Monday, July 24, 2017

REVIEW: Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit by ACTÍVA Products

My 12-year old daughter was excited to get to review the Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit by ACTÍVA Products.


WHAT IS IT?:

The Rigid Wrap and CelluClay Quik-Sculpting Kit is a creativity pack that includes two 4 inch x 5 yard rolls of Rigid Wrap, one 8-oz. bag of CelluClay Instant Paper Mache, and access to complete instructions for twelve different projects.

This package is sure to inspire hours of creativity and fun in your children!  With so much material included in this one box, your child can makes lots of different projects and still have plenty of supplies left for future projects as they come up with their own ideas or use the ones included.  This kit is available for just $11.90!

You can have your FREE ebook called ACTÍVA Products' Favorite Sculpture KIDS CRAFTS delivered right to your inbox with the full instructions for those twelve craft projects.  It’s full of additional ideas for sculpting projects your kids can enjoy using both the Rigid Wrap and the CelluClay from the kit!


OUR EXPERIENCE:

Haylee loves any kind of art, and she likes to explore different kinds of materials, too.  She’s used other Activa products in the past, such as the Color Plus Clay and the Rigid Wrap Plaster Cloth (which was a recommended supply item for the art curriculum we were using), and she has always enjoyed them.  Activa offers a variety of materials, but this Quik-Sculpting Kit was neat because it included a combination of both the Rigid Wrap and the CelluClay!  They can be used separately or together, so the possibilities are endless!  You are only limited by your own imagination.

DSCF4876Haylee was really impressed with the amount of both products that were included in this kit.  For under $12, we felt it was a great value.  She created four different projects during the review period, and she still had one full roll and most of the second roll of Rigid Wrap left, and she barely used any of the powder material for mixing the CelluClay.  She mixed a container full to make a smiley face, and I could hardly tell she had opened the bag!  So it will go a long way towards any projects you might have in mind.

DSCF4873Using the free ebook that I mentioned above, Haylee selected three projects that she wanted to try.  First, she made a variety of beads for the “bold beads” project using the Rigid Wrap material.  She cut the Rigid Wrap into strips, dipped them into a tub of water, and wrapped them around the ends of some straws.  Then she molded each one into the shape of beads that she wanted to make.  She allowed the beads to air dry on the straws for about half an hour and then painted them with acrylic paint for decoration.  Once the paint was dry, she removed them from the straws.  Very simple!  She’ll be able to string them easily (we just moved cross-country, and our elastic beading string is still packed).DSCF4871

For her second project, she used the included printable pattern from the ebook to make the “beautiful butterfly.” She used the pattern to cut out the butterfly shape from a piece of thick cardboard.  Then she wrapped it in wet strips of the Rigid Wrap.  She made sure the surface was nice and smooth.  She used a strip to make the shape of the head and body and applied it to the body.  When it was dry, she painted it.  It turned out so cute!

For her thirDSCF4872d project, she made the “piece of cake” from the idea book.  She started with two even blocks of Styrofoam to make the layers of the cake stacked together.  She wrapped the whole thing in wet strips of the Rigid Wrap material and allowed it to air dry before she painted it.  It was so lightweight when it was finished!  It looked neat.

Next, she started a fourth project of her own design.  She wanted to make a simple smiley face plaque out of the CelluClay material.  She mixed up a small batch using the powdered material and water by simply blending it in a container with her hands.  It’s easy to adjust the texture of the paper mache.  If you need to make it thicker, just add more powder.  If you need it thinner, just add more water until you reach the desired consistency.  She shaped it by hand and left it to air dry.  To speed up the drying process, you can bake it on the lowest setting of your oven with the door slightly ajar.  Her smiley face wasn’t quite dry enough paint yet, so I’m not including a picture just yet.  She said the material was easy to blend and shape.  You can mold it with your hands, with tools when it starts to harden slightly, or by putting it into a plastic mold.  You can even dip stamps in water and make impressions with them!

These materials are so versatile.  I’m sure your kids will come up with lots of creations using them!  The free ebook includes project instructions for things like an erupting volcano, an Egyptian sarcophagus, a mummy, a totem pole, a Mardi Gras mask, or a holiday candy bowl!  So you can make projects related to your homeschool studies or just for fun.  Just think of all the possibilities!  I know Haylee will be having fun with this kit for at least the rest of the summer.  It’s a great boredom buster!

