School Accessories Giveaway, 10 Winners!

schoolgiveaway I LOVE back-to-school time.

Love it. 

I love the smell of notebooks and pencils and binders and books. I love that every year for the first day of school the kiddos and I go out to breakfast, go shopping for one new school outfit each, head to the park to feed the ducks, make “About Me” books, and then take school pictures in our new outfits. Such fun!

We also have a little tradition of walking to the school bus with the neighborhood kids, you know, solidarity and all. As the neighborhood kids board the school bus, my kids wave goodbye and say, “So long suckas!” I kid, I kid on that last part!

Well, in honor of almost back to school (and for sure back to school in the South, where you all are CRAZY starting so early), and The Type-B Homeschool Planner, I give you DaySpring and some super cute school accessories to begin the year with!

Today, you have a chance to win all of things shown above!

And how about the fact that there will be 10 WINNERS! Yep. 10 of you will get to take home the four items in the above picture, BUT they will be your choice. So, if you don’t want a bearded notebook, you can have a cute owl one, or a mustache one. Perhaps instead of the “Shine” water bottle, you’d like the “Joy’s of Life” one instead. Your choice!

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Get the Planner!

Want to know more about the Type-B Homeschool Planner? Click HERE!

Hold, write in it, love it! Click below to get the spiral-bound physical copy for only $24.99 (FREE shipping, unless it’s international – email me sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com for international rates!)




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Want the PDF version instead? No problem! It’s only $9.99!
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Enter to Win!

To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below! Good “luck”! And be sure to come back tomorrow for ANOTHER GIVEAWAY! WOOT!

Open to U.S. residents only.

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Love, Sarah Mae

P.S. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the Type-B Homeschool Planner AND Chevron Scarf from Sorta Southern Boutique! If you buy the planner and then win the planner giveaway, you will get a full refund!

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Confessions of a Type-B Homeschool Mom (Plus, the Type-B Homeschool Planner is Here!)

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So yea, I homeschool.

And wow am I on top of it. I mean, I am so organized and detail-oriented, and boy do I know how to rock lesson-planning.

You all know I’m joking, right?

Listen, lesson-planning makes me break out in hives. Schedules with 1/2 hour blocks and the mere mention of spreadsheets, and I’m standing in a foreign land where I all hear is, “blah blah blah.” I don’t know what you’re saying!

I’m what you might call a Type-B homeschooling mom.

I jot down my lesson plans on notebook paper (and I use the term “lesson-plans” quite loosely) and I sometimes even follow them.

I like writing up all the ways I’m going to homeschool my kiddos, and then I toss it to the wind (not necessarily intentionally), make hot chocolate, and look up You Tube videos with my kids on how astronauts eat in space. It’s quite fascinating.

Now before you get all worried that my children are fending for themselves in a wasteland of rejected education, I do actually teach them. About subjects. Like history and art and music and geography. Oh yes, we learn alright, we just do it in a…flexible sort of way. No half-hour blocks of time scheduled neatly in our house. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all. It’s just not us.

And I’m finally okay with that.

See I used to read homeschool blogs and you know what I did? I compared myself to those moms. And I compared my kids. I was afraid I wasn’t doing enough; I was worried I would fail my children. I got neurotic. I planned more. I tried harder. I cried and I finally thought, “I am not Type-A enough to homeschool my kids.” I thought that in order to be a good homeschooling mom, in order to be a good mom, I needed to be a certain type of personality. It turns out though, I am fully capable of homeschooling my kids, and being a good mom, just the way I am. And I’m not organized or detail-oriented or scheduled. I despise crafts. But you know what I have? I have heart.

I have heart and excitement and vision, and I love that I get to homeschool my kids. Love it.

I love it because now that I’m comfortable with who I am, how God made me, I can walk in the freedom that God gave my children to me! He didn’t give them to a Type-A mom, He gave them to Type-B me.

However.

I do recognize that I have certain limitations, being detail-challenged and all. I also realize that my personality isn’t an excuse to slack off. Definitely no. Hot chocolate won’t teach my children to communicate and interact well with the world. God has called me to steward their minds, hearts, and souls, and I intend to do just that as best I can.

Which isn’t very best. So thank God I have the power of the Holy Spirit in me to help me and guide me and give me strength as I need it. Thank God for His grace and kindness and gentleness as He leads me by faith in all things, including homeschooling.

And after a few years of doing this homeschooling thing, I’m finally getting the hang of it. Which is to say, I am confident that I can homeschool my children well because I’m not alone in it.

I’ve even gotten pretty good at planning! Which is why I’m writing this post.

About a month ago I was on Facebook and I mentioned how I wished their was a planner for Type-B people like me who didn’t need detailed schedule sheets, but really needed detailed step-by-step “how-to” lesson-plan without wanting to cry in a closet. Many of you responded saying you’d like the same thing.

