|Posted on May 15, 2013 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
The school year is drawing to a close and here at BrandenburgStudies were are working on some exciting new revisions and improvements in our Unit Studies, which we will be unveiling over the upcoming summer months. These improvements include more "Teacher's Editions; More teach texts with "supplementary" WEB links for enrichment study; accompanying resources for vocabulary, handwriting, worksheets, games, etc -- that will deepen your student's retention and add interest to studies; and also including Lapbooking Units whenever possible.
We are excited about these new changes and hope you will be too. And, as always, if you have purchased from us in the past, you will be able to download these new revision as they become available -- FREE of charge.
Cultivate a love of learning, with BrandenburgStudies Units on your computer, laptop, tablet or Smartphone.
|Posted on February 13, 2013 at 11:55 AM||comments (1)|
You have probably noticed the incredible sales of iPads and Tablets the last couple of years. These tablets are terrific for reading books, watching movies, and staying connected with friends, family and the news around the world.
But, did you also know that your laptop, computer or tablet (even your smart phone!) is a wonderful asset for education and learning? And it is the wave of the future. Textbooks and curriculums are moving rapidly into this media more and more. But why should you consider trying this to supplement your tried-and-true printed textbooks and workbooks? Well, to put it quite simply, you have EVERY reason. Let me explain:
First of all, it will save you money. Not I am not advocating taking the cheapest educational route just for the sake of the almighty budget, but since WEB-Interactive Units are NOT printed and bound, production costs are drastically reduced and that means more money in your family budget without sacrificing educatioinal quality. Web-Interactive Unit Studies allow your student(s) to read, watch videos, play learning games, see original documents in history, take virtual tours, and so much more (**there are even virtual biology dissections and chemistry labs -- no smells, no expense, and no explosions -- LOL)
WEB-Interactive curriculums are very portable. You can have them entirely on one laptop or tablet and take them with you quite easily (don't need a heavy bookbag to lug 20 lbs of books around for each child. And you definitely don't have to wonder where a missing textbook could be, or where little Bobby left his homework. It is ALL there in one location. And if you are an organizationally challenge Mom who has to account for several student's workbooks, homework, test, etc, this is a "God-send!" And most WEB-Interactive Units are "useable" within the family -- copyright laws allow the entire family to use a curriculum which means that you can have several children using the "Unit" at one time. No more buying 3 copies for each of your 3 children! Boom, another terrific savings for your family :D.
O.K., you say -- it is less expensive; it will save me money; it will help me get organized and keep up with my kids. But what about Worksheets, crafts, projects, coloring pages, etc? Easy-peasy -- print just what you want, and as many copies as you want. No big deal.
BrandenburgStudies opens up the world of leearning to your students in ways that traditional textbooks could NEVER do. Each day's assignments are provided with a Lesson Calendar. Each "click" of the mouse (or tap of the finger on your tablet) will be an exciting adventure in learning for your child. You will be be amazed at the depth of learning that you and your student will be able to go each day. Finally upon completion of the Unit Study, there is a test, a list of suggested projects, often associated games and activities, as well as a list of Literature and Videos to supplement the material. (Not all students learn well from a textbook; but all thrive when presented material in a variety of mediums).
Finally, what if I just want to try out one of there WEB-Interactive Units without dipping into my savings account? Well, I suggest you try our FREEBIES page and download "The Growing Dictionary", "The Timeline Project", and any other freebies there (we post several new ones each month -- as a mother of 7, myself, I have always appreciated any freebies thrown my way :)). And if you and your student(s) don't think WEB-Interactive Units are for you, then you are no worse the wear for trying them out. But if you find then engaging, fun, and highly educational, please consider taking the plunge into WEB-Interactive learning and visit our Online Catalog for a huge variety of economical and fascinating courses.
|Posted on January 2, 2013 at 2:15 PM||comments (0)|
Well, it is that time of year -- time to take down the ornaments, the lights, and the tree. Time to straighten up the house from all the visits from family and friends. And yes, time to point my brain in the direction of Homeschooling: lesson plans, tests, worksheets, ....And before I go any further, I want to remind you to check out the FREEBIES page for some great helps to get you started. And also the Members Only Page for your January Freebie and $pecial $ale. (**If you are not a member yet, it is easy and FREE. Look for the sign up to the right of the page.)
