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Homeschool the Holidays #Giveaway and Gift-Giving Guide (Win 25 Items!)

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Look at all these amazing books, audios, and ebooks! I am so excited to bless one of my readers with this amazing giveaway package. These gifts have been generously donated by a wonderful group of vendors just for one of you!

Cindy West of Shining Dawn Books creates some of my favorite nature studies.  Nature Study Through the Holidays is an abbreviated nature study with a focus on the four weeks of Advent.  I love the variety of ideas and these will add fresh variety to our Advent celebration this year.  “We’ve put together four weeks of nature studies related to Advent. For each week, you’ll find Bible references, several nature study ideas and at least one notebooking page. Use these ideas however you see fit. Don’t feel like you have to complete every activity listed! ” (retail value $5, ebook)

This fascinating book about Baktar the Incan cat will make a great gift for the young reader in your life. “Baktar is not a common cat, even though he looks like one. He is a Royal Black Tarquoia, a mythical species, who lived among the ancient Inca of Peru high in the Andes Mountains. Baktar watches over his mistress Amasuwa, an Inca princess who is struggling with her fears concerning her upcoming marriage. Her grandfather Pachacuti, ninth king of the Inca realm, has his own concerns as he ponders the question of which god really is God and might there be just one?” Written by Laurie J. White, author of King Alfred’s English, Baktar is based on evidence that the king of the Incas did indeed convert to Christianity. (physical book, $10.95 retail value, 8 and up)

Christmas Coloring and Activity Book from Knowledge Box Central will make a wonderful addition to your Christmas studies and celebration. My children love having things like this available throughout the month of December and I’m happy that while they have fun they are improving fine motor skills and thinking skills! “Ready to have some fun during the Christmas holidays? Build a paper model of a Christmas Tree, create a one-of-a -kind bookmark, even learn new Christmas songs. Also includes holiday mazes, crossword puzzles word searches and more. Designed for pre-school thru about 3rd grade.” (ebook, $5 retail value)

Fun Bonding Activities for Christmastime by Susan Evans is a one hour audio with an accompanying slideshow pdf. “Would you like to develop a strong sense of family identity? Draw closer to your family during the Christmas holidays.”  Includes three creative ways to retell the nativity story, how to choose just the right gift for each of your children, six easy Christmas crafts you can do with your kids even when you’re tired…  And much more!  (retail value $8.95)

My boys have been having so much fun with our Farm Animal Matching Cards from Gentle Shepherd. This handy pdf collection includes 12 adorable animal cards to print and their sounds in four languages to print on the back.  Not only can you make matching cards though, we’ve also stickers and magnets.  This set can be used for gift giving over and over, just print a set any time you need a quick gift.  They would also make a perfect stocking stuffer. “These animal pictures have been hand-drawn and colored, and are all ready to be made into matching cards.  Just print on card stock and cut apart!” (retail value $3)

In the Hands of A Child project packs are always fun hands-on learning for our family.  With The Night Before Christmas your child will fold, cut, paste and create to their heart’s content. “This fun Literature Study that includes a 6-day Planning Guide, 17 Hands-On Activities PLUS 3 Fun Extension Activities, Related Reading List”, and so much more! (retail value $12, K-2)

For the older children in your home, A Christmas Carol project pack is a wonderful way to study this amazing classic.  “A Literature Based Study of the Novel by Charles Dickens Curriculum from In the Hands of a Child. Make your lesson planning easy with the chapter-by-chapter review complete with questions for discussion and 25 correlating Hands-On Activities” and so much more! (retail value $12,  Grades 7-12)

Are you looking for some encouragement and inspiration as you head into the holidays?  I know I am! I love the audios recorded by Felice Gerwitz of Ultimate Homeschool Expo and the Homeschooling and the Holidays expo set will be a perfect encouragement for you during this busy season. “Join our wonderful expo panel and listen to moms who have survived the holidays with flying colors and share their scheduling, baking, praising and joyful tips and techniques with you!” (retail value $19.95, audio set)

