Friday, June 23, 2017

Homeschool Planet Online Planner {Review}

I have been a member of the Homeschool Buyers Co-op since I first began homeschooling many years ago.  It is free to join the co-op and it gives you group pricing for homeschool curriculum and resources such as Veritas Press, Alpha Omega, Institute for Excellence in Writing, Saxon Math, Mystery of History, and so much more!  

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Like any teacher, I spend my summer planning out the next year for our homeschool.  While we love the flexibility of homeschooling, it does add some challenges to detailed planning because we can change our plans spontaneously to go on a museum field trip with friends or take the day to study nature on the trails or have the dreaded sick day.  One summer I had every single lesson plan written out for the entire year.  I included which pages we would work for each day...for every subject, for the entire school year.  It took forever to do but I was proud of my masterpiece of a lesson planner.  Well, needless to say, a sick day here, a field trip there, and next thing you know none of my scheduled lessons matched up with the days on the calendar.  My beautiful lesson planner could just be thrown out the window.  Then I found THE BEST HOMESCHOOL PLANNER EVER on Homeschool Planet.

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I signed up for the free 30 day trial and used that time to just play around with the program.  It is pretty self-explanatory but they also offer a set of tutorial videos to help you get started.  

There are so many great features to this online homeschool planner!  I can set up an entire year of lessons for each child and then if we decide to have a field trip or there is a sick day, I can just go into the Rescheduling Helper and it will bump all of my lessons forward for as many days as I need.  I just did this for next week when we are planning a trip to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science with some friends.  

I don't have to re-enter anything.  It is all just automatically adjusted for me.  I have our schedule in time slots but we are flexible with that because some lessons get done more quickly or take longer than expected.  Having the times designated helps us stay on track.  However, you can schedule your lessons for the day without using time slots too!  If a child gets ahead or behind in a subject, I can easily adjust the lessons with a click of a button.  It's wonderful! 

I can set up schedules for each child separately and I even have my own personal schedule too.  We do a lot of read alouds where my son, daughter, and I take turns reading aloud books that all of us can enjoy like the Bible and some of our science and history books.  I don't have to go into each of their schedules to enter that separately.  When I am entering lesson plan information, Homeschool Planet lets me designate whether it goes on Rachel's schedule, Nicholas' schedule, my schedule, or any combination of the three.  It automatically puts that lesson information where I need it to go.  That's a big time saver for homeschool families that do school work together with multiple children.

You can view your lessons plans online from multiple devices.  You can also have your lesson plans sent to your Google calendar or sent to your child's email address so they can see their schedule from their tablet.  If you like pen and paper then you can use Homeschool Planet to organize your lessons and then just print them out.  There are different formats available.  Here is a way I print it out for my kids each day so they can see what they have to do and check it off once they have completed it. 

Some other great features about Homeschool Planet is that you can attach weblinks to the lesson plans so all of the needed resources for the lesson are listed in one place.  It also allows you to enter grades for all assignments or you can enter simply pass/fail.  Homeschool Planet makes tracking easier by keeping up with hours spent on each class and can even create a transcript. Some other helpful features is the To Do Lists, Reading Lists, even receive daily scriptures to inspire you.  

A huge time saver that I love is that the Homeschool Buyers Co-op offers a Homeschool Planet Lesson Marketplace where you can purchase daily lesson plans for specific homeschool curriculums that will automatically fill in your child's schedule on Homeschool Planet for you!   These lesson plans are from well-known homeschool curriclum providers like LifePac, Rosetta Stone, BJU Press, Wordly Wise, All About Spelling, Saxon and Horizon Math, Teaching Textbooks, and even The Magic School Bus books!  And right now, if you sign up for the free trial of Homeschool Planet you will also receive ONE FREE LESSON PLAN!

Check out Homeschool Buyers Co-op for more than just Homeschool Planet.  They also have other great curriculum as well as many freebies like a Homeschool ID card and lots of free trials especially during the summer.  You also earn SmartPoints on purchases made through the co-op which you can then use towards future co-op purchases.  For more information about the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op, please check out these online resources:


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series {Review}

As part of our homeschool studies on the original 13 colonies, the American Revolution, and the founding of America, we have had the fun privilege of reviewing Adventures of Rush Revere #1 New York Times Bestselling Book Series by Rush and Kathryn Adams Limbaugh.  

