KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription Review

KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription

With the different security threats we encounter in cyberspace, it can be scary to give our children their own email access. KidsEmail.org knows the hearts of parents so they came up with an awesome idea! My kids can now email safely using KidsEmail.org ‘s Annual Subscription.

KidsEmail.org Annual Subscription
KidsEmail is safe email for children. As part of the Homeschool Review Crew, I was given an Annual Subscription to their service. I was given parent access and created 2 emails for both my children. After creating their accounts, I immediately checked the features and the settings. I was thoroughly impressed with what KidsEmail offers. It was just what I wanted for my children, a safe way to email.

KidsEmail has several safety features that I really like. I will mention 6 of them:

  • Parents can monitor the emails that each email account receives and send out.You can change settings to allow you to receive a copy of every email they receive or send out. This is important to me because while my children are young, I want to protect them from people who might want to exploit others or from hackers who want to steal identity. I actually discussed this feature with my 12 year old and 7 year old so that they would know about threats they might encounter online. I believe that as we go forward doing this, we are building accountability and trust in each other too.
  • Parents can restrict offensive words, ads, links, images or attachments.
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    We all know how phishing happens. It is important to keep our accounts safe and to avoid being led to suspicious websites that are secretly getting our passwords and other information. Being able to restrict ads, links, images or attachments leads to lesser chance of phishing.Offensive words can also be filtered out before children receive their emails. While children are not yet able to discern what is right from wrong – this feature is a must.
  • Parents can manage the family’s activity in one page.I don’t have to go to several pages separately and can actively manage everything from my parent control page. I can change restrictions and see the activity logs of every email account under my parent account.

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  • KidsEmail can be installed as an app on any device.I can install KidsEmail on my children’s iPad  so they can easily retrieve their emails while they are on the go. They don’t have to borrow my computer to login from the web browser all the time. This gives them freedom to email anytime they are allowed to do so.
  • Parents can set the time when the children can access their emails.Time restrictions feature is very detailed as you can change the time allowed per day. This is very useful especially if the app is installed on their device. Email can only be checked on certain times of the day to avoid interruptions from school work.time
  • Parents can easily manage the contact list.There is a setting in which the child’s email account can be set to receive emails only from those included in their contact list. If you have enabled this, it is important that you manage the contact list to ensure that the emails will arrive. If you have multiple accounts under your parent account, you only need to enter the email once and choose to “add for all children”.
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    The monthly price for KidsEmail’s Annual Subscription is just $4.95 which gives you 4 email accounts already. If you want to try it out first, you may get a trial account for 30 days.

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CHSH Download Club Review

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}
Sometimes, I need to search the web for supplemental materials for my 7th grader and my 4th grader and that times time. So when I saw that CHSH-Teach.com offers thousands of educational materials, I was excited to see what an annual subscription to  CHSH Download Club will offer to our homeschooling family.

Christian HomeSchool Hub {Download Club}
CHSH – Teach.com is the Christian Homeschool Hub. It was created by a homeschool mom who first began her career as a public school teacher, Lynda Ackert, in 2010. She loves creating educational materials and hence decided to put up a hub where everyone can use these materials. The CHSH-Teach.com has over 50,000 pages of materials available for teachers and homeschoolers alike! This site is continuously being updated with new contents so the list of materials continues to grow!

What is included in the CHSH Download Club subscription?

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Access to thousands of learning materials included worksheets, lapbook materials, instructions, flashcards, notebook pages, curriculum (for languages), checklists, writing prompts and many more.

There are also organizational materials for homeschool moms  like planning forms, how-to-homeschool resources, graphic organizers, awards and certificates and calendars.

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You can search the library by using the CATEGORY, TOPIC or KEYWORD search fields. Another way is by browsing through the list by subject. The subjects available are Bible Related Resources, Languages, Arts Music and Crafts, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Electives, Health.

You can also browse through by grade level which includes Kindergarden, 1st-3rd grades, 4th-8th grades, 9th-12th grades.

You can also look at materials available per month or according to events happening per month.

