12 Days of Christmas Freebies

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December 26, 2011 through January 6, 2012.

Celebrate Celebrate with us by receiving a gift for the season!

We are partnering with Homeschooling Today magazine to bring you a special freebie on January 4, 2012 However, you can also receive other gifts beginning Monday, Dec 26, 2011.

Right now, go to www.HomeschoolingToday.com to sign up on the home page for the Homeschooling Helper e-newsletter to receive our offer via e-mail on the above date. Homeschooling Today will send a special discount or gift from a different vendor each day of the Twelve Days of Christmas, but only to their readers.

So don’t miss some wonderful offers to get your new year off right! Sign-up now so you don’t miss a thing!

Top 5 Mistakes Homeschool Families Make

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Hope you has a wonderful Easter celebrating our Saviors’ victory over death.  My parents spent the day with us so we had a terrific time of fellowship and spirited discussion around our Easter table.  How did you spend Easter?

This week I have another of our free Homeschool Webinars for you.  I am so excited about this topic and will be doing the presentation myself.

- Do you see other homeschool families that seem to “have it together” and not sure how you’re doing with your own kids?

- Do you wonder how your kids will turn out when they finish homeschooling?

- Do you ever feel like you’re beating your head against a wall because nothing seems to be working in your homeschool?

- Do you worry about which curriculum is best for your family this year?

That’s exactly what I’ll be covering this Thursday, April 28

“The Top 5 Mistakes Homeschool Families Make and How To Avoid Making Them”

Register Here:
Top 5 Mistakes Homeschool Families Make-Free Webinar

I know what it is like to be in the trenches as a homeschool mom.
Sometimes you need a little encouragement or a few fun tricks from experienced
homeschoolers.  Real homeschool parents who have real experience balancing
school, family, cooking, cleaning, chauffeuring.

So, I’ll be sharing “real life” ways you can avoid major
mistakes as a homeschooler.  Not only will we discuss the
mistakes, but we’ll share solutions that work in your family.
Even when you’re trying to balance everything else in your

Grab your seat at our free Homeschool Webinar this week.
Top 5 Mistakes Homeschool Families Make-Free Webinar

We have limited lines, so go ahead and register today so you
have your seat reserved.  We’ll send you a reminder on Thursday.

If you’ve never been on a webinar, it’s very easy.  All you do
is go to our special website and watch my presentation.  You
can see and hear the “The Top 5 Mistakes Homeschool Families
Make and How To Avoid Making Them”…all on your computer.


ps.  I have a special offer only for those who attend the LIVE
webinar on Thursday, April 28.  Be there to see what I have
cooked up for you.

Register here:

Have You Gotten My Free Report – Elite Education!

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Have you gotten my free report:  4 Keys to Providing an Elite Education

If not, go grab it now by clicking the link below:

Homeschool Resources

Once you read it, please leave a comment and let me know what you think.  I’d love some feedback so I can improve it!

HomeSchool Right This Year

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Have you listened to my webinar “HomeSchool Right This Year”?  If not, go take a listen.  We received some great feedback, so I’m sure you’ll get alot out of it, as well.  It’s only available on certain days of the week, so find out all the details here:


After you listen, please post a comment and let me know what you think about the webinar.  I’d love to see how it is helping homeschool families.

Tuesday Tips – Coupon Creativity

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Do you clip coupons?  I know some people do and some  people don’t.  And some people who DO clip coupons even decide it’s better not to when it doesn’t make the desired product any cheaper than the generic.

But here’s an idea.  Begin to clip and use coupons for new products the manufacturers put out, especially household products.  Usually these coupons offer a deep discount just to get you to try it, and if you look online, you might find a coupon for the product that makes it FREE!

A friend of mine recently tried this the with new Bounce “Dryer Bar” and really discovered (for very little money) a new way to add that fresh smell to her laundry.   It works just as well as the dryer sheet but without the hassle of remembering to add  a sheet to each load of laundry or throwing the same said sheet away afterwards.

