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Home School Adventure Co. 5th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration

HSA 5th Anniversary Sale

We are pleased to announce that Keri Archer is the winner of our 5th Anniversary Giveaway!

June is a big month for us at Home School Adventure Co. We launched our company in June of 2010 and released Philosophy Adventure — Pre-Socratics in June of 2013. To celebrate, we hosted this giveaway valued at more than $500!

HSA 5th Anniversary Sale

The giveaway includes:

Philosophy Adventure — Pre-Socratics — Complete Print Set with Teacher Resources on CD  $89.95

Philippians in 28 Weeks (KJV) Print Edition ($28.95)

The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions Print Edition ($28.95)

Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal — Print Edition ($28.95)

Creative Freewriting Adventure — Print Edition ($21.95)

And these resources from Linda Hobar, author of The Mystery of History, who had this to say about Philosophy Adventure:

“In all my years of research, seldom have I picked up a book on philosophy and felt that I couldn’t put it down. That changed when I encountered Philosophy Adventure…. I highly recommend Philosophy Adventure to students and educators!”linda hobar

The Mystery of History, Vol. I AUDIO BOOK ONLY — $40

The Mystery of History, Vol. II — AUDIO BOOK ONLY — $44

The Mystery of History, Vol. III — AUDIO BOOK ONLY — $48

You must specify whether you want The Mystery of History Audio Books with or without music.

1. With Music: Most find that the music adds flavor and feeling to the stories, as if you were listening to a movie with background music. Today’s students, who commonly multi-task all kinds of media, will likely enjoy the music.(Be sure to listen to the samples.)

2. Without Music: There are some students who will find it much easier to focus on the stories without music. It is an issue of learning style as well as preference. (Listen to the samples.)

The last two giveaway resources are from Bright Ideas Press

Bright Ideas Press

The Mystery of Hist  — $74.75

The Mystery of History, Volume IV unfolds three centuries of word history, from the wars of independence to modern times (1708- present) with author Linda Hobar’s distinctly Christian perspective.


Illuminations Year 6 — $125

Philosophy Adventure is on the recommended reading list for Bright Idea Press’s Illuminations Year 6!

Illuminations Year 6 leads you through the main events of history from 1708 to the present age. Through exciting historical fiction and The Mystery of History, Volume IV, you will meet dozens of people, famous and infamous, who made an impact on world history: Jonathan Edwards, Catherine the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, Joseph Stalin, Nelson Mandela, and many more.

Your Illuminations Year 6 plan integrates literature, copywork, U.S. geography, and spelling to the historical period you are enjoying.  Choose among options for five science fields, Bible reading, vocabulary, several writing and grammar options, life skills studies for high school students, and a government elective.  And once all of your curricula are selected, our powerful Illuminations scheduler software provides customized weekly planning.

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Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling—Part 1

Be encouraged by homeschool parents and students who have traveled the path ahead of you.

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While preparing my workshops for the Teach Them Diligently Convention, it occurred to me to ask home educating parents, “What is your greatest fear about homeschooling.” Their answers inspired this series.

Overcoming Your Greatest Fear About Homeschooling

Moments after I posted this question within a social media community, I received an outpouring of heartfelt responses. These recurring concerns surfaced as homeschool moms shared the fears that plagued them:

  • I’m afraid that the critics are right—I am inadequate to teach my children
  • I’m afraid my children will not be prepared for life.
  • I’m afraid they will be social misfits, won’t be accepted into college, won’t be able to find a spouse…
  • I’m afraid they will resent my decision to homeschool them.
  • I’m afraid they will walk away from the Lord.

Reading their comments, I was particularly touched by one mom who asked,

“It’s obvious that we all have the same fears, but what are we going to do about it?”

Her question moved me to prayer and action. I contacted a handful of homeschool moms and homeschool graduates whom I deeply respect and asked them how they would encourage the moms struggling with these fears. If you, too, are struggling, this series may help you overcome your fears.

For instance, consider Jennifer’s life-giving words:

As we began our home education journey 10 years ago with our only son who had just finished his 4th and final grade in public school — a wise and experienced homeschool mother of 5 boys shared, “Studies show that any child can catch up academically in 2 years time, but it can take a life time to reclaim his heart.”  

That truth resonated with us at a very deep level, and we trusted God for that vision. Our now 20-year-old college sophomore would be the first person to tell you that staying in public school would have been his end. 

He has never needed to “catch up” academically or in any other way. He began the prep program at a local Christian college as a high school junior, worked from the age of 12, was cast in leading roles in local theater, served in worship at church and in his high school homeschool co-op, and generally blessed his family and friends with his love, friendship, talent, and passions.  To God be the glory!

