The Children's Theatre of Cincinnati offering Drama Classes and more!

Did you know we have a theater company in our back yard? Tons of classes for almost every age at The Children's Theatre Academy! It's conveniently located off Red Bank Road. Super easy to get to and an excuse to eat at our favorite taco place Mazunte because you'll be passing by it for classes. 


Check out this amazing line up. 

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Home school families, they have created special morning classes for you too!

HOMESCHOOL DRAMA (Ages 6-7, 8-10) (E)
Are you a homeschooler looking for a creative outlet? Come
to TCT for your dramatic needs! Step into the role of a lifetime
and master the fundamentals of the Dramatic Arts! Using
traditional and modern acting techniques, we will explore
the dynamics of drama through the use of scene work. Your
teaching artist will assign scenes from both contemporary and
classical theatrical plays/musicals as you learn to expand your
talents through the help of others. This class inspires strong
teamwork, observation, and creativity.
This is a 15-week course.

See the website for details, pricing and scholarship applications. 

 4015 Red Bank Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45227



Disclaimer: Vintage Indie is a brand ambassador for The Children's Theatre. We are provided with tickets for our family in exchange for promotional purposes. All opinions are our own.


Brave Writer​ is speaking in Cincinnati this August!

Cincinnati Home School Friends: Julie Bogart, the founder of Brave Writer​ is speaking in Cincinnati this August! (You might know her as the "Poetry Teatime Lady.") August 25th, 9-4 WITH lunch!


My daughter and I recently attended one of her Poetry & Tea time events and had a blast. It was inspiration for our Poetry and Tea Time party the other day. 


Julie is a professional writer and when she was homeschooling her own 5 children she found that writing was a subject that was often poorly taught to children. She founded Brave Writer, a language arts program that meets children where they are and uses instinctive and creative ways to draw out the language arts which are already all around us.

She did all kinds of homeschooling over the years with her children, including Charlotte Mason who she has a soft spot for.

If you want to know more about Brave Writer you can check it out their website,

I love that much of what she does is straightforward (podcasts, Friday Freewrites,. etc) and that her heart is for community in the homeschooling world.


There are still spots open, but I'm sure they won't be for long. If you haven't heard Julie speak you're in for a treat. She's super uplifting in her talks and will make for a great launching point for your upcoming school year!  Also, get to know her on Instagram @JulieBraveWriter, she's always posting live stories and is very easy to connect with. 

You can register for the event here:
Saturday, August 25th from 9 am- 4 pm, cost is $40 which includes lunch.

You will want to fill out the google form to register. All of the information about the specific talks she's giving are on the google form.

There are still spots open, but I'm sure they won't be for long. If you haven't heard Julie speak you're in for a treat. She's super uplifting in her talks and will make for a great launching point for your upcoming school year! Be sure to visit the registration event page below to get set up. 


Full Disclosure the event organizer provided me with one free ticket in exchange for promoting this event. However, all opinions are my own and I'm super excited to attend. 


The Best Podcasts for kids & family!

This year we have been very purposeful in limiting the amount of time our kids spend watching television or on electronic devices. I don't know about you, but they started to become something of a habit around here instead of a useful tool. In order to simplify we removed the T.V. from our play room, and set up specific times of online time. This includes anything that requires them to visually watch a screen. 


After the first few months of this rather painful step for our kids, we started to notice a huge improvement in overall focus, and emotional connection to their surroundings. Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to preach another too much screen time to you. You do what you feel works best in the rhythm of your family.

At times our youngest (now five) likes to watch something educational while she's coloring or playing. In order to stop this habit of always needing the screen again, we've started playing podcasts for her that she absolutely adores. Our middle child (twelve) has found himself plugged into head phones while he listens to a podcast as well, making chores a little more enjoyable. As time has gone on, our oldest (fifteen) is starting to catch on and listen as well. Most of the time they're learning something while listening. 

We also adore audio books around here, but I'll save that post for later. 


When to listen? 

 - In the car! 

 - While doing chores. 

 - While mowing grass (one headphone in and one out for safety)

 - While building and creating.

 - While working on an art project. 


What to listen to?


Younger - Middle Grades



Brains On! Science. 

Description: Brains On!® is a science podcast for curious kids and adults from American Public Media. Co-hosted each week by kid scientists and reporters from public radio, we ask questions ranging from the science behind sneezing to how to translate the purr of cats, and go wherever the answers take us. @Brains_On 



Tumble Science




Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit for more information and educational content.








Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends. Let Natasha's voice beguile you with classic fairy tales, new children's stories, poems, myths, adventures and romance.




Middle Grades - Family 



That Story Show


That Story Show is a family-friendly clean-comedy podcast that shares funny real-life stories from listeners all over the world. Join hosts James Kennison and John Steinklauber and laugh along every week. TSS has been podcasting since 2006 as "Nobody's Listening"






TEDTALKS Kids + Family 


Fun videos to inspire, intrigue and stir your imagination from some of the world's leading thinkers and doers onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.




Read-Aloud Revival 


The Read-Aloud Revival Podcast is the place to get the inspiration and resources you need to read aloud to your kids. Get motivated and encouraged to build your family culture around books! The podcast is a collection of inspiring and informative interviews to help parents, homeschoolers, and teachers make reading aloud a central part of family life. Reading aloud is more than just a literary education- it's a framework for family culture.





Moms & Family 





This podcast is a collection of conversations about mothering, home life and education. We all homeschool our children, but we hope to offer discussions that anyone can pull up a chair to. We plan to cover topics that will range from the lighthearted and fun to the heavier ones that may include politics, faith and social issues. We hope this podcast is a place to find encouraging and thoughtful dialog. Above all, we desire provoking one another on to good things. Hebrews 10:24 Grab a cup of coffee and listen in on a conversation with Greta Eskridge, Jennifer Dees, Brianne Buskey and Kristin Rogers





Truth For Life 


Truth For Life is the Bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg. The ministry's mission is to teach the Bible with clarity and relevance so that unbelievers will be converted, believers will be established and local churches will be strengthened. Join us each weekday and on the weekend as Alistair helps us apply the Scripture to our daily lives.






Wild + Free 


A Beautiful Homeschool Community | The official podcast of the Wild + Free community, hosted by Ainsley Arment and Tina Ingold.





At Home with Sally Clarkson & Friends 


Home is the place where the whispers of God’s love are heard regularly, the touch of His hands is given intentionally throughout the day, the words of His encouragement and affirmation pointed to lay the foundation of loving relationships where a woman conducts the beauty of this life within its walls. I hope you will find inspiration to cultivate such a life within the pages of this blog. I welcome you here!



Did we miss your favorites? Please let us know in the comments, we're always looking for more! 


Is your child a leader? Why teaching reading is so important.

If your household is anything like ours, when little ones figure out that they can't read, it seems like the race is on. They want to know how to read to themselves, and explore books themselves. However, this looks different for every child. I had one who learned how to read so easily at the age of three, and another who hasn't made the connections as easily. As a matter of fact, the one who did learn how to read so quickly learned the most from the Hooked on Phonics audio cds. If you have auditory learners, these cds are priceless, and can teach letter sounds in a few short days to weeks. 

COMPLETE 4 - Level Learn to Read Kit for $109 (Usually $299)

There are not many products out there that are worth spending a ton of money on. But if there is ONE piece of advice I have to parents: invest in your child's ability to read and write. It'll be worth every penny, and more. That's why I'm excited to share this deal with you. Why? Communication is key to success, and learning to confidently read and write is its foundation. The Hooked on Phonics Program is a tried and true program that's helped multiple generations of learners in my family master reading and phonics. It's so easy to use and follow along that children can even teach themselves to read with Hooked on Phonics. You may know the well known quote from Harry S. Truman,


The world of literature also helps children build upon their imagination, become more empathetic, and improve emotional intelligence. So, if anyone were to ask me what the best reading/phonics program is, not only as a mom but as a learner, I would (and have many times) recommended the Hooked On Phonics Learn To Read program. This set is the absolute best deal I've found for beginners. It includes five levels from PreK-2nd grade. Other great programs by Hooked on Phonics are available for older children here on Educents, where I found this deal. Right now you can get free shipping with code CANDYCORN.  


Disclosure - Educents is an affiliate, with affiliate links. We may earn a small commission of the sales at Educents if you use our links. 

C.S. Lewis on Stage at the Aronoff Center Cincinnati Save 25% September 24, 2016



Hey there locals! Have you heard about this new performance? If you are a C.S. Lewis fan, now is your chance to learn about him through this on stage performance. One day only Saturday Septmber 24. Two shows, one at 4pm and one at 8pm. 

