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Tuttle Twins

 I signed up to be a Tuttle Twin affiliate. I'm looking forward to reading these books with my two youngest and I'm sure my older kiddos will learn a thing or two as well.

The Tuttle Twins
I did want to say that if you sign up for their newsletter they will send you a 25% off coupon making the set of books and workbooks come to around $37.00 and some change, that's with shipping. I don't know how long the special will be going with the workbook and book bundle but at the time of me writing this blog post, it was $44.99 without any coupon codes.

If you do decide to purchase I'd appreciate you using my link. I hope to have a video review. I just ordered mine today so I haven't received them yet but I did get the six workbooks that are in pdf that go along with the books. They look pretty interesting and I hope to use them with Lance.


The Tuttle Twins - a child's foundation of freedom

Peach Popsicle Recipe by Education.com

Education.com has so kindly shared a yummy summer treat with you all -Peach Popsicles! 

Speaking of summer, the Addition Pizza Party and Stop the Clock, are two fun games that your children will enjoy over the summer months (or any month really!) that Education.com offers.

Education.com Peach Popsicle Recipe

Peach Popsicle Recipe

Keep your kids hydrated during the sunny, hot days of summer with creamy yogurt popsicles. Pureed ripe peaches, vanilla yogurt, milk, agave nectar, and juicy chunks of peach come together to form a refreshing pop that's sure to cool you down lickety-split. They're completely easy to make, a great way to practice counting and measuring, and completely delicious. The only hard part? Waiting for the popsicles to set!

What You Need:
  • 5 ripe peaches
  • ½ cup reduced fat milk
  • 1 container nonfat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey, or more to taste

What You Do:
  1. Ask your child to puree 4 ½ peaches in a blender with the milk, yogurt, and agave nectar.
  2. Dice the remaining peach half and stir the small pieces into the blender.
  3. Pour the blended peaches into Popsicle molds or mini paper cups with Popsicle sticks inserted into the center.
  4. Freeze until set.
  5. Parents, when the pops are ready, run the Popsicle molds under hot water to loosen.
Did You Know?

Peaches are a good source of vitamin C, and are the third most popular fruit grown in the United States. They belong to the rose family—notice their sweet fragrance when they're ripe?

Christian Family Delight Directed Learning Guide by The Thinking Tree (Review)

I have been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I had written about twenty of them, we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work, and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.


Christian Family Delight Directed Learning Guide

Are things a bit hectic in your homeschool right now? Do you need to step back and let your child lead or own his school work (with a little guidance)? If your child is between the ages of 7 to 17 and wants a little more freedom than you might consider having him/her use the Christian Family Delight Directed Learning Guide. It’s a six-week guide of fun learning for your child!


Younger students may need some prompting and more guidance from you depending on his motivation. 

Moms, dads, older siblings, or grandparents feel free to work in your child's journal too! Kids young and old like to see a parent interested in what they are learning.


This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

Theme: realistic pictures of animals

The Christian Family Homeschooling Curriculum Delight Directed Learning Guide uses library books, online tutorials and documentaries, nature study, and the internet (but don't worry they'll be using books more). With over 350 pages of fun learning for your child. Have your child complete 10-12 pages each day which comes to about 4 hours of fun & guided learning. 



Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore and have your child choose at least nine books, provide a pencil, a smooth black pen, colored pencils or gel pens and let the fun begin!

Many children are more interested in books than textbooks. Now you can turn any stack of books into a customized curriculum for your child without a lot of work on your part. This is an excellent way to deepen their knowledge in topics that are of interest to them!



In the Delight Directed Journal, your child will complete 10-12 pages. Each day begins with Circle Today’s Date, Start Your Day!, A page where you child can write an inspirational verse or quote, write prayer needs, and a mini To-Do List, Daily Bible Reading, an Art & Logic Page (taken from the popular Dyslexia Games), and Nature Study page. Your child is encouraged to draw a realistic picture of something they find in nature. 



For some downtime, there will always be a coloring page. Your child can choose to do this at the beginning of his school day, in the middle or towards the end.

Using library books (or textbooks) to complete the daily 1 hour Reading Time page (this does NOT have to be done in one sitting), Spelling Time, Writing Time, and Screen Time pages ~your child can count movies, tutorials, educational programs and so forth as school time! All these pages are completed daily.


To read more about the Thinking Tree way of spelling click HERE.


