Friday, September 30, 2011

It's Finally Friday - We've Gone to the Dogs!

Friday has come again, and this time - we've "gone to the dogs"! It's National Dog Week, so instead of focusing on Wild West Week - we are giving away one copy of the Dogs Unit Study Adventure! I'm sure the pioneers took their faithful companions with them, don't you think?

A warm, cuddly puppy – every child's dream come true in many homes! Their wagging tails and playful natures just melt our hearts and make us want to own them. I was fortunate – we owned several dogs throughout my childhood, and I have fond memories of the days we spent roaming through the woods and taking off on exciting adventures around the neighborhood with our dogs. At family gatherings, we still laugh and reminisce about the time our German shepherd had thirteen puppies, which kept the four kids in our family very busy for a while!

We can laugh, learn, and value the relationship we have with "man's best friend." These good times create such loyalty, devotion, and trust with our pets, and we learn many lessons about life as we care for them. On one hand, we want to encourage this type of relationship with pets for our own children, but at the same time, we grownups don't necessarily need or welcome any additional responsibilities to our already long list. As our family has grown, the children have become devoted animal lovers and one has gone on to become a veterinarian!

While using this unit study, your student will be introduced to a variety of topics that pertain to dogs, including:
  • Animal science
  • History of dogs in society
  • Pet responsibilities
  • Variety of dog breeds and their characteristics
  • Working dogs in today's world

To enter this giveaway, simply leave us a comment below (not on Facebook) telling us your dog's name, and your favorite dog story. You must leave an email address for us to contact you if you win. Entries with no email address will be discarded.

Please read the
Contest Specific Rules before entering.The winner will be chosen by random drawing soon after 9:00 pm CDT, Sunday, October 2, 2011. Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pioneers and Science - Part 2

Most people don't usually think of science in the lives of the pioneers, while children usually think of that first! Questions such as "How far did they have to walk every day?" and "How do you hunt deer?" and "How did they find animals?" and " How did they know which way to go if there weren't any road signs?" are a few of the endless list of questions that are repeatedly asked by inquisitive children! Take this opportunity to feed that interest, finding out some of the answers to these kinds of questions as well as learning so much more.

Autumn has proven to be a great time to investigate the outdoor world and nature as the pioneers might have experienced it. In addition to the history and people involved in this movement west, your children can learn more about the daily lives of these people—how they spent their days, what their biggest problems were, how they found food and water, and what they actually saw along the way. Try studying pioneers in the "first person," and make it more realistic to your children.

Many children have never had the chance to go to a stream or river early in the morning to watch for animals coming for water, observing the animals firsthand. I'll never forget the first time that my father took us all to a stream at sunrise when I was a child, teaching us to sit quietly just out of sight and observe the wildlife that started each morning with a visit to the river. I had never known how brave animals could be when they thought they were alone in the wilds! There by the stream were raccoon and deer and all kinds of creatures, and it was breathtaking for these city kids!

The books written by Jim Arnosky, such as Crinkleroot's Book of Animal Tracks and Wildlife Signs (grades 1–4), have captured some of these lessons that I learned as a child, with all of the "wow" and wonder that I remember first-hand. Arnosky's book, Secrets of a Wildlife Watcher (grades 5 and up), has taught us so much about observing wildlife on some of these hikes. The children can learn all about spotting animals by the signs they left behind, just like the pioneers had to do over one hundred years ago.

Their natural curiosity about animals makes this a wonderful opportunity to introduce the concept of the animal kingdom and how animals are classified. If possible, try to find a map of the United States that shows animals that are native to specific regions. We found a map from the Smithsonian Institution that included this information and it is still displayed on a wall in the den. (Many museums and educational stores also carry this type of map.) I would also recommend a good, basic field guide or handbook about animals and/or mammals. One of our favorites is A Handbook of Nature Study, by Anna Comstock, for grades 5–12. This book has sections for many types of animals, as well as plants found in North America. Another reference for your students is Mammals of North America, by John Burton, of the Science Nature Guide Series, for grades 4–9.