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How did I use this product?

Since this product is hosted in an internet server, I just needed to register online and I was given the annual subscription access. I used my Mac machine and used Safari browser to access the website. I just needed to have a stable internet connection.

I wasn’t looking for anything specific so I browsed through the entire hub by subject. I decided to share with you the resources which interested us.  Here are the top 3 most interesting Bible resources I’ve seen:

People of the Bible Noteboking Pages

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Proverbs Copywork

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Notebooking Through Old Testament

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For the languages, I checked out the Spanish language curriculum. It consists of Teacher’s Guide, Student Edition, posters/flashcards, games/puzzles and some Spanish unit books.  The lessons is about conversational Spanish and seems easy enough to follow.

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For Arts Music and Crafts, my daughter is interested in Knitting so I downloaded the file and she tried to follow the instructions.

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Under Electives, I also checked out the Character Studies since we needed one for our new school year. It was really nice since it was simple enough to follow yet deep enough for our discussions. There are 20 character traits in each volume and there are 2 volumes. The suggested use is 1 character per week.

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Here are the list of characters included in Volume 1

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The lesson starts with a definition and then a series of discussion about the character trait of the week. Then if you have the suggested book, your children can read it and answer the literature connection questions.

How much is this product?

You can get annual subscription fee of only $25 or for lifetime only for $99.99.

What do I think about the product?

For the $25 annual subscription fee, I think you are getting your money’s worth. The CHSH Download Club offers numerous worksheets and materials that you are can use for your entire homeschool year for all your children.  It would save you lots of time instead of browsing the net over and over for the resources you would need. This is a one-stop shop for homeschoolers everywhere.

How to contact CHSH – Teach.com ?

Visit their website or connect with them through their social media pages.

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheChristianHomeSchoolHub/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/ChristianHomeSchoolHubPage/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeachWithCHSH
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lyndaackert/chsh-teachcom-creations-by-lackert/
Google+ Group: https://plus.google.com/b/117967118184286217472/communities/108322787218266183941
Google Business Page: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/117967118184286217472/117967118184286217472/posts
Linked-In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyndaackert
Tumblr: http://christianhomeschoolhub.tumblr.com/

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NotebookingPages.com Lifetime Membership Review

We love notebooking so we are grateful for a chance to look through and review the Lifetime Membership from NotebookingPages.com

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews
Notebooking is a personalized way to create notes using outlines, creative writing and illustrations to remember lessons. The students are not confined to answering worksheets but instead, they can freely express their learnings through different mediums like charts, drawings, journal, essays and many others! This helps the student remember important details about what they are learning and help them create a portfolio project about the subject matter. It is a skill that they can learn while they are young and may find useful as they grow older.

In our homeschool, we use notebooking in the following subjects: world history, social studies and science. For my 9 year old son, he just uses notebooks that can be bought from bookstores and for my 12 year old daughter, she uses loose leaf of papers.

Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews
Lifetime Membership is a vast collection of 1000+ sheets of printable and ready to be downloaded notebooking pages. The pages are created by Debra Reed who herself is a homeschool mom. She has 10 children and has been homeschooling since year 2000.

The collection is  divided into several topics including:

  • Any Study
  • Preschool activities for A-Z alphabet
  • Bible and character development
  • Famous People
  • Fine Arts
  • Geography
  • History
  • Holidays
  • Language Arts
  • Science/Nature

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Under each topic, there are several files for your student to explore.

For my review, I will show you  our favorite notebooking pages:

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This came from the Bible & Character Study section. My son used the notebooking page to show how we was able to practice the character trait of perseverance.

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This came from the free resource center, a quiet time journal page. My son used this to write his Bible study and prayer for the day.

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My daughter was learning about Latin words and as we found this Latin Root Word Study page, she was able to organize and write down the different words she was learning and their English derivatives.

Our family loves to study history together, as we read through our history book, sometimes, it can be hard to take notes. We loved the history section as we saw how vast the collection was. The topic was divided into ancient times, middle ages, renaissance & reformation and modern times. It even has a timeline & blank notebooking page.

