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My Student Logbook ~ A Schoolhouse Crew Review

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Planners, planners and more planners. If you are into homeschooling, you have heard about planners. There are numerous different planners out there. If you want your child to gain independence in their school day, you need to a good daily planner for them. My Student Logbook is the daily student logbook we have been using for Moe Man.

What It Is

This daily planner from My Student Logbook is just that, a logbook or daily planner. There are three different options when it comes to ordering one of these.

Dated My Student Logbook for the Northern Hemisphere school year (August 1 – July 31)

Dated My Student Logbook for the calendar year (January 1 – December 31)

Undated My Student Logbook

There are preprinted logbooks that are spiral bound with a nice heavy duty cover on both the front and the back. The front is clear, so that the cool design picture shows through! These beautiful logbooks sell for $15.

If you want the logbook RIGHT NOW, you can get a PDF licensed copy. These come with all the same features, but you print them. You can choose from the Northern Hemisphere school year or the calendar year when it comes to the PDF versions. You also have the choice of a single user license for $10 or a multi user license for $20.

Now when I talk about the features, these include items such as:

6 Checklist pages (with the option to make copies if more are needed)

53 Weekly pages, listed in the order of your choice (calendar, Northern Hemisphere school year or undated columns).

All About Me Page

Prayers and Goals Page

Bible Verses Memorized Page

Books Read Pages

Test Records Pages

Year Highlights Page

These are some of the fun ways that you are able to make this daily planner your own.

This is not your normal daily planner though. There is a specific way to set everything up. I recommend watching the set up video here before you get too nervous. I had no problems after watching this and found it all to be very easy.

Each week you have a new page, you have one main checklist that moves from week to week with you. As you flip the page each week, you move the checklist with you. Simple. If classes change, or the checklist becomes too worn and used, make a new one and away you go.

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How We Used It

Simply put, we used this everyday with Moe Man. We needed a daily planner and we decided to try this one. I wrote up the checklist and not only included the classes he needed each week, but also the chores I wanted him to work on. This made it possible for him to have one list to look at for everything in the day.

There really isn’t many other ways to use a daily planner. This daily planner is recommended for 2nd grade and up. For those of you with a high school student who needs something to keep track of your credits, there is a way to use the My Student Logbook to keep track of those here too!

What We Thought of This

After using the My Student Logbook for a few weeks, we felt that this was a simple way to make sure we got through our day. Moe Man loved having a simple way to visually see what had to be done each day and to get it done. I loved that as the classes or chores changed, I could easily change the checklist instead of worrying about a whole daily planner being junk.

I asked Moe Man what he liked about using this daily planner. His fast answer was that he loved that he was able to check off what he was done with. He had no hesitation and that was the biggest thing for him. When I asked what could be changed, he asked me why anything had to be changed. He loved the simple aspect of just knowing what he had to do. It was complicated, it didn’t have all the extras on the page that would play with his mind and if I really needed to, I could lift the checklist and leave a note if I needed too.

What would I personally change about this? I found it hard to not have a list for Moe Man to see what needed to be done each day. What worksheet number or pages to read. This made him need to come to me and ask what needed to be done for each class. He didn’t mind, but it did add one more thing to my daily list.  Other than that little thing, I couldn’t find any other things to change about the My Student Logbook. It worked for Moe Man and helped him, so that made me happy. He enjoys it and likes to use it so I don’t plan on stopping!

All in all, this daily planner is the one out of many that has been used by Moe Man and not just used because he had to. It was used because HE wanted to use it.

Make sure you hop on over to the other reviews of the My Student Logbook and see what everyone else is saying about it!

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Our Week in Review ~ August 25-29, 2014

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So, here we are into our school year. I know that many of you are still waiting on Moe Man’s curriculum choices, and I will get there. We actually had a few things change with each child as the first few weeks got started and now that we seem to have a good thing happening I can get that list together.

This last week has been a busy and fun one for us. Our public school friends were here this week for “daycare”, and that meant kids wanting to play instead of learn. I stepped our studies back, a little, and let that happen. But I will tell you we didn’t skip out on everything.

