Friday, January 20, 2012

Chinese New Year Curriculum Free this Friday for FRIDAYFREEBIE for limited

Head on over to Celebrations Across the Curriculum to snag a free eBook titled, The Chinese New Year Reader and Fraction Lesson This is a FRIDAY FREEBIE that is available for only the next two hours!! You can also go directly to the free printable resource here.

Details: " Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this printable worksheet Chinese New Year curriculum for the classroom and homeschoolers for students in 1st-4th grade.

This teacher created Chinese New year packet includes an original teacher written book titled "The Legend of Nian." Nian is the dragon legended to have come into Chinese villages and eat people until the people came up with a plan to scare him away with loud noises and fireworks.

Next the package includes a page of reading comprehension questions.

Then you'll find a math activity where students must solve fractions to save the Chinese village of Fraction. Please check out the preview. It contains the entire package in preview mode. The math lesson allows for differentiated instruction with four fraction levels of the same page in the package. You could also use these levels for the same student as the student works more with fractions. Finally, there is a map of the Village of Fraction that the students will color based on the fraction sheet--This is fun math!

While not in the package, I suggest that you follow up with an art activity. Ask students to create a Nian puppet using a small paper bag."

Friday, January 13, 2012

Tom's of Maine: Four Items Free with 4.99 Shipping after $10 Vitacost Credit

Do you love Tom's of Maine? Here's a Tom's of Maine deal! Get four Tom's of Maine products listed below for free and shipped for only $4.99. Head over to Vitacost where you can use my referral link to get a $10 credit if you're a new customer. With your credit, you can use this scenario: order one package of Tom's of Maine Floss, Two Tom's of Maine Beauty Deodorant Bars, and One Tom's of Maine Beauty bar with Olive Oil. These products will have a total of less than $10. You can get these four items for free using your $10 credit and pay just $4.99 for shipping.

They have many other Tom's of Maine and even Burt's Bees Products and Gift Sets to choose from, so look around for other deals for less than $10.You could also use your credit to buy other products from companies like Aveeno, Kiss My Face, Chocolove, and tons more at Vitacost.

Here's my cart that shows the four Tom's of Maine items with a less than $10 credit.

Here's my link to get started with your $10 credit:

I'll get a credit too, so thanks in advance!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

100 Days of School: Free Printable Worksheets and Ebook

Head on over to Celebrations Across the Curriculum to snag a free eBook titled, The 100th Day of School: Ebook of Fun and One Hundred. This eBook is for classroom teachers, homeschool teachers, and parents and can be used in the home and in the classroom. It includes printable classroom handouts and worksheets for celebrating 100 Days of School. Click HERE to head over to Celebrations Across the Curriculum to get your free copy now. It also includes a 100 days school certificate. Don't miss out on this 100 days book.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Free Burt's Bees Baby Gift Shipped for only $4.99 after $10 Vitacost Credit

Do you have a friend who is expecting and needs a baby shower gift shipped in a hurry? Head over to Vitacost where you can use my referral link to get a $10 credit if you're a new customer. With your credit, you can order the Burt's Bees Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap pack of three free using your $10 credit and pay just $4.99 for shipping.

They have many other Burt's Bees Products and Gift Sets to choose from. I got my order today (it shipped quickly) and the soap smells so good. I cannot wait to try it tonight. You could also use your credit to buy other products from companies like Aveeno, Kiss My Face, Chocolove, and tons more.

Here's my link to get started with your $10 credit:

I'll get a credit too, so thanks in advance!

4 Free Chocolate Bars shipped for $4.99 with Vitacost $10 Credit

Free chocolate, oh my! Head over to Vitacost where you can use my referral link to get a $10 credit if you're a new customer. With your credit, you can order four Chocolove Dark Chocolate Bars with Cherries and Almonds and pay just $4.99 for shipping.
They have many other flavors including Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt. I got mine today and loved the salty chocolate flavor. Yum! You could also use your credit to buy other products from companies like Burt's Bees, Aveeno, Kiss My Face, and tons more.