Exclusive for Vintage Indie Readers & the OINK Homeschool community 

Save 25% (Ref. $59 - $49)

Use code: MRC25





Disclaimer:  I was provided with tickets for my family in exchange for promotional purposes.  All opinions are my own.  

Alice & Wonderland The Musical with the Cincinnati Children's Theatre: Enter to Win!

With my oldest child turning fifteen, I'm a beliver in more memories and less stuff more than ever before. We still have a preschooler, who has too much stuff. Don't get me wrong we're still working on it.

The older two have too much stuff as well, and I find them downsizing the junk when they start to get overwhelmed.  If you were to sit down and talk with them about their favorite things, they'll more than likely tell you about a trip we took, or an event we attended. They both have fond memories of visiting the Cincinnati Children's Theatre, and still like it as a teen and pre-teen. Now they're excited to take along their little sister, and see how she reacts to the scenes unfolding. 

Since 1924 The Cincinnati Children's Theatre has been aiming to bring smiles and the wonders of the theatre to children across the Greater Cincinnati Area. To kick of their season, they're bringing Alice in Wonderland to the Main Stage at Taft Theatre! Bring your kids to explore their first show of the season, with Alice and all of her friends. 

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Create memories to last a lifetime, and introduce them to the kid-friendly performaces that The Children's Theatre works so hard to bring you. 

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND begins the 2016-2017 season at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, October 15-23, 2016. Saturday October 15 at 2 PM; Sunday October 16 at 2 PM and 5PM; Friday October 21 at 7:30 PM; Saturday October 22 at 2 PM and 5 PM; and Sunday October 23 at 2 PM at the Taft Theatre, 5th and Sycamore Streets in Downtown Cincinnati.

Purchase your Tickets $10-30 by calling 1-800-745-3000 or visiting Tickets are selling as fast as the White Rabbit!


or Enter to Win a pair of vouchers right here on Vintage Indie! (Thanks to The Children's Theatre for the giveaway vouchers)



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Congratulations to Candy Burns! She is our winner! 






Disclaimer:  I was provided with tickets for my family in exchange for promotional purposes as well as ticket for the winner.  All opinions are my own.  

1st Day of Preschool/Kindergarten: Good Night Gorilla


Today marks the first day of our Preschool/Kindergarten journey. I have two sweet little students this year, that are so excited to get started with our  Literature based unit study Good Night Gorilla from Simply Learning Kids. Folks, if you haven't ever been to Kaitlyn's website and you are starting a tot-school/preschool you MUST go check out her sight ASAP. She does such a fantastic job creating these materials for our children. She puts so much heart into them, and makes learning hands-on and fun. We are truly grateful to her for providing our curriculum for our new preschool. 

Want to know how I organize our two week studies, come back tomorrow for an overview. 

In the meantime, check out some of our favorite books we're using to go along with our preschool curricula. (affiliate links provided for your convenience


Need some extra ideas for studying Africa? Check out our Pinterest Board. 



Sales & Specials: Wooden Educational Toys & More!

Happy Monday morning to you! I'm currently writing a review on one of our recent travels, and a few things popped up on my screen.

Today's Gold Box Deals on Amazon include some fantastic wooden toys, helpful educational materials and up to 45% off of a laminator! I love my laminator and use it for so much, especially since I have a preschooler again this year. 

 All the links below are affiliate links for your convenience. 

 Tip: I purchase laminating pouches in bulk on eBay, they seem more affordable that way. 

Finger puppets are great for imaginary play. 


A-Z puzzle, from BeginAgain. They have quite a lot of wooden educational toys on sale today. 

 Crazy Aaron's Thinking Putty is one of our favoirte sensory play items. The older kids like to play with it during school time, it keeps their fingers busy, while their minds are hard at work. 


These chore cards are just what you need to get this school year off on the right foot. An easy way to get organized, and get everyone involved with being responsible. 


Host an Outdoor Sensory Play Day

Summer, oh how I love you sweet, sweet, summer. Listen, if you know me, you know that summer is my jam. It may be hot, sticky, and somewhat miserable at times, but I will take it over winter ANY DAY! One night while I was up surfing, researching Pinterest, I decided that the kids and I should host an outdoor sensory play day. I'm so glad we did, it was so easy, and so much fun! 


13886303_10210148480694702_7412813041463338416_nThe small pool was filled with water beads and fresh water. We then put it in my friend's larger pool to catch and rogue beads. The kids loved this. 


