This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 15th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Literature based approach.

Come along for the good, the bad & the ugly.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

SmartKidz Media ~ a TOS review

SmartKidz Media Review

Aside from being avid football fanatics we don’t watch much TV. I limit the girls TV choices to a select few shows on select channels. So, I was eager to try SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers from SmartKidz Media.

We received a full year subscription to review. The site is jam packed with videos on almost any topic you can think of. Most all of the media is delivered through video format, however, there are some items available in study guide formats. These are some of the  main topics:

World of Discovery

Music and Fine Arts

Baby Signs Programs

Quick Find Study Guides

Learning Special Needs

Living Skills Program


Within the main topics there is a huge selection of subjects covered including:

Animals & Wildlife Collections
Documentaries & Culture Collections
Health & Fitness
History Titles
Lifestyles & Cuisine
Travel & Adventure: World Wide Discovery Collections
Cooking Instruction
Classical Music Collections
Cultural Music Collections
Cultural Music: Vol 2
Jazz and Blues Classics Collections
Relaxation Music Collections
Mighty E-Book Collection
Sign Language Collection
Special Needs Learning
Living Skills
Fun Zone

With so much to choose from you just need to make sure you have a reliable internet connection and you will be set. You can view the media on any type of device from computers to tablets so this makes a great resource for on the go learning too!

This is a secular site with the mention here and there of evolution. I did not find this as a detractor from the media offered as I previewed the material that the girls were able to view ahead of time. I do love that the girls can browse the media ad free, that is a huge plus for me! Montana and McKenzie were on this site a lot so that was nice to not have to worry about them seeing anything questionable.

Montana normally stuck to viewing the media about the animals and McKenzie would be on the Mighty Ebook section and the fun zone. We all enjoyed the media on how to make Japanese food, especially making Sushi. I personally enjoyed the Classical music selections the most. I like to have music playing in the background while we are working on school. This content gave us  access to new and old media alike.

I definitely think you should check out this amazing product for yourself! I know we will be utilizing it for the rest of our subscription and more! Be sure to check out what my CrewMates thought of this product by clicking the banner below.

SmartKidz Media Review

Company ~ SmartKidz Media

Product ~ SmartKidz Media Library for Homeschoolers

Ages ~ all ages

SmartKidz Media Review


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Friday, June 19, 2015

Our bookshelves are overflowing, can you help?

Our bookshelves are overflowing with books and curricula so I need to find a good home for the ones listed below. I have tried to price my items as low as possible. I plan on taking any unsold items to our local homeschool store on July 10th, so get your items while you can. If you find something you would like, email me or leave a comment. If you need to hold an item until payday, send me an email.

~ first come, first serve.

~ all prices include media mail shipping to US address.

~ all payments must be made via PayPal to (

~ payments must be received within 48 hours.

~ any curriculum marked used means we used it gently. If a workbook contains WRITING I will specify, including ones where writing has been erased.

~ please confirm item is available before sending any money through PayPal.

~ items will be mailed out within 3 days of payment.

~ all sales final.

Without further ado, here’s what I have available. I hope it is a blessing to your family.


SOLD Apologia: What We Believe set ~ $135.00ppd Like new 4 book set. Volumes 2 & 3 include student notebook and coloring book, Volume 4 includes student notebook, junior notebook, and coloring book. Volumes 2 & 3 notebooks/coloring books are clean throughout. Volume 4 notebooks, first 5 pages are written in pencil, can be erased easily. Coloring book is clean. All hardback volumes are clean with no markings.


PENDING IEW Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (TWSS) ~$30.00ppd This is the OLD version and includes a like NEW Teacher Binder with papers and DVD’s. Both are clean throughout and in excellent working order for the DVD’s. *I received this item a few years ago from IEW and had the opportunity to review the brand new updated version. Hoping someone can find these useful in their homeschool.




SOLD Sonlight Readers 1 set ~ $55.00ppd Like new condition with the 36 week schedule. Binder and sheet protectors included. 13 book set is labeled on the spine with a red sticker, which does not detract from the book itself, just easy visual recognition. Word List book has small red dots next to the words in Lesson 2 and a few highlighted words in Lesson 5. Other than that no markings in the other books.


AVAILABLE Saxon Math 1, student text {book 2} ~ $9.00ppd New and clean throughout.


SOLD Explode The Code, books 4,5,& 6 ~$15.00ppd Brand new duplicate set. Clean throughout.


SOLD Developing the Early Learner ~ $25.00ppd NEW, clean 4 book set.


SOLD Chalk Dust Algebra 1 set ~ $135.00ppd Like new books with student book and solutions manual. 10-DVD’s original set in excellent condition.


AVAILABLE *Chalk Dust Algebra 2 set {Intermediate} ~ $95.00 Used, good condition student book and solution manual, 4 disc DVD set in excellent condition. *Knock off edition of Chalk Dust Algebra 2, however, the Lecture DVD’s are taught by Dana Mosely.



AVAILABLE *Chalk Dust Pre-Algebra set ~ $75.00ppd  Used, good condition with Annotated Teachers Manual, Student book, and solutions manual. 6 disc DVD set in excellent condition.*Knock Off edition of Chalk Dust Pre-Algebra, however the Lecture DVD’s are taught by Dana Mosely. 


SOLD Veritas Press Old Testament and Ancient Egypt cards ~ $10.00ppd New condition



pending Classical Conversations Pre-Scripts ~ $8.00ppd Used, good copy. First few pages are written in pencil, one page colored. The pages written on are not the actual letter pages, but rather the pre-writing squiggles. Pencil marks could easily be erased and not distract from the book.


SOLD Draw to Learn Proverbs ~ $12.00ppd New, clean book.


AVAILABLE Writing With Skill, Level 2 ~ $25.00ppd Like new, clean throughout.


AVAILABLE Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading ~ $20.00ppd Used, good condition.


SOLD Classical Academic Press Song School Spanish set ~ $25.00ppd Used, Like new condition. I am missing the CD so that will have to be purchased separately. Clean and no writing.


SOLD Bible Study Guide For All Ages Timeline and Summary Cards ~ $15.00ppd each or $27.00ppd for both sets. Used, like new condition for both.


SOLD Memoria Press Geography 1 set ~ $25.00ppd Used, like new set. Clean with no writing.


AVAILABLE If You Were Me and Lived In…France, Norway, Mexico, and South Korea set ~ $10.00ppd Used, like new books. clean


AVAILABLE Memoria Press First Start Reading ~ $15.00ppd Used, like new books. Teachers guide is Volume 1 and goes out to book C. Clean


SOLD English from the Roots Up ~ $20.00ppd Used, like new condition for both.


SOLD Considering God’s Creation set ~ $18.00ppd Like new set, clean throughout.


AVAILABLE See-n-spell set ~$10.00ppd Used, like new condition. Includes the quick reference guide and reading ruler.


SOLD Memoria Press Teacher Guide: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ~ $8.00ppd Used, Like new condition. Clean throughout.


SOLD Curiosity Quest DVD’s ~ $6.00ppd each or $10.00ppd for the set. Used, like new condition


AVAILABLE Lots & Lots of Penguins ~ $6.00ppd each or $10.00ppd for the set. Used, like new condition.


AVAILABLE Scholastic Children’s Dictionary (2002) ~ $10.00ppd Used, good condition, still has many years left in it.

The following books are $6.00ppd each, 2 for $10.00ppd, 3 for $15.00ppd, or 4 for $20.00ppd. All are in used, like new condition with no markings.




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