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As we were studying about William Shakespeare, we used that file.

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We loved how simple the file looked and how my children can tweak it to personalize their notes.

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We are using a MacBook computer and have installed Adobe Reader to be able to read and print the files. The files are actually editable too. So if your student wants to type in their thoughts instead of writing them down, they will be able to do that and save their work.

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This is what my daughter did as she used the character study notebooking page.

Under the Science/Nature category there is a Anatomy Notebooking topic. It includes the Senses file. My daughter was studying about the different senses and found this very useful for her study.

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You have the option to download the file as a single PDF separately or according to category as a PDF file or just as a single ZIP file.

For the Lifetime Membership, you not only gain lifetime access to all these notebooking pages, you can also access the notebooking publisher web-app for one year where you can create customized notebooking pages.

What I Think of This Product
I love this product! I definitely think this is worth purchasing as you will be able to use all the notebooking pages for the entirety of your homeschooling years since the files can be used from K-12. It also fits our family’s learning style as we do notebooking and portfolio projects all year round.

For more information, please follow NotebookingPages.com social media pages:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debrareed.notebookingpages/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NotebookingPgs

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Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Reviews

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My School Year Homeschool Record Keeping Review

My daughter will be in high school soon so I need to be organized and  keep records more efficiently. MySchoolYear.com has a product that promises to help me do just that!  I was given an annual membership access to My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) in exchange for a review through the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

My School Year (Homeschool Record Keeping) is a digital product that helps you plan and track school work. It is accessible by a web browser like Safari or Chrome on a computer or through any mobile gadget.

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Record keeping and planning are not my strengths. In homeschooling middle school and high school students, it is important to start tracking what the student has been learning and doing in every school year. MySchoolYear.com knows this  and has provided a platform to help parents become more organized and better planners.  There is so much one can do in this program.

As I created my login and logged into the system, the first thing I did was setup students.

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Since I have 2 kids, I entered both their names. Then I setup our school’s name, the term or the school year dates, the and the subjects that they have. I took time in adding the materials they used for each subject.

 

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I can also set the grading scale to be used. I can choose to use numbers based or letters based or just pass/fail.

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As I navigate through the menu, I noticed the main parts of the program includes Homeroom, Planbook, Reports and Teacher’s Aid.

It is in the Homeroom that I can see the summary of our school year. It shows the classes that I have assigned to my daughter. I have customized the classes and even set how many pages she needs to have read each day. I can also see the summary of my child’s attendance record for the whole school year. Events, awards and reading list can also be seen in this page. The number of extra-curricular activities and the standardized tests can also be seen as charts.

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Under Report, this is the report generating section of the program. One can easily choose which report is needed and customize the report. As you click on the view report button, PDF files are generated. This PDF files can be emailed or printed as required by your state or your homeschool provider.

Teacher’s Aid reminds the teacher to complete the information needed to make the program work effectively.
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What I Like About the Program:

I like the simple menu and easy navigation of the system.

This is a simple program that busy moms like you and me can easily learn. Though I believe that one needs to spend a few days to understand and set up the whole system, it is doable and simple enough to do. Once you understand how it works, you will enjoy creating lesson plans for your students. Updating the completion and the grades is easy as you can set the program to automatically compute the grade. The Create-A-Plan lesson generator helps mom to create lessons in bulk and saves time.

I also like the reports generated by the system.

The reports look professional and is flexible. I can print any report depending on what I need. Transcripts, report cards, lesson plans, instructional hours, materials by lesson and reading logs are just some of the reports that can be generated. myschoolyear3

I like the flexibility of the program. I can easily customize the lesson plans and the reports as needed.

The price for monthly membership fee is $5 ad just $40 for annual membership. Both can be used for  unlimited number of students. If you are still unsure, go and try the system first with a free trial.

