Review: Magnificent Moon

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DNGs are digital units complete with everything you need for a week of school for your K-4th grader.  They include links to videos, vocabulary words, printable worksheets and lapbook components, suggestions for books to enjoy and so much more!  Click here to check out all that’s available.  As far as DNGs go generally, there is too much for us to cover in one week for sure.  Jacob does not like doing lapbooking components or hands on stuff (the reason I don’t have a lot of pictures of my kids doing stuff), so we just do the reading, videos, and discuss the questions that available to print.  (I love that I don’t have to spend time looking for the videos and my kids enjoy them!)  Mattie enjoys the lapbooking stuff for her level, but she’s not writing or reading yet, so she just sits and reads with us too.  When Mattie gets older, I could see her enjoying these a lot more.  
Magnificent Moon
This past week the kids and I enjoyed Magnificent Moon!  Jacob learned about the moon when he was in Kindergarten, but it’s been a while so it was good to review it all.  In addition to reviewing the phases of the moon and observing them in our (albeit cloudy) winter sky, we learned a lot of surprising things about the moon, its characteristics and the astronauts who have seen it all!  Unique to Magnificent Moon (in my DNG experience anyway) is an art component where we learned about specific paintings done by an astronaut who has walked on the moon.  My kids enjoyed the stories behind the paintings that Amanda Bennett provided for us… I think they’ll actually remember the art because they know why it was painted.

by Jacob, 8 years



Here’s what else you’ll experience when you use Magnificent Moon with your children:
Day 1: What Exactly Is a Moon?
Day 2: Getting to Know the Moon
Day 3: The Story of the Moon
Day 4: Science Secrets of the Moon
Day 5: Cool Things About the Moon

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Lot’s of links to share this time:
Click here to enter a contest to win these moon maps!

See how other families are using Magnificent moon by clicking on any of the thumbnail images below:

Review: Winter Wonders!

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DNGs are digital units complete with everything you need for a week of school for your K-4th grader.  They include links to videos, vocabulary words and their definitions, printable worksheets and lapbook components, suggestions for books to enjoy and so much more!  Click here to check out all that’s available. 
Winter Wonders
We have been blessed with snow this winter!  Where we live, we typically have some dustings, but not often more than once or twice for the kids to get outside and play.  This year we’ve had 4 or 5 enough-to-play-in-snows already!  The best part is that some has come right while we were enjoying Winter Wonders, a DownloadNGo unit study.

This week we’ve made snowflake crystals (photo above), snowflake cookies, learned the history of hot chocolate, looked specifically for an individual snowflake and its shape, and learned about specific characteristics of winter.  And that’s just some of it!

Winter Wonders had enough information that we could choose what fit best for us each day.  Some content is perfect for Mattie and some is perfect for Jacob. 

Here’s what you’ll learn when you jump in to Winter Wonders:


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Day 1: What is Winter?
Day 2: Science Secrets of Winter
Day 3: People and Places of Winter
Day 4: Time for Tips and Treasures of Winter
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Winter 

Click right over here to purchase so you’re ready to get started!  And then click on the thumbnails below to check out how other homeschool home schooling families are using Winter Wonders. 

I received this product for at no charge in exchange for my honest review.

Rockin’ Robots!

We’ve had a great couple of weeks learning about robots with our Download n Go.  All of use have enjoyed all the robots videos we’ve seen, and more than once I’ve seen Jacob getting books out of the library bag to learn more!

Here’s what you’ll study when you do Rockin’ Robots:
Day 1: What Is a Robot?
Day 2: The History of Robots
Day 3: People and Places of Robots
Day 4: Science Secrets of Robots
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Robots

My kids thoroughly enjoyed developing their own tooth brushing robot, though Mattie decided hers would actually stand on the tips of her toes and be a dancing ballerina robot – that did all of her chores!

There is a lot offered in this unit that we didn’t even get to.  I’m finding if we watch all of the videos and links on each page, there is really no way we can do an entire day’s offerings in one day (not if we’re doing any other school anyway).  And if we do too much with the videos and links we’ve definitely run out of focusing energy to do lapbooking components.  
The best part is that DownloadnGos are all about fitting into our  family school routine!  So we can keep tweaking until we find the way it best works for us: stretching the unit to two weeks, choosing certain topics to study and other topics to skip, delving into some concepts with discussion only and not doing anything written, etc.  There are endless options, really!

Happy Birthday DNG!

DNG is having a birthday!  And in order to celebrate, there are contests and specials offered all week on their blog.
Click HERE to register for a chance to win a pound of fudge!!
Click HERE to check out the daily specials.  Remember to check out the specials each day so you don’t miss any! Today’s special includes Birthday Bonanza – not available for individual purchase – for FREE!
All contests and specials end Saturday, October 9th.

Autumn Treasures!

Fall is coming!  It’s coming slowly here, but I believe it’s coming. :)  And in anticipation of it, we did the  Autumn Treasures Download and Go for our schooling this week.


What is a Download and Go (DNG)?  In short, it is an e-book series that blends unit studies and lapbooking all in one printable product!  You choose which activities are right for your family and you’re ready to go!  They’ve included videos, lapbooking activities, copywork opportunities, vocabulary/spelling words, a suggested book list for additional reading, family fun activities, and more!  This is our fourth DNG (I think) and we’ve enjoyed them all for different reasons.


Here’s what you’ll explore when you jump in with Autumn Treasures:
Day 1: What is Autumn?
Day 2: Science Secrets of Autumn
Day 3: People and Places of Autumn
Day 4: Time for Tips and Treasures of Autumn
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Autumn


I have to say, this was a different sort of school week for us, so it was good to have this unit to fit in without any preparation as we were revamping a few things, but we did a bare bones sort of week, so I didn’t have anything to photograph.  And because Autumn is something we’ve studied seasonally for several years now, I wasn’t sure if this would be anything new for us.  But I was not disappointed!  


We enjoyed:
– talking about the Earth’s tilt and rotation and the connection to our seasons.
– reviewing hibernation and migration in context of the correct season.
– the science behind how and why leaves change color.


And because fall is just creeping in by way of cooler nights, we weren’t able to get out and enjoy the nature walk and perfect journaling pages offered, but certainly would have if it were the right time for us!





One other great feature of these units is that there are printables/activites at Mattie’s level (pre-k) and Jacob’s level (4th grade), so we can enjoy it together!  Mattie loves getting to do “school” and I love having her included without any more work on my part!  (I would say the average “perfect” age for these studies is K-2nd grade.)


See how other families explored Autumn Treasures here!  And purchase it here before September 24 to enjoy the Autumn Equinox special price of 20% off!

Disclosure: I have been provided a copy of Autumn Treasure DNG free of charge in exchange for my honest review.