Here's my link to get started with your $10 credit:

I'll get a credit too, so thanks in advance!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Free ebook: 5 Simple Ways at Southern Savers

Free ebook: 5 Simple ways

Head on over to Southern Saver's site  to score a copy of Jenny Martin's new ebook co-authored with 9 other bloggers titled 5 Simple Ways.

This book is about frugal living. I just got my copy. Hurry on over to Southern Savers to get yours now. Enjoy!

Free ebook: Money Saving Mom's 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life

Head on over to the Money Saving Mom's site before January 9th to score a copy of her new ebook 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life.

This book is a 48 page ebook where Crystal Paine writes about a "21-day journey to living a more intentional, purposeful, and fulfilled life."

I just got my copy. Hurry on over to Money Saving Mom to get yours now. Enjoy!

Books I'm Reading in 2012

What to read in 2012--that's the question. Here's my answer. In this post, I'll be listing the books I'm reading this year! Here's to a New Year and hoping that I'll have some ME time to read. The Money Saving Mom's Budget tops off my list.

1. I like Crystal Paine, the Money Saving Mom even though I've never met her! That's saying a lot. Paine's writing on her blog is so engaging and she's got great things to say. So, I'll start the New Year reading the Money Saving Mom's Budget.


2. I read Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants iconin a book club a while ago, and it was one of my favorite books. I just recently saw the movie, but I still love the book more. She can write AND tell a great story. That's what I like in a writer. I plan to read another book by Sara Gruen this year, so I'm looking forward to reading Riding Lessons.


3. Coming soon.... Any suggestions?

Lessons: Teaching about the Chinese New Year with Fun Crafts

The Chinese New Year starts on January 23rd this year, but we're gearing up to learn about the Chinese New Year with lots of classroom activities, crafts, and fun for our social studies unit.

First, we read Chinese New Year icon by Kate Marsico.

icon iconI really enjoy reading books from this Cultural Holidays series. Some of the other books in the series cover Cinco de Mayo, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and more.

The reading level is just right for my son an the book covers many aspects about the Chinese New Year with enough detail to make it interesting for children. I'm one still searching for a social studies book that engages and teaches with more than just a lot of pictures and a few words, so these Cultural Holidays books do a great job to supplement our social studies curriculum.

We learned about the Legend of Lian. Lian was a terrible dragon who, on on the Chinese New year, ventured into villages and ate any person he saw. Soon, the villagers discovered that this dragon was afraid of loud noises and red, so they started shooting fireworks and covering the village with red including red lanterns.

For our lesson today, we used a small paper bag, glue, and construction paper to create our own Lian. The directions were to be creative and have fun.

Tomorrow, we will create couplets on RED paper to scare Lian away.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Vitacost: $10 off code = 3 boxes TAZO Tea shipped as low as $5.07

To get your $10 credit to Vitacost, head over here to get started. Select three boxes of the Tazo Zen Green Tea that are 35% off. This is the same tea they have at Starbucks Coffee, and I love it.

After your $10 Vitacost Reward, your total shipped for all three boxes of Tazo Zen Green Tea will be @ $5.07 shipped. I've seen a similar boxes with 24 filter bags run for $4.95 each, so this will save you lots if you love Tazo Tea.

You can also use this $10 credit on other items like Gluten-free products, Kiss My Face, Burt's Bees, Aveeno and lots more, so head on over to Vitacost now.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Zulily: Little Me all items $7.99 & Snowed in Snowsuits up to 80% off

Check out Zulily's events for the New Year. Through 1/06 Snowed In snowsuits are up to 80% off and all Little Me shoes are $7.99. I just love a great deal on Little Me baby items. They are so cute! 
I especially like these deals! Little Me Ballet Slippers originally $20 for $7.99 and this Snowed In suit for $22.99 that is regularly $80.00. (Moms of boys will like the baseball Little Me shoes and the camo Snowed In snow bibs.)