I was so excited when the box came in the mail and inside were the five beautiful hardback books in the Adventures of Rush Revere Book Series.  The books are beautifully printed with colorful pictures, maps, and diagrams and pages that look like old parchment paper.

The Rush Revere books explain the history behind the founding of America and what makes this country the greatest country on earth.  The stories are told through the eyes of Rush Revere, a substitute history teacher who knows how to make history fun for his students.  He has a snarky sidekick named Liberty who happens to be a talking horse who can also turn invisible.  But best of all, Rush Revere and Liberty can travel back in time as they say "Rush, rush, rushing to history!".  They witness the most famous moments of American history in person and meet some of the people who helped to make this country so great.  Some of the students in Mr. Revere's class get to travel with them and learn history first hand as if they were right there when it happened.  Wouldn't that be fun?

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (Book One)

In book one, we learned about American Exceptionalism.  We met Liberty and learned about his special abilities.  We traveled back in time to Holland and learned about the Pilgrims' struggle for religious freedom.  We met William Bradford and learned about the Pilgrims' plans to leave for America.  We visited the Mayflower and Plymouth.  We met Myles Standish, a great military leader for the Pilgrims.  We witnessed the signing of the Mayflower Compact and the first Thanksgiving.

Rush Revere and the Brave Patriots (Book Two)

In book two, we learned about the Stamp Act and why the colonists opposed it.  We met Benjamin Franklin and learned that the colonists did not feel like the King was taking care of their needs and they were angry over the excessive taxes they were forced to pay.    We traveled to Virginia and met Patrick Henry.  We met King George III and watched the Boston Tea Party take place.  We learned about the Sons of Liberty and witnessed the Boston Massacre.  We talked with John Adams and George Washington.

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Rush Revere and the American Revolution (Book Three)

In book three, we learned about the importance of our military and their families.  We learned about the lanterns in Charleston that would warn of the British..."one if by land, two if by sea".  We traveled to Boston and met Dr. Joseph Warren and Paul Revere.  We met Samuel Adams and John Hancock.  We traveled to Concord and learned about the minutemen and witnessed a clash with the British redcoats.  In Philadelphia, we met General George Washington after he became head of the Continental Congress.  We met Henry Knox and learned about the pamphlet Common Sense by Thomas Paine.  We learned about the preamble to the Declaration of Independence and saw Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams.

Rush Revere and the Star-Spangled Banner (Book Four)

In book four, we learned all about the American flag as a great symbol for our country.  We visited the White House.  We learned that the bald eagle was chosen as a symbol of strength and freedom for our country back in 1772 when the Continental Congress was creating the Great Seal of the United States. We also learned the importance of the three colors on the American Flag - white symbolizes purity and innocence, red symbolizes hardiness and valor, and blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice.  We visited the Washington Monument and the National Archives where we looked at the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and the United States Constitution.  We learned about the structure of the government and the importance of checks and balances.  We witnessed the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 and met James Madison, Father of the Constitution.   We learned about the Bill or Rights and visited the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol Building, and the Supreme Court.  Most importantly, we learned about Francis Scott Key writing the national anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.

Rush Revere and the Presidency (Book Five)

In book five, we learned how the Constitution defines the qualifications required to be President of the United States such as be at least 35 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and be a resident of the U.S. for at least fourteen years.  We witnessed George Washington give his presidential oath and met his wife, Martha.  We learned a lot about politics and political campaigns including the importance of debates, political parties, speech writing, dealing with competition and criticism.  We also met Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Adventures of Rush Revere

My kids and I took turns reading the books aloud to each other.  Both of my kids have enjoyed these books.  Rachel is 8 years old and she says the books are "Awesome! They are fun to read like a kid's story and not like a school book."  Nicholas is 13 years old and he rolled his eyes a little when we started reading the first book, Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims, but as we got further into the story he was laughing out loud and asking to read "just one more chapter".  I personally felt the same way.  I enjoyed reading them with the kids and didn't want to put them down.  It was just fun seeing history come to life as the characters in the stories met real historical figures in American history.

Rush and Kathryn Adams are very passionate about teaching kids about patriotism and how great America is.  They have even put together an amazing website full of additional resources for parents and children.  Here are some of the fun things you will find at the

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