Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My Student Logbook {TOS Review}

My Student Logbook Review
We recently had the opportunity to review My Student Logbook.  We were given the My Student Logbook PDF version dated August 2014 to July 2015.  My Student Logbook is ideal for grade 2 and up.
Finding a student logbook or planner that is not only functional for my children, but also easy to use and assemble can be difficult.  Every homeschool family is different, and to find something that works well for just about any family is not an easy task.  I have tried so many different homeschool planners or logbooks, it's not funny.  But I never found one that really worked for me.

I really like My Student Logbook.  I find it fits well with my homeschool organization and planning, which is a hard task.  So bravo, My Student Logbook!

To best explain how My Student Logbook works please watch this quick video.  It does a much better job of explaining it than I can.  :)

For more helpful videos, check out their youtube channel or find them on Facebook.

I used My Student Logbook for Autumn.  She is in grade 6.  It was very simple to figure out, although I did watch the video first.  I not only listed Autumn's daily school work, but also her chores.  There is just something about crossing off something on your to-do list!  She really enjoyed using My Student Logbook, and I think it gave her a sense of accomplishment.

My Student Logbook Review
Once I filled in  the first week, she was able to continue the following weeks, and I just added things as necessary.  Then when we change courses or need to add another course or even a chore, we simply flip over a new page and we're all good!  (Watch the video to see what I mean there.)
On a side note, I did receive the dated version of August 2014 - July 2015 We homeschool year-round so I was pleased to see they also have a dated version for January - December.  I really like to have our entire year's lessons all in one book.  My Student Logbooks come in three options: August - July, January - December, and an undated version.
Although the PDF version does not include a cover, I asked my kid's what they would chose if I decide to use this planner for next year.  They have lots of fun covers to choose from.
Autumn picked this one:
My Student Logbook Review
And Cody chose this one:
My Student Logbook Review

The PDF version not only includes the log pages, but it also comes with an All About Me page, a Prayers and Goals page, a Bible Verses Memorized page, three Books Read pages, three Events, Projects, Field Trips, Presentations, Activities pages, three Test Records pages, a Year Highlights:  My Favorite Memories from this Year page.  It will be great to have your entire year all organized in one place.
I have only used My Student Logbook for one of my children, but I can see how it will fit well for using it with both of my children.  I would imagine it will be a great tool for larger families. 
You can purchase My Student Logbook for only $15 (you will need one for each child), or the PDF version for $10.  Just a reminder that the PDF version does not include a cover.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014


I shared photos awhile back of our living room renovation.
It's been slow going, but we made some big progress last week!
This window is finished!  And the second one is almost there!
Another view.
My husband did all the woodwork.  I'm so proud of him!

Friday, September 12, 2014

My Sydney Trip...coming soon!

I recently realized I hadn't shared any of my photos from our trip to Sydney.
I will soon!
For now, here's a sneak peak!
Audrey Hepburn and myself
Jeff photobombing Princess Kate and Prince William
(Congratulations to the royal family on baby #2!!)
The Sydney Harbour Bridge, which Jeff climbed!
And lastly (for now), Manly Beach

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Tour of Our Home...

The Baptist Missionary Women blog is doing a fun blog hop with tours of the homes of women living all over the world.
Let me share first how God supplied this home for us.
We knew the Lord wanted us to move to this town.  As we began looking for a home to rent, our friend's who had recently purchased this house offered to rent it to us.  The previously tenants were moving  out the same time we were planning to move.  After moving in, we had such peace that this is where God wanted us long-term.  We approached the owners, and asked if we could purchase it.  They were interested in selling.  So now we are in the process of purchasing this home.  The best part is that it is commercial property, so Lord willing, we would like to build a rescue mission on our property and use it for ministry.  Please know as I show you these photos, that God deserves all the glory for it's His in the first place.
Welcome to our home. 
The entrance is the gate there on the left.

This is our front yard.  We have 1/2 acre of property!

This is my husband's garage where he takes side jobs.
He's a mechanic as well. 
Come on upstairs!

This is our living room and dining room.
(Its a panorama photo, so it's a bit deceiving how big it looks!)
Our dining table is also our homeschool room.

Our kitchen
Where the trash can sits, there is now a dishwasher!

Here is the right side of the kitchen.

And the left side.