Here's my link to get started. CLICK HERE

Cursive or Print: A Homeschool Cursive Handwriting Decision

So, when you homeschool, when should you teach your child to write in cursive? I know some homeschool curriculums start teaching this skill very early--even kindergarten. There is the idea that starting cursive earlier is easier for a child when they are just starting to learn. Hmm.

I remember being in 3rd grade when I learned to write in cursive. I hated it. I also had to write I will not talk in class IN CURSIVE on the blackboard one time during recess!

I  have a 2nd grade boy whose print handwriting still needs a little work. I decided to wait until he was ready to try cursive. Guess what? Over Christmas, there were name tags that were written in cursive (not to mention a few notes to myself about what I still needed to buy). He really wanted to be able to read those name labels. So then it hit me. Why not start with teaching him to read cursive, to recognize words and letters. He's a great reader, so this is the next natural step for us.

My plan is to write small passages in cursive and let him trace the entire words with the goal of just recognizing the word and tracing...not practicing cursive. No -1 for going below the line, etc. Then we'll see how things progress. My goal is not to complete our cursive training by a certain point, but to work with it over time too.

I've also decided to use it as a way to practice those letters we learned to print in kindergarten. For example, I ask my son to print his name using his best print handwriting. Then I write his name in cursive and he traces it. Hence, he learns to read his name in cursive.

I used to create a passage in print and cursive that reads:

Today is Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012. It is ____ degrees outside. 

My son will practice his standard printing first after he reads the outdoor thermometer and places the temperature on the line in the passage. Then he will trace the cursive words and try not to lift his pencil with the goal of recognizing the words.

And that's the cursive plan for this week. We'll see how it goes.

Cursive Resources

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Free Rice for Others and Free Vocabulary Drill for Kids

I just found a great new site to help my 2nd grade son practice his vocabulary and give to others at the same time. That's a very COOL thing for this homeschool mama who sometimes needs a little technology integration to liven up our homeschool lessons.

Send your kiddo to and for each vocabulary word that your child gets correct, the United Nations World Food Programme will donate 10 grains of rice.

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Click the SUBJECT tab to take free tests on other subjects too like free art tests, free flag identification test, free basic math tests, free capitals tests, and even free multiplication tests.

For even more fun, let your child figure out how many grains of rice were donated. If you have rice at home, weigh it. Figure out how many grains you would need for a meal. Figure out how many grains you would need to fill a cup. Just have fun and let learning take place.


Check out my last post on how to get a Burt's Bees set shipped for $5.76 here.

HOT Burt's Bees Essential Kit from Vitacost for $5.76 Shipped

This is my HOT deal scenario for getting a $10 credit at Vitacost on any order of at least $10 and using it toward Burt's Bees Essential Burt's Bees Kit. I love and use Burt's Bees products!


Vitacost has many other brands too like Kiss My Face, so shop around if you'd like. With this deal scenario, you'll pay just  $5.76. to get this Burt's Bees Kit shipped. That's a deal since it contains these Burt's Bees Products.
  • Beeswax Lip Balm
  • Hand Salve
  • Coconut Foot Cream
  • Soap Bark & Chamomile Deep Pour Cleanser
  • Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

First, click my referral link to Vitacost to get a $10 credit. I'll get a credit too that I plan to spend on some natural baby products (I hope!).

Next, search for Burt's Bees kit. This kit will be listed with other Burt's Bees kits, so for a little more, you could choose the Burt's Bees Head to Toe Kit, Burt's Bees Baby Bee Getting Started Kit, Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit, or the Burt's Bees Healthy Glow Kit for less than $8.00 shipped with your $10 Vitacost credit.

Don't miss out on all these Burt's Bees Kits. Here’s the link to get started with the $10 credit.

(If your credit does not show up, click Refer a Friend at the top of the Vitacost page. After you click that link, you'll need to enter your e-mail address again. The next page should indicate that you've been e-mailed a code for your $10 credit.)

Thanks to all!