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Moe Man has been working on learning about the New World Explorers for American History. We have started using the Time Travelers Studies from Homeschool in the Woods and Moe Man loves the hands on fun with this! This week we got to learn how to tie some knots. We also started a new grammar program from IEW, Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Book. This is a simple way to work on grammar daily and I get to share a review with you soon!

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Ray Ray has been working on his reading with BOB Books. He loves this because we have the Kindle edition, so he has an excuse to use the tablet! We have found a fun lesson plan over at This Reading Momma. We pick and choose the activities that we will use and only print those. We have fun stamps for some of these, but mommy pulled out our letter tiles, and everyone had fun with those! This week for math, I wanted Ray Ray to have fun. We started on our addition families. With this, we started our Addition Lapbook and used UberSmart Math Facts and Starfall to practice. Ray Ray is also working on mastering his number writing. He has never been a fan of writing, so we are taking our time instead of forcing it on this one.

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Little Miss is just having fun for her learning! She has taken to loving Starfall like Ray Ray did at her age. The biggest difference I have noticed with Little Miss, she loves to write and draw! She got to have fun on the dry erase board this week and started drawing herself. Both Little Miss and Ray Ray watched some Magic School Bus for their Science lessons. I feel that at this age, the littles just need to be introduced to these topics. Little Miss love The Magic School Bus and it is one of those go to videos that I am thankful is available on Netflix streaming.

Together we are working on memorizing our prayers. Next week we are going to add in our Scripture memory for the year. We are going to use Verse Pack 1 from Simply Charlotte Mason. Lots of new things will be coming next week as we will be onto our full schedule instead of the getting started schedule. I hope that you will join me back here to see what we did!

I am linking this post up to My Week in Review at Home to 4 Kiddos.

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Used Homeschool Books for Sale

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So it has come to my attention that I have a surplus of school supplies. Lots of which we aren’t using now, and my not use in the future. In my efforts to declutter (I am telling the kids they have to, so I do too right?), I have put together a box of items I am willing to sell. I will only accept Pay Pay and all my prices will include media mail shipping to the United States. I am sorry to say that I will have to just keep it to the US right now. Comment below listing the items you are after. Make sure that you list the correct email address in the box, no one else will see it, but I will be able to contact you that way with my Pay Pal email address. You would get an email from hopkinshomeschool (@) gmail (dot) com. It will be first come first serve on all items and all sales will be final (since I will list the conditions and photos of the actual items). If there are any questions, please ask before purchasing. Thank you! Moving on to the items (I will remove them as they sell):

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Building Language

$20

Both the student book and the teacher book. Copyright 2003. Excellent condition with no writing on the pages at all.

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Exploring Creation with General Science

$45

This is the first edition. Included with this is the student textbook, solutions and tests booklet and the 36 week schedule. Shelf wear has happened, but nothing bad at all.

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Sonlight Fiction, Fairy Tales and Fun for Little Learners

(Instructor’s Guide)

$20

This is the 2007 version 3. Would be compared to the Core P3/4. It is just the instructor’s guide and nothing else (no books). Some small notes have been taken on the pages.

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The Story of the U.S.A.

$15 for both Books 3 and 4. There is no writing in either one of these workbooks.

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Singapore Primary Mathematics 6A & 6B

$35

2007 Edition. I have the workbook, textbook and home instructor guide for both 6A and 6B included in the $40 price. I am also including the Challenging Word Problems book. These are all the U.S. Editions. There is some writing in 6A Exercises 4, 5, 6 and 7. Otherwise there is no writing in these books.

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Sonlight Core G World History Year 1 of 2

(Instructor’s Guide)

$40

This is the 2011 version of the first year of World History. It is just the Instructor’s Guide and does not include any of the books. There is writing on the book list page, but the rest of the guide is clean.

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Sonlight Exploring God’s World

(Instructor’s Guide)

$20

This is the 2008 version of the instructor’s guide. I do not have any of the books included in this (other than the three ring binder). There is no writing in this guide at all.

