LEGO® Education in Your Homeschool

bcuw7wzkz_r1623_f6An Exclusive Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op Offer! The Co-op is pleased to welcome member favorite, LEGO® Education in time for spring savings for your homeschool classroom! Co-op members enjoy EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS of Up to $24 OFF on two new Lego Education homeschool packs: StoryStarter Homeschool Pack and the BuildToExpress Homeschool Pack!

We currently own both of these sets and have used them frequently in our homeschool. BuildToExpress is more than a new LEGO product, it is a teaching process that can be built on over and over again. Hence the name build to express.  The core set contains a variety of LEGO pieces, 200 in all, that range from minifigures to tools to bricks to wheels. Everything a kid would need to really spark his imagination. Each piece can easily be turned into something else with a little creativity. That is what this set is designed to do. Read my complete review and see more photos and examples, like this one: What I Want to Tell the President.

Introducing LEGO® Education BuildToExpress Kits

StoryStarter is a hands-on solution for introducing your children to key Language Arts concepts while building communication skills. StoryStarter teaches learners the basic structures of a well-composed story, making it a great tool for analyzing existing stories or discussing specific, current topics. What’s more, the included StoryVisualizer software links the physical world with the digital, enabling children to record the stories they have crafted in a visual and creative way — designed to result in learners who are engaged and energized about language arts! Features a series of 24 project-based activities.

My dear friend Mary and I are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with LEGO Education to bring attention to products like Story Starter, BuildToExpress, Mindstorms EV3Simple Machines, Mindstorms NXT, Renewable Energy, Pneumatics, and Simple and Motorized Mechanisms.

Visit Mary’s reviews on Story Starter and BuildToExpress at her post LEGO® Education in Your Homeschool.


One sturdy plastic container, one printed StoryStarter Curriculum Pack, one access code to the StoryVisualizer software.


1144 pieces of LEGO goodness!


Two handy, stackable trays to sort your pieces.


Four different story spinners.


24 project-based activities.


The above photo was part of the A Night in the Museum lesson. My son created six different museum exhibits – the Zoo, Hall of Gems, Napoleonic Exhibit, the Moon Exhibit, Hall of Weapons, and Medieval Times.

Endless FUN!

The homeschool pack includes an access code to the StoryVisualizer software. Can I just say how much FUN this software is! You can take your own images, upload them into the app and use their backgrounds, text bubbles,  and clip art to create your own stories. Here is a cartoon we made to demonstrate the crazy Ohio weather. It is called Star Wars Visits Ohio.

Star Wars visits Ohio

LEofficialBlogger125As an official LEGO® Education Blogger and Homeschool Ambassador, I am partnering with LEGO Education to help bring attention to the many wonderful products that LEGO Education offers for homeschoolers and educators. All opinions are entirely my own and my love of LEGO products is real and genuine. How could one not love these products!

Another Week of Finishing Strong

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #7 Education PossibleWe are excited you are joining us for another link-up, full of posts written specifically to encourage those families homeschooling older students.

Hopefully you’ve been learning as much as we have from the amazing posts being shared!

Here are our favorites from last week:

Heather from Blog She Wrote loved fellow co-host Heidi’s post on Preparing your High School Student for the PSAT.

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She said, “Heidi does a thorough job of preparing parents for the world of college testing. As a homeschooling parent of a 10th grader this year, we’ve already gone through one testing period and we are gearing up for another round. I appreciate the information on the breakdown of the tests as well as the timeline and prep tips.”

Heather also suggests checking with your local school system on the PSAT before getting too far. Her school system does not allow 10th graders to take the exam, so it’s best to make sure in May that a test will be set aside for them in the fall. Many schools order the tests in May.

Also, remember that the PSAT is taken during normal school hours while the SAT and ACT are take on weekends.

She also enjoyed Homeschooling High School – A Plethora of Resources from Sweetness and Light

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Heather loved the way Meredith pulled together many resources for high schooling parents. There are some faith oriented items, along with online partners to help you with high school.

“I enjoy reading about all the ways parents can offer up a unique high school experience for their teens. Thanks for the list!” says Heather.

Do you want to connect with other parents homeschooling older kids? Join our Finishing Strong Community on Google+!

Tina from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus loved To Sow A Seed from Roots and Wings.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #7 Education Possible

Tina said, “As I reflected on graduating my first son last year, the words written in To Sow a Seed, echoed how true it is that as parents, we face a daunting task in raising our teens.”

“Gaining independence is a gradual process and the time comes soon enough for our teens to take charge of their life. Roots and wings matter.”

She also enjoyed reading Review: The Camp X Series by Eric Walters from Tea Time with Annie Kate.
Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #7 Education Possible
As a history loving person, Tina was intrigued by this well-researched World War II series for middleschoolers. “I can’t wait to take a look at them,” she said.

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hosts – Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

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Win a Jane Austen Themed Gift Basket


For Mother’s Day, 13 of my friends and I are giving away gift baskets loaded with a few of our favorite things.  Be sure to scroll all the way down to enter the giveaway and to see the list of other giveaways being offered. Since one of my favorite things happens to be Jane Austen, especially Pride and Prejudice – my husband is my Mr. Darcy, my gift basket is stuffed with themed goodies. So stuffed in fact, that trying to put them into an actual basket was a disaster, so there is no basket picture.

Included in your winning prize will be:


A Mr. and Mrs. Darcy hand towel with the quote “How ardently I admire and love you.”


A glass tea cup etched with silhouettes of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy gazing loving at each other.


A stamped sterling silver necklace with the words happiness and home, inspired by Jane Austen’s quote “There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”


Jane Austen magnets

A collection of 10 glass magnets with images from Charles E. Brock’s illustrated version of Pride and Prejudice.

*note: the winner will receive the DVDs directly from Amazon and everything else will arrive directly from me. 

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In honor of mothers everywhere, 13 iHomeschool Network bloggers have put together gift baskets loaded with a few of their favorite items. Take a peek around these 13 sites and enter to win as many baskets as you like. Each blogger is conducting her own giveaway, so you never know…you may end up winning more than one!

(1) Jane Austen Giveaway from Amy at Milk and Cookies

(2) Moms of Gifted Kids Book Basket from Colleen at Raising Lifelong Learners

(3) Mama’s Tea Time Gift Basket from Jamie at See Jamie Blog

(4) Bible Study Basket Giveaway from Sam at Sam’s Noggin

(5) Mom’s Coffee Break Basket from Heidi at Starts at Eight

(6) Spring Goodie Bag from Megan and Susan at Education Possible

(7) Mom’s Just for Fun Basket from Lara at Lara’s Place and a Cup of Grace

(8) Pampered Pantry Basket from Michele at Preschoolers and Peace

(9) Homeschooling IRL Buzzkill Basket from Kendra at Homeschooling IRL

(10) Mom’s Relaxation Basket from Stephanie at Harrington Harmonies

(11) Healthy & Fit Mama Basket from Alisha at Flourish

(12) Mom’s Memories Basket from Renee at Great Peace Academy

(13) Trim Healthy Mama Basket from Judy at Contented at Home

(14) Treasures for a Catholic Mother from Dianna at The Kennedy Adventures