Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back to School Boost for Moms Ebook Sale!

Would you like to get 5 ebooks for $10 (a $28.95 value)?
  • Tell Your Time
  • Create Your Perfect Cleaning Schedule
  • Feast in 15
  • The No Brainer Wardrobe
  • Cupcakes!  12 Months of Happiness

I have 2 of these books and I love them.  This is a great time to get a few extra ideas to make the transition to fall smoother!

Check out more details at Eat at Home

Sale is from August 1-8.  

Summer Reading Challenge Week #8

 Check out all the details at No Time for Flashcards and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Week #1-77

Week #2-69

Week #3-58

Week #4- 60

Week #5- 51

Week #6- 46

Week #7- 50

Week #8- 38

Total so far- 449

Goal- 500

Monday, July 30, 2012

Summer Bible Reading Adventure- August

Hi Everyone!  I can't believe we are almost done with our Summer Bible Reading Adventure.  Just one more month to go!  How are you doing?  Are you reading the Bible everyday with your children?  What a wonderful gift you are giving to them.

Go to Scripture Adventures for a FREE download of a Summer Reading Calendar for August.

And here is my Summer Bible Reading Plan for August printable. Both June, July, and August are on this document. This document is Shared, but if you can't access it, please email me at shondaet@gmail.com.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook for daily verse postings!  Thanks!

You do not have to read the same verses as we do, but the goal is to read at least ONE verse everyday with your children. This last month we read from every book in the Old Testament and Shrade was very interested in all the names of the prophets.  He would ask, "Mommy, who is Nahum?"  It was fun to explore these unusual names and also the great verses that God shared through these prophets.

This month we are finishing up reading a few verses from every book in the Bible and I chose some extra special verses with longer passages.  Some are stories and some are "need to know" passages of Scripture.  Start them when they are young!

Are you new?
You can still join!  Fill out the form below and every month I will email you to see how you did.  I will give a prize to the family that completes the challenge with the most days read and answers an ending survey.   Prize will be a children's Bible. Prize awarded sometime in September.

For those of you who completed the July Bible reading, 

please fill out the check in form by August 10.  Thanks, Shonda

PS.  I am thinking of a Fall Challenge Scripture Adventure which will be a little different.  Would you be interested?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge Week #7

 Check out all the details at No Time for Flashcards and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Week #1-77

Week #2-69

Week #3-58

Week #4- 60

Week #5- 51

Week #6- 46

Week #7- 50

Total so far-411
We are going to make our goal!!

Goal- 500

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Parenting is Heart Work: Teaching Children to Accept No as an Answer

Here we are at session #6- Teaching Children to Accept No as an Answer.  I am so excited to share just a few things from Parenting Is Heart Work by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller and our home group session.

Don't you just get frustrated when you say "No" to your child and it ends up in a  downward spiraling argument?  My son is really good at creating "spirited discussions."  Here are a few tips on how to help your child accept No as an answer.

Heart Issues for Children Who Can't Accept No as an Answer:
  • Children need to learn to live within limits.
  • Disappointment provides an opportunity to grieve.
  • Children can learn contentment.
  • Ambition doesn't justify demandingness.
Contentment is being grateful for what you have instead of complaining about what you don't have.
You need to teach your child to balance perseverance.  They need to know when it is appropriate to let go or press on.

3 Demandingness Symptoms:
  1. Arguing- this happens when parents start giving reasons why and kids bring new facts.  The best thing to do is get the complete proposal and think before giving your answer.  Also emphasize that the way they treat you is important.  Help them understand the difference between the issue and the process (how we treat others). 
  2. Badgering- This feels like you are being hammered by a woodpecker!  We tend to encourage badgering.  Show them the line that they are not to cross and give them only one opportunity to appeal.  Badgering is rude.  Help your child understand social behaviors.
  3. Whining- Children are very successful with this.  Do not allow it!
Develop a Plan to Teach Contentment: 
  • Look for ways to help decrease emotional investment.  
  • Use scale of 1-10 to lower intensity.
  • Teach the difference between demand, desire and wish.  
  • Encourage them to bring requests in the planning stage.  

Philippians 4:13

New Living Translation (NLT)
" For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Amazing Action Alphabet Review

The See Hear Do Company

The combination of seeing + hearing + doing that = learning has been shown to be the most effective way to learn. Researchers and educators have found that people retain 20% of what they hear, 50% of what they see and hear, and up to 90% of what they see, hear, say, and do. This program is so successful because it uses this combination of all three.

Step 1 Seeing
The child sees the shape of the adorable
animal is the shape of the letter
(visual stimulation).

