Saturday, June 4, 2011

{MORE} Startfall Giveaway!

I'm pretty excited about this giveaway for a number of reasons! First of all you don't have to be a homeschooling family for this to be a great giveaway! Any family with kids ages 2-8 will LOVE this new website! It's fun and educational and it gives your kids a way to hold on to or move ahead from what they've learned this year!

Just about any Mom you talk to has heard about and loves! Starfall Features Pre-reading, beginning reading and reading activities for kids ages 2 and up. The website is a great addition to any reading program! It's entertaining and educational and what is better than that?

So when the creators of Starfall started advertising MoreStarfall, well for our family we were sold on the demos alone! MoreStarfall boasts activities in:
  • Math (Songs, numbers, addition, subtraction,multiplication, division, place value, skip counting)
  • Preschool Skills (colors, shapes, ABC's)
  • Reading (Spelling, phonics, grammer)
  • Nursery Rhymes
The cost of MoreStarfall more than pays for itself! A year of MoreStarfall is $35 with the ability to verify 3 computers (this allows you to directly access the website without a login and password!) With the 4 kids in the house that will be hoggin using MoreStarfall at any given time, that means a cost of $.02 a day per child. That is very reasonable for this household!

Already the benefits of MoreStarfall have given Jonah a jump on learning his Multiplication and Division! And Ellie is free to continue being reinforced in the skills she worked on this year in K4! Most of all I love how Starfall utilizes both Auditory and Visual skills in creative and Musical ways making memorization easy!

And the best part? I've 6 Month-long Trails to giveaway to 6 Lucky households! You don't need to be a homeschooling family to benefit from this giveaway! If you've got kids ages 2-8, they will enjoy the benefits from MoreStarfall!

Mandatory Entry Requirements:
{Please leave a separate comment for each entry, a winner will be chosen randomly using}
  • Visit the MoreStarfall website and look over ALL the site has to offer! You can even sample a few of the games for free, let me know which one you like!
  • Follow my blog or subscribe in RSS feed
  • LIKE the Homeschool Hoop-La page on Facebook
Extra entries:
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  •  Update your Facebook Status and tell everyone you know about this GREAT giveaway, linking them to my blog!
  • BLOG about this giveaway!
  • VOTE for my blog by clicking on the "We're on the Fence button on my side bar!
A winner will be chosen randomly On JUNE 9th so please check back, or leave me your email address in a comment so I can get a hold of you! 

Thursday, June 2, 2011


And the winner is of the Well Planned Day Planner is

*~Julie Lear~*

Julie, I know you are busy. But drop everything and send me your email address at! I'll forward it on to the Home Educating Family and your planner will be in your hands shortly!

Thank You
To the wonderful people at Home Educating Family for sponsoring this giveaway! And thank you for making a fabulous product!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mr. Poppers Penguins {Summer Fun Idea}

Have you read Mr. Popper's Penguins with the kids yet? If not this would be the perfect time! You've got 17days till this movie comes out!

I just requested my copy from the Public Library (since I returned the school copy yesterday!)

It's a delightful classic, it captured the imagination and interest of my children, I'm sure it will yours as well! Here is a little summary about the book:

"Mr. Popper, when not painting or papering his neighbors' walls, has a persistent penchant for penguins. A decorator by day, he's an intrepid Antarctic explorer by night--at least in his imagination. Mr. Popper resigns himself to quiet evenings at home with his family and his travel books, until one day a mysterious package arrives. Pretty soon the Poppers have a house full of penguins, an ice rink in the basement, and an ever-increasing bill for raw fish and canned shrimp. Time to take this show on the road!The Atwaters wrote this unforgettable tale in 1938, but its timeless charm shows no signs of aging. Children are invited to imagine, dream, and believe that anything is possible. An ideal read-aloud book for all ages, Mr. Popper's Penguins will have any audience rolling in the aisles. (Ages 9 to 12)"

From the movie trailer you can tell the book and film do have some differences, but what a fun way to start off summer and cross something off your summer list!