Hands On Homeschooling with a Sensory Kid

Since we are talking about homeschooling sensory kids, this topic is also a great one to hit on! Most kids do really well with hands on learning, but sensory kids most definitely benefit from it.

I’ve realized over the past year, Bubby’s first “official” school year, that finding hands on activities, where your child can work with their hands or do physical activities are the best fit for him. Not only is he a sensory seeker, but he is a kinesthetic learner. This means that he needs a tactile learning style, one where he has to carry out physical activities instead of just sitting and listening or doing worksheets.

I struggled with how to incorporate activities like these into all of our subjects, but have learned some pretty fun ways to utilize tactile activities for Bubby. Sonlight offers some pretty cool lap books and history project kits that fit these guidelines.

History was one I thought would be pretty difficult, but taking the time to create some of the things we are learning about can be so beneficial and FUN!

Bubby loves using LEGOs to recreate some of the monuments and places we talk about. For instance, during a world history lesson we were talking about Egyptian pyramids. He set out to create one with LEGOs! I wish I had snapped a picture of it that day, but we were having so much fun learning that I didn’t even touch my phone to grab a shot!

The Sonlight Hands-On History boxes are full of activities to incorporate into your lessons. Since we just finished up studying about Egyptians, I thought the Senet game board was perfect to put together.

It’s amazing how calm he becomes when he has something to keep his hands busy, he and Boogie put together the game pieces with the clay. We baked those and painted the sticks so they could play this game that Ancient Egyptians played.

Anytime you can incorporate hands-on activities with your children, you should! My sensory kid is not the only one that benefits from it, and it’s so fun to do something different from book work and reading. Hands-on activities can be calming, physically moving around, putting things together… all of that helps Bubby learn and absorb the information we are discussing.

You can learn more about Sonlight and their hands-on history boxes HERE or by clicking the image below.

You have an opportunity to win a Sonlight Hands-On History box for your kids! I can’t recommend these kits enough, they have everything you need for each project!

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A New Adventure…

I’ve been absent for a while because I have been CRAZY busy you guys! I’ve embarked on a new adventure and I’m thrilled to share a little bit about it with you.

Have you heard of Usborne Books & More? If not, you are missing out! UBAM is an amazing company that provides a wide range of books for all ages. We’ve been fans for several years and in February I decided to try out this whole book lady life!

I won’t admit how much money we spend on UBAM books prior to becoming an independent consultant, that is one of the main reasons I decided to join! Not only am I earning free books, but I’m also earning 25% on commissions and enjoying that same discount on my own orders!

Yes! This is my favorite aspect of Usborne Books & More. By hosting a party you can earn FREE books. Yes. FREE. I love that I get to share these awesome books and help others earn some of them for free and discounted to add to their home libraries. I do Facebook parties, so they are all online – you can hang out in your PJ’s and earn or buy your books right in your living room! I would love to help YOU earn free books – shoot me an email if you are interested! [readwithsarah[at]outlook[dot]com]

Wondering why I joined and why I love UBAM so much?

  1. Earning free books… who doesn’t love free books?
  2. The extra money it provides – 25%!
  3. The flexibility of my job and more importantly, that my job doesn’t feel like a job!
  4. The discount! I get 25% off my orders (you order full price and get back that 25% in commissions).
  5. No minimums. No quotas. No pressure. You choose how much you want to work.

Another way to earn free books is by joining me! I make absolutely ZERO on your consultant kit when you join. You get some awesome incentives in your first twelve weeks, including the opportunity to earn back the cost of your kit! There are NO minimums or quotas to keep up with! Let me know if you are interested in more information on joining!

Now for the fun part! I want to share some books with my readers! I have a few books stashed away to giveaway and it’s easy to enter! Just fill out the widget below and I will randomly choose a winner on 5/1/19!

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Grit & Grace Book Review – Blog Tour

It has been a LONG time since I’ve read a book that truly matched everything that I feel. Being a mom is HARD. It just is. You give and give and give without getting much in return, but you don’t complain because it’s what you were born to do! Doesn’t make it less hard, but you do find yourself feeling weary, broken, lost. I’ve only gotten through the first several chapters of this book, but I can already tell you that it is powerful.

