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Seeds Family Worship–All CDs $9.97!!!

13 Aug



ALL Seeds Family Worship cds are currently on sale for $9.97!! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Seeds! Read this previous post for an exorbitant amount of reasons WHY we adore our Seeds Family Worship cds!  Or, do not stop go, do not collect $200 and go shop ’til you drop right now!

If you are new to Seeds Family Worship, know that by ordering ONE cd, you get TWO copies of that cd! This is their “buy and share” vision! (Isn’t that marvelous!?!?!?!) So, get some birthday present or Christmas shopping done! Or, call your BFF and order a gaggle of these cds together to split shipping costs. (Because who really ADORES paying for shipping?!?!? Splitting shipping costs is what BFFs are for, ya know?!?!?)

So, enough reading, go shopping! I can’t wait for you to get God’s Word stuck in the heads and hearts of your children (and your own!) via Seeds Family Worship’s brilliant musical masterpieces!

Also, if you’re in the Nashville area like me, there is a LIVE Seeds Family Worship/What’s In the Bible? event September 5th. There are other locations this fall as well. Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Seeds Family Worship–15% OFF COUPON (ends 5/16)

15 May

Seeds of Character
We LOVE Seeds Family Worship cds! (You can read here to find out more about what Seeds Family Worship cds are and HOW MUCH we love them!) If you’ve been wanting to order some of these fabulous cds, you can save 15% when you use the coupon code: SPRING.

Also, Seeds CDs come with 2 cds when you buy 1 cd. They want you to keep one copy for yourself and give one away! Don’t you just love that?!?!? So, keep that in mind when you order. These cds, therefore, make GREAT gifts! Just a note that the code doesn’t work on the “Give ‘Em Seven” bundle.  The Seeds of Character cd shown above has a GREAT song that teaches all of the New Testament books of the Bible. I’m hoping, hoping, hoping, they’ll come out with one for the Old Testament books.

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FREE Seeds Family Worship Download (through Thanksgiving!)

12 Nov

I posted last week about a Seeds Family Worship coupon. Initially, it indicated the coupon expired 11/8, but it appears to still be working–just an FYI! 🙂

Today, join me over on the Suzanne Shares FB page for info on a FREE DOWNLOAD of Seeds of Praise. It looks like this offer is good through Thanksgiving (11/28/13), so hop on over to find the scoop. Also, feel free to “Like” the Suzanne Shares FB page while you’re there. Since I created the page last month, I have been able to quickly and more frequently post wonderful things that I wanted to share, so “Like” the page and stay in the loop with the most up-to-date info from Suzanne Shares. 🙂

Seeds Family Worship-20% off coupon (through 11/8) & a FREE download!

5 Nov

–>>UPDATE: A reader let me know that she used the coupon, and it indicated
the coupon below is valid until Dec. 9. YAY! <<–

I’ve written lots and lots about how much we LOVE Seeds Family Worship cds! Scripture verses–word by word–set to music. They have been a fun way for us to memorize Scripture together. I, also, love them; the music is so well done that they lead me to worship and lift me from the pit on hard days.

Seeds of Character

I was excited to get a 20% off coupon code to share with you! YAY!

>>>Use the code: Story2013 to get 20% off your order!<<<

Just a note that the code doesn’t work on the “Give ‘Em Seven” bundle. Also, Seeds CDs come with 2 cds when you buy 1 cd. They want you to keep one copy for yourself and give one away! So, keep that in mind when you order. These cds, therefore, make GREAT gifts! Use the coupon by November 8 and go ahead and get Christmas shopping done!

The Seeds of Character cd shown above has a GREAT song that teaches all of the New Testament books of the Bible. I’m hoping, hoping, hoping, they’ll come out with one for the Old Testament books.

Also, go here to download the song, “We Trust” from Psalm 20:7…for FREE! (Don’t we all love free!)

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If you have children, I highly recommend this App…

13 Oct

For my CC readers, in case you haven’t heard, the CC Cycle 2 app for use with iPhone, iPad or iPod is available for $14.99 at the iTunes App store. My kids love it and can’t wait to review their Memory Work with it!

