Educents FREE Holiday Gift Guide!

Trying to think of that perfect gift? Check out this FREE Holiday Gift guide from Educents, jam-packed full of excellent gift ideas!


Educents Holiday Gift Guide

❄ Happy Holidays! ❄

The Educents team is excited to share their favorite deals and products with you this holiday season. Each staff member chose their favorite deal for the holidays and included it in this handy guide. Check out the deals, including free apps, art & craft supplies, personalized books, LEGO sets, martial arts online and so much more. They have something for everyone!

FREE 180-page Christmas learning pack!

This is  of my post re-pinned items and if you download it, you'll see why! Check out this freebie from 3Dinosaurs.com!

Free Christmas Learning Pack! - 3Dinosaurs.com


Included is a **FREE** 180-page Christmas learning pack with (and these are seriously just a few of the items included): 

  • Math:
    Elf Math
    Color by Subtraction
    Fill in the Missing numbers
    Stocking & Candy Cane color by number
    Dot the ABC & Numbers
    Fill in the Missing Patterns
    Measure the Kids
  • Language Arts:Prewriting Practice
    Label beginning sounds
    Christmas Writing
    Christmas Acrostic Poems
    Mixed-up Christmas Sentences
    Color the digraph Cookies
..........and sooooo much more. Seriously, with 180 pages, this is a drop in the bucket of what's included! 

AND, she's thought ahead to those of us who may have a toddler/tot running around! She's included a 46-page Tot Pack with activities like:
  • Solid & Dashed Prewriting
  • Which one is different? 
  • Color the smaller items/Circle the bigger items
  • Shape tracing
  • Lacing letters
..........and still more! 

Once you grab this FREEBIE, you'll see why it's one of my most re-pinned items! 



Educents Black Friday Cyber Monday SALE!!

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They're finally here! The two biggest sale days of the year! Educents is having their Black Friday & Cyber Monday sale from November 28 - December 1st. You'll get an EXTRA 10% off + FREE SHIPPING (in the continental US) on top of their already discounted prices! Use code Pajamas10 at checkout to receive the discount. Check out the amazing deals below, categorized by age!


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$1 only ~ Thanksgiving Buntings! {Dollar Deal}


If you're like me, you like decorating the classroom or the house with the things the children make. We like having the children talk about something for which they're thankful on Thanksgiving (I think everyone does something like this, lol), but my kiddos LOVE these buntings because they get to write more than one thing (with four children, if they each do four triangles--one in each color--that's 16 right there!) In the classroom, you'd probably want to give one per student...unless you have a lot of room!

What a great way to decorate:

  • The hallway outside the classroom
  • A bulletin board (aren't those the best? less work for teachers!)
  • A classroom door (a zig-zag bunting)
  • Your family dining room wall
  • The wall behind the "food buffet" at Thanksgiving dinner
  • Your homeschool room
.......and gobs of other possibilities! One of the best things about this is that you can use it in the classroom AND in your own home! Once you buy it, it's yours! 

Veterans Day NO PREP activity!

It's baaaaaack! Veterans Day, that is! Just a few more days....and are you ready?!?

If you're in a panic wondering what on earth to do with younger ones, check this out:


And for you teachers out there, it's CCSS-aligned, making it even more enticing! 

So what's included??

*A Veterans Day KWL
*Nonfiction, informational text
*A "Dear Hero" letter sheet in regular lines and primary lines
*Fact Review Math problems (WITH a recording sheet!)
*Number matching (using camouflage numbers!) 
*A place-value "chalkboard" --- great for a Math Center! 
*A comprehension activity based on the informational text at the beginning of the product.

So, literally you can just whip this out, start with the KWL, and get going from there! You may choose to use the activities in a different order, but either way, there's NO PREP for you! Just print, bring to school, pass out printables as you move along, and GO! 

***ANSWER KEYS are included for BOTH the Fact Review and Reading Comprehension activity!!****

FREE Character Development Cards! {and a giveaway!}

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Looking for something simple to complement character studies? How about some FREE printable character development cards? These would be an excellent supplement to so many programs (especially unit studies!) out there. You could also use them in a Sunday School setting (maybe "take home cards"?). If you teach in a private school, you can use them for some school-home interaction. Public school teachers can use them, too (but you may have to eliminate/talk around the Scripture references....)

Best of all, they're FREE...which makes it even easier to find a variety of uses for them--instead of racking your brain trying to decide whether or not they're worth the money. (Although, IMO? I have to say, I'd buy them, simply because I like that they have open-ended questions, take the "think of something to say" away from me, and they'd go great with several things I have around here and like to do with our children!) 

