Lessontrek ~ Review and Giveaway

We have been testing out a new lesson planning tool for awhile now and I really like it.  Lessontrek was introduced to me by a blogging friend and I agreed to a review after I completed their free trial and liked it!  I now have a discount code for you and a giveaway, as well as my review.  Keep on reading!

{disclaimer ~ I was given a year of Lessontrek for this review, they are a blog sponsor, and my affiliate link is used}Lessontrek Homeschool Planner Review


 

I love simple, I love colors.  Lessontrek had me with those two things right away. I needed something very simple, and straightforward to plan our lessons.  Lessontrek is an online planner that is very easy to use. You set everything up online and have the option to print out weekly checklists, which is one of my favorite parts {probably my very favorite part}. I spent time setting each child up, giving them a specific color, and then each subject of theirs a specific color. Once initial set up is done, it is easy to navigate. I also love the flexibility it has. I can add assignments by typing in specifics, or add recurring assignments with a click {once I have entered in the list of recurring assignments}. Once you get started playing around I promise it isn’t too hard to figure out! I have 4 different categories; one for each child {keep reading to see those}, and one for our All Together subjects. Below is a screenshot of our All Together subjects planned out for week one.  Each little colored area can be drug around easily, and also copy/pasted if needed.

Lessontrek All Together Subjects

We do school intensely for four days a week, Monday-Thursday.  Friday is our family day off, and Saturday is a lighter day, with catch-up and extra subjects.  This particular week we took day 3 off to go to Six Flags, that’s why it is blank! I have been sharing a bit on Instagram and people have asked to see more details about how we are using Lessontrek.  I took screenshots of each planner from week one and then a photo of the printable checklist at the end of the week so you can see how we did! The screenshots are from the print mode, which produces the checklist format that you print. It looks different in the compose mode {which you can see a glimpse of at the top in my all together screenshot}

 

PacMan’s first week of 7th Grade…

This is what he got on Monday, with my expectations for his week.  See his 7th grade homeschool curriculum here.

Lessontrek Weekly Plan

Here’s what his printable plan looked like at the end of week one.  I gave some grace on a few things, and just transferred them over to the next week.  I do not put the plans in far ahead so it is easier for me to adjust each week.  It stresses me out to think we are behind, so instead I go with the flow and just adjust.  For now I am only doing one week at a time.  Setting up their plans on Sunday afternoon to print and be ready for Monday.

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Krash’s first week of 3rd Grade…

Lesontrek 3rd Grade Plans

Here’s what his looked like at the end. He finished all but one math lesson, since we decided not to do any school on Friday {our family day}. See his 3rd grade homeschool curriculum here.

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Ladybug’s first week of Kindergarten…

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Here’s hers at the end of the week. You can see we have a lot of circles, meaning we didn’t get to those things and I am totally fine with that.  I am completely flexible and will just carry over. I create a plan for her and we do what we can. See her Kindergarten homeschool curriculum here.

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Our All Together Plan…

As you can see we got almost our entire weekly plan done. We all REALLY enjoyed our all together time. See our all together homeschool curriculum choices here.

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I could keep this post going forever telling you exactly how I did things and how to set it up, but honestly it’s one of those hands on things you have to do to understand.  They have a wonderful totallyfree two week trial so you can play around and see if it works for you.  I did the trial before even agreeing to the review. Here is a list showing what Lessontrek is capable of doing now…

Lessontrek Current Features

 

Below are the features in the works! Lessontrek Future Features

 

A Discount and a Giveaway!

Get 30% off now through September 30, 2014

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Details you need to know ~ You can sign up for a free trial for 14 days to see what you think, but if you decide to purchase and use the 30% discount you will have to set up a new account.  So, don’t do anything too time consuming during your free trial since it won’t transfer over. Any questions?  Contact the Lessontrek team via their contact info on the site.

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Our Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Our Kindergarten homeschool curriculum choices are ready to share!  We have been doing a modified version of Kindergarten throughout the summer and started back with our full routine last week.

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices



Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum Choices

The base of our home Kindergarten will be our Kindergarten Literature Unit Studies.  Most of her math will come from these units and just regular hands on learning that occurs naturally for us.

I chose to use You Can Read to emphasize sight word learning since my son loved it so much.  I developed this program myself so it has the elements I love when teaching sight words.

This year I have decided to try a new literacy program with Ladybug.  Logic of English Foundations A was given to us for free and I have taken some time to look over it and have decided to use it with Ladybug.  It is similar to All About Reading, but a bit different. It includes handwriting, phonics, spelling and reading all in one. We loved All About Reading and I will probably use components of it too. I did not switch because I didn’t like All About Reading, I switched just to try something new. Part of the reason I chose to use Logic of English is to get a good solid review of a different early literacy curriculum so I can answer questions for my readers.

I have chosen to use my Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Through the Bible A-Z for her Bible focus, and this also includes some handwriting and literacy skills as well.

We will continue on with our Integrity Time Bible lessons that we loved from last year. This was chosen more for character development rather than Bible verse memorization.

Spielgaben will wrap up our Kindergarten fun with loads of hands on play-based learning.

The Visual Version

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Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten LOE Foundations A Integrity Time Bible Review

You can see our literacy and math goals linked below!