—>>>If you are a Suzanne Shares reader, and NOT a Classical Conversations family, PLEASE KEEP READING! The rest of this post is for YOU!<<<—

If you have preschool and/or school age children in your family, I would encourage you to purchase this app! Yes, even if you don’t participate in Classical Conversations.

Here’s why:

1) Skip counting songs–I can not say enough about the “Skip Counting Songs” (for use with skip counting numbers by 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, and all the way up to the 15s!) to aid in memorizing and mastering multiplication facts. My oldest son participated in Classical Conversations for the first time last year. This was also the year that he learned his multiplication facts. I LOVE  Math but was freaked out at the idea of teaching him multiplication.

That Fall, we learned all of the “Skip Counting Songs” through Classical Conversations. That Spring, his math curriculum introduced multiplication. The “Skip Counting Songs” were already cemented into his brain, so that knowledge easily transferred over to multiplication facts. He learned his multiplication facts easily and painlessly. (WHEW!) No, I am not a teacher-extraordinaire–the “Skip Counting Songs” are!

If your child is struggling with multiplication facts, or you would like to ease into introducing them, buy this app; it will be worth every penny! Yes, $14.99 might seem a little “pricy” for an App, but if you think of the cost of a Multiplication Songs cd, they average between $10-$15. With this App, you will get the Skip Counting Songs…and so much more!

You will find these skip counting songs  on the MATH section of the App.

2) Presidents Song–My 3 sons (including my 3 year old!) all learned the Presidents of the United States last year. How? Again, I am not a teacher-extraordinaire–the “Presidents Song” is! This catchy song is on the Classical Conversations Cycle 2 App! After listening to this a few times, your kiddos will be able to sing the United States Presidents to you–in order. It is awe-inspiriting  to observe! Their 30-something-year-old Mom has finally learned all of the Presidents, too, thanks to this Presidents Song.

You will find the President’s Song on the TIMELINE section of the App (week 24).

3) Geography, History and Timeline facts–This App also has 24 weeks of Geography locations (the first week will teach your children all of the continents’ names and locations as well as the world’s oceans!), the 24 History Statements are set to music (and cover history ranging from 800-1990s), and a Timeline (covering 161 major historical events from Creation to the 2000s)

It’s no secret that children can memorize, memorize, memorize while they are young! (Seriously, my 3 year old could sing the President’s Song perfectly after hearing the song less than 10 times!) God made their little minds to soak up information like a sponge! Why not take advantage of their God-given ability and cram their little minds with facts from Math, History, Timeline, English Grammar, Latin, and Science while it’s easy for them? This will only propel them further in their future learning endeavors.

If you are looking for a way to do so, I whole-heartedly recommend the Classical Conversations Cycle 2 App.  If your child enjoys music, there is also a wonderful Timeline Song from Classical Conversations that can be purchased separately. It covers all of the Timeline Cards (excluding the Presidents) shown in the TIMELINE section of the App in a catchy, memorable, I-find-myself-singing-it-all-the-time song. (As a side note, the Timeline events have helped me tremendously in my understanding of the Bible. The historical context of the Old Testament was always “foggy” to me. As I have memorized the Timeline events thanks to the Timeline Song, my depth of understanding of the Old Testament has soared! I’m so, so thankful!)

I am excited to SHARE this wonderful resource with you! I would love to hear how your kiddos enjoy it!

Solar System Song (& my FAVORITE Geography Songs cd)

7 Oct

I’ve written extensively about my favorite geography cd–Geography Songs. I love it for so many reasons! One other fun song that is coming in handy these days is the Solar System Song. Buy it solo for $0.99 or buy the whole album for $8.99 (come on, just buy the whole album! You’ll thank me, I promise!) We are knee-deep in astronomy these days with Classical Conversations, so this is a helpful way for me to review the solar system order with my sons.

One note about the Solar System song–it lists 9 planets revolving around the sun. (I don’t think they got the memo about Pluto.) When I used it today in my Abecedarians class, I sang Neptuuuuuuuuuuuuune very loudly to cover up their singing of “Pluto.” I also sang “EIGHT PLANETS” very loudly to camouflage their joyful serenading of “NINE PLANETS revolve around the sun.” My little Abecedarians loved the song and didn’t seem to notice that I did a quick “re-write” off-the-cuff of the song. ha! 🙂

Enjoy the song, and don’t mind me, I’ll be over on the couch reading this book…

and loudly singing Neptuuuuuuuuuuuuuuune and “EIGHT PLANETS.”