Science was woven throughout the lives of these hard-working and committed travelers. From their need to understand how to find their way across this vast country and all of its terrains and obstacles, to the need to be able to treat their own sicknesses, deliver babies along the way, take care of sanitary conditions, find safe water, and on and on, science was everywhere in their lives. For older students and adults, try to find a copy of the book The Prairie Traveler: The Classic Handbook for America's Pioneers, by Randolph B. Marcy, Captain, U.S. Army. This book was written in 1859 at the request of the U.S. War Department to provide westward-bound pioneers a reference that would help prepare them for their travels. Now reprinted in its original version, the author described exactly what to take along on the journey, how to travel along a trail, how to camp, how to prevent stampedes, how to cross rivers, how to handle prairie storms, build fires, find water, and hunt on the trail.

For younger students, try to locate a copy of Daily Life in a Covered Wagon, by Paul Erickson, for grades 3 and up. This will help them get a feel for the daily lives from a younger perspective. Try to point out the areas where science applies as they come across them. Another book that adds to their understanding is If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon, by Ellen Levine (grades 3–5).

Enjoy the adventure!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Happy Birthday American Pioneer - Johnny Appleseed!

With the arrival of autumn in many places in America comes the time to harvest the apple crop from nearby farms and orchards. When this country was still quite young and pioneers were moving west to new lands, one man helped provide food for their new land. Who was Johnny Appleseed, and how was he involved in the spread of apple trees across America?  This week we celebrate his birthday!

Here's a few fun links from Autumn Treasures Download N Go to get you started learning about this famous American pioneer:

Johnny Appleseed

The Legend of Johnny Appleseed

All About Apples: Good for cooking, craft projects, and more

Here are some of the books that complement this unit study. You do not need them all- just try to find a few that sound interesting for your students.  Unit study tip: When working on unit studies, it can be so helpful to take a laundry basket and redefine its purpose—it will now become the unit study/library book basket! This way, the books are easier to locate when you need them, and it really does become a habit after a while. Read on!

Johnny Appleseed, by Reeve Lindbergh. ISBN 0316526347
Johnny Appleseed: John Chapman, God’s Faithful Planter, by David R. Collins. ISBN 0880621346
Johnny Appleseed: The Story of a Legend, by Will Moses. ISBN 0142401382
Red Are the Apples, by Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan. ISBN 0152060650
Apples, by Jacqueline Farmer. ISBN 1570916942
Ten Red Apples, by Pat Hutchins. ISBN 0688167977
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro. ISBN 0064451178
The Apple Pie Tree, by Zoe Hall. ISBN 0590623826
Applesauce, by Shirley Kurtz. ISBN 1561480657

More fun learning adventures are waiting for you and your child. Use code "Apple4U" to get Autumn Treasures Download N Go for just $4 through 10/1/11!

Don't forget to load your wagon with our Wild West Adventure Week special prices!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pioneers and Science - Part 1

Remember the times that you spent playing make-believe pioneers or building forts in the backyard? What a thrill to try to build a fort from Dad's leftover lumber scraps, listen to all of the sounds of nature, and try to move "like an Indian" through the underbrush without cracking a twig! Remember the smell of the rain, freshly turned soil, honeysuckle in bloom? Many a child has spent countless hours at this kind of play in America, and this study allows the same type of creativity while focusing more closely on the details of the Pioneer era in our country.

The lives of the pioneers were less complicated in many ways. They made do with what they had, observed the beauty of nature, and encountered adventure and challenge on a daily basis. They experienced a different pace of life, where the most important things were the simplest things—food, water, shelter, sitting around the fire at night, reading the Bible together, sharing the day's excitements and difficulties, and looking forward to Sunday for their hard-earned day of rest. There are many valuable lessons to be learned from these people and times.

