{Review} Notebookingpages.com

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews
A Lifetime Membership to NotebookingPages.com is a wonderful addition to any homeschool!  My family and I were blessed by the opportunity of being able to review the Lifetime Membership!

 

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Notebooking is a fun way to record what students are learning.  The pages can be used for short term or long term projects.  You can use them to copy vocab, write sentences, or write stories.  You can use them for just about anything that requires writing!  They can be bound in a book or stored in a 3 ring binder.  Right now our favorite method of storing notebooking pages is to bind the completed pages with a comb binder.

Available topics include: A – Z, Bible and Character pages, Famous People, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Holidays, Language Arts, and Science/Nature.  In the A – Z pages you will find pages for various animals, sports and transportation.  If you are studying Bible you will find over 50 different sets to go along with the events of the Bible from both the Old Testament and New Testament.  Famous Americans, Artists, Composers, Missionaries, and World Explorers are just some of the topics you will come across under Famous People.  There are maps and country study pages in Geography.  There are various history pages including pages for Ancient Times, Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation, and Current Times.  Besides pages for plants, animals, and other topics such as astronomy, the Science and Nature section also includes blank template & experiment pages.  Holidays include pages for various Holidays but not all of the major holidays that are celebrated in the US.  In the Language Arts section there are alphabet pages, word study pages, and various other pages that can be used for writing.

I LOVE how NotebookingPages.com has everything laid out.  It is simple to find what you need and you have some choices on how to download the files.  You can download the files individually or as a batch.  A Table of Contents and Catalog are also available!  Another awesome resource!  The catalog is something that can be downloaded and printed to have a preview of all pages available in one location.  You decide which catalogs to add and it makes it easy for you or the kids to look through and decide which pages to work on next!

NotebookingPages.com provides assistance to those new or interested in notebooking through their Free Resource Center.  In the Resource Center you will find various tutorials, free product sampler, notebooking pages, and other resources.  Once a Lifetime Membership has been purchased, there is an EasyStart Guide to guide you along the way of getting your notebook journey started.

With the Lifetime Membership you will have access to all current material as well as anything that is released in the future.  The membership is very affordable!  It is $97 for a Lifetime Membership.

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Peanut working on her “K” page. (See the description below.)

Most of the pages from NotebookingPages.com that we used through the review period are the pages where the girls can draw pictures and write a sentence or two about their picture.  Peanut has a great imagination.  When I gave her the K Alphabet page and asked her to draw something that begins with the letter K.  She wanted to draw a picture of a Kangaroo.  In her picture the Kangaroo was celebrating her birthday with a birthday party.  Then Peanut decided to draw herself celebrating Kangaroo’s birthday too.  Lil’ Bit decided to draw a Monkey when she worked on her M page.  I am in the process of printing and putting together the catalog that NotebookingPages.com offers.  I find this to be a very valuable resource.  I like being able to have a glimpse of all of the pages available in one notebook!  The kids will also be able to flip through it and choose the page that they would like to work on next.  I am already planning out which pages to use next in our homeschool!

 

About NotebookingPages.com

NotebookingPages.com was created by fellow homeschooler Debra Reed.  Debra is a mom of 10 and has been homeschooling since 2000.

My mission is to help moms break free from busywork, burnout, and overwhelm to find the success they desire for their children and to homeschool with freedom.

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{Review} Veritas Press

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Are you looking for a fun and engaging online Bible program for your family?  My family had the pleasure of reviewing a one year family subscription of VeritasBible.com by Veritas Press.

 

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VeritasBible.com is a fun and engaging program for the entire family!  There are currently three courses available on VeritasBible.com and they are: Genesis to Joshua, Judges to Kings, and  The Gospels.  According to their website two additional courses, Chronicles to Malachi and Job & Acts to Revelation are in the works.

Setting up accounts for my kids was very simple.  I entered their name, selected their gender, selected an avatar, and the account was ready to go!  Every student account is individual so your children can work independently, at their own pace.  You can go back and forth between the three courses however, the lessons in each course must be completed in order.  The only time any skipping around is allowed is in sessions that have already been completed.  Your students are also free to go through and review the previously completed lessons as many times as they wish.