Do You Have Your Advent Calendar Yet?

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I have been quite concerned with the way America is taking Christ out of Christmas. I’m working on editing a video about what’s really happening to Christmas these days. I’ll be sharing some of my findings next week, along with solutions you can use with your family this Christmas season. Watch your email for more details.

In the meantime, I already have our Advent Countdown up & running.

What’s an Advent Countdown?

I’ve created 25 daily emails that give you ideas on how to put Christ back into your Christmas celebration as you prepare for Christmas. The season of Advent is upon us, usually beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I want you to be ready so grab your Advent Countdown right here.


When you get your Advent Countdown, you’ll also be signed up for our “first to know” list about our Christmas webinar -

“Rekindling the Spirit of Christmas & Overcoming the Commercialism in America”

Be sure to tell your friends & family to get their own copy of our Advent Countdown.


Have a wonderful week…have you seen some of the new ideas on my blog to celebrate Thanksgiving?


Kerry Beck

P.S. Enjoy celebrating Advent with your family this year… http://budurl.com/christmascelebration

P.P.S. Remember to whitelist my email so you get all the Advent Countdown ideas.

5 Must-Have, No-Cost Resources for Homeschooling

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Today I have guest author, Terri Johnson, sharing an article on great homeschool resources.

This past year has not been an easy one for many Americans, that’s for sure.  With businesses downsizing and laying off staff, many loyal employees find themselves out of work.  With the bursting of the real estate bubble, many hard-working homeowners find themselves in a house they can no longer afford to keep and yet can neither afford to sell.  We live in hard times, but often it is these very hard times that generate the most creative thinking.  As they say… Necessity is the mother of invention.  I believe that was first spoken by Plato.  Or you could say… “Invention is the mother of necessity.”  Thorstein Veblen, the author of that quote, was a U.S. economist and social philosopher who lived during the latter portion of the 19th century until the Great Depression.  He lived in times not unlike our own.  Swift change can cause turmoil.

So, if invention and creativity is spurred on by necessity or difficulty (and vice versa), then now is a great time to look for and use no-cost resources that will serve us well during this economic downturn.

There are many of you who cannot afford homeschooling curriculum this year.  Does that mean that you should put your children into public school?  No, what it means is that it is time to get creative, even inventive, when it comes to our children’s education.

And this is your place to start.  I am going to share with you my top 5 “must-have” homeschooling resources that won’t cost you a dime.  Bookmark each of these sites and refer to them often as you prepare and teach your children during this upcoming school year.

Top 5 Must-Have No-Cost Homeschooling Resources

(These are not listed in any particular order because they are all good!  Bookmark or sign up for them all!)

  1. Jim Erskine’s Freebie of the Day -http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/.  If you are not aware of this site, then I am excited to share it with you.  Jim works with homeschool publishers to provide you with 1 freebie each day.  The link to the freebie is only active for 24 hours, so you have to act fast, but these are quality offerings and not just filler junk.  Trust me, I have participated in this program and we have given away a full U.S. geography curriculum on one occasion and another full ebook on another occasion.  Other publishers are doing the same thing.  So sign up using the “Join List” tab at the top of the page.
  2. The Old Schoolhouse’s Teacher Toolbox -http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/E_News/index.php#teacherstoolbox.  Most of you are probably aware of their Freebie Friday newsletter (if you are not, then sign up for that one as well).  But the Teacher Toolbox newsletter is a lesser known treasure. The Teacher’s Toolboxis a great way to inject something extra into your teaching plans especially when you are homeschooling on a shoestring.
  3. The Homeschool Mom Unit Studies -http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/schoolroom/unitstudies.php.  Actually, the entire Homeschool Mom site is a gem and you should spend some time there getting familiarized with it and find out what it has to offer.  But I specifically highlighted the unit study page because unit studies are a great way to homeschool your children especially if you are working with limited funds.  You can teach them all the same topic but at varying levels.  You can often utilize library books and online information resources – all for free.
  4. Donna Young Printables and Resources -http://donnayoung.org/index.htm.  Yes, this site is a treasure trove of lessons, planners and forms.  There is a form for everything you could ever need.  I especially like her diplomas!  If you are looking for a specific form, a planner or a lesson for a certain subject, make sure that you check here!  Donna Young has so many useful forms and resources that you will think you have hit the jackpot.
  5. Homeschooling ABCs Free 5 Day MiniClass http://tinyurl.com/kkmjee.  Sometimes when you are throwing it all together yourself and not using pre-made curriculum, you can start to wonder if you are on the right track.  Worry no longer… sign up for the free 5 day mini-class at the site above and receive information on:

