appropriate for what Math facts you are learning.

How to Play:
1. The game begins with everyone standing.
2. The person directing the game shows the first flash card.
3. Toss the ball to a person of your choice.
4.  If they drop the ball, they sit down.
5.  If they catch it, they can answer the problem on the flash card.  If they get it wrong they sit down.  If they answer correctly, it is their turn to toss the ball.
6. Show the next flash card and the student gets to toss the ball to another student.
7.  The last person standing is the winner.

Revisions for different age groups together or fewer students.
Multiple Age Groups:
-Have multiple sets of Flash Cards.  For example Addition and Subtraction, Telling Time, Money, for 1st grade.  Colors and shapes for Preschool.  Multiplication and Division for 3rd+.  Don't show a card until the ball has been thrown and consider rolling the ball to younger children.

Fewer Students
-If you are working with only 1-2 students you could try keeping score (try to score 10 pts before the ball gets dropped) or working against a timer.  The ball could be tossed back and forth between you and the student.  

I hope you enjoy this game!  Let me know if you try it out!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Flash Giveaway on Easy Peasy Chores!

I have this one last post for the Build Your Bundle sale and it's a good one!

 I am giving away a copy of Easy Peasy Chores from Good Old Days Farm.  It's a part of the Mom Bundle or you can get it as part of a Build Your Own bundle.  It's valued at $18.99 but as a part of  the mom bundle it is only $10!!! So the Easy Peasy Chores book alone is worth MORE than the price of the entire Mom Bundle! What a great deal!

Save 92% on the Bundle Just for Moms Bundle at the Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale!
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I just got mine last week and I'm so excited to implement it.  I love the ideas behind it and have heard such great things about it!
There are upcoming posts at Good Old Days Farm on how to implement this system so make sure you sign up for their e-mail updates! 
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Friday, July 25, 2014

An Easy Way to Add Fine Arts to your Homeschool

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 Today I'm sharing a resource we are trying out in our homeschool.  Classical Composers Monthly offers a simple introduction into Artist Study with their Fine Art Pages. It's a helpful yet simple method to share great art works with your children. We are using the Fine Art Pages Collection 2. 
Basically the set provides classic art prints that have the artwork, information and fun facts provided all on the same page.  You place them in obvious places in your home and just allow the exposure to the pictures to initiate conversation and learning about the prints. In the introduction to the document there are also some helpful tips to get you started.
We printed 5 pages to start with and hung them above our main computer center and above our game closet.  My youngest daughter helped me arrange them to her liking :)  It's been fun to see the children's response to the pictures being there.  We have talked about our favorite picture, what we think is going on in the picture and my 5 yr old has even determined that someday when we build our own house we need to have dutch doors so that our horse can join us for dinner like one of the pictures shows!  
The great thing about the collection is that you can be assured that you are getting a quality collection of prints with accurate information.  There's no extra work for you.  You print and put them up.  I had considered buying a picture frame at the thrift store and just changing out the picture in it throughout the year.  But as described in the set that you get, it doesn't even have to be that complicated.  The idea is just to get exposure to the pictures and the interest and learning will follow.

{I received a copy of the above mentioned product to help facilitate the writing of an honest review.  All opinions are my own, your results may vary.}

Want to try it out?
You can get a Free Monet Lesson that has the Monet Art Page and some great links and ideas for teaching the lesson.  

What's Included?
Fine Art Pages Collection 2 includes:
-Tips on how to use the collection 
-Lifetime Subscription:  the pdf will always be available to.  You can save it on your computer or access it at the site.
 -Prints and info on Narcissus (Caravaggio), A Young Girl Reading (Fragonard), The Veiled Woman (Raphael), The Persistence of Memory (Dali), Bedroom in Arles (van Gogh), Girl With a Watering Can (Renoir), The Jockey (Toulouse-Lautrec), Succession (Kandinsky), Electric Prisms (Delaunay), An Orchard in Spring (Monet), The Hunt (Monet), Sorrows of the King (Matisse), One of the Family (Cotman), The Owl and the Pussycat (Blake), Children’s Games (Bruegel), Thanksgiving (Lee), The Soul of the Rose (Waterhouse), The Bitter Drink (Brouwer), Woman Meditating (von Jawlensky), The Rainbow Landscape (Rubens), Census at Bethlehem (Bruegel), Polperro II (Kokoschka), Field Under Thunderclouds (van Gogh), Tahitian Landscape (Gauguin), and Haymaking (Bruegel).

What Does It Cost?
Normally the cost is $14.95 but  right now you can buy it as part of the Charlotte Mason Bundle and get an 87% savings, plus you get a ton of really great resources!  If you are not interested in the Charlotte Mason Bundle, you have the option to build your own with the products you specifically need! 

If you missed the Build Your Bundle sale, you can still get this wonderful resource and others for 40% off as part of the Grand Birthday Pack or individually at a 25% saving!

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