Sam’s Club is one of my favorite stores for stocking up on household essentials. Buying in bulk is an excellent way to save money and I’m never disappointed by the quality of the products I purchase there. Two of my favorite budget savers are the 25 lb bags of all purpose flour and 10 lb [...]
Sam’s Club is one of my favorite stores for stocking up on household essentials. Buying in bulk is an excellent way to save money and I’m never disappointed by the quality of the products I purchase there. Two of my favorite budget savers are the 25 lb bags of all purpose flour and 10 lb bags of flash-frozen chicken breasts. Sam’s Club is well aware of the costs and stresses involved in getting our students well equipped for college or for being on their own for the first time. Our nineteen-year-old moved into her first place, roommates and all, this past weekend; and the products in our “Back to Class pack from Sam’s Club, have already been put to good use! Sam’s Club has actually put together several fantastic care packages for the college-aged kids in your life, that will save you money and help the students have a good start on prepping for a good year with some essential “living on their own” products.
- The Back to Class Laundry Care and Cleaning Bundle includes: 1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes Variety 4-Pack, 1 Lysol Disinfectant Spray – 3 pk., 1 – 170 oz. Tide HE Laundry Detergent, 1 – 250 sheet box Bounce Fabric Softener Sheets, 1 Swiffer Duster with 24 refills, and 1 Kleenex Cool Touch Tissues – 3 pk.
- The School Supplies Care Package includes: 1 SwissGear Laptop Daypack – Blue, 1 12-Pack of Letter Sized Sams Writing Pads, 1 14-Pack of Pilot G2 Black Retractable Gel Roller Ball pens, 1 72-Pack of Papermate Mirado Woodcase Pencils, and 1 24-Pack of Sharpie Accent Highlighters.
- The Room Organization Kit includes: components to make home organization a breeze. The eight-shelf hanging organizer is great for sweaters, hats, scarves etc., and two sets of storage drawers can slide right under the bed for easy access. The set also includes a pop-up mesh hamper for your laundry and an over-the-door shoe rack to keep shoes neatly stored and out of sight.
- The Women’s Back to Class Care Package includes: 1 TRESemmé Moisture Rich Shampoo & Conditioner Value Pack -44 oz. each, 1 52-count package Gillette Custom Plus Disposable Razors, 1 3-pack pkg of Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash – 2 are 23.6 oz. and 1 is 12 oz, a 4-pack of Degree Women Fresh Oxygen Invisible Solid Deodorants, 1 Tampax Tampons – Regular – 100 ct. + 5 ct. Tampax Pearl Trial Pack, a 4-pack of Crest Complete Whitening + Scope toothpaste, a 2-pack of TRESemmé Extra Hold Hair Spray, and a 3-pack of Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion. (This is the package our family received and it’s been a great package for “stocking her own place” ! Many of the items in the kit will last the entire year.)
- The Men’s Back to Class Care Package includes: 1 4-pack of Degree Men’s Invisible Solid Deodorant, 1 52-pack of Gillette Custom Plus Disposable Razors, 1 2-pack 18 oz Dove Men + Care Body and Face Wash with a 12 oz bonus bottle, a 4-pack Crest Pro-Health Clinical Gum Protection Toothpaste, a 2-pack of Crest Pro-Health Complete Rinse, and 1 40 oz pump bottle of Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care 2-in-1.
- The Back to Class Snack Pack includes: 24 ½-liter bottles of Nestle Bottled Spring Water, 1 30-oz. jar of Office Snax® Nugget “Gems” Pretzels, 1 16-count box Kellogg Nutri-Grain Strawberry Cereal Bars, a 22-pack of Lipton’s Cup-A-Soup, a 12-pack of Bumble Bee Tuna Lunch Kit, an 8-pack of single serving Keebler Fudge Stripes Cookies, 1 10-oz On-the-Go Canister of Emerald® Snack Nuts, and a 6-pack of Pop Secret® Popcorn.
You’ll love all the options for helping your college-age student start their year on the right foot, fully-stocked and prepared for life on their own. You’ll also love the savings you will enjoy shopping at Sam’s Club.
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One of the challenges, with teaching children, is to find a way to help them digest, organize and retain information. Over our two decades of homeschooling, I’ve learned that one way to be successful at that is to be sure your students experience the information in several different ways. Allow them not just to read [...]