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The lessons can be adapted to any schedule.  Every lesson is split up into multiple sections and when you log in the next time you have the option to pick up right where you left off.  This makes it easy to find your place should you have to stop in the middle of lesson.  There are multiple, professional, videos in every lesson and each one is kept to a couple minutes or less.  The videos are engaging and keep the attention of even the younger crowd.  For example the lesson will start off with a 2 minute video, followed by another video that is 45 seconds, and then a third that is a little over a minute.  Following will be some review questions or new questions, then back to a few more videos.  At the end of every lesson there will be a graded worksheet to be completed.  Once the worksheet is submitted, it will be graded and you will have an opportunity to print the graded pages for your record.  On the printed pages it will record the date, the child’s name, the questions asked, the correct answers, and the answer that was chosen by the student.  The passing grade for the graded pages is 70% and the student must earn a star in order to move on to the next lesson.

Initially, I had set up individual accounts for Sweet Pea, Peanut, and Lil’ Bit.  However, Peanut and Lil’ Bit preferred to watch the video with Sweet Pea.  Since I couldn’t skip past the videos on their accounts so they could do the interactive portion of the lesson they just worked together under Sweet Pea’s account.  We started with the Genesis to Joshua course.  Peanut and Lil’ Bit enjoyed watching the videos.  Sweet Pea said she enjoys all of it, especially the videos.  She also mentioned that sometimes she finds it hard but is glad that it is challenging her.

 

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I highly encourage you to sign up for a free 14 day trial and give VeritasBible.com a try!  The free trial does NOT require you to provide a credit card and you receive 100% access to the membership area for the trial.

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Thank you – from a mom with a child who has food allergies!

Having a child with multiple food allergies can sometimes be a bit challenging when attending events with food present.  Thankfully, we have an Epi-pen in the event that we need to use it.  Hopefully, it will never have to be used!  Reading labels has become part of my life.  A couple of things that I learned from reading labels is: One, how many different variants there are for some foods, milk being one example.  Two, apples are a common allergen and how much they are used as fillers for juices and many baby & toddler foods.  Three, how much you are limited when you need to avoid abcdef&g and most everything has at least one of the items in them.

At a former church that we attended, there was a family that came for about a month or two.  They had four girls and all four had severe food allergies.  Each of them had to carry an epi-pen.  I remember a few of the allergens were wheat, dairy, soy, and peanuts but their list of allergens was much longer than those four things.  The list of foods that were safe for them to eat was very small and the mom once said it was quicker to name what they can eat than the list of their allergens.  They couldn’t have any of the allergens in the house because even coming into contact with a drop of an allergen for a couple of the girls would send them into anaphylaxis and a lengthy hospital stay.  About two to three years later when I started to have to read labels I got a tiny glimpse into what that mother lives through on a daily basis.  Sometimes, I think about this family and wonder how they are doing.

My kids attend Awanas at my mom’s church and this week is Vacation Bible School at the church.  One of my child’s Awana teachers always brings a safe food for them to eat for snack during the Awana year.  This week one of the workers in the kitchen has made sure that my child has safe foods to eat and has approached me daily to make sure that the snacks are okay to give him.  They are making some special snacks later on in the week and she wanted to make sure that there is one that is safe for him to eat and was willing to buy ingredients to make it safe for him to eat.

From the bottom of my heart thank you to these two ladies!  It means more than you know that there are people who care enough for our child who cannot eat some of the same foods as others!

Have a very blessed rest of the week!

{Review} MySchoolYear.com

MySchoolYear.com Review
I have been looking for a homeschool planner that fits the needs of our family and I had the opportunity to review My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) by MySchoolYear.com.  I received an annual membership to the online planner.

MySchoolYear.com is an on-line planner for homeschool families that keeps track everyone’s schedule and homeschool information.  The planner can be accessed from anywhere there is an internet connection and an annual subscription is $40 per year.

