Lessontrek Giveaway

We found a new homeschool lesson planner, Lessontrek, this year and wrote an extensive review here. I continue to love our Lessontrek lesson plans and am excited to have them on board as a blog sponsor!  We have a great giveaway today and a great deal for ALL of you!

Homeschool Lesson Planning with Lessontrek

Lessontrek is an easy-to-use and modern online lesson planner. Lessontrek is gaining popularity due to its simplicity and color coding system. It’s also adding new features on a monthly basis that are based on customer feedback.

 

Five of you are going to win a full year of Lessontrek for FREE!

More awesome news ~

ALL of you can get 3 months for free to fully test it out yourself! 

Use referral code OPO3 to get your 3 months free.

 

Lessontrek Homeschool Planner Giveaway

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win one of the 1 year subscriptions!  Giveaway is open to anyone and ends 12/2/14.

Be sure to follow their Facebook page to stay up on special offers and new features.  You can also sign up for their newsletter too!  Look for this on the homepage and enter your email!Lessontrek Newsletter

 

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Balance Bike Giveaway

I am so excited to welcome our sponsor, Balance Bike Town and share our thoughts and experiences with our personal balance bike.  We also have an AMAZING balance bike giveaway, so be sure to keep reading!

Balance Bike Giveaway

We got our first balance bike many years ago, when Krash was 3.  It was a Strider bike and we were in love instantly. He was a quick learner, was zooming around quickly, and then transitioned to a pedal bike when he was 4.  He never used training wheels and was pedaling within minutes of trying for the first time.  We were in shock after teaching our oldest son traditionally {with training wheels and no balance bike}.

Balance Bike

When Ladybug got old enough we had already passed on our orange Strider bike to a great friend and we got her a pink one!  She was slower to get the hang of it, not really enjoying the Strider bike until she was 4 1/2 but she also learned to ride a pedal bike within minutes when she first tried at age 5 1/2.  Again, we had the exact same experience, she hopped on and began pedaling and never used training wheels. 

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Having the balance bike for our two younger kids when they were little was such a blessing.  I wasn’t so convinced about the benefit until I watched both of them ride a pedal bike with such ease.  I am a firm believer and recommend a balance bike to anyone with a young toddler!  Get them started scooting around on a balance bike early!

Balance Bike

 

Balance Bike Town not only carries Strider bikes, they carry all sort of balance bikes, and they have a price guarantee!  Be sure to look for the live chat option if you need help selecting the right bike for your child.

Free shipping, a 10% discount code for my readers {code: 10plus}, and a price guarantee ~ you can’t beat that!

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For one of you, this is going to be really exciting!  Balance Bike Town is giving one of our readers a balance bike of your choice valued at $150 or less!  I am so excited to know one of you will be blessed in this fun way!

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Balance Bike Town has just started their Facebook page so be sure to like them and learn more about balance bikes and stay up on their current offers!

Giveaway is only open to 48 contiguous US States, and ends 12/5/14. Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget.

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Chewigem Sensory Jewelry Giveaway

I am excited to welcome a new blog sponsor and share a product that I believe will truly help many of you. Chewigem creates oral sensory jewelry for people of all ages who have a discreet need to chew or fidget. Not only are these necklaces and bracelets stylish, they provide a simple solution, giving a child {or adult} the ability to self regulate a need.

I know many of my readers have children with sensory needs and/or children on the Autism spectrum. Shelli’s son was the inspiration for her as he is on the Autism spectrum and has sensory needs. Her passion for Chewigem is obvious and authentic, you can read more about Shelli and Chewigem here. I was excited to host this giveaway, knowing it will bless someone greatly.

Chewigem offers many different options for your chewer; pendants, bangles, and even dog tags!  All are made from non-toxic FDA approved food grade silicone {BPA, latex, lead, PVC & phthalate free}. Necklaces come on an adjustable cord to allow the user to find the length that is right for them (the normal drop is 18”) with a break away clasp for added safety.

Chewigem Sensory Jewelry

Chewigem has received accolades from therapists, parents and educators and they sell to many school districts!  You can see many reviews here on their website.

