Lord Heritage HomeSchool Office Review

HomeSchool Office Review
My daughter is currently in 5th grade and in a few years, she would be in high school. I realized that she would need high school transcripts and a more organized homeschool documentation in the coming years so when Schoolhouse Review Crew offered me to review theLord Heritage HomeSchool Office, I was quite nervous and excited to see how it would help me in becoming a more organized homeschool mom.

I was given a full year access to HomeSchool Office, a web-based program that helps you organize, plan and manage your homeschool effectively. You can easily keep track of your daily activities and lessons. As you login, you can see the actual progress of the students. You can also generate reports, keep records from previous years until you build the child’s high school transcripts. It can be used with any curriculum and with unlimited number of children.  This product costs $79 annually per family.

Lord Heritage believes that the children’s education should be based on the Scriptures and this is where they get the pattern for the HomeSchool Office program.

Plan  – this is where you prepare and look ahead for your homeschool. Set goals, build master schedules and layout lessons for the school year.

Order – this is where you set order to your schedule and integrate different activities inside and outside the home.

Work – this is where you let your children have access to the lists so they can follow their daily schedules and lessons.

Evaluate – this is where you can evaluate the subject requirements to see if they match state requirements like number of hours on a certain subject, grades and attendance.

Report – this is where you generate the customized quaterly or annual reports and transcripts.

As this is a web-based program, I just needed to make sure that my internet connection was stable and that my web browser was working fine. I used Google Chrome as my web browser on my laptop. I logged in and was immediately brought to this welcome page.

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As I worked through the menu, I was a bit overwhelmed by the many screens that I needed to work with so I immediately went to the Support Portal. I went through the Knowledge Base articles to understand what I needed to do to get started.

I entered the Team page and I entered our homeschool information, like name, mobile phone, home address and school year and district. I also had an area where I can enter the information of other teachers that my children had. This is also where I created the accounts for my children. Each child will have their record and login. You can also save information for other resources and friends, much like an address book.

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I went to the Plan page. This is where I can enter the information about subjects, school year plan, master schedule, projects and budget.

I added the different subjects that my daughter had for this school year and did the same for my son as well. It also included the required hours for each subject and the credit hours.  When I clicked on the little button on the left, I can include the materials they were using for that particular subject and what the objectives of each subject were. I can also assign specific lessons on this page. I can add the duration and the detailed lesson plan for each lesson.

PlanLessonsWhen I click on the School Year Plan, I can easily click which days are official school days for the whole school year. Upon clicking the Master Schedule, I can see the daily schedule of our entire household. The schedule is color coded, you can easily see whose schedule it is specifically for and you can also tell when schedules are overlapping and too tight!

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There are tabs for projects and budget too. You can input the budget allocated and the actual expense each child has already consumed.

Order page shows the calendar of either of your child or of the whole household. You can also create the to-do list on this page. This is where you can input all the non-academic stuff that you want your children to complete.
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Evaluate is where you input the grades of each assignment and test you give your child. You can also enter attendance of your child, either per subject or for daily attendance tracking.

Report builder is where you generate all the documents you would need to submit to your state government or in our case, the homeschool provider where we are enrolled.

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What I Liked About the Product

This is a very detailed product and is good for those who want to document their homeschool journey efficiently. Homeschool management can be taxing for those who don’t know what to record and have to prepare for high school transcripts. Though I probably won’t be continually using this product for my daughter’s record keeping, I learned which information I need to record down.  I also liked the report generating features of this product. It allows me to print all the information I have input online. I can also easily access the program on gadgets like iPhones, and iPad tablets. 

The Knowledge Base articles that I found on their support page was also enough for me to understand how the product works. I liked it that I can also enter tickets to request for individual support through email.

What I Didn’t Like About the Product

I like the pen and paper type of record keeping so migrating to an online homeschool management system wasn’t that easy and fast for me. I also found that the product had too many pages that I needed to fill that it was too time consuming for me. It took me a week of at least 30 minutes each day to our initial information. It probably just didn’t fit my style of record keeping.

 

But don’t let my review stop you from trying out HomeSchool Office!
> Go and check out their product features and purpose page and more sample pages.
> You can also try this program yourself for FREE for 30 days and see if it fits your style.
> Read what other review crew is saying about this product.

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GPA LEARN’s GPALOVEMATH Review

What product do you get when you put together a group of parents, teachers, technologists, animators, designers, and engineers who believes in providing children with a personalized learning that teaches math and creates life-long learning? GPA LEARN has come up with a great online math program, GPALOVEMATH.

As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I was given a full year access of up to 5 grade levels of GPALOVEMATH  in exchange for a review. We were asked to use the product for not less than 3x a week in the duration of the review period.

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GPALOVEMATH is an online streaming Math application for Kindergarden up to Grade 5. There are over 150 lessons and over 10,000 math problems each level to help your child become math wizards!

You need a stable Internet connection and a web browser on your gadgets to use this program. It works on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac computers. You can aslo use your iPad or Android tablets. The supported browsers are Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari 6 & 7.