Pages that are not completed daily but rotated are:
World News Today ~help your child report what happened today! Or write what was happening in the time period you are studying.
Draw a Meal Plan ~get creative and write what Paul Revere’s Meal Plan looked like!
Math Practice Page
Listening Time Page ~listen to an audio book or classical music and color/doodle.


This one is great for older students because it has the writing, spelling, and reading daily which I think for Jr. High & High School Students this should be done daily.


The Christian Family Homeschooling Curriculum Journal is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com). Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals.

All journals use the Dyslexie Font making it easier for a dyslexic child to read.

Here’s what others are saying:

“Several homeschool parents desire to structure their day and learning experiences differently from the traditional classroom setting, but they are not sure how to do it. The homeschool journals provide the framework for delight-directed learning. They help the parents to focus on progress (rather than worrying about their children performing "at grade level" for academic skills), guide parents in providing meaningful learning experiences, and help parents to focus on the process of learning and exploring. As the children share their enthusiasm about their topics, books, drawings, stories, and projects, the parents are also learning!” ~S. Evavold

“This is awesome! My daughter loves this curriculum. Keeps her more engaged since she gets to pick out the topics to learn about!” ~Emily K. Bonomini

“I bought this for both of my children to do together and my daughter ended up taking it over so I had to buy another Thinking Tree book for my son. She loves it. It has scripture readings and room for creative writing and coloring. I am very happy with this book as well as all the Thinking Tree books I have purchased.” ~Amazon Customer


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Week 1 of Summer School using the Thinking Tree (2017)

Summer time means we have more visitors and that makes it a bit hard to get school done. We did have some visitors but were able to get some fun schooling done, yay!

One thing I am doing this summer is reading a lot more to the kids. With my two youngest I let this go way too much.

Some of our summer read alouds:

Pink & Say, a really good book about how these two became friends. This is during the Civil War. Winter Danger about an 11-year-old boy who lives in the woods with his dad but longs for a real home. Words West, when pioneers hit the road in their cover wagons between 1830-1870. These are great books that show children the same age as my kids and the hardships they endured. I'm thankful we are all safe in a lovely house with many freedoms, but at times I think our kids have it pretty easy and need to be reminded that it wasn't always this way nor is it for some kids living today.
   

We used the Reading Time page of our journals to write about what we read. For example, the Reading Time page has four squares. We used one square to write the main characters, another square we wrote the conflict, the 3rd square to write more information about the characters, and the last one we drew a picture.



The Thinking Tree

The boys and I also completed the Spelling Time page. We each found our words using books. Then we read the words we found. The person to our left had to use at least four words from our list in one sentences. We did this out loud because my boys are pretty allergic to pencils.


Ethan worked in his United States Journal. Next year he'll be in high school and probably won't use this one for a while so I think I'm going to add it to his summer learning. 



The Thinking Tree
With the 365 Day of Thanksgiving Journal, I asked each child what he/she is thankful for and recorded it. I plan to do this several times a week.

Here are some pages from Ethan's Learning Guide Journal.


That green thing on the Nature Study page below is from his Aloe Vera plant.
Learning Handbook by The Thinking Tree

 Journal by The Thinking Tree
 Another picture of Ethan's Aloe Vera plant. I encouraged him to write the story behind the plant but as you can see he didn't.
 Journal by The Thinking Tree

From Lance's Summer Journal.
Summer Journal by The Thinking Tree
I thought I took more photos of Lance's work but I guess I didn't. I'll have to share more next week.

We went swimming daily except for Friday because it rained. The kids have been playing Minecraft together too. They made a village and have laws like no farm animals outside so Annette is building up and has some farm animals in certain parts of her house, so cute! 




Wordless Wednesday

Ethan's Summer Learning Using The Thinking Tree (2017)


I'm challenging myself to have some summer learning fun with my kiddos for six weeks! Basically I want to make sure Ethan completes at least a few pages from two journals a day and two pages from Dyslexia Games Series C.
One day it could be a few pages from his Learning Guide & Literature & Poetry. Another day from the Reading Time & Secret Diary. Eventually I'd like to have him writing in the Secret Diary daily but for now, a few pages a week will do.

I'm going to do most of the reading during read aloud time and once done we both will pull out our journals (with him, either the Learning Guide or Reading Time) and have fun filling out the page or pages.

It would be great if he does Math Genius daily but we'll shoot for two times a week. I want him to continue with his regular math four times a week.

