Wednesday, October 19, 2016

FREE Knife Skills Class October 19-25!

Imagine your kids eating vegetables, helping prep for dinner, and making breakfast for you while you sip your coffee. Working with food encourages kids to try new things, but fruits and vegetables almost always require knives...
Does the idea of letting your kids use knives make you squeamish? I know it does for me! Let a trained teacher (Mrs. Katie Kimball!)bring knife skills and safety to your children in the comfort of your own home.
We have really enjoyed the knife skills classes that Katie offers.  I have been able to give my son several foods to prep for dinner.  Saves me time!
For two weeks only, you can get 3 free classes from the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse. Watch one with your kids like a regular class and polish your own skills with the other two (they're just for adults). 
What you'll learn in these short videos:
  • Basic knife skills and techniques for kids age two to teen
  • Mastery of the three safe ways to hold food while cutting
  • How child development impacts your child's readiness to learn new skills
  • The #1 mistake that destroys your chance of enjoying time in the kitchen with your kids
  • A tested 3-step process for teaching kids in the kitchen so young cooks learn basic skills the right way
They'll all disappear back into the course on Nov. 2, so sign up now and plan some time to work with your kids in the kitchen - you'll be amazed at what they can do! 
The 3 videos are:
  1. Knife Skills Training for Kids
  2. Adult Tips: Challenges You Might Encounter
  3. The Biggest Mistake Parent Make
Get the 3 free videos HERE.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Grapevine Studies FREE October elesson!

We are really enjoying Grapevine Bible Studies this year.  My kids love drawing and they are really retaining the information in the simple questions at the end of each lesson.  We are also memorizing the Bible verse for each lesson.  It's been an absolute delight doing these lessons with my kids.  I like that it's more than just reading a Bible passage and discussing it, but the added element of drawing is a bonus and adds a lot to our Bible time.  We can look back and review by looking at our pictures. 

Each child makes it personal to them which is really neat to see as well. My kids are pretty "artsy" so doing just stick figures is not enough for them.  They like to add embellishments!

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This month the free elesson from Grapevine Bible Studies is Sharing the Gospel.  What a wonderful resource to have.  I look forward to using this one for myself and teaching my kids as well. 

I hope you enjoy the free elesson for this month.
Let me know if you download it and use it.
I welcome you to the Grapevine Studies family!
Special coupon for October for 20% off:
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Kids Cook Real Food Class #3 + Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse registration coming soon!

Today in our Kids Cook Real Food Class we did Dull Knife Skills Level 2 with cross hatch cutting.

First we learned about spices.  I know I want to get my kids more interested in all the spices I use in the kitchen. 

Cutting zucchini for the potato hash.

She wants to be so independent!

Cheese on the Potato Hash. 
Kids made dinner!
I can't tell you how much I enjoy having someone else help me teach these important cooking skills in the kitchen.  My kids are always eager to do Cooking Class with Mrs. Kimball!
Would you like to see a bit of how the course runs?
Just sign up for the FREE Knife Skills class and you will.
Class begin tomorrow! It is available from October 19-October 25.

The FREE Knife Skills Class is open from October 19-October 25.

The Kids Cook Real Food Ecouse registration is open from October 26-November 2.
 Once your register for this course, you have 1 year access.
You can buy one level or all 3 for 1 year access.
If you want to keep them and download them, you can upgrade to VIP.
All information is on the website when registration opens.
There are 3 levels to choose from:
My children are 5 and 7 and they have had a bit of time in the kitchen, but I wanted them to get the basic skills so I am doing the Beginner Class.

Katie Kimball is a great teacher and she really makes it easy for kids to learn how to cook properly.  She demonstrates so many things that are helpful for me as mom to show to my kids.  You will enjoy her engaging atmosphere, easy to remember daily nuggets (like Bread with Butter is Better) and knife skills (Knife moves, eyes down, Food moves, knife down). 

My kids are always excited to do our Kids Cook Real Food class!  We had a super busy summer, but we are back in the school swing again and ready to start more cooking. 

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart Online Course- open enrollment through October 11

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Recently I did a book review from Jim and Lynne Jackson for their new book Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart.  For those who would like an audio and visual way to experience the book, there is an online course that covers the content of the book with so many other great features. 
There are 6 sessions:
Session 1- How Well Intentioned Parents Miss Their Kids' Hearts
Session 2- You are SAFE with me
Session 3- You are LOVED no matter what
Session 4- You are God's workmanship- CALLED and CAPABLE
Session 5- You are RESPONSIBLE for your actions
Session 6- The 4 messages in action
*Lifetime access
*Downloadable workbook
*Discount for the book
*Unlimited access to the course (day or night)
*Money-back guarantee
Sign up today:
Open registration until October 11
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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart by Jim and Lynne Jackson Book Review and Giveaway!

Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart by Jim and Lynne Jackson is a unique approach to parenting that focuses on connection with discipline.  "As parents become calmer grounded in peace and purpose, they become far better positioned to influence their children toward wiser responses and decisions."  But how do parents do this?  The Jacksons have developed a framework that focuses on four Biblical principles that help parents connect to their children's hearts during discipline.  There are four actions and four messages.  First, build the Foundation with the message "You are SAFE with me."  Second, Connect to your child with "You are LOVED no matter what."  Third, Coach your child with "You are CALLED and CAPABLE." And lastly, Correct with "You are RESPONSIBLE for your actions." The authors have developed this diagram from their own experience as parents and have shared them as parent educators.  These beautiful messages are the focus of this book.  Each section of Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart explores each of these messages.  These ideas are revolutionary in making positive and lasting changes in family life.  There are lots of practical stories and examples that present the information in a relevant way.  Throughout the chapters there is a section titled My Response with several questions for reflection.  These questions are helpful in uncovering some of the problems parents may be experiencing.  And the book ends with an extensive Appendix for Wisdom for Special Challenges like chores, poor listening, morning and bedtime routines, defiance, lying and many more subjects. This book is an excellent tool for parents to use and apply to help family life become what they desire. 

I discovered Jim and Lynne Jackson a few years ago listening to a podcast where they were guests.  I was absolutely enthralled with their message.  It gave me hope and peace in the midst of my feelings of failure as a parent on those often rough days.  I was so excited to finally find something that made sense to me and gave me proactive steps toward creating the family life I long for. What resonated with me most was providing the foundation of connection before making the correction the focus in my discipline.   I was thrilled to be able to read their book and find real and lasting ways to apply what I'm learning.  Jim and Lynne have a heart for parents and kids and connected families and they truly have delivered a book that will be a strong voice for many parents.  I am honored to share this book with you. 

Be sure to check out the model of the 4 messages:

Bio of Jim and Lynne Jackson
Since 1993 co-founders Jim & Lynne Jackson have worked in the trenches with parents of all kinds – single parents, adoptive parents, parents of teens, parents of kids with intense behavior challenges, parents in blended families, parents of wealth and parents in poverty, and any other kind of parent you can think of. Jim & Lynne and their growing team are committed to bringing you content that will challenge, encourage, and equip you to be the thoughtful and confident parent you long to be.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*
And I've very happy to have a giveaway for this amazing book!
Click the link below to be entered to win a copy a Discipline That Connects With Your Child's Heart:
Giveaway ends Sunday, September 25.
US only

Friday, August 12, 2016

All About Learning Press- Pre-Reading Level for Preschool

This year my 4 year old daughter started the Pre-Reading Program through All About Learning Press.  She already knew her letters and sounds, but I really wanted to make sure she had a good foundation before we started introducing her to more formal reading. 
This program does not just teach letter names and sounds, it also teaches 5 important skills called The Big Five Skills.  These are print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, listening comprehension and motivation to read.  These skills include rhyming, counting words in sentences, syllables and more.  The best thing is they are all taught within a game format using a fun puppet who is named Ziggy the Zebra!


My daughter looked forward to All About Reading time everyday.
We started by singing the alphabet chart, then we did a letter activity and played our special game with Ziggy.  When all done she put a sticker on her chart and had a craft page to share with daddy at dinner.
Here's a video of my daughter singing the ABC song:

The first 26 lessons focus on Capital letters, the next 26 lessons focus on Lowercase letters and the last 26 lessons focus on the sounds of the letters.  There are flashcards, craft pages with coloring, cutting, gluing and painting and activity sheets. 
The teaching touches each learning style for visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
My daughter is solidifying her reading skills in so many ways.
She has gained confidence in knowing each letter and the sounds. 
She has also started sounding out CVC words.
We also started this great new free program online called Reading Bear.
My daughter just turned 5 and she is excited to start All About Reading Level 1 in the Fall!
If you are not sure what level your child should use, be sure to access the free placement tests for your child.  And there is always a review at the beginning of each book. 

Don't forget to pick up your FREE ABC Summer Snacks Cookbook.  It's so fun to connect language and food!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

My Kid Made This Challenge (Kids Cook Real Food)

We had a great start to our summer learning to cook with Kids Cook Real Food ecourse.  We have only been able to do two lessons so far which I have shared about here on my blog:

Lesson 1: Spreading and Peeling

Lesson 2: Dull Knife Slicing

If you want to get the FREE knife skills class, be sure to sign up for the #mykidmadethis challenge. 

Then registration will be open for the Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse from August 17-24.  Don't miss out!  But be sure to sign up for the challenge below so you won't miss the registration for the ecourse coming up!

Sign up for the #mykidmadethis challenge
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