This book and curriculum set from New Millenium Girls rocked our socks off! My daughter is having so much fun creating beautiful paper dolls and clothing while learning to write her very own fiction novel. I can’t wait to share my full review of this product later in the week and the lucky winner of this giveaway will get her very own set. Isabel’s Secret is a novel, Isabel’s Closet is the paper doll book, and Creative Writing Made Easy is the fantastic coordinating curriculum. Your daughter will love it! (retail value $29.95 with shipping)

Have you ever looked for a resource to teach your children about Kwanzaa? Knowledge Box Central has a Kwanzaa lapbook for your children to color, fold, cut and assemble. The Kwanzaa lapbook has 25 minibooks covering the symbols, history, traditions, recipes, gifts, principles of this holiday. If you have ever wondered about this little known holiday or wanted to learn more about your heritage, you and your children will have fun putting this together.(retail value $5, ebook)

I don’t know about you, but for me 22 pages of planning help for the holidays was very welcome. Personally, I can use all of the help I can get. This sweet little file has beautiful printables designed to make your life easier as you head into the busyness of December with the Freedom and Simplicity Holiday Planner. “Do you need some help planning and organizing your Holiday activities? These festive Freedom & Simplicity™ forms will make it a snap. Whether it’s your Decorations, your Gifts, your Cards, your Meals, your Calendar, your … – we’ve got a form for that.” (retail value $4.95, ebook)

A beautiful addition to our Christmas music, Christmas Carols Sweet and Clear is the perfect match for the book a Treasury of Christmas Carols to Trace and Color. “These Christ-centered carols in a gentle style with classical style accompaniment make a restful but inspirational background for relaxation amidst the Christmas rush. Give your homeschool a holiday touch with Christmas music in the background during schooltime.” (retail value $8.50)

We discovered these delightful copywork books from LightHome Publications during my very first blog hop giveaway and I have to tell you these books have completely changed the attitudes of my children in the face of handwriting practice. We can’t wait to use A Treasury of Christmas Carols to Trace and Color during December.  LightHome Publications has a huge selection of copywork books to choose from and something to fit every child.   This particular book has both manuscript and cursive for each carol perfect for the whole family! The other thing I’ve noticed is that it so easy to use the copywork and pictures in a notebooking study.(retail value $7.50, ebook)

Another book from LightHome Publications, As We Gather, Songs of Thanksgiving is going to be a wonderful addition to our November homeschool studies for years to come.  Again, this book has each selection in manuscript and cursive so it will work for the whole family and can easily be used in notebooking for your Thanksgiving notebook or lapbook. “This multilevel penmanship book with its gorgeous paintings by 18 master artists portraying the harvest, majestic scenery, and children delighting in God’s creation, is a delightful way for kids to practice their handwriting while focusing on Thanksgiving.” (retail value $8.50, ebook)

A completely different kind of book from LightHome Publications, Artful Christmas Cards to Make, Enhance and Color doesn’t include any copywork. Instead it is full of beautiful cards your children can print, color and personalize for your family cards. Some of the cards are full color antique reproductions and Joy Marie gives several ideas and directions for enhancing these cards after you print them.  The book also has a section of family crafts and activities to round out your activities.  “This multilevel book is a smorgasbord of artistic activities revolving around Christmas.” (retail value $8.50, ebook)

Hal and Melanie Young are two of my very favorite authors and their book Raising Real Men won the Christian Small Publishers Association Book of the Year in 2011. We Gather Together is about redeeming Thanksgiving.  “Thanksgiving is one of the most God-centered holidays, yet it generally devolves into eating and sitting in front of the TV. You can redeem it, though!  Why not invite everyone to your house? What? Getting the collywobbles? Our ultimate guide to Thanksgiving,We Gather Together, makes it worry-free and a mom-sized job!” (retail value $15, ebook)

