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Bring Big Screen Magic Home with Movies For Families

Bring Big Screen Magic Home with Movies For Families

Raise your hand if your family loves documentaries and educational films as much as mine does! All 5 of us adore them. I am beyond excited to share with you a brand new online streaming platform geared toward families like ours that LOVE big beautiful 

Adding Magic to Your Homeschool with a KidArtLit Subscription!

Adding Magic to Your Homeschool with a KidArtLit Subscription!

Picture Books are magic. There is something so incredibly special about diving into a beautiful picture book with a child! We were recently given the opportunity to check out an amazing subscription box that is perfect for picture book lovers! KidArtLit so generously sent us 

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 the North Atlantic tells that story. The story of a little boat that manages to help rescue 706 people on that fateful night in April. Rescuing Titanic is non-fiction perfection from Quarto Kids. They consistently knock it out of the park and this book is no exception. Let’s jump into the pages of Rescuing Titanic and see exactly why this is such an amazing book. Not only does it tell the story of what happened on the night of the terrible disaster at sea, but it is a story of bravery and overcoming the odds!

Rescuing Titanic

Rescuing Titanic- A true story of quiet bravery in the North Atlantic is more than just a book about The Titanic. Not only does it give you a detailed account of the events that night, but it also celebrates the bravery of a little known ship, The Carpathia. In the frigid waters of the Atlantic, RMS Titanic sends out a distress call after hitting an iceberg. The only ship within helping distance is the modest ship, RMS Carpathia. Despite being small, the Carpathia heads through the treacherous waters and successfully arrives at the Titanic and helps to rescue 706 passengers.

As we follow along with the timeline of events that took place that frigid April night, we are also learning so many amazing details about boats, navigational tools, Morse code, and so much more. In true Quarto Kids fashion, Rescuing Titanic is jam packed with fascinating facts and information. It takes an event we are familiar with and presents in a way we have never seen!

Our Thoughts

My 12 year old is obsessed with all things Titanic. She has an endless supply of books and has watched nearly every documentary ever made. Having said that, she was blown away by this book. It presented information she hadn’t learned about before and it did so in such a gorgeous and eye-catching fashion. Rescuing Titanic is the debut book in a new series called, Hidden Histories. I am ecstatic to hear about this series. For kids who are fascinated by mysteries and love to dig deeper into these stories, I think this is going to be such a phenomenal series.

Rescuing Titanic is written and illustrated by Flora Delargy. She is a debut artist from Northern Ireland and has a connection to the story of the Titanic! Both her grandfather and great-grandfather worked at the shipyards in Belfast where Titanic was built! I always love to learn about an author-artist’s connection or inspiration behind their work, and this was such a fascinating one!

We were absolutely blown away by the stunning artwork in this book. The illustrations are so rich and eye-catching. They truly help bring this story to life. Each page was stunningly illustrated. I absolutely loved the picture to text ratio as well. Truly a book that is accessible to so many…it is packed with information but is presented in a kid friendly manner.

This was just a knock-out for us. Loved everything about it…from the amazing illustrations, to the little-known facts, to the story and message of bravery. It was just so well done. I love that it highlighted that no matter how small or seemingly insignificant something is, it can make a huge difference. The Carpathia managed to save so many lives!

Want a quick peek inside?? I recently shared a flip-through reel over on Instagram! Check it out here!

For More Information

I want to thank Quarto Kids for sending a copy of this beautiful book my way for review. For more information on Quarto’s books you can check out their website here.

To grab your own copy, click the image below!

Rescuing Titanic is the perfect book for any unit on Titanic or for any lover of Titanic History. It is unlike any book I have ever read on the topic.

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 

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 I can’t wait to share them all with YOU. I know you are going to absolutely LOVE these books…they are kind of amazing!

What is Outdoor School All About?

Outdoor School is a brand new series of pocket-sized waterproof guidebooks, interactive journals, and entertaining and educational sticker books that are geared to get kids and families back into nature. So many kids spend so much time indoors…and it has increased so much over the last year with so much virtual learning taking place. These books and resources are designed to give families the tools they need to spend much more time in nature!

Outdoor School is published by Odd Dot which is an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. The books were created by Jennifer P. Davis and Haley Blevins. Jennifer is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and Haley is a former teacher who has hiked 10,000 miles of trail.

All about the Books!!!

I bet you are curious about the books! I can honestly say that I am completely blown away by them. They looked great in the pictures that I saw, but they are seriously even more gorgeous in person AND amazing quality books. Even my husband, who doesn’t normally get as excited about books as I do, was SO impressed with these titles.

I will be sharing a video very soon so that you can see a peek inside…but for now, I just wanted to give you a little bit of info about them!

Outdoor School consists of 3 Interactive Nature Guides:
3 Spot and Sticker Books:
2 Pocket-Sized Reference Guides

For More Info

Outdoor School books and resources will be published on April 27th, 2021 but are available for pre-order now! I have created a list on my Amazon Storefront so that you can click through and see everything that is available!

https://www.amazon.com/shop/homeschoolbythebeach?listId=1XC4UMU7LZN7D

You can find more information about Outdoor School at the Odd Dot Publishing website…click here.

I am so thankful to Macmillan for choosing me to be a part of this amazing team and sending my family these fabulous books! Thank you so much!

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 

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 is the story of determination and perseverance. Of looking within when times get tough and finding the inner strength that we all have inside of us. This is so relatable because we have all experienced moments of self-doubt, moments when we weren’t sure if we could keep going. This is a must-read for girls and boys of all ages.

Author Licia Morelli’s writing has such a beautiful poetic quality to it. Morelli’s words flow so lyrically across the page while still sending such an important and powerful message. The story follows a young girl as she faces a physical and mental battle during a long race. As things get difficult she has a moment of self-doubt…but she looks deep within herself and knows she has it in her to finish the race.

The illustrations by artist Maine Diaz are simply breathtaking. You can feel the pain, anguish, and triumph in the images. They are so rich and warm and pair absolutely perfectly with the writing. I am sharing my favorite picture from the book. Isn’t it stunning? You can feel the grit and determination through her tears. I just adored these beautiful pieces of art!

My Thoughts…

I adored this book. This was one that I immediately read to my kids. What an important message that I think we ALL need to hear. When we are feeling overwhelmed or down on ourselves this serves as such a beautiful reminder that we CAN do hard things. We really can. Belief in ourselves is such a powerful tool to overcoming hardships. I love how this was conveyed in the story!

Something that stuck with me was that she was allowed to stop and feel her feelings. It wasn’t viewed as a moment of weakness. I think this is such an important message to share with our kids. Being able to pause and think things through is such an important quality to learn…and it is a sign of strength! Just love that this was conveyed through the story!

I want to send a huge thank you to Publishers Spotlight for sharing this book with me. It was such a pleasure to be a part of this blog tour.

For more information on author Licia Morelli you can visit her here.

For more information on illustrator Maine Diaz you can visit her here.

I am Darn Tough is published by Tilbury House Publishers. You can visit there website here.

Want to take a peek at my review on Instagram? Here ya go!

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