August 2019 Monthly Newsletter

July 31, 2019

The following post will be a blog archive copy of the Build Your Library’s August 2019 Monthly Newsletter. If you missed the email, you can subscribe to our mailing list here. [Scheduled to be sent 08/01/19 9:00 AM EST]

Hey everybody, it’s Emily from Build Your Library! If you are just going to skim the beginning, here are the main topics in this month’s newsletter:

Now that I have your attention, here are the details on those items and more.

Monthly Newsletter

We apologize if the past couple newsletters were not overflowing with earth-shaking news. I blame summer, and of course all of the time and effort going in to completing Level 12… But we have some final details to announce for Level 12 and our huge Summer / Back-to-School Sale is about to kick off!

Summer / Back-to-School Sale!

It’s about time to kick off our End of Summer / Back-to-School SALE! From August 4 – 17, take 20% off your entire purchase using the code SUMMER2019 at checkout. This code is only good for products listed on our website.

As a side note, Level 12 will be completed by the end of the month, but not quite in time for the sale. If you remember last year with the release of Level 11, we ran a pre-order during the sale so you could take advantage of the 20% off, and just download the actual completed lesson plans a couple weeks later. This seemed to work out great, so you can still get the sale price, and I won’t be too rushed to get the level out early. So if you are in the market for Level 12, you can still take full advantage of the sale and pre-order it for 20% off!

August Bookish Holidays

August has a couple fun book-related holidays, National Coloring Book Day (August 2) and National Book Lovers Day (August 9).

For author’s birthdays, we have Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20) and Mary Shelley (August 30). There are also a bunch of Harry Potter characters with birthdays such as one of our favorites – Ginny Weasley (August 11), a couple lesser knowns – Tina Goldstein (August 19), Percy Weasley (August 22) and one of our least favorites… Dolores Umbridge (August 26). No cake for you, Umbridge!

Shark Week!

You have a couple days left of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel (July 28-August 4, 2019)! This is the perfect time to camp out in front of your TV to catch all or part of the over 20 hours of documentaries on all things shark related. It is also a great time to do the BYL Shark Unit Study! We ran a Shark Week sale on our unit study, but now with the Summer Sale, all of them are now 20% off for a couple more weeks.

The BYL Shark Unit Study includes a complete schedule, book list, documentary list, helpful internet links, copywork/dictation assignments, vocabulary, writing assignments, and a variety of projects, including 11 notebooking pages. It is scheduled over 3 weeks, but can easily be stretched to last longer if you only do 2 – 3 lessons per week.

If you hurry, you might be able to catch the tail end of Nat Geo’s SharkFest! Not to be outdone by the Discovery Channel, Nat Geo have been running a bunch of shark related documentaries too for the past couple weeks, but I think it ends on August 2.

Build Your Library on Tour 2019

We currently do not have any appearances lined up in the very near future, but we will keep everyone updated when more events are scheduled.

“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams

We hope you all enjoyed our last three “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Streams. If you missed them, you can find a recording on our Facebook or on our past events page.

We are going to push the next one until the end of the month this time, so our next one will be scheduled for Friday, August 23th at 1pm EST, where we will have a “Back to School” discussion! We will chat about getting organized and prepping for a great school year!

At the beginning of the livestream, I will give a brief overview of the topic and then open the floor to any questions you may have. If you have any questions you want to make sure we cover, you can submit them via our Contact Us page prior to the event, so we don’t miss it in the scroll. This is a Facebook Live event, so you will just need to click through on Facebook to watch it live.

Every other month, I host a 30-60 minute Build Your Library homeschooling chat. You can ask questions about homeschooling, using Build Your Library curriculum, book recommendations, etc. We will announce the date ahead of time, and you will be able to submit some questions you would like to cover. Additionally, you can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!

Build Your Library Support

Are you looking for help or advice on your homeschooling journey? We have compiled all of our helpful resources into one blog post for you. From the many BYL related Facebook groups to my book A Literary Education, there is a treasure trove of information and helpful parents out there to help guide you along your homeschooling adventure. If you have any questions, just ask!

BYL Social Media Shout Out

We always have our Social Media “chicklets” at the bottom of our newsletters and webpage, but we wanted to make sure you are following us on our other platforms. The Build Your Library Facebook is our go-to social media site, and we post there frequently with cool Amazon products and book recommendations we think you would like, as well as all of our Family Reading Crate announcements, blog posts, full year and unit study product releases and updates, and more.

Our Build Your Library Instagram page regularly posts pictures and insider info about what I’m currently working on or what I’m doing with my kids.

Although not 100% exclusively Build Your Library related, our Arrrgh Schooling YouTube channel has videos about books and homeschooling – but let’s be honest – it’s mostly books. If you want to see unboxing videos for the Family Reading Crates or just want ideas for books to read (either for you for your children) you are sure to find something useful! We also have a BYL Twitter feed where I share links and information about BYL and homeschooling. Or you can stay subscribed to our email list and browse our monthly newsletters.

Wrap Up

Where did the summer disappear to? We are almost ready to go back to school again! If you are looking for inspiration this month, here are some articles you might find helpful:

We have over 100 blog posts on various homeschooling and book-related topics if you want to browse for more.

I think that is about all for this month. Again, please follow us on whatever social media you frequent, there will be periodic updates posted there as well, but we will try to keep everyone in the know where ever you are surfing!

Thanks and Happy Reading! Emily

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