Homeschool in the Woods: 20th Century in America Lap Pak {review and GIVEAWAY!!}

I was provided with this Lap Pak from Homeschool in the Woods in exchange for my honest review and thoughts. See my full disclosure policy.

HomeSchoolintheWoods-LOGOHi guys! I am beyond excited to share Homeschool in the Woods: 20th Century in America Lap Pak with you today! Today is all about the 20th Century in America this Pak is perfect for grades 3-8 but fear not if you have younger kiddos! Homeschool in the Woods also has Benjamin Franklin and Knights for grade K-2!

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Ok so you might be thinking “What is a Lap Pak?” Lap Paks are basically a themed lapbooks! The 20th Century in America Pak covers a boarder range subject yet still remaining with the theme of the “20th Century”!

I have loved Homeschool in the Woods and how all their curriculum is hands-on, which is a MUST with my kiddos!  and they are BEAUTIFUL!! This is our first Lap Pak and let me tell you it  is beautifully put together and presented in a way that is extremely fun and engaging for my fourth-grader as well as my kindergartners! I’m all about curriculum that all the kids can do!

The 20th Century in America Lap Pak has been the perfect addition to the American History unit we started our school year with!

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These Lap Pak comes in either a download version or a CD version

With The 20th century in America Lap Pak you get:

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Reading Text Directions

Text Assignments & Project Directions

Printable Booklet in two different sizes – 5.5″ x 8.5″ BOOKLET FORMAT & 8.5″ x 11″ FULL-SIZE BINDER FORMAT

22 Different Printable Projects including:

  • World Wars
  • Other conflicts
  • Political Events
  • Movements that made a mark in history
  • Modern Missionaries
  • Disasters
  • The Stock Market Crash of 1929
  • Science & Invention in the 20th Century
  • Medical Advances
  • The Space Race
  • Art Movements of the Modern Era
  • Accomplishments in Architecture
  • 20th Century Authors and their Literature
  • Music of the Century
  • Transportation in America
  • News & Media of the 20th Century
  • Sports Figures who made their mark in History
  • People of interest
  • Diner Menu “Dining through the decades”
  • Fashion through the decades
  • Slang Terminology
  • Timeline of the 20th Century

Why I LOVE Lap Paks:

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  • They required very little prep from me…really all I have to do is print out what we are working on! {I like to print out as I go, but you could easily print out the Lap Pak in its entirety}
  • It is a work at what ever pace works for that particular day! Some days we will cover 2 or 3 sections and the next day only 1.
  • It is a great study to use when the whole family is sick and you NEED low key but the kids want fun…Trust me two days after getting our Lap Pak the kids all got sick {thank God for my Thieves and RC essential oils they saved us!}
  • It comes with EVERYTHING! No hidden ‘oh well you also need….’ The Lap Pak activities, are mostly coloring, cutting and gluing. Like I mentioned above there is a booklet included to help walk you through each study section and activity. I have found that this perfect to read while the kids are doing their activities!

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This Lap Pak has been awesome! My oldest son LOVES history especially American History and Wars {just like his Dad!} As we were reading in the very first section “World Wars” it opened up many doors of discussion. We were able to talk a lot about my grandpas service and how he helped liberate an island in the South Pacific under Gen. MacArthur during WWII and how he is a Hero whether he believes it or not. When we read the section about

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Vietnam we talked about my Uncle and his service {Screamin Eagles 101st Airborne} How he joined VERY young and the horrible things he went through and saw {he came home early with a significant land mine injury – his best friend died because of that land mine} My son knows that his Great Grandpa and Great Uncle are Heros!

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Get it HERE!

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I’m so excited to be partnering with Homeschool in the Woods for an AWESOME giveaway! The winner will get to pick their favorite downloadable Lap Pak! {choose from 20th Century (grades 3-8), Knights or Benjamin Franklin (both – grades K-2)

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Special Thank You to Homeschool in the Woods for providing me with this wonderful 20th Century Lap Pak!!

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What’s in the Bible? 17 Hour Sale!!!