One of the challenges, with teaching children, is to find a way to help them digest, organize and retain information. Over our two decades of homeschooling, I’ve learned that one way to be successful at that is to be sure your students experience the information in several different ways. Allow them not just to read it, but provide opportunities to also hear it and to “put their hands in it”, too. History, in particular, lends itself well to these methods of learning. Besides reading the textbook, be sure your students have a chance to meet great men and women of history and to be introduced to pivotal events in biographies, autobiographies and historical fiction. There are fabulous audio recordings that narrate archeological digs, bring historical stories to life or present music from a particular culture, era or genre. Children can recite poetry and famous speeches or addresses. “Putting their hands in it” relates more to hands-on projects that help to solidify a student’s understanding of the material. It can be anything from preparing a recipe, writing a report, drawing an illustration, sculpting a replica of a famous statue, acting out a historical event or building a model of an important piece of architecture. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. And their is scientific evidence to show that when a student kinesthetically (touches, feels, put’s their hands in it) experiences information at the same time that they are hearing or seeing it, new synapses (connectors) are formed in the brain, expanding thinking and retention power, as information can move even more quickly from one neuron to the next, with the new connections that are made. One of the most common examples I can think of is teaching a child to write letters by speaking the letter names out loud, while tracing them in sand. They experience the letter by seeing it’s form being shaped, hearing it’s name pronounced and feeling it drawn in the sand. This multi-sensory approach is a great brain-builder. It also makes learning, so much more fun!
I have always enjoyed helping our kids create history timelines for this same reason. They remember the important people and dates so much easier when they experience them in so many different ways. When our older girls were young, our history timelines were art masterpieces that ended up circling the entire perimeter of our dining room. Each new picture moved forward in history, highlighting a significant event or person and allowing them to engage their creative, artistic sides. I wanted to give our youngest a similar experience, but have the timeline confined to a space smaller than an entire dining room. I decided to help her create a Timeline Notebook and I’m excited about the potential. She will literally be able to continue adding pages, all the way through high school, as her studies expand and go more indepth.
Of course the most exciting thing, for her, is the artistic and creative aspect of it. I’m excited because she can’t help but learn, as she enjoys the projects that she will work on. As she gets older, she will appreciate history, its significance and her place in it, a little more than she does now, at age 10. Then this book will be a treasure of memories and information.
To create your own History Timeline Notebook, you’ll only need a few simple supplies and you’ll probably have most of them on hand, at home.
- a three ring binder (I would recommend a 1 ½” or 2″, if you plan to continue adding pages over several years. If you grab one that has the plastic sleeve on the front, it’s so much easier to add a nice cover.)
- 8½ x 11 cardstock (something you can run through your printer. I prefer the heavier weight, so we can cover both sides without any bleed-through.)
- markers (I like Elmer’s Painters Markersfor this kind of project. They are so much easier to control than paint and a brush; and the vibrant colors are fade resistant and permanent.)
- a ruler
- pencils, pens and colored pencils
- glue and/or tape or even some Elmer’s Glue Spots
- a three-hole punch
- your computer printer
To really boost enthusiasm, it’s always fun to allow students to begin by creating a cover for their notebook. Our first notebook will be for United States History, so we thought an American flag would be a colorful and symbolic cover.
Sketch out your design, lightly on a piece of cardstock, making sure you have all your outlines where you want them. We made the 13 stripes of our American flag 1/2″ thick, so we carefully plotted marks to create those lines, first.
Knowing that the field of blue was the height of the first seven stripes, we drew the six bottom stripes across the entire sheet.
Then we drew a vertical line from the top of the page to the top of that sixth stripe from the bottom, which created the border for the field of blue.
After that we could sketch in the remaining seven stripes and are ready to add some color.
Outlining the individual color shapes before filling them in with Elmer’s Painters Markers, made it easier to keep the color where we wanted it. (Elmer’s Paint Markersare acrylic paint. They can also be used on wood, plastic, clay, glass, metal, foam board, fabric, and terra cotta. They are permanent, streak free, non-toxic and acid free, plus they’re available in fine and medium point, as well as with a calligraphy tip.)
We filled in the field of blue and left it to dry while we moved to another area of the flag. Another reason I love Elmer’s Painters Markers is that once the paint is dry, another color can be laid in over the top of the last, without the colors mixing or bleeding into one another. That will make adding stars over the blue, super simple, later.
