Monday, January 30, 2012

We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Krista, winner of Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly DVD from Crowe’s Nest Media! Woohoo! 

Don’t forget, Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly is currently available to purchase for $19.95, but Crowe’s Nest Media is offering my readers a special discount. If you purchase the DVD before Friday, February 3rd, and use the code TravelingPraters you’ll receive a coupon that will entitle you to $1 off your purchase PLUS a FREE DOWNLOAD of the upcoming, accompanying study guide as soon as it is released! This promotion will save you about $10!

crowes nest media study guide cover

Be sure to follow Crowe’s Nest Media on Facebook and Twitter to learn about future products.

*Just so you know, if you use the coupon code to purchase the DVD, a small percentage of the proceeds will go to The Traveling Praters to fund our gas tank, of which we appreciate greatly! :) 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly DVD Review and Giveaway

I’m really excited to have had the opportunity to review a product that I absolutely love; Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly DVD.

Rarely have I watched a video that points out and refers to the amazing complexities of God’s creation as this production has done effortlessly throughout the entire one hour long DVD.  From the storyline, to the  behind the scenes collections and the testimonies in the bonus features, Crowe’s Nest Media has done a remarkable job sharing the amazing design of the Monarch Butterfly that points to our Creator.

Watching this quality, first rate DVD, produced entirely by the Crowe family, it’s easy to see why Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly was selected as a semi-finalist in the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival in not one, but two categories; Best Documentary Film and Best Creation Film.  Here’s a snippet of the video from YouTube:

Though much of the video can be enjoyed by the entire family, the DVD was produced with younger family members in mind, though my older teens did learn a thing or two about the life cycle and design of the Monarch butterfly (as did I).  I guarantee after watching this movie, you’ll never look at Monarchs the same again!

Check out Everything you will Learn by Watching this Entertaining and Educational DVD:

  • Watch a Monarch caterpillar hatch
  • Watch a butterfly emerge from it’s cocoon
  • Learn how and why to tag Monarch Butterflies
  • Learn why Cape May is a great spot to view the migrating Monarchs (now I want to go there!)
  • Learn how to tell a male from a female Monarch
  • Learn about some of the threats to Monarch butterflies and how we can help protect them
  • Learn why children collected milkweed during WWII and how it was used towards the war effort  
  • Learn about Mr. Jules H. Poirier, a Creation Scientist, who has spent much of his life  observing what science can teach us about God

Your backyard scientists will also:

  • Learn what Ophryocystis Elektroscirrha is and how to test for it
  • Learn how to perform an ultrasound on a Monarch chrysalis
  • Learn how to record and track the Monarch butterflies that flutter through your yard

Coming Soon! A Study Guide to Enhance the DVD

crowes nest media study guide cover Crowe’s Nest Media is currently working on a downloadable study guide to enhance the DVD which is also ideal for homeschooling families.  The guide will be appropriate for all ages. Some of the features of the book include content review, discussion questions,diagrams to label,  essay questions, copy work selections, copy work pages for various ages, notebooking pages, and opportunities for further study.  The study guide is scheduled to be released sometime in April 2012.

A Special Offer for The Traveling Praters’ Readers

Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly is currently available to purchase for $19.95 but Crowe’s Nest Media has offered my readers a special discount.  If you purchase the DVD before Friday, February 3rd, and use the code TravelingPraters you’ll receive a coupon that will entitle you a FREE DOWNLOAD as soon as the study guide is completed which will save you the approximate retail value of $8.95! 

One More Surprise- A Giveaway

Crowe’s Nest Media has also graciously offered to give one reader a copy of Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly. The giveaway will close Sunday night at midnight and I will announce a winner here, on Facebook and on Twitter Monday morning.

How to enter: Simply visit the Crowe’s Nest Media web store , and come back here and leave a comment telling me you did.

Extra entries: You may also increase your chances of winning by doing one or all of the following and leaving me a comment letting me know that you do it. 

  • Subscribe to the Crowe’s Nest blog RSS feed or email updates.
  • “Like” Crowe’s Nest Media Facebook page
  • Follow Crowe’s Nest Media on Twitter @crowesnestmedia

    Details: This giveaway is open to anyone with a US address. The giveaway will end at midnight on January 29, 2012 and a winner will be chosen by I will contact the winner by email so make sure to include your email address in your comments. You will have 24 hours to respond to my email. If I don’t hear from you, I will select another winner. The DVD will ship directly from Crowe’s Nest Media.

    Read More Reviews and Enter More Giveaways

    Each of the following bloggers have also reviewed this DVD and are giving away one copy. I encourage you to stop by their blogs, read their reviews and enter their giveaways for an added chance to win Your Backyard: The Life & Journey of the Amazing Monarch Butterfly.

  • Spell Outloud

    The Curriculum Choice

    Finding Joy

    Handbook of Nature Study

    Mama's Learning Corner

    Get Along Home

  • Disclaimer:  I received this DVD and the giveaway copy, from Crowe’s Nest Media,  in exchange for an honest review here at The Traveling Praters. I have given my honest opinion and thoughts about this product. If you decide to purchase this product using the coupon code above, I will also receive a small affiliate commission.