 

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Setting up a New Term is simple.  As you can see in the picture above when setting up the New Term once the start and end dates are set, school days and days off are scheduled it will calculate all of the information.  I will know how long the term is (One calendar year for us since we homeschool year round.), how many school days in the term are available, how many scheduled days off we will have, and how many actual school days we have on the schedule.  I would like to point out that I have not yet marked some of our days off that we have taken and I have not scheduled some of our days off for the fall.  The number of official school days will be closer to 180 – 200, when everything is said and done.

Homeroom

Homeroom gives me an overview for each of my children.  In Homeroom, I can select the term and view all of the information for the term for one of my children.  The information includes classes, attendance, events, awards, readings, extra curricular, and tests.

Planbook

The planbook is the overview of all of the scheduled items.  A feature that I love and is a great asset is the search button!  I have not come across this type of search in any other on-line planners that I have tried.  Searching my planbook allows me to search by my choice of dates and then I can filter out the results after that.  I can filter by student, subject, and date, including filtering assignments that are overdue, due today, are upcoming and have no date.  I wish I could filter multiple items in each category.  For instance I can search assignments for all of the girls or one individually but I cannot filter the search for two of the three.  The same thing with the other categories you can either search one or all.  Another thing that I cannot do is print from my planbook.

Reports

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There are lots of reports that are available to be created!  While we won’t be using every report option, it is nice that it is available if we need it.  This is where the copy of  the planbook can be printed! Create a report for the Lesson Plan and it creates a PDF report, which you can print and save.

Teacher’s Aids

I really like the Teacher’s Aids!  It provides reminders to add lesson plans and asks questions such as did my child earn any awards, attend any events, and what their reading list was so I can fill in the information, if I choose.

I am given the choice to fix the notice or to delete the notice.  If I choose to fix the notice, it will take me directly to the page so I can make any changes.  Once I am through with the notice I can delete it.  There are two options for deleting the notices.  By default it is set on safe delete where I will receive a confirmation before deleting the notice.  Then there is an option for the notice to be deleted without a confirmation.

Tools

MySchoolYear.com makes it easy when needing to copy the same assignment for multiple children.  This is a must for our family since multiple children are working on the same schoolwork together.  There is also an option to share assignments between MySchoolYear.com users!  I have not used the share feature between MySchoolYear.com users but this is a great option to have available!

Create-A-Plan is the place for batch planning.  I was able easily set up multiple lessons in less than a minute.  MySchoolYear.com gave me the option of rapid repeating the item (ie: chores, practices, and lessons) or using quick split and allow their software to split it up for me.  The quick split is great for dividing up book pages!

I can also reschedule lessons which is another very important and needed feature.  Sometimes something comes up at the spur of the moment (ie: funeral, doctor’s appointment, etc.) and the reschedule feature helps readjust the schedule smoothly.  I can choose to move the date ahead by however many days I need to adjust the schedule and there is a choice for adjusting all of the subjects together or one individual subject.

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There are two options for tracking attendance.  MySchoolYear.com can automatically track my attendance or I can manually enter all of the information.

Setup

Setup is where all of the details such as grading, materials, students, schools are set up.  I can set up the grading scale that I want to use and change the value of the grade, including the minimum grade required for a Pass/Fail class.  All of our resources and curriculum that we own can be found in one easy spot.

I believe that I have found our planner!  We don’t use every feature but what we do use right now serves our needs.  As our children get older I anticipate on using the other features to become beneficial.  I encourage any homeschool families looking for a planner to check out My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping).  There is a small learning curve at first due to no FAQ page to answer questions such as, “How do I print my Planbook?” or “How can I reschedule my classes?”  There is a ‘Need Help?’ button that gives a brief description of what is on the page.  Other than that it is very homeschool friendly!

A 1 month free trial is available and there is a Price Lock Guarantee should you decide to subscribe to their annual membership.

UPDATE 7/16/2016:

A week and a half after I published this review, I received an email from MySchoolYear.com saying that as a result of the review they began working on video tutorials and already released their first one, Site Introduction.  I had not gotten a chance to watch the tutorial until tonight, 7/16/2016.  It is well done and walks through the different pages with a brief description.  Since then they have added 6 additional video tutorials, a FAQ page with answers to 8 questions, and a guide.  The guide is a downloadable advanced technique cheat sheet for Create-A-Plan with instructions on how to generate complex lesson plan patterns.  Thank you MySchoolYear.com for quickly adding these things!