Pioneers - Unit Study Adventure covers the early expansion of our country from the thirteen colonies to the massive move westward along the Oregon Trail. This era was an exciting and challenging time for America, for both the government and the people. Some of the topics covered include:

·         Daily lives of the pioneers
·         Nineteenth century American history
·         Geography of the United States
·         Science through nature
·         North American Indians
·         Transportation in early America

Let's travel with them now, feeling their heart's desire to seek freedom and adventure. Take your children along to see the sights through the eyes of the pioneers, marvel at the beauty and intensity of God's world, smell the campfires and taste the trail food, and understand the excitement of finding their own "home place" at the end of the journey. Share these adventures with your children. Let them savor those days and learn to appreciate the history of this country, "one nation, under God." Enjoy the adventure!

Be sure to come back for "Pioneers and Science" - Part 2 to learn some great ideas to get the learning adventure going!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Wild West Adventure Week

One of the most important things that I've learned over the homeschooling years has been the importance of keeping the sense of adventure in our homeschool. This week, we are offering a great collection of unit studies that can help you keep the adventures rolling and the savings rolling your way!

Pioneers - Unit Study Adventure (K-12) - $5

Discover the important role of the Pioneers in American history. Learn why the pioneers ventured out into danger, risking everything on the promise of a dream.  Learn about the life of pioneer, as well as the Famous Americans that helped the pioneering efforts to be successful and build this country.

Trains - Unit Study Adventure (K-12) - $5

Discover the important role of trains in American history.  Learn about the push to span the continent with the Transcontinental Railroad, finishing what Columbus began when he searched for a passage from east to west.  Enjoy train station video cams, steam engines, rolling stock, and more!

Davy Crockett - Download N Go (K-4) - $4 

As you begin Davy Crockett, get ready for a wonderful learning adventure about a great American patriot and leader. Your child will investigate who he was and how he spent his life helping America expand its borders, as well as representing the state of Tennessee in Congress. Davy Crockett is one of those patriots that we need to remember and share with our children. He was a brave pioneer, a husband and father, a patriot, a man of integrity, and a congressman. He loved to take a stand for the “common man.” Children can learn some valuable lessons from his life.

Come follow the pioneers across America, from the Mississippi and on to the prairies and the far West. Let’s learn about their amazing endurance and perseverance, their commitment and their faith. These brave people traveled great distances with Conestoga wagons and prairie schooners, vehicles that you and I would never consider driving down a country lane, let alone cross-country!


One of the most exciting things that you can do with your child is announce that you are all going on an adventure to a new place, and this study does just that. What child doesn’t enjoy the idea of heading off into an unknown place to discover treasure and meet new animals and people? Your student will journey along with Lewis and Clark and their team, mapping their trip and learning about the mission that President Jefferson eagerly sent them on to help the new young country.

And, as a SPECIAL BONUS this week only:

50% off the One Year of DNG (36 studies) fun pack (retail price: $250, sale price: $125). This collection includes, not only 36 Download N Go studies, but some great BONUS items too:
One Year of DNG
Less than $3.50 per study!*

Make sure you head on over to our Facebook page this week for more fun, activities, and inspiration!

Want to see some pictures to get you ready to hit the trail?  Check these out!


Saturday, September 24, 2011

We wish we could invite you to tea!

We wish we could invite you all over for a cup of tea, to thank you for all your kind comments and support. You have made the launch of the first title in our newest series, Passport Geography - United Kingdom, a huge success!

Since, we can't do that, our friends at Baltimore Coffee have graciously donated this amazing giveaway to help us thank you and to celebrate the launch of Passport Geography - United Kingdom:

$100 Tea Package

"Tease your senses by watching the tea leaves unfurl and bloom, releasing their flavor and healthy goodness straight to your cup. The TeaZE infuser's patented innovation fuses design and functionality into a beautiful and easy to use way to brew tea. Made with medical grade Eastman Tritan, with a stainless steel filter, the infuser is BPA-Free, dish washer-safe, and durable. Drinking healthy has never been so simple. "

Also included are 12 packages of Eastern Shore Tea® Loose Tea. Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Dragonwell Green, Vistorian Rose, Nantucket Mint Herbal, Ginger Pear, Red Bush Herbal, Baltimore Clipper, Gingerman, Jack Frost Herbal, and Spiced Apricot.To enter this giveaway, simply leave us a comment below (not on Facebook) telling us your favorite tea time memory. You must leave an email address for us to contact you if you win. Entries with no email address will be discarded.