I’m still a little bitter that my favorite planet as a child…is no longer a planet. Does anyone else share my sentiments?

Cycle 2, Week 1 resources

5 Sep

I have a few resources to pass along for Cycle 2, Week 1. I post these with fear and trepidation. I’ve come full circle in how we’re approaching our 2nd year of Classical Conversations. We’re doing less “match ups” for each CC week and focusing our efforts on memorizing the Grammar, since my 6 and 8 year olds are in the Grammar stage. 🙂 I’m writing a “Lessons Learned” post, which is quickly turning into a “series” of posts because I guess I had more to say than I realized when I sat down to write. I’m hoping to have those posts ready in the next week or so. All of that to say…here are a few of our favorites from week 1.

Geography-I wrote last month about one of our favorite, favorite, favorite CDs, “Geography Songs.” (Seriously, we love this cd! Is it obvious?!?!?) This cd came into our lives about 5 years ago, and we still can’t get enough of it! The Continents and Oceans Song fits perfectly with this week’s Geography. In my Abecedarians class, I’ll be using this song the rest of our CC year as we review the continents and oceans each week in Geography and when Blob Mapping. (Thank you Brandy @ Half A Hundred Acre Wood for the blob map resources.)

You can download the Continents and Oceans Song for $0.99, or you can download the whole MP3 album containing 33 songs for $8.99 (which is a GREAT deal!) There is also an Audio CD and accompanying coloring book if you’d rather go that route. We have the audio CD and have about worn our van’s CD player out listening to this. 🙂 This would be a great birthday or Christmas gift for your kiddos.

8 Parts of Speech-2

8 Parts of Speech –Okay, you need to log onto CC Connected RIGHT NOW and search for username: “NoGreaterJoy5” and download her “8 Parts of Speech” song (Woo!). It’s official title is, “2013 AJT Cy2 W1 English 8 POS Song.” Amy Joy Tofte, thank you, thank you, thank you for this FUN, FUN, FUN (and oh-so-singable-and-memorable) song. My Abecedarians loved it (and so did their teacher! ha!) And, while you’re on CC Connected searching by “NoGreaterJoy5” also select “Misc” on the dropdown menu to find her “A Day in the Life of a CC Family” document. It’s a gem! She clearly, simply articulates how her family does “CC at home.”

I made a little cut/paste activity with the 8 Parts of Speech (shown above). You can download it here: 8 Parts of Speech

Also, while you’re rockin’ out singing the “8 Parts of Speech” song, have more fun with the 8 parts of speech through Mad Libs! Don’t you remember Jr. High/Middle School days and Mad Libs?!?!? Well, what a fun way to review, practice, master and laugh your guts out about the 8 parts of speech. My sons ordered Mad Libs this summer, and I love when they ask me, “Mom, can you help me think of an adverb?” They’re learning and don’t even realize it. Love, love, love! There are a million different Mad Libs options including Happily Ever Mad Libs for the princess in your life,  Star Wars Mad Libs for the boys in your life, and Mad Libs Junior for the younger kiddos in your life. Order some Mad Libs gather ’round the table or couch after dinner and laugh, laugh, laugh together!

Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood

Hope that your Cycle 2 year is off to a great start! 🙂 This post is a part of the Cycle 2, Week 1 Link Up over at Half a Hundred Acre Wood. Go there to find other great Cycle 2 resources!

Geography Songs: A family favorite, CC Cycle 2 and adoption

8 Aug

I’ve been waiting for the perfect opportunity to *SHARE* one of our family’s favorite cds, Geography Songs (You Never Forget What You Sing). We were first introduced to the cd by my friend, Amy, a mother to 5 boys, 3 biological and 2 from Ethiopia. She said that her family used it over and over while they were waiting to bring home their first son from Ethiopia. She explained that the songs on the CD have all of the countries of the world set to catchy little tunes. I love geography, maps, and all things “world”ish, so we bought it ASAP.

