“Our Days” Homeschool Link-Up

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Welcome to this week’s “Our Days” link-up:

“Our Days” Homeschool link-up is a place to share our weekly projects and show our curriculum-of-choice in action.

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Since we school year round, this will be a weekly link-up until further notice. :)

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Productive Days Made Easy {My Student Log Book Review}

Time management and productivity are skills essential to any successful person. This past summer, I picked up a couple of beautiful planners for my older students but was disappointed that I couldn’t find something suitable for my 3rd grader. I needed something simple, easy-to-use, and most importantly, easy for her to understand. And I found it!

My Student Log Book, was created by a homeschool mom of many who, like most of us homeschool moms, needed something to help keep up with student assignments, household chores, and basic organization. Unable to find something that met their family’s needs, she used her creativity to make a daily student planner that’s simple to use and accessible for children as young as 2nd grade all the way through the high school years!

My Student Logbook Review
For the past several weeks, my 3rd grade daughter has used this book to keep up with:

  • school tasks
  • chores
  • prayer requests
  • books she’s reading
  • field trips
  • a couple of favorite memories she’s experienced so far

Other sections are also available for those who need them:

  • pages for keeping up with test scores
  • presentations and projects

As a mom, my favorite part of this log-book is the simplicity. While my older children enjoyed using their planners, the pages felt cluttered compared to the clean pages in the log book. This worked to her benefit as she’s easily distracted by an abundance of colors and pre-printed material. In fact, after trying the My Student Log Book, I plan to buy a copy for my son on the autism spectrum, since I think he’ll benefit from the more straight-forward and organized approach to keeping up with his day.

How We Used It

Since our copy arrived a few weeks before our move, we used our copy to keep up with chores and a few school items. She loved feeling independent and responsible for her day, and I loved seeing tasks completed. Each day she opened her log book, went down her list of chores and classes, and checked them off as they were completed.

She was delighted to get her log book in the mail.

She was delighted to get her log book in the mail.

The book is a light weight, traditional paper size 8.5″ by 11″ spiral bound book, with a clear plastic cover. With our busy family, I was impressed by how well it held up, even through a major move and everyday use.

When I first received the log book, the set-up intimidated me a little. After I watched the videos on the site and got started, I found that it was actually very easy. And once set-up, her responsibilities felt like they were on auto-pilot, which was a great feeling during our move while preparing for the upcoming school year.

Step 1: Remove a page from one of the checklist sheets. When subjects and tasks need to change, simply create a new checklist.

Step 1: Remove a page from one of the checklist sheets, and cut along the edge. When subjects and tasks need to change, simply create a new checklist.

Step 2: Fold along the edge.

Step 2: Fold along the edge.

Step 3: Tape the folded checklist onto the back of the week's page.

Step 3: Tape the folded checklist onto the back of the week’s page.

And you're ready-to-go! Write in the tasks and start checking them off.

And you’re ready-to-go! Write in the tasks and check them off.

While My Student Log Book is available in both dated and undated forms, I chose the dated because it was one less thing for me to think about. The dated books come in both an August 1-July 31st format as well as  January 1st-December 31st.

My daughter’s favorite things about the log book is being able to personalize it to make it her own. Not only was she able to choose the cover, she enjoyed filling out the “All About Me” page as well as keep track of the books she’s read.

A few of her items included:

  • Make my bed
  • Read from my reader
  • Play with the baby
  • Help set the table
  • Twenty minutes of math
  • Brush my teeth before before bed

 

My daughter enjoyed seeing her work completed at the end of the day. The log book helped hold her accountable and gave her a sense of accomplishment.

My daughter enjoyed seeing her work completed at the end of the day. The log book helped hold her accountable and gave her a sense of accomplishment.

 

Using the My Student Log Book for High Schoolers

High School is still a couple of years away for our family, but I’m already making plans and tucking away information for the future. In the instructions, the author lays out step-by-step plans on using the My Student Log Book to keep up with high school courses not only for personal record keeping but also for creating transcripts.

Overall Thoughts

If you’re looking for a simple method for keeping up with chores and school while needing something that’s accessible for even your younger students, My Student Log Book may be an excellent solution. The printed log books are $15 each and a PDF instant download is available as well. A single-use licensed PDF is $10 and the family-use licensed PDF is $20. The PDFs don’t currently come with the choice of covers, as the printed books do.

You can find more information by visiting their site and by following their social media outlets on Facebook and YouTube.

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The Heroine of My Reality

Today we have a guest post from Rachael from The Rooted Homestead.

The Heroine of my Reality

 

She is beautiful, dashing, talented, charming, witty, rises to every occasion while still keeping her hair and make-up in perfect order. She cleanses wounds, mends broken hearts, teaches eager minds, cooks, cleans and captures the heart of a dashing fellow. She is the heroine of story book legend. The one we dream of being.

She travels to unknown lands, faces dangers, stands for truth and fights for freedom. The princess. The everlasting beauty queen. The intelligent and sophisticated conqueror. As I put the book down with dreamy imaginings, I try to picture myself as the heroine. I could be her, but I’m not. The truth is that I am not because she is the heroine of storybooks not reality. I have an advantage over her though. I can be the heroine of the reality that God has given me. This beautiful, crazy, frustrating, fulfilling and exciting adventure that God has placed me in.

I can be the heroine that captures my man’s heart anew each day.

I can be the heroine that builds my man up, cheers him on and reminds him what an amazing man of God he is and can be.

I can be the heroine that teaches my children to seek God and be all that He created them to be.

I can be the heroine that trains their eager minds with God’s truth and the knowledge that they need to thrive.

I can be the heroine that sees my children’s talents and teaches them to grow them with excellence and use them for God’s glory.

I can be the heroine that kisses their ouchies, soothes upset tummies, holds sleepy babies and comforts troubled hearts.

I can be the heroine that prays with my babies.

I can be the heroine who faces dangers everyday by staring evil in the face, be it small or great, and teaching my children that standing up for truth is always right.

I can be the heroine that fills my home with the joy of the Lord.

I can be the heroine that shows my children a glimpse of the love of God, by being that love to them every day in my words and actions.

What we always fail to remember when we put aside our book with a sigh is that the storybook heroine wasn’t perfect. In the greatest of stories there is a dark night where she stumbles, she messes up, she fails. But what makes her a true heroine is that while down she gets on her knees asking God to take her mess ups and make them into something beautiful and then-she gets back up. She works with God’s wisdom and direction and her determination to conquer that failure and redeem the mess.

The beauty of the heroine of reality is that I have the adventure of choosing to follow God everyday and choosing to be the heroine for my man and my children and those I see each day. The adventure is before me each day. My hair may not always be perfect, my house not always clean and sometimes I don’t even get my make-up on, but with God’s help I can be the heroine of this beautiful reality He has blessed me with.

Rachael Dornbirer

Rachael Dornbirer is a Christian, stat-at-home momma to two wonderful kiddos and wife to an amazing man. She loves herbs, essential oils, real food, simple living, vintage clothing and being a wife and mother. She also is excitedly studying to be a certified Family Herbalist and loves teaching classes on essential oils. She loves sharing what she learns about natural living, real food, and musings on life on her blog, The Rooted Homestead.

 

 

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