Grit & Grace had me from the beginning. If you’re new to Mustard Seed Mommy, let me give you a little recap on who I am before I tell you why this book matches me so well. I’m a homeschooling mom to four children (ages 2-8), I struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, have a child with a sensory processing disorder, and I’ve been rediscovering myself this past year. What do I mean by that? I felt like I had lost myself over the years, the person I was no longer matched the person I had become, not a bad thing, but a little scary when you actually realize it. So I’m finding myself again, I guess you could say.

So, like I said, this book had from the very first page. Let me summarize what this first section talks about. Suzanne writes about how she was responsible for getting her three young children (infant and toddlers) to church on her own, she was late, disheveled and overwhelmed. She realizes that this mom life is HARD, you find yourself giving away everything, but not getting that reboot that you need. She needed to rediscover herself and she needed Jesus in the process.

I was also touched by the 2nd and 3rd chapters – the 2nd chapter is entirely on “Stolen Identity”. As I stated before, I have felt like I’ve lost myself, my identity has been stolen in a way by marriage and motherhood. Then chapter 3… the first few sentences, and I quote, “My oldest son has a sensory processing disorder, which means little  abnormalities in his clothing or environment can throw him off.” THAT. IS. MY. LIFE. My 6 year old has a sensory processing disorder and it is one of the most difficult things I’ve dealt with as a parent.

I cannot wait to continue reading, I’m excited to see how it helps me grow closer to my Father and remember that I am loved and important.

The authors of this “Devotions for Warrior Moms” are Suzanne HAdley Gosselin and Gretta Kennedy. These women met when they became roommates at Multnomah University. They weren’t big fans of each other at first but they worked through their differences and ended up being best friends and remained roommates the entire four years of college. Twenty years later they came together to write this devotional book, and here it is… Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms.

You can read more in the press release below:

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I received a copy of this book in return for a review and publicity during the Grace & Grit blog tour. All opinions and statements are my own and a positive review was not required.

Hillsong Kids – Can You Believe It DVD Review and GIVEAWAY!

Can you tell my kids were excited to check out this DVD? (Even Baby Bear! Ha!) We are a music loving family. My husband and I participate in our church’s praise band, so we are singing and playing music ALL the time. Worship is such a powerful way to connect with God, so I love that Hillsong has made music for our kids to worship with! This DVD is jam packed with some phenomenal songs that even the adults will enjoy. You’ll find “Can You Believe It” clips from Funny Man Dan, some select music videos, live in the studio clips and lyrical videos.

We’ve been using this DVD as a way to get some energy out. The kids love to dance, but they prefer dancing to videos… but we all know that YouTube has questionable ads sometimes, so I love that I can pop this DVD out and trust that the content is not only kid friendly but also showers my kids with the love of Jesus!

I’m even more excited that I get to share a copy with one of my readers! It’s easy to enter, just follow the instructions in the form below.

Hillsong Kids Can You Believe It DVD

 

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Passion “Whole Heart” Album Review & Giveaway

 

I am so excited to share this album with you, it is full of some of my favorite worship songs by AMAZING artists. Everyone from Matt Redman to Melodie Malone to my personal favorite, Crowder! This music is phenomenal, you can tell that the Passion Conference that this was recorded at was full of the Spirit!

On Passion’s website you’ll find this quote, “Rooted out of the Passion movement, we are committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship. Passion is more than music. More than events. Passion is a generation living for His name.” Beautiful. It’s so true. This music they have recorded for this album is such a refreshing encounter of worship. This particular worship session was recorded at the 2018 Passion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. They’ll be traveling across the country this year, including Atlanta again, you can find those tour dates HERE.

The list of songs included on this album are:

  1. Whole Heart (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
  2. Almighty God (feat. Sean Curran)
  3. God, You’re So Good (feat. Kristian Stanfill & Melodie Malone)
  4. Reckless Love (feat. Melodie Malone)
  5. Heaven (feat. Sean Curran)
  6. More Like Jesus (feat. Kristian Stanfill)
  7. Hallelujah, Our God Reigns (feat. Brett Younker)
  8. Ghost (feat. Crowder)
  9. Ever Almighty (feat. Melodie Malone)
  10. Great Are You Lord (feat. Matt Redman)
  11. All My Hope (feat. Crowder & Tauren Wells)

You can listen to Passion music HERE on Spotify or you can download the album HERE (link goes live 2/23/18). If you can’t wait to download the album, you can enter to win your own copy below! Thanks for swinging by Mustard Seed Mommy, and as always God Bless!

Whole Heart by Passion Music

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.