Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NotebookingPages.com {TOS Review}

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews

I've been interested in Notebooking for awhile, and while we have tried a few things here and there, my kids weren't all that into it. So I was a bit hesitant when we were asked to do a review for NotebookingPages.com. I wanted to give it another go, so I was excited when we were chosen to review the NotebookingPages.com Lifetime Membership.
I think my previous problem was my lack of choices and just not knowing how to do it.  My daughter and I went onto NotebookingPages.com and had a look around. I think our biggest problem was there were too many choices (which I don't think is a problem at all!).  They have 1000s of options from Bible to history to music to art to science.  Pretty much anything you can think of, there is a notebooking page for it.
It can seem overwhelming, but I received several emails with helps to get started.  As they recommended, I took some time to look around the website and get an idea of all they had to offer.

My daughter is currently doing US history, so I encouraged her to pick one that had to do with someone she was learning about.  So she chose George Washington. With every topic you have several layout choices.  Here is one...

We printed out the George Washington Notebook Pages, and for some reason, the notebooking finally clicked with my daughter and she loved it!  It is a great way for her to share what she has learned without being confined to multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, matching, etc.

She has since did a drawing on the bottom, 
but she isn't thrilled with it so she didn't want me to share.  :)

We've printed a few others and she is currently working on them. It will be fun to see how she continues to add more information, drawings, and continues to work on grammar, spelling, and all that fun stuff.  :)

They recommend you put all your notebooking pages in a 3 ring binder and make one large notebook. I think this would be great to have them all in one place (especially if you make portfolios for your school year).

What I really love about NotebookingPages.com is that I can really see what she's learning. It's one thing to answer questions on a test, but to write it out and explain what you've learned is another.  It's easy to memorise material quickly for a test, but to write out what you've learned makes you really think about what you have learned.  And I think helps you retain the information longer. 

If you're not sure what notebooking is please watch the video below.  I didn't realise the variety of ways to do it.  I feel like we're just scratching the surface with what we have done.

Having the Lifetime Membership is amazing, it's great to go on anytime to download what I want. My daughter has also gone onto NotebookingPages.com and printed out her own pages.  I am planning to start doing the notebooking with my son as well.  There is some great ideas for children (like my son) who do not enjoy writing.  So, I'm anxious to give it a try.

If you are wanting to give it a try, click here to see their free resources.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Veritas Press {TOS Review}

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review'

We love Veritas Press, and my daughter was so excited when we were given the opportunity to review Self-Paced Bible - Old Testament 1: Genesis to Joshua.  (Also available is Old Testament 2: Judges to Kings and New Testament: The Gospels.  And coming soon, Chronicles to Malachi and Acts to Revelation.)

Each of these Bible courses have 128 class periods covering 32 Biblical events.  My kids love the fun, interactive videos, the music to memorise the chronology of events, and the fun activities.  They look forward to doing their Bible course because Veritas Press has made learning the Bible so much fun!

When you purchase the Self-Paced Bible course of your choice, you will receive an email with your login information, and from there you have a one year subcription.  

Veritas Press is an online program.  I do hope that someday they will have these available on dvd.

Here is a video that shares a little more information about Veritas Press...
I hope you took the two minutes to watch the video, it gives you a little glimpse into the program.

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review
The video lessons are my kids' favourite!

Both the parent and the child have an account.  In the parent's account you are able to check their completed work, test scores, and see their progress.  You can also see their test scores and such from the child's account.  For the parent, there is absolutely no prep work!  The child can log on and it's all set up for them.  You don't even have to score the tests!

In the child's account, it has their lessons, assignments, worksheets, tests, etc.  Starting up is quite easy, and my daughter did most of that on her own.  She would logon about 3 times a week and do her lessons.  I never have to monitor this and make sure it gets done because she loves doing it.  If anything, I have to remind her she has other work to do and she needs to get off.  But that's a good problem to have!

All course work is done online and all quizzes and tests are graded automatically.

I highly recommend Veritas Press.  We've used it in the past, and have thoroughly enjoyed the Self-Paced Bible course.  In looking through their website, I did not see a statement of faith, but I have not seen anything that we disagree with.

In case you are interested, they also have a history curriculum.

Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

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Old and New Testament Online Self-Paced Bible Veritas Review

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Friday, June 24, 2016

Sights Around the Territory

From gorgeous sunsets...

to bush fires..

to cattle crossings...

there's nothing like life in the territory!

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I'm so thankful for the good Christian friends my kids have.
It's also a blessing that they homeschool!
It makes these midweek visits possible!

I'm also thankful for good Christians friends for me!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

MySchoolYear.Com (Homeschool Record Keeping) {TOS Review}

MySchoolYear.com Review

I think one thing most homeschooling moms dread is record keeping.  If you're anything like me, you're at the end of the term or semester and trying to play catch up.  If you're looking for a little bit of help with not only keeping track of test scores, but also your lesson plans, then I may have the answer.  I've been reviewing My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from MySchoolYear.comhttps://www.myschoolyear.com/.  This is an online program that you can access via laptop, iPhone, tablet, etc.

