Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kindles for Moms Giveaway Ends 5/6/11

Giveaway DayThe USAB Kindles for Moms Giveaway is still going strong and there's still time for you to enter.

Remember, there are TWO big prize packages. Each one consists of a Kindle AND a Sunny Days Fun Pack of our unit studies--fun for the whole family.

Go to the USAB Facebook page to find out more about the contest--don't miss out!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

April Surprises and Priorities

Rain + kids = so much fun!

I don’t know about you, but some of our favorite memories of raising our kids come from those rainy days when there was no lightning, just tons of big, fat, juicy raindrops and three kids with umbrellas and rain boots.

Living in Florida, we had surprise afternoons of rain that were perfect for these kinds of adventures. They would play on the sidewalk, building dams and splashing through any and all puddles that they could find–my fearless explorers.

That these times were so memorable had something to do with the element of surprise and spur of the moment freedom. They involved no electronics or planning–they could just go outside and play. I have learned so much from our kids, and one of the most important lessons was the importance of going with the flow and living with a bit of spontaneity, seizing the day for all it is worth.

As much comfort as we gain from plans and planners, don’t lose site of the goal. One of my favorite quotes about raising kids and having fun came from the famous baseball player, Harmon Killebrew:

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.
Mother would come out and say, ‘You're tearing up the grass.’
‘We're not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We're raising boys.’”

Tune in today . . .

Amanda will be speaking at the Ultimate Homeschool Expo this afternoon at 2:00 PM EDT.

Her topic? Unit Studies, Powerfully Simple Tools

Don't miss this great presentation and a chance to win a fabulous door prize. Set a reminder for yourself and make sure to join in at
: Ultimate Homeschool Expo.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tune In Tomorrow . . .

Amanda will be speaking at the Ultimate Homeschool Expo tomorrow,
April 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT.

Her topic? Unit Studies, Powerfully Simple Tools

Don't miss this great presentation and a chance to win a fabulous door prize. Mark your calendar and make sure to join in.

New Release: DNG Father's Day

Have you see the latest DNG (one week study for K - 4) release?

If not, check it out now: Father's Day.

Dads are so important to families, and Father's Day provides a chance for children to learn more about their dad and recognize all that he does for them. From some of the fathers in the Bible to the history of Father's Day, this study is rich with lessons in character, appreciation, and love.

AND it's on sale through 4/30 for only $6.36 (regularly $7.95).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What a fun day to wake up to . . .

. . . with the announcement that we are having another Kindle contest! :)

I LOVE Kindles and e-Readers, and to be able to include two Kindles in this new contest, well, let's just say that it makes me smile a BIG smile. We will have two Grand Prize winners, each winning a WiFi Kindle AND a Sunny Days Fun Pack of our unit studies--fun for the whole family. Go to the USAB Facebook page to find out more about the contest--don't miss it!

Our team knows exactly what it's like to know that summer is coming and wonder what to do with the kids during those long, hot days--things that will provide some learning and lots of fun, with a respite for Mom. With this in mind, we have created this contest AND a brand new pack of unit studies that can be used for some summertime fun while you lighten up your load and the kids kick back a bit and learn about some very interesting topics.

Please let me know what you think of our new Sunny Days Fun Pack, or if you have any questions. You all mean the world to us at USAB, and we are thrilled to be able to show our appreciation!


Amanda B.

PS--Stay tuned to this blog--I'm going to be posting more of my own tips and treasures from our homeschooling journey, as well as giving you a bit of insight into my life. Looking forward to seeing you around here--"Follow" this blog and hang on, this is going to be fun!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blog Tour: Mother's Day

Mother's Day is a fun day for children of all ages—from the excitement of making and giving gifts to planning special surprises for Mom.

Day 1: What Is Mother's Day
Day 2: The History of Mother's Day
Day 3: Celebrating Mother's Day
Day 4: Preparations for Mother's Day
Day 5: Goodies for Mother's Day

"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."—Henry Ward Beecher
Mere, Madre, Moeder, Mother—whatever language you say it in, love abounds. A mother's nature is to nurture . . .

Why not enjoy a weeklong Mother's Day celebration? Really!

