Win a Back-To-School Toolkit!

Win a back-to-school bundle from Our Journey Westward!

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Are you thinking about back-to-homeschool yet?

How would you like to win a Shining Dawn Books creative learning e-book bundle with a bonus $5.00 gift certificate to CurrClick?

Win this back-to-school toolkit from Our Journey Westward

Here’s your chance to win!

The Shining Dawn Books back-to-school toolkit includes:

Incredible Creeks NaturExplorers study: “You’ll discover the power of water, but investigate rocks, erosion, freshwater animals, and the health of a creek.  You’ll dig deep into the riparian zone learning about its protection, and the abundance of plants and critters who live near the creek.  Get wet or stay dry – you get to choose how to complete the activities!”

Hard as a Rock NaturExplorers study: “Learn how rocks were formed from a creationist viewpoint and learn about the amazing rock cycle.  See how vast and interesting rock types are, learn to test rock characteristics, find fossils,  discover signs of weathering, and much more.  And that only covers the first section!  Another entire topic awaits you in Hard as a Rock that sends you on a journey to explore life under rocks.  Through many observations and experiments, you’ll discover an entire little world full of creatures who prefer to stay hidden.  Snails, slugs, ants, earthworms and pillbugs name just a few of the amazing creatures you’ll learn about.”

Butterflies Flutter By NaturExplorers study: “In this unit, you’ll learn how God created flowers to catch the attention of butterflies by performing experiments.  You’ll also learn such things as why butterflies can be found in groups around a puddle of water, how you can provide them a safe habitat, and how their body parts benefit them.  You’ll, of course, find out about the complete life cycle and metamorphosis of the butterfly, as well as learn where to look to find the butterfly in each of its life cycle stages.”

Loving Living Math: “Understand what living math is, learn why it can be so effective in your homeschool, and consider various ways to incorporate it into your homeschool schedule.  Don’t get the impression that Cindy wants you to get rid of math textbooks!  Although some parents use living math exclusively, this book encourages you to supplement textbook lessons with living math lessons and shows you how to effectively do that.”

Living Literature Grammar Packets: “This is a series of 15 weekly language arts lessons centered around various twaddle-free fiction, non-fiction, and historical fiction picture books. Each week, the 3rd- to 4th-grade student is asked to read one of the books and complete a packet of language arts activities that relate to the book. The lessons are short and sweet, yet cover a vast array of language arts skills.”

$5.00 Currclick Gift Certificate: Find oodles and oodles of homeschool titles at CurrClick, a top-notch provider of curriculum and online classes for all subjects, ages and homeschooling styles.  With this gift certificate, you’ll enjoy $5.00 off any product of your choice at CurrClick!

Also, you won’t want to miss CurrClick’s 2013 Fall Live Class Open House, which scheduled for July 23-25th from 6:30-9:00 each night!  

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  1. What a wonderful kit!

  2. I am excited to get back to learning with my children. It’s so fun to see their faces light up when they understand something new, and I learn just as much as they do.

  3. We just started back up and we are excited!!! 🙂

  4. I am excited to get back to school because it is our first year homeschooling!!!!

  5. I am excited, but not prepared yet! 🙂

  6. Getting ready, so excited!

  7. I am really enjoying our summertime freedom…but I am looking forward to starting back in a couple weeks 🙂

  8. Jennifer S. says:

    I am excited to start our new homeschool year! I am using a new curriculum and am hopeful that my kids will love it!

  9. We’ve already started school, but I’ve got to say….all these giveaways have made me excited all over again!

  10. This is our first year homeschooling & I am both excited & terrified!

  11. getting there, we start new schools this year so excited for the changes

  12. leah wall says:

    we just finished last year – our schedule is extended… so we have a few weeks before I’ll really be excited. *but* education is a lifestyle – and we are definitely excited about learning during these next few weeks in different ways – travel, museums, etc…

  13. I love back to school time. I get excited seeing all the supplies going up in the store.

  14. I am excited for the new school year.

  15. Yes but wanting to have more of a routine since my daughter is in high school!

  16. Very excited! But unprepared…sheesh. Recently moved and still have to unpack before confirming our plans for the year!