For the budding chemist in your home, Periodic Table of the Elements Coloring Book is a fun stocking stuffer or even wrapped under the tree!  Theresa Bondura writes “When our babies are born, they come into a world of sight and sound that can be overwhelming. And what do we do? We speak in a language they don’t understand. We show them toys they can’t use. As they grow we put maps on their wall when they can’t understand the concept of Earth. And then a miracle happens. They begin to speak. They start making sentences, writing letters, learning words. We should have the periodic table of elements on the wall as well. Everything on our planet is made of the items on the periodic table. It is a very basic tool.” (retail value $22.50, physical book)

“This Pilgrims Unit Study is a fun study to do during the month of November, because it ties in with the first Thanksgiving. This one-hour audio includes a 36-slide PDF showing you many different projects and activities that you can do to understand the Pilgrims and what Thanksgiving is all about. How would you like to make a Mayflower ship off your back deck, using inexpensive PVC pipe and an old sheet?  Your kids will love it!” Susan Evans(retail value $8.95)

Are you struggling to keep Christ as the focus of your Christmas celebrations?  Jesus, The Promised One by Katherine Loop is a fun daily devotional for the month of December and your children will create a wonderful keepsake book using the simple directions included!  “Jesus–The Promised One is a Christmas Bible study designed to start December 1st and finish Christmas Eve. The Bible study traces God’s plan of salvation from the very beginning of time, laying the groundwork for Jesus’ birth and explaining the foundations of the Christian faith in a simple way even a child can grasp.”(retail value $8.99, ebook)

Family Favorites for the Holidays by Phyllis Sather is a sweet book of recipes and menus for Christmas and Christmas Eve.  Recipes include Challah Bread, Cherry Salad and Peanut Brittle to name a few.   We are excited to try these holiday treats ourselves!  “Every family has their favorite Christmas traditions. Those traditions include events, places, people, and food. This little book is about the food that our family associates with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.  Christmas is like no other season of the year. For us, who live in Minnesota, it includes cold, snowy weather, hot beverages, and gathering by the fireplace for cozy evenings together.” (retail value $3.95, ebook)

Memory Making Made Easy by Phyllis Sather “Just in time for Christmas! I remember those years when our children were much younger. My sister always wanted them to make her something homemade – so this time of year we were always scrambling for a new idea. If you have family or friends who enjoy receiving homemade gifts from your children this is the book for you. We’ve compiled many of our best and easiest ideas. You may already have most of the materials, but if not a quick trip to the craft store will provide everything you need to make that unique gift for your child’s special aunt or uncle.” (retail value $2.95, ebook)

Thoughts on Being Left Behind by Phyllis Sather.  At one time or another we all feel left behind – whether because of illness, loss of a loved one, or the busyness of parenting and/or homeschooling. These timeless pieces, written by someone who went from the life of an active and involved woman to a near invalid within just a few weeks, speak to the heart of anyone who feels like they’ve been put on the shelf and possibly forgotten. My desire for this book is that it would speak to people right where they are and will encourage them to look to the Lord. (retail value $5.95)

Knowledge Box Central is also offering this fun Thanksgiving Lapbook.   My children are going to be having so much fun this month with all these projects!  “Happy Thanksgiving! Why not use this hands-on tool to explore this holiday and its traditions. Create booklets to place inside the lapbook folders, and improve retention of the information. Includes a Study Guide that can be used for teaching the topic. This product can stand alone or be used as a supplement to any other curriculum. This lapbook was designed with the K-6th grade student in mind, but it could be used with higher grades with some small adjustments.” (retail value $5, ebook)

Patriotic Penmanship (Grade 2) This brand new book by Mary Ellen Tedrow of Laurelwood Books is part of a series of penmanship books for every grade. I don’t know if you have visited Laurelwood Books website before, but Mary Ellen has a wonderful selection of new and used curriculum at fantastic prices! I love how the Patriotic penmanship series encourages our children to be Christian statesmen. These are very timely quotes! “Using famous quotes and Bible verses, this book teaches penmanship on the second grade level.” (retail value $12.95, physical book)

Isn’t that a fun, amazing package of prizes?  I am overwhelmed by the generosity of my vendors and I know you will love these books, ebooks, and audios.  Besides the twenty-five items above I also have four exclusive gifts for everyone that will be given away throughout this week.  Be sure to read the daily Christmas posts to find those gifts!