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Get Ready for 59-Cent Short Stack Pancakes @ IHOP!!!

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17th, is the 59th anniversary of IHOP.  What that means for you is that between 7 AM and 7 PM, you can get a short stack of pancakes for just 59 cents!!!

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59¢ anniversary PANCAKES

This is a treat my kids always look forward to. We find the best time to go is around 9 AM when everyone’s already gone to work and things quiet down again.  I always take my own syrup in my purse, because I use sugar-free and prefer Aunt Jemima’s over the Cary’s brand of sugar-free syrup that they offer at IHOP.  My kids, on the other hand, always enjoy experimenting with the many flavors of syrup supplied on the tables!  Whatever your preference, they have plenty to choose from.

See you there!

REVIEW: Trust Fund by Mapelle Films

I really enjoyed watching and reviewing the movie Trust Fund by Mapelle Films.


WHAT IS IT?:

Trust Fund is a film that portrays a modern prodigal daughter story.  The main character, Reese Donahue, is the wealthy daughter of a successful publisher, and she makes a lot of bad decisions in haste and squanders a portion of the family fortune.

Mapelle Films offers a fresh look at an age-old bible story with which I think we’re all familiar.  There’s something special about this film, and I can’t wait to share why it pricked my heart in a new way!

Produced by Isaac Alongi, who was himself homeschooled through graduation, this film provides a wonderful opportunity to talk to your kids about the character issues that each person faces in this familiar story.  In fact, they offer a free downloadable study guide you can use in conjunction with the film for families and small group study.

In addition, you can purchase the companion book, Love Was Near, which takes you into the mind of Reese Donahue, what she was thinking, and what she realized on her journey from the lost daughter to the daughter that became what her father knew she could be.  It’s intended for girls ages 12 and up to read and discuss after watching the movie.



OUR EXPERIENCE:

I have to admit that although I’ve been a Christian for over 20 years, I’ve always struggled with the story of the prodigal son.  It’s so easy to relate to the feelings of the older brother, who did right all the while that his younger brother was squandering the family’s riches.  It’s the same with the daughters in this film.  As humans, we can completely relate to how the older sibling feels.

Even more, though, I think I struggled with how the father could welcome the prodigal child home with celebration. Of course, he’s glad his lost child has returned to the fold and is contrite and sees the err in his ways.  And so it is with this film.  As a parent myself, I think I would have seen the need to punish the daughter for the purpose of correction…at least to express some words of disappointment.  I have no doubt I would have those kinds of thoughts to share with my child in this situation.  But the ending of this film totally blew me away.  The younger daughter, Reese Donahue, makes a speech that brought me to tears instantly.  It was her speech that made me finally understand the reason her father showed her nothing but love and gave her no harsh words.  It’s what was needed for her to see the light, understand the mistakes she’d made, and make the decision to turn her life around.  It was the love in his actions that taught her the most.

And so it is with Jesus.  Aren’t we amazed that He forgives us?  Aren’t we amazed that He loves us, despite our sinful natures?  Don’t we try to do right but often make the wrong choices?  Yet He gives us the opportunity to repent and come back into the fold.  And He does so with open arms.  And we love Him all the more because He loves us anyway.  All that hit me like a ton of bricks as Reese made her speech at the end.  And finally, once and for all, I understood the story of the prodigal son more fully and why the father acted as he did.

This is a powerful film…more powerful, certainly, than I expected.  And it inspired me to go and sit down with my teenage son and my husband and spill out what I’d learned…that light bulb moment I had at the conclusion of the film.  I would really recommend this film for family viewing, and I think it could be used in conjunction with the study guide as the basis for a group bible study of the prodigal son parable.  And now I wish I’d requested the book, as well!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

REVIEW: Make-a-State Activity by Home School in the Woods

With our recent cross-country move from VA to TX, we felt so lucky to get to review the Make-a-State Activity by Home School in the Woods.  It was perfect timing for us!


WHAT IS IT?:

The Make-a-State Activity is the latest addition to the Activity Paks series from Home School in the Woods, which also includes other titles such as The Old Testament, The New Testament, Composers, and Artists.  Home School in the Woods is a company well-known for its vast variety of hands-on history products.  Some of the other series include Time Traveler American (I’ve purchased Industrial Revolution Through Great Depression), Timeline, Lap-Paks (I’ve previously reviewed U.S. Elections and 20th Century in America), and Project Passport (I’ve previously reviewed Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece).