Next, we outlined and filled in the seven red stripes, starting with the top stripe and ending with the very bottom.
After the stripes were filled, we were ready to add stars over our field of blue. It wasn’t easy drawing tiny white stars with a medium point marker, but we managed by making small dots and then dragging tiny bits of paint from the center of the dot out in five different directions. Though we didn’t space them very well (Epic mom fail!) and weren’t able to get all 50 stars on our flag, she’ll never forget that there are 50 or why, since that was a prominent point of our discussion as we created them. We left our white stars to dry and started on the first page of our timeline.
I created a timeline page template to use and converted it to a pdf file for you, so you can download it and print your own, if you like. I like that we will be able to print additional pages, as we go, and add new ones each year.
While we waited for the stars to dry, we got started on some timeline pages. First, I three-hole punched all the template pages we printed. Then I used the Elmer’s Calligraphy Painters Markers to start adding dates to the hash lines.
We added some illustrations to the timeline, using the Elmer’s Painters markers. The first illustration was of Columbus’ sea voyage. While we waited for his sails to dry, we had the bright idea to make a sphere of green and blue dots, swirl them and create an “Earth”. We would use that to depict Magellan’s trip around the world.
With the addition of a couple of mini-reports we typed up from information in our textbook, we completed the first page of our timeline. We know two important dates and several things about two important men in history, as well as their sea voyages.
The cover is completely dry now and ready to be slipped into the plastic sleeve on the front of the notebook.
I want to give you one more idea for a timeline page, so you don’t think there’s only one way to make them. I hope you will get creative and add all kinds of interesting things to your timeline. I know we will add report pages and recipes with pictures of our student baking them. We’ll also include pictures of any other projects she does and slip them in next to the appropriate dates. In the meantime, here’s what we did with the second page.
This is going to be a fun, ongoing project that I can work on with our daughter. It’s a great way to compile a lot of information in a compact amount of space. Years from now, I think she’ll enjoy looking back through it and remembering the times we worked on it together; and I know it will help her to retain the important facts from history that we are teaching her.
What creative ideas do you use to encourage your students to learn and remember what they’ve been taught? Do they like hands-on projects to solidify the concepts and information in their mind? Leave a comment and share your ideas, so we can all benefit from your thoughts.
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As a history buff and homeschool mom, this challenge was definitely perfect for me! I got to review two different U.S. History resources, compare and contrast them and decide which one I liked best. Interestingly enough, I had never used either the Dummies Guides or the Complete Idiot’s Guides for any topic, prior to this [...]
As a history buff and homeschool mom, this challenge was definitely perfect for me! I got to review two different U.S. History resources, compare and contrast them and decide which one I liked best. Interestingly enough, I had never used either the Dummies Guides or the Complete Idiot’s Guides for any topic, prior to this comparison, so it truly was a “blind” test.
I have taught my kids to be “aware” when they read or research any subject, but especially history, of the author’s worldview and the source documents from which they obtained the information they are writing about. The further an author gets from the original source documents, the greater the chance for error; and even if the author has all the correct information, their personal worldview can have an impact on the way they interpret it. It will come as no surprise, then, that the first thing I looked for in each book was a bibliography. I was curious to know from where each of the authors had sourced their information. I was more than just a little surprised that neither book contained one and so my expectation was that sources would be footnoted throughout the texts. Again, I was disappointed by both books. Further investigation provided “disclaimers”, at the front of both titles, declaring that the books were the opinions and ideas of the author and that no liability could be assumed for the accuracy or use of the information they contained. To say that understanding this disturbing information, set the tone for my review, would be a wholly accurate statement.