  17. We have had a great summer but I am itching to get back to our school routine!

  18. I hadn’t seen these nature study books before, so I’m glad you included them in this giveaway so I can check them out, even if I don’t win (fingers crossed, though!).

  19. I’m totally excited to get back into a routine, our summer has been eventful! I’m far from ready though!

  20. Keisha Forbes says:

    Lovely kit!

  21. encounterswithlearning says:

    I’m very excited! Planning away

  22. yes I am excited to start this new year, new country and new curriculum

  23. we love nature and especially butterflies!!

  24. First year homeschooling, getting excited!

  25. Kathleen P. says:

    I am excited, but not completely ready.

  26. I’m excited to learn along with my children.

  27. Yes we are excited, however we are still finishing our current year – We are year rounders!

  28. Yes this is my first time homeschooling and im going to be taking more of my college courses after taking a year off to have another baby!

  29. Kimberly R says:

    I think I’m more excited than my kids are 🙂

  30. Yeah…we are beginning our 21st year of homeschooling. I think by the time I am finished I might know what I am doing…maybe.

  31. I’m excited to get back to more of a routine.

  32. Been planning all summer… can’t wait to start!

  33. I am excited to get back to school this year, as this is our first year homeschooling.

  34. This is our first year, and we are extremely excited!!!!!

  35. We are looking forward to it. We are doing a huge overseas move right now and getting back to school will mean we are getting settled in our new home.

  36. This is my first year to home school my daughter and I am very excited to get started in 2 weeks.

  37. We haven’t stopped schooling, so we are just eager to keep going.

  38. Glad to have found you here. Have a great day!

  39. Jamie Palau says:

    I’m really hoping I can pick up some curriculum supplies to help and then jump back in!

  40. Yes, I am so ready to get back to school! I was preparing and cleaning the school room, but it’s on hold because we found some “pests” — a boatload of fleas— in our school room and downstairs… it’s been almost 2 weeks and they are still here… 🙁 Feeling frustrated. I would love to win this! 🙂

  41. Jennifer Moye says:

    I am very excited to get back to school! 🙂

  42. Not excited yet…but getting there.

  43. I am ready to go back to school and the routine. My kids-not so much 😉

  44. Cindy @ Fenced in Family says:

    I’m always excited to start new things with my kids. 🙂

  45. Catherine says:

    I’m excited to get started – our first homeschool year!

  46. Very excited!

  47. NW Homesteader says:

    totally excited and so are my kids!

  48. Well, I am. The kids, not so much!

  49. jennifer cervantes says:

    yes i am looking forward to our first homeschool year

  50. Michele G. says:

    Very excited for back-to-school this year! Starting our 3rd year & a new “curriculum” 🙂

  51. We are very excited to get back to school (even the kids!). My family thrives on schedules. In fact, we school year round so we are really on a short break right now. But, we are not quite ready yet! Still trying to get all my ducks in a row!

  52. Very much excited!!

  53. Jamie Palau says:

    Can’t wait, but these tools would help!!!

  54. trisha kilpatrick says:

    I am extremely excited. We started school last week as soon as my kids got back from vacation with their grandparents.

  55. So excited for the start of this school year! What a wonderful toolkit to be able to use!

  56. Candice Meadows says:

    We are very excited to start back with school! We’ve been doing some throughout the summer just to keep us up to par for the school year!

  57. Lynn Renander says:

    Getting there! 😉

  58. Yes we are very excited!!!

  59. I’m excited – and a little nervous about getting back into the school routine. Reminding myself to take deep breathes… this should be fun!

  60. I am excited for the return to routine and for school and learning! I am not excited for trying to learn a new routine and trying to keep the preschooler busy while the big kid does school.

  61. Stephanie S says:

    Yes. Very.