When our oldest son was still a baby, a friend wisely told me to find as many resources that I could with information set to music. She said, “He’ll never forget what he sings.” That’s actually the tagline to this wonderful Geography Songs cd–You Never Forget What You Sing. And, isn’t that true?!?!? I can still remember the silliest things that I learned as a child. Isn’t it a beautiful idea to have children learn important information set to music?!?! (That’s one of the million reasons we love our homeschool tutorial, Classical Conversations, since it’s based on this same philosophy.) So, if you are looking for a fun way to introduce your child to the world, I can not recommend this enough!

My favorite things about the cd:

  • Brilliant combination of information and music–Each song is based on a section of the world, for example, Northern Africa. The song goes through each country within that region of the world. Each country of the region is listed and sung to a creative musical score. The music for each song is based on music from that region of the world; I love the intentionality behind that! (“South Asia” is my favorite example of this having spent time in that region of the world and familiar with its music.)
  • Learning happens effortlessly–The CD contains a “Continents and Oceans Song.” Our middle son was 3 when we got this cd, and he knew all continents and oceans after about 48 hours. He sauntered around the house shouting the names of the continents and the oceans. I LOVED IT! Now, clearly, he had no idea what he was saying and what that meant. However, when he learned the continents in Classical Conversations last year, he immediately started singing the song. My heart was full. You, too, may find your child walking around your house singing “Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Island of Cyprus, Jordan…” So, if you don’t want your child exposed to all the countries of the world in a fun musical way, I would not buy this cd. However, if you do, this is a must purchase.

I would recommend all parents buy this cd for their kiddos. I  would  really recommend this cd to anyone…

  • adopting internationally–This would be a fun way to introduce your children to the geography related to where their brother or sister lives. What a fun way to include the whole family in learning, preparing for the new addition! 🙂
  • participating in Classical Conversations–Although the songs don’t perfectly “match up” with the Geography grammar for the particular cycles, all of the countries in the Geography grammar are included in songs on the cd. (After all, it’s all the same planet, right?!?!) Particularly of interest for Cycle 2 is the “Continents and Oceans” song on the CD, which is part of the Geography grammar for Cycle 2. You better believe I’ll be singing along with it as my Abecedarians and I learn those locations.
  • interested in opening the world to a child–This cd is a remarkable avenue for introducing children to the beautiful world in which we live. As they learn the countries and regions of the world through song, this is a natural segue way to showing them the locations on a globe or map.  (We have, and I’m in love with the Hugg-A-Planet Globe, which we bought to use with the cd. And, I might also have this World Map Shower Curtain. I told you I’m a wee bit into geography and maps.)

You can buy the songs in two different versions. There is a CD and book combo or an MP3 album download. Either way you chose, go for it! Drop back by and let me know how you’re enjoying it!! It’s okay to confess if you bought the Hugg-A-Planet Globe and World Map Shower Curtain, too. Really, it is; I won’t think you’re weird. 🙂

Classical Conversations website–FREEBIES

26 Jul

I’m a tutor in our Classical Conversations community, so I spent the first 3 days of this week at a Classical Conversations Practicum and Tutor Training.  As always, it was a very, very encouraging time! Our tutor training was AMAZING, and I was so pumped about our Tutor Trainer. Maybe you’ve heard of her?? I must say Brandy is as AMAZING as you would expect her to be if you read her blog. She was encouraging, gracious, generous, humble, gifted and FUN! We had a GREAT 3 days of training!

From our Tutor Training, I walked away encouraged and ready to start the school year! There was a wealth of information shared, and I have plans to implement many of these “nuggets” of wisdom this upcoming year. I wish our school year started tomorrow! 🙂 One of the “nuggets” that I walked away with was the GUEST section of the Classical Conversations website. Brandy directed us to this section of the CC website indicating that there were FREE resources available. WAHOO! I love FREE!!! I, honestly, had never frequented it. Last year was our first year of CC, and I tutored. So, I immediately signed up for CC Connected and consequently, never entered the website as only a “Guest.” Thereafter, I was always immediately logged in as a user.