Use this opportunity to help your children understand more about your special relationship with them, learn a little Mother's Day history, and help them prepare for a fun celebration in honor of the mothers who enrich their lives, whether that's their own mother or grandmother or another special woman. It's worth the extra effort to make Mother's Day a special adventure—an exciting week that everyone will remember for many years to come!

Click here to purchase Mother's Day.

See what the Review Team thought of this unit study!

Moving Closer to Easter

How are you approaching Good Friday? When I was a child, almost everything in our small town closed at noon on Good Friday. The televisions were turned off, and curtains drawn. It was a time of quiet and reflection for families. We have followed that tradition in some ways, personalizing it for our family as we pause to remember God's love and His ultimate sacrifice.

Amanda B.

Download N Go Easter Promise, One Week, K - 4 Study

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

There's Still Time to Get This Week's Terrific Tuesday Code!

Don't forget to "Like" the new USAB Facebook page:!/UnitStudiesbyAmandaBennett. This week's Terrific Tuesday code will only be offered there. Don't miss out!

One More Day to Save on Horse Unit Studies

This week's sale on USA Horses (K - 12, four week study) and DNG Handsome Horses (K - 4, one week study) is still going on!
K - 12, Four Week Study

K - 4, One Week Study

Check out these great studies for the animal lovers in your family.



The sale continues through tomorrow, April 20.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Changing Terrific Tuesday--Please Read

Please join us over at the new USAB Facebook page,

Beginning tomorrow, all Terrific Tuesday code announcements will be offered exclusively through that page.

In addition to Terrific Tuesday code announcements, "Like" the new USAB Facebook page to stay informed of sales, promotions, giveaways, and new product announcements.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Celebrating Moms and . . . Baseball!

With only 21 days until Mother's Day, it's time to get ready to make some memories and honor the special ladies in your children's lives! As a child, this was one of my favorite holidays, spent making gifts for my mother, grandmothers, aunts, and friends. Honoring these special women was such an important part of this celebration, and the Mother's Day DNG was written to help capture these thoughts and instill them in our children.  

25% off until
April 22
God created the family and we can use unit studies like Mother's Day to reinforce the firm foundation of families, beginning with both mother and father. Stay tuned--the newFather's Day DNG is soon to be released! :) Join us as we get ready for these important celebrations! 

25% off until
 April 22
As spring gets into full swing here in the mountains, my thoughts are also turning to the coming days, when I'll be back on the bleachers at the baseball field, cheering for my favorite baseball player as he follows his passion for playing the sport. As one mom recently shared, baseball is such a fun and special sport, and we have all learned so much from watching our kids play over the years. To expand that learning even more and help you get in the swing of the new season, we're featuring the Unit Study Adventures Baseball study this week. Read more of the details below. 

Until next time,

Amanda B.

P.S. Don't miss my next presentation from the comfort of your home! This time I'll be speaking online at the Ultimate Homeschool Expo on April 28 at 2 p.m. (EDT). My topic? Unit Studies: Powerfully Simple Tools. Find some chocolate and listen in as I share one of my most popular presentations, and this time--no driving necessary!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Pardon our dust....

In an effort to make everything we can more convenient for our customers, we are consolidating the Download N Go and Unit Study Adventures blogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, and Yahoo groups.

All of our news, contests, specials, Terrific Tuesday freebies, and announcements will feed through these Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett accounts.

So be sure to "like," "follow," "join," or "friend" us, so you won't miss a thing!

Click here to find us Facebook.

Click here to find us on Twitter.

Click here to find us on Blogger.

Click here to find us on Yahoo.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work hard to keep everyone in the loop!

Happy Birthday, Marguerite Henry!

Today we are having a special birthday celebration, in honor of Marguerite Henry!

Marguerite Henry was born April 13, 1902, and wrote 59 books during her amazing career. She received the Newbery Honor for Justin Morgan Had a Horse and Misty of Chincoteague. She received the Newbery Medal for King of the Wind. She finished her last book, Brown Sunshine of Sawdust Valley, just before her death on November 26, 1997. She was 95 years old. Thank you, Marguerite Henry, for sharing your love of the horse, one of the Lord's most graceful and beautiful creations, with us.