Since I was no longer evaluating the books from the perspective of documented, verifiable faithfulness to historical accuracy, I compared them on these basic criteria:
- Commonly accepted historical fact
- Organizational style/ layout of text
- Ease of finding desired information
- Quantity of details and information included
U.S. History for Dummies is written chronologically and divided into time period sections, as you would expect. However, the writing style and details draw the reader in, much like a novel. It lays out many more descriptive details and, in modern parlance, engages the reader in a “story”. This text also includes many vignettes, in gray boxes scattered across pages, introducing characters, quotes and little known facts or events that are often overlooked in other studies of history. With the understanding mentioned previously about lack of documentation, U.S. History for Dummies, trends along the commonly accepted views on American history. It has both a detailed Table of Contents and Index, making it easy to quickly find specific topics of interest, and though it has done a good job of weaving events into a readable “story”, each independent section easily stands on its own when you want to focus on an individual subject. An average middle-school student should have no difficulty with the reading level.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History is more reminiscent of a History textbook in it’s layout, and again, I found that the reading level should pose no problems for the average middle school student. Like U.S. History for Dummies, the author is descriptive in his details, hinting at his own personal opinions and worldview in the light in which he presents the facts. Given the disclaimers at the beginning of each book, this came as no surprise. The content is comparable to the Dummie’s Guide, highlighting commonly accepted historical data in chronological fashion. The Complete Idiots’s Guide to American History also contains boxed vignettes, sprinkled throughout the text, highlighting lesser known figures and events and lending interest to the story. There were two features distinctive only to the Idiot’s Guide, however, that I liked.
- Vocabulary – Throughout the book, small boxes titled, “What’s the Word”, pop up with definitions and explanations of terms that are used in the text and may otherwise be unfamiliar to younger readers.
- Each chapter concludes with a section called, “The Least You Should Know”, highlighting the main points, events, people and dates from that chapter. This brief summary is a good refresher for what came before and solidifies the highlights in a reader’s mind.
Given that the two books were, for the most part, equal in content and easy to navigate, those two extra points would probably cause me to select The Complete Idiot’s Guide to American History, were I to make a purchase.
I really enjoyed the opportunity to compare these two books and the best part is I get to pass along some savings if you would like to do the same. You will be able to save 50% off one order of regularly priced books by using Coupon Code CIGBlog11, at Idiot’s Guides.com. The discount code is good through October 31, so pull out that Christmas list and order all the titles you will need at one time, to maximize your savings. They have a selection that covers a myriad of different interests and learning needs. That’s a fantastic savings and perfect timing if there are titles that would fit someone on your Christmas list. Enjoy!
I received copies of both books, named above, in order to compare them and write this review. No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required. As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.
This series is designed with homeschooling families and their children in mind, but being familiar with three of these speakers, firsthand, I am convinced that these webinars will have great value for all families. Here is how the series is described: … 5 Christian Leaders. 5 Exclusive Webinars. One Mission: Leadership ,,, Homeschool families face [...]
This series is designed with homeschooling families and their children in mind, but being familiar with three of these speakers, firsthand, I am convinced that these webinars will have great value for all families. Here is how the series is described:
5 Christian Leaders. 5 Exclusive Webinars. One Mission: Leadership
Homeschool families face high expectations for making choices that differ from the status quo.
One expectation—your homeschoolers will become leaders who possess the ability to influence others and positively impact culture.
But there is a big difference between being in leadership and being one who can lead, because a person cannot lead if nobody is willing to follow.
Through this cutting-edge webinar series, trusted Christian leaders leaders will cast a vision and give practical steps you can take to lead your children to become individuals who are leaders in thought, character and action.
This webinar series will connect you directly with leaders who understand the pressures of homeschooling, and are passionate about seeing homeschoolers rise to the challenge of being culture-shapers who can lead.
You want the best for your children. You want to see them transition into adulthood as accountable, responsible adults who can lead.
Whether it’s leading a family, a ministry, or a business, homeschoolers have that spark of leadership in them. Through this webinar series you will get an actionable plan to help your children emerge from high school or college with the skills and competencies to lead and to dynamically impact the culture.
How Parents Can Inspire Their Children to Become Exceptional Leaders
Webinar date: 8/2/11Start time: 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT
“Freedomship” Education: Take Your Children Off The Conveyor Belt & Into Life through Internships & Entrepreneurship
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Webinar date: 8/4/11
Start time: 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT
A Biblical Blueprint for Transforming Your Children into Those Who Can Lead
Dr. Jeff Myers
Webinar date: 8/9/11
Start time: 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT
Financial Leadership: How to Equip Your Children with Financial Intelligence
Crown Financial Ministries
Webinar date: 8/11/11
Start time: 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT
How Combining High School & College Will Pave the Way for Success in College and Life Beyond
Curriculum Specialist & Dual Credit Consultant
Webinar date: 8/18/11
Start time: 8pm EDT • 7pm CDT • 5pm PDT