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  1. Stephanie says

    My favorite holiday tradition is baking cookies. Growing up my mamaw would bake cookies with me and my brother. We started from scratch and ended with icing from scratch. I treasure those memories so much. She is no longer with me but I was able to get my hands on her cookie cutters. Each year my children and I pull them out and bake up a batch and I smile! That is my favorite!

  2. Becky M says

    I think my favorite holiday tradition is reading the Christmas story on Christmas Eve with my family and going to see all the beautiful Christmas lights.

  3. says

    We buy each of our children an ornament each year so that one day when they grow up they will have plenty of ornaments to fill their 1st Christmas tree

  4. says

    I love opening and reading a book-a-day. These are specially wrapped books and the last one that is opened on Christmas Day is her new one. Alyssa looks forward to this every year. We also LOVE baking goodies for neighborhood friends, firefighters, and friends. Thank you for hosting an amazingly WOWSER of a giveaway!

  5. Kay says

    Thanks for doing this ~ it looks like a wonderful set! We have so many favorite things we do at Christmas… We’d always done advent calendars, ever since our firstborn was a toddler. I made an advent calendar that centers on Christ in Christmas when our 4th child was about a year old, and we’ve used it every year since. It’s one of the highlights of our Christmas season.

  6. Wendi Irwin says

    One of our favorite holiday activity that we like to share is the many nativity sets that my children have and how they love to play with all of them continually under the Christmas tree throughout the Christmas season.

  7. Rachel Goff says

    Decorating our home and giving gifts together are two of our favorite holiday activities. Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful giveaway!

  8. Cammy Goucher says

    I love gathering with my children and grandchildren. I allow them to have their own time Christmas Eve and morning and then they gather at my house Christmas night for a relaxed meal and gifts. Every child gets a gift and the grown-ups have a drawn name gift exchange. We always have a funny exchange as well.

  9. says

    We don’t do traditional Christmas, but try to give and love throughout the year. With the focus of many on Christ this time of year, we do get to have many interesting conversations sharing our faith with strangers.

  10. Linda says

    Decorating the Christmas tree and the house and making “gingerbread” houses out of graham crackers and candy. More candy gets eaten than put on the houses but we have a blast.

  11. says

    Each of my five children gets their own advent calendar filled with little chocolate candies. Each night we read from Luke chapter 2, starting with verse one on the first day of Advent. The second night, we read verses 1 & 2; on the third night, we read aloud verses 1, 2, & 3, and so on until we have completed the Christmas story (we get to the end before Christmas, so we read it in it’s entirety for the remaining nights). They all try and discern what “image” is on the top of their piece of chocolate, and we often read from a book like Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. We have added different things as our children have grown older, but this basic format has been the same for the last 19 years.

  12. Lisa says

    I think our favorite tradition is decorating the Christmas tree. We always put our tree up the day after Thanksgiving, and it’s such fun to look at all the ornaments (each child has his/her own box of personalized ornaments collected over the years) and remember so many precious family times.

  13. Lisa McClanahan says

    We drive around and look at Christmas lights & sing Christmas carols. We also have to get McDonalds and eat it in the car. We started this years ago when my oldest daughter loved dalmations & wanted to try & collect all the different ones in the kids meals.

  14. Brandy Brockhausen says

    We love to take a “light drive” and see all the Christmas displays, then come home and watch “A Christmas Story”

  15. Shelly Smith says

    My favorite thing to do is to drive to Blytheville to visit the Lights of The Delta and also attending the Church services.

  16. says

    We make a lot of Christmas cookies. This year we might have a foster child, so we are thinking of new ways to make them feel at home. Things like homemade cards, hot cocoa while watching Polar Express just to name a few.


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