What to Teach and When

  • 4 Steps to Homeschooling Success
  • Homeschooling on a Dime
  • Getting the Help You Need
  • Planning and Scheduling

There you go – 5 “Must-Have” No-Cost Resources for Homeschooling.  Take advantage of them.  Let them be the fuel that starts your creative engine and keeps it going strong.  My hope and prayer for you is that you have NOT been hit hard by this financial mess our country has found itself in.  But if you have been, then look for the silver lining amongst the gray clouds.  As Patti Handy says, “Don’t let a good financial crisis go to waste.” (www.teenscashcoach.com)


Terri Johnson

Bramley BooksTM, a division of Knowledge Quest, Inc.

Special on IEW Writing Programs

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We really need to reduce our IEW inventory before the end of the year.  Otherwise, we have to count all that inventory :-(

I’m making a fantastic deal for you.  You won’t see this anywhere else and we will still offer FREE shipping on all IEW products.

**Special 1
All orders of $100 or more on IEW Excellence in Writing products (Writing, Reading or Grammar) receive a FREE copy of A Thomas Jefferson Education (hardback) that sells for $26.95

**Special 2
All orders of $200 or more on IEW products (Writing, Reading or Grammar) receive a FREE copy both – A Thomas Jefferson Education (hardback) that sells for $26.95 AND Accelerated Distance Learning ($19.97 retail)

As always, we provide FREE SHIPPING on all IEW products.

Click on any of the following IEW product to read more and grab your own copy:

Theme Based Writing Lessons

Character Based Writing Lessons

Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons

Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons

Explorers to Gold Rush  U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (Vol. 1)

Civil War to Present  U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (Vol. 2)

Very Helpful Writing Products to Save You Time & Energy

Elegant Essay

Advanced Communications

Fix-It! (Grammar)

Special applies to ONLY to in stock products.  If an item is out of stock when you place your order, we will immediately refund you for the amount of that product and send the remaining items in your order.
NO BACKORDERS on IEW at this time.  If an item is out of stock, please order again at a later date.
If you have any questions about an item, please call us at 979-703-5724 and we can give you the most current information about our in-stock IEW items.

Easter Blog Candy Winner

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Since we had so few people enter my Easter blog candy contest, I’m sending a copy of my 209 page Family Fun:  Easter Activity Book to everyone who posted a comment below.

If you didn’t enter the contest, watch this blog because each month I usually have a give-away.  You could be the next winner.
Here’s the link to all the great ideas for celebrating Christ’s resurrection, Easter
Celebrate Easter Ideas

Easter Blog Candy

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It’s time for some blog candy. I’m giving away a 209 page ebook all about Easter.

Family Fun: Easter Activity Collection

It includes Easter recipes, Easter crafts, Easter puzzles, Easter games and Easter coloring pages.

How can you win?

Leave a comment on my blog telling me how you celebrate Easter. It can be religious or a fun activity your family has done over the years. I’ll randomly choose one of the comments on Thursday, March 20 to win the Easter Book

I look forward to hearing all your great ideas. BTW…I’ll be posting Easter ideas all week long. I hope to give you some unique ways to tie activities into the real celebration of Easter – the Resurrection! Check this blog every day for new ideas.

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