New Bridgeway Academy Classes for 2018-2019 ~ Plus Coupon Code!

Readers of the FINCHNWREN blog know that Jackson is taking a two-semester high school biology course (Apologia Biology) through Bridgeway Academy.  You also know that the class has been incredibly good.

 

 

 

But, did you know that your child can register for 2018-19 Live Online Learning Lab from Bridgeway Academy as of February 15th?  Whether your student is brand-new to homeschooling or an experienced homeschool student; and whether he or she is an elementary, middle-school, or high school student, there are fantastic courses for your learner.

 

  • For elementary students – choose from topics like art, robotics, classic novels, Magic Tree House based history, science and more
  • In middle school – select from enrichment classes in game design, creative writing, archaeology, cartooning, geography and more to full year courses in the critical subjects
  • High school students can take courses on in any of the core subjects (language arts, history, science and math), plus select from plenty of elective options which include Spanish, music, art, personal finance, and debate, to name just a few

 

And new for this 2018-19 school year, Bridgeway Academy is introducing the “Author in Your House” series of courses where your student can learn from the best-selling author of books for all ages and humor columnist, Renee Brumbaugh Green!

 

Perhaps you’re looking for something to liven up your homeschool days; or perhaps you’re just experiencing the winter doldrums as a teacher.  Bridgeway Academy could be the answer to bring fun online learning to your homeschool!  Classes are taught by experienced and certified teachers, and students have the opportunity to interact online with other homeschool peers as they learn together.

 

I’d like to share with you just a few additional reasons why we have found this Bridgeway Academy biology experience to be so rewarding.  Jackson has learned so much from his excellent science teacher.  He has had the opportunity to interact online during class with students from all over the United States.  And in addition, I’ve also had the privilege of seeing him grow as he is challenged to do his best.  This biology course is building skills in my son that will prepare him for life and college.  As a homeschool mom, I couldn’t have asked for more!

 

 

Enrollment in 2018-19 courses begins now and FinchNWren is excited to be able to offer our followers an exclusive 10% off on each individual course* purchased between February 15th and March 8th!

 

View course information for the new school year and use coupon code WREN18 to save!

Be sure to hop over to Bridgeway Academy for more information.

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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My amazing Old Navy deals!

I got SUCH deals the other day!

 

 

And I was so excited about them.  I had to share them with you!

 

So, the story:

…was that I had to return a baseball shirt that I’d gotten Jackson that was too small for him.  While he and hubs did some shopping at a tech store, they dropped me off at Old Navy to do the return.

And of COURSE I did a little browsing after I’d returned the shirt, since they weren’t back yet….

Plus, I had a $10 off coupon.

 

And the deals!

Everything in the picture above was already on sale…some for gasp-worthy prices.  And after they applied my coupon, here’s the listing of what I spent:

  • Leopard cardigan sweater:  $5.82
  • Flannel pajama pants:  $2.70
  • Leopard fleece infinity scarf:  $0.77
  • 3-pack ankle socks:  $1.94
  • Stevie camel sueded pants:  $4.25

And my grand total:  $15.48!  (Clearly there is a kitty theme going on here, I realize that!)

 

Finch’s and my mom is usually the one who finds deals like this.  But this was so exciting, I had to share them with you!

Have a great weekend, friends.

Enjoy!  –Wren

Dermatologica 3-Step Regimen Mini Giveaway (Ends 2/9/18)

Good morning, everyone!

If you’re interested in trying out a new skin care regimen, FINCHNWREN’s giveaway today might be tailor-made for you!

 

This mini set of Dermatologica’s 3-step regimen contains everything you need to pamper and care for your skin each day.  This kit contains:

  • Special Cleansing Gel (1.7 oz.):  a foaming gel which is actually soap-free and appropriate for anyone to use
  • Multi-Active Toner (1.7 oz.):  a spray toner to ready skin for moisturizer application
  • Skin Smoothing Cream (0.75 oz.):  awesome for skin types from dry to combination

I don’t know about you, but I spend all winter looking for something that will keep my skin moisturized.  I feel like my skin is very dry and that I’m always applying moisture.  Dermatologica is known to be a great product line for skin that is dry like mine, oily, or just in the middle.