How to host an outdoor sensory play day? 

  1. Invite moms willing to participate and their kiddos.
  2. Have each family bring 1-2 sensory activities and all of the ingredients for their activity. For example, playdough, water beads, moon sand, elephant toothpaste, etc. 
  3. You provide the tables, table coverings and a hand cleaning station. If you have sand, or glitter or anything that uses oil, you 'll probably want some oil cutting soap as well. 
  4. Make sure to have plenty of drinking water on hand. It was so hot, we went through a lot of water. 

Tip: Pick up a few plastic tablecloths from the Dollar store so clean up is a breeze! 




Finger painting station, with large Post It sticky paper. 



Cloud Dough with corn starch and shaving cream. 


A classic, corn starch and water. 



The hand washing station can also be a lot of fun. 


What are your favorite sensory things to do? 


Cincinnati: The Children's Theater Presents The Frisch Marionette Compay Production of Jungle Book: The Story of Mowgli's Fire


If you are a home educator in the area, it could be that you've enjoyed a few student productions from The Children's Theatre. I know that we have enjoyed so many of them through the years at the The Taft Theater, 5th & Sycamore Streets Cincinnati, OH 45202.

However, if you haven't heard The Chidren's Theatre is super excited to invite you to their new location off of Red Bank Road. The Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage. 4015 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, OH 45227

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Coming up on August 25th at 12 and 7:30pm you can visit opening night of  The Frisch Marionette Company’s production of JUNGLE BOOK:  THE STORY OF MOWGLI’S FIRE! 



Produced and directed by Kevin Frisch and adapted from an original script by Nicholas Coppola.  Original music composed and performed by Steve Frisch.


Tickets are going fast for this opening weekend! Add some last minute summer fun to your summer bucket-list. 

August 25 at 12 PM and 7:30 PM;

Friday, August 26 at 12 PM and 7:30 PM;

Saturday, August 27 at 2 PM and 5 PM 

Sunday, August 28 at 2 PM and 5 PM  


Tickets $10 in advance or $13 at the door.  Every person, regardless of age, needs a ticket. Children 1 year-old and younger who do not need a seat and will sit on your lap will be required to have an Infant Lap Pass for each show in every seating location throughout the theater. Lap Passes are just $1.


About Kevin Frisch and The Frisch Marionette Company:

In 1986, Kevin Frisch moved to New York City and joined The Puppetworks, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York. The next nine years were spent touring the New York Metropolitan area as well as performing in The Puppetworks’ permanent theatres in Brooklyn and Macy's Herald Square. In 1995, Kevin established The Frisch Marionettes in Cincinnati as an exceptional entertainment and educational experience for children and adults alike, proclaiming the many virtues of this unusual art form.  Kevin Frisch has built puppets, masks and costumes for The Central Park Zoo, New York Aquarium and The Puppetworks Inc. of New York. His puppets have been seen in People Magazine, SHOWTIMES' "Twisted Puppet Theater", the PBS Documentary "The American Puppet," and onstage with The Cincinnati Opera as well as in the New York store windows of ‘Saks 5th Ave.’, ‘Bloomingdale’s’ and ‘Hermes New York’ and in the family film “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” featuring Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman. Kevin and his puppets have appeared in television commercials for Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati. Most recently, his puppets have appeared in the hit television shows “2 Broke Girls” on CBS and “Warehouse 13” on the Syfy channel.  For the past four seasons, The Frisch Marionette Company has designed puppets for TCT’s MainStage productions at the Taft Theatre.


Mark your calendar for MainStage theatre productions coming this fall. Alice in Wonderland, Elf The Musical JR., The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan the Stage Musical Based on the Disney Film!

Be sure to come back here to Vintage Indie for your chance to win tickets to the first show Alice in Wonderland in October! 



Disclaimer:  I was provided with tickets for my family in exchange for promotional purposes. All opinions are my own.

Preparing for a Homeschool Convention

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Our local homeschool convention has already passed, but I know many of you are still waiting your turn, and have one coming up soon. I put this little plan together for an OINK homeschool mom's night out, and figured you all might appreciate it as well. 

Be Prepared.
Save Money.
Be Encouraged.



Pre Register:

- Check for your online registration deadlines. 

Prices may vary for Family & Individuals
Don't want to hear anyone speak?  Some conventions like the Great Homeschool Conventions group allow you to shop for free on Thursday, or get
a shopping pass.

