We Love Lessontrek’s Gradebook Feature!

Lessontrek Gradebook Feature Review

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We have been using Lessontrek for awhile now and it has greatly simplified my homeschool planning.  Just this year I began using their new Gradebook feature and I am in love!  I only use it for my 8th grader, for just some courses.  Science, grammar, spelling for now.  I wanted to do a post sharing this particular feature since I know it will benefit many of you!

I made a video for you to show how I use the gradebook to give you a peek at what it all looks like in action.  The video was the best way for me to share all of the little details. My best advice is to open up your Lessontrek and dive into this feature.  It took me a little while to set things up but once I learned how it was organized, it was pretty simple.

As you can see in the video, it allows you to choose which assignments are graded, how they are weighted, and it averages things for you!

I look forward to using this feature more and more in the future as Pac enters high school and all of the grades become much more important.  Knowing I will have this to use with my other 2 kids is awesome too. I love the simplicity Lessontrek provides, all in one program.

We have other reviews of Lessontrek, you can read my initial impressions here in our first review, and another post I wrote here. A video overview of the lesson planning feature is here.

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Bible Verse Printables ~ Letter Y

RLRS Letter Y John 11 Bible Verse Printables


Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter Y are available to download for free! Y is for YES! This set is based on John 11:27, “Yes, Lord, she replied, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” 

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Coloring ~  I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion, which we did a lot of for this verse.  While she colors I read her the story about the verse {included in the printable pack} and we discuss the meaning. I didn’t get a photo of her coloring, this is the page she colored.



Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying words and sounds she knows, as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it. Below she was working on this activity at the gym while waiting on her brother to finish gymnastics practice!

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The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “Jingle Bells.”

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter Y printables here!

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 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter Y and click on it to download the PDF file.

Download or printing trouble? See tips here!

These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars!

Want to purchase the entire downloadable bundle for only $12?  See info here!



See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Christmas Doodle Coloring Pages

Christmas Doodle Coloring Pages

We have a brand new set of Christmas Doodle Coloring printables for you! These are great for adults who like to color as well as children.

The idea behind “Just Color!” is simple ~ theme packs all focused around coloring. The coloring pages are all in one download to make it easier to download and print all at once, in case you have coloring monsters like I do!

If you want to make a mini coloring book, you can scale down PDF files.

Here’s a peek at the different pages in this free printable set! Pick the ones you like and enjoy some coloring time {with or without your kids}!

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These next 3 are my favorites, these could keep me busy for hours!  Ornaments, stocking and trees…all waiting to be colored while relaxing!

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Christmas doodle collages, bells, trees and reindeer…so many to choose from!

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I hope many of you kids and adults enjoy these this Christmas season!    

Download the Christmas Doodle coloring printables and more here!

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While there you can also find our other Christmas coloring pages, just look for these graphics and click to download each set!

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If you have any problems downloading or printing these or other PDF files, see troubleshooting tips here.

Find tons of free Christmas printables here!

Christmas Printables and Ideas

Tot School Gathering Place Week 152

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!


Welcome to December! The countdown is on! Do you do an advent calendar or devotional with your Tot? We’d love to hear how your family marks the coming of our Savior! Take some time to post your activities with your Tot to the Gathering Place! You may inspire and encourage another Mama with your ideas!

During this month it is easy to indulge in some food yumminess – and not always the healthy kind! This week Mama Kristin and Tot E from SmartE PartE focused on healthy foods for their Tot School theme! Check out the different activities to maybe help encourage your Tot to eat more healthy during this December of delectable desserts!12062015 SmartE PartE

Mama Tara and Tot Summer have been working on learning all about the letter “E” this past week! Take a peek over at The Magnolia Barn to see all the fun that Tot Summer had while exploring this “E” themed week!

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Mama Denise and Tot Jay just started Tot Schooling! Head on over to Adams Family Farm and Homeschool to see all the different activities that Tot Jay enjoyed and to encourage Mama Denise as she beings the Tot School journey!

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Were you featured? You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional! Tot School Feature

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Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?


See the Tot School webpage here!

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.


 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).

Lately in Our Life ~ All Around Champ, Ecuador & Simple

Lately in Our Life Nov. 2015


All Around Champ!

The new gymnastics season has begun and we have one VERY HAPPY boy!  He is competing at a new level this year {6} and felt totally prepared for his first meet which was in November.  Well, I suppose he was prepared since he WON!  This was his very first 1st All Around place and he was so excited!  He also took first on rings, pommel and floor! We are excited for his second meet in about a week!

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I recently went on an incredible trip thanks to my awesome friend Jodi. You probably already know that I love Young Living and might know that Jodi is the one that got me hooked many years ago. Well, Jodi has been with Young Living for over 10 years and is pretty “high up” in her rank with them and earned a totally free {yes completely all expenses paid} trip for 2 to visit the Young Living farm in Ecuador.  Her husband couldn’t go so she took me!!!!  how incredibly cool is that?

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I didn’t have many expectations going into the trip, just an open heart and mind and excitement to spend time with one of my best friends alone for 5 days! We stayed in Guayaquil, and traveled to the 2000+ acre farm which is about an hour away.

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Seeing the plants that turn into the oils I use was incredible.  That’s Jodi and I in front of a Palo Santo tree on the left and in front of Oregano fields on the right. 

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Even more incredible than seeing the plants was meeting the Ecuadorian people who work on the YL farm there and their joy. Not only did we get to meet many of the employees, we got to meet many of their kids!!!  This was the really cool part.  Young Living has a school near the farm which educates 300 children PreK-12th grade!  They have their first graduating class this spring!

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It was the trip of a lifetime and I am just so grateful to Jodi for taking me!


Simple Holidays

This time last year was WAY different than this year.  We spent Thanksgiving last year away from family due to Frank’s broken legs and our move. This year we had a totally uneventful, simple day with family.  It was lovely. I am finding myself very grateful for simple.

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!