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Friday, September 30, 2011

Aletheia Writing Magazine TOS Crew Review

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Do your teens like to read? Do they struggle with wanting to read just for fun?  Do they like to write their own stories?  Would they be interested in reading stories written by teens from across the Country?
  If you answered yes to any of these questions just like I did, then I have the product review just for you and your teens.  As part of the TOS Crew I was once again offered the opportunity to review content from a Christian company. This time I was chosen to review and use Aletheia Writing Magazine with my boys.


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 My boys are good readers but often struggle with wanting to read, they often say things like "Why do I have to read it is so boring." Or "I don't like to read." Sometimes it becomes a battle of sorts for me to get them to sit down and read. When faced with the opportunity to review Aletheia Writing Magazine, I thought to myself, " What have I got to lose?"  I was hesitant to say the least as I have tried just about everything to get them to read anything other than comic books or their Bible.
  When the magazine arrived in the mail I personally did not think much about it but the kids noticed the Art work on the cover and Taylor said, "That looks cool can I see it?"  So I handed it over to him and he immediately started reading. I was so excited I could hardly contain myself, but tried very hard to hide my enthusiasm because if he noticed I feared he would catch on that I wanted him to read it and he would stop.
   He called to Alyx and they started reading it together, I bummed I did not get any pictures but that would have stopped this wondrous occasion immediately as they hate when I take pictures of them while they are focusing, it throws them off.  So instead I just sat and watched this exchange of reading banter, the comments on the children's drawings and their stories. They did not move until they had read the whole magazine cover to cover. I was in shock.
  What happened next nearly had me pass out, they wanted MORE... Seriously could this really be happening? So I went online because I had read in the letter that accompanied my package that we had the opportunity to view the Summer Edition online with a special code, so I looked it up on my laptop and away they went. I am still in awe at how this little magazine can have this much affect on my boys, but I am not going to question it. Now do they not only like to read, and want me to subscribe to the magazine, but they want to write and illustrate pictures and send them into the magazine like the kids they read the stories from.
   It is so awesome to see them get excited like this about something worthwhile. So the $26 Shipping and handling included is a bargain for this amount of enthusiasm.
OK enough of my blubbering on and on, here is what the company has to say about their magazine.

Aletheia Writing Magazine is a quarterly publication focusing on the literary and artistic works of Christian teens, ages 13 to 19*.
We are excited to offer Christian teens a healthy platform in which to express themselves, especially in a culture that so definitively shapes and saturates their worldview with unhealthy imagery and values.

Moreover, we're interested in publishing teen work in a quality manner while preserving its honesty and integrity- we're not interested in dumbing down or overly sanitizing the writing we receive.


But whether teens use their writing to explore the darker realities of life or celebrate the brighter ones, their writing, in the end, must contain hope. Hope is what differentiates Christians from the rest of the world. They have hope that Jesus is truly who He says He is, and that He has conquered sin and death and all of the darkness of this world and opened up the gates of Paradise for humanity. So, even amidst struggle or tragedy, the hope needs to shine through.



In addition to the literary and artistic expressions of Christian teens, each issue offers a variety of unique features: a Writer's Challenge, the Featured Contributor, a book review, Glory to God for the Beauty of Nature, Ancient Ink, and an interview or other feature for edification and enjoyment.


*Aletheia Writing Magazine is geared toward youth ages 13 to 19. Because contributors’ ages vary, the maturity level of situational content may likewise vary.

 Now my boys that are reading the magazine are 12 and 13 and 15  and I was comfortable with that, although the recommended age is 13-19 you would have to use your best judgement on the maturity of your child . With that being said:
 If your kids struggle with wanting to read or write or just love it already you have got to check out this magazine for them to read. It has changed the opinion of reading to such a positive response that I cannot wait for them to get their next issue. You will not be disappointed.
 As always do not take my word for it check out the opinions of my fellow TOS Crew Mates


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  My kids and I received a print copy of this magazine and an online edition in exchange for my review as part of being on the TOS Crew. Receiving the free merchandise in no way influenced my opinion or the outcome of my review and I was not compensated in any other way.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Game time Fun

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook Journal Entry for September 27th 2011

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FOR TODAY


Outside my window...The Sun is shining and it is a beatiful fall day



I am thinking...about a Red Hat Sister's Family after her very sudden passing at 66 yrs of age. They need all of our praers right now.



I am thankful...for the Doctors and Modern Medicine that they made me well after being very sick Saturday Night and Sunday with Strep throat and a bad sinus infection.


From the learning rooms...(if this applies)
The boy started a unit study on Dolphin Tale which we saw last Friday and they are also loving playing with our Scruble Cube and Tricross games we have been given to review from TOS Crew


In the kitchen...
Crockpot Beef Stew cooking and many, many loaves of Zucchini and Banana bread baking. We baked 9 loaves yesterday and today plan on 18 loaves of Zucchini and 9 loaves of banana

I am wearing...Jeans and a Stampin Up shirt



I am creating...this weeks project for my Calendar class I am teaching we will be finishing up February and hopefully finishing March and most of April this week.



I am going..to Enrich Thursday and the Funeral Friday and not a whole lot else. A quiet week at last.



I am wondering...when this weather is going to decide what it wants to do. One day we have the fireplace going in the morning and later the A/C and some days neither and some days just A/C no wonder my sinuses are going nutso



I am reading...2 books
1. Fascinating Womanhood by Helen Anderlin for a Woman's Bible Study that starts next Thursday.
2.Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson by Apologia Press (TOS CREW Review)



I am hoping...that we don't hear anymore bad news this week



I am looking forward to...going away for a (ME) weekend of stamping and fellowship in Ohio next weekend at my SU Uplines house



I am hearing...the kids laughing as they are playing their games, I never tire of the sound of my boys playing niceley



Around the house...starting to decorate for Fall Harvest time



I am pondering...what deep freezer to get to be able to store up some of this food we are making.



One of my favorite things...is Fall time and the fun activities it brings with it, like visiting the Apple Orchard, Trunk or Treating at church and many others things



A few plans for the rest of the week: Enrich, Funeral and that is about it



Here is picture for thought I am sharing...What we are cooking for dinner today








Monday, September 26, 2011

Games For Competitors TOS Crew Review

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   Learning doesn't have to be all books and computers. In our homeschool we like to play games to learn too. That was why the kids and I were so excited to be chosen to review Tricross  from Games For Competitors as part of the TOS Crew.  Tricross is a wonderful educational game, here is what the company had to say about the educational values.


Why Tri-Cross in Education?
It’s easy to teach and play
Can be played in groups of 2-4 students
Encourages students to become problem solvers
Can be played independently without teacher supervision
Variations increase the challenge for different ability levels
Helps develop skills in the following areas:
•Logical Thinking
•Cause and Effect
•Predicting
•Interpreting Outcomes
•Abstract Thinking
•Memory (In Variations of Play)
•Visualization
Learn Tri-Cross
Games For Competitors is passionate about education and confident that Tri-Cross is the perfect game to reinforce classroom teachings. Let the gaming experts at GFC introduce the game and teach the rules to your students in an hour long teach-and-play demonstration. GFC will equip you with all