Friday, June 24, 2016 Homeschool Record Keeping *Review Review

My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) from has helped me to kick off my school planning for the fall. We are doing some odds and ends this summer as well and it has been fun to see how MySchoolYear works.

I have long been a physical planner type of girl, but have run into trouble having a physical plan for 4-5 students each day. There tends to be quite a bit of paper used and wasted. Also for my personal planning of school, it is much easier to plug in the days agenda, and be able to change it with a click of the button.

It has been very helpful to get weekly emails from in regards to tips and helps on using the program. Some things I wouldn't have thought of. Additionally I get emails from support on topics related to homeschooling.

This year I have 4 students in my homeschool. I can input each student separately and find them on my Homeroom page. Initially getting everything set up for MySchoolYear does take time. You are inputting all of the subjects and curriculum. Once it is all entered though, it is easy to schedule and assign the lessons.

Because this review period is still early in the summer, I chose to do a 'mock up' of what it is like to use the program. My photos won't show all of the progress then but can give you an idea what the screens look like when you use them.

There are tutorials and helps for just about everything if you need it. That is always helpful especially to us less than techno savvy mamas.

You can see that all four of the students are up at the top and I can click on each individual one and go to their page. Each child has a term listed, which I will be changing to our Fall Term once I decide our starting date. The jump to section allows you to get down further on the page. You can see there are classes, attendance days, attendance hours, events, awards, Readings, extra curricular, tests.
You can easily pick and choose which facets you utilize. I do not keep track of hours so for me that one will always remain the same.

MySchoolYear is just an email or phone call away for help if you need it. Along with all of the help features, it really isn't hard to figure it out.

As I start now planning for Fall, I can just input each subject as I decide on it, rather than jumping in all at once. It is much easier to just do one student, or one subject at a time.

The tools section will be one you utilize a lot! Under tools is where you create your classes and lessons. You also design reading lists. Creating a plan helps schedule your week, and organize your lessons. If you miss a day you can use the reschedule lessons to replay some of the things that were missed.

Tools such as MySchoolYear really help to streamline what we do as homeschool Mamas. A great place to keep records and plans.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

LearnBop Personalized Online Math *Review

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LearnBop  offers personalized online math help with LearnBop for Families .
LearnBop is a self paced math help online that is now available to homeschool families. Geared for 3rd grade through 12th, the family plan is a great option to utilize for up to four students.

My oldest did try the Geometry, but honestly he just wasn't ready for it. I backed him up to Algebra II and am going to have him try to work through that. I definitely see some gaps in his learning and struggle as to how far back to put him. One great thing about LearnBop is that I have the option to put him either in grade specific or learning concepts. For each thing that you are learning, their are several videos to watch to learn, and the program knows when you need more 'building blocks' and provides additional videos and lessons to learn. Rather than just working through a curriculum and hoping the student is learning it, LearnBop makes sure that the concepts are being learned and allows for review in the areas needed. I think that is excellent!

I also love that this program goes as far as Geometry. That is sometimes hard to find in online programs.
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Another thing I love about LearnBop is that I don't have to be actively involved. At the high school level especially, this is helpful to me. Sometimes the higher level maths are the ones the kids need more help with, and though I took these classes in highschool myself, that was a long time ago. I can relearn by watching the video if I need to, but often just watching it for himself he was able to understand what was expected.

For the younger children, because it is self paced, it was important to help them get a feel for how much work to go through in a time period. It is easier for me to set a timer and go that route rather than tell them how many videos or questions that they need to answer. That way if they find something to be easier, they are still moving forward at a good pace. It was difficult to stay on task a lot because of it being summer. For some this would be an excellent time to catch up on math, and that was our every intention. We still have a solid 6 weeks of summer left though, and I am still hoping to get caught up some more and fill in more of those gaps.

I do plan to use this with my 5th grader, who is going into 6th next year. She started out trying the program without me, and ended up not doing as well as she would have liked. I do recommend sitting down to start with them to just make sure  they are in the right place on the roadmap. It can be overwhelming for them to start out at too high of a level.

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A great plus is that you can use LearnBop on a tablet, making it easy to be portable!
Much more affordable than a personal tutor, but with similar results. LearnBop has been in the schools for quite awhile now. It is exciting that they realize the need for LearnBop in the home as well.

I look forward to continuing to use LearnBop this coming school year to see how the gaps are able to get filled in for the kids.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Prepping For Goat Craziness

When we moved to KY 4 1/2 years ago, we had to sell our Dairy Goat herd, which was quite devastating at the time. Goats are just big pets to me and it was so hard to get rid of all of them, many for rock bottom prices.
I have been hesitant to start another herd, knowing how much work it truly is. We have our 2 token goats that are basic weed eaters, but we don't do much with them.
Hubby has always been a 'farmer' and only having 2 goats is not giving him his love of farming that he really needs. We recently sold the cow we had and now there isn't anything really eating the pasture and hay.
After much family discussion, we have decided to get back into dairy goats. The younger kids need that farming experience right along with their Dad.
I am going to have to dig all of my goat books back out and try to relearn what I have forgotten in the past 4 years.
We have 4 girls and our buck coming back with Hubby from Ohio in 2 days!

Can't wait to share pictures and info as I relearn how to be a Goat Mama!

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