Humble Beginnings…and an EPIC giveaway!

Homeschool Holiday is built around my love of holidays, celebrating and making memories. Our “origin story” began Christmas 2009, when my homeschooled children did not want to take down the Christmas tree. This sparked the idea to design all our learning moving forward for 2010 around the holiday of the day. We decorated a mini table top Christmas tree for the big, well known holidays, but each day our learning would be different and new. I spent from January 26th until January 1st figuring out our plan for January… and launched from there! I researched books, movies, activities – whatever for each day. Our family scrapbook is filled with delightful pictures of that school year, more than any other year because of the special events and lessons we were using. My now grown children STILL talk about that special year (and our Disney Schooling year which followed in 2011) more than ANY other year (s) of homeschooling!

Parenting, Teaching, Mentoring… they are all about building relationships – forming connections. Holidays bring us closer as humans. Homeschool Holiday is designed to bring that into your home or classroom on a regular basis.

When I first began writing curriculum I was a brand new teacher. The curriculum, aka text books, I was “supposed” to use were not “quite right”. I noticed gaps, and my students were asking questions and seeking more information. I needed to research and supplement the basic textbooks. Some of it was downright boring. Very early in my teaching I had a class that seemed to come alive each time I spoke about myself and my interests – including my “crush” on a particular baseball player. (Hey – I wasn’t married yet!)

When Spring training started that year I decided to “Theme” some learning in my class surrounding Baseball. I had things I was supposed to teach, but no real “standards” forcing my hand like we do now. So I took my lessons and I made 5 different baseball themed activities. One for each day of the week. I split my class into 5 groups and we rotated through the activities, like primary classrooms did centers. The activity that stands out in my mind the most was called “Map the Majors”!

The students had a blank map of the US and a list of Major League Baseball teams. The students had to look up each team IN AN ENCYCLOPEDIA (there was no internet in schools!) and mark on the map where the team played. My students were completely engaged! I saw excitement for learning in ways I had never seen when I taught using the textbooks. Each year I began to add more and more of my own lessons and step away from the textbooks. By my last year in the classroom, the only textbook used was Math. Everything else was designed by other like minded educators or myself. I was BLESSED to work in a school that trusted my methods of connecting with students through curriculum in this way.

The “original” Map the Majors curriculum now available from Homeschool Holiday.
No Encyclopedias Needed!

I realize as I have taken Homeschool Holiday to market that I continue to write curriculum “for myself”… I write curriculum I would use in my home or classroom. The reality is… My last homeschooler is a senior in High School… he may be interested in one or 2 items, but not many. I am no longer working in a classroom, facing the day to day realities of an educator. I need to write curriculum for YOU!

The homeschool family

The classroom teacher

The parent who want’s to supplement

This Labor Day… Homeschool Holiday along with AMPED UP LEARNING is holding their BIGGEST SALE OF THE YEAR! From September 4th – 7th The entire Amped up Learning Marketplace is 25% off in honor of all your hard work as a homeschooler, teacher and parent…. on top of that Homeschool Holiday is adding an additional 5% with the code TAKE5 for a total of 30% off HOMESCHOOL HOLIDAY CURRICULUM.

In addition – I have partnered with Froggy About Teaching and Teacher Source for an amazing giveaway SPONSORED by Amped Up Learning. We are giving away Amazon gift cards, Amped Up Learning Gift Cards and product from each of our curriculum lines!

To enter we would love your FEEDBACK on a short survey... so as I said earlier… we can design Curriculum for YOU!

This survey is open to Teachers, Homeschoolers and Parents who provide an email address (you will also be placed on each of our newsletter lists) after completing the survey. Simply click the image below to take the survey and enter!

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Your email addresses will not be sold or shared and your feedback will be used for Froggy About Teaching, Teacher Source and Homeschool Holiday to bring you amazing K-6 resources to use in your homes and classrooms!

Thank you for your feedback and we hope your Educational Journey is Blessed!

Mrs. Crabtree

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Homeschool Holiday logo : red school house with beehive and bee. There is a large tree to the right with three cartoon bugs flying in the air. One bug is red, the other is blue and the last is green. There is a happy face sun in the top right corner and green grass along the base. The image also contains the logo for the AMPED UP LEARNING marketplace.
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Christy Gandara

Dedicated to being a Wife, Mother, Friend and Educator while I listen to God's call in my life. I blog to inspire others to be all they can be in whatever roles they are called to. I begin all I do with Gratitude and end by choosing Joy. - Thanks for joining me on my journey!

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