Monday, March 30, 2015

Jesus Sees Us Doll and Picture Book *Review

How do you introduce your child to Jesus?

Imagine your children took the same interest and wonder in Jesus and the Christian message as they did in princesses, fairies, and elves… Jesus Sees Us is a packaged Jesus Christ doll that has the same comforting power as a child’s favorite toy or blanket, but is rooted in lessons that last a lifetime. Children respond to the comfort of tangible items when they are young, so why not make that item Jesus and the comfort He gives to ignite their faith? The accompanying book is a tool to assist you in engaging your child and starting the conversation about Jesus’ teachings.

By the time a child turns three years old, he or she already has the capability to relate to Jesus. Children can understand that, like them, Jesus was a baby with parents who loved Him. They can understand that Jesus grew up to be a man who loved everyone and taught people to do the same. Children become excited and inquisitive when they can master these facts, ultimately making them more open to deeper conversations and ideas about faith.

The Jesus Sees Us doll is an integral part of fostering your child’s initial introduction to Jesus. 
Even though we talk to our children about Jesus or take them to Sunday services, they are not always able to understand the importance of the Christian message. Jesus Sees Us is a tool that makes Jesus, His teachings, and the concept of faith both relatable and positive to young children by introducing Him as the loving and forgiving presence in our lives. The doll becomes the tangible connection to the stories and lessons in the book. He is the touchable source of comfort that a child can relate to. The Jesus Sees Us doll has a soft body and a warm, welcoming face. His arms and hands are open, inviting your child to hold him, engage with him, and pray with him. The Jesus Sees Us doll allows your child to “play out” the valuable and timeless lessons of the Bible.

Though it is geared for ages 2 and up, I found that my infant daughter loved Jesus just as much! We were able to read the stories to her and share Jesus love. We believe in starting out teaching about Jesus long before the child reaches the age of understanding. If she always remembers hearing about Jesus, she will recognize  Him much earlier.

 She's so cute holding Jesus hand!
 This makes a fantastic Easter gift! Be sure to order yours soon!


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$24.95 on Amazon


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office *Review #TOS #hsreview

HomeSchool Office Review

I an not an A personality, my letter falls much further into the alphabet. I was thrilled to try out  Lord Heritage and their program HomeSchool Office  in the hopes of bringing up my organization letter a little closer to an A! This program is perfect for homeschool families and for $79 a year. Complete support and updates for an entire year.

This program is completely online so there is no need to download anything. This is a plus in that you can access it from any computer, whether at home or away. That is great if your own personal internet is down and you need to run to the library to use it.

A very in depth and organized program, I was a bit overwhelmed as to where to start. I had hoped to use it for transcript recording but with a senior it meant going in and adding all of the classes thus far. I opted to utilize the program with the younger kids first, to get their information in and add kids as time allows.

Here is a screen shot of the homepage. You have tabs for:

Team is where I input my students. It also is where we add in any educators from outside classes, as well as keep track of our homeschool address and personal information. It is like your address book.

Plan is where the data is entered for each student and the subjects that they are learning. Below is a screen shot of my daughters basic school list this year. I do not work with hours, but you can see there is a place in input the requirement for that as well.

 Under the plan heading is the School Year Plan, Master Schedule, Projects and Budget. The Master Schedule is a great snapshot of your daily schedule. You can input the hours for each subject and student.

Order is where you can organize your calendar. You can look at specific days, and print out your monthly agenda. You can break the calendar down into day, week or month. The to do list is a great place to write the things you need to remember for the day. Very similar to a paper planner where you jot down notes, but now you won't lose track of your planner! The order screen is the hub of the teacher activity for planning.

The Evaluate section is where you input grades and attendance. I needed a place to keep track of attendance, one of the requirements in our state so this was helpful to have handy to print out when I need it. I don't do a lot with grades at the younger levels but I can see how this would be very beneficial when I can use it for my high school students.

Report is where you can sum up how the student is doing with quarterly report cards. This is also where you utilize the transcript information. I need to do some more data entry for this, but hope to start my 13 year old out early enough to be able to have in depth records going into his high school years.

The support center gives excellent walk thrus of where to get started and how to proceed through each section. This was very important to me as more of an 'un-planner'. There is an opportunity to ask questions directly as well.

My favorite part was the master schedule. I can see where each kid should be at a certain time, or at least in the order they should do things. I did manage to put some lesson numbers in, but with such a large family it was difficult for me to keep up with it. We typically just 'do the next page' in our books and that saves me having to write everything out. For those who love to schedule and plan, this program is awesome!

I liked how you can print the calendars and information out as well, so that you can work on planning your week, print it out and not have to do a lot of planning or checking the site much during your school days.

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