Friday, March 27, 2015

Schoolhouse Review: Lord Heritage's HomeSchool Office #hsreviews

HomeSchool Office Review

All homeschooling mommas know that it's all about organization -- or lack thereof.  You can sail or you can sink based on how well you keep it all together.  A good plan will keep you going on even the roughest days -- and Lord Heritage gives you the power you need to manage your school with the HomeSchool Office.  I was given the opportunity to review this online tracking tool with a full year access and I'm enjoying pulling it all together.

I am pretty sure that one of the most difficult aspects of home educating your children is the management, tracking, scheduling, and planning of everything that needs to come together to make homeschool really work.  Following an easy set up of your school, HomeSchool Office directs your path step-by-step by using the acronym P-O-W-E-R.  You can easily begin to organize and manage your school in any state, with any number of students, no matter what curriculum you use.  The flexibility of the web-based design allows you the opportunity to make changes as needed and keep your child's education fully individualized.  There's even a place to keep up with co-op teachers, mentors, resources, and friends.


HomeSchool Office uses aesthetically pleasing full-color which helps me find peace and order. When utilizing the program, parents organize student lessons and help prepare for graduation by following these biblically-based steps:


Plan -- (Jeremiah 29:11) set subjects for the year for each student (including credit hours needed), set the number of school days required (I set 175 days for our school year this year), decide on your master schedule for the year making sure to include projects and set your budget.  This is a great way to include all of the different subjects you want your children to study and makes planning your own Unit Study a breeze.  I was able to assign books to be read, movies to be watched, and projects to be completed for each of my children and allow them to mark off when each was done.  We've included plays, musicals, concerts, cultural events, and art shows that we've attended and this has allowed me to put together a unique Fine Arts course for High School credit.  I'm able to include delight-directed learning alongside required academic courses and give my children the best of both worlds.  A quick glance at the Master Schedule insures that my children are working on task.


Planning Individual Lessons

Putting everything together in the Master Schedule


Order -- (1 Corinthians 14:40)  Order your days and mark items off of your "To Do" List.  I LOVE this part best.  I'm a list maker and I enjoy a visible reminder of what we have left to accomplish almost as much as I enjoy knowing how many more days until we are done.  As of right now, we have completed 134 days of school and have 41 more to go.  This school year at Long Leaf Academy is 76% COMPLETE.  I'll take that.  This section allows you to schedule individual lessons and activities for your children and offers a big picture of what needs to be accomplished.


I love a good list.  Color-coded is the perfect bonus.


Work --  (John 17:4)  The nuts and bolts of what must be done, students have the ability to access this portion of HomeSchool Office.  The Princess uses this portion as a reminder of reading assignments to complete, chores to be done, Girl Scout preparations to be made, and piano practice sessions.  Whew -- she needs all the help she can get -- like mother, like daughter.


It's easy to see what needs to be done.


Evaluate -- (Matthew 28:20)  enter grades earned and attendance for each student and class.  Daily attendance records are not required in Mississippi, but I just have to admit that it makes me happy to know how many days we've studied and worked.  I like being able to check off all of the boxes and proving to myself that work is being accomplished.  I especially like knowing that I can keep track of the individual subject hours as we work to complete requirements for high school credits.  Making sure that the Eagle Scout has enough hours of Fine Arts and Physical Education is easy using the HomeSchool Office.


Grades and Attendance are important.

Report -- (Romans 14:12)  The ability to print detailed evaluations that reflect our personal goals is a huge benefit that makes my end-of-the-school-year super-easy.  At a quick glance, I can see exactly where each of my children are in terms of what I set out to accomplish with them AND I can print an updated Transcript to make sure that required credits are up-do-date.  It's the perfect visual and the professional quality can easily be used for college applications.

Easy-to-read reports make for a happy momma.


I realize that I am fortunate because I live in a state that is homeschool-friendly and record-keeping is simple, but for those of you that have strict requirements pertaining to the number of hours spent with each subject and the specific amount of schoolwork accomplished daily, HomeSchool Office is most definitely worth examination.  I found it quite helpful in keeping all of us organized and on-task and I am positive it will help ease the pressure in educating your children while keeping substantiated records.



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I was given the opportunity to review HomeSchool Office as a member of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew.   You can check out the Crew Review and see what other members of the Schoolhouse ReviewCrew thought of this and other products as well (or just click on the banner below.)

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring has Sprung {virtual refrigerator}

The very first hummingbird showed up to visit my feeders today.  The grass and trees are turning green.  Tiny little flowers are popping up everywhere.  I do believe SPRING has arrived.





Because I'm proud of my artist,




I'm joining the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop to share creativity unleashed.  
Be sure to visit and check out some of the other neat projects by some pretty great kids.