  • Monday, January 16, 2012

    A New Blog on the Block

    I have a secret to share...
    While I have enjoyed sharing my family’s fun, family friendly, educational travel adventures and while I’m certainly not ready to stop traveling or writing about our experiences, My Homey Haven is about everything else that interests me. More specifically, my new site is focused around homemaking, household management, thrift store shopping and decorating, with an emphasis on hospitality- topics that may not be of interest to my Traveling Prater's readers.

    So, if this sounds like something you may want to check out, I hope that you’ll stop by and visit. If not, rest assured that The Traveling Prater’s will remain all about our traveling and homeschool adventures- the same thing it’s always been about. I also have some exciting changes taking place, a few product reviews and some fun giveaways that I’ll share with you in the next week or two so stay tuned. I can’t wait to tell you what I’m up to!

    Monday, January 9, 2012

    Tennessee Aquarium Homeschool Day

    The 2012 Winter Homeschool Day at the Tennessee Aquarium will be will be Monday, January 30. The homeschool day offers discounts on admission, the IMAX Theater and gift shops in each facility as well as special programming for homeschool families. 

    Home School Students:
    $6.50 Aquarium
    $5.00 IMAX
    $10.25 Combination Aquarium and IMAX

    Home School Parents:
    $22.50 Aquarium
    $ 7.75 IMAX
    $27.50 Combination Aquarium and IMAX

    A guided behind-the-scenes tour will be offered for $5.oo and must be purchased at the ticket office when you purchase your tickets. Be warned- this sells out quickly. I’ve been at the aquarium twice, once on a homeschool day,  and it was full both times.  If you plan to take part in the special behind-the-scenes tour, plan to arrive early in the day. 

    In addition to the discounted prices, homeschool students and parents will also receive a 10% discount at the Aquarium gift shops. If you are a member of the Tennessee Aquarium and you are a homeschool student or parent, you will receive a 20% discount. These prices and discounts for homeschool families are available only on January 31st, during the Tennessee Aquarium Homeschool Day event. 

    Do you have questions about visiting on the Homeschool Day? You’ll probably find the answer on this FAQ Page. If  you’re unable to find what you’re looking for, you can contact Bray McDonald at or call (423) 785-4093.

    The Tennessee Aquarium has also put together a wonderful page of educational resources to use prior to your visit and while visiting the aquarium for all ages. Don’t forget to download my free field trip notebooking pages e-book to document your trip.

    You can read about our first visit to the Tennessee Aquarium at Field Trip Friday: Tennessee Aquarium.

    Stop back later in the week when I’ll be sharing other Chattanooga attractions that my family has enjoyed!

    Tennessee Aquarium                                                                                                                           One Broad Street, Chattanooga TN, 37402 

    Have you been to the Tennessee Aquarium? What tips would you give a first time visitor?

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012

    Welcome and a Free Offer

    Welcome to The Traveling Praters! If you are stopping by from the Homeschool Channel and this is your first visit, I’d like to offer you a special gift and quickly tell you a bit about me and my site.

    I am a homeschooling mom of three teenagers that has spent extensive time on field trips and traveling with my husband’s job, which once lead us to be a full-time RV family! You can read more about me and my family on my About Page

    I mainly write about the fun, family friendly, educational travel that we experience, travel tips, money saving secrets, and homeschool curriculum reviews.  If you’re interested in some of those posts, My Top Ten of 2011 will give you a good example of what I share at The Traveling Praters.

    I also share information on upcoming Homeschool Days, like the 2012 Winter Homeschool Days at the Creation Museum and other family friendly events.

    I am currently updating my site and have some exciting changes planned. If you’d like to know when this happens, you may choose to stay in touch by:

    Subscribing to my RSS feed.  

    Following me on Twitter.

    Or liking my Facebook page.

    As promised, I have a special gift just for stopping by my site Field Trip Notebooking Pages, a free excerpt from my upcoming family travel e-book, due to be released in February 2012. 

    FT notebooking pages snip

    I hope you enjoy what I’ve put together for you and I hope to see you here again!

    Free Entrance to the National Parks Jan. 14-16

    I love visiting the America’s National Parks! In fact, when we travel, I always check the map to see if we’ll be near any of these amazing places so we’re sure not to miss it.

    Entrance to many of the National Parks are free all the time but several times a year you’ll find free admission at ALL National Parks and one of those days is right around the corner.  January 14 –16 (Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend) will kick off the first of 2012’s free entrance days at the National Parks.

    Other 2012 dates you’ll want to remember:

    • April 21-29
      National Park Week
    • June 9
      Get Outdoors Day
    • September 29
      National Public Lands Day
    • November 10-12
      Veterans Day weekend

    Discounts are also offered from these park partners:

    Start Planning Your Visit to one of the 397 National Parks today!

    What is your favorite National Park to visit?

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