What makes GPALOVEMATH interesting is that it has different animated learning coaches for each year level. Together with their learning coaches, the students will learn math concepts and practice problems together. The students will then have 15 questions on their quiz at the end of each lesson.

As the student completes their lessons, GPALOVEMATH has a reward system where the student can accumulate points and are able to get motivational prizes upon reaching certain points. Prizes can be as simple as additional  minutes before bedtime, parents get to do the child’s chore for the day or gift cards for shopping. There is a pre-made list of rewards but you can also customize the rewards for your children.

GPALOVEMATH is made based from the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) standard requirements.  This ensures that topics discussed and integrated are based on the correct grade levels.

How We Used the Product

I was sent a promotional code and asked to register. Registering was done on their website and was straightforward. As soon as I entered my child’s information and the parents information, the login was immediately available. I registered my child to take the 5th grade lessons.  My 5th grade daughter was excited to start using the program with me.

My daughter has a separate login account from me. This made her learning experience more personalized and exciting. As she logged in, a dashboard was available for her. She can choose from the following menu options: Learn, Engage and Motivate.

 

The Learn menu brings her to the lessons.  There were 3 paths for her to choose from, the green path, blue path and purple path. Each path represents different lessons in the curriculum. In her case, she choose to work on the green path first. She needed to finish the first lesson in order to gain access to the further lessons. The lessons came in the recommended order but if we wanted, we can select the lessons by topic.

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The lessons were presented in the same order everytime. Her animated teachers, Nina and Dino, opened each session with a challenge for the student to solve the problems to help fight Dr. Division who wants to blow up buildings.

 

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The lessons always start with instruction part where lectures are given by either Dino or Nina. It is followed by practice part where the student have 3 lifelines if they ever get stuck and lastly, the quiz part where student gets to solve 15 problems. They get three different badges: rockstar, excellent and nice job depending on how well they did on the quiz.

All throughout the lessons, my daughter remembered the 4 basic steps to solve problems. B O L T.

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It simply means:

B – break it down

O – organize a plan

L – let’s solve

T – test your answer

The Engage menu allows her to see postings from other GPA LEARN users. She can invite friends to her social board and have social discussion. We weren’t able to use this feature.

The Motivate menu brings her to the rewads store. Some of the rewards included are: TV time, Marketplace, Chores, Bed time, Bonding time, Play time and Play date. She can see how many points she needs to complete before getting the rewards.

At the end of our review period, she was able to answer most of the problems and has gotten rockstar and excellent badges throughout her lessons. Though if she had her way, she would want to skip the lecture part and go right into the practice and quiz part. She mentioned that she found the animated teachers speech funny and too repetitive.

 

What I Thought of the Product

I thought this was a good product but it just didn’t fit my daughter’s needs. I like the emails I were receiving each time my daughter uses the program and I can easily track her progress weekly. If I wanted, I can also login to my account and preview the lessons. The  lessons were also explained clearly through theory and practice examples in every session. For the motivation rewards, I think it was an innovative idea of getting the student highly interested to finish their lessons more quickly. Though for our family, we rarely use rewards for motivation of finishing lessons.

If you want an action packed online math tutor for your children’s math, this would be a good product for you to try. You can subscribe per month at the price of $12..99 or $149 per year.

 

For more information on GPA LEARN, follow them on their Facebook account at www.facebook.com/gpalearn, their Twitter account at www.twitter.com/gpalearn and their Pinterest account at www.pinterest.com/gpalearn.

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The Critical Thinking Co.’s Math Analogies Level 1 Review

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I have heard of The Critical Thinking Co. a few years back and have high regards for their different products. Their products bring critical thinking into the different subjects like math, reading, science and history. As part of the Schoolhouse review crew, I was given the Math Analogies Level 1 windows software download to review. This product is best suited for grade 2-3 students. Perfect for my 8 year old grade 2 boy. We were expected to use the product at least 3 times each week.

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Math Analogies provides standard based math analogies and logic problems that teach reasoning and analysis. It encourages your children to really understand and think about the problem on hand. As your child comprehends each question, breaks down the problem and learns in-depth analysis, they become more confident in answering logic based problems which they will often face in standardized exams later on and as they face real life problems, they become more analytical in resolving issues.

There is a total of 152 mathematical questions and the child has 4 attempts to get all questions correctly. The child can answer as many questions as he likes in one sitting and just resume the attempt on his next login.

Math Analogies is available in 4 diffefrent formats: physical book, Windows software download, iOS app for iPad and app for Android tablet. We were given the Windows software download. We logged into the Critical Thinking website and downloaded the product to our laptop from ‘My Downloadable Product’ section. It was a pretty straightforward download and installation. It took less than 5 minutes to complete the installation process. The software does require me to have Windows 8/7/Vista operating system to run. As long as the software is installed, we can use the  product repeatedly.

 

How We Used the Product

I clicked on the icon on my desktop and it brought me to the screen where I need to create a user, so I input the name of my son. He was enthusiastic to start something new and he got right on to answering the different logic problems.