Every homeschool family I know experiences at least a few harrowing twists and turns along the journey. Jennifer’s family was no exception, but she emerged with the prize of her son’s heart.

What is your greatest fear? Share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page here.

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Homeschooler Adventures

Home School Adventure Co. is thrilled to announce its newest release!

Walking with the Waodani will introduce your family to amazing people and places, meals and markets, animals and agriculture, and worlds and worldviews of the country of Ecuador — as experienced through the eyes of a homeschool graduate.

  • Read the story of the five martyred missionaries of Operation Auca.
  • Hear how Jesus transformed a savage killer into a humble evangelist — and fostered a deep and abiding love between a young man and the warrior who murdered his father.
  • Review an exotic recipe for giant grubs, and learn about a stealthy, blood-sucker and other jungle creatures.

This unit study is filled with stunning photographs and exciting stories, notebooking pages, creative writing, and much more!


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Join our list and get a FREE Unit Study Preview that includes the first lesson of Walking with the Waodani.


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We just returned from the Sandusky Teach Them Diligently Convention and posted a new giveaway  that includes a print copy of The Mystery of History Volume 4, Illuminations 6, the complete print set of Philosophy Adventure, and more. We’ll be announcing the winner of the convention giveaway shortly.

Click here to ENTER our 5th Anniversary Giveaway!

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For the 2015 Convention Giveaway, we put together a valuable collection of all of our current resources, along with a book bundle from apologetics expert, Nancy Pearcey, and a fun Fire HD 6″ Tablet!

We featured this giveaway throughout the month of May.  A winner will be randomly drawn from entries and notified by email soon.

Here’s what someone will win!

FIRE HD 6 Tablet

Fire HD 6 Tablet ($99)

Home School Adventure Co. Resource Bundle

Philosophy Adventure — Pre-Socratics Complete Print Set with Teacher Resources CD ($89.95)

Philippians in 28 Weeks (KJV) Print Edition ($28.95)

The Wise Woman with Literary Analysis Journal Questions Print Edition ($28.95)

The Wise Woman Print Set ($8.95)

Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal Print Edition with Answer Key ($48.95)

Creative Freewriting Adventure Print Edition ($21.95)

Home School Adventure Tote ($16.95)

Nancy Pearcey Book Bundle

Finding Truth ($22.99)

Total Truth ($21.99)

Saving Leonardo ($26.99)

The Soul of Science ($19.99)



We’re celebrating our 5th Anniversary in a variety of ways, including a NEW giveaway. Click here to ENTER!

HSA 5th Anniversary Sale

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Finding Truth Giveaway(This post may contain affiliate links.)

Several years ago, my husband called to urge me to listen to an interview on Moody radio. Nancy Pearcey was speaking and he noted that her comments aligned with the concerns that had led me to begin writing Philosophy Adventure, a resource 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.

We’re working hard to awaken home educators to the impact of ideas. Needless to say, I am grateful for both my husband’s call and for Nancy’s faithfulness to her calling.

This week, Nancy published a brand new book. In Finding Truth:  5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes,  she offers fresh tools to break free from presumed certainties and test them against reality. In Finding Truth, she explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview–secular or religious–to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims.

A former agnostic, Pearcey demonstrates that a robust Christian worldview matches reality–that it is not only true but attractive, granting higher dignity to the human person than any alternative.

We are pleased to have a copy of Finding Truth to give away, along with two of our own truth-finding resources, Philosophy Adventure and the Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal.  ~Stacy Farrell

Here’s what you can win:

Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes Hardcover ($22.99)

Finding Truth explains five powerful principles that penetrate to the core of any worldview–secular or religious–to uncover its deepest motivations and weigh its claims.

Philosophy Adventure™ – Pre-Socaratics Print Reader with Digital Student Workbook & Teacher Resources ($69.95)

Philosophy Adventure™ is 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.

Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal Print Edition ($28.95)

In this “Age of Tolerance,” Christians are in danger of forgetting (or never learning) what distinguishes a Christian worldview from other worldviews. The Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal is a powerful tool to strengthen critical thinking while cultivating a biblical worldview. A companion to Lewis’s classic work, the Journal can be used for independent study with teenagers or adults, or as a group study in  families, homeschools, co-ops, classrooms, Sunday school, and small groups.


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The Chronicles of Narnia Christmas Giveaway

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November 29th is C. S. Lewis’s birthday and we’re celebrating with a special sale on our Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal AND we’re hosting a wonderful giveaway. How would you like to win a vintage set of  The Chronicles of Narnia valued at $100?