Some authors can touch your childhood and stay with you for a lifetime, and Marguerite Henry is one of those authors. Her books are great read aloud titles for both of our horse unit studies!

To celebrate this incredible author, we are offering both of our unit studies centered around horses for 25% off this week!

Regular Price: $10.95
25% Off This Week!
Unit Study Adventures
Four Week Study

From a stick horse to a rocking horse, we are introduced to horses at an early age, and continue to be mesmerized by them throughout childhood. This study uses this interest and curiosity to help kids learn about history, science, geography and the care and keep of horses.

In this four-week unit study, your student will learn about horses--the history of horses, science of horses, the various breeds of horses, the basics of caring for a horse, and how horses are used today. 

Regular Price: $7.95
25% Off This Week!
Download N Go
One Week Study

Since the beginning of time, horses have played a role in cultures around the world. History is filled with adventurous stories of horses: Egyptian pharaohs, wars, cowboys, Native Americans-the horse has been an integral part of each moment in history.

There's so much to learn about the horse-anatomy, types and breeds, and horse occupations, as well as the care and keeping of horses. There are art lessons, amazing videos, and fun facts to see and learn along the way.

These beautiful and intelligent animals will take your family on an unforgettable journey from the past to the present, and everywhere in between!

Sale prices valid through midnight (MST), 
April 20, 2011. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ocean Fairies....

Tornado Montage....

Easter's Coming ...

“For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.” 
~John 3:16

Easter's coming. For Christians, it is the holiest of the Christian holidays. We are able to set aside this special time to remember God's gift to us ... eternal life! From Palm Sunday to Ascension day, this time helps us recall the events that changed our world forever and gave us promise and hope. We can take this opportunity to teach our children about our Lord and His love, his priceless gift to all believers.

This is the perfect time to download our unit studies relating to this special holiday. From now through April 9, 2011, we are offering these three unit studies for $2 off the regular price.

Regularly $7.95
Now $5.95
Download N Go's Easter Promise (one week, K-4) Beginning with Palm Sunday and continuing on through Ascension Day, immerse yourself in the events of Jesus’ last week on earth. Experience the awe and wonder contained in Jesus’ miracles, Passover, the Last Supper, and the Garden of Gethsemane. Watch as Old Testament prophecies come to fruition. Your children will explore the true meaning of Easter as they investigate this amazing week and grow to understand God’s greatest gift to His children. The promise of Easter changed the world forever. Easter Promise is sure to do the same for your family.

Regularly $7.95
Now $5.95
Download N Go's Expedition Israel  (one week, K-4) Get to know the Holy Land—it's more than just a map in the back of your Bible. Biblical heroes and history, amazing places, animals, music, games, and foods. This study will ignite a passion for the Holy Land in your children, like no other. The Bible will come alive as they connect the historical Holy Land with the modern day Israel they hear about in the news every day. And they'll learn a little Hebrew along the way! Come along on this incredible journey. It's an adventure with memories to last a lifetime.

Regularly $10.95
Now $8.95
Unit Study Adventure's Easter (4 weeks, K-12) The holidays of Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter or Resurrection Day are included in the study, as well as the events leading up to Jesus' ascension to Heaven. The study includes the people and places involved, helping your students investigate and understand these events, as well as their history and meaning. Of all of the people and history that we would like our children to understand and remember, it is the life of Jesus and His sacrifice that is most important. There is nothing as important as this throughout all time.

Special pricing valid through midnight (MDT), April 9, 2011.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Featured Title: Oceans

With Spring Break upon us and Summer Vacation looming near, it's the perfect time to start learning more about Oceans!

The Oceans Unit Study Adventure is full of adventure and learning fun for the whole family! 

Remember the first time that you "heard" the ocean in a seashell, or felt the sand shift from beneath your feet as the surf washed by? The cry of the seagull, the steady rhythm of the surf on the shore, the sting of the salt on your face – all of these and more remind us of the tranquility you can experience when visiting the ocean. A visit to the shore, or beach, was always a wonderful adventure for me as a child.

Children learn so much when at the ocean – from the texture of sand and sandcastle-building, the thrill of watching a hermit crab take a stroll around a tidal pool, the cool touch of the water and the force of the ocean waves as they splash along the shore. Even if you and your children cannot visit the ocean, perhaps you can visit a lake or river nearby – the adventure and thrill is similar, and there are so many fun memories to make along the way.