Be sure to check whether your homeschool convention has negotiated parking deals with the local garages. Different garages often offer different prices. Some could require a voucher. Plan ahead for OVERSIZED Vehicles:
6'10" clearence on most garages, 15 passenger vans should call to make
a reservation in some states. 

Name & Address Labels:
Signing up for giveaways, newsletters or mailing lists? Print some
address labels with your information, so you can easily stick and go.

Take Notes:
Bring an iPad if you like to type your notes. A notebook, or clipboard
and paper. Whatever your favorite method of taking notes, you'll want
to bring something you so can write down those encouraging tips, and
homeschooling secrets.

Speakers & Special Guests:
Make a copy of the convention speakers (from the website), and sit
down with your highlighter and highlight anything that sounds
interesting to you. Next, narrow down your choices based on time
slots. Put a star next to the speaker you really want to see.
If you're like me, you'll make a note "do not miss" if you really need
to hear what this speaker has to say. Keep in mind, if you can't get
to them all, there will be CDs to purchase from most of the speakers,
but this can add up quick!

Photo Credit: Lynne Bellaire of Essentials in Writing. 
What's your budget?
Have you sat down to really look at how much you spend on curriculum
every year? Sit down, make a list of your needs, wants and
just-want-to-look-at products. Keep impulse spending down, by knowing
your budget.

Make a list of things you really need.
Most of the time you can save on shipping if you purchase the
curriculum at the convention. Research the best price online (Amazon)
that you can pay for an item, and if you're a Prime Member, save your
back if the cost is the same, and just have it shipped to your house.

A Rolling Cart!
Don't be one of those people (ahem, like me) who ends up buying a
rolling cart every time at the convention. If you plan on buying
books, they get heavy very fast. (Skip the backpack, I did that my
first year, and think I'm still paying the price at the Chiropractor).
Other ideas are a suitcase on wheels!

Water & Snacks 

Some  conventions sell food, but it is crazy expensive. I always pack a
water bottle and some snacks in my purse. You can pack a lunch, and
leave it in your car. If the weather is nice, you can eat outside on
the stairs, or go back to your car and give your feet a rest!

The convention can seem very overwhelming. Especially if this is your
first time attending. Take a deep breath and realize that we are all
there for the same reason, to better the lives of our children through
home education.

This may look very different from home to home, but don't be afraid to
step out of your comfort zone and talk with someone new.
You'll find a mix of speakers there, some who are just pushing
products, and some who really want to reach your children with their
style of curriculum. Don't be afraid to walk out of a session, and hit
plan B. Your time is just as valuable as theirs is, and if something
isn't jiving with you, then feel free to move on.

Teach Me: How to get your teen excited about science.

Ah, so you've reached the high school years. I'm in the same boat, but I'm finding  the more I think about it, the less anxiety I'm having over it. Really, the high school years shouldn't be gloom and doom, and all seriousness. In fact, learning shouldn't just stop being fun because you get older. My approach to high school has been find his passions, and try as much as possible to make learning enjoyable.

For my oldest, he decided that he wanted to take chemistry his freshman year. Not having the math he would need to take the class, he decided that he wanted to do it so much, that he was going to learn the math right along side of it. We explained that this was going to be tough, and require a little more effort on his part. So with that, he buckled down and took his first year of chemistry alongside the algebra he needed, and passed with an A. Thankfully his dad is a math whiz, and could fill in to help when he had questions. He loved every minute of it. He was engaged, and passionate about the subject. He taught me so many things about the world around us, that I've never even heard of. It was exciting as a parent to see him taking school seriously, but enjoying it at the same time.

I'm finding that if I meet enthusiasm with excitement, they're generally willing to dig their heels in deeper and put forth way more effort into learning, than if I were to make him take a particular class. What we've done is compiled a list of the needed credits for high school, and gave him choices. When he's the responsible one for making those choices, (not including math and English), he seems to put forth so much more effort.

So how does my experience relate to getting your teen excited about science?  What do they say of people who do their jobs every day and they love it? Oh yeah, they love it! There are so many branches of science that you can explore,all you have to do is find that person, meet them face to face, or online and let them tell you about why they love their jobs. Excitement, and happiness can be contagious. Take Mayim Bialik for instance.




or How about Alan Sage a Vegetarian Scientist 



How about Larrr Rosenblum, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Riverside.



