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A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner Review

*I was provided a free copy of A Simple Plan in exchange for my honest review

My love for planners is almost as high as my love for curriculum. I have tried several different ones over the years, and have liked them, but there was always something I would want to change about it. When I saw that Mardel was releasing a new planner for homeschool families this year I was so excited!

A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner

There are so many features that are packed into this planner. For starters, it is beautiful. I adore the cover and look of this planner. Who doesn’t love the teal and turquoise color pallet? A Simple Plan is a little thicker than most planners that you find, and that is because of all the goodness that is inside the covers.

One of my favorite features is that it has tabs. It makes skipping around for planning purposes so much more simple. I can find what I need right when I need it. Another very important feature for me was the ability to use this with multiple students. I have 4 that are school age right now and I need to be able to keep track of all our studies in one convenient place. This planner accomodates large families. I will be able to use this even as our family continues to grow. There is a place for up to 6 children, though it has plenty of space and I am sure you could fit more if needed.

A Simple Plan has yearly, monthly, and weekly calendars to help you plan your school year with ease. It also has planning pages for each of your children. You can set their individual goals for each semester, and plan out their curriculum for the year.

You also have monthly and weekly assignment planning pages. You can view your month at a glance, then use the weekly pages for more detailed assignment tracking.

A Simple Plan Homeschool Planner

Of course, what planner would be complete without a place to keep track of all the days of your hard work? The student record pages are a great place to keep track of attendance and also curriculum that you have purchased or still need to purchase.

If you are a pen and paper person like myself, then you will want to pick up a copy of the paper version. However, if you are a more digital person, there is a FREE digital version of A Simple Plan available for you. You can get all of these great features in an online format.

If you are looking for a great planner for your upcoming school year, I highly suggest A Simple Plan from Mardel. You will not be disappointed.



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We Choose Virtues Review and Facebook Party

*I was given a free set of Parenting Cards for the purpose of this review. Please see my full disclaimer policy for more details.*

I was given the chance to review the Parenting Cards for We Choose Virtues. Just like every family, we deal with sibling rivalry from time to time. I thought the Parenting Cards would be a great way to work on virtues in our home.

The Parenting Cards come with 13 Cards. The goal is to work on one virtue each week. Using these cards 10 minutes each day over the 13 weeks, your children will learn everything from how to forgive, to being obedient. This is such a great way to teach your children the values that are quickly slipping through the cracks in our society.

From We Choose Virtues

How to use this tool: 

  • With only seconds of prep time, and only 10 minutes of teaching Virtues each day, you will be surprised how fast your whole family will learn to choose and use Virtue!
  • Simply choose one of 13 Parenting Cards to work on each week. The order you teach them in is up to you.
  • Use the demonstrations listed on the back to help your children get some practice using the Virtue. Look for opportunities to reinforce this Virtue all week long in everyday life moments as well as books, Bible stories, and crafts.
  • When you have finished with each card, start over again and build a deeper understanding.
  • Note: If you have older kids, allow them to teach Virtues to the younger ones. It is simply inspiring to see!

Here is a look at the back of the cards. You can see all the great information, and activities to work with each week.


These cards are printed on high quality card stock, and are size 8.5′ x 5.5′. They are double sided and pop with lots of fun colors that catch a little one’s eyes. These cards retails for $34.99. They are designed for children through elementary age. I used these with all 4 of my children ages 6-10.



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Computer Science Review

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Computer Science for Kids offers a great way for your tech minded children to learn computer programming. I do OK with the day to day end of the computer, but when it comes to the more detailed information we need some help. I wanted to try this with my oldest kiddo. He loves to work on his computer and I thought Beginning Microsoft Small Basic would be a great program for him.

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The program takes you through step by step how to do things. However, your child needs to have a basic understanding about how to do things on the computer. Such as rebooting, and accessing the internet. To be completely honest it was a bit over my sons head on some parts. We will most likely shelf this for a while and try again when he is a little more ready.

The suggested schedule is that students work on one lesson each week for ten weeks. The tutorial is 500+ pages and has 11 chapters that walk them through step by step. Learning the language of computers while they are young is so important, especially now. Everyday computers are becoming a bigger part of our lives.

Beginning Microsoft Small Basic is recommended for ages 10 and up.

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