Setting up your account and adding your student's information takes just a few minutes.  Then for each child you are able to add classes, daily lesson plans, grades, attendance, extra-curricular activities, a reading log, and more.  This is so nice to have all your information in one place.
It does take some time to learn to use, and after using it for a few weeks, I still feel I have a ways to go until I've mastered this online planner. Thankfully, it helps guide you along, and gives helpful reminders along the way.

I began by setting up our daily lesson plans.  This didn't take too long and you can chose to have a daily or weekly email sent to you (as well as your child if they have email).  If you like to plan out weeks or months at a time, this is great for you.  You can sit back and have the lesson plans emailed to you on a weekly basis.  Because our schedule is so crazy, I set our work schedule from week to week.
If your child does the same time of work each day, you are able to use the option "Rapid Repeat". This is what I chose as it helps us to be a bit more flexible.  I love that they give you the choice.

One option that I couldn't find, but maybe I just missed it, is to have both of my children's lessons for the week come up on the same page, rather than individual.

I really liked the book log.  You can list the book your child is reading, and it helps keep track of the books they have read for the year.

There is also a section for extra-curricular activities.  This would be a great place to add their sports or any other activities your child is involved in.  My kids both do scouts, so I was able to add this here.

MySchoolYear.Com also allows you to enter all your child's test and they do the averaging for you.  There is also a section that help you make a transcript for your high schooler (something I need to think about next year!).

If you'd like more information, you can go on a tour here of MySchoolYear.com.  It may answer any questions that I've missed.

All in all, MySchoolYear.com isn't a great fit for me, but mainly because I'm a pen and paper girl.  I love paper planners, and find that works best for me.  But I know many of you love online planners, and if you want to give this a go click here for a free 30 day trial.

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Homeschool Record Keeping {MySchoolYear.com Review}

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

LearnBop {TOS Review}

LearnBop for Families Review

LearnBop for Families Review
Math is a subject that my kids seem to struggle in.  Some days it can be their favourite (those days when they master a concept), but other days they put it off to last which only causes more problems.  We recently had the privilege to review a fun math program called LearnBop for Families which is created by LearnBop. I'm always keen for any program that makes math a bit easier, so I was excited to give it a go.
LearnBop is for grades 3-12.  We used this for my son who is in grade 3, but after using it, I am planning to also have my daughter begin the program after the school holidays.  

Who is LearnBop for?

For students who want to...
  • Catch up or get ahead for grades 3-12 math
  • Prepare for high level exams
  • Avoid summer learning slump
  • Master math faster
  • Build confidence in math
For parents who want to...
  • Aren't comfortable helping their child with math concepts
  • Don't have consistent time in their schedule to help
  • Want a more affordable option than a tutor
  • Need a proven math solution

How LearnBop works...
  1. Chose a Learning Roadmap - This is where you chose the grade level or math concept. Starting at 3rd grade was a bit hard for us since my son is only in 3rd grade, so there were many things he has not learned yet.  But we were able to pick concepts to continue building on what he is currently learning, and skip others that he has not learned yet.  For us, it may have been better to start him in 4th grade and use this as a review of 3rd grade.  Having the option to pick a grade lever or a concept is a clever idea.  Not all students learn math concepts in the same order, so you can jump around and do the work you chose.
  2. Identify Knowledge Gaps - After you have chosen your grade level or math concept, they will have your child do a warm-up that shows any areas the child needs improvement.  LearnBop then personalizes the child's Roadmap so they can focus on areas the child needs to work on.  How awesome is that?!
  3. Learn and Master Concepts - As your child begins their Roadmap, they will learn from thousands of instructional videos.  This was my son's favourite!  Once they watch the video they will do the exercises.  Every math problem has helps along the way.  
  4. Build Confidence - As your child completes the math problems they can track their progress and see how they have improved, in turn this builds their confidence to continue on.  I loved how they encouraged my son not stay focused and not give up.  Here's an example of the chart:
  5. Get Real Time Insight - Another bonus to this online math program was the parent section.  Here I could see my son's Roadmap and his progress.  It always makes you feel good to see your child progressing.

For $14.95/month (single student price), I think it's worth giving LearnBop a try.  You can cancel at any time.  I have seen my son's math skills improve throughout the course of using LearnBop for Families.  Like I mentioned, I plan to have my daughter start using LearnBop after the school holidays.  She's in pre-algebra, and I'd like her to master these skills before moving onto Algebra.
As a side note, if you struggle with math, this would be an awesome program for you!  I like math, but still struggle with some concepts.  I found myself going over a few things, and found it to be very helpful!
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LearnBop for Families Review

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Where do you homeschool?

Some days we school at our table, 
some days it's on our lounge, 
and other days it's outside like this.
That's the beauty of homeschooling!