Great New Resource for Learning About the American Presidents


Memorizing the American Presidents can be a daunting task. When I taught them to our youngest, the best resource I’d had been a deck of flash cards. Using pneumonic devices for each one, we were able to get through them in a matter of weeks. I wish I’d have had a copy of the ‘American Presidents Activity Book’!

Author Joe Rhatigan has developed an incredible resource for all parents, whether or not you’re a homeschooler. A softbound, interactive book, ‘American Presidents’ uses games, puzzles, & other fun methods to introduce students to all the presidents. It is complete through President Obama & even gives kids a chance to guess who’s next.

I’ll be honest: even my husband & I had a blast looking through (and playing) the different challenges. My favorite was the section on Presidential Pets. I had no idea that some of those animals were kept by First Families! It adds a more human aspect to various names students hear during their academic careers. They’ll also become more familiar with less ‘famous’ Presidents who are often left out of political talks.

Visual learners will get a kick out of drawing the White House and on dollar bills. Fans of facts & statistics will love sharing new trivia info at the dinner table. Parents, don’t feel left out. Read it too! I’ll admit I learned quite a bit.

If you have a student who cringes every time History class rolls around or is having difficulty remembering our Commanders-in-Chief, this will be a perfect resource for you both. I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It’s offered for a very affordable $7.95.

It’s available from its publisher:


*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Pic belongs to Quarto Knows.

Creative New Way To Teach Kids To Sew

Author Suzy Ultman has released a creative new book dedicated to teaching children simple sewing techniques. I remember many fun sewing projects that my mother, sister & I completed when I was growing up. Embroidery has become a lost art. In today’s fast-paced world, it’s one of the things that falls to the wayside unless it’s introduced, specifically, through caregivers.
But, the joys & benefits of sewing are often overlooked. Dexterity & patience are both strengthened with even the simplest project. Anyone who’s ever picked up a needle & thread knows it’s easier said than done. Those finished projects are visual memories that recipients or the maker themselves will keep for generations. I have the embroidered birth announcement that my mother created when I was born along with 4 framed needlepoint designs of the seasons that my mother-in-law crafted. These are cherished keepsakes.
If sewing is something you’d like to introduce in a home economics format in your homeschooling or just as a weekend activity, Suzy Ultman’s book is for you. Featuring 36 pages plus instructions, it contains 16 projects. Each page is made of punch-out cards. Simply push the cards out of the page to begin.
She’s included some pointers for needle threading and individual stitches, too. Don’t worry about complicated techniques. Even if you, yourself, haven’t ever sewn a thing, these introductory stitches are a breeze. You won’t need a basket full of extra materials either. Just have a yarn needle & some yarn/embroidery thread handy. That’s a big plus in my opinions. We have all purchased a craft book or science project book only to find out we needed a TON of items that we don’t have. Every project is open to imagination in regards to color combos & stitches.
I thought the cards for the ornaments where the best. What parent doesn’t love a hand-made ornament? The punch-outs for the greeting cards are thoughtful, too. Any of the projects would make a great art class project.

Look for it at your favorite retailer. Find it via the publisher also:
*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

Mill Creek Entertainment Mid-Summer Movie Spectacular Giveaway

There will be two winners, each receiving a DVD & Blu-Ray Set. Each set has a suggested retail price of $74.90 ea.
This giveaway will be valid in the Continental United States only and entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter.
Start Time/Date: 12:00 AM (EST) 8/20/16

End Time/Date : 12:00 AM (EST) 9/15/16

1st Place: SRP – $74.90

1 – Ghost Encounters DVD

1 – Hans Christian Andersen DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 1 DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 2 DVD

1 – 13 Ghosts & 13 Frightened Girls (Blu-Ray)

2nd Place Prize Package: SRP – $74.90

1 – Ghost Encounters DVD

1 – Hans Christian Andersen DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 1 DVD

1 – Rockford Files Season 2 DVD

1 – Homicidal & Mr. Sardonicus (Blu-Ray)

Combined Prize Package Value – $149.80

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