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    Published on 06-01-2015 07:50 AM
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    As you're planning curricula for this coming school year, we're thrilled to let you know that Moving Beyond the Page is giving away one full year curriculum package of your choice.

    Moving Beyond the Page is a complete homeschool curriculum that covers science, social studies, and language arts. Your children will grow in their love of learning through our literature-based curriculum that encourages critical and creative thinking, provides challenging and engaging projects, and supports different learning styles. All children can benefit from this unique approach to education. This is especially true for hands-on, creative, and gifted children who need more than a traditional approach to ignite their love of learning.

    If you have an elementary or middle school aged child that is bored doing one worksheet after another, don't miss this opportunity to give him something better. Moving Beyond the Page is how your children want to learn.

    Moving Beyond the Page has nine different curriculum packages for preschool, elementary, and middle school children. This month's featured giveaway is one (1) full year package of your choice from Moving Beyond the Page. (Retail Value between $465 - $975) You get to choose the age level and whether you want hard-copy or online curriculum. AND, if you purchase a full year curriculum package in June and then find out you are the winner, MBTP will refund the purchase price or send you another level - - your choice!!




    To enter this giveaway, simply comment below about why you would like to win this package from Moving Beyond the Page. You may earn up to five additional entries for this giveaway by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and coming back and commenting to let us know, by sharing this giveaway on Twitter and coming back and commenting to let us know (with your Twitter ID), by sharing this giveaway on your Google+ profile and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL link of your share), by sharing this giveaway on Pinterest and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL of your pin) or by posting a review of Moving Beyond the Page on your personal blog or website (including a link back to the MBTB website) and coming back and leaving a comment with a link to your post. (Each additional entry must be entered via a separate comment)

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    Free Weekly Homeschool Planner
    You know the drill. There are 100 faith-based homeschool planners out there for every 1 planner without religious undertones. So, we didn't want to let another homeschool year come and go without offering you SHS'ers a free, customizable, and completely secular weekly homeschool planner.

    I've long felt that Google Drive is built for homeschooling. It simply works like a charm for everything from creating quizzes to tracking grades to creating transcripts. it's available on desktop, tablet, and smartphone. And did I mention the FREE part?? If you can use a word processing program or a spreadsheet, then you can use Google Drive. (And honestly, even if you can't do those things, Google Drive Help tutorials will basically walk you through anything you need to know).

    So to make the new SHS weekly homeschool planner work for everyone - - and I do mean everyone - - all you need is a Google account and a link into Google Drive. From there, here are the instructions for importing the SHS Weekly Homeschool Planner into your own Drive account....
    by Published on 06-29-2015 09:03 AM
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    I remember the first time I encounteredCuisenaire rods in a graduate workshop. “Be sure you allow time forkids to play with them,” began the instructor, looking around at aroom full of educators turning the tiny blocks into towers andpatterns of stripes. As we knocked over towers and tried to payattention to the instructions on how to use these colorful littlethings with students, we laughed. Even the adults were drawn toplaying with their math.


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    Ok, so Portland is having a freaking heat wave!
    We are NEVER this hot in June. Great for the veggie garden but not so much for the kids, critters, hubby and me!

    BLECH

    I don't like heat. I tolerate it for the few weeks we get it, normally LATER in the Summer.
    And as I age, it gets to me quicker.

    How do we beat the heat?

    Stay inside, run the AC's, drink lots of water, catch up on some old movies, and make sure we are up earlier so we can do any outside work while it is cooler.
    Water the garden deeply and in the cool of the evening.
    Put out extra water and run the misters for the critters outside.
    And deal.....
    I am seriously considering installing an above ground pool for the evenings..... would be nice to take a cool swim.

    If you have heat where you are, how do you deal with it?
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