Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Homeschool Planner Review

The 2009 Schoolhouse Planner
Published by: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine
Cost $39
I have dreamed of getting this planner, I mean think about this I love to plan and organize- I am always looking for THAT perfect planner. I have considered ,OK maybe even drooled over the old schoolhouse planner so many times, but the price just seemed a bit much… WELL let me say that after spending several hours going through this huge resource of 375 pages ( yes that is not a typo), I wish I had gotten this last year, it is worth every penny!
So why?
Let’s start with the monthly modules. Each module has a two page monthly calendar, a mini theme overview and links to more resources to dig deeper. With themes like: The Basics of Getting into College ( May) or Lapbooking a Creative Road to Retention (April). Oh and recipes that sound so good I can’t wait to try some.
Then there are pages of miscellaneous educational information, like conversion cheat sheet, the U.S. presidents list, famous artists, and so much more—all those lists that you usually need at some point but don’t have the time to go searching.
Next comes the homeschool forms. There are planning sheets, evaluations, transcripts, grading sheets, tracking logs, and so much more. This is very complete and will have me organized for our new school year better than ever. I loved the daily and weekly schedules, they are set up for 2 children to 5 children. There is even preschool activities forms so I can purpose my learning fun with even my youngest.
Next and yes there is more!
Household forms…have you ever wanted to gather all those home and family related things together, you know, remember someones birthday or what about all the projects you have or dream of doing? There are forms. Menu's, grocery lists, chores, prayer journal…as you can see there is an eclectic list of forms that will get your household planner put together and yo u will have it all in one place. I am going to call it my “brain”
Everything I need or want to remember, or plan to let my home life run a bit smoother and yes more organizedJ
Anther resource that complements the planner is the monthly modules these are filled with information, and facts for studying a mini unit in depth each month. Each monthly module has a different theme. They are available as a monthly membership for $ 71.55 or individual months for $ 7.95.
I am so happy with my planner, this is a resource that will be used over and over all year long.
Would you like to see what others have to say about the planner and how they use it? Check out the Crew reviews.

Purchase the 2009 Schoolhouse Planner at The Old Schoolhouse Store

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Father's Day Video

This is a song that Bruce wrote, Mikaela made the video for his Father's day gift.

video

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers .
I especially want to bless the fathers in my life, Bruce the father of our dear children, who works so hard to provide for us, and who loves us so deeply.
My own father whom I love.
My oldest son Ryan, being a father is the hardest "job , but THE most rewarding!
To my son Jacob, yes you are a father already, even though your daughter will not join us till latter,
may you anticipate with joy the job of being a father.
HAPPY FATHERS DAY to you.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

I Made The Crew!

What's the crew, you ask? Well, the crew is a group of wonderful homeschoolers who like me enjoy the variety of curriculum and products that help us with our learning adventures. We all want to help others find out about what's available and give you some insights into these wonderful products so you can choose whats best for your family.
The Crew is part of a community of homeschoolers with so much great support starting with the best homeschooling magazine: The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Here you will find support for homeschooling, newsletters, and an on line store. This site has a wealth of information.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Addicted to The Search

I love planning. I love the thought of organization. Together the two of these could be a problem for me as I can spend so much time thinking about them , researching and never really coming to a point of implementing anything! I absolutely love the challenge of finding just the right curriculum and just the "thing" that will make my life easier..you know THE chore chart that will have the kids wanting to do chores :) or THE file system that keeps everything in perfect order for latter finding whatever it is without a hassle... yep I am addicted to the search!
So every day I must remind myself that though I make all these plans, they are just that MINE, and Gods plans are not always MINE. I must keep ever before me the ultimate purpose , the reason we have chosen to homeschool all the blessings the Father God has given us. Because He was the one who lead us on this path and He is the one equipping us, not me and my plans. Not that God does not want me organized, nor should i go into my year of school UNplanned, I just need to remember where it is He has lead me and not try to continually reinvent , redo or add onto what is already do

Monday, June 1, 2009

Family Reunion

I am so excited for the first time in about 4 years ALL the kids are coming home! This is no easy feat as we have moved from Texas our home for the last 17 years. In our move to Arizona we left behind 4 of the oldest and 2 grand kids. Our third born is in the Navy and stationed in Japan with his wife and little one due in August.
This month we will all be together for a few short days. This is such a blessing and joy for this Mamma's heart! I am so excited to have a big family celebration. To get pictures of the extended family ALL together! How fun and I remember when the kids were younger thinking about when they were older married and with kids of their own what it would be like to have family get together..how time goes by, here we are with our first one and it was just a dream yesterday ..well many yesterdays :) sigh of anticipated happiness!