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Rescuing Titanic- Non-Fiction Perfection from Quarto Kids

Rescuing Titanic- Non-Fiction Perfection from Quarto Kids

I am sure that most of us are familiar with the story of the Titanic. It is a story that isn’t easily forgotten. But, how many of us are familiar with the story of The Carpathia? Rescuing Titanic- A true story of quiet bravery in 

Teaching Textbooks 4.0- The Perfect Math Program for our Multi-Age Homeschool!

Teaching Textbooks 4.0- The Perfect Math Program for our Multi-Age Homeschool!

(I would like to thank Teaching Textbooks for sponsoring this post. I was given free access to Teaching Textbooks for my children and compensated for my time. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.) Let’s talk MATH! That little four-letter word can cause 

Learning Spanish in our Homeschool with Rosetta Stone

Learning Spanish in our Homeschool with Rosetta Stone

My goal for our 2020/2021 school year was to start my kiddos on their journey of becoming Spanish speakers. We have dabbled over the course of the last 4 years, but I was looking for something with more structure that would really immerse them in the Spanish language. Rosetta Stone was exactly what we were looking for! I want to thank Rosetta Stone so much for generously offering us a subscription in exchange for our honest review!

What is Rosetta Stone All About?

If you have looked into foreign language learning, there is a very good chance that you have seen the name Rosetta Stone. It is the number 1 program that I saw when I began researching which program to use with my kids.

Our subscription is 100% online. Each of my children has their own subscription and is able to progress at their own pace. This is huge for a mama of multiple kiddos!

The goal of Rosetta Stone is long-term retention and correct pronunciation. From day one of our subscription, my kids were fully immersed in the Spanish language. They ended the introductory lesson fully able to introduce themselves in Spanish. Instead of spending the first few weeks of lessons memorizing the colors and the alphabet, they are fully immersed in learning to speak the language.

Rosetta Stone offers your child a chance to practice their speech with each lesson and has extremely advanced speech technology. It uses TruAccent® speech technology that not only listens to your child’s speech but also analyzes and corrects it!

Let’s take a quick peek at WHY we love it so much!

Why We Love Rosetta Stone

We began using Rosetta Stone Homeschool almost a year ago. From day one I already knew it was going to be a winner.

As a Mom of 3 kids, I knew I was going to need something that they could all work on independently. The fact that they can each log on to their own page and move at their own pace was key for me. My oldest is 14 and highly motivated so I knew having something that she could do on her own would be key. She has absolutely excelled and loved every second of her Spanish learning. She loves the independence of it, loves that the program helps her correctly pronounce the words, and loves that she is already able to speak in full sentences!

As a Mom, I love that this is something they can do with minimal help from me. Once we got the hang of the program, the kids have not needed my help at all. I am also able to pop on and see how they are progressing. Rosetta Stone offers reporting and monitoring tools that are awesome to help you keep track of progress.

We also LOVED the ability to log in from a computer, tablet, or cell phone. As a family who likes to take off and be on the road, it makes it so easy to access while we are away from home. There is also a feature that allows you to download lessons if you are going to be away from internet. So amazing!

For More Information

Rosetta Stone has many different subscription options and often times there are sales or specials happening. I am going to share some of the current promotions that they have down below!

Each of these current specials is available 4/1 at 12am – 4/30 at 11:59pm ET.

There is a reason that Rosetta Stone has millions of users worldwide…it is a fantastic program that produces incredible results. We will definitely continue on with our Spanish journey with Rosetta Stone. My husband even plans to join in!

Huge thank you to Rosetta Stone for sending us our subscriptions in exchange for my honest review.

Get Ready for Outdoor School!

Get Ready for Outdoor School!

You guys, I have such an exciting announcement!! I have been chosen to be a part of the Macmillan Outdoor School Super Influencer Team!! I am ecstatic. We are so thrilled to be able to implement these amazing books and resources in our home/classroom and 

History Quest-Early Times – An Amazing and Fully Secular History Curriculum!

History Quest-Early Times – An Amazing and Fully Secular History Curriculum!

History is hands-down my very favorite subject to teach and learn. But, it hasn’t always been that way. When I was in school, many moons ago, history was my most dreaded subject. Why? It was boring! I had teachers who droned on and then handed 

FREEBIE- Christmas Lights Bingo!

FREEBIE- Christmas Lights Bingo!

My kiddos are addicted to Christmas lights. We could take them out every night of the week to look at the decorated houses around our neighborhood and I don’t think they would ever tire of it! I thought it would be fun to add a little game to change things up…because I am extra like that! So, this year, we will be doing a little Christmas Lights Bingo. I have created a simple bingo card with some fun things to keep an eye out for while we are driving around. These could easily be laminated so that they can last a little bit longer and/or you can let your kiddos use dry erase markers so they can be used multiple times! I will probably be printing mine on cardstock and laminating to add some sturdiness. I hope you guys have fun!