For more information, please follow their social media accounts at
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MySchoolYearWeb/ or at
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/@MySchoolYearWeb or
Google+:  https://plus.google.com/+MyschoolyearWeb

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Homeschool Record Keeping {MySchoolYear.com Review}

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Progeny Press Mr. Popper’s Penguins E-Guide Review

Our family is not a stranger to Progeny Press. We love reading literature in our homeschool and we’ve been able to use  some of its book study before. My children enjoyed using them and so they were looking forward to using Mr. Popper’s Penguins E-Guide. We were given a downloadable copy as a part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew.

Progeny Press has been producing faith-based book studies on classic literature and popular novels for a number of years already. These study guides are for grades 1-12. The writers of the study guides include the owners of Progeny Press, Michael and Rebecca Gilleland, and other authors who came from varying professional background like teachers, pastors, home-education and writers. The guides pass through peer reviews and are edited by their office staff for literary accuracy and analysis.

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press Review}
The study guides are meant to help parents and teachers raise critical thinkers and readers. It provides instruction for the readers  to perform activities related to the theme of the book, digging deep into the vocabulary words and analyzing the story and the character profiles.

All guides come as printed workbooks or CDs or downloadable E-books. You would need Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer to access the files. Adobe Acrobat is a free software that you can easily install to your computer.

The study guides are recommended to be used for 8-12 weeks, but it really depends on how fast the student reads and works on the study guide.

There are hundred of study guides available from Progeny Press. They are divided by grade levels:

  • Lower Elementary ( for K- Grades 3)
  • Upper Elementary (for Grades 3 – 5)
  • Middle School (for Grades 5 – 8)
  • High School (for Grades 8 – 12 )

Mr. Popper’s Penguins E-Guide  is best for upper elementary years or those in grades 4 to 6. It is interactive, meaning students can type in their answer to the questions directly on the computer and they can even choose some answers to the questions via drop down choices. The students just need to save their work on their computer to ensure the changes made are saved.

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press Review}
A 1939 Newberry Honor Book, Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a heart-warming story of a house painter who dreams of traveling to the Antarctic. Mr. Popper dreams big dreams and doesn’t give up easily even if his family’s income is just enough to support them. As the penguins came into their life, Mr. Popper’s family showed resilience and creativity to make their dreams a reality.

My daughter who is currently in 6th grade read the book and used the interactive study guide. It took her a few days to complete reading the entire book. Then she used our MacBook Pro installed with Adobe Acrobat to open the file.

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There are 56 pages in this study guide. Here is the table of contents:

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She worked on the study guide 2-3 times a week for half an hour each time. She answered the vocabulary questions, questions about the story until the end of the study guide. She worked on this study guide independently. We just did the Money Matters section together and it certainly made an impact to her as she learned about inflation and credit. She saw how math is valuable in computation of money. We also discussed the story structure, the character study and the main theme of the book. We used the questions from the study guide as our prompt to have a deeper conversation about all that she has learned.

What I liked about Mr. Popper’s Penguin E-Guide is that it is very easy to do independently for my 6th grade daughter. There is a separate answer key file so I can easily check her work, even if I was not able to read the book yet. I also liked that there are several pre-reading and post-reading activities suggested to make the lesson even more special. It is like doing a unit study based on a book. Lastly, this study guide costs only $17.99. It is downloadable so it means that my daughter can work on the computer or I can print the pages if I wanted her to write. I don’t need to look for a physical product or have it shipped all the way from the USA.

Progeny Press really makes great literature studies which develop critical analysis. I am thankful for their study guides as it helps my children process the books they are reading. Check out our previous experience with Progeny Press Frogs and Toad Together E-Guide and Sarah Plain and Tall Interactive Study Guide. Each of this study guides are from different levels and we have all enjoyed them!

For more information about Progeny Press, please visit their website and their social media accounts at Progeny Press Facebook and Progeny Press Twitter .

The Schoolhouse Review Crew was able to use guides for other levels as well like the Lower Elementary,  Middle School  and High School, so be sure to to read the other reviews to learn the differences between these levels.

 

Literature Study Guides from a Christian Perspective {Progeny Press Review}
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