And one person will win this cool kit!

How to enter:

Just click on the pink “Enter Here” link below.  That will take you to a Giveaway Tools form where you can enter to win in a variety of ways.  Giveaway will close on 2/9/18, and one winner will win the kit.

Enter here!

 

Best wishes!  –Wren

Art With Your Kids! A Finchnwren Giveaway (Ends 2/3/18)

I have a super-fun new giveaway for you today…especially if you like to do art with your children or students!

 

 

Today I’m giving away a copy of Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham.  This large, softcover book is packed with tons of modern-ish art projects for you to do with children.  Kids age 14 and under will probably love the projects the most (although adults will too!).

I personally love art books and art projects, whether I do them with my son or in art class with the students I teach.  I so enjoy the way that conversation come to life, and heart issues even emerge and are shared when people are working together on a creative project.  And even if you wouldn’t call yourself an artsy person, the projects in Kid Made Modern are very accessible and many of them are easy to do.  (Others may take more work and attention!)

 

 

In Kid Made Modern, you’ll find art projects from categories like:

  • Tape (and you won’t believe the coolness of the project using masking tape)
  • Printing
  • Dye
  • Sewing (both machine- and hand-)
  • Felt
  • and more

Each of these categories features artwork from a famous  Modern artist, then offers creative projects kids can do with their parents…or with some, on their own.  Kids will be introduced to works by Anni Albers, the Eames brothers, Paul Rand, and others.

And what kinds of projects can kids do as they learn about Modern art with Kid Made Modern?  There are almost 50 projects in this book!  Here are just a few:

  • A really cool messenger bag made from duct tape
  • A pet bed
  • Painted polo shirts
  • Dip-dying
  • Woven belts

 

 

So….how to enter!

Just click on the pink link below that says “Enter here!”  You’ll be taken to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win Kid Made Modern in a variety of ways.  One winner will be selected after the giveaway closes on 2/3/17.  Best wishes!

Enter here!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

Entrusted: My Word of the Year for 2018

I love Vincent van Gogh’s quote, “Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”  That’s very much in line with the goals and planning work I’ve been doing over the past month to get ready and geared up for 2018.

Have you selected a word for the year?

 

 

I have been working through Lara Casey’s goal-setting program for the past few weeks.  I love her perspective; that we can cultivate the things God has already given us to work on as our goals.  There are likely things that He is already doing with us that are things we need to grow–that can be the work and life we give our focus to—just like a garden!  We can start small (like a seed) and cultivate the things under our care.  Those small seeds will eventually turn into a huge, gorgeous plant!

This has created the perfect focal point for me to view what I’d like to focus on in 2018.  And I love the word entrusted; it sums up everything I’d like to be working on this year.

 

What exactly does entrusted mean?

According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, entrusted means this:

First, “to confer a trust on; especially, to deliver something in trust to.”

Second, “to commit to another with confidence.”

I found another definition in one of my favorite Bible study tools, Strong’s Concordance (found online at BibleHub):  parathéké, “a deposit, anything committed to one’s charge or trust.”  Thayer’s Greek Lexicon amplifies the meaning a bit with this:  “a deposit; a trust or thing consigned to one’s faithful keeping.”

Beautiful!

 

And how that works out in my life

I’ve realized that there are things that God has entrusted to me; and for those things, I am the only person who can do them/care for them.  If I input the definitions above into that, I realize that God has given me a trust in these to fulfill—and confidence that I can do them!  Also, that they are in my care for faithful keeping.

So what are some things that have been given into  my care?