Download your copy below! Happy Holidays!

I am Darn Tough – An Empowering Story of Determination and Perseverance

I am Darn Tough – An Empowering Story of Determination and Perseverance

Incredible book alert! I Am Darn Tough is a beautiful new picture book that I am so excited to share with you. Picture Books have such a magical way of tackling important subjects…and I am Darn Tough does it in such a powerful way. It 

Add FUN to your Homeschool Science Curriculum with Copycat Science

Add FUN to your Homeschool Science Curriculum with Copycat Science

Want to know a secret? I have a giant fear of science and science projects. They overwhelm me and give me moderate panic attacks. Want to know another secret? My kids LOVE THEM! They would do nothing but science experiments all day, every day. I 

Budget-Friendly Printing from Family Nest Printing

Budget-Friendly Printing from Family Nest Printing

Budget-Friendly…those two words together are music to the ears of a homeschool mama, am I right? Homeschool supplies, books, extracurricular activities, printing…things add up SO fast! Well, I am here to share an awesome way to save a little money on your printing orders! If you have ever paid to get things printed at one of the big chain stores, you may have noticed that it is CRAZY EXPENSIVE. My jaw dropped the first time I had a ton of printing done…printing it cost more than the actual curriculum! I have a fabulous budget-friendly alternative for you! Family Nest Printing is an absolutely wonderful company, and their printing prices are a FRACTION of the cost of the big chain stores!!

Family Nest Printing

I am so excited to share my thoughts with you about Family Nest Printing. They contacted me a month or so ago and asked if I would be interested in reviewing their company. I absolutely jumped at the chance! One of my favorite things to do is to support small businesses and spread the word about them…and I was just about ready to place a printing order, so the timing couldn’t have been more perfect.

I was absolutely blown away with the quality of the products I received. Everything arrived beautifully packaged and was such incredible quality. I ordered printed and bound material for my children and myself and it was all perfect. The teacher manual I ordered for myself was ENORMOUS…it was a full 188 pages! I often worry about getting such large volumes bound, but it is so sturdy and well bound! The manual came with a large coil binding, a black plastic-like back, and a vinyl front cover. They do also offer the choice of a laminated front cover, but I decided to go with the vinyl and I absolutely LOVE it. They are able to coil bind up to 300 pages!!!

For the paper, I went with 28lb paper. It is a Science Teacher Guide so I figured it would be getting a lot of wear and tear. It is such a beautiful weight paper and the printing is just fantastic. Not blurry, no smudges, just awesome! Each order comes standard with 24lb paper, so the 28 is an upgrade but it is dreamy :). You are able to choose black and white or color as well as single or double-sided. I did everything in black and white and the Teacher Guide came with a free color printed cover which is such a lovely touch!

Family Nest Printing Info

In addition to printing and binding, Family Nest Printing also offers a wonderful line of other merchandise! They offer homeschool planners, student planners, candles, and mugs! You guys…the mugs are SO AWESOME! I am majorly eyeballing the “Alexa, skip to Friday” campfire mug!!! Also, Mulled Cider Candle…I can almost smell it!

Ok, I mentioned that the pricing is a fraction of the cost of the big chain stores. For real…it is. Here is a little guide that shows price comparisons to the larger stores. As someone who has used the larger chains in the past, I can tell you that these prices are accurate and it is SO insane. The quality from Family Nest Printing was so much better than my previous experience with the larger stores also. I also think it is so important to support smaller businesses when we can! They pour their heart into their products and I think it shows! Here is a sample pricing chart…look at those numbers!!

The current turn-around time on orders is 2-3 weeks. They keep their website very up to date with shipping times so that you won’t have any surprises when you go to place your order! Right at the top of their website, you will be able to see their current turn-around times.

Family Nest Printing has so generously offered my followers a 10% discount! Use code BEACH10 when you check out between 10/7/20 and 10/21/20 and you will save 10%!!

Head to their website at: https://familynestprinting.com/

You can also find them on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/familynestprinting/

Huge thank you to Family Nest Printing for sending my printed materials in exchange for my review. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. I am so truly impressed with their company and products!

50 Maps of the World- A Bookshelf Must-Have!

50 Maps of the World- A Bookshelf Must-Have!

There is a very good chance that I am the President of the Wide-Eyed Editions fan club…I should look into getting a trophy or something! My bookshelves are brimming with gorgeous non-fiction books…and a very large percentage of them are Wide-Eyed Editions from Quarto Kids!