Hey guys! Remember last month when I shared with you the night owl sale that What’s in the Bible was having? Well,  guess what… IT’S BACK… for 17 hours starting today and ending tomorrow {9/12} at 11 AM Eastern time! The best part…you can save up to 60% on DVDs! 

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Pick up 3 DVDs for $20, 4 for $25, 5 for $30 … all the way up to 9 for $50!

PLUS!!!! Get free standard US shipping on all orders over $25! Here’s the catch it’s…

17 Hours ONLY! 

Mix and match between the What’s In The Bible? series, Clive & Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge, and Why Do We Call It Christmas?

Last month I got volumes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and my kids couldn’t of been more thrilled!

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Click HERE to take advantage of this awesome 17 hour sale

If you are not familiar with What’s in the Bible have a look! You will NOT be disappointed!

Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway going on RIGHT NOW for a What’s in the Bible Vol. 1 DVD! ENTER HERE!

 

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What’s in the Bible? Vol. 1 DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!!

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Are you looking for a great resource that will give your kids solid Bible truth that is taught in an easy to understand, fun, engaging and child-friendly way? Do you LOVE VeggieTales? If you answered yes, then I’ve got a fantastic resource for you: What’s in the Bible? DVDs. This collection truly is fantastic!

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Buck Denver Asks … What’s in the Bible? is the 13-DVD series from VeggieTales® creator Phil Vischer. In his first new project since VeggieTales, Vischer has set out to teach kids (and parents!) the story of the Bible – God’s great rescue plan! We know the stories of Moses, Noah, David, and Jesus, but in this groundbreaking new Bible DVD series, we learn how they all fit together to tell one big, redemptive story. Vischer’s signature wit shines through with his all-new cast of characters, fast-paced flash animation, and catchy tunes. This is one journey through the Bible you won’t want to miss!

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  • DVD 1: In the Beginning {Genesis} 
  • DVD 2: Let My People Go {Exodus} 
  • DVD 3: Wanderin’ in the Desert {Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy} 
  • DVD 4: Battle for the Promised Land! {Joshua, Judges, Ruth} 
  • DVD 5: Israel Gets A King! {1 and 2 Samuel}
  • DVD 6: A Nation Divided {Kings and Chronicles}
  • DVD 7: Exile and Return {Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther}
  • DVD 8: Words to Make Us Wise {Psalms, Proverbs & The Writings} 
  • DVD 9: God Speaks! {Isaiah, Jeremiah & the Prophets} 
  • DVD 10: Jesus Is The Good News! {Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John}
  • DVD 11: Spreading The Good News! {Acts}
  • DVD 12: Letters From Paul! {Romans – Philemon} 
  • DVD 13 “God’s Kingdom Comes!” {General Epistles – Revelation} 

So far our kiddos have Volumes 1-6 {they have asked for the rest for Christmas!}

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Our family was first introduced to What’s in the Bible? through the children’s director and dear friend at our former church a few years ago. From the first time our son saw What’s in the Bible he was HOOKED! Then we borrowed a DVD from and watched it as a family…and we ALL were hooked! Not only does What’s in the Bible? make understanding the Bible easy for kids, but it’s done in a really fun way! Phil Vischer and his staff has done a phenomenal job with these DVD’s! The knowledge our kids have gained is amazing, our oldest LOVES reading his bible so that he can increase his knowledge. In fact the kid is so smart he can easily enter into conversations with adults {both the What’s in the Bible? DVD and the fact his dad was a youth pastor and currently working towards a biblical degree, have contributed to our sons knowledge:)}

Our kids absolutely LOVE all the cute characters..and so do we!

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My husband and I absolutely love that one of our favorite duos Rhett & Link {from Good Mythical Morning} sings fun songs…Like this one about Genesis in Vol. 1!

About Volume 1: In the Beginning

What’s in the Bible? Volume 1 is all about the beginning! It covers the book of Genesis and answers the following two questions:

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Volume 1 covers some of the most popular Bible stories from the book of Genesis like, the story of creation, Adam and Eve, Abraham, Noah’s Ark, and so much more! They are SO MUCH fun! I love that kids are engaged and having fun while they are learning!

