Win a Simple Lesson Planning System: 1 year giveaway + Try 4 Months for Free!


It’s the 34th Weekly Giveaway from Homeschool Survival! We love bringing you these giveaways each and every week here on Homeschool Survival. If you have Freebies you’d like to share, be sure to link up and we will be Pinning and Sharing through the week. We’d like to encourage you to like us and interact with us on Facebook. Visit us there to find and share more fantastic posts. We are a community where you can ask questions, get mom to mom answers and be encouraged. In fact, if you happen to have any questions about homeschooling, feel free to leave us a comment here…and we’ll be happy to post them on the page, or even write a blog post about it. We are here to help you in your journey and can’t wait to hear more from you! Be sure to read all the way to the end, where the fabulous giveaways will be posted.


Lessontrek - Win a FREE Year!

This weeks giveaway – Win 1 full year of Lessontrek planner Value – $60

Lessontrek lesson planning system has taken the pain out of your homeschool planning. The simple to use, intuitive system will save you so much time and energy while organizing your homeschool plans and grading system.

In just a few minutes you can set up your school year & subjects, create lessons & assignments, record grades, and more.

Easy-to-use online homeschool and private school planning system.  The goal of Lessontrek is to make your life simpler, by cutting your planning time and organizing for school lessons – to a minimum.

Lessontrek - Homeschool plannerFeatures of Lessontrek

  • Lesson tracker
  • Grade recording
  • Drag and drop lessons to another weekday
  • Copy/paste lessons across weeks
  • Copy/paste an entire week of lessons
  • Print weekly lesson plans
  • Secure information storage
  • Customer support
  • Ongoing improvements based on your feedback
  • … and more

What others are saying about Lessontrek

“It’s super easy to figure out how to get started. I read the sample lesson blocks and everything was very intuitive from there.” Debora, Kansas 

“I love the super easy to use interface. Having each child’s “tab” visible on the left makes it very easy to switch between children.” JoEllen, Michigan 

“I love the planner! Super easy and the ‘click and drag’ feature is awesome.” Wendy, North Carolina 

“I like the functions for planning, grading, establishing new features like students, subjects, and especially school years. I like the duplicate week function – very cool. I like the copy function and the drag and drop function for moving subjects around.” Lydia, Texas 

“It is the best homeschool planning program! All the other programs I have tried were very cumbersome.”  Margaret 
“I have been telling all of my friends about your program; I just love it and I am so excited for what is to come.”  Lisa  

FREEBIE – $24 Value!!

Tired of using complicated lesson planners? Simplify your lesson planning with Lessontrek –  growing in popularity due to its ease of use and simple set up process.
4 month free trial
**No Credit Card Is Required!
(Please Note: The referral code needs to be added to the 14 day free trial section as this is an extension of the trial system which is why it needs to be added to this section.)


Enter with 1 link or enter with them all! 1 Family will win a full year membership to Lessontrek – value $60

Tell us in the comments – What is your biggest challenge with homeschool lesson planning and tracking?

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Time Management: Unpack the Schedule

timemanagmentFor me, it’s much easier to give help than to receive it.  You too? I don’t want to be a bother. It’s fine. I can make do. My intention and perhaps yours too, is to give my best efforts to my family. Consequently, I expel a massive amount of energy to show my love.  In the end, I am empty. My head buzzes as if I revved the engine all day but never left the parking spot.

Other times, the problem is overzealous multitasking. I’m not talking about making toast while unloading the dishwasher. I mean teaching school, while cleaning the whole kitchen, chasing a toddler, while planning the next event for church!  Biting off way more than can be chewed. It’s inevitable at times. But sometimes it’s self-inflicted. Either way we are left short fused, usually at the expense of our families.

Refusing help and overzealous multitasking at unhealthy levels can be echoes of PRIDE. In these moments we are leaving God and His infinite wisdom out of the equation.

When pride comes, disgrace follows, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

As mothers, we do not have anything to prove to the world. Yet, we have endless wisdom to seek. Let’s slow down for a sec, take a deep breath and ask.

Tips to Unpack: the Schedule

  1. Ask for help: Our needs are not obvious to others. Communicate needs respectfully.
  2. Know your limits: Spend time praying about priorities. Being capable of completing the task is invalid when one is overextended. Jack of all trades = master of none.
  3. Setting boundaries: Find the line and do not cross it. Distinguishing between what is imperative and what is a distraction is crucial.

We can do all things…through Jesus Christ WHO gives us strength! Philippians 4:13

Momma, you were not designed with superpowers. You were created by a Supernatural God who wants to lavish His all into you.

Be still and know He is God. Psalms 46:10

Sometimes the best thing we can do is just “be.”  We always want to do for God, as in action.  Serving, but not sitting still.  We teach our children there are two kinds of verbs; action and being. Essentially, being with God is an action. We tend to minimize it because we are unable see the instant results we are looking for. When we are being still, He is working deep inside where it can’t yet be seen. In faith those little unseen seeds will produce great fruit.

Which are you more likely to struggle with?  Refusing help or overzealous multitasking? How will you implement practical changes to bring peace into your home?


Before we go. I wanted to share with you a new tool I will be using to teach my girls about the Bible. Its called Grape Vine Studies – stick figures through the bible! Read, discuss, draw, and memorize scripture. It can be used as a discipleship enrichment or as a homeschool curriculum.

They offer many free lessons too!

We are going to start with Esther – my girls ask questions about her, I’m looking forward to diving in on a level they will understand!

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Michelle Pohl - BloomingwithJoy.comMichelle is a storyteller who encourages her readers to begin Blooming with Joythrough every chaotic moment, disappointment, and mess. Her readers keep her motivated to be real with life and laugh at her mistakes. Michelle is reformed coffee addict turned devoted tea drinker. She lives in Missouri, USA with her husband and homeschools her three daughters. Shas experienced God’s peace while enduring life’s many messes; childhood abuse, motherhood, miscarriage, and homeschooling. All the while, allowing God to trade her ashes for beauty. She has learned we can begin Blooming With Joy through every obstacle when our Hope is in Jesus!  You can visit her on her blog, Blooming With Joy, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.