  62. More like overwhelmed at this point!

  63. Getting closer but not just yet!

  64. Yes, I am really looking forward to this school year.

  65. Yes, this is our first year homeschooling and I’m excited

  66. jeanine feldkamp says:

    I am SO excited to get back to doing school again!

  67. This looks fabulous! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  68. great giveaway

  69. Yes and no. I’m excited to get back into a routine, but I’m not excited to have my house work to start piling up. lol

  70. Kristina Best says:

    I am cause I hope it improves the boys behavior.

  71. Christina says:

    I would be excited if I could actually get ready.

  72. I am excited…my son not so much 🙂

  73. Yes, ready to have a regular schedule

  74. Angela Hall says:

    I don’t know if I’m excited yet. Our house is going through remodeling and right now I can’t think straight till everything is back in order.

  75. what a great giveaway! I would love to win!

  76. zekesmom10 says:

    We never stop school, so I wouldn’t say I’m excited to go back. I sure do love the B2S sales, though!

  77. We are so excited! Especially my preschooler!

  78. Sarah Ward says:

    Very excited! We started a week after “school” ended and this is our first year of homeschooling.

  79. We never stop but I am excited about some of the things I have planned. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  80. This will be my second year and we are so excited to get started again. I love learning right along with my boys!

  81. Jennifer H says:

    Not really, I feel completely unorganized and unprepared!

  82. Yes and no! 🙂 I really need to get in gear and get things organized around here! But yes generally I am excited about starting our school year.

  83. Holly Colson says:

    Yes, I am excited and ready! Woo Hoo!

  84. To start!

  85. Mom is excited, but the kids…not so much. 🙂

  86. April Pachuta says:

    I can’t wait to get started with school this year!!!

  87. kaisee fielder says:

    Very excited!

  88. Very excited.

  89. Very excited – already started planning. I’m working with 18 homeschoolers doing project/problem based learning classes. Fits perfectly with homeschooling!

  90. Excited? Yes! The homeschool expo is next weekend! Woohoo!

  91. We are already started! But I am still excited!!

  92. Very!! love all the new books!!

  93. Wendy Pierce says:

    I am! Starting back next week!

  94. Heather Bessman says:

    Not really, we’re still trying to get done with reading and math from last year 🙂

  95. Cara Moody says:

    I am getting excited! Ready for the return of routine!.

  96. Kendra Brimhall says:

    My kids love exploring the outdoors…especially rocks! It sometimes feels like we have rocks coming out of every crevice in the house.

  97. Tammy Jones says:

    Yes! I’d love to start now, but not everyone in my group feels the way I do!

  98. Yes, Yes, YES!

  99. We are very excited to get started!

  100. Lori Hooten says:

    So much in nature to be excited about! This would be awesome to win! We do a little every day and nature studies are our favorites!

  101. Em Walker says:

    Yeppers! 🙂

  102. Yes. This is going to be our first year of homeschooling.

  103. Bethany G says:

    So excited for back-to-school this year! My brain is on overload, but it’s all worth it. 🙂

  104. I am working on getting excited! We have a little time, though 🙂

  105. I’m actually not that excited yet….enjoying summer fun too much! But I’m sure I’ll get there.

  106. Yes, my boys are excited!

  107. Adrianna K says:

    Our family is excited to continue our homeschooling journey!

  108. I am excited. I don’t think my kids are as excited as I am though.

  109. YES!! We can’t wait to start!

  110. Christina Lyon says:

    Yes, already make our schedules! My daughter (12) said “Oh, great, when my starts planning, summer’s almost over!”

  111. Megan Larvie says:

    We have already started back on a light schedule then can’t wait to jump in with both feet in August!

  112. Yes I am very excited to start.

  113. Rebecca Barry says:

    Yes! looking forward to a schedule again, and less running around!

  114. Thanks for making this possible!

  115. Christine says:

    I am excited!

