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Review of Homeschool Planetk

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Over the years I have used a variety of homeschool planners.  However, one that reaches the top of my list Homeschool Planet, I can do so much more than just creating assignments!  

Although you have to pay to use this planner, I love the peace of mind that comes from having everything online.  I do not have to worry about losing a paper planner or having something that spills on it and ruin it that way.

For our family, I selected the Words that Matter Lesson plan because it is a complete vocabulary program that I plan to incorporate our state’s requirement of spelling into with little effort.  The fact that this is a complete lesson plan, meaning no additional books or other resources are required makes things easier.  I was able to just select it, wait the allotted time and then add it to our lesson plans and assign it to our three children still in high school.  I can not wait for our children to use this plan in the fall.

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I love things that make my life simpler, and this planner does it.  It allows me to record all the events going on in our lives and even assign them to different people.  Here is a shot of part of today.

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I really appreciate the ability to color-code the things that are going on in our lives.  I can assign things to one family member for anything from chores to lessons to appointments and more.  With the different colors, I can easily glance at the calendar and know who is doing what.  I decided to have my calendar set to where I can see everyone’s schedule on mine.  This way I know what everyone is doing.  I am pleased that I am able to create separate logins for each member of the family.  Depending on the age of your children, you may want to allow this or not. My youngest child is going to turn 15 this year, so I plan on allowing our children to have their own access and be able to make changes to their own calendars.  Obviously, for my husband, I would do the same.  They have the ability to mark assignments as complete, which to me is a wonderful thing.

Here are some screen shots of my various family members.

Another thing I love about digital planners like this one is the ability to easily change dates for assignments without having the headaches of a paper planner.  I can easily select a subject from the planner and move assignments around if needed.  Here are some screen shots.

I definitely recommend this planner if you are looking for an easy way to keep track of everything in one place.  You can select widgets to help manage your family’s life such as shopping lists and to-do lists.  You can select widgets with a quote of the day or shopping lists, books you are reading and more.  So take a look at this wonderful program.  Do not forget by signing up now you can select a free lesson plan, but remember this offer is for a limited time. So visit Homeschool Planet  to find out more about Homeschool Planet.

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Gearing Up for 2015 – 2016 School Year

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So we are entering our 10th year of homeschooling.  That is somewhat hard to believer.  It makes me wonder where time has gone.  Our oldest was in the 5th grade when we began the journey.  Now he is 19 years old and has graduated from homeschooling.  Our second son is entering the 11th grade, while our youngest son is entering 10th.  Our daughter should be entering 8th grade – but I have a feeling we will end up counting this year as her freshman year of high school as well.  She is extremely motivated to get up in the morning to do her work.

Many years ago, I discovered my children do not do well with a long summer vacation.  They do much better with doing school in the summer, but having many breaks and days off during the year – even if those breaks are shorter.  So that leaves me to spend time planning and preparing for when their current books/materials run out.

Right now, we are in the midst of a three week break.  We have this week off and I am enjoying some time iwth my daughter while my husband attends a conference for work.  Then next week, we will have our annual family vacation, which includes a celebration for our 23rd anniversary.  Then we will come home with the goal of canning tomatoes – including tomato chunks – as opposed to diced and also trying our hand at canning salsa, tomato sauce and maybe even trying to make ketchup and barbecue sauce.

So what is up in your world?  I would love to hear from you.

Posted in Delight, Life Verse, New Year, Organizing, Ultimate Blog Challenge

January 2, 2015 – A Blank Slate

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The new year has just begun and 2014 is history.  The new year holds all sorts of possibilities and opportunities.  It is time to say good bye to the old (especially if it did not work well), and welcome the potential for change.  I am currently working on getting things organized for homeschooling starting back on Monday.  In addition I am participating in several other opportunities including:  Documented Faith, Documented Life, Take Me Deeper 2015, and trying to expand my horizons by working on a masters degree, continuing to blog, supporting my husband and trying to keep up with the home.

For the last couple of years, I have heard constant mention about choosing a life verse.  So 2015 is the year I decided to embrace the challenge and select a verse.  It wasn’t easy.

What are your thoughts and intentions for the new year.  I would love to hear from you.