Please read the Contest Specific Rules before entering.The winner will be chosen by random drawing soon after 9:00 pm CDT, Sunday, September 25, 2011. Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Don't miss your chance to register for our other great giveaway going on now here.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Scotland, Geography, and the Learn to Burn Gene

Many times in my life as a wife and mom, I have had a tendency to forget that I was cooking. I would easily become totally wrapped up in some project with the kids or writing a new book and forget that I was cooking. I own the website—seriously! For all of these years, I thought that I was simply domestically challenged. However, while learning about the nations of the U.K. with our children, I made a HUGE discovery!

When we began learning about Scotland, land of our ancestors, the children wanted to learn more about our family’s clan. In the process of doing this, we investigated the clan castle and some of our wilder ancestors. The kids LOVED this part and still tell the tales of these great, wild forefathers. All of this was wonderful, and they loved the history, beauty, science, people, and stories of Scotland. But there was ONE more bonus lesson in the mix for me, the homeschooling mom who can’t cook.

Just imagine my surprise when I learned that our clan’s ancestral castle suffered a major fire back in the 13th century after it was newly built. As we were reading this and imagining the horror of the fire, the kids could NOT figure out why I started laughing and couldn’t quit. I finally shared my research “find.” The fire started in the main kitchen area!  J 


Amanda B.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Studying Geography Via the Great Commission

This great big wide world—what a place to roam and explore! When God created earth, He created a place that is custom made for us, filling it with all kinds of plants and animals living in amazingly different places. As we homeschool, we have the perfect opportunity to explore His world and its geography through the lens of faith and the Great Commission.

Geography can be such an exciting part of learning. By studying the many places of the world, students can get to know the power and creativity of our heavenly Father. From the top of Mount Everest to the depths of the Mariana Trench, they will begin to understand the astounding variety of people, places, climates, and cultures around the world.

Before launching into geography, take time to help your students develop an understanding of the Great Commission, where Jesus instructs His disciples to go to ALL nations:

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:18–20 NIV)

This passage captures the heart of His will for Christians around the world, and it is important for your children to understand what it means. When you are teaching them this passage, and you get to the “all nations” part, take a moment to show them where ALL the nations are on the world map or globe. They need to see just how big the world is and how many nations there are that need to be reached!

To read more of this article - we invite you to visit Home Educating Family Publishing - use this link to see a preview of the current issue - online and free!

Additionally, Home Educating Family Publishing has a special offer just for our readers! Use this code: UNITSTUDY and you can get a 1 year subscription for just $8 or a 2 year subscription for $16.

Passport Geography - United Kingdom is a great place to get started teaching them about the world. Check out the special introductory price, this week only!

Monday, September 19, 2011

We Want to Know What You Think!

We can't wait to hear what you think of our new adventure - Passport United Kingdom. If you haven't heard about this new series yet, we have lots of information, sneak peeks, and reviews on the website: Passport United Kingdom. Be sure to pick up your copy today at our low, introductory price!

In fact, we are so eager to hear your comments, we are having a giveaway!

Our friends at NatGeo Maps are excited to hear your comments as well. They have generously donated

Two - Europe Wall Maps

These 30" x 24", colorful Europe political maps clearly show country boundaries, capitals, many major cities, bodies of water, airports, major highways and roads, and much more. This version is laminated—featuring a "write and wipe" surface and durable plastic covering.

It's the perfect complement to your Passport United Kingdom adventure!
To enter this giveaway, simply leave us a comment below (not on Facebook) telling us your first impressions of Passport United Kingdom. You must leave an email address for us to contact you if you win. Entries with no email address will be discarded.

Please read the Contest Specific Rules before entering.The TWO winners will be chosen by random drawing soon after 9:00 pm CDT, Sunday, September 25, 2011. Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Autumn is on the way!

