Educational Website of the Week: ABC Mouse

I've been using ABC Mouse as a homeschool preschool curriculum for over a year now, and I love it.  I think you will too.  It's one of those things that are actually well worth the money, or I wouldn't be writing about it.

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ABC Mouse

Each week, I feature a new resource that will help you in your endeavors to affordably teach your child at home, or even better – completely FREE! Or, I’ll introduce you to another great website to make it easier to live an abundant life on a not-so-abundant budget. Here’s this week’s pick!

I love ABC Mouse for my children.  I used it last year for Lily and although I had to drop it temporarily due to lack of funds, I do plan to add it back again this year after Christmas.  Lily LOVES ABC Mouse and begs to play it all the time!  The games and lessons are engaging, colorful, and packed with educational value.

As a previous Master level public school teacher and preschool lead teacher, I can vouch for the completeness of the educational program on ABC Mouse.  There is not one thing on the program that I can complain about as a waste of time or what I like to call "fru-fru busy work."  I can let Lily play to her heart's content, and not feel worried at all that she's wasting valuable constructive playtime.  And it's a great way to keep her busy when I need to work one-on-one with her 4th grade sister in peace and quiet for a little while.

I believe that even though ABC Mouse is not a FREE resource for homeschool, it is well worth it's cost.  Just my honest opinion.  Yes, there are other free options out there.  But unlike other options, ABC Mouse is, in my opinion, complete, dependable, and unquestionable.  I will probably be a happy customer for at least a couple more years (my youngest will be ready for it by next year).

I hope you enjoy it too!  What are your thoughts?

Do you have a great suggestion for a homeschool resource or a frugal-living website? Please email me or message me on Facebook and let me know!

Homeschool Giveaways: Week 69

Here are this week's homeschool giveaways!

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He is Not Finished Yet

For the longest time I've wanted to get back to posting inspirational, Biblical encouragement for my readers. If you've been with me a long time, you may remember my dear friend, Amy Riordan, from Walking in Freedom. I'm so excited that she is coming back to post a regular series here. I hope you enjoy her heartfelt words of wisdom. She is real. She is deep. And she's a true friend.

He Is Not Finished Yet

The other day I was feeling very sorry for myself. I recently found out I have Lyme disease, and I have had it for an undetermined amount of time. While this explains why I have felt exhausted for so long, it left me feeling discouraged.
Why didn’t I find out sooner?

I was complaining the other morning about how I was feeling, and I wasn’t sure what to do with all of the anger and frustration I was feeling. I felt like my doctor let me down. I felt like God let me down as well, and I was questioning why He didn’t show me what was wrong a long time ago. In the middle of complaining, this scripture flooded my heart:

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope’ (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).

Before God spoke this to me, I was not feeling any peace, definitely not any kind of well-being, and my hope was dwindling. I was angry, and I wanted someone to blame. He spoke this scripture so clearly to my heart that my perspective began to change. He has good thoughts and plans for me. He has plans of peace and well-being for me. He does not have plans for disaster, but to give me a future and a hope!

I am holding onto this as I learn to rest in Him as I recover. I may not have found the answer to my physical illness as quickly as I had hoped to, but I know God played a huge part in me finally being diagnosed. Many people were praying for me, and God intervened at just the right time. My body is now healing, and I have hope that I will continue to feel better.

Do you know that God has good thoughts and plans for you? He has plans of peace and well-being for you! He has plans for a future and a hope, not plans of disaster, no matter what your circumstances look like right now.

Whatever you may be going through today, you can rest knowing His plans for you are good. Rest in Him. He hasn’t forgotten you. Let yourself begin to trust Him in a deeper way today, knowing your heart and life are safe in His care. He knows exactly what you are going through, and He has a future full of hope and peace planned for you. He is not finished yet!

Amy Riordan is a Christian writer and speaker with a desire to see women’s hearts healed and set free. Her passion is to inspire others to embrace who they were created and redeemed to be. Amy lives in PA with her husband and two children. She candidly shares her story on her blog, Walking in Freedom encouraging women to pursue an intimate relationship with Jesus, the only One who can satisfy their deep longings for intimacy and connection.

Free Coffee!

Here's how you can score a free cup of coffee at 7-Eleven between October 12th-18th.

Just scan the 7-Eleven app and you can get any size hot coffee for FREE at your local participating 7-Eleven during "Free Coffee Week." Offer is only valid October 12-18, 2015. You can get one cup per day, according to the website!

Free Dinosaur Cards and Lapbook!

Is your child interested in learning about dinosaurs?  Michelle is offering free, printable material for learning about these amazing creatures in a fun, hands-on way.

(photo used with permission)

Included is a set of 3-part cards for matching images of each dinosaur with their name/information card. Printable activities for sorting the dinosaurs by categories such as diet, size, and where they lived are also provided along with a tutorial for assembling the activities into an attractive lap book. 

Get the free material here!

See this and many others I've collected on Pinterest!