 There are hundreds of videos, books, blogs and articles to share with your teen, perhaps just a nudge in the right direction will give them a starting point to get really excited about science this year.  

More Ideas:

15 YouTube Channels of Fun Science for Kids

10 Movies for kids about real scientists


Here are the hobbies of 5 of 10 physicists featured in the Perimeter Institute infographic 'What great scientists did when they weren't doing great science.' (Perimeter Institute)

10 Historic Female Scientists You Should Know 


O.I.N.K. Ohio, Indiana & Northern Kentucky Homeschool Community!

Hey there! I know, I know it's been ages since I've shown my face around here, but I've been busy. I've been homeschooling a high schooler, middle schooler and a preschooler, and their education has been on top of my priority list. We've also sold  our home that we've known for eleven years, husband had a job change, and we started a homeschool community O.I.N.K. 

OINKSpring2016O.I.N.K. Homeschool Hub is for Ohio, Indiana and Northern Kentucky home school families. My husband (who came up with the name) and I wanted to bridge the gap from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky creating educational, & family opportunities for everyone. At writing we have 523 families who belong to the community who are making connections with each other every day. We're seeing classes, field trips, family events, community service events, curriculum sales and all kinds of connections being made, and we're making many along the way ourselves. 

I'll be reviving Vintage Indie in the next few weeks, taking it slow, but hope to bring back some of that old school style to you, and also bring you along side me while I educate three kiddos in all three school levels! How exciting is that? I've also created an Instagram account, and I think I may be addicted! I love how much there is to explore and learn on Instagram. Why don't you join me there! I post a lot of recipes, and have started to post some educational goodies as well. 

Enjoy this beautiful Saturday, I'll see you soon!  

xoxo The VI Family. 

Teach Me Handmade: The 50 States Embroidery Club

I have a confession to make. I have bags and bags of embroidery thread. Pretty colors, carefully wrapped around individual thread holder thingys (that is a real word right?).  I love embroidery. I love getting lost in each stitch. I've never really completed a project, but I've started a bunch.

A few years ago, I introduced my sons to embroidery. My middle child loved it. They've had opportunities here and there to carry out a few hand sewing projects at a local art class, but nothing really at home with me. 

I've been  thinking about this set from Wild Olive since we are also studying the states. 


"The 50 States Stitching Club is a one-year project that will honor each of the states in the union, as well as paying homage to state embroidery patterns, American quilts, and kitschy state souvenirs. "

The regular price for the club will be $30 starting on July 4th, with early bird pricing at $25.00. That's only 50 cents per state for a whole year of 5 projects! - Wild Olive 


Handmade Montessori: Getting Started Age 2 (almost)

I'm excited to be introducing a new column here at Vintage Indie, under our Teach Me category. Handmade Montessori will focus on Maria Montessori's strategies and will glean many important points of thought that she so eloquently taught.

However, if you are a die-hard Montessori parent or teacher, please note, I'm not an expert. As a matter of fact, this stage of "homeschooling" and methods are all new to me when they are defined as "school". I've always had my boys beside me learning. We've spent hours in the kitchen learning how to cook. They've spent time in the laundry room learning how to properly do laundry. We've taught them care of self since the beginning, but presented it to them in different ways. The Montessori approach is new to me in concept. Not hard, and very practical, but starting much earlier, learning to pay attention to my daughter's cues when she's ready to move on to the next thing.  

 I've done a lot of research on the topic and I'm currently enrolled in  Maren Schmidt's Online Course, Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way. Maren is such a sweet, soft spoken teacher, I love her approach to Montessori and her patience. If you haven't heard of her before, you must subscribe to her newsletter, it is wonderful. 


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I hope you will join me on this journey of Handmade Montessori, with my daughter and  learn something new to implement in your homeschool, or general life. We'll be discussing Montessori as well as all  things handmade, and DIY for teaching your toddler and preschooler at home.


Teach Me: Audio Dramas by Lamplighter Theater

Hello my faithful readers! The VI family is adjusting to a new home school schedule as we school year-round. It has taken some time as we're incorporating many hands-on, life living educational opportunities which requires us to be on the road.

As the truth would have it, I love being on the road. My heart aches to be one the road with my husband and three precious children. Travel and sight seeing is one of my most favorite things to do. It is funny how each family sees "on the road". For us, it is pure bliss. I have three children who do not mind long car rides and entertain fairly easily. 