Ah, these mornings of early autumn are beautiful! There is a sharp snap in the air, and the cool morning temperatures are invigorating. The days are growing shorter as the leaves begin to change colors. Apples and pumpkins and gourds are showing up at the farmers market and produce stand, and apple cider is simmering with cinnamon in the slow cooker. It’s time to rake the leaves, enjoy the changes, and learn more about this season and its treasures.

Get ready for a wonderful learning adventure about this season and all that it holds. Your child will investigate how seasons change, what autumn is all about, the life cycle of pumpkins and apples, the way that candy corn is made, and much more.

Need some Autumn inspiration? Check out these pictures!

To celebrate the long-awaited arrival of this amazing season, we are giving away Autumn Treasures Download N Go! That's right--the first 300 customers can get this unit today for FREE!

Use code "ATFree4All"during checkout.

You will want to stay tuned for tomorrow's even BIGGER announcement. . . . It's going to be an exciting week at USAB!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Freaky Friday

Freaky Friday was so much fun...we decided to keep it around!

For this Friday, we would like to giveaway a copy of  Constitution Celebration Download N Go - just in time for Constitution Day - September 17th.

 The most important document written in the history of our country has to be the Constitution, and it is so important for children to understand its history as well as its content. to create it! As your child begins Constitution Celebration, he will learn just how hard the people worked to create it!  From May 25 to September 17, 1787, they worked long, hot hours in the high heat of summer to accomplish what they set out to do—save the Union and unite the thirteen colonies that had their differences.

There was no air conditioning. The doors to the room were kept closed and under guard. The thick, heavy curtains were kept drawn over tightly closed windows to keep the proceedings a secret. In those days, men wore powdered wigs and hot wool clothes, and deodorant wasn’t in use yet. It was a hot and smelly time, but these men were convinced of the importance of this gathering. Many people had lost their lives to secure the freedom of these colonies, and they were off to a shaky start. They had to act to unite, or they risked losing their freedom and their new country. They could not fail. And yet, they could not agree on everything—there were fierce disagreements and difficult compromises. But these men valued their newly secured freedom, and they were determined to come up with a document that would establish a working
and successful government, and that is exactly what they did. “We the People” opened our Constitution, and they succeeded in designing a form of government that has worked well.

To enter this Freaky Friday Giveaway, simply leave us a comment below (not on Facebook) telling us how you teach your children about the Constitution. You must leave an email address for us to contact you if you win. Entries with no email address will be discarded.

Please read the Contest Specific Rules before entering.The winners will be chosen by random drawing soon after 9:00 pm CDT, Sunday, September 18, 2011. Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Be Careful of Letting Your Child Love Animals

Not a dire warning, just a parent-to-parent heads-up. Here’s a rundown of our story:

One child loves animals, and I encourage her interest by writing the very first Dogs unit study. By the time we finish the study, our household dog count is three dogs.

The same child continues to love animals as she grows. We become the owners of all kinds of other creatures: numerous guinea pigs, rabbits, and other small mammals. Lots of cedar shavings and cage cleaning are required, and dogs must be kept separate from small mammals (aka appetizers).

Same child follows her love of animals and is accepted into veterinary college. At this point, we only have three dogs. She pursues her studies with a passion. Christmas vacation during her first year of grad school is spent reading a bird anatomy textbook aloud around the Christmas tree to help her study, everyone gathering to hear the information with fascination. By the time she finishes veterinary college, the dog count at our house is up to SIX dogs.

Be careful of letting them follow their passions; they just might find exactly what the Lord put them here to do!


Amanda B.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Sneak Peek Just for You!

"Just looking this new product over I am captivated. We love Amanda Bennett products, but the new Passport series is a step beyond! The layout is so beautifully done and the pictures so majestic I want to jump in and start now! I have always loved Amanda's attention to detail in the lapbooking sections but these are even better than ones we've come to love in past studies! The newest twist I'm loving in this series is the Scout and Explorer levels! Allowing for Elementary and Secondary learners to work side by side is genius... What a lovely way to keep homeschool families at the table working together no matter what their age and grade!"
- Traci Best, Unionville, IN

Take a "sneak peek,"
available September 23rd. . . .
Are you ready?

