History of US, Joy Hakim Lesson Plans!

Yep, Teaching Guides for Hakim's History of US!

If you're unfamiliar with this series, you're really, REALLY missing out! I've had some of these books for a few years and they are just....AH-mazing. Whether you're using them as your core curriculum for American History or just a resource, they are so well done and easy to read aloud. The graphics in Hakim's book are terrific as is the content itself.
But, as much as in love with these books as I am, I'd prefer something a little more structured and organized, like..lesson plans! And, they're here! Someone has finally done something about this need and has put together lesson plans for a History of US! And not just "anyone" either -- John Hopkins University did it. According to the website, they're aligned with the Common Core (you know, the CC$$ that's all the rage.....).

By now you're thinking, "So shut up and gimme these lesson plans," right? Well, here you go!

NOW: Follow these directions!

  1. Scroll down to look at a sample of the Teaching Guide from Book 2. 
  2. I'm sure you can buy them somewhere on the site but I gotta say, the site is a bit difficult to navigate. So, I prefer to just go to Amazon and order (I use Amazon for everything that's just a pain to try ordering...but we're also Prime members, so... yeah. LOVE.

    If you chose to read a little bit before deciding, here's the image again. Just click the image below to go straight to the Teaching Guide/Lesson Plans for Book #1! How easy was that? :) 

Coming Soon......Blog Re-do!

To a blog near you]

While you're kicked back, enjoying flip-flops and the beach (or watching other enjoy them through Facebook and Instagram...), it IS kind of time to start thinking somewhat about this current school year (i.e. 2014-2015 for those of you who follow a "traditional" school year). I know, I know--you're probably thinking, "NOW?!?! Is she crazy?? We just got started this school year!" 

Welllll, that may be so....but yeah, it is kind of time to at least have a plan in place for what you'll be doing next year! :) 

Soon, my blog will undergo a brand new makeover! Megan at A Bird In Hand Designs does some absolutely incredible work, and I'm finally going to get to use her myself! Now, she's pretty booked...so I won't get my re-do until some time this fall, but I know Christmas break will be here before I know it and I can't WAIT!! (Of course, I definitely hope to have it done before then, but we all know that once the holiday season rolls around, it's all chaotic from there!)  :) I'm so excited to see what she comes up with. I know it'll be awesome, whatever it is! 

So what does that mean for you? 

Well, my dear readers, it means that you'll need to read (for the freebies and deals) and follow the blog of course. Since we (as in, "Lessons in Pajamas") also hit Facebook awhile ago (there's already a page, but I've only been adding posts; not really "promoting" it), it's going to be pretty BIG!

I want to share it with you and don't want anyone to miss anything, but you'll have to follow along in order to participate! There will be giveaways, freebies, and more--all to celebrate my blog makeover! Giveaways will include brands you all know and love: Apologia, AOP, Bright Ideas Press, Saxon, Easy Grammar, and more. I'll also be doing giveaways for Amazon gift cards and TPT Gift Certs, since I know that the people I've been told read my blog are both teachers and homeschooling mamas. And of course, there will be parting gifts (i.e. gifts for anyone who participates). 

I wanted to do this in JUNE, specifically because that's likely the time you were probably gearing up for next year, but life got in the way. So, here we are. Remember, it's not too late to add to what your'e doing (though I don't recommend totally switching gears). Either way, I want you to be HAPPY, so why not start off with some freebies, right? :) 

So...........stay tuned, be sure to follow so you know when these giveaways start, and, of course, participate in the giveaways! And remember, EVERYONE is a winner in this! :) 

MEGA homemaking giveaway! And, buy now pay in May!

Katie at Paradise Praises is hosting a ginormous homemaking bundle, the value of which is just under $900! The giveaway only lasts until today (it was a 4-day giveaway), so you may wanna jump in and enter like um..NOW if you want a chance at winning!

So you need to HURRY UP and enter now if you want to stand a chance at winning!

Of course, secretly I hope I win... but I wanted to share this with you, too, since you're faithfully reading my blog. :)

Now, if you don't win, fret not my friends! For one thing, the bundle itself is only $29.97. (I know--I say "only" but that's huge for some people. What I meant was... it's nowhere near the true value of this bundle--which is nearly $900. So compared to $900, yeah it is an "only" price!)

What's more......
The generous ladies participating in the bundle have offered to let you buy now, pay later! 

AND... that's to say nothing about the fact that the more you buy, the more you save! In fact, you can even buy 2 and get 1 FREE! 

Pick yourself up. I'm NOT joking. This is for realz ya'll! 

But again, if you wanna win it for FREE, you've gotta get that entry in TODAY! :) 

Frozen ABC Pack and Language Arts FREEBIES

This week, I've collected 10 Language Arts-related freebies for you. Feel free to use them to your heart's content!

See Links for all FREEBIES below!

And of course, I would be remiss if I didn't include some Educents FREEBIES! 