  • My health
  • My marriage
  • My homeschool
  • My relationship with my son
  • My home
  • My teaching & writing

No one else is responsible for my health…my marriage & relationship with my husband…my homeschool…and everything else on that list.  So how will I care for those things?  How will I grow them?  How will I improve them?

I will take what I already have and I will work on it.  So for my health, some examples are: drinking more water; planning and eating nutritious meals (along with my family!); beginning the year with some gentle exercise.  In our homeschool, I’m turning my attention to planning for college (even though it’s a few years away) and ensuring that we complete the high school transcript necessary for that.  I am looking at my writing (I do a lot of book reviews for various websites) trying to see the overall big picture.  And, I have other things in mind for the other items on the list.

 

I suppose the main idea for me is taking the different responsibilities and relationships I have been given and approaching them thoughtfully…and keeping everything in balance while I try to move forward with excellence.  In the past I have often ignored my health in favor of trying to get too much done.  That is a big area I’d like to make a change in this year!

I’m going to be working more in the coming month on specific goals that will fulfill the different things I’ve been given; but for now, entrusted is my big-picture word.  I love it.  It makes me feel hopeful and, overall, excited about the coming months!

Did you select a word for 2018?  I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!  Whether you did or not, my hopes and prayers for you all are for an amazing, beautiful year.

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

 

“The Space Between Words” by Michèle Phoenix ~ A Review

I have been a huge fan of author Michèle Phoenix ever since I read her phenomenal Of Stillness and Storm.  (In fact, that was one of the best books I read during the last year.)  So when Netgalley offered me the chance to read this author’s newest book, The Space Between Words, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!

 

 

 

The story

Jessica is an American living in France, working alongside her employer Patrick and fellow employee Vonda.  (The trio are also platonic roommates.)  Patrick owns the Denver, Colorado boutique Trésor, which is filled with (as you’d guess) treasures from Europe.  “Picking chiner,” as it’s defined in France, is Patrick’s joy and métier.  He drives around France’s rural areas and purchases things which aren’t valued by their owners but which make his store a beloved stop by fashionable Americans.  The three agree to head to France together for store shopping.  Patrick speaks French, and Jessica envies his easy friendships and rapport with the French.  On the trio’s last day in Paris, they decide to do some sightseeing and art-viewing.  But Vonda is offered free tickets to a concert that evening; a death metal band, which isn’t really Jessica’s thing (nor Patrick’s, as he heads off to le musée).  The next day they will head off to search for treasures in the country.

But the evening doesn’t go as anyone expects.  Vonda and Jessica are headed to the Bataclan, where three terrorists will open automatic rifle fire and kill 70; and injure many more.

Jessica wakes up in the hospital, wounded, and broken in her spirit.  She plans to leave immediately to go back home to Colorado.  Vonda, uninjured, isn’t much help; but dear Patrick is supportive, kind and consoling.  He works and works to convince Jessica to go with him on their country treasure hunt.  Paralyzed by fears brought on by the attack and injuries made by a bullet, she is hesitant to agree.  But finally, when she’s released from the hospital, they begin their journey and head to a charming inn in the south of France.

As they’re poking around the countryside, the pair finds a barn filled with an amazing collection of furniture, junk, and dusty objects.  Jessica happens onto a collection of ancient hidden letters; and, reading them, enters the story of  persecuted Huguenot Christian Adeline Baillard.

But there are mysteries ahead for Jessica that she cannot even imagine.  Is she in a ghost story?  What is really going on in this journey she’s undertaken after the Bataclan attack?  Is there love and hope ahead for her?

 

In closing

I will honestly pick up ANYTHING by author Michèle Phoenix.  Her writing and perspective captivated me from the first moment I picked up one of her books.  The Space Between Words is a timely, engaging story of the terrors and struggles that we face today, juxtaposed with the ones that Christians faced hundreds of years ago.  It turns out that our desire and fierceness to survive aren’t all that different after all.  Check out The Space Between Words….and everything else you can find by Phoenix!

 

Enjoy!  –Wren

 

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