Pack up and get ready to travel to the United Kingdom with Amanda Bennett’s new Passport Geography™ series! As part of the series, this one-week unit study has been developed to provide your student with a virtual tour of the United Kingdom, covering the geography of this nation, as well as some of its history, art and literature, landmarks, and interesting people.

You are about to begin an adventure to the countries of the United Kingdom, taking an online journey to this fascinating part of the world. From online strolls through Buckingham Palace to riding the gigantic Eye of London, you will visit historic and unique sites and marvelous places that span the island nation that is called the United Kingdom.

With the new Passport series, you will see places that most people never get to visit, becoming familiar with this part of the world and many of the landmarks and landforms that are in the United Kingdom. From learning about some of the food they enjoy, such as fish and chips, scones, and high tea, you will be heading on to Carrickfergus Castle and the Tywi River, and then over to Edinburgh and Cardiff. We are heading off on a great geographic adventure—glad to have you along!

The Passport Geography™ series uses a cross-curricular approach (covering geography, history, science, art, etc.) to take students on virtual journeys around the globe. Each study is interactive, including daily lessons, “clickable” Internet links that have been carefully screened for appropriate content, use of multimedia resources to engage your students in a virtual tour of the country, and much more. There are no expensive resources required; these units are complete and ready for immediate use.

Designed for all ages, from early elementary through high school, each study has a basic, structured learning plan available for elementary grades (Scout Level) and one for jr./sr. high grades (Explorer Level). And a Combo Package with all K-12!

So, are you ready to peek inside the Scout level?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Animals & Kids: Keeping Them Learning

Kids and animals—a match made in heaven, indeed. All of our children have loved animals from the time they were old enough to see the animals in books, at the zoo, in the backyard, and in movies. If you want to see a child smile, take him to the monkey section of the zoo. It never fails to make me laugh when watching children enjoy the monkey antics!

When they are interested in animals, follow their interests and build from that starting point. From elephants in Horton Hears a Who to elephants in Marco Polo’s story, you can stretch their imagination and their knowledge with unit studies. Our children love any and all animals, and our book collection reflects this fascination. Give books about animals as gifts and for special occasions if you have a child who loves animals. When our daughter graduated from veterinary college, we gave her a very special edition of a favorite book: The Story of Dr. Doolittle!

What is the title of YOUR child’s favorite animal story? Post it here as a comment, and let’s exchange some fun titles and ideas!


Amanda B.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Animal Adventures Week!

Welcome to Animal Adventures Week at USAB! 

Of all the places that most children like to go, the zoo has to be among the top picks. How many times can you go through the monkey or lion or snake exhibit? Countless times! Even very young children are fascinated with animals, and we begin building that sense of awe and wonder at a young age as we tell them about Noah and the ark and all of the animals that went in two by two.

Check out these great Animal Adventures and their great low prices this week!

Astonshing Animals Download N Go  (Grades K-4, 1 week) - $4

By selecting animals that are a bit off the beaten path, those in this book should keep things interesting.  All of creation is amazing, and I write to help your children catch that vision through this study. As you and your children set off on this Astonishing Animals adventure, get ready to learn about some of the most amazing animals on earth—the aye-aye lemur, the wolverine, the Komodo dragon, and more. Join in the fun as we learn about these amazing creatures—where they live, what makes them unique, and other remarkable characteristics.

Terrific Tigers Download N Go (Grades K-4, 1 week) - $4

In Terrific Tigers, you and your child will learn all about the different kinds of tigers of the world, what they eat, where they live, and the problems that they face. With the Internet, your child can watch tiger videos and webcams from around the world and see just how they move and run, as well as where they live. There will be science discoveries, such as learning about the different kinds of tigers, carnivore vs. herbivore, and how they communicate. Geography of the places that tigers still live will take your children to exotic places of the world that will now take on new meaning.