Traits covered include: 
  • Appreciation
  • Beauty
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Empathy
  • Faith
  • Generosity
  • Honesty
Free character development cards conversation starters
Image: True Aim Education

Each trait has 3-5 cards to go accompany it. Each card has open-ended discussion questions that easily lend themselves to some good supper-table conversation, Family Bible Study discussions, one-on-one time talks, and more. And you know how we tend to head off on a billion rabbit trails.... 


Ready? Aim: Grab 'Em! 


Head on over to True Aim Education and read through the blog post for the link to the cards. You can print them up, hole-punch them, and put them on a key-ring if you'd like...sort of like those games that come on a key-ring (we have one and I cannot remember what they're called ATM but they've been awesome to use while waiting for dinner at a restaurant--which would be yet another great use for these character development cards

Want even MORE Goodies?

Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of the link above...and you could be the proud owner of all of this adorable set for your preschoolers: 

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{For more information about this Character and Social set, visit Blue Manor Education.}

FREE KJV Bible Printables for 4 days only! {a $12.99 value!!}

FREE Bible Printables for 4 days only! 

Grab 67 pages of Bible Activities and Printables FREE for 4 Days Only! @ IntoxicatedOnLife.com

This is one of the best Bible printable resources I've found in a long time! Very simple (read: not loaded with activities you'll never get around to actually doing....) yet, fun and creative ideas that are bound to suit ANY Bible teaching you may be doing! Especially if you're looking for free KJV printables for your homeschooling needs. I know of a few sites, but most sites out there don't have Scripture quotations in KJV, so that was an especially delightful treat to this mama! :) 

I think my favorite part about this set (aside from it being free, of course!) is that it's so versatile since it covers the entire Bible--hence the reason it's been broken into three parts. 

To be honest, I'm still shocked it's FREE (for a very limited time)! Whether you're teaching Bible through Family Bible Studies, devotions, as a school subject, or just as-needed, you're gonna find something in here you can use. Promise! I love how the materials focus on the "major" topics we've all heard of because that means I've already been able to find 5 things--just from #1 and just from skimming!--that we can use *right now*. And, because they're PDF files, they're just print and go! This was so generous of ParadisePraises to put together! Thank you!!

Ready to get it? 

Head on over to Intoxicated on Life, read the post, follow to the bottom and snag it! But, act fast because this is only free until October 30, 2014! 

Life of Fred ~ ANY TITLE on Educents! {Limited time offer}


You asked and Educents listened! You wanted to order individual Life of Fred books... and now you can!

BUT: This is a limited time offer that expires October 7, 2014. Make sure you know which books you want to order (if you're unsure, check out the Life of Fred website) and GO! Like...NOW before Tuesday comes and you lose out on this deal!

Mailbox Magazine Closeouts ~ 5 for $10!

Yep, that's right - the Mailbox is offering 5 items for just $10! They're doing it again! 


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The last time I took advantage of this deal was back in the Spring (of 2014) and I got some AMAZING resources. Even if you're homeschooling with a set curriculum, you'd be shocked at how helpful these types of resources can be. This is especially true of you homeschool using Unit Studies or the Charlotte Mason method. But getting 5 Mailbox items for $10?? You seriously cannot beat that. No really--you can't. Check out the same items on something like Amazon or the Rainbow Resource room and you'll see that this is an incredible offer.

No matter how old your child/ren is/are, you're gonna find something. Most of us homeschooling families live on just one income (raises hands), so we try to keep things frugal and make our husbands' money stretch. When the Mailbox offers its "5 for $10" deals, you betcha I snag some!

Whether you're a classroom teacher or a homeschooler, you probably just started your school year not long ago (this is definitely the case for most classroom teachers). This means that by now, you're probably starting to count down the days until a holiday break if you started in August or just getting into the swing of things if you started last month in September. So why not grab some extras you can sift through over the holidays and make your life just a wee bit easier?

PS: You MUST follow the link in this blog post. No, this has nothing to do with affiliate links (i.e. clicking the links in this post will not provide any affiliate benefits for me). However, if you just go to the site and click "Closeouts," your shopping cart may not update as $10 when you add your 5 items. I've had that happen before and when I went back to my email--and read wee bit more closely--I read that you must follow the link in the email, which I've provided here for you faithful readers/followers. :)

PPS: If you wanna know about these offers before receiving my blog posts via email, sign up for the Mailbox Newsletter yourself and be among the first to know! :) :)

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? :)