What’s in the Bible? is the perfect whole family bible time for our mornings! My  husband works from home so we are able to enjoy and learn through What’s in the Bible? together!

How we use the What’s in the Bible curriculum in our home:

In addition to the DVD’s there are a whole bunch of fun activities! {images below are for What’s in the Bible Vol. 1}

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The Discussion guide asks all kinds of questions to review what your learned during the DVD!

  • What does the word “Testament” mean?
  • How do we know the Bible is true?
  • What does the word “inspired” mean?
  • Do you remember the name of the first book of the Bible? What does it mean?
  • How do you trust God with your life?
  • Proverbs 3:5 says “Trust the Lord with all your heard and do not lean on your own understanding.” What are ways you can apply this to your daily life?

I just saved this to ibooks on my iPad instead of printing it out.

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There are a bunch of really fun coloring pages that go with Volume 1 like:

  • Volume 1 DVD Cover Coloring page
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • Abraham {Abraham and Isaac}
  • Noah’s Ark

I made each of the kids their very own coloring book!!

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Flash

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These flashcards are AWESOME! They will help you and your kids remember all kinds of wonderful and important things from the DVD, such as:

  • What’s in the Bible?
  • How many books are in the Bible?
  • How many years did it take to write the Bible?

The Flash cards are really easy to make! Print, Cut out the cards horizontally {you will end up folding the cards so be sure you only cut on the horizontal lines}, Fold and tape together or if you want to get really fancy laminate them!!IMG_4476

The flash cards are my oldest sons favorite! I even printed a second set and instead of folding them I cut them all out and he play a memory game with them!

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This is probably my kids favorite activity! They are able to learn all kinds of fun stuff while learning! For this activity there are some really fun printouts including

  • 3 pages of Puppets
  • Space Background
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The kids love making their own puppet shows to tell the story of Creation or Adam and Eve! They also enjoy making up their own fun and crazy puppet shows…but they always come back to God and Creation…gotta love that!

{I printed out the puppets on card stock and the back grounds on regular paper}

In addition to all this great stuff there are a ton of printable memory verse cards!

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These are one of my most favorite printables from What’s in the Bible? As you can see they are small, perfect for little hands! The kids each pick their own card each week and we learn them all as a family! The kids love that each card has a fun character, I love that they are learning and memorizing bible verses! There are some verse cards without characters I picked these ones specifically because of the characters *there are a TON of verse cards in the activity section. I printed out a bunch of different ones on card stock.

You can download and print all the activities here! {Psst…there are all kinds of activities for ALL the volumes!}

Ok so if I haven’t made it totally clear…We LOVE What’s in the Bible!

Buy What’s in the Bible here.

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I’m so excited that I have partnered with What’s in the Bible to give one lucky winner a *DVD copy of :

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{*if the winner is outside the US they will receive a digital download rather than a DVD}

Click below to enter!

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SHARKS Chalk Pastels ebook from Southern Hodgepodge GIVEAWAY!!!

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Art for All Ages

Last fall I introduced you to our favorite art curriculum: A Simple Start in Chalk Pastels from Southern Hodgepodge? {read it here!} Since starting the curriculum our ENTIRE family loves art…especially pastels! We love all the Southern Hodgepodge pastels ebooks…but…my kids were beyond thrilled when they found out we had gotten a brand new pastels book about…SHARKS from the lovely Tricia Hodges!!! The Sharks Pastels was the perfect addition to our under the sea unit study we are doing for the month of September! But I couldn’t make my little wait until we started our study, so we broke out the pastels and went shark crazy!

Shark Art Tutorials

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There are a bunch of different Sharks you can draw when you purchase a copy of the book, like…

  • Great White
  • Hammerhead
  • Zebra Shark
  • White (or black) tip reef shark
  • Night Shark
  • Flying Sharks
  • Shark Fin
  • Cookiecutter Shark
  • Goblin Shark
  • Whale Shark

How to Draw a Great White Shark!!

