Monday, February 9, 2015

Happy 1st Bloggy Birthday! A Book Review (Giveaway Expired)

Happy 1st Bloggy Birthday - a Book Reivew and Giveaway
Happy 1st Bloggy Birthday to Raising Samuels Homeschool!

A year ago this month, I had about 250 page views as I had not made my blog public yet.  I am proud to say that I now have over 13,000 page views which may not sound like a lot to some bloggers, but I know the hard work it took me to get here.  I was blessed to be a part of two contributor blogs last year, Satisfaction Through Christ and Sew Crafty Angel.  I was also awarded The Liebster Award for up and coming blogs.

It is still a learning experience for me as I dig deeper into what I want the message of my blog to represent and finding better ways to have a more clean design. Hopefully, I will be able to do this by the summer.  My goal is to one day be able to speak at conventions and write a book.  It's been wonderful getting to network with others and for my readers to get to know me and what I am about.  I appreciate all of you and your support!

For right now, I am going to continue  to share our homeschool stories, events, field trips and places to find amazing curriculum and resources for free or discounted.  I also enjoy writing inspirational articles about how God is working in my life, to help encourage others.  I have also started to do product reviews recently, and am thankful for the companies and people who send their hard work and efforts to me for an honest review.

The Periodic Table of Elements by Teresa Bondora
I was given a complimentary copy of The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book by: Teresa Bondora for an honest review.  

I started researching how to homeschool and curriculum when my oldest was three.  I had a calling from the Lord to be at home and educate my sons.  Almost three years later, I consider myself an expert at finding fun and noteworthy material to help teach my sons.  I received that and more with Teresa Bondora's book The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book.

When I was younger, I was taught the first thing you do when you look at a book is to turn it over on the back and see what it is about.  On the back of this amazing book, is an endorsement from the infamous Janice VanCleave, a household name for science to any homeschool Mom or educator!  I knew this book would be outstanding with an endorsement like that!

The author Teresa Bondora, is also a homeschool Mom but she was a high school science teacher for 8 years before this, and was distressed out how science was taught.  She has also worked with special education children and was able to convey her love of science to have the children understand the concept behind the Periodic Table.  She didn't understand why Chemistry was not introduced until middle or high school and why so many parents and educators were afraid to teach this subject to their children and students.

 Free Sample of The Periodic Table of Elements Coloring Book
Click on the picture above or here to get directed to where Teresa is offering a free sample of what is included in the book!

I remember starting Chemistry in the seventh grade and how much everyone dreaded it, including me.  I would have loved to have this book and have someone break it down the way Teresa does.  You can see the amount of hard work and time she put into making this book.  It's a wonderful book because it can be applied to a child of any age starting at the age of 5, to 4th and 5th graders and also middle school and high school students.

There are two pages per element.  On one side is a description and facts of the element, and at the bottom is a brief history of who discovered the element and how it came to be.  I was so excited to see this!  Not only are you getting the science behind it, but she also provides a history so you can use this book for science and social studies!  On the opposite page, are illustrations by: Ty Mullery for your child to color and relate more to the element in a visual sense.

The possibilities with this book are endless!  It is designed for an elementary level but it is such a powerful tool that you can use with your child or student for the length of their academic path.  Teresa has done a fantastic job of taking something as scary as the words Chemistry and Periodic Table of Elements, and making it real and teachable to students, parents, and educators alike!  I would highly recommend this book to any homeschooler or educator!

 How To Teach Science
Teresa, thank you for letting me review this book for you and for giving me such an awesome component to learning for my sons!  If you would like to find out more information on science lessons by Teresa, check out her website at or her other products at her TeachersPayTeachers store.

Giveaway Expired: Time for a Giveaway!
 Motivate Your Child Giveaway

To thank you all for your support of my blog and to help celebrate my 1st Bloggy Birthday, I am offering a giveaway!  I was blessed to be included in a launch team for the new parenting book called Motivate Your Child by: Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN.  I also received an additional copy of the book as part of the launch team from the publisher, so that is the giveaway today!  There will be one winner of the giveaway, and the winner will receive a copy of Motivate Your Child via mail so I will need your address to send it out, but your information will not be shared with any other parties.

*Open to United States and Canada only for giveaway*

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Best of luck to all who enter the giveaway!



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    1. Both of these books were absolutely amazing! Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting!

  2. We really loved the chemistry coloring book, too. Congratulations on your bloggoversary! :)

    1. The amount of talent and research that went into the Chemistry book is incredible! Thank you, Susan! I can't believe I've been blogging for a whole year now! Best of luck to you in the giveaway and thanks for commenting!

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    1. It's a wonderful parenting book and has been a blessing to my parenting skills, Clara. Best of luck in the giveaway and thanks for commenting!

  4. The best advice I ever heard was to "stop, and try to understand that when your kids are throwing a fit, they really think this is the most important thing right now" It really makes me stop and think when I am over worked, stressed and my kid is throwing a fit!

    1. That is great advice! Thanks for sharing and best of luck in the giveaway!

  5. They are not little forever! So true. Now I have teenagers and I love both stages but it is so different!

    1. There are so many different stages it seems, MKB and too fast do they not stay little! Thanks for commenting and best of luck in the giveaway :)

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    1. Thanks, SuperLux! Hope you are doing well and best of luck in the giveaway!

  7. Best Parenting advice I got right now is to sleep when the baby sleeps!


    1. That is great advice, Tressa! Thanks for sharing and best of luck in the giveaway!

  8. Happy Blogging Birthday! What a milestone! Congratulations! Thanks for hosting the giveaway on KidLitBlogHop!

    1. Thank you, Resh! I am enjoying KidLitBlogHop so much! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week :)

  9. Happy blogging birthday! Congratulations! Wow! You participate in so many link parties. I will have to check some of these out! Visiting form the Kid Lit Blog Hop :). Have a great week!

    1. Thanks,! These are all amazing link parties so I do hope you get a chance to check some of them out! Thanks for visiting from Kid Lit Blog Hop and hope you also have a great week :)