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Sonlight Language Arts Core G

Instructor’s Guide

$30

This is the 2011 instructor’s guide for Language Arts only. It also includes the Student Activity Sheets. None of the activity sheets have been written on. There is a few faint lines on the book list, but nothing that interferes with the actual list.

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Little Hands to Heaven

$15

This is the 2003 book. There is no writing in the book and it is in really good condition.

 

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

$8

There are some sticker spots on the cover, but no writing in the book at all.

 

There is what I have for sale at this time…I have to look some more, as I am sure I have more. I will let you know when that happens! Thanks for looking and I hope you find something you might need/want!

 

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1st Grade 2014 Plans

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So Ray Ray is my big first grader this year. Last year we did a lot of playing and learning through the playing. This year we are taking is a little further and actually focusing on the school more than play since Ray Ray is showing me he wants to.

Our main core for Ray Ray is using Five in a Row Volumes 1 and 2! There is so much fun to be had and adding in some fun unit studies makes it even more fun. FIAR is such a fun way to build up the school topics for kids and makes it so much fun to do school!

Math, when we aren’t doing FIAR math is going to be Math Mammoth Grade 1. I love Math Mammoth! And Ray Ray has fallen in love with it over the last few weeks, so we are going to keep using it!

English and Handwriting will be Logic of English Foundations Level A. We started this as a review item for the Schoolhouse Crew Review Team, and really do love it that much that we are going to be continuing it until we are done! Hopefully we will be able to move on to Level B after this!

Spelling is going to be Spelling You See Jack and Jill. This is another review item we fell in love with. We did take a small break, but can’t wait to get back into this.

Geography/History is going to be Knowledge Quest A Child’s Geography: Explore His World. I love A Child’s Geography. This is a fun story based way to introduce a child to the world around them.

And for fun…we are going to be using Essential Skills Advantage. Ray Ray loves this program! We can’t wait to tell you more about this in an upcoming review!

So, this is what Ray Ray will be doing this year. We may add things, or take some away…but that is the joy of homeschooling! We can change what needs changing!

What are you doing with your 1st graders this year? I would love to hear about your plans!

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Back to School 2014 Edition

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Wow…where did the time go? Here I am writing about our brand new school year! I am a little early for most in the area, but we have some new additions happening in January so we want to take some time off than. If we want time off, we need to start earlier!

Our first day of school was today (Monday, July 21). We had a pretty good day. Considering this was the first “real” day of summer, but we still did a good day of school. Everyone stayed focused for the most part…and mommy made sure to allow everyone time outside still.

So, here we are starting our classes! Moe Man, I will say he is in Middle School this year. I don’t want to put a grade on it for the mere fact that he is doing a few different grades in the different subjects. This is a joy to homeschooling. We can work ahead where we need to, but slow down when the time comes.

Ray Ray will be in 1st grade this year. Although compared to public school, he wouldn’t be up to par, I have a feeling by the time he is done this year, he will be surpasses most other 1st graders. Here again, we listened to him last year during his Kindergarten year. He learned through play and reading/listening. He wasn’t ready for all the fine motor skills of writing. Now this year, he is already working on it and doing awesome. This is without stress and frustration involved!

Little Miss is going to be starting Preschool this year. Like Ray Ray, we are going to be listening to her. She seems ready to go and wanting to actually learn. This is my cue that I need to give her something to challenge her without frustrating her.

Now, I bet you are wondering what in the world I will be using to teach them this year! I am going to tease you a little! I want to have you come back throughout the week and see what I have in store! But I won’t let you go without a teaser! We have fallen in love with Five In A Row. What a fun and simple way to introduce concepts of school yet keep it as easy as reading a book to your child! So who do you think is using this and what else will I be talking about? Make sure to check back this next week for Little Miss (Pre-K), Ray Ray (1st Grade) and Moe Man (Middle School), in that order.

So, when are you starting school? What are some of your favorite curriculum choices? Do you think you might know who is using Five In A Row? I would love to hear from you! Leave me a message below!

 

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