  116. Stephanie Brewer says:

    I am excited… nervous and scared, but excited.

  117. Surprisingly, yes, I’m excited about starting school again! I’ve already ordered most of the curriculum we’ll be using, and the more I look it over and begin laying out the year, the more excited I get!

  118. Roxanna Alcantra says:

    Yes, extremely!

  119. We are all excited to get back to learning. My kids look over my shoulder as I’m getting it ready full of questions.

  120. Very excited! Felling refreshed and can’t wait to see the kiddos learn!

  121. Alicia Winkler says:

    Yes I am!! Not sure my daughter is! lol!!

  122. Such a busy summer, that I am a little nervous about starting up! However, I am excited to start learning alongside of my kids!

  123. jen thompson says:

    Yes…I can’t wait.

  124. Excited and nervous about starting our first year homeschooling.

  125. Yes, I am excited! Love teaching these kids!

  126. This is our first year homeschooling so I’m very excited to get going and to find out what works best for my kiddos. (A little nervous, too, though!)

  127. We school year round, so it isn’t so much back to school as it is advancing in school. Excited for the 1st year homeschooling high school

  128. We are so excited to start back! The kids are already checking out next years books and asking to start 🙂

  129. We’ve actually just had our first week of school. It was slow going but steady. Steady is good!

  130. Ready to start back in!

  131. Yvonne Crowhurst says:

    I am excited to be starting in on my 17th year of homeschooling.

  132. Honestly… No

  133. Yes!!

  134. We are excited and nervous, going to be starting this year with a brand new baby in the house, so it will be interesting!

  135. Yes and no. It’s our first year and I am realizing why my mom stuck with one curriculum. So many to chose from. I like my choice though so once they all come in and I can look them over I’m sure we will get more excited then nervous.

  136. Yes! I’m really looking forward to our upcoming year!

  137. Yes, I’m looking forward to getting back to school. It’s fun to learn the way kids learn now as an adult and appreciate the little stuff that we forget is so neat.

  138. Very excited ….first year and there are so many choices!!

  139. Belinda Hardesty says:

    I’m very excited to start school this year!

  140. Teresa Walker says:

    I am excited to start a new year. We homeschool year round, so other than a full month off, nothing really changes around here until the new books come out!

  141. Yes, so very excited!

  142. Jessica Owensby says:

    Yes I Am Very Excited About School Starting Back!

  143. Not excited yet. Still enjoying our time off.

  144. Yes!

  145. We are planning to enter our 1st year of homeschooling and move into a new house (with not one but two creeks!) at the same time. Your books would be awesome to have!

  146. Love colorful books so my youngest remains interested while I teach my oldest.

  147. Yes and no. We’ve had a really rough time these last 7 years and our homeschool has suffered for the last three or so. I’m looking forward to finally getting a short summer break. Maybe I can get some encouragement and motivation during that time.

  148. yes and no!

  149. Tracey M. says:

    We homeschool year round, but it is more relaxed. I can’t wait to start my daughter’s new fall curriculum. It is such an exciting time for us. We love trying new curricula. We r making a few changes this year. This basket looks awesome! I would love to win it! The unit studies look like fun and I really wanted to try the math book. The language arts lessons will add a new aspect to out day. Thank you for the opportunity!

  150. We are so excited!

  151. Yes and no. We don’t really stop schooling in the summer, just slow down a bit.

  152. I am excited about school starting back but feeling a bit unprepared.

  153. Katherine says:

    Excited but not completely prepared. 😉

  154. Very excited! I love learning with my kids!!

  155. I am so excited!!!! Lookiking forward to getting back to a routine.

  156. Melissa O. says:

    Very! We will be doing our first full year of home school this year, and I am very excited! Also a bit nervous and wondering how on earth I’m going to cram it all in and keep it going!

  157. Starting back Aug 19 and I’m almost ready!!

  158. Angela Robbins says:

    Yes! But I have some prep to do 😉

  159. I can’t say I am excited yet,as we are still finishing up the last school year. I hope to be done by the end of July and take August off. Maybe I’ll be more excited as September get closer.