Library Based Journal for Creative Girls (Review)

I have been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I had written about twenty of them, we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work, and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree

Do you need to add some Fun-Schooling to YOUR homeschool? A journal from The Thinking Tree by Sarah Janisse Brown author of the famous and sought after Dyslexia Games, mom of 10, and who has taken the homeschooling world by storm with her flip to Fun-Schooling method has created a Library-Based Curriculum Journal for Girls.

Most of the journals are geared towards ages 9-14 unless otherwise noted. Students must be able to read at a 2nd-grade level to enjoy this method of Fun-School Learning. Younger children may need help while the older child can work through the journal independently.

How can one journal be used with a 2nd-grade child as well as a 9th grader? Answer: By choosing books at your child’s grade and reading level this journal becomes a customizable handbook for your daughter.

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree


This journal will last three months if your child completes 20 pages a month which is over 300 pages of fun learning.

Your child will use library books, online tutorials, and the internet (but don't worry, mostly they will use books) to fill in the 365 Delight Directed activity pages. The Thinking Tree uses the Dyslexic font making it easier for children with Dyslexia, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome and other learning challenges to read. The journals are great for Unschoolers, those who use the Charlotte Mason method, Delight Directed homeschoolers, eclectic homeschoolers, and those who prefer a more structured homeschool using a boxed curriculum because your child will use their books to complete copywork, reading, spelling, and more!

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree


Action Steps: Have your check out at least eight books from the library. Take their stack of books and supply your child with a smooth black pen, pencil, colored pencils or gel pens and space for them to be creative and have fun.

This Curriculum Journal Homeschooling Creative Girls Journal DOES NOT have the Circle Today’s Date Page, which is great for those who want the freedom to skip around. This is a secular version.

You can add a Bible along with the Just for Teen Girls Quiet Time & Devotional Journal.


The suggested number of pages per day is 5-6 which will give your daughter about 2 hours of fun delight directed learning using a stack of books on topics that she’s interested in. Learning is always more fun when what YOU choose to learn about.

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree

The main pages like the Reading Time, Spelling Time, Copywork, Nature Study, Listening Time, are repeated throughout. Redundant you might think, not at all because each time your child completes an activity page it will be completed with something new she read about. Once your child completes the last page of the journal you will have a wonderful keepsake. You won’t be throwing this “workbook” away.

As your daughter works through this delightful journal she will use HER books to find spelling words. Your child will look for twenty words with a specific amount of letters. Learning how to spell will be much more fun when you get to hunt for your spelling words!

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree


Is there a favorite recipe that your daughter enjoys making, she can now add it to her “schoolwork” by copying it into the journal. What a memory to add and while she’s adding her favorite recipe there is also a Draw Your Meal Plan page where your child can draw (or write) what they ate for breakfast, lunch, dessert, and dinner, again another way to capture memories of your child’s day.

There are beautiful coloring pages in this journal to color and be creative with the Draw Anything Page. Your daughter will complete Copywork Pages, turn tutorials, documentaries, and movies into school time using the Film Study pages. Object Lessons get your child thinking about how the world would be different if the object was never invented. Use the Font Practice pages to create a NEW font or practice a favorite!

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree

Also included are Math Time pages. Your child can be as creative with this page has she wants or use it to complete her math problems. Looking back years later you’ll see what she was learning in this area.

Reading Time will give your child an opportunity to read her book for 15 minutes and write or draw about it with up to four books per page.

What others are saying:

“I received this yesterday. When my eight-year-old daughter thumbed through it for the first time, she kept squealing with delight.” ~Jennifer an Amazon Customer

Creative Girls Journal by The Thinking Tree

“We started homeschooling with Charlotte Mason and have grown more relaxed but are still heavily literature based in our curriculum. This has been a wonderful resource for book-based learning, for helping kids see and keep up with their own schedules, and helping them learn to take charge of their own education and enjoy the journey. I highly recommend Sarah Janisse Brown's homeschool journals.” ~Amazon Customer

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Reading the Paper

Lance reading the paper =)
 While eating breakfast!

Summer Learning Using the Thinking Tree with Lance (12yrs.)

Lately, school has been crazy with the recent move and all. We took a break last week and Monday we'll start back up. I plan to challenge myself again with another 6-week challenge. A 6-week challenge is when I make SURE we complete a certain amount of school stuff. For the next six weeks I want to make sure Lance completes Dyslexia Games and the Literature Journal.

