Need some last minute gift ideas for your wife, daughter, mom, sister or friend? Keep on reading for a short list of unique and inexpensive gifts that are sure to please her.
An individual pass is only $35 or you can attend as a family for only $50. With 3 locations to choose from, you are sure to find one within a reasonable drive or airplane ride. This will give her the opportunity to learn from the likes of Ben Carson, Heidi St. John, Dr. Susan Wise Bauer, Gianna Jessen, and many more. Be sure to include some extra spending money, because the vendor hall is out of this world!
Buy this shirt now and when you send her off to the Great Homeschool Convention of her choice, be sure to pack it in her bag. They also have ninja homeschool dad and ninja homeschool kid shirts as well. So dress up and take the whole family to the convention. They come in a variety of colors. $8.99 per shirt.
I love tea and although I do have this on my wish list, I think my husband may buy me the Doctor Who TARDIS tea pot instead. This is a beautiful glass teapot, with the convenience of an included infuser to make loose leaf tea! When she returns from the convention, she can make herself a nice cuppa tea and read over the wealth of knowledge in her speaker notes. $29.95
I mentioned above that the vendor hall at GHC is completely unbelievable, so she’ll need one of these to stamp her initials onto all the new books and curriculum that she’ll be bringing home. “Customizable in the font style shown, this personal embosser is precision crafted to make raised impressions on envelopes, stationery, books, official documents, napkins and more.” $21.95
I do not know a single woman that does not swoon over Jane Austen and her characters, wholesome courtship stories and beautiful, rich language. This gorgeous collectible edition includes Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan. $14.00
If she prefers digital books instead of paper, this collection of Jane Austen stories can be purchased for the Kindle for only $1.99. She obviously cannot use her new personalized embosser though. 14 stories are included. Maybe she’ll read them all now, or maybe she’ll save a story or two to read in her convention hotel room.
The Unofficial Narnia Cookbook: From Turkish Delight to Gooseberry Fool-Over 150 Recipes Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia
If she attends the GHC convention alone, she’ll want to come home to a delicious homecooked dinner. You can use this cookbook to create the perfect meal. “Have you ever wished you could travel through the wardrobe with Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, simply to taste some of the wondrous food they eat? Ever tried tucking a piece of toffee in the ground, hoping a toffee tree would grow so you could eat sweets for breakfast? Now you can recreate the delicious meals from Narnia in the comfort of your own home without worrying about the White Witch or epic battles. Menus include more than 150 easy-to-make recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinner, and of course dessert.” $15.10
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My family has been playing around with the newest version of the LEGO© MINDSTORMS© robot kit, called EV3.
That is it. Just wow. Well worth the cost. (As a disclaimer, I am a LEGO Education blogger and did receive it for free, but honestly, we are such huge LEGO fans and fans of robots that we would have bought it anyway.)
As one homeschool parent to another, the robotics field is already huge and is just going to keep growing. Introducing your child to robotics at an early age has tremendous benefits in and of themselves, but imagine how much of a benefit such an early start will be for them if they decide to go into the field of robotic engineering as a career.
Yes, it is an expensive kit, but well worth it when you consider that you can turn this into an entire middle school, junior high or high school homeschool course. LEGO Education even has the curriculum already written for you.
The directions and software are so easy to follow that I think even upper elementary students would love these robots.
Let me just show you some of the things it can do…
This is the color sensing robot in action. You can program it to take certain actions when it senses a particular color in front of it.
This is the color sorter robot in action. Once you scan a color with the color sensor, the intelligent brick remembers the order of the colors and can sort them into containers.
This is the robot arm in action. You can program it to rotate, pick up and drop small objects. The horsies got stuck in the rocks and needed help getting back to their grassy field. My son used the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Commander app to control the movements of the arm via the iPad.
Please note that this post is about the LEGO Education version of EV3, which is different from the retail version sold in stores. The Education version has more motors, sensors, pieces, and a more advanced software that is geared both to education and fun. Read more about the LEGO Education Mindstorms EV3.
History Revealed is a complete curriculum writing by Diana Waring and Answers in Genesis. There are 3 distinct volumes to this curriculum, which can be purchased individually or altogether as one large set. Volume 1 is Ancient Civilizations & the Bible, which takes you on a journey from creation to Christ, covering the major events, civilizations, and personalities in the first 4,000 years of world history. Volume 2 is Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries, which covers the early church to the French revolution. Volume 3 is World Empires, World Missions, World Wars, which focuses on world history from Napoleon to Korea and then Jim Elliot in Ecuador, 1800-1856.
How is it set up?
The curriculum is divided into 9 units and then each unit is divided into 4 phases. A unit is designed to last one month, so 1 phase per week. Thus, one level will last for an entire school year or 9 months.
- In Phase 1, the student reads the unit article and then listens to fascinating stories of history told by Diana in the What in the World is Going on Here?, True Tales, and Digging Deeper audio CDs.
- Phase 2 focuses on exploration and discovery. The student researches a topic of his or her own choosing and also learns vocabulary and constructs a timeline.
- Phase 3 focuses on the geography, arts, and sciences of the period covered. It includes making maps as well as activities in science, art, architecture, cooking, and music.
- In Phase 4 students are encouraged to express themselves in their own unique way, choosing a project that may include writing, art, music, drama, movement, conceptual design, or other areas of expression.
What is included?
8 items are included in this curriculum pack
- Teacher guide
- Student manual
- Testing kit
- Digging Deeper audio
- True Tales audio
- What in the World? audio
- All Glory, Laud, & Honor worship CD
- Elementary activity book
What we like about this curriculum
The first and most obvious answer is that God is at the center of these books. God is not just mentioned here and there, He is the core.
Listening to Diana Waring is a breath of fresh air, she is very passionate and enthusiastic about history.
Learning styles is greatly taken into consideration. As you can tell from the two images above, tips are given through the units that will help you model the curriculum to each of your children, no matter what their style is.
This curriculum will not most likely not appeal to those who like everything scheduled and laid out perfectly. Extra research and resource hunting is required to properly use this set to its fullest. This extra work may involve searching for additional images (for art) or tracking down library books.
How would you like to win your choice of a full level of History Revealed!
- History Revealed: World Empires, World Missions, World Wars – Full Family Curriculum Pack
- History Revealed: Romans, Reformers, Revolutionaries – Full Family Curriculum Pack
- History Revealed: Ancient Civilizations & the Bible – Full Family Curriculum Pack
As an Answers in Genesis blogger, I received this curriculum for free for the purposes of an honest and thorough review.