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Save an Extra 15% On Minecraft Games & More Instant Gifts

Do your kids love Minecraft? Of course, they do! Don’t stop them from enjoying this fun game. Use it as an opportunity instead to give them lessons during homeschooling time. Your kids will love it, and most probably, you’ll do too!

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Hey, last-minute Nancy. For this weekend only, Educents is offering 15% off on all instant gifts, including the digital Minecraft games! Use code INSTANT15 at checkout! *Offer valid this weekend only. Cannot combine coupon codes.

Minecraft Games for Kids Ages 6 and up

Nothing encourages fun learning more than connecting games to educational lessons. Here are a few opportunities for Minecraft kids to learn new skills using a game they already love:

Learn to Mod Minecraft

LearnToMod is a browser-based software that teaches students how to mod the PC-version of Minecraft®. Great for kids ages 6 and up!!

What parents are saying about Learn to Mod: “The Minecraft program allows for users to modify the game through computer programming. These “mods” are quite popular and help Minecraft players take the game to the next level. So why not learn some basic programming skills using Minecraft? That is exactly what Learn to Mod does!” – Amy B., Teaching in Blue Jeans

Youth Digital’s Mod Design: Learn to Code with MinecraftFacebook-Graphic-5

This is a Java class for Minecraft kids ages 8 to 14. Youth Digital’s online tech courses provide a safe, engaging learning environment for kids to master new technology skills.

“Our family has enjoyed the Mod Design 1 class! The instructor is funny, with humor that is age appropriate. The steps are easy to follow, and the kids feel a sense of accomplishment throughout. This is a creative way to use a child’s natural interest, in this instance Minecraft, to introduce them to Java programming.”

All of these programs are offered on Educents at a discount. Click HERE to start shopping for your Minecraft kid.

More instant gifts on sale this weekend:

Don’t want to worry about your gift arriving in time for Christmas? The Minecraft games and other online subscriptions listed below arrive instantly! No need to worry about shipping or wait for a box at your doorstep. To save an extra 15% on already discounted instant gifts, use code INSTANT15 at checkout*.


*Valid this weekend only. Cannot combine coupon codes.

  • FarFaria Unlimited Library – It’s like Netflix for children’s ebooks!
  • Math Video Game – Enter a realm where math is your child’s superpower! Mathbreakers is a 3D exploration game for mathematics, covering core foundations for kids aged 6-12.
  • Magic Desktop Program – An online program for ages 2-12 to play thousands of learning activities, games, and videos.
  • Computer Coding Game – Teach kids computer coding and programming with a video game! (Yes, really!)
  • 1-Year Online Language Course – Use this incredible opportunity to include foreign language into your next year curriculum! Choose from Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian or ESL English Videos, songs, and games help learners become bilingual FAST!
  • The Fun Spanish Level 1 – a fun, beginning Spanish program which teaches Spanish the Charlotte Mason way, one fun phrase at a time.
  • Times Tales – A math story to help with the times tables!
  • Ultimate K-12 Homeschool Package – Includes 98 digital textbooks for years of learning.

Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook {Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received the homeschooling guide and workbook in exchange for this post and giveaway.


“Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook” was created by Rachel Garlinghouse.

The getting-started guide and workbook is “for parents and caregivers who wish to give their children an education that fosters creativity, self-confidence, attachment, and balance.”

What is included?

  • A workbook for parents/caregivers
  • A 12-month homeschooling plan
  • Monthly checklist
  • Extensive resources list featuring Black musicians, authors, illustrators, and characters
  • Activity and field trip suggestions
  • Tips on setting up the homeschooling space
  • Supply lists
  • Troubleshooting Q & A

About the author:

Rachel Garlinghouse is mothering young, Black children and is the author of four books, including “Black Girls Can: An Empowering Story of Yesterdays and Todays.”  Her experience and education has been featured in many places, including MSNBC, NPR, Huffington Post Live,, Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, Adoptive Families, The Good Men Project, My Brown Baby, and many more. Rachel is a former college writing teacher turned stay-at-home-mom.

“I wanted my children to be educated on their history and culture as Black people, as well as develop a healthy racial identity.”

If you would like to connect with Rachel and learn more about her adventures you can follow her on Twitter @whitebrownsugar and on Facebook.

You can also visit her blog at White Sugar Brown Sugar. “The sweet life of our transracial, adoptive family.”

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In celebration of this resource, we are giving away one copy of “Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook.”

Just fill out the form below, leave a comment, and complete other entries to build-up points by September 9th.

One winner will be picked randomly after the giveaway has ended. If you are the winner, you will have 2 business days to respond or another winner will be randomly chosen.

Homeschooling Your Young Black Child: A Simple Getting-Started Guide & Workbook {Giveaway}

If you are interested in purchasing one right away, you can do so on Amazon.

