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Lesson Planet Review

Heather —  April 28, 2010

Lesson Planet

Summary & Rating: Lesson Planet is just what it says it is–a specialized search engine for teachers. On the Lesson Planet website, educators can easily and quickly sift through over 150,000 teacher reviewed lesson plans and 75,000 worksheets. Once in, educators can refine their searches in myriad ways, such as by standards, ages, subjects…even themes. There are definitely many options, and I found that searches will turn up many items.

When I used Lesson Planet, I felt a bit overwhelmed. While I enjoyed seeing so many options and lesson plans, I almost felt like I was on a rabbit trail—just finding too much material suited for classroom settings that was not relevant to my little homeschool. I can see how this could be very useful to teachers and I hope Lesson Planet will continue to evolve to find ways to include more homeschool items. People who are more focused on exactly what they need may like it better–I am bad about reading everything and getting sidetracked!

I did especially like their Curriculum calendar. I love using things like the calendar to give me ideas for extra activities.

You can go check out Lesson Planet and try it free for 10 days to see if you like it. After the trial, it is $39.95 per year.

To see what my TOS crewmates have to say, click here!

A 3 month subscription to Lesson Planet was provided to me for my review and I have given my unbiased opinion.

ALEKS

Heather —  August 20, 2009

Rating and Summary: Definitely 5. Very comprehensive Math curriculum system. Can be used as a complete curriculum program or as an additional tutoring program. This web-based program is complex in it’s abilities…but easy to use! ALEKS can be used by children in grades 3-12 and can be accessed on the internet, so the program is mobile as well. The graphics are excellent and the program flows smoothly, with quick page loads and an amazing amount of assistance available on the main website. Read my review & then go try this out yourself!

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Just a quick note for the teacher in you:) A few fun things showed up in my email this morning! I love free stuff that is also good stuff!

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1. Staples. The yearly “Teacher Appreciation Day” is coming! If you are a registered teacher (this includes homeschoolers with ID) they will be giving away gift bags (to first 100 each store) and have other information and specials. A $10 off $50 coupon is also available. Check the site for the date for your state. Ours is August 15th!

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2. Usborne Books is offering their “Get Started with Usborne” Kit for only $15 until August 10th. This is crazy! For that you get the starter kit, well–here in their words:

“Join our team this August, and you will receive 10 of our most popular titles, a set of business supplies, including OrderPro (our electronic ordering program), and a 6 month eCommerce Consultant Web Site.” After the 10th, the price increases, but is still less than the usual price. I assume they are getting ready for school. Anyway, I am suspicious of anything that costs money to start…but I have heard good things about this and for $15 you get 10 Usborne books…go here to check it out. I want to do, but I’m moving so I’m not sure about it yet. I have til 8/10!

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3. And last, but cetainly not least, Kidthing is at it again! I love this little ereader, game player, etc. I guess their “Summer Sizzles” promos are ending, but looks like they will continue to send freebies for the kids! Today’s freebie is a Back to School animated book, “First Day Jitters” it is available in English and Spanish. (This is also for teachers–homeschoolers go get them:) Enter the code: ktcode-NEA5RAA, in the search space on the Store homepage.