  160. michelle h says:

    yes, but don’t really feel like we had summer yet!

  161. I am excited and nervous at the same time. I will be teaching two children this year and I hope that I can stay organized and use our time efficiently. This includes not having to stay up late gathering materials and lesson plans!

  162. I am really glad we got a break for summer, but I am ready to get back to it. We start 8/1

  163. Melissa C says:

    I’m super excited! I love homeschooling!

  164. kim canlas says:

    We started reviewing last week we begin our 2nd yr aug 1st so excited and nervous

  165. We school year round, but I love watching my kids learn, whatever time of year it is 😉

  166. Jennifer Ganley says:

    I will be getting excited when we finish off all our stuff this year!! 🙂

  167. I am VERY excited since I am praying and planning like crazy, and I am teaching my youngest to read!!

  168. We started on Thursday and it’s going better than expected!

  169. Michelle S says:

    Very excited!

  170. lrwilliams80 says:

    Excited, yes, and a little nervous. We don’t start until September, right after Labor Day. It’s cooler then and easier to focus on school 😉

  171. Carol Graft says:

    Kind of looking forward to school, though I haven’t set a start date nor made super plans yet.

  172. Not yet!

  173. I’m not sure if the above comment will work because it doesn’t look like my details are on it, so that’s why I’m commenting a second time. Not really excited. I’m so overwhelmed thinking about trying to homeschool 5 kids with 2 youngers running around and a new baby coming.

  174. I think I am excited about this year. I have some new materials planned that the kids seem to be looking forward to using. I hope it lives up to the hype!!!!

  175. Teresa Rayburn says:

    I am ready to get back to school since we are changing to a new curriculum this year.

  176. I’m so excited! I’m putting together our own unit studies for social studies and science this year. I’m a huge nerd and book junkie, and I’m addicted to Pinterest. I have to be careful or I’ll be on all day, looking up ideas for our units.

  177. Elizabeth Truett says:

    We are excited! There is something about new school supplies that gets me motivated!

  178. this is wonderful thank you

  179. Yes, I’m always ready to start new things and get fresh supplies =)

  180. Joann Calderone says:

    We homeschool most of the year. What a great give away. A chance to learn about different things not just for her but for me also. Thank you.

  181. Always excited to get back to school!

  182. Becky Milstead says:

    Yes! We were supposed to start this week but my kiddos got strep. I really dislike that we got delayed b/c I am really excited about everything we have planned this year.

  183. I love getting new books but I’m not actually ready to even think of starting again yet. I’ll get excited fo school in September after we go on vacation.

  184. I’m really excited, especially since I have prayed about what God wants me to do and not what I think I should be doing. It’s so refreshing to know that I’m doing exactly what my children need since I am following God’s will!! Thanks for the giveaway offer! God bless!

  185. Wendy Clark says:

    Yes and no, but all these giveaways help!

  186. Tiffany M says:

    Yes, I can not wait to get started!

  187. I would love this! My kids would really love this! We love the handa on approach to learning! This is an awesome back to school set.

  188. RejoicedOver says:

    Yes! Our curriculum is supposed to arrive today — I can’t wait to start digging through it!

  189. Jessica Wild says:

    We are starting our first year of homeschool with a trip to Utah to visit a friend and pan for gold! This kit would be perfect for us!!!

  190. Yes! Totally excited, but also hoping I get everything ready in time! 🙂

  191. Tiffany S says:

    Yes! I love the start of a new school year!

  192. This will be our first year at home, grades 6 and 3. We are excited and this giveaway would be a great addition.

  193. can’t wait to get back to school!

  194. CANT WAIT because this is our first year homeschooling! Would LOVE the ebook on rocks for my son! We have a family legacy of rock hounding and loving….would LOVE to see it presented in the creationism way! Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. Jennifer E. says:


  196. Heather Russell says:

    Really really want the living math resource!