Creation Camoflage Download N Go (Grades K-4, 1 week) - $4

In Creation Camouflage, your child will learn all about how and why animals hide in different parts of the earth, from oceans and rain forests to deserts and even the tundra. Your child will be watching videos of animals from around the world while learning about some of the most amazing forms of camouflage that make it hard for us to see these animals. What can compare to the animals that God has created? From the tiniest tadpole to the tallest giraffe, God has made each one and fashioned them all with amazing and unique features. Learning about the camouflage of animals, let your child see and learn about His creation from some of His mightiest handiwork.

Goofy Gekos Download N Go (K-4, 1 week) - $4

In Goofy Gekos, your child will investigate this animal—what it eats, the sounds it makes, where it lives, and what the Bible teaches us about creation.  There will be science discoveries, such as learning about the toes and tails of geckos and the different kinds of geckos. Your student will learn a bit of history as he learns about creation. The geography of the deserts and rain forests will make the study of geckos very interesting!

Horses Unit Study Adventure (K-12, 4 weeks) - $5

In Horses - you will be learning about horse anatomy, watching live online horse cams, visiting a virtual horse farm, and much more!  The internet has a wealth of information for studying horses. There are links to online, interactive quizzes, games, coloring pages and puzzles.  All of a sudden your student will be looking forward to their studies, to see where the adventure will take them today - wait and see!

Be sure to stop by and visit us on Facebook this week - we will have more Animal Adventures Fun!  Don't forget about Terrific Tuesday, and Freaky Friday (you want to keep up with us, don't you?)  Subscribe to our RSS or Email Feed, and you won't miss a thing!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Freaky Friday

We know it's Ocean Adventure Week at USAB, but this Friday - we're going a little "freaky" and not coordinating our giveaway.
Instead, we're giving away a Patriotic Fun Pack (Reg. $40), in honor of Patriot Day 9/11/11!  Tell us, how do you teach your children to love their country, and what is the most patriotic thing you've done with your family?  Let's share our stories in honor of this special day.

The Patriotic Fun Pack Includes:

American Government Unit Study Adventures (K - 12, 4 weeks)
We know that we need to teach our children the basics of American government, but how can we study it so that we all stay interested while real learning takes place? The people and events in the history of American government tell a tale that brings the basics of our government to life. Who were the Founding Fathers, and why are they still such hot topics of debate? Just exactly what was the "Great Compromise" and what difference did it make? And, wait until you learn about the Electoral College and the real reason for its creation. Given this precious gift of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as American citizens, the next generation needs to learn the importance of what it means to be an American and what part the government plays in their daily lives, and how they can make a difference.

Patriotic Holidays Unit Study Adventures (K - 12, 4 weeks)
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
  • Veterans Day
Constitution Celebration Download N Go™ (K - 4, 1 week)
Share your convictions regarding love of freedom and country with your children while learning about men in powdered wigs and hot woolen clothes, struggling to create the most significant document ever seen in this country. From May 25 to September 17, 1787, they spent long, hot hours in the heat of summer to accomplish a commendable task—save the Union and unite the 13 Colonies.

George Washington Download N Go™ (K - 4, 1 week)
There's so much to discover about this favorite American soldier and President! Wouldn't it be a perfect month to let the learning sparks fly and add a little week-long celebration in honor of him to your studies? Perhaps even plan a party!

Ben Franklin Download N Go™ (K - 4, 1 week)
Was Ben Franklin an inventor or a founding father? And what were some of his inventions? Your child may know some facts about Benjamin Franklin, but the whole family will learn more with these activities. "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."—Ben Franklin

To enter this Freaky Friday Giveaway, simply leave us a comment below (not on Facebook) telling us what you do to teach you child to love their country, and what is the most patriotic thing you have done with your family. You must leave an email address for us to contact you if you win. Entries with no email address will be discarded.

Please read the Contest Specific Rules before entering.The winners will be chosen by random drawing soon after 9:00 pm CDT, Sunday, September 11, 2011. Winners will be notified by email and announced here on the blog, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.