This newest activity pak includes 20 projects that compile a finished lapbook that can be used for any state!  That means you can use the product over and over again as part of a whole 50-state study (plus Washington, D.C.!), or you can use it for an individual state you might be studying at the time.  This pak is generic enough to be used again and again for different states, yet it also includes some state-specific items like maps, quarters, symbols, flags, vocabulary words, and a recipe representing each state.  There’s also a “State Page” that gives a brief overview of facts about each state. 

It also includes suggested resources to help you find out more information about each state you choose to study, and of course, the internet is a great place to find basic facts to help you complete the lapbook elements.  There’s also a file folder game included to add some fun and reinforcement in recognizing each state and its capital, as well as the order and year it entered the union.

This is a digital product, and it’s available for download for just $18.95, or on CD for just $19.95.  It’s designed for children in grades 3-8.


OUR EXPERIENCE:

I’ve been homeschooling my kids for over 14 years, and all of it was in the state of VA.  I was planning to do an introductory VA state study with Holden for 4th grade this year, but then my husband took a job in TX, and we moved about 2 weeks ago!  That threw a wrench in my plans since we already owned thDSCF4857e textbooks we needed to study VA.  Suddenly, I had a need to learn for myself about TX history so I could teach it to my children!  My middle-schooler will go to public high school in another year, so she now has to study TX history in preparation for that, too, in addition to Holden.  I was already on a hunt for something digital that I could put together quickly and have ready for our arrival here in TX, and that’s when the Make-a-State Activity came up for review!  The timing couldn’t have been any better, and it turned out to be just what we needed!

Right away, I was able to access the materials and get everything printed up on paper anDSCF4858d cardstock before I had to pack up my printer supplies for the move.  That was key.  I organized it all in a binder so we could continue working on it even when our belongings were no longer accessible to us!  I dropped it into a small travel tub to take on our trip so we could continue to work on it even after we arrived and were waiting for our household goods to follow after us.  Because everything fit into one binder, that made it easy to take along and access whenever and wherever we needed it.  All I needed then, was markers or colored pencils, scissors, and a glue stick.  That was easy!DSCF4859

Since we had a lot going on and we intended to spread out our study over the course of our school year, I went with the pace of completing one project per week.  It would be easy to do one every day, or to sit and complete several in one sitting if you had the time.  But it lends itself well to being combined with other resources and spread out for a more extensive study, as well.  So I gathered up my collection of fun books on the 50 states to add to our learning.  There’s also a page included with suggested resources that includes books, websites, and videos.

Here are the activities included in the pak:

  1. Key State Facts
  2. Origin of State Name
  3. State Motto
  4. State Symbols
  5. State Song
  6. State Industry/Agriculture/Climate
  7. State Wildlife
  8. Regions
  9. State Geography
  10. State Government
  11. State Seal & Flag
  12. State History
  13. Famous People From…
  14. Native Tribes
  15. State Landmarks
  16. Sports Teams
  17. State Quarter
  18. Recipes
  19. State Vocabulary
  20. State Timeline
  • BONUS 1:  State Pages
  • BONUS 2: “Name That State!” File Folder Game

Our first project was the Key State Facts.  I loved that most of the information we needed to be found with a quick internet search.  We were wowed right from the start when we learned that the anticipated 2017 population of TX is nearly 28 million!  And it’s over 268 thousand square miles…so large that it spans two time zones!DSCF4860

Our second project was the Origin of State Name.  We learned that it came from the Caddo and Hasinais Indian word “tejas,” meaning “friends” or “allies.”

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Our third project was the State Motto, which we learned was “Friendship.”

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Our fourth project was the State Symbols.  The pak included a printed picture of the state bird, the mockingbird, and the state flower, the bluebonnet.  Haylee researched over 20 other state symbols, and she drew the state bird, state dog breed, and state flag inside the booklet.  We didn’t even realize that states designated so many state symbols!

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Our fifth project was the State Song.  We learned that the song is Oh, Texas, Our Texas by William Marsh and was written in 1924.  Haylee wrote out the first stanza and the chorus inside the booklet, which we glued onto a cool dimensional “music stand.” That was neat and interactive!