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There were some questions that were easy for him to understand but there were also some that he didn’t know just what it meant. But he was hooked on answering the questions. The interface was simple and clean. There were colored graphics but nothing too much that could have distracted him from analyzing the questions.

Each question presented a math statement then a problem for him to answer based on that statement. In each problem, there were 4 choices. He had to choose one and drag it to the rightmost part and click on submit. Math Analogies gives immediate feedback whether the choice made was CORRECT or INCORRECT.

We didn’t know how many questions there were or if there was an automatic stop, so my son just kept going until half an hour later, he was tired. We closed the application for the day. Upon our next login a few days later, we saw that he had finished 64 items out of 152 already. He got a score of 92%


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He clicked on resume 1st attempt and contined on answering the different questions. Some of the questions were about logic, math equations on multiplication, fraction and shapes.  Whe%n he finally finished answering all the 152 questions, he got a score of 84%.

A few days later, he logged in again and started his second attempt. On his second attempt, the system gave him another chance to work on the problems that he wasn’t able to answer correctly. There were a total of 25 problems that he missed and this time, he onnly got a score of 40%. I sat with him and checked the missed problems. I explained the problem and why his answer was incorrect.

On his third attempt, he had to answer 15 problems and this time he got the score of 73%. I was glad that he improved and on his fourth and final attempt, he needed to answer only 4 items and he got the perfect score of 100%.

It took him about 5 half hour sessions to complete all the questions and finish the 4 attempts.

mathWhat I Thought of the Product

True to their mission, The Critical Thinking Co.’s Math Analogies helps children become better problem-solvers. Kids nowadays are often given instant results and with the availability of the internet, kids are no longer challenged to think creatively and analytically. Using this product can increase the brain’s analytical thinking and give the children exercises that will be beneficial for them in the future. The price of the product is just $6.99 and is already good for 2 computers. You get a high quality product for a minimal price! You can also re-use the product to help your child be familiar with logic problems.

I would recommend this as a supplementary material for Math, especially for those who are preparing for standardized exams.

For more information on the product, please visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheCriticalThinkingCo, Google+ page at https://plus.google.com/114500823774999703181, Twitter at https://twitter.com/criticalthinks and Pinterest at
https://www.pinterest.com/source/criticalthinking.com/

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KaHone, Discover the World in a Box

For our family, learning doesn’t just come from worksheets and textbooks but from experiments, researches and projects. That is why I am always on the lookout for fun and educational activities. I heard of KaHone  from The Learning Basket awhile back and have been fascinated with their monthly themed activity box!  Every box that one subscribes to already contains all the needed materials for 3-4 activities that a parent and child can do together!

KaHone turned 1 year old this month and they are celebrating with us with their November theme of “November’s Birthday and Me!” If you are wondering what sort of projects are included, check out the list :

Design your own birthday cake –

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Create your own growth chart –

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Assemble your personal time capsule

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A Balloon experiment –

A birthday surprise! –

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Isn’t it exciting? To double the fun, KaHone in partnership with Kesz and C3, brings to you a 1 for 1 birthday and Christmas giveaway!

Championing Community Children (C3) was borne out of an eight year old’s dream of creating change among street children.  And Kesz Valdez is our hero — at a young age, he has already committed himself to reaching out and empowering street children. He is Filipino awardee of the 2012 International Children’s Peace Prize, the first southeast Asian to receive such honor.

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During his birthday every December 26, Kesz gives out Hope Gifts to street kids.  These Hope Gifts are composed on slippers, toys, candies, clothing and basic personal hygiene items. This year, as KaHone celebrates their 1st birthday,  the KaHone team is joining Kesz and other C3 volunteers in giving out gifts to the street kids.

For every full priced single KaHone order (full or lite)* this November and December 2014, they will give a street child a KaHone of their own containing sanitary kit, school supplies, and a Jepoy Dyip book.
* including previous boxes

So if you are still thinking of fun Christmas gifts, why not order a Kahone box? With every box that you buy, you are making 2 children happy!!!

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The Daykeeper Journal

Now that the year is about to end, it signals a new year is about to begin. Each time a new year begins, we are offered new opportunities, new hopes and new dreams. But the blessings a new year brings only lasts until the first month of the year. Often, as the year brings us life’s busy schedules, we forget our goals, dreams and the blessings of each new day.

In line with my goal of living life more intentionally and becoming more grateful to the Lord each day, I believe that it is imperative that we have journals so we can record our dreams, plans and our journey throughout the year.

It doesn’t matter what sort of journal you use, as long as it prompts you to record whether through writing, mementos or photos then it has filled its purpose. It can be a notebook, special journal or a scrapbook. But I would like to share with you this special journal that I found which might interest you too.

As I was looking around, I found this very interesting and inspiring journal by Ms. Katrina San Juan, The Daykeeper. I first saw her journal in Instagram last year but I was too late since the journals were out of stock already.

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Looking at the pages, it inspires me to plan and be more intentional, be grateful and to create new adventures in the coming year!

For inquiries and orders, please email: thedaykeeperdatebook@gmail.com

Note: All photos are from Ms. Katrina San Juan. This is not a sponsored post.