For longer trips, we enjoy audio books as a family. On our recent ten hour drive, good friends of ours lent us some of their Lamplighter Theater audio books. If you haven't listened to an audio drama of a book, you are in for a spectacular treat. Ten hours flies by as you sit in your seat and get lost in delightful stories of character, heroism, and faithfulness. 


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Imagine getting lost in this story,  "There were guns blazing, shells flying, and swords flashing and hacking away!" Teddy recounts the bravery of his father's heroic deed. But rivalry between a soldier's son and a sailor's daughter drives Teddy to his breaking point til he learns of a new battle, a new enemy, and a new Captain, whose orders are to fight all battles with the banner of love! Lamplighter Theatre is delighted to bring you one of our most treasured stories of all time and an instant classic in the Lamplighter Collection."

This is a favorite among Lamplighter Theater collections, but we listened to many more that were added to our top ten favorites of all time including; Sir Knight of the Splendid Way, The Hedge of Thorns, The Captive, The Unexpected Return and Charlie's Choice, just to name a few. 

If you're interested in learning more about Lamplighter Theater, visit their website Lamplighter. Get a taste of Lamplighter Theater every week when the play a new episode on their radio theater program on iTunes  or hear a snip it of each audio drama on their website

Another wonderful feature of the Lamplighter Theater is that they've printed heirloom quality reprints of these classic books for you, so you can begin building a collection for your children and grandchildren to come. 


Do you already love and enjoy audio dramas or audio books? Please share your suggestions with us in the comments! We'd love to find more stories to listen to this summer. 


Disclosure: This review and feature was published on our own love for these audio dramas. We were not paid for this review or feature. 




Teach Me: A Child’s Introduction to the World Bundle

Educents provided this product for review. I was not compensated for any specific wording or links within the review, however there could be affiliate links included. 


A Child's Introduction to the World Bundle is a fantastic deal at Educents. Starting today you can grab these great books to indulge your children's curiosity. Each book is beautifully illustrated and is full of detailed information about each topic. 

My children loved the special inclusions in each book. For example, A Child's Introduction to the World includs a fun Pop-Up Paper Globe and stickers. My children particularly liked the witty little details spread throughout each book.


Another surprise and fun inclusion were the fun " Discover for Yourself" science experiments included in A Child's Introduction to the Environment. These books are a fantastic starting point for any unit studies on these topics as well as a fun approach to learning fun facts on each subject. Something to note is that these books to teach old Earth. We find it is important to know the big picture of what everyone believes and feel these are great resources to teach our children with a well rounded education.

The quality of the books makes them stand out from other massed produced books and could easily make a great gift for giving. 


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Check out this great bundle starting today at Educents


Educents Price: $39.90 (33% off, $59.85 VALUE)

Who is it for: Ages 9-12

What’s Included: 3 Books:

1.     A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky

2.     A Child’s Introduction to the Environment

3.     A Child’s Introduction to the World

What you will receive: 3 Hardback Books ($59.85 VALUE!)

More product info: This bestselling, award-winning series explores the sky, environments and the cultures of our world! The bundle is perfect for classroom or home use with its curriculum-based learning activities.


 I partnered with Educents to write this post. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

Sponsored Post: My Dolphin Show App

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Dolphin Show.

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Recently we downloaded the free My Dolphin Show App. It is a brightly colored app with lots of pinks and purples and would truly appeal to girls between the ages of 8 and 10. However, my son found it challenging and fun. He didn't mind the sparkle and glitter, and the female trainer.

This app provides various types of game play and challenges. At each level you have a training session with your trainer. It is during these two training sessions that you learn a new skill such as hitting a basketball into a hoop, hurdles, jumping, flipping in the air, diving for fish, and many others. After you have completed the training it is time for a show.  During a show you use every trick that you have learned from the beginning up to that level to impress you fans and earn coins. The more tricks that you perform correctly, the more coins you earn. The more tricks that you do during a show, the more fans you earn. These fans help you earn stars. These stars earn you additional coins after your show is over.


With the coins that you earn, you are able to go shopping and purchase new costumes for your dolphin. You have the choice to keep training and performing shows while saving coins for higher priced items in the shop. You can also purchase new animals such as turtles, sharks, whales, polar bears and others creatures, to perform with.

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This was a great game, which even challenges adults. I had quite a bit of fun during my training and dolphin show. My son enjoyed playing along with me and we challenged each other at different levels of game play. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the game. I appreciated that the game was age appropriate and helped teach him about earning, spending, and saving. 