Our piano sits in the hallway.
The hallway.
(Bookcases are temporarily here while we redo the living room.)

I didn't have a chance to take photos of the kid's rooms. 
They're a bit scary anyway!

My bedroom. 

Back outside, you may find a little boy working on his boy scout skills.

And here is another photo of the front from when we had a church fellowship here a few months ago.  I just love the amount of property we have.  God is so good!

Here is a view of the backyard where we plan to put the Rescue Mission.

Thanks for stopping by!
Please go over to the Baptist Missionary Women blog and see other homes from around the world!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Relay For Life

This past weekend Autumn volunteered with her scout troop to help at the Relay for Life event.  She went to help not really certain what the event was for.  During the opening ceremony, all the carers and survivors got up and shared their story.   It then became personal for Autumn.  Just a few short years ago, her adopted nana died of cancer.  Nana was my friend's mom, Autumn's friends' nana.  Nana would make her granddaughters clothing for their American Girl dolls, and would also make clothing for Autumn's American Girl dolls.  Nana was one of the happiest people I ever met.  She always, always had a smile on her face.  She was one very special lady. 
Autumn bought this bag and decorated it in memory of Nana.
Here is the bag during the candlelight service.
I miss her, too.

Sunday, August 31, 2014


This past week I took a 3 day training on Alzheimer's.  It was a very informative course, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to have taken it.  The instructor had this skull which included a brain (everything was to scale and weight!).  The instructor knows I homeschool so she asked if I wanted to take it home for the night to show the kids.  How cool that we're currently studying bones!  They loved it, and we had some unscheduled class time as we observed and played with it.  We couldn't believe how heavy the brain is.  Next week we'll be learning what happens when a bone breaks and how God made our body to heal.  Let's just pray we have no hands on experience for these lessons!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Essential Skills Advantage {TOS Review}

Essential Skills Advantage ReviewTrying to teach your child to read is one of the most rewarding experiences as a homeschool parent, yet it can also be the most intimidating!   Besides the initial fear of teaching your child to read, you have to decide how you will teach him/her.  Thankfully there are many great curriculums out there.  Essential Skills Advantage is one of those with the bonus that it is entirely online!

We were given a full year's subscription (the Premium Plan) to Essential Skills Advantage that included all levels.  Membership is $9.99 a month per child.  It is ideal for children in Kindergarten through grade 6.   

Essential Skills Advantage Review

Here is some helpful information regarding Essential Skills Advantage.  The program was designed by a team of experienced teachers and educators to help children in grades K-6 to become strong readers.  There are over 20,000 reading and language activities.  They provide your child with the competitive edge over other students.  Their curriculum is inline with curriculum requirements.  It has been identified as beneficial to students with learning challenges from ADHD to Autism. 

I used Essential Skills Advantage for my six year old son.  He is currently is grade 1 and is not quite reading.  My son enjoyed the activities, and it wasn't a chore for him to do school.  I would think the curriculum makes a great supplement, as I would still prefer he do some written work such as writing the letters and words.

One of the things it helped us focus on was sight words.  This is something we have been working on, and he really excelled in this area because of the program.  We supplemented with hand-written flash cards.

The program tracked everything my son did, and I could check his progress at any time.  It kept track of his grades, the length of time it took him to complete an activity, how many times he got a problem incorrect, the date and time, etc.  I really loved this aspect.  I sat with him while he did most of the activities, but if I stepped away I could tell if he was just clicking the button to get through it quick or if he was applying himself and trying.

My eleven  year old daughter did a few of the activities as well.  She doesn't always enjoy using the computer for school, but she did enjoy the activities that she chose. Probably because it wasn't forced on her made it more enjoyable.  :)

So overall, I think it's a great price for $9.99 per month (see below for a code to make it even cheaper!) or try the free version (more info below).   There are many activities to choose from and I don't see your child getting bored any time soon!

Also, as a bonus, if you are interested in the premium plan (the one I reviewed), you can get 50% off the monthly membership fee when you use the code TOS50.  This code is good until October 1, 2014 and the discount will apply as long as you remain a member.  So that means you pay $4.99 a month for each student.

And even better - Essential Skills Advantage has recently offered a sponsored version of their program that is FREE, yes completely free.  You can access the courses that Essential Skills Advantage has to offer, the only string attached is that there is sponsored advertising and not every available feature is accessible.  It's still worth a try.

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