Homeschool Resource Dogs Decoded

Homeschool Lesson Plan Idea: Dogs Decoded


Homeschool Resource Dogs Decoded

How much does your child know about dogs? They make great pets, of course, and can truly be man’s best friend, but did you know some dogs are incredibly smart, too? Documentaries can be a great way to learn about some amazing topics. Dogs Decoded [HD], available for free via Amazon Prime, brings fascinating facts about dogs to light. You and your child won’t want to miss this one.

Dogs Decoded is jam-packed with interesting facts about our furry friends, but here are a few of the highlights:

  • Think a dog can’t distinguish real words (fetch toys based on their names) or find objects based on their pictures? Dogs Decoded proves that wrong.
  • Wondering about the evolution of dogs from wolves and whether doggie personalities are a result of evolution or nurturing? Find out in Dogs Decoded!
  • What do dogs understand about our emotions? Yup, that’s in there, too.
  • What happens when you breed tame wolves with other tame wolves? There are some surprises here!
  • What if you raised a wolf cub like a puppy? Would the end result be closer to the dogs we keep as pets or the wolves that live in the wild?
  • Wondering how dogs were domesticated? What made them into such great pets? Dogs Decoded has the answers.

Go ahead and watch Dogs Decoded for the surprising answers to these and many other questions. Then, use this free teacher’s guide to get the most out of this amazing video lesson. The guide is designed for use with children at or above the 5th grade level. For younger children, the Top 10 Favorite Dog Breeds and More Identification Worksheet may fit the bill. Want more? Check out Enchanted Learning for more doggie printables for the younger set.

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Fandango Coupon Codes


If you’re planning to see a movie soon, save time by getting your tickets through Fandango and save a little money with these special coupons!

Fandango Coupon Codes

If I Stay

Get 2 free song downloads from the original motion picture soundtrack. Opens 8/22.

Get $1 off 3 movie tickets
This Labor Day weekend, catch up on the summer’s best movies, such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more. Get $1 off the purchase of 3 or more tickets with the promo code LABORDAY14.

Fandango Gift Card Offer

Get $5 off an online gift card order of $50 or more with the promo code BIRTHDAY. Offer ends 8/25 at 12M PST.

Fire and Rescue Book

FREE Disney Fire & Rescue Activity Book

Fire and Rescue Book

If your little ones are a fan of Disney’s Cars and Disney’s Planes, they are going to love this free educational activity book!

Smoky the Bear, National Parks, and the heroes from Disney’s PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE have teamed up to help your kids have fun with fire safety this summer. Download the Educational Activity Guide below and feel free to share with your family, friends and readers.  

Click the image below to download your FREE Disney PLANES: FIRE & RESUE educational activity book!



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M is for Monster Preschool Activity Kit {Review}

I received a M is for Monster preschool activity kit to try with my preschooler in exchange for this review.  All opinions expressed here are honest and my own.


As parents, we know that preschoolers are busy bees and very hands-on.  They like to engage with everything they come in contact with.  As a former preschool teacher, I saw this first-hand every day, and now experiencing it with my third little girl.

She is what I call “a textbook preschooler.”  Everything you need to know about a preschooler can be observed through her….haha!

On my quest to engage her in more activities outside of private preschool, I was introduced to a cool program called: M is for Monster.  You get easy and fun learning activities shipped to your door every month for your preschooler or toddler.

You can purchase them through these two options:

  1. Toddler-Appropriate for ages 2-3.  This activity kit focuses on: uppercase letters, numbers 1-10, and shapes.
  2. Preschool-Appropriate for ages 4-5.  Focuses on: lowercase letters, numbers 1-20, and basic shapes.

Other skills are available, but these are the basics offered through M is for Monster.

I had a lot of fun utilizing our April kit with my preschooler.  Here is what she learned:

  • Week 1: Rainbows- Letter R Rainbow craft with tissue paper. (fine motor skills) and a rainbow craft with a paper plate, crayons/markers, clothespins, and ribbons.
  • Week 2: Kites-Letter matching onto pictures of kites, Kite Math, and storybook on kites by the Berenstein Bears.
  • Week 3: Bunnies and Carrots-Bunny to Carrot Prewriting, Carrot Counting, and a Bunny Bag to make a bunny puppet.
  • Week 4: Flowers-Make a Tickle Me Plant and a Felt Flower Pot.

Fine motor skills development is very important for preschoolers. So these activities were great to reinforce the process while stimulating their senses and improving their attention spans.

In the M is for Monster April activity kit we also received a “Continue the Learning” flyer which included other book ideas and songs/rhymes.

To preview their past activity kits (boxes) click here.

How much is M is for Monster per month?  Both toddler and preschool options are currently $39.95 for a single box and $34.95 per month.  This is really a great price for everything you receive in an activity kit.

I almost wish my preschooler wasn’t heading into Kindergarten next school year as I would love to order boxes for the year.  Since they also include age 5, I think we can get away with it. Ha!  It’s such a clever idea and I wish I would have had something like this when all of my girls were in preschool.

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