My Dolphin Show is a fun, FREE app in which you get to swim, play and perform tricks like a real dolphin! Over time, your dolphin will complete different tricks that increase in difficulty, allowing you to gain more points as the game continues. As a kid-friendly app, you can play along with your children and share quality bonding time in an entertaining and safe way.

Download the app now from the Apple App Store, Google Play and Amazon using the following links:

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Dolphin Show.

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Teach Me: with Amazon Prime


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If you've been thinking about joining Amazon Prime, but aren't quite sure if it is a fit for you and your family. They're offering a one month free trial. Now would be a great time to try it out. With free 2 Day shipping on almost anything from Amazon, you can hardly beat that for a free trial! Purchasing Christmas gifts couldn't be any easier with Amazon's selection and free shipping. 

Start you free trial with the link below. 

Join Amazon Prime - Watch Over 40,000 Movies

We've also found many reasons to use Amazon Prime in our home school. 



We have also found quite a few things to add to our watch list at Amazon Prime Instant Video. 

The Electric Company 

Cyberchase (great for math) 

Baseball by Ken Burns 

We have not viewed these yet, but they would be great additions to our studies. 

Wild America  (science)





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Teach Me: The Periodic Table of Elements

An affiliate link is included in this post. 

When my kids get fascinated with a particular subject, we do everything we can to immerse their minds into what excites them. This week it is the Periodic Table. I've compiled a list of what we've been using and some we haven't used yet. 

*Please note, I have not personally viewed all of the posted videos. You should view them prior to your children watching them. Also, links on the internet change all of the time. Please be sure to check the links out first. 

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All around sites that include video, games, links etc.: 

The site has activities, labs and other links for everything periodic table. They have other fantastic science subjects as well, be sure to check them out. 

Lesson plans, activities and more  -

Brain Pop Periodic Table of Elements 

Video Sites: 

The Periodic Table of Videos - this site is awesome and has been my boys favorite so far. Each element has science experiments and visuals for all of the elements. 

The Elements Song -

Pronouncing the Periodic Table of Elements -


Images & Facts:

Periodic Table of Comic Books  -




Fun Brain Game -

Kidz World -


Downloads & Posters:

Poster -

Notebooking pages -



The Perodic Table of Elements Free -

Oresome Elements (we love playing this one)


To Purchase: 

Nova: Hunting The Elements


I hope this is enough to get you started. I'll keep updating the page as I find more. 


Teach Me: Exercise with Fitness Blender

If you're wondering how to get some exercise into your home school day, why not check out Fitness Blender? Husband and wife team Daniel and Kelli have created Fitness Blender and offer all of their exercises for free.

You can go to their website and click on various requirements for the type of workout you would like to do. Choose from training type, body focus, difficulty, minutes and calorie burn to find the right workout for you. Everything is organized and easy to find. If you need a little more direction they do offer workout plans, but that's only if you choose to use their plans. They are also very inexpensive.  The videos offered in the workout plan are the same as what they offer for free, just organized into days, and specific workouts.


Today my kiddos and I did the 25 Minute Fun Workout for Kids. You can check it out below. 








The folks over at Fitness Blender do not know me and I was not paid for this. Just thought you would like to know some free resources for getting you and your kids moving! 

Teach Me: Great Amazon Deal for Liberty's Kids



This feature includes my referral link. 


This deal was so good to not share with you. The Liberty's Kids complete series is on sale right now for $7.99* That's a great price from the usual $12.99 price. 

*Prices on Amazon change all of the time, so be sure to check the price before purchasing.


Product Description

Liberty Rings!


Travel back in time to witness history in the making with Benjamin Franklin s teenage reporters as they confront the real and physical dangers of the American Revolution. Trapped in opposite sides of the war - James, an American colonist, and Sarah, a young English reporter - are forced to choose between friendship and allegiance to their countries. All while they try to look after mischievous Henri, a French boy whose comical escapades constantly lead to trouble. Journey through history and discover the high points of the American Revolution through this fun and animated educational adventure!


You can also get free 2 Day shipping when you sign up for Amazon Prime! Sign up for your free trial today to check it out. We love Amazon prime for the kindle apps, movies and 2 day shipping! 

We love DVD's like Liberty's Kids - The Complete Series while traveling on vacation!