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Our sixth and final project was the State Industry/Agriculture/Climate.  We learned that the major industries here are cattle, cotton, and lumber.  The major agriculture is livestock, cotton, greenhouse and nursery products, chicken eggs, and hogs.  A significant climate element to note is that Texas ranks first in occurrences of tornadoes with an average of 139 tornadoes per year!  Haylee was a bit surprised to learn that, but it explained all the warning siren tests we’ve heard ever since we arrived here!  This lapbook element was also interactive with 3 flaps you could lift to reveal the facts in each category.  Inside each flap, a symbol of the category popped out in 3-D, which was cool.

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We’ve been really pleased with all that we’ve learned so far, and we look forward to continuing with this study for 20 weeks while we add in our other books and resources as we go.  Haylee is in 8th grade, so she is doing the writing and coloring of the elements, and we’re researching and discussing the facts together.  Once the lapbook is completed, I plan to use the completed project as a teaching tool with Holden for the last half of our school year when he and I can sit together and study on his level.

I really love that a one-time purchase of this product allows a family to use its materials repeatedly if they choose to study other states along the way.  That’s a great investment!

If you’ve tried other products from Home School in the Woods such as the Time Traveler series, you may have found the sheer amount of projects a little overwhelming, or you may have found that your children favored certain types of projects over others in a product line.  In that case, you’ll be happy to know that they just opened an “a la carte” store where you can now purchase individual projects rather than a complete product.  Your child might love the newspapers, or they might love the file folder games, or they might enjoy the crafts.  Whichever elements they enjoy most, you can now purchase a selection of those items individually.  Be sure to check out what’s available!  And in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal, you can enter code “alacarte” at checkout to download the Erie Canal project for FREE

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Big Food Freebie Week!

For my family, this is the most significant food freebie week of the whole year!  That’s because this Tuesday, July 11th, is both Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A and Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven stores!  That’s a home run for us!

I wasn’t sure how things would play out for us being in a new city, but I sat down this morning to look at Google Maps to see how close those store locations are to our new home.  I’m happy to report that there are eleven Chick-Fil-A stores within 8 miles of my house, and there are twenty 7-Eleven stores within 6 miles of my house!  So I guess you know what we’ll be doing this Tuesday…

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Just remember to dress like a cow so you can score a free entree between opening time and 7 PM!  Here’s the rundown on your choices:

    Breakfast Entrée includes:

    • Egg White Grill Cow Appreciation Day
    • Chick-fil-A® Chicken Biscuit
    • Chick-fil-A® Spicy Chicken Biscuit
    • Sausage Biscuit
    • Chick-n-Minis™ (3 or 4-count)
    • Chicken or Sausage Breakfast Burrito
    • Chicken or Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Bagel
    • Bacon or Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit
    • Greek Yogurt Parfait
    • Fruit Cup (any size)

    Lunch/Dinner Entrée includes:

    • Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich
    • Chick-fil-A® Chicken Sandwich
    • Chick-fil-A® Chicken Deluxe Sandwich
    • Chick-fil-A® Spicy Chicken Sandwich
    • Chick-fil-A® Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich
    • Grilled Chicken Sandwich
    • Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich
    • Grilled Chicken Cool Wrap®
    • Chick-fil-A® Nuggets (8 or 12-count)
    • Chick-fil-A® Grilled Nuggets (8- or 12-count)
    • Chicken Salad Sandwich; Chick-n-Strips™ (3 or 4-count)
    • Small hand-spun milkshake (Operator discretion), Small Iced Coffee, Small Frosted Coffee or Small Frosted Lemonade

    Kid’s Meal:

    • Chick-n-Strips (1 or 2-count) Kid’s Meal
    • Chick-fil-A® Nuggets (4 or 6-count) Kid’s Meal
    • Grilled Nugget (4 or 6-count) Kid’s Meal

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And don’t forget to visit your 7-Eleven stores from 11 AM to 7 PM to get your FREE small Slurpee (while supplies last)!






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Enjoy your goodies!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hayden’s Graduation

Amid the craziness of moving and disconnecting everything at home, I never did post about Hayden’s high school graduation.  It was a momentous occasion, after all!  The graduation of my firstborn…and one of the members of the first graduating class of the all-new charter school, Green Run Collegiate School.