Summer Learning using The Thinking Tree

Lance completed Dyslexia Games Series A last summer and started Series B. Unfortunately he didn't complete Series B. I plan to have him redo the first book (I think he completed Book 1 & 2). I'll have him complete two page a day throughout the summer.

With the Summer Handbook, I don't think we'll complete the whole journal over the summer. I plan to have him use it two-three times a week. I am going to pick some books for read aloud time. Ethan my 14-year-old son will have a curriculum journal too and so will I (my Winter for Girls Journal). The plan is for us all to sit and complete a page together each using our own journal.

Lance was excited about the 180 Dinosaur Read, Write, Draw, & Spell pocket size spelling book. Hopefully, he'll complete a few pages a day, that' the goal but we'll see. I'm sure swimming will be on our list of things to do and take up lots of our time.

And lastly, I'm really excited about the Classical Fun-Schooling Literature and Poetry journal. I don't see my little man coloring the pages and making them beautiful BUT it will have him practice his reading in a nonstressful way. I plan to have him read the selection out loud to me.

For math fun he'll use Math Mysteries and Practice Problems with Minecraft. He might use this or not. I'm not sure yet because I do want him to continue with his regular math program. We are kind of hopping between Professor B and PAC Math.

Eclectic Journal (Space Cover) Review

I have been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I had written about twenty of them, we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work, and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.

Flip to Fun Schooling using the Thinking Tree

Eclectic Journal (Space Cover)


Is mom needing a break from teaching for 6 weeks?!?! Would you like to give your child four hours of fun and guided learning so you can get some much-needed housework done or teach another child? The Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journal can help! This journal is recommended for ages 9-17 and works best if your child reads at a 2nd or 3rd-grade level.

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal -  6-week plan uses library books, online tutorials and documentaries, nature study, and the internet (but don't worry they'll be using books more). It has over 350 pages of fun learning for your child. Have your child complete 10 pages each day which comes to about 4 hours of fun & guided learning. 


Flip to Fun Schooling using the Thinking Tree

Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore and have your child choose at least eight books, provide a pencil, a smooth black pen, colored pencils or gel pens and let the fun begin!

Many children are more interested in books than textbooks. Now you can turn any stack of books into a customized curriculum for your child without a lot of work on your part. This is an excellent way to deepen their knowledge in topics that are of interest to them!

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal for Eclectic Learners is a fun way to get copywork, creative writing, nature study, spelling, logic puzzles, Screen Time (using tutorials, movies, & documentaries), and reading completed all with books (or movies) that your child chooses. Learning is more fun when children are able to learn about things they are interested in.


Flip to Fun Schooling using the Thinking Tree

Activity pages that are not completed daily but are “rotated” in this journal are the Listening Time, My Fun Page, World News Today, Fun Writing Practice, and Draw a Meal Plan.


Flip to Fun Schooling using the Thinking Tree

Each day starts with a Circle Today’s Date making it easy for your child to know where to start and stop for the day. The Start Your Day is a place for your child to copy a verse or quote, write a prayer list and a to-do list. There is no scripture in this journal, but it does have a space for a prayer list.


Flip to Fun Schooling using the Thinking Tree

The Do-it-Yourself Journal is a unique way for your child to learn giving him a chance to be in “control” of his learning in a guided way (make sure to add math). 

The Do-it-Yourself Homeschool Journal is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexia therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com).  Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals

Flip to Fun Schooling using the Thinking Tree

This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

All journals are written using the Dyslexie Font.

What others are saying about the Do-it-Yourself Homeschooling Journal:

My daughter is loving this new (to us) style of homeschool! She loves it... And I do too! It's most easily described as Organized Unschooling. They get to pick 8 subjects and the book gives them different lessons to apply them. It utilizes the public library, YouTube, Google, DVDs, etc” ~Laura A.G.

“We were given this journal as a gift for my son. I was so happy with it I have purchased a couple more. This book is great for any struggling homeschooler. My son is easily distracted, he can't concentrate for very long and never sits still. But with this book, he gets to choose what he is learning, and since the activities usually don't take that long he can do them with little effort. The pages are filled with fun artwork, and areas for him to doodle or draw, and color. So far we love our homeschooling journal.” ~Mani

Take a peek inside this journal.

Not ready to use use the Eclectic Learners Journal full time? Then try it over the summer or once or twice a week, make it a Fun Friday journal or a rainy day journal. 

These journals are great for after or weekend schoolers too!