While the ocean can appear beautiful and peaceful at first glance, it is teeming with life and has a colorful history that we cannot overlook. From the site of a breaching whale, to the playful rolling of dolphin in the waves, along with the sounds of the creaking and groaning of a wooden ship under full sail on its way to Treasure Island, you and your family will enjoy studying the vast oceans of the world.

This study includes:
  • History and exploration of the oceans
  • World geography
  • Oceanography
  • Marine Biology
  • Ocean explorers
  • And much more!
Purchase Oceans.

Featured Title: Twisting Tornadoes

Spring brings gusto for life with all its fascinations—God's natural world is wild!

As tornado season touches down, you'll want to expand your homeschool horizon!

Day 1: What Is a Tornado?
Day 2: Where in the World Are Tornadoes Formed?
Day 3: How Tornadoes Form and Tornado Myths
Day 4: Science Secrets of Tornadoes
Day 5: Tornado Experiments and Tornado Safety

Amidst spring's beautiful changes and warmer climate lurk the coiling wind and stormy weather. While most adults cringe at even the mention of "tornado," most children are naturally curious, wanting to learn all they can.

Remember a child's intrigue with the vortex created from a draining bathtub? Ever make your own tornado in a bottle? Wow! Kids just love experimenting with the formations of nature, wanting to understand the way things work!

From dust devils to "snow-nadoes," these exciting weather events will keep children learning and happily investigating the world and weather of the seasons.

Take a peak inside this unit.

Friday, April 1, 2011

It's Amanda's Birthday Weekend ...

Celebrate with a $5 Weekend.....and more!

That's it, no more worrying about getting another year older! It's time to celebrate another birthday with JOY! Blessed to be another year older, Amanda is offering a very special $5 Weekend! In addition to the special $5 titles, you can also receive the very special Birthday Bonanza as her gift  to you when your order totals $30 or more. Come on and join the party!

FREE with $30
Birthday Bonanza offers a fun way to celebrate each child's birthday and the joy they have brought into the life of your family. This title is not offered for individual purchase, usually only as a part of a larger bundle purchase, making this special gift that much more special!

The $5 Weekend prices run from April 1, 2001 until midnight (MDT) on April 3, 2011. Watch your email inbox for your free download link for Birthday Bonanza (when your total is $30 or more). You will receive it by April 5, 2011.

We have chosen some fun titles for this $5 Weekend Special--check them out!

Regular Price $10.95
Now $5
Unit Study Adventure's Baseball: Batter Up! When learning about batting, your child can visit sites that teach the simple basics of batting. What better way to learn about forces and momentum than when studying why a curve ball curves, or learning about vibration by finding the sweet spot of a bat? Your students will spend some time learning about reflexes and reaction time, as well as the roles that they play in sports. The legends of the game become "real people" as we read their online biographies and much more.

Regular Price $7.95
Now $5
Download N Go's Kite Capers:  The topic of kites makes eyes sparkle, bringing smiles and delightful anticipation. Every child should enjoy the exhilaration of flying a kite, and if he can design and craft his own—so much the better! Enjoy this opportunity for high-interest learning, and bring a whole lot of fun memory-making into your studies—suitable for the whole family. How about teaching your students about aerodynamic forces through kite-flying? The possibilities of related themes and extended learning will astound you! Gear up for an expedition around the globe!

Regular Price $10.95
Now $5
Unit Study Adventure's Patriotic Holidays: PATRIOTIC HOLIDAYS was written to help parents teach their children about patriotism, the true history and meaning of our uniquely American patriotic holidays. It is packed with information for spending a week on each of the American patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.

Regular Price $7.95
Now $5
Download N Go's Mother's Day:  Use this opportunity to help your children understand more about your special relationship with them, learn a little Mother's Day history, and help them prepare for a fun celebration in honor of the mothers who enrich their lives, whether that's their own mother or grandmother or another special woman. It's worth the extra effort to make Mother's Day a special adventure—an exciting week that everyone will remember for many years to come!

Happy Birthday, Amanda!!