So you wanna peek behind the curtain?
You want to see what I like and what I link to?
You want to know where, when, and why I use affiliate links?
All right then! Maybe you want to see what kind of companies and products I align myself with. Maybe you want to see how you can help support The Oliver family. Or maybe you just want to find some good products with affiliate programs to join. In any case, here they are. (I’ve tried to list all of them.)
Wait–what’s that you say? What are affiliate links? Here’s the short answer:
When a company wants to promote a product, they create an affiliate program to get people (affiliates) to help them spread the word. When I sign up as an affiliate to promote their product, I get my own link to the product with my id in it, so that when someone clicks on my link and buys the product, I’m the one that gets credit for the sale. In some cases, if you click through my affiliate link and buy something else on their site, I get credit for that sale also. How much credit I get varies from company to company but it’s around 5-10% on average. You don’t pay any more money or have to do anything different, so it doesn’t affect your shopping experience in any way.
Why would I use affiliate links?
Truth be told, it would be silly not to. Yes, it could become obnoxious if I were to write about a ton of random stuff and throw a lot of irrelevant links at you. On the other hand, if I’m already going to write about curriculum we use anyway, and I’m already going to link to their site anyway, then it makes sense to use affiliate links when I can. After all, if you don’t like what you see, you’re not going to buy their products. But If you do buy something through my link, you found a great product, they made a sale, and I get a small commission for telling all my friends about their great stuff. Everybody wins.
Companies I love:
I really enjoy these companies and products. They seem to be good companies, and I stand behind them! **All of the links below are affiliate links to these companies.**
- The Mystery of History, Bright Ideas Press – I am 100% sold on this history curriculum!
- Notebooking Pages – a site with free notebooking printables, and a paid membership with even more including the digital page maker, Notebooking Publisher.
- Currclick – If you buy any Currclick item with my affiliate link, I get a credit to use on their site or cash out. Affiliate links to Currclick help make my children smarter.
- Apologia Science – Our favorite science for elementary ages, hands down.
- Apologia Worldview Series – Also a huge fan of this one! I have high praise for this series.
- WonderMaps, Bright Ideas Press – One of the best geography tools you can invest in. Read my post here.
- North Star Geography, Bright Ideas Press – Excellent geography curriculum for 8th grade and up.
Other Companies/Products I Love
I don’t have/use affiliate links for these companies because they don’t have an affiliate program, or I’m not signed up as an affiliate–but we like these companies, too, and they deserve a shout out as well.
- CTC Online Math Courses – Excellently structured online math curriculum, great for audio/visual learners, easy to use for both students and parents.
- Homeschool Legacy – Once a week unit studies on a variety of topics – we use the American History series.
- See the Light Art – A Christian homeschool company with art curriculum DVDs and Bible Story Art Lessons. We enjoy these!
- Times Tales – An easy way to learn the times tales, utilizing images and mnemonics to remember the upper multiplication facts.
- Heritage History CDs – This is a great Living Books supplement to our Mystery of History curriculum. We have the Early Readers Library.
- Life of Fred Math – THE BEST math curriculum EVER for students who love to read and/or are pretty good at reading and don’t mind it. Life of Fred teaches math in real world context through narration.
- A Beka Language Arts – After trying a handful of different things, we finally settled on A Beka as our choice for language arts curriculum.
- Timez Attack – A fun game for learning times tables.
I also use links to the above in my sidebars, I sometimes accept paid or product-payment reviews (if the product fits an interest or fills a need) and I do offer ad space.