More then a decade ago, long before I created the Mere Christianity Journal, I invested a stretch of time learning about and collecting vintage books. These are Macmillan Book Club editions with dust covers in various states of wear (two are protected by Mylar). This set comes from my personal collection.

It’s hard to put a value on vintage. Based upon a couple of current listings, it appears these books may be worth closer to $150-200. Whatever the value, they contain wonderful adventures written by one of Christianity’s finest apologists.

I don’t part with them lightly, but I am honored to sponsor this giveaway celebrating C. S. Lewis, and I’m confident these lovely books will find their way into a home where they will be well-loved.

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To enter the giveaway, use the Rafflecopter below. To get the 30% OFF discount on the digital edition of the Mere Christianity Critical Analysis Journal or FREE SHIPPING on the print edition use the code “lewis-birthday-2014” when you check out.

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This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Void where prohibited by law. Must be at least 18 years of age. This giveaway is in no away associated with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest. No purchase necessary for entry. Odds are determined by the number of entries. Selected winner will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn. Entry into this giveaway will subscribe you to the Home School Adventure Co. email list. You are free to unsubscribe at any time.

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Why study philosophy?

School of Athens

Who is writing the script of your life?

Most of us underestimate the relevance of philosophy. But whether we realize it or not, philosophers’ ideas have a profound impact on our daily lives. In fact, philosophers are the world’s idea men—and their ideas are the real movers and shakers of history.

Today, there is a form of philosophy that has effectively undercut freedom and dignity within our culture. And that philosophy creeps into our lives under our radar, without us even detecting it.

Writer Nancy Pearcey asks a profound question:

Who’s writing the script of your life? Most people are not reading philosophy books; they’re picking up ideas about life from the books they read, the movies they watch, art, literature, and other cultural forms. That’s where we are most likely to pick up…ideas—often without realizing it.

While studying the source of these ideas, as well as anticipating the destination to which they will take us, we felt a deep sense of responsibility to share what we have learned.

It’s time to demystify the study of philosophy!

We have homeschooled our children from the beginning and have studied many subjects, from world history to robotics. For several years, we have engaged in competitive speech and debate tournaments. When we began to understand the power of ideas and the role of philosophers, we recognized the importance of sharing our discoveries. Philosophy became the subject of our speech communications work.

Many people feel intimidated or even bored by the mere thought of studying philosophy. But it is time we recognize how critical it is that we become aware of its profound influence, teach our students, and train them to be effective communicators so they can share with others what they learn.

Because we believe philosophy plays such a key role in shaping our society, we have invested and continue to invest the best of our time and energy into creating a curriculum that will demystify this essential subject.

We hope you will join us on this exciting and profound Philosophy Adventure.

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“Heaven” by Renee Smock

Heaven Creative Freewriting

reneeOne student’s creative writing exercise from Creative Freewriting Adventure


The trip to Heaven was just as fast as I had imagined it would be. In the blink of an eye, my spirit was whisked before a mighty gate. I instantly felt warm and light. I immediately wanted to sing. I spontaneously wanted to dance. I surprisingly wanted to… laugh?

Before me stood the most amusing scene… a scene that had been so familiar to me on earth as a child, but now seemed comical here… comical, but infinitely beautiful.

For, sitting just within the bounds of Heaven, sat Mrs. Sali- the woman who had served as our town’s Wal-Mart greeter some fifteen years before. She seemed the same as she had then. Her plump figure and the crow’s feet around her eyes hadn’t changed one bit. Even the faint shadow of a mustache still lurked about her laughing mouth. She was the same woman… and yet… something was different. But I couldn’t put my finger on what that difference was… not until she spoke.

“Renee, my child,” she sang out to me. Her voice, which had been soft and sweet on earth, seemed enhanced. It was pure. It was snow. It was gold. Her eyes too were changed. While they had sparkled on earth, now they glowed, shone, with a brightness quite unlike any earthly light had ever produced.

“Mrs. Sali?” I questioned. Though I knew it was her.

“Don’t you recognize me, dear one?” Her voice climbed musically and her face illuminated as she said, “Welcome to Super Wal-Mart, where all you’ve ever needed can be found, every tear you’ve ever cried can be dried, every hurt you’ve ever felt can be healed, and the One who loves You most can be found in every aisle.”

She slowly walked over to where I stood, grabbed my hand, and led me through those golden gates.

“Welcome to Heaven,” she whispered softly in my ear.

I looked up into her face and didn’t notice the flaws anymore. All blemishes were drowned out by the kindness that radiated around her being like a halo.

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