Personally I love the designs and how modern and hip they are. This jewelry offers a unique alternative that both meets a sensory need while also being cool.  How cool is that?

Be sure to browse through their product line here, prices range from $14.95 – $19.95.

 

Chewigem Giveaway!

Because these products are so specific to the user, Chewigem allows the winner of the giveaway to ‘chews’ their gift. Winner may select one item from the shop based on personal needs.

Chewigem Giveaway

Giveaway is open to USA and Canada and closes 10/27/14. Use Rafflecopter widget to enter below.  Jump over to the blog if you are reading in RSS or email!

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Speekee Spanish for Homeschoolers

Speekee Spanish is a great Spanish program for homeschoolers! We are loving it and are excited to share our thoughts as well as a great giveaway with you!

{disclaimer ~ Speekee is a blog sponsor and I was given a membership to use for this review}Speekee Spanish for Homeschoolers



Years ago we used Speekee, and we kept our monthly subscription long after our initial review in 2011.  Want to see how long ago?  Here’s a photo, aren’t they cute?!

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Eventually I let the subscription go, but then Jim from Speekee got in touch with me recently to come back on board as a blog sponsor. I knew they had redone the Speekee website and was excited to see the changes and if it might work for my family.

I was mostly interested in the Fast Track, which is a 40 week homeschool Spanish program with lessons! I figured we would like it but wasn’t sure how much.  We are going through a lot of changes this year and I wasn’t really looking to add another subject to our day.  I figured we could review it for a month or so and then put away for another year.

Boy was I wrong.  There’s going to be NO putting it away, the kids LOVE it!  Seriously, these two beg for the daily lessons!

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What is Speekee?

Speekee is a multi award-winning Spanish learning program​ for 2-11 year olds. It’s the most comprehensive Spanish program for children ever to appear online. Games, videos and challenges are all part of this super fast way for kids to learn Spanish!​ There are 40 videos that form the backbone of this program tailor made for homeschoolers.

 

What is Speekee Fast Track for Homeschoolers?

Speekee Fast Track is a 40 week program for young learners of Spanish, targeted for ages 2-8. It focuses on the first ten episodes in the Speekee series of videos. Each week 4 activities are suggested, with corresponding worksheets, videos, and other activities.

Here’s a peek at the first 4 weeks {clipped from the Speekee website, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on the words “Fast Track” to see this}.

Speekee Fast Track Week 1-4

 

How Much Does it Cost?

Speekee is an online subscription service, giving you access to all of the materials with your membership.  You can see current prices here {scroll down to the bottom}.

 

Fast Track is what we are using and what I am focusing on in this review. My kids are ages 5 & 8 so this is a perfect fit.  My oldest is 12 and although he listens in sometimes, he is not participating with us regularly.

Each school day, the younger two work with me on the day’s assignment.  The Fast Track plan does not say to watch the video each day but my kids insist.  So, we do the activities, plus the video each day.

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On day 2 of week 1 you are told to help the kids make puppets to represent Dino and Lupi ~ the adorable puppets in the videos.

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Honestly I didn’t not want to do this.  I wasn’t in a crafting mood.  However, I am so glad I ignored my feelings and just did what the lesson plan said.  They LOVE these puppets.

We now have Dino and Lupi sit with us for each lesson and they have REALLY helped with encouraging natural dialogue.

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Below you can see a bit of the screen showing the puppets in one of the videos.

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They also each have a Spanish notebook.  This is for the printables from the Speekee lessons and a few more I have created on my own to enhance their learning.  I will share these later on my blog, I am not done with them yet!

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I am so glad Speekee came back on as a sponsor and that I was required to dig back into it.  It truly is a perfect fit for my two youngest and they are begging for the lessons each day. We will be continuing on with the Fast Track program this entire school year!

One of you is going to win a 40 week membership to Speekee so you too can enjoy the full Fast Track program!!

Use Rafflecopter to enter to win below.  Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 9/26/14. Be sure to click over to the blog to be able to see the widget if you are reading via email or RSS.

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Lessontrek ~ Review

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 Online 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

 

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