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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sisters {wordless wednesday}




Will she say YES to the DRESS?  Exciting times ahead,



I'm linking up today with my fellow Crewbies, Wendy (over at Life at Rossmont) and Karen (over at Tots and Me).  Check out the link up for more "Wordless Wednesday" posts.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Unity {Scripture & a Snapshot}




Unity dwelling,


I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

A Study in Color {virtual refrigerator}







I'm joining the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop to share creativity unleashed.  
Be sure to visit and check out some of the other neat projects by some pretty great kids.



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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

On Guard {Scripture & a Snapshot}




Courageous and Strong,


I'm joining with my friend Jennifer over at a glimpse of our life as we give glory to GOD through our photos.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Schoolhouse Review: Mother, Can I Trust the Government? #hsreviews

Freedom Project Education Review


My family and I had the distinct pleasure of taking part in an eight-week online course this semester entitled Mother, Should I Trust the Government? by FreedomProject Education.  Recommended for students 13 and older, the course itself was simply marvelous and I recommend that you check out all of the 2015 Courses being offered. (The next course starts March 23 and is one I'd LOVE for us to be a part of -- How to Think:  A Crash Course in Critical Thinking.  I could definitely use some fresh critical thinking skills in my life and so could my kids.  How about you?)
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FreedomProject Education (FPE)  is an accredited online academy for students in Kindergarten - 12th Grades founded on Judeo-Christian principles.  They offer several courses throughout the year that can be used for stand-alone credit or as a supplement to other coursework.  Using his book Mother, Should I Trust the Government? (184-pages, softcover) as the course text, Dr. Jake Jacobs led a weekly 2-hour interactive seminar of the same title that challenged students to explore the American Government through the pages of the Constitution and begin to think about the government's role both historically and futuristically.  Students were given an insider's look at the Founding Fathers and were asked to explore the government through their eyes.

As a political science major, I have always been enamored with the Constitution and the American Presidency so I couldn't wait to begin this class.  I double majored with an emphasis in American Studies, and I have held fast to the belief that America is a blessed nation.  I believe in the American Dream and have been accused of viewing our country's success through rose-colored glasses.  I believe that we were founded on Biblical principles and that GOD's favor has shined upon us.  I have made it a point to share that passion with my children.

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My tenth grade son (15) and my eighth grade daughter (13) were delighted to sit with me to listen to and discuss Mother, Should I Trust the Government?  The Making and Keeping of our American Republic.  We were able to watch the online streaming class each week together and have spent time discussing the ideas presented after each class.  Talk about deep conversations.  Taking a no-holds-barred approach, Dr. Jacobs shares specifics on what he considers failures of the United States government and offers solutions to aid us in a return to what should be.  I found the ideas presented quite refreshing and soothing to the soul.  I am troubled by the condition of our country and am frightened by how far we have fallen in such a short time.  I will never forget hearing delegates boo GOD at the last Democratic National Convention.  My children and I were watching that night as a lesson in democracy and my blood ran cold.  How can we trust a government that mocks the GOD of our ancestors?  I want to make sure that my children are given ample opportunity to explore their personal thoughts and feelings and I want them to make informed decisions based on TRUTH.  Mother, Should I Trust the Government? provides a safe environment for establishing a worldview.   My son was concerned when he read the title of the book and course that it might be a bit "scary" (his words), but he has since determined that it is not at all scary but a necessary read.   Participating with other families that share our same mindset has been most beneficial.  In a world where the Christian viewpoint is often portrayed as oppressive, it is nice spend time among "friends."

Reminiscent of a college lecture class, Mother, Should I Trust the Government? presents in the form of a conversation between instructor and students and gives ample opportunity for an exchange of ideas through real-time chat sessions.  Dr. Jacobs reads the scrolling chat and address questions as they are presented.  He encourages students to share thoughts and ideas and examines each idea through lecture notes, graphics, and historical documents.  Students are immediately put to ease through his laid-back, welcoming demeanor and are made to feel important as he spends time discussing all facets of history.  Mother, Should I Trust the Government? provided tons of "fuel for thought" as we explored governmental history from the death of King George II in 1760 until present time and calls for our society to take BOLD Constitutional Action NOW.    Instead of waiting for the next New Deal, we must learn to stand up for what is correct.  Now, we have a ton of "must read" books on our list and have begun watching the movies recommended by Dr. Jacobs during each lecture class.  I like that students are not encouraged to accept Dr. Jacobs' teachings as the gospel but are encouraged to read and research other books and movies as they solidify their beliefs and take ownership of their ideas and opinions.  We must begin to be the change.

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