Summer Learning Handbook by The Thinking Tree (Review)

I've been helping Sarah from The Thinking Tree write some of the Amazon descriptions. After I wrote about twenty of them we realized that Amazon only allows so many characters/words, haha, so we have to take some words out. My goal when writing the description was to really give you mamas an idea of what was in that particular journal. I get so many questions with people wanting to know this-or-that about a journal. I thought all that work and we have to shorten the description, hehe. Anyway, Sarah and I thought it would be great to share with you all.


Fun Schooling with the Thinking Tree


Summer Journal
Kids out of school and need something to keep their minds active, that’s where the Summer Journal comes in.  If your child can read at least a 2nd-grade level and is between the ages of 7 to 17 then he or she is ready for some fun learning through the summer (or any time of the year). Younger children may need some help while older children can work independently.

Theme: Forest & Summer Garden


The Summer Learning Handbook For Creative Kids 60 Day plan uses library books, online tutorials and documentaries, nature study, and the internet (but don't worry they'll be using books more). With 300 pages of fun learning for your child. Have your child complete 5-6 pages each day which comes to about 2-3 hours of fun & guided learning. 

Action Steps: Go to the library or bookstore and have your child choose at least eight books, provide a pencil, a smooth black pen, colored pencils or gel pens and let the fun begin!

Many children are more interested in books than textbooks. Now you can turn any stack of books into a customized curriculum for your child without a lot of work on your part. This is an excellent way to deepen their knowledge in topics that are of interest to them!



The Summer Journal starts each day with a Circle Today’s Date page which makes it easy for your child to know where to start and stop each day. There will always be some sort of writing a lesson for your child either through copywork or being asked to write about their day or the child may be encouraged to illustrate a picture and write about it. Copywork may be from their book some days but other times it will be through copying a recipe.

About every other day or so there is a 1 hour Reading Time page. Your child will choose a book to read for 15 minutes then write or draw something about it. Your child will use four books to read, write and/or draw about. An hour may sound like a lot but don't worry, it doesn't have to be all in one sitting. If he needs a break from reading complete the Screen Time page next! How fun to turn a documentary, movie, or YouTube tutorial into school time! Watch, write, & draw about it!



With the Summer Journal your child searching their books for spelling words or if he/she needs to get up and move, have him look around the house for words. Your child will be interacting with the words from his books or cereal boxes and copying them in his journal.

Other pages included (pages are rotated~only about 5 pages will be completed each day):
Coloring page -illustrations to color
Illustrated To-Do List (draw what needs to be done or write if your child prefers)
Copywork -copy a passage of your child's choosing from a book
Draw a Meal Plan -draw and illustrate what was eaten that day, make a meal plan or tie it into history and draw what the person from the era of history you are studying would have eaten!
Recipe -your child will copy a recipe from a cookbook
My Thinking Page -child will write goals, ideas, I’m thankful for, and a checklist
Sketch a Picture -gives the child a chance to be creative and wind the brain down to process the learning from the previous subjects!
Relax and be Creative -coloring pages, this activity may help improve concentration and build creative thinking. We need our kids to color more =)
Nature Study - a nice break and 'excuse' to put the books away and go the kids outside!
Listening Time -listen to an audio book or classical music and color or draw another great brain exercise that can help our children retain more information. 
Learning a Skill -a place for your child to write/draw/describe a new skill they are learning whether it be woodcutting or growing tomatoes!



The Summer Journal 60 Day Plan is great for students with Dyslexia, Asperger's Syndrome, ADHD, and other learning challenges. Sarah Janisse Brown is a dyslexic therapist and creator of Dyslexia Games (www.dyslexiagames.com).  Sarah has helped many moms Flip to Fun-Schooling using her Curriculum Journals. 

This homeschooling journal is great for busy families, unschoolers, eclectic learners, Charlotte Mason inspired, and delight directed learners. Even some textbook moms have found success using this method with their boxed curriculum.

What others are saying:

“It's summertime and school is out. Your kiddos have a lot of time on their hands now. Studies have shown that students who don't read during the summer break see their reading abilities decline. Not good. If you're looking for a fun way to keep your kids’ reading than you might want to try Summer Learning Handbook for Creative Kids 60 Day Plan.” ~Homeschooling6

A great book for anyone looking to do some interest based learning. My kids love picking their topics and especially the film and nature study pages.” ~Amazon Customer


Take a peek inside this journal, enjoy!