Well, don’t you know that I am a Type-B gal who is also motivated.

So I took all the planning that I had finally figured out how to do (in a Type-B way of course) and compiled it into what I now call, The Type-B Homeschool Planner: The planner for the rest of us.

Fortunately God gave me a husband who knows my last-minute ways and is willing to step in and get the job done. Specifically, he’s the one made all the calendar pages, formatted the book, and made the cover. In a week. Because he is amazing.

Friends, today I present you with…

The Type-B Homeschool Planner!

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Sweat-free lesson-planning! WOOT!

Oh ya’ll, I am so giddy over it!

My husband and I have worked tirelessly to finish this, and it has been a labor of love, late-night crab dip sessions, and calls to Colorado where I have a very patient printing company owner who was willing to make the planner a for-real, spiral-bound book. You have no idea how difficult that is to make happen in a cost-effective way. Unless you go to China. Or order 10,000. Let’s just say I am a very thankful woman right now. But I digress.

The homeschool planner. That is for US! You and me, Type-B moms who love our kiddos but who struggle with details, get overwhelmed with lesson-planning, and are generally laid back but know we need to get our ducks in a row if we’re going to homeschool well. Yea, it’s for us.

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Features:

  • Spiral bound, physical book
  • 233 pages
  • 8.5 x 11 inches
  • 14-day guide to getting homeschool ready (includes how to lesson-plan without breaking a sweat)
  • Full-year of monthly calendar pages (July 2014-June 2015)
  • Full-year of daily calendar pages (July 2014-June 2015)
  • Planning pages for up to five children
  • Planning pages with question prompts to help you plan
  • Words of wisdom on how to homeschool multiple children
  • Wisdom from seasoned homeschool parents
  • Encouragement from homeschool graduates

Take a Look Inside

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Day 1: Vision (Sample)

Now for some more good news…

The first 100 people who order a copy of the physical book will get this FREE tote bag from DaySpring*(which retails for $16.99)!!!

*ALL OF THE TOTES HAVE BEEN SPOKEN FOR*

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How fun is that?! DaySpring is the best. To get this deal, listen up! You need to purchase the *spiral-bound physical* book and email your receipt (screen shot is fine) of your purchase to: sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com. If you are in the first 100, I will email you a code to get the tote. I will get emails out as soon as I can.

Yes, I Want the Planner! How Do I Get It?

I’m glad you asked.

I am offering the planner in two versions: spiral-bound physical book and PDF (the PDF is not eligible for the tote bag offer).

To purchase either of them, just click below.

Spiral-bound Planner (hold it, write in it, love it!): $24.99 (FREE Shipping, unless you want it shipped internationally, in which case please email me at sarahmaewrites (at) gmail.com before you purchase so I can help you out!)




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PDF: $9.99

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Make sure you come back tomorrow because I have GIVEAWAYS and I want to introduce you to the amazing Type-B Homeschool Planner sponsor, Sorta Southern Boutique! 

“When I read this quote I knew this planner was written for me: “I love planning, but I’m not always super awesome at following through with my planning.” Um, yeah…. that’s me to a T! I wanted to remember so many sections that my highlighter ran out of ink while reading. I love that this planner is not just for school but for life as well.  Having 14 steps already broken down into manageable pieces was reassuring and helpful in getting the ball rolling. For someone who gets overwhelmed easily, these easy to complete steps (with lots of thought prompting questions) were perfect for me.  I am so thankful to have found a planner that is practical, easy to use, and manageable. Seeing this question “What memories/feelings do you want to invoke in your children during their homeschooling years?” has made me totally refocus and reevaluate why I’m doing what I’m doing. Thank you Sarah Mae from the bottom of my ‘best intentions’ heart.”

Jessica Bish, Mom of Four

Love, Sarah Mae

*The tote is free, but you still have to pay shipping. It’s still a steal!

*You can return the planner within 30 days of purchase for a full-refund (minus shipping) as long as it has not been written in.

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Children Learned to Read Before There Was Curriculum

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So, I had an epiphany.

I was probably in the bathroom when this epiphany occurred because, let’s be honest, that’s where most good thoughts occur.

It was this:

Children learned to read before there was ever curriculum. 

*Lightbulb*

I do not need curriculum to teach my child to read. I need to just CHILL OUT, pull my son up on my lap, and read with him, teaching him through simple books and sounding out letters.

{And she sang…}

FREEDOM {picture me dancing here friends, dancing}

For real though. Sigh of relief.

I felt I needed to share that little nugget of joy with you today. Perhaps it will help you (mainly homeschooling mamas) to be a bit less neurotic and a bit more… released.

Keep on!

Love, Sarah Mae

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I couldn’t resist! So cute – The 10 Commandments (as sung by my 5 year old)

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I found this on my old YouTube channel and it just does me in (she was 5). So cute! Grab your little ones and enjoy!

