Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MySchoolYear.com {TOS REVIEW}


MySchoolYear.com Review
I have been homeschooling for quite a few years and have tried multiple ways to keep track of assignments, grades and hours. I was excited to try out My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from MySchoolYear.com.
My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) is so full of useful tools to help plan my kids school year I am sure I still haven't figured everything out yet. I have been using this online planner for a few weeks and so I will do my best to do it justice and share all the juicy details. 
The first thing I loved about this program is that I can enter extra curricular activities easily. We are on a slow school schedule right now. We don't do full school, but we never stop either unless everyone is at home, or we go out of town. However, my kids do summer sports that differ slightly than our regular year sports. By differ slightly I mean we still swim - swimming is our sport all year. In the summer the kids swim on our local recreation for 6 weeks. It's less intense than or winter USA swimming schedule but practices still run every day and instead of a swim meet every month we basically have on a week for six weeks. I was able to easily put this information in the planner under 'extra-curricular' and add hours for it. 
There is also a section for awards. This has come in very handy for those things we forget to record. Boo recently did a 'safe sitter' course. It's a course designed to teach teenagers how to be prepared while babysitting especially in certain emergency situations. It was a whole day course and she took a test at the end. She was please to tell us she scored 100%. Normally I would file her certificate away and it may be forgotten forever. Instead I was able to go straight to the 'awards' section on the correct tracking page and record the information. This includes the date, the hours she attended the course and her score in the test.
I have also started to use this section to record the process (and it's a long one) for Jam's Eagle Award for Boy Scouts. We are nearly ready to send in all the paperwork. So I have been recording the hours etc for his service project. I can't wait to enter his Eagle Award details in the 'awards' section.
I mentioned swim league earlier, because there is an award section. I can even enter the ribbons and awards that they receive during the season. This will make it organized and easy to recall information for transcripts etc especially as my older two are going to both be in high school this next year.
I entered Jam's religion class in. Every morning for the school year he get's up early and attends a class from 6-7 am. He passed this year with an A and received a full credit for his attendance. He will be doing this every public school day of high school. 
You can also print off reports at the click of a button. I took a screen shot of the button choices and it as simple as click and print!
Like I said, I feel that I have really only scratched the surface with this program. You don't have to just take my word for it. You can click on the link below and read how others on the crew have used it. Plus you can click here to sign up for their month free trial.
I really liked this program, I know I still have so much to learn but what I have done so far seems really simple. Plus they have email support and a toll-free number to call if you need help! You can also check them out on social media.
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MySchoolYearWeb/
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Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+MyschoolyearWeb
Homeschool Record Keeping {MySchoolYear.com Review}

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LearnBop {TOS REVIEW}

LearnBop for Families Review
We have been using LearnBop to practice our math skills over the last few weeks. We were sent a 12 month family subscription to LearnBop for Families and the kids have been using it roughly 3x a week since we received it.

LearnBop for Families Review
LearnBop is a self paced online math program suitable for families. They have an individual plan and a family plan which allows for up to four users. This is the plan we received.

The plan itself is advertised at being for grades 3-12 but we were able to use some of the instruction for Captain who is in the process of finishing up 2nd grade math. He's only seven so I don't hold him to a strict time frame. In some areas he's working above 2nd grade and that's one reason why this program intrigued me in the first place.
LearnBop for Families Review

The program does not hold children to certain grades so it is adaptable and easily allows a child the instruction they need in both advanced and struggling math subjects.

I love online programs for math because they give instruction when my children need it. They don't have to wait for me to finish or wait for their Dad to get home (he's my kids preferred parent when it comes to math help).

When you first sign in to LearnBop you choose a 'learning roadmap'. The curriculum is in either grade level or math subject so it can be easily adapted. If you child is just starting 3rd grade for example you can just click on that roadmap. If they are in a higher grade and have some gaps then you can click on individual math subjects and they can work on different levels for each one. Even if you choose a certain roadmap the child completes 'warm-up' exercises that access where they are. The program then helps you identify gaps in subjects that need to be reviewed.

My kids loved the videos that are included in the lessons. They can watch each video more that once, and if the child is struggling they can click on step by step instructions that help them understand where they are going wrong. Every time you move to a new concept or topic there is a video there to help you learn the topic.

Each lesson shows clear progress.

The dashboard shows and records progress as well as achievements that the child has made. This made my kids continue even when things seem a little hard, especially Captain. He really likes getting 'earned' achievements on his dashboard.


We have used lots of online math programs. Although this one isn't my kids favorite it is definitely another good option for homeschool or public school families alike. I like that this can be used as extra practice to review specific subjects too.

The program is bright and very appealing for kids which is a bonus.

One of the other things I like about this program is their commitment to giving back to the community. They have a great give back program with their buy one - give one program. For every program bought they give one to the GO Project.

Check out what others thought of this program by clicking on the link below.

LearnBop for Families Review

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day Fun

My kids bought their Dad his favorite chocolate this year - whole fruit covered with Dove.

However they made Grandpa a fun Candy Gram!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Make Your Children World Explorers

worldexplorers 

Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a "staycation." Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family's "World Explorers" summer adventure kit!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you've determined where you're going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country's unique culture.

Click here to sign up and receive your free summer adventure kit.

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Glass Castle - Shiloh Press {TOS REVIEW}



The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}

Boo loves to read. In fact all my kids love to read. When I mean love to read, I mean they seriously devour books. It's hard to keep up with them. I used to try and read all the books before them, but eventually I had to give in. Now I rely on good reviews and librarians to help. So when we were offered a book called The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry B Jenkins by Shiloh Run Press.
The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}
To say Boo enjoyed this book is an understatement. She read it in less 24 hours and raved about it the whole time. So I decided that I would have Boo write about the book, since she enjoyed it so much.


"Avery dragged her three year-old-brother behind a boxwood bush and listened for footsteps in the brittle leaves. She couldn’t be sure which was louder-the person on their trail or her own heart, galloping like a stallion in her ears."

This is the beginning of  “The Glass Castle.” Intense right? Aren’t books that start like this hard to put down? It’s impossible!!!! The main characters name is Avery. I don’t want to talk about the story too much, because I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read it yet. So I’m going to focus on her.
       Avery is the heroine of her story; she is brave, smart, and kind. Three very important attributes of a heroine, no she didn’t courageously save someone who was dying. She didn't work alone, she worked and helped everyone she met, and as a team working and cooperating they got things done. Avery had had many difficult trials, and it wasn’t easy but she was brave, and smart, and kind which enabled her to get through them. Even though she was shy, her courage gave her the strength to be a leader.
    The characters in this story are examples whether good or bad. I can relate to Avery because she loves her little brother as much as I do. The book is so personal, that it is impossible for you to not to relate to one or more of the characters.
            In conclusion I want to say that “The Glass Castle” is an amazing story. And it’s very hard to put down. I finished it is less than 24 hours. It is a very good read. Thanks so much Trisha White Priebe & Jerry B. Jenkins for writing an amazing book!!!! 

Well that about sum's our feelings about this book. Boo loved it and it's sat in a pile of books that Jam wants to read! It's hard to find good, clean middle school aged fiction. My children have had high reading levels from a very young age. When they learn to read well easy, they grow out of the children's section quickly. This is why I love books like this - so that they can enjoy excellent stories, mystery, and intrigue without worry!

I remember reading somewhere recently that when we read good books, we need to write reviews to encourage those authors in their efforts. I have decided to make a concerted effort to do this from now on!

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The Glass Castle {Shiloh Run Press Review}



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