Step 2 Hearing
The child hears an amusing story and learns
the name and sound of the letter
(auditory stimulation).

Step 3 Doing
The child does a fun action with their body
that produces instant recall for the
sound of the letter
(kinesthetic stimulation).

The Amazing Action Alphabet by Esther Kehl is a unique approach to teach young children letters and sounds.  It is called "See, Hear, Do."  First the child sees the picture of an animal in the shape of a letter, then they hear a story which emphasizes the sound of the letter and there is an action to go along with the story and sound.  The flip book has a picture side facing the child and the story for the parent to read is on the other side.  There is also a snazzy CD which coordinates with the flip chart.  All the stories are sung and the sounds are practiced with the movements.  It is a very comprehensive and amazing program as you see and hear your child imitating the sounds associated with the letters.


 I love this teaching product because it covers teaching letters and sounds in a fun and engaging way.  As I read the stories with my 3 year old (who has picked up on the sounds like a snap), I can see my 1 year old trying out the sounds too.  The animal pictures are adorable, colorful and eye-catching.  I highly recommend the CD because you can also play it without showing the pictures.  My kids repeat the sounds along with it as I turn it on while they play.  I daily do several of these animal stories and sounds and I can see how easily my son is finding these sounds in the words that he speaks.  He'll say "Mommy, a says "a" in antelope like in A the Alligator is angry!"  Also, a really fun part of the CD is at the end of each story Esther says an encouraging word that start with the letter like "dynamite"  and my son always repeats the word!  I highly recommend this as a fun way to teach letters and sounds to young children.

*This product was provided to me free of charge for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

10 Ways to Prepare Your Child For Kindergarten (Guest Link)

Pretty soon it will be time to send off those sweet little ones to school for Kindergarten.  If you have a child who is about ready to embark on this journey, take some time to read this blog post from Babysitters.net:  10 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten.  There are some great things that all kids should know!

Monday, July 16, 2012

The M.O.B. Society Boy Mom Blog Hop (July 16-23)

Hi, I'm Shonda here at Milk N' Honey Learn and Grow!
I'm so glad you came to visit!

Me with my son Shrade- 3 years old

I like to post about:
*Preschool - Letter A
*Learning Activities- 3 Bite Sized Science Activities  
*Favorite Books- Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig  
*Food Fun 4 Kids- Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal
*Parenting- Positive Conclusion
*Free and Fun Activities- Nature Center
*Bible Time- Summer Bible Reading Adventure

I also do reviews and giveaways from time to time.

I started this blog about 2 years ago to chronicle the adventures in teaching my son.  I like to find and share good ideas.  I was a Kindergarten teacher for 12 years before I became a SAHM.  I absolutely love it!  
Shrade's favorite 1st book- Mrs. Wishy Washy (2009)

Shrade 3.5 (2012)
I grew up with a sister, so I have NO idea how to relate to little boys, but I'm learning.  I really appreciate the MOB Society and especially Brooke who wrote Warrior Prayers.  I am convinced that God has great plans for my son and I will do anything to help him become the man of God that he is called to be.   I pray the Warrior Prayers for him everyday!

And our daughter, Jessna, just turned 1 on May 6.

I would love to get to know you and your blog so be sure to leave a link when you comment.

Also, you can find me on:

Because my passion is to teach God's Word to my children, I am having a giveaway for 1001 Ways to Help Your Child Walk With God by Kathy Reimer.  Just fill out the form below and I will pick a winner on July 31. (US only please)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge Week #6

 Check out all the details at No Time for Flashcards and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Week #1-77

Week #2-69

Week #3-58

Week #4- 60

Week #5- 51

Week #6- 46

Total so far-361

Goal- 500

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Music Notes: Sing Loud! Music for Families by Melissa Green CD Review

Sing Loud! by Melissa Green is a CD that celebrates families through a variety of music genres.  I was very drawn to Melissa's engaging style and use of the "older" tunes.  She brilliantly draws her audience to engage in exciting and fun times with her lyrics and song themes.  Melissa has a unique style which touches young and old hearts and joins them together to embrace love and joy in the sweet moments of life.  My children and I enjoy listening to her friendly voice as she entertains us.  Get ready to bee bop, bounce, and boogie any way want with Melissa's new CD project.

*This product was provided to me free of charge for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this CD and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

Check out her music video for Sing Loud!:

Find Melissa on Facebook!

While teaching at Beginnings Nursery School in NYC in 2003, Melissa Green began singing with kids. Encouraged by her success, she honed her guitar skills and ultimately became the school's music and movement specialist. Wishing to make her teaching more meaningful for the students, Melissa began writing and recording songs that grew out of their shared experiences. Now living in Los Angeles, Melissa manages to teach music classes and workshops while also maintaining an active national touring schedule.

Melissa Green's previous albums include Sweet Little One (2011), Round and Round (2008), and Here We Go (2006). In 2008 she released a DVD, Clap, Shake and Roll, and a song-turned-book, The Seahorse Song. Her music is featured on Putumayo's Rock & Roll Playground (2010), and she was a John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist for "The Seahorse Song" from Here We Go.Parade Tour - A trio made up of Melissa, Lisa Parade and Chris Payne. They will be touring from DC to Boston performing Green and Parades Music.

Melissa Green's music is upbeat/eclectic/pop-folk that is fun and interactive for the whole family.

CD Details: SING LOUD!
For ages 0 - 9
Label: Green Circle Music 
SRP: $12.99
Run time: 34 minutes.

Sing Loud! Track list: 
Baby I love you
Sing Loud
Four Nickels and a Dime
The Playdate
Get Up
Aboard That Train
Free to Be...You and Me
Two Birds
We Got the Beat
My Love
Will I Dream Colors?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge 2012 Week #5

 Check out all the details at No Time for Flashcards and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Week #1-77

Week #2-69

Week #3-58

Week #4- 60

Week #5- 51

Total so far- 315

Goal- 500

Friday, July 6, 2012

All About Reading Preview of Material

I have made a little video to preview the All About Reading Level Pre-1 program. Click here to view video.   I have received this program for review and I will be posting my full review at a later date, but I was so excited to share this program with you as soon I got it in the mail!

Now I can't wait to get started with this program for my son!  

All About Reading Level Pre-1 is our pre-reading program for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Your child will enjoy the special games, crafts, and storytime read-alouds, while as the parent and teacher, you will love how your child effortlessly learns the five essential pre-reading skills that we call the Big Five Skills.

What are the Big Five Skills? Print awareness, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, listening comprehension and motivation to read.  Learn more at All About Learning Press.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Learning Activity: Strawberries and Spelling!

Yesterday morning we had strawberries for breakfast and we started doing math problems like 2+2=4 and so on. A few minutes later Shrade said, "I'm going to take some out for my word."  I was curious to see what he was doing.  Then he started spelling his name as he took out one strawberry at a time.  I was amazed!  And I hate to admit this as a teacher, but I'm not sure what to call that except that that I'm finding out that Shrade is a tactile learner.  He went on to spell other words like his sister's name and mommy and daddy.  I would say the letters and he would move the strawberries!  I guess strawberries work for spelling.  Who knew?

Monday, July 2, 2012

Learn Your Letters Learn to Serve Curriculum SALE!

Teach your child to serve…one letter at a time!  This 240+ page downloadable or hard copy kit  includes thorough lesson plans, games, crafts, recipes, memory verses,  Bible story suggestions, vocabulary stimulation and discussion, play,  books to read and so much more…all while encouraging service to God!

Each letter you study includes suggestions for service, such as “Take a new Bible to B__________” on Bb week, “Make soup for someone who is sick on Ss week, and “Deliver flowers  to F_______________” on Ff week.  Your child will make gifts or food,  offer help and learn to think of others.  As a family you can delight in  praying together about who you would like to serve and what form of  service you would like to offer!

This curriculum kit can be used as a supplement to what you are  currently doing to teach your child preschool basics…or it can be used  all on its own as a complete early learners curriculum tool.  It is absolutely not just for home schoolers.  Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve is for any family who would enjoy learning and serving together with little ones.  In addition, Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve Curriculum Kit may be purchased for use in a Sunday School Classroom or Preschool Classroom.

To get a feel for what this kit is like, help yourself to this free sample lesson!

What Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve includes:

  • 159 Page Learn Your Letters, Learn to Serve Book of ideas,  instructions, recipes, tutorials and service planners  (the majority of  this book can be left paperless, unless you choose to print it and bind  it)

  • Alphabet Practice Packet (26 pages of printable letter writing practice)

  • Alphabet Project Packet (printable projects that go along with various lessons)

  • Memory Verse Packet** (26 printable memory verses to decorate and place on the wall or in a binder)

  • Parent Planning Packet (planning pages, teaching suggestions, scheduling ideas)

 Recommended for ages 2-7.  I am starting to use this curriculum with my preschool plan!

On sale until July 6!

Only $35

You will see that it is normally $45, but if you click on Add to Cart it automatically comes up as $35.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Summer Reading Challenge 2012 Week #4

 Check out all the details at No Time for Flashcards and enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card.

Week #1-77

Week #2-69

Week #3-58

Week #4- 60

Total so far-264

Goal- 500