Love,
Sarah Mae

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Apparently, You Want to Know More About My Homeschooling Plans

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You all left some great questions in the comment section of my homeschooling revamp post, so I thought I’d use a post to answer them.

First of all, please remember, it’s all an experiment. I am not a seasoned homeschool mom. I’m a “Hey, let’s try that new thing” homeschool mom. And did I mention this is my first “for real” year of homeschooling? I’m actually responsible now. To the state. For educating my {almost} eight-year-old.

As you read the answers to my questions, keep in mind the fact that my babes are young and I’m still learning how to do this homeschool thing well. It’s all a process!

Okay, here goes…

Will you share the character traits and accompanying Scripture that you’re doing each month?

I’m using the Character Concepts for Preschoolers flash cards and book that have the character trait and scripture. Depending on how things go, I *might* add in Our 24 Family Ways this year. I don’t want to be overly ambitious, so I’m waiting to see how our first month pans out before I add anything else.

Will your little ones be involved in all of your older ones learning?

Yep, just not as thoroughly. I’ll have age-appropriate things for them to do that correspond with the theme of the month and what I want them to learn.

Are you getting your unit study information/curriculum from anywhere in particular? Or are you just picking and choosing from books and other sources?

I’m just picking and choosing. Yay for Google and the library! Oh, and as I come up with ideas, I’ll share them for each month.

What day are you starting?

Monday!

Can you recommend any good character training books?

I really like Character Concepts for Preschoolers https://www.thelearningparent….
Even though it says it’s for preschoolers, I use it for all my kids.

My oldest is 3 and I want to start homeschooling! Where do I even start?

Start when they’re 6/7! Seriously, just play with your babe – they are always learning. The biggest mistake I made was trying to homeschool too early. Just relax, have fun, sing songs, go places, but don’t feel like you need to do anything formula-ish until they are older. My four year does worksheets here and there because she wants to be a part of schooling with her older brother and sister, but it is very simple and fun work. My son is six and we just do a few things, but nothing intense. Some math, and reading lessons, and letter and number writing, but we go slow. My oldest didn’t start reading well until nearly 7 1/2 years old, but now she is an avid reader. No rush!

Can I attend your homeschool next spring?

Yes. ;) But you have to bring your own food. My babes are eating me out of house and home already!

I did see your other post for this year’s homeschooling and was curious as to why you changed it up?

I don’t know, I think it had to do with Clay and Sally Clarkson’s philosophy to not rely on curriculum (except math) and my own revelation that putting theme’s into months could be fun and a great way to focus and engage on a topic. I’ll still use pieces of the curriculum I mentioned in that post, I’m just not going about them systematically (except maybe the spelling book – not sure yet).

Do you have a daily schedule/routine? I’m just starting my son with preschool material in 2 weeks and trying to figure out some sort of schedule.

If you mean a preschool schedule, my opinion is that preschool is a time to just be a kid and you don’t need to do anything formal. They are always learning, and when you’re in the car sing a verse and the alphabet song, when you see ants outside say they are insects; when you go places point out the colors, and count cars, and it’s all just really natural. My routine with my four year old is to print out a few worksheets for her (because she loves them) and have her practice her letters or numbers or patterns. I don’t get worked up about how they look, I’m just trying to let her enjoy and get used to the idea of school work, as it were. It really depends on your child, where they’re at personally, their bents, etc. I definitely wouldn’t push anything though. Honestly? Just read to your preschooler a ton.

If you mean our schedule in general, it’s flexible. I’m up around 6am every day (something I’ve committed to and have been doing for a month and half now) and my babes have to be up at 7:30 to begin the day: breakfast, jobs, school work. My mornings are going to be sacred this year; no plans until after we finish school work each day. Other than that, we are pretty wide open!

Are you hand picking each thing? How do you go about doing this type of thing with portfolios/submitting to school districts?

I am picking each thing, except for math (Math-U-See) and a few other resources here and there. I’ll be using the library and Google for books, craft and field trip ideas. :)

I love the Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson, and in it they say forgo curriculum (except for Math). I feel confident enough to do that. Also, I just connected with an evaluator today (she’s great) and she said this will work just fine as long as I’m meeting their learning needs as set by the state (we will). And good for you for just taking it easy with your four-year old. Just let her be little and play and have fun – she’s always learning! “School time” will come soon enough!

How do I figure out exactly what is needed for state and assessment tests?

Your state will have a department of education website and that will tell you what you need to know. As far as a general assessment (and I do stress *general* because all kids learn at different rates and that’s fine), see here:http://www.greatschools.org/st…

Here’s another good article, “Stepping Outside the Grade Level Box” http://simplehomeschool.net/st…

And just for fun:

Click here to see an info. graphic on how American Homeschoolers measure up!

Keep on!

Love, SM

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