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Supplies:

  • Sharks e-book
  • Pastels
  • Paper {either white or construction. My kids really like using blue or black paper for their Shark drawings}

I would also recommend having hairspray {this will set you little artists art work and prevent the chalk from getting all over EVERYTHING. Also, have a wet wash cloth or hand wipes nearby for dirty hands!

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There are so more AMAZING Chalk Pastels books from Southern Hodgepodge…trust me you WILL want them all!

  • Sharks chalk pastel arch for all ages e-book
  • A simple start in chalk pastels e-book bundle
  • chalk pastels through the seasons e-book
  • a seasonal starred in full chalk pastels e-book
  • a simple start in Christmas chalk pastels e-book
  • a simple start in chalk pastels: winter Olympics e-book
  • a seasonal start in spring chalk pastels
  • chalk pastels: art at the beach

There are also some really great bundles!

Art  for All ages complete e-book bundle – includes:

  • a simple start and talk pastels
  • chalk pastels through the seasons
  • a seasonal start in fall chalk pastels
  • a simple start in Christmas chalk pastels
  • a seasonal start in spring chalk pastels
  • chalk pastels are at the beach

Chalk pastels through the seasons e-book bundle – includes:

  • chalk pastels through the seasons
  • a seasonal start in fall chalk pastels
  • a simple start in Christmas chalk pastels
  • a seasonal start in spring chalk pastels

Help for homeschool e-book bundle – includes:

  • a simple start and chalk pastels
  • chalk pastels through the seasons
  • help! I’m homeschooling!
  • Return of the routine

You can buy SHARKS! and all the other wonderful Chalk Pastel books here!

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I have partnered with Tricia Hodges to give one lucky reader a copy of the SHARKS! e-book! Click below to enter!

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Special Thank You to Tricia Hodges & Southern Hodgepodge for providing me with this Sharks! e-book!

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What’s in the Bible 16 Hour SALE! DON’T MISS OUT!

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Do you LOVE What’s in the Bible? Have you been wanting to stock up on DVD’s for birthdays and Christmas? NOW is the time! 

Save up to 60% on DVDs!

Pick up 3 DVDs for $20, 4 for $25, 5 for $30 … all the way up to 9 for $50!

Mix and match between the What’s In The Bible? series, Clive & Ian’s Wonder-Blimp of Knowledge, and Why Do We Call It Christmas?

PLUS!!!! Get free standard US shipping on all orders over $25! Here’s the catch it’s…

16 Hours ONLY! 

Click HERE to take advantage of the 16 hour sale

If you are not familiar with What’s in the Bible have a look! You will NOT be disappointed!

Now I’m off to stock up!

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MORE Back to School Printables!

So, yesterday I posted some First Day of School Printables {view post HERE!} Within an hour I was totally  inundated with requests for “Chalkboard First Day of School Printables” Well, I love you guys so I could help but oblige! Thank you all so much for loving my printables as much as I do! 🙂

Here you go! This printable pack includes PK-12th as well as a just plain my first day of “school” – this will be perfect for your ‘cool’ preteen/teen! 🙂

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I hope you enjoy these! Please continue sending me printable requests!

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Back to School Printables!

Today I have TWO different Back to School Printable packs for you! I can’t believe summer is over! Wow, that went fast didn’t it!

The first set:

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Whether you Homeschool, Private School or Public school these are perfect for taking pictures of your kids on their first day of school. My kiddos look forward to the “first day of school” pictures every year! {Download the whole pack and print what you need! Save until next year!}

The second set: Back by popular demand!

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These are fun little keepsakes for your little ones {and bigger ones} I posted these last year and they were so popular that I decided to add an all new “last day of school” These will be so fun to see how your kiddos have changed in just one year! {Download the whole pack and print what you need! Save until the end of the year and beyond!!}

Keep your eyes out next week for all NEW Lunch Box Note Printables!

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