Homeschool Kindergarten Literacy Goals  Homeschool Kindergarten Math Goals

Group Subjects

In addition to her Kindergarten specifics, she will join the boys for the following subjects.  We have already begun a few of these and she really enjoys them so far. Obviously I adjust my expectations for her greatly.  Many of these subjects involve coloring of some sort which she loves!

    The visual version…

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How Does it All Fit Together?

I do school with Ladybug first thing in the morning, usually beginning around 9am and ending around 10:15-10:30am.  We begin with our literature unit and then move on from there.  I usually let her pick what to do next, she has already learned her “categories” of school.  I have opted not to use Workboxes or trays, she functions fine without them and just works through her school time with me.

She doesn’t love school as much as she did as a tot, and will fight me a bit but not much.  She has learned her school complaint techniques from her brothers. I think if she were an only she would still love school time fully.  Once she gets going she does really love it and Ii s mostly compliant with a few whines here and there.  There are certain things she doesn’t love as much but at this stage I do require her to do what I have planned.  I did follow her lead in choosing and developing a plan, but now that it has been chosen, we will do what I have planned.

 

Kindergarten with Krash

We did a few different things with Krash when he was in Kindergarten. See our entire home Kindergarten journey post by post.

Homeschool Kindergarten with Krash At a Glance


Looking for our other homeschool curriculum posts?  Click to see each below!

All Together Subjects Homeschool Curriculum Choices 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices


Remember the Homeschool Omnibus is only available this week! Read more here, or buy now!

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2014 Homeschool Omnibus

The 2014 Homeschool Omnibus is here, this week only! This is an amazing collection of digital files for you at a VERY low cost!

{disclaimer ~ my affiliate link is used, thanks for your support}2014 Omnibus Homeschool Bundle

I am excited to share that my Raising Rock Stars Preschool is included in the Omnibus for the first time along with 93 other brand new titles to the Omnibus! This is a big question for those of you who bought in 2012 or 2013.  You can rest at ease in knowing that this bundle contains 94 brand new titles out of over 100.  That’s a ton of new stuff!

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Have a Tot or a Preschooler?

Since a majority of my blog readers are parents of the younger crowd, I thought I would highlight the products I think would most interest you.  Below, you’ll find 3 different preschool programs {my Raising Rock Stars being one of them}, several fun printable sets with an early childhood focus, and some encouraging books for you as a mom of littles, or a new homeschooler, and more.  And this list contains only 12 of the over 100 titles {94 are brand NEW to the Omnibus this year – meaning if you purchased the 2012 or 2013 Omnibus they weren’t included then}.

Just these 12 resources listed below are worth over $65!

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Did you know your purchase of the Omnibus through our affiliate link {or any bundle sales I contribute my products to} really helps our family?  We are very grateful to you for purchasing through our affiliate link as a portion of the proceeds come directly to us and support my work here online!


Alphabetical List of ALL Products Included…

 

Additional Resources: Codes and Links Provided After Purchase

 

There are many details regarding a sale like this and the important dates are shown in the graphic below. You can also find tons of information on the Omnibus website, especially under the FAQ section!

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  • The deadline for refunds is September 5, 2014. Positively no refunds will be given if the file host shows that you have downloaded any files.
  • The ebooks will only be available until September 25, 2014, please do not delay in downloading them. See the FAQ or contact iHomeschool Network for more information.
  • DVDs can be purchased until September 20.

Ready to buy YOUR copy? Grab your Omnibus here!

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Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 84

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 84

Where has the summer gone?!?! I don’t know about you, but it sure has flown by this year! In just two weeks September will be upon us! Take time to soak up those sun rays and time with your Tots! It goes by way too fast!

Do your Tots ever “read” road signs and billboards? They are so aware of the world around them! Take a look at Mama Jodie’s “reading” activity over at Growing Book by Book to entice your Tot to “read.”

Growing Book by Book

 

Were you able to see the “superist” Super Moon this past week? My kids were completely fascinated! Space is always a topic of interest to Tots, so head on over to Faith like a Mustard Seed to see the creative ideas Mama Janelle put together to study the final frontier!Faith Like a Mustard Seed 2

 

Mama Brandi from Fairy Tale Glamorous shares all the fun activities Little Miss enjoyed while studying the letter F! Take a look and see what fun you might share with your Tot.

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Remember to visit our Pinterest board hosting our featured blogs each week! Be sure to follow the board and re-pin ideas you like, it’s a great way to support each other!

Love Tot Trays™? Check out our Tot Trays for Tot School Pinterest Board!

Using Tot School Printables?  Visit ourTot School Printables Pinterest Board. If you are using Tot School Printables and blogging about it, email me with a link to one of your posts and your Pinterest link so you can pin to this group board!

Our Tot School Ideas Board is filled with ideas from all around the web, maybe even some of yours!

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Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

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Do you have your FREE

    Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!

Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Scholastic Dollar Deals

Scholastic Teacher Express Dollar Deals are back for a limited time.  Many digital resource are priced at $1.00, now through August 19, 2014.

{disclaimer ~ my affiliate link is used}Scholastic Teacher Express Dollar Deals Fall 2014 Sale ends Aug. 19, 2014

 

No discount code is necessary, the discounts are already shown on the items. You can grab some really great resources for very little money during these sales!  Head over to their site to browse around and save!

Once on the site, look for this banner and click shop now.  You can easily sort resources by price,grade level, or many other ways. Happy shopping!

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