After Tutor Training, I headed home and immediately hopped on my computer. I logged out as a USER and clicked on the GUEST section to find lots of little treasures! There is a public forum, videos demonstrating a Memory Master proof, and even some great resources for spiritual encouragement called “Nurturing Your Soul.” The section that I was most elated to find was the Public Library. There are some wonderful resources accessible here…for FREE!!! There is

  • a Multiplication Drill Sheet
  • the U.S. Presidents song
  • the books of the Old Testament and books of the New Testament songs
  • an orchestra song

My GREATEST find in the Public Library was–-a Bible resource to go along with Cycles 1, 2, and 3! YAY! Go to the Public Library page and scroll to the bottom in the teal section. There, you will find “Bible Memory Work Model.” Click on the link to find Bible grammar to memorize Weeks 1-24 of each of the 3 cycles.  Bible grammar is not included in the New Grammar section of a typical CC day, but if you believe in the Classical Model, you’ll know the value of memorizing the grammar of the Bible. This FREE Bible Memory Work Model lays out the grammar of the Bible to memorize simultaneously in the 24 weeks of your Classical Conversations school year! Isn’t that WONDERFUL!?!?!? I was like a kid in a candy shop finding all of these amazing, FREE resources!

Did you know about this “treasure” on the CC website? If not, go check it out now!

Christmas Traditions: Behold the Lamb of God CD (better yet, go to the concert!)

30 Nov

I love Christmas music…like love, love, love Christmas music. Some folks don’t allow themselves the joy of listening to Christmas music until December 1. I feel like post-Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to break out the Christmas albums! After all, Christmas only comes around once a year, and I need as much time as possible to sing and shout the Christmas tunes.

I wanted to share my family’s favorite Christmas album with you. We love it so much that it’s a part of our DECORATE the Christmas Tree and Decorate Christmas Cookies tradition. It’s called, Behold the Lamb of God by Andrew Peterson. In my current circles, knowledge of artist Andrew Peterson and his AMAZING Christmas album is quite common. We do live in Music City, after all. In the event that you have no idea who Andrew Peterson is or know nothing about his Christmas album, I wanted to write a short post about it. 🙂

If you’re looking for familiar Christmas carols set to modern-day tunes, Behold the Lamb of God isn’t that. However, it is an engaging story set to masterful melodies and definitely worthy of a listening. The engaging story that is told is the story of God, His creation, the fall of His creation, and the redemption of His creation through the birth of His son, Jesus. Jesus is the Lamb of God to behold and is the main theme of Scripture and Behold the Lamb of God. As you listen to the 12 songs on the album, you will find yourself journeying through all of the Bible, from beginning to end. From the days of Moses and the exodus, to the Passover, the Promise Land, the days of the Kings and rebellion against God, to the Exile, all are present in the music. One of my favorites is the song “Matthew’s Begats,” which is Peterson’s clever, brilliant linking of the Old Testament to the New Testament through the lineage passage (which we all usually skip over, right?!!?) at the beginning of Matthew’s gospel. He literally sings every name in the family tree of Jesus; it’s brilliant! (Watch and listen here on YouTube.) The culmination of the album (and in Scripture!) is Song 11 when Christ is born, “the Lamb of God who came to take away our son.”

As a mother, I also love Song 8, “Labor of Love,” Mary’s song. It captures the intensity of childbirth and the miraculous event that was transpiring in a raw, realistic manner. I had never thought of Mary enduring childbirth, the agony, pain and joy of it all. This song captures that brilliantly. The song begins, “It was not a Silent Night. There was blood on the ground. You could hear a woman cry in the alley way that night in the streets of David’s town.” My favorite line–what lyrical genius–“He [Joseph] held her and her prayed. Shafts of moonlight on his face, but the baby in her womb He was the maker of the moon. He was the author of the faith that could make the mountains move…” Can you imagine, Mothers, giving birth to the Son of God? Wow. You can watch a video here of Jill Phillips’ performance @ the Ryman in 2004 during the Behold the Lamb of God concert.

This Christmas make Behold the Lamb of God a part of the rhythm and routine of your family’s Christmas celebration. You can buy the MP3 Download on Amazon. Better yet, go to the LIVE Concert in your area. Visit Andrew Peterson’s website here for locations and dates. The concert is SO GOOD; attending it is one of our family’s traditions. We’re excited to have our oldest 2 sons go with us this year!