Posted by Orilla on 29th May and posted in Reviews
HomeSchool Minder is an awesome way to track your school calendar, assignments, and grades all at once. Some programs have the same type of thing but the one thing I like about this one is it is easy to set up and you don’t have to look all over the place to set it up, it is all right in front of you. It is easy to set up each child’s information so you can track it from the very beginning.
The grading is easy to work with. You can have 3 options to pick from: pass/fail, standard (A,B,C,D,F) or Standard A+ to F. Each of these options you can set the grade limit and GPA value. You can also set a different grading system to different subjects.
You can group assignments into 3 different categories that are premade or add more categories for better organization. There is also an area for skill assessment for unique grades. You can change the weight for each subject and for the different categories.
You can count attendance by either days or hours depending on which your law requires.There is a reading list that you can use for each student to keep a record for later use. And then a place for your field trips, doctor appointments, vacations, etc that you want on your school calendar.
I love the lesson plan area because you see the list of classes at the top to pick from. You can pick to filter the plans, copy the same assignment to another student, or see your reports right there in the lesson plan area.
The grade book is a very simple to use and it breaks everything down so you can choose a particular term or both terms. You can all sort by several options and you can look and immediately see what lessons are missing and what the grade is for each lesson without any trouble.
In the student records area you have all of the important information about the student including their community service, books they have read and standardized tests they have taken. When you are ready for a transcript for your student it is there ready for you without a lot of work.
In the help area you can see a listing of all recent updates that have been done. The customer service to super and they love to hear from their customers good or bad so they have feedback what people want and need. This program is constantly being updated to make the program better.
The best thing is you don’t pay an arm and a leg for the use of this program!!! You get to try the program for FREE for 30 days. Any time during that 30 days you can upgrade to one of their subscription plans either $5.99/month or $49.99/year or if you are a MATCH member you will get a 20% discount for your first year. One other added bonus with this program over others is that if you have been a paying subscriber, they keep your student records available forever, even if you aren’t a current subscriber. You also have the benefit of sending your grades to universities electronically.
Wow! See why I love this program!! I truly believe that this is the #1 program out there for keeping my students information. I highly recommend them! Get your free 30 days NOW at http://www.homeschoolminder.com.
Posted by Orilla on 29th May and posted in Reviews
The Lesson Library is a terrific site for homeschoolers. This is run by a family that is dedicated to help out others. When we first learned about this site they were charging $40/year in US money and they were going to give MATCH members a discount and only charge $2/yr in US money. We felt that they were really under cutting themselves. This weekend we received an email from them that they had discussed it and they had changed their price to about $1.55/yr in US money, wow what a ministry. Now we are wanting to make sure that they get enough members to cover there expenses.
This is site covers K-12 with worksheets and things to do in every subject. The General Knowledge area is an area where questions are asked that consist of Bible, History, etc and if the child doesn’t know the answer they can use the internet to find more about these topics.
The categories that are covered is: General Knowledge, Kindergarten, Grades 1-12, Study Skills, Teaching Aids, Languages (Gaelic, French, Latin, Spanish and ESL), PE, Sheet Music and Literature Library. What a list and you will find anything and everything in these categories. The family is from Scotland so the metric is the main measurement (which is also taught in the US). If you find something that you need that is missing, let them know and they will write it for no extra cost. It has over 7,000+ lessons and resources.
For those that are struggling to buy curriculum and are looking for help to cut cost, this is an amazing place to go to and get that!!! I highly recommend this site, and yes I am using it in my own home. Thank you to the MacColl family for a wonderful resource!!! May God bless you richly for your ministry. Go now and check this out (https://www.lesson-library.com/) and get your subscription (https://www.lesson-library.com/register/)!
Posted by Orilla on 13th February and posted in Reviews
I really liked this movie. It’s funny, and has a great lesson from the Bible, as well as learning about king Solomon. Watch this movie, and find out who the “dangerous criminal” is. I promise, it’ll all tie together in the end! I give it a rating of 10/10, and would definitely recommend it to friends.
Check out the following links that go with this awesome movie.
Sample of a bonus feature on the DVD:
A clear presentation of the gospel given by one of the young actors in the film.
Link to purchase the DVD:
Posted by Orilla on 10th January and posted in Reviews
I really enjoyed this book, because of how it told the story of two different girls. It’s like being told two stories at the same time! It’s hard for me to pick my favorite part in the book, but if I had to choose I think it would have to be when Rebekah found the baby outside the door. I loved how excited she got, and how she had such high hopes that Sarah would be her little sister.
On a scale of 1 to 10… I’d give it a 20!
To get your own book go to http://www.thereunionstory.com. Use code REVIEW-MATCH to receive $2 off through February 28th. After that it will be $1 off for unlimited number copies. This is a great book and would be excellent for birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s or even Easter.
Be watching more from this wonderful author.
Reviewed by Abigail Crider (13)
Posted by Orilla on 21st April and posted in Reviews
We have had the privileged to go on the Branson Belle for several years now. But this years cruise has been the BEST we have ever experienced. The captain is always very nice and the crew is always very friendly. We have had the privilege to have the same server the last two cruises and she has been awesome. As always our service dog, Suzy, gets special attention from everyone but the crew members made sure that she was taken care of and our son was okay.
The food was awesome!!! It is a 3 course meal with drink refills. The one thing you don’t want to do is it eat a big meal before coming on board!!! The food is great and you will not want to miss any of it.
The entertainment this year is the BEST we have seen. The ShowMen and Janice Martin are awesome. You will hear barber shop quartet style music to classics from over the years. Janice Martin is very talented and shows it in her voice, piano playing and her violin playing. You don’t want to miss the world’s only violinist that plays from the air! The ending is a very emotional ending reminding us of our patriotic love for this awesome country. The jokes are VERY clean and you will not be embarrassed and your kids will love it and if they are like our two children you will find them singing along and having fun.
Make sure to use your homeschooler discount that you can find on our website. Enjoy your awesome trip on this awesome cruise!