 

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Blessed Monday!

Hi everyone!  I pray that you had a blessed week!

My mom and I just got back from a road trip.  My great aunt passed away the week before last and her funeral was last week.  The kids and I were going to go up for the day to go to the funeral but when a couple of days of work got rescheduled for my husband it worked out that I could go up with my mom and spend a few days with my grandparents.  We went up Wednesday afternoon and returned home Saturday evening.

The family ate lunch together between the graveside memorial and the memorial service.  It was nice spending time with family who we don’t get to see much.

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These are a few pictures that were taken while we were out with my grandparents.

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This is a framed picture that my mom gave of her to my grandparents.

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My grandparents live on a river and sometimes you never know what wildlife you will see in the water, on the dock, or on land.  My grandparents have pictures of alligators sunning in their yard.  When I was a child, I remember my cousin and I fishing off of the dock and he caught a baby alligator.  I think it was caught on a cane pole and remember running to go get my grandpa.  We have seen all sorts of birds and caught various fish as well.  On this trip, my mom saw an eagle but was unable to get a photo.  We also saw a manatee and a calf swimming around by the shore.

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A picture of the sunset.

 

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We were sad to leave but it was time for us to go home.  On our way home we made a detour due to an accident on the interstate.  Please be praying for this woman.  A few comments from people who are close to the person says she is in critical condition and if she survives she may be paralyzed.  Not too much further down the interstate I saw a post from one of my mom’s friends mentioning the same accident.  Come to find out we were real close to them on the road.  Didn’t think about it until afterwards but I should have taken a photo of my mom’s friend “V” waving to us as we passed her.

The kids were thrilled when mommy returned home!  We went out to dinner Saturday night and spent Sunday together as a family for Father’s Day.

Have a very blessed Monday!

{Review} My Mother’s Quilts

I had the wonderful pleasure of reviewing My Mother’s Quilts Devotions of Love, Legacy, Family and Faith by Ramona Richards.  I was thrilled when this book came up for review as I do some quilting as did my husband’s grandmother and my grandmother.  This book is perfect for anyone who enjoys quilting!

The hardback book is 219 pages and has 60 beautiful stories inspired by thirty heirloom quilts.  Every story begins with a Bible verse and ends with a prayer starter.  We get a glimpse into the author’s life as we read through the book and read the stories.  There is a ribbon book mark to mark your place while you are reading this book.  It is handy to have in case you need to keep your place in the book but I will say putting the book down was a very hard thing to do!!  Every story left me with wanting to read another one.  Throughout each story you also get to look at a full size photo of one of the heirloom quilts along with a close up photo of a section of the quilt.  All of the quilts are beautiful!!

Reading these stories bring back memories as both of our wonderful grandmothers made quilts for my husband and I and our children.  In fact the one that is currently on our bed is one that my husband’s grandmother made for his dad, who has since passed.  My husband’s grandmother introduced me to quilting on my first trip to see her at her house.  While that trip was memorable in more ways than one, I remember sitting in their living room hand sewing octagons and working on the ‘Grandmother’s Flower Garden’ pattern.  Something that I will cherish forever.  I loved getting to view photos of the beautiful quilts in this book and it has given me inspiration on what to do with some of the fabric that I have, including some fabric that came from my grandmother’s stash that I received on a recent trip to see her.

 

About the Author:

Ramona Richards is an award-winning editor, speaker, author of nine books, and a frequent contributor to devotional collections. An avid live music fan, Ramona loves Nashville, which she’s called home since she was ten. Sensing her mother was near the end of her life, Ramona documented her mother’s stories and lessons behind each family quilt. These stories form the devotions in My Mother’s Quilts. Find out more about Ramona and her books by visiting her online at ramonarichards.com.

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I received this book in exchange for my honest review.  My review are my thoughts alone and I was not required to write a positive review.