  197. Yes! I think I finally found a curriculum that I’ll be able to manage with two kiddos in different grades!

  198. We school year round, so there is really no getting back into it. I am excited for some of the new curriculum I have already picked up for next year.

  199. I am SO excited to be teaching my pre-k baby girl!

  200. Yes!!!!

  201. I am so excited to get our school fully started again! We have done some throughout the Summer, but I am looking forward to all we have ready 🙂 What great nature studies you are offering!

  202. This looks like a neat giveaway!

  203. Going to be a GREAT year! What a terrific basket of nature-themed goodies you have put together. Thank you so much for your participation :))))

  204. Sandra P. says:

    We are excited to get started on a new adventure (we are working from new curriculum)

  205. Yes! We unschool during the summer , but get back into a routine during the school year.

  206. We are definitely excited!!

  207. I’m super excited to get back to school!!! We have all new curriculum this year and I can’t wait to get started! Plus it’s my first time teaching kindergarten. 🙂

  208. Yes, we are very excited to start again!

  209. We school year round, so we’re already back!

  210. I’m excited to start back. I’m not sure exactly when we are starting yet. But I’ll be teaching all 5 boys this year!
    Tara H

  211. As soon as the back to school displays are going up I start getting excited about the coming school year. This year I’m asking for a lot of input from my son.

  212. I’m starting to get excited about going back to school. I have some more planning to get done, though, before I’ll be really excited! 🙂

  213. great basket

  214. We are SO excited to start back to school at the beginning of August and dive into brand new, unopened books. 🙂

    Thanks for such a great giveaway!! 🙂

  215. StephandRonnie Branch says:

    Yes we are super excited!! And how wonderful it would be to win this basket! It would help me complete my Nature Study part of my school plan.

  216. I’m cautiously optimistic! 🙂

  217. We school year round, so there is no “back to school” time for us.

  218. We never really left school…ha!

  219. Lesley M. says:

    Yes, because that means its fall and the weather cools down 🙂

  220. Kendra Johnson says:

    We’re new to homeschooling so we are excited and a little nervous.

  221. DeAnna Loibl says:

    Yes, I am very excited!

  222. I am always excited to start a new school year!!

  223. Donna Corder says:

    I’m very excited and a bit nervous. This will be my first year homeschooling while still working 3-12 hour shifts as an RN. My husband is a paramedic/firefighter and he only works 9-24s a month, so he will be home with our kids 4 and 2 years ood while I work.

  224. I am so excited! This will be our first full year of homeschooling!

  225. I am very excited for the start of school this year!

  226. Yes, we are excited at my house.

  227. Kristine C. says:

    I’m getting excited. : )

  228. I am excited!! need to cross a few more things off the “to-do” list…

  229. Yes! So excited that we started back this week! haha

  230. I am enjoying summer vacation, however, I started organizing our school shelves for fall this week….and that always makes me excited for the beginning of a new school year!

  231. Absolutley.

  232. Yes!! (Kinda nervous too.)

  233. I am excited but not ready yet. I think getting the structure back into our days will be a good thing. Right now though we are in the midst of doing our roof, painting outside and soon our kitchen while hopefully getting ready to move eventually, so I’m not sure we will have a regular schedule once we do start. :/

  234. Stephanie White says:

    So ready for back to school! We are using a different schedule this year with bi-weekly Fridays off, my daughter is excited.

  235. stoney208 says:

    Great basket — I love planning for back to school!

  236. No, unfortunately I’m not excited…I hope the excitement hits me before we need to begin!

  237. What a cool gift!! Thanks

  238. I am very excited about this school year!

  239. Rachael Acker says:

    Thank you!

  240. Yes…At least sort of. We still have a mission trip, VBS and a vacation! Our school year doesn’t start until after labor day. 🙂

  241. Kelly Schmidt says:

    yes 🙂

  242. Thank you so much for this opportunity. What a wonderful giveaway. Blessings

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