Now, on to more important things, like cultivating a thankful heart in oneself and the family. Have you heard of "A Blessing Jar"?. You don't have to run out to buy anything -- just get some scrap paper, a pen, and any kind of container and you are all set to go. The idea is to write down every time the Lord answers a prayer (even if you don't like the answer) or "blesses" you. Write a brief summary and date it. Then, before you place the paper in the jar -- pray and thank the Lord for HIS gracious working in your life. Finally, fold the paper and put it in the jar. Continue doing this all year. On Thanksgiving Day (or at a family gathering), get out the Blessing Jar and take turns pulling out a slip of paper; reading it to everyone; and then thanking HIM for what HE did. (You will be amazed at how much you forgot that the Lord did for you and your family all year. We are a forgetful people and it is good that we remind ourselves that God is faithful and does answer prayer.
**BTW, when I am discouraged, I also go to the blessing jar and pull out some slips of paper to read. It always ends up that when I put them back, I have to write and put another slip of paper in :-D
|Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
The Christmas Tree is up, Christmas music is playing, presents are beginning to appear under the tree, and I am almost ready to send out our annual "newsy" Christmas Card. I LOVE this time of year. There is a bit of chill in the air and the wonderful amora of burning logs from fireplaces. But as much as these things are enjoyable, there is also much to be said for the stress of the season. If you have small children and are busier than a one-arm-paper-hanger, you might have to rethink your plans and adjust for your sanity's sake (been there and done that --I am notorious for biting off much more than I can chew). Ask your hubby to help you prioritize with you and don't "fight" against him if he sees you are overwhelmed and suggests you cut out an activity.
If your children are not able to come home for the "actual" Christmas Day celebration (like most of ours this year), it can be a melancholy time. Family get togethers hold special memories and the absence of one can be felt quite acutely. Instead of feeling sad, ask your husband (and any children still at home) to come up with some new ideas. After the death of my mother, who literally went all-out for chirstmas and her grandchildren, we were at a loss for what to do on Christmas Day. Everyone wrote down ideas for making our "own" holiday traditions together -- and we came up with some really wonderful ideas. We serve the Homeless; we visit other friends in the area; we host a special dinner with games and activities for "singles" at our church; and visit shut-ins. And we play phone calls/skype calls to family who are unable to join us for the holiday. Our days are sooo full now, we don't have much time to become sad.
If you have a moment, share some of your own family traditions with other readers on the blog.
Have a most Wonderful and Blessed Christmas as you celebrate with family and friends the Incarnation of the Christ
|Posted on September 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM||comments (0)|
Can you believe it?!? Fall is officially here (as of the end of last week). I don't know about your neck of the woods, but here in St Charles, Missouri, we had a LONG, HOT, DRY summer. We are more than ready for the cool temperatures & Fall colors that should be right around the corner.
And with our thoughts turning to Autumn, I thought I would put a "plug in for one of our very popular Unit Studies that focuses on Autumn, without the witches, goblins, and scarey creatures. As Christians, my husband and I wanted our children to see Christ in every season, and we also looked for alternatives to holidays like Halloween. We used to have a Good News Club in our home (for over 12 years) and every year we would have a "Fall Harvest Party" in the neighborhood --children from the entire subdivision loved this and would show up each year. We had a costume contest for Bible Characters (the prize was "good enough" that most of the children "wanted" to participate, instead of showing up in a scarey costume. We turned our backyard (garage in bad weather) into a carnival --with all kinds of games and prizes. We also handed out lots of candy. We would also show movies (back then, Psalty was very popular; as well as the older versions of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe). And then with all the children who attended we gave them information for the Good News Club as they left (and that group explanded -- and the Lord added many souls to His church through that ministry over the years.
Use this Seasonal Unit Study to teach your own children about Christ. Then I want to challenge you ladies: I homeschooled 8 children and did the Good News Club in our home (with 2 other godly ladies) every week for a little over 12 years. Dare to open your home. Dare to preach the Word in your neighborhood. Dare to trust Christ for the Gospel. Dare to work in the fields of your neighborhood. The Fields are indeed white for the harvest. Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers.