FREE Minecraft Virtual Field Trip: The Pumpkin Patch

SKrafty Pumpkin Patch

We’ve been having a great time getting to know one another and play with other homeschoolers on SKrafty – our new Homeschool Minecraft Server!

We are working on some really fun and educational events and classes for the next few months, and I’m so excited to announce our first event. SKrafty is hosting a FREE Minecraft Virtual Field Trip on Tuesday November the 5th at 7:00 PM CST. Following are the details:

WHEN:  Tuesday, November 5th at 7:00 PM CST

WHERE: SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server (Not playing on SKrafty yet?  Get Whitelisted here)

WHAT:  We will have the following:

  • Learning about Pumpkin
  • Crop Maze
  • FUN team Pumpkin Building Event.

Want to join us?  Spots are limited!  Fill out the form below to sign up:

Announcing SKrafty Minecraft Chore Rewards plus FREE Printable Minecraft Chore Chart

Minecraft Chore Rewards

How would you like an extra incentive for your kiddos to do their chores?  We have a fun announcement for you today – SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft server now has chore rewards!!

Once your kiddos complete their chores each day they get exclusive access to our Chore Rewards.  It’s as easy as that.  In our Hub on the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft server there are treasure chests which players can access once they earn 5,000 nuggets. The chore reward will give your player 200 nuggets for each code redeemed.  This fun subscription service is only $2.99 per family!

Doesn’t that sound like fun?  If so click the link below to get all the details and find out how to sign up:

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Chore Rewards

We also have a fun freebie for you today.  Whether or not you want to use the Chore Rewards System you can still download these FREE Printable Minecraft Themed Chore Charts.  Enjoy!



Free Printable Minecraft Chore Chart 1

Free Printable Minecraft Chore Chart 2

Free Printable Minecraft Chore Chart 3

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server News


Join us on our Homeschool Minecraft Kid Safe Family Friendly Server.

In case you don’t keep up with the latest Minecraft news I wanted to let you all know that there was a new update for Minecraft today! This is very exciting news for players because it means there will be some really cool new stuff like New Biomes, Cool maps enhancements, and other fun things. I think it’s going to be great, and we can’t wait to get to play on it.

Many folks have already updated today, and are now having trouble getting onto the SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server. If you log into Minecraft right now chances are that your computer will automatically update your Minecraft to the new version (1.7). If that happens you WILL NOT be able to connect to SKrafty. We will be updating SKrafty to 1.7 as soon as it’s available and stable enough for the server, but until now in order to play you’ll have to roll back to version 1.6.4 to play.

I know that’s kind of a bummer, but it won’t be for long and the alternative (Not Playing with other kids on SKrafty) is much worse, don’t you think? If you know how to do that then awesome, carry on. However..If you need instructions on rolling back here you go:

Step 1: Launch Minecraft and click “Edit Profile” from the Launcher Screen.

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Step 2: Then click the drop down next to “Use Version”. Change it to 1.6.4, Click “Save Profile”, Then click Play.

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Hopefully that will help!  Be sure to check the forums now & then to keep updated on the latest.  We’ll let you know there once we’re ready to update to 1.7.

SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Forum

31 Days of Easy to Use Homeschool Curriculum: A+ Tutorsoft Math

AplusTutorSoft Math Review and Discount

I don’t know about you guys, but math is one of those subjects that I just really don’t prefer to teach.  Give me a good history lesson any day, but math…ugh.  While it may not be fun to teach it is necessary, and also quite important!  I really want my children to have a good math foundation, but I don’t like them having to do alot of repetitive fluff.

Continuing on with our theme of 31 Days of Easy to Use Homeschool Curriculum, I have to tell you about an excellent math program that we use.  A+ Tutorsoft Math is a wonderful math curriculum that is so super easy to teach.  Seriously, the student just logs in and completes the lesson.  Even my 1st and 2nd graders are able to complete their lessons with minimal help from me.


If you’re looking for a math curriculum that is easy to teach, but very meaty then you will definitely want to check out A+ Tutorsoft Math.  It is completely computer based.  You can use it online or install it onto your computer with a CD.  I love the fact that we can choose to print out the practice problems or complete them online.  My younger kiddos definitely prefer to do the problems online, but the older boys sometimes prefer to work theirs on paper.


Another favorite time saver that I adore about A+ Tutorsoft is the fact that it keeps track of all the grades so all I have to do is print them out.  My 1st & second graders get a big kick out of the certificates they can print at the end of the lesson too.  It really gives them a sense of accomplishment.

Want to find out more about A+ Tutorsoft Math?  Check out their product online here.  You’ll be able to sign up for a 30 day free trial if you’d like.

A+ Tutorsoft October Special for WhenYouRiseUp Readers

I’m so excited to be able to offer a great deal on this wonderful program for you all.  Right now A+ Tutorsoft is running a great special where everything is on sale at an awesome price.  A+ Tutorsoft is also offering my readers an EXTRA 40% off the sale price of EVERYTHING except for printed books.  If you are thinking of using this curriculum you’ll definitely want to grab this deal.

Here are some of the prices you’ll get:

Monthly Access is on sale for $10 – use code RISEUP to get it for only $6.00

3 month Access is on sale for $25 – Use code RISEUP to get for only $15.

Yearly access is on sale for $99 – Use code RISEUP to get it for only $59.40.

Really you can’t beat that price for such a great math curriculum!

Shop the A+Tutorsoft Sale here.

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31 Days of Easy To Use Homeschool Curriculum: Christian Light Education

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Welcome to Day 2 of our 31 Days of Easy to Use Homeschool Curriculum Series!  During this series, I will talk about a variety of types of curriculum – from full curriculum with every subject to single subject curriculum.  Today I want to share one of my favorite offline, textbook based full curricula – Christian Light Education.

Christian Light Education has a full curriculum for Kindergarten through 12th grade.  They come in books called Light Units, and they are super easy to teach.  You just basically do the next thing.  For the older grades, if your kiddos are readers they can pretty much follow the units themselves.  We have used several of their products including the Language Arts, Math, and Bible.  Although they are so easy to teach they are VERY academically sound!  My kiddos have learned tons from them.

Check out Christian Light Education here.  You can see samples there and decide if it’s right for you.

You can see more of 31 Days to Easy to Use Homeschool Curriculum here:

Easy Homeschool Curriculum

Teach Them Diligently Convention Discount

Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention 2014
Are you looking for the Best Homeschool Convention to attend next year?  I am SO excited to report that the Teach Them Diligently Convention has set their dates for 2014.  I am all signed up for Nashville, but I would LOVE to attend the National one in Washington D.C.!  Just think about this – thousands of homeschoolers gathering at the nation’s capital for encouragement, fellowship, and more!  Doesn’t that sound amazing!?!!  You’ll also find a Teach Them Diligently Conference in Spartanburg, SC and Dallas, TX.

We have been to Teach them Diligently for the past 2 years in a row and I will say that it is hands down the best homeschool conference ever.  Really!  We had such a great time in Nashville this year – You can see a video about our experience at the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention here.

Have I convinced you yet?  I hope so because if you go I promise you that you’ll be so blessed!  I’m so excited to be able to offer you a discount if you register by 10/6.  Teach Them Diligently Family Registration is only $45.

Go here to register for the Teach them Diligently Convention and use code TTD9OFF to get an extra $9 off  the price. That makes it only $36 for the entire family!!

31 Days of Easy to Use Homeschool Curriculum

Easy Homeschool Curriculum

One of the first questions I usually get when talking to someone about homeschooling is this:

“What Curriculum do you use?”

I know this sounds crazy, but I always find that to be a difficult question.  We use so many different things, and I have NEVER used just one curriculum.  Seriously, if I listed everything we use it might make a new or potentional homeschooler run for the hills.  I want to encourage people to homeschool, not discourage them.  So…Here’s my answer — We use several different things.  I usually list a couple of the main providers we use, and leave it at that.

However, If they are asking because they are looking for ideas on which curriculum to use I do LOVE to make suggestions based on a family’s circumstances.  Many new homeschoolers feel overwhelmed by all the choices.  First year homeschoolers, or even veteran homeschoolers looking for change, often are looking for curriculum that is easy to use but still academically effective.

That is where this series comes in.  I wanted to create a list of homeschool curriculum that is awesome and easy to use.  All of the curriculum on this list will meet the following criteria:

  • Easy Pick up and Go by the Parent – No hours of preparation needed.
  • Academically Effective
  • Self Taught if Possible – Parental oversight and involvement is critical in homeschooling, but many curriculum providers offer self taught courses that are excellent for older children.

I will be posting a new curriculum each day for the next 30 days.  Hope you Enjoy!

Christian Light Education Homeschool Curriculum

Day 1: Christian Light

This Post is linked up at The Nester’s 31 Days Writing Challenge.

Homeschool Worldview Curriculum: Philosophy Adventure

Philosophy Adventure Homeschool Curriculum

Many of us have several different reasons for homeschooling our children.  I, myself, have a HUGE mental list of good reasons to homeschool.  One of the top five on that list is this – I homeschool my children in order to give them a Biblical Worldview within the context of their education.  I love the fact that we are able to integrate Biblical truths into science, math, history, and every other subject.

I pray that my children will grow to be able to live out the scripture from I Peter 3:15-16.

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. – 1 Peter 3:15-16

The Bible is absolutely the number one resource we use for teaching our children a Biblical worldview.  However, it’s always wonderful to find a curriculum to go alongside it and help enhance our studies.  This is where Philosophy Adventure comes in.

What is Philosophy Adventure?

According to Homeschool Adventure, Philosophy Adventure is a pre-socratic curriculum designed to help students 6th-12th grade cultivate and defend a biblical worldview by teaching them how to write skillfully, think critically, and speak articulately as they explore the history of ideas.

5 Things I Love about Philosophy Adventure:

Philosophy Adventure addresses tough subjects from a Biblical Worldview

Many people shy away from heavy philosophical questions such as Why is there death and suffering or Why am I here?  Philosophy Adventure addresses these questions and so many more head on.  Students are encouraged to think through the questions and be prepared to answer them from a Biblical worldview.  Our children will be released into the world before we know it, and they NEED to know how to answer difficult questions and defend their faith.

Philosophy Adventure is a valuable addition to our homeschool

Philosophy Adventure is not a busywork curriculum.  Students will learn valuable writing skills, thinking skills, speaking skills and so much more.  One of my favorite things about this curriculum is that it teaches your child to express himself well about subjects that many adults struggle with.

Philosophy Adventure’s Creator Homeschool Adventure Co. has a Heart for Missions

Did you know that Homeschool Adventure Co. gives 10% off all their proceeds to Wellspring.  Wellspring is a ministry created by one of my favorite apologists, Ravi Zacharias.

Philosophy Adventure includes awesome resources

The curriculum includes great hands on resources to increase learning with your student such as flash cards, timelines, and maps for geography work.

Philosophy Adventure is everything your 6th – 12th grade homeschooler needs for several subjects

This curriculum covers History & Geography, Logic, Vocabulary, Writing, Critical Thinking, as well as speaking skills for the year.  The writing portion of  Philosophy Adventure looks absolutely wonderful.  It takes the student from pre-writing all the way to a final product with excellent thought provoking checklists for them to follow as well as writing evaluation checklists.

In Summary

While Philosophy Adventure can be done completely independently by your student, I am really looking forward to going through it in the next year with my 6th grader.  I am very impressed by what I have seen, and am positive that I’ll get more from this course than I ever did from my college philosophy course I took many years ago.

Homeschool Adventure has an AWESOME giveaway going on right now!  Enter below to be eligible to win one of over $800 in prizes for your homeschool!

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Homeschool Convention Tips

Homeschool Convention Tips

We are just back from what has undeniably been our most favorite homeschool conference ever.  We have been to several conferences over the years, and The Teach Them Diligently Convention is one that just blesses my soul over and over again.  The founders have a true heart for discipleship and equipping homeschooling parents to reach their children for the Lord.

With that said, my little ones had a really good time as well.  Elijah, age 10, had a really cute idea to make a video during the conference.  Are you looking for some Homeschool Convention Tips? With a little help from my dear husband they made a hilarious video that still cracks me up every time I watch it.  Hope you enjoy!


Saving Memories Forever

I have always been intrigued by history.  Our favorite way to learn about history, in fact, is not from textbooks but from real, living books, biographies, autobiographies, and personal experiences.  Learning about the history of my family is something that I’ve always wanted to do, but have just not had or made the time to do it.  What better way to learn your family’s history than from the members of your family?

Saving Memories Forever is a great way to preserve those family memories so that they won’t be lost.  Saving Memories Forever  is also really easy to use.  Saving Memories Forever is a really cool app that allows you to interview family members and add pictures, recipes, photos, etc.  Here are some of my favorite things about Saving Memories Forever :

We had a great time playing around with the Saving Memories Forever  as a family, and I can’t wait to use it to interview my grandmother and parents. To get started preserving those memories be sure to check out Saving Memories Forever .