Probably one of the most popular ones this week is the Frozen ABC Pack. And of course, in keeping with the purpose of this blog, it's totally, 100% FREE! **As of April 28th, This product only has ONE.DAY.LEFT

The creator of this awesome and very popular pack is at Frugal Homeschool Family, but it's being marketed on Educents for a very limited time, as is the case with anything on Educents. Get it while you can!! 

Here are some other great FREEBIES on Educents right now

Educents Spring Coloring BookAgnitus Learning Program Coupon

Frugal Friday Freebies ~ Double Up!

I have been awful about remembering "It's Friday! Load 'em up with freebies!" :( I've realized I need to do this stuff on the weekend and schedule my posts because Fridays are soooo busy in our home! The past two Fridays, we've been trying to go out to eat in the evening, but even that hasn't happened. So you know we're busy, haha!

Instead, this week I thought I'd load ya'll up with some more freebies from Educents! Many of them only have ONE WEEK (or day!) LEFT--so go get your freebies on!

As you know, FREEBIES at Educents are there for a very limited time, some longer than others. So, I would highly suggest signing up for their mailing list so you don't miss a single thing!

There's one I wanted to tell you about that's actually outside of the Educents site, though:

Agnitus Learning Program Coupon
This is a freebie for teachers! Register, and you'll have access to loads of learning games for children! It's actually a tablet-based program, so you'll also be able to use it on the go. Pretty cool, huh? If you're interested, check it out at the Agnitus site

As for the rest of the freebies, you'll have to go check the Educents site and grab 'em while they're hot! I just wanted to point out that specific one because it's 1) outside of Educents and 2) tablet-based.

Now, go check out those freebies! {Click the links below the image!}


  1. Mother's Day Card
  2. Jelly Bean Math
  3. Short Vowel Picture Sorts **Note: this one is no longer on Educents. I'm tellin' ya'll, you NEED to sign up for their newsletter or you're gonna miss these things! So, I've found it for you on TPT and that's where the link is going to take you.


Hard-to-find Eggs, Xanax in Preschool Eggs and Dead Bodies During Egg Hunts......

I'm rather glad that this isn't how we celebrate Resurrection Day! :-o

Last year, we had some visitors who did the whole "bunny/basket/egg hunt" thing so, out of being hospitable, Jeffery allowed it. We might do an egg hunt again this year in the backyard (same as last year), but I don't know what he'll decide at the moment. (That's actually when we discovered that they make hard-to-find eggs! If you're into egg hunts, you've got to try those!)

Nonetheless, kids shouldn't be finding XANAX in their eggs, nor should people be be finding dead bodies during egg hunts. The whole thing is just creepy. 

That is all. 

Educents ~ Birthday Celebration: 20% off SITE WIDE!!

1st Birthdays are always special... and this one's no different! Take 20% off your ENTIRE ORDER *site wide* until April 7th! Take advantage of the boat load of FREEBIES the entire month, too!! :) 

Yep, you read that right--save 20% SITE WIDE on Educents until April 7th in honor of Educents's 1st Birthday! That's ONE FULL WEEK of 20% off!! 


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Happy Birthday Educents!!

(And by "We" I mean Educents!) 

Educents is turning ONE, ya'll! Can you believe it?!? Those of you who've been on board since its inception have noticed some incredible changes over the past year. The site literally went from offering just a few products--and leaving them up for quite a while--to offering a billion products, making deals with several vendors, and having to put time limits on how long you can make your products available! This is HUGE--and it all happened in just one year!

Educents has grown exponentially in the past year, and it's time to CELEBRATE! Because, really, it couldn't have happened without YOU....guess who gets the prizes, discounts, and giveaways?? That's right--YOU! 

If you aren't already signed up, make sure you create an account (which is totally FREE!) ...then subscribe to the newsletter via email so that you don't miss a single thing! (You'll be happy you did, too, because even after the big birthday bash, you'll be the FIRST to know about everything going on, what's up for sale, amazing discounts, and more!) 

Don't forget, signing up is absolutely, 100% FREE. The only thing you'll lose is your own money if you spend it unnecessarily on curriculum you were going to buy anyway when you could have saved loads by purchasing it on Educents! Just check out some of my previous posts to see what I mean! 

And how about a FREEBIE to get started??

How cute is this!? As promised, it's totally and completely FREE!

From products from big-name publishers (see previous posts) to teacher-created materials that will REALLY save you loads (again, see previous posts), you'll find it all on Educents. BUT! You must have an account in order to snag the deals, subscribe to the newsletter, enter giveaways, AND earn Edubucks (that's like earning "store credit"...and you earn it *every time* you make a purchase. How awesome is that?!

Oh, and I blog about Educents all the time, so you're free to subscribe to my blog so you don't miss announcements, too! The benefit of subscribing to my blog is that you get more than just "buy this!" You get to hear from a REAL homeschooling mama (who has been doing this homeschooling thing for 13 years now), and you get to hear how a product will really be good, see pictures of products in use, or, yep, even hear why something may not be a good fit for your family. 

Either way, stay in the loop and don't miss out the deals from this amazing curriculum-saving company! 

