My Complete Review+ Thoughts on Omnibus 1

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I’m sure y’all have hear me talk about how much I love Omnibus, but today I’m going to unpack and critique it to find out what I really think about it.

If I said it in 7 words, it would be “I love it, but it’s really hard.” Get ready, though, because today’s post is going to be MUCH more than 7 words.

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An Overview of Omnibus 1

Here’s the “Getting Started” document on the course page (it’s the same for Omnibus Primary and Omnibus Secondary, which I’ll go over in a minute)

Welcome to your Omnibus ________ Self-Paced Course!
Click the lessons on the left to proceed through your course. Reading
assignments are given at the end of each lesson and are also listed in the
document posted on this course page so you can look ahead.
Omnibus Primary courses have 175 lessons. If you complete five lessons
per week, the course can be completed in 35 weeks. Lessons will take
45-60 minutes, and you will want to allow for extra days for the midterm
and for the final exam. (Omnibus Secondary courses have 105 lessons.
They are intended for a three-day per week schedule.)

Your grade in Omnibus ______ is based on various graded assessments.
Many lessons have short, 10-question quizzes. The last lesson of some
of the books you will study will have a longer book test. These will be
broken into three sections: Grammar, Logic, and Lateral Thinking
questions. In these tests, the Logic questions are weighted more heavily
than the Grammar questions, and the Lateral Thinking questions are
weighted more heavily than both.
The Midterm and Final exams are formatted in the same way as the book
tests, and are each worth 20% of your final grade in the course (40%
total)

First of all, the difference between Omnibus Primary and Omnibus Secondary. They’re meant to go together, and if you complete them in the same year, you get History, Logic, and Reading credits for that year.

Omnibus Primary is really deep and meaty, and really hard. There’s more lessons and the tests and quizzes are harder and come more often. However, Omnibus Primary is really important. I really enjoyed doing it but found myself getting not the best grades. Some of the books that are included in Omnibus 1 are The Histories of Herodotus (spent 5 weeks on that one) and The Last Days of Socrates (totally random off the top of my head).

Omnibus Secondary is also quite deep, but honestly, more fun. In it, we read books like the Chronicles of Narnia and Till we have Faces (both by C. S Lewis!). It was hard, but the lessons were easier and there wasn’t so much packed into each lesson, which helped my grades a little bit. I enjoyed it more, but that’s to be expected.

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Lesson Formatting

I recommend checking out VPSA.veritaspress.com to try out some sample lessons. I chose self paced, which means I could do it anytime, but didn’t have a live teacher. The lessons were prerecorded and included many interactive games and activites. The teachers talked to you, and you went on many field trips where the lessons were recorded in different places. For example, I’ve been to Greece MANY, MANY times, met President Obama (for real) and also met hundreds of other people. It’s super cool!

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What did I NOT like?

I’ve raved over how much I love it, but here’s what I don’t like about Omnibus 1 Selfpaced.

  • The reading was a lot, and when you combine both Primary and Secondary, that’s multiple hours of reading daily. I didn’t love how much time this took (I read really fast, too!)
  • There was no live teacher. When I had a question or a problem, I had to figure it out on my own.
  • Tech issues were hard to overcome. I was once stuck on a lesson for 2 days because there was a tech issue. I finally figured it out, however.
  • You can’t repeat tests. The tests are also only 10 questions, so if you miss 3 questions, you get a 70. I have gotten that many times and it’s very discouraging!

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All in all…

I recommend Omnibus 1. I will say that I was a little young for it but I loved it anyway. My grades weren’t awesome (81 and 86) which is very discouraging, but I know I learned a lot. I think that you should try the sample lessons to see how it would go. I know I’ll be doing Omnibus 2 next year!

 

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Review: Plum Paper Planner

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Hi everyone!

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I have been searching for a really good planner for a while. This is my criteria for a ‘good planner’:

  1. Pretty Has a nice cover- looks nice enough to have on desk.
  2. Durable Not going to break or fall apart, will stay clean and won’t rip.
  3. Inexpensive I don’t have tons of money, so under $50 was my goal.
  4. Good Size Doesn’t take up lots of room, but has enough room to write.
  5. Customizable Something that I can personalize to fit my needs and that doesn’t have extra pages I don’t need. 

Those were the 5 main things I was looking for in a planner.

Here are some of the brands that I looked at on my planner search and why I did not choose them.

Erin Condren:

This was too expensive, and I was looking for an academic planner, and they only have 6 month options for that.

Happy Planner:

Great pricing, but I don’t want something that I have to set up.

 

Those are just a couple of the many options that I considered.

I searched practically everywhere. I was looking at reviews of EC planners when I stumbled across one review that compared the EC planner with another planner- the PP (Plum Paper) planner. The blogger compared them and marked the PP planner with a hands-down win. Intrigued, I googled ‘Plum Paper Planner’ and read many other great reviews. I checked out their site (it’s gorgeous!)  and fell in love with their planners.

One thing: There are SO many covers!!! I changed mine at least 12 times, then placed my order so that I wouldn’t have a chance to change it 14 more times, lol. Their covers are SO pretty and personalized online, now to see if they are the same in person!

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Guide to Format

Basically, what I’m going to do is take my criteria and divide it up into sections. At the beginning, there will be an unboxing video! Check out the whole flip thru on my YouTube channel!

Christina and Camera YOUTUBE LINK

 

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Criteria 1: Pretty

Is the Plum Paper pretty?

Let’s check and see…

 

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The cover  is on point and it’s SO pretty! Camera can not capture how gorgeous the cover really is.

For this one, I’m giving it a 5/5. The Plum Paper Planner is beautiful!

 

Criteria 2: Durable

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The Plum Paper planner has great plastic covering on the front and the back covers, which protects them wonderfully. Aside from that, the cover is very durable itself, the paper is thicker than I expected, and the spine looks like it would stay in place for quite a while.

For this category, the Plum Paper again gets a 5. I’m seeing a trend here…

 

 

Criteria 3: Inexpensive

My total for the cost was $36. This included the extra fee for personalizing the inside (the cover is no extra cost) and also for making the planner 12 months instead of 6! I didn’t purchase any extras, but if I had, I definitely could have stayed in budget.

Again, a 5. The whole Plum Paper store is very affordable.

 

 

Criteria 4: Good size

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Sorry for the awful, behind the scenes-y, photo ^

My planner was not very thick, which was welcomed. I don’t want it to be heavy! It also is the perfect size. Plum Paper currently offers 3 sizes, but not every type of planner is available in them all. The size that I selected, the 5 by 9, has the most options.

This one gets a 4 :(. I wish that they had more options in all of the sizes, but the thickness is great!

 

 

Criteria 5: Customizable

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As you can see from this week in the Plum Paper Planner, I was able to customize the headings and change them to:

To DO

Quizzes and Tests

Math

Omnibus

Science

Writing

Spanish

Blog

Other

Fitness

This gets a 5! The plum paper planner is very customizable. I didn’t even customize it as much as I could have!

 

And the Plum Paper total average number of points is: 

 

 

 

 

4.8!

4.8 points out of 5 is pretty great! My criteria was pretty hard, too.

 

Go buy yourself a Plum Paper planner! Here is the link to their store. Plum Paper is giving C & C readers a 10% off discount of your purchase of $30 or more, so check that out!

 

 

Thanks for reading! Comment below what planner you’re using!

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Note: Plum Paper gave me a 15% off discount to blog about my planner. If you click the link above, I will receive $10 in credit. I am in no way trying to hide this from y’all, and it doesn’t make a difference in your shopping experience. Also: If I do for some reason get any referral credit, I will be spending it for a giveaway!