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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 

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 

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! They are a knockout in the non-fiction department and one of their newest books is no exception. 50 Maps of the World: Explore the Globe with 50 Fact-Filled Maps is a bookshelf must-have. It is everything I want in a book of maps; gorgeous, packed with info, and entertaining! Let’s take a peek at this beauty!

50 Maps of the World

I have a slight obsession with geography and history…and books. Atlases and books with gorgeous maps are a weakness of mine…and I am completely ok with it. Wide-Eyed Editions from Quarto are some of the very best. Why? Because they are gorgeous, engaging, and packed with information. They are books that not only look beautiful on your bookshelf but will also be picked up time and again by you and your kids. That is what we want, right? We want to have books in our home library that kids WANT to read!

50 Maps of the World is one of the newest in a long line of stunning books from Quarto Kids. I have had The 50 States for quite some time now and it is one that we use All. The. Time. I can definitely see the same thing happening with 50 Maps of the World! It is 112 pages of awesomeness. Not only is it a beautiful book of maps, but it is also overflowing with information about history, culture, wildlife, people, and so much more. It not only takes you to the country, but it immerses you in the country! From France to Nepal, Poland to Nigeria…the diversity of the countries represented throughout the pages is absolutely amazing.

Why I LOVE it

Beyond the fact that I just find this big beautiful book so absolutely eye-catching, I am in LOVE with the way the information is presented. Each country is not only represented by a beautiful and colorful map, but your eyes are also immediately drawn to the country’s flag, the images of native animals, images of people, and one of my favorite touches…the timeline of Moments to Remember. The Moments to Remember are such a fantastic touch. Many of them dating back thousands and thousands of years ago, this timeline shares some of the most important things that have happened in that particular countries history. My history geek self is thrilled with this. Being able to open one book and have EVERYTHING I need is just amazing!

50 Maps of the World is truly a homeschool mamas dream. It is so engaging that your kids will most definitely want to flip through the pages. The information is presented in such a kid friendly manner, but still so educational and informative. I truly cannont recommend this book enough. If you are planning on including any type of a country study in your homeschool, this is the book for you. You will have your bases covered…history, geography, famous people, animals, culture…it is all within these pages! This book is absolute worth every penny in my opinion!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Quarto Kids for sending this my way for review. I don’t like to play favorites among my books, but this one is certainly right there at the top. 50 Maps of the World is written and researched by Kalya Ryan and Ben Handicott and illustrated by Sol Linero.

For More Info

50 Maps of the World was released Sept 2020 and is available for purchase now! You can grab a copy by clicking the link or image below!

https://amzn.to/3cDOKnP

Malamander Lapbook Freebie!!!

Malamander Lapbook Freebie!!!

Who loves a FREEBIE? I have created a fun lapbook freebie to go along with one of our favorite books, Malamander! I love Middle-Grade novels…like a LOT! One of my favorites from last year is a book that I have talked about on more than