Frugal Friday Freebies ~ 3/28/14

As I discussed once before, I'm going to start doing a weekly "Freebie Friday" for you guys! I don't have any set number (like "Freebie Five!" or something like that). It'll just be what I happen to come across or go find--yes, sometimes I do actually go hunting for freebies specifically for you! :)

  1. First up... you can pretty much call this the "mother-load of free clipart." Ashley Hughes has a LOAD of free clip art in her store, but this specific set was part of her reaching a milestone. I downloaded ALL 14 (yes, seriously--FOURTEEN!!) *free* pieces of clip art a couple of weeks ago because I follow her on TPT and saw my notification. It's called her "Amazing Accents" collection. If you're a clip art fan like I am, she's definitely one I'd suggest following--especially if you like freebies! Grab these here at her TPT store!

  2. These Spring Calendar Task cards are PERFECT for daily reviews! Although they're tagged as being "2nd grade," they'll easily work for anywhere from 7-10 year olds, just depending on where your child is at and the skills he or she has obtained. While I don't plan on using them in a calendar, I love using these types of things as just general daily review for whomever it suits. Sometimes, I'll sort them (like 7-8 y/o's, 9-10 y/o's) and then each day, "group" of my children will get a turn. They LOVE THIS!

    Also, if you like this, be sure to follow Second Grade Style for any updates she puts up! :)

  3. Next up is a FREE Bedroom cleaning mini flip chart from Times Tales. This is really cool because it walks children through cleaning up their rooms in a fun, step-by-step way. And, because it's in flip-chart format (versus Mom & Dad...), children can use these independently. My children are going to LOVE these, especially my younger two.

    Not that they need something like this in order to clean their rooms... but I'm planning on reserving them for when their rooms look like a tornado just struck (and hey, if I'm being honest, even our--parents--room gets that way at times). On those times, it's SO overwhelming--even for adults. {So then, why do some adults hold children to higher standards than we have even for ourselves??? That's more of a discipline/how-you-view-children issue, so I'll leave that off this blog.}

    Anyway: I have step-by-step type of thing (just 1-2 pages) in my Home Management Binder. My older two have their "Pre-Home Management Binders," but they don't have any pages like this. This is definitely "kid-friendly" and I can already tell it'll spark motivation in my crew on those dreadful, terribly overwhelming days. Can't wait to try these out! 

  4. Super-Charged Science has long been a known company in the homeschooling world. It's more than "just" Science, and it's definitely more than dry reading of a textbook. It's hands-on and VERY visual for my visual learners.

    With this free DVD, you'll get 10 (yep, TEN!!) cool, easy-to-do science lessons. The DVD will guide children step-by-step through each one. There are also activities and experiments that use easy-to-find, inexpensive materials, activities your children can do indepndently AND a 26-page PDF guidebook explaining each experiment as well as the Science behind each one.

  5. I LOVE finding new sources for inexpensive clip art! I love it even more when that clip art is FREE! Wooooot! I came across DJ Inkers through Educents and have been scouring the site ever since. Great stuff for really good prices! :)

    Easter Story in an Egg - Resurrection Eggs from TheFrugalGirls.com

  6.  For years, my children and I have been doing Resurrection Eggs at Easter Time. If you shop at the Christian stores, you'll notice that they aren't always cheap--unless you get them on Educents, that is!

    How about $14.99??? :) Less than $15 isn't bad--especially since you can earn Edubucks along the way (you earn Edubucks for every purchase!). Also, since this is the "2014 Edition" (AKA the "Resurrection Eggs Anniversary Edition"), they've improved the contents as well!

    Considering you'll use them year after year, the price isn't bad (though I don't have any plans to "update" our version; they work just fine...and I'm NOT a fan of spending money unnecessarily). But let me say this: I've purchased TWO sets in 13 years of parenting. Why? Because a few preschoolers I birthed got a hold of the first set and thought they'd make a nice addition to their doll houses many years ago.... The second set not only went WAY UP HIGH (with explicit instructions NOT to touch!)... but they also sat there as my children simply got older.

    So, we've been using the same set for the past 5 or 6 years now. But, what fun it would be to make them! I think this is still a great idea even if you do have the pricey, store-bought version. I mean, I sure as heck wasn't buying four sets of those things...but by doing this craft, everyone would have his or her own set! Not that everyone must have EXACTLY the same things (I can't stand that mentality, and I happen to think it's school-bred but I digress...) but everyone simply *would* get his or her own. Unless we all made it a group project as we have some of our lapbooks....hmm! 

  7. Anyway, now I need to decide if I want to do these alone or together with some friends. Decisions, decisions!

    Whether you're making them on your own or are using the store-bought version (because maybe, like us, you already have one), check the current sidebar for some ideas for a couple of adorable--and cheap!--books that'd go great with the story, a lapbook, or just another day!
So, that ended up being 6 for this week! Stay tuned (by subscribing via email; Bloglovin' and Facebook buttons shall appear!). If you don't want to miss what I find for you each week, stay in touch! :)