Unfortunately, Steve had to miss this graduation since he was already working in TX and was not yet eligible for time off, so I wanted to make it an extra special day.  Our house was mostly packed up, though, so there was no party or anything like that.  A gathering of our closest friends came out to celebrate the event, though, and we all went out to dinner at Applebee’s afterwards.  I was so thankful they were there to share it with us!

Here’s my Hayden, graduating with honors, a member of National Honor Society, and an IB diploma candidate accepting an Advanced Studies Diploma.  Not bad for a kid who was homeschooled until high school.  Way to go, Hayden!  I’m so proud of him and the wonderful young man he’s become.  Smile

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And as you can see, he lost his tassel when he threw his cap in the air.  He picked it up and put it back on, but it fell off again.  Too bad!  People were dropping them everywhere…they just didn’t stay on very well!  Oh, well.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We’ve Arrived!!!

20170617_193619The night before we left, we made sure to say goodbye to friends and family one last time.  First up was my neighbor and good friend, Val.  I will miss my symphony companion greatly!  We’ve had some great adventures with our kids over the years, and I will miss her very much.

My brother and his wife came over to take us out to dinner.  We h20170617_191532adn’t seen them in quite a while, and I was so glad we got to spend time with them one last time!  We went to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Mi Casita, and enjoyed a lovely dinner.

When we got back, we realized that while we were gone, our beloved 2+ year old hamster, Cookie, escaped from the travel carrier and was killed by our dogs.  So sad!  With an empty house, there was nowhere for him to hide.  We were heartbroken.  We loved him so!  20170617_215301

At around 8 PM, my long-time friend of 25 years and former co-worker, Roslyn came over and treated me and Haylee out to a mani-pedi!  It’s my first time ever getting both, and my nails were in sad shape from all the packing and cleaning, so it was a perfectly-timed girls’ outing!  My aching body and sore feet welcomed the massage, too!  That was a lot of fun!  I will really miss her…my partner in crime.  She loves to travel, and she promised she’ll come and and visit me in the next of years.

After a couple of weeks of working tirelessly with friends to pack up and clean out my house, we finally got on the road on Sunday morning.  We drove from Virginia Beach to Newport, TN and stopped for the night to stay with our good friends, the Nall family.  It was so nice to see them! 

Lilly, our big yellow lab, was really freaked out by her chickens, though, and not only got the gate to the dog run open and escaped briefly, but she also broke my dog harnass!  That meant we had to run out first thing in the morning to buy an extra heavy-duty one so we would be able to stop and let the dogs out at rest areas along our journey.  We found a really good one at Wal-mart and got on our way the next morning!

On Monday, we left Newport, TN and headed for Germantown, TN, just outside of Memphis.  There, we stopped for the night to stay with our old church friends, the Howard family.  They had a nice big yard so the dogs could run around, and they even let our dogs sleep in the house that night, which really helped them to settle down a bit.  They basically turned over their upstairs to us, and we all settled in for the night. 

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In the morning, we had an early breakfast and got on the road as soon as rush hour traffic to Memphis died down.  We had our longest day of driving…about 10 hours.  We drove in one direction (west) for so long on I-30 that I got wickedly sunburned down my left side from the sun bearing down on me through my open car window (no A/C).  It burned like fire!

At last, we made it to our new home shortly after 7 PM on Tuesday night.  Yay! 

BURGESS FAMILY REUNITED!!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

REVIEW: Homeschool Planet by Homeschool Buyers Co-op

It was my pleasure to get to review Homeschool Planet by Homeschool Buyers Co-op once again!


WHAT IS IT?

Homeschool Planet is an online digital planner that allows you to track a variety of needs for your home and homeschool. 

You can set up schedules and lesson plans for all of your homeschool students, shopping lists, chores, to-do lists, and so much more!  And it also integrates automatically with Google Calendar, so your other appointments and events will show up in your schedule, if desired. 

Homeschool Planet also offers pre-made lesson plans for many popular homeschooling vendors to match up with products you might have purchased through one of their group buys, or for products you may already own.  Right now through the month of June, Homeschool Buyers Co-op is offering a free lesson plan of your choice when you subscribe to Homeschool Planet!

You can purchase an annual subscription to Homeschool Planet for just $65/year, or subscribe monthly for $6.95/month.


OUR EXPERIENCE:

Homeschool Planet has been such a lifesaver for me!  I’ve actually been using it for a couple of years now, and I honestly wouldn’t want to be without it now!  It’s worth every penny to me. 

It not only manages my kids’ school assignments and schedules, but it also helps me keep track of my shopping lists, appointments, and household chores!  I can store multiple shopping lists by store name, and when I’m out, I can send a text to a special number, and Homeschool Planet will text me back with my shopping lists!  How great is that?

I can also choose from widgets I’d like to view in the sidebar and bottom section of the screen, like the daily weather, a daily bible verse, or a to-do list.  It’s so easy to customize it to show me just what I want to see!

I was able to set up separate logins for each of my kids so that when they sign in each day, they can only see the information I’ve set up for them to view.  Their daily schedule of assignments that I’ve entered comes up automatically, and they can click the check boxes as they complete their work.  A green box means it’s finished, a yellow box means they did some of the work but haven’t completed the assignment fully, and a red box means the assignment is overdue.  Homeschool Planet also allows me to automatically reschedule overdue or incomplete assignments from previous days so it shows up on the current day or the next scheduled school day’s assignment list.  That is really convenient for days when we get behind so we don’t lose track of where we are or overlook completing something!

With Homeschool Planet, it’s also easy to move things around, fill in gaps in the schedule, or to automatically schedule assignments over a specified time period.  This year, I was able to schedule out the entire school year for every subject for both kids in just a couple of days!  And with the help of the pre-made lesson plans available in the Lesson Plan Marketplace, I was able to get very detailed links included that go right to their assignments and activities, helpful resources, etc.  For my free lesson plan, I selected Fix-It Grammar books from IEW, and not only did it have full and complete lesson plans and helpful links to dictionary entries and other resources, but it actually had instructional videos for me as the teacher, as well as full pages of the student workbook content which the student can view or even print!  I was simply amazed at what a valuable resource that was.  imageI was so impressed that it gave me so much more than simply “do lesson 1, page 6” as I expected that I immediately went and purchased a lesson plan for the Wordly Wise 3000 online subscription that we already had through Homeschool Buyers Co-op.  It plugged in direct links to each daily assignment rather than the kids having to go to the website and log in and manually select the day’s assignment.  And at roughly $5-$15 per lesson plan (which can be used for multiple students and stays in your account for future use), it’s a great value and a wonderful time-saver when you’re setting up your school schedules!

I could go on and on about Homeschool Planet.  It truly manages my lif20170623_111543e, but it manages my homeschool like nothing else!  It takes the huge task of scheduling for the whole school year and turns it into a simple and fast process that’s so easy to use!  This year, I was in the middle of moving cross-country from VA to TX, and I was way behind in setting up our new school year, which we literally needed to begin on the first day in our new home.  What could have been a disaster was something I was able to quickly squeeze in at the last minute as we were packing up our house, and knowing I would not have internet access right away at our destination, I was able to print out the kids’ schedules for the first week and pack them in a folder for our trip.  That was so convenient!

Of all the tools for homeschooling, this one is at the top of my list.  And if you have children of varying ages who will be using the same curriculum over time, you can save their schedule as a lesson plan so you can access it again in the future for another student without having to type it all out again.  Brilliant!  I sure wish I’d had this amazing resource when I was first starting out in homeschooling 14 years ago. 

And before Homeschool Planet came along, I’d always used paper schedules that I’d typed in a word processor.  I’d tried many types of computer-based or online planners before, but I found them to be too time-consuming and not worth the extra effort.  They were either too complicated or involved too many steps, or they simply didn’t have the features I really needed and wanted in a planner.  Not so with Homeschool Planet!  From the first time I tried it, I found it to be completely intuitive, and it had all the features I’d ever wanted in an online planner.  I was sold!  Give it a try for yourself with their 30-day free trial, and I’ll bet you’ll be sold, too.

Keep in mind, too, that Homeschool Planet adds new features and improvements all the time.  There’s a button in the program that allows you to send your feedback and suggestions to Homeschool Buyers Co-op.  They really do listen!  I’ve gone back and forth with them many times on ideas for features I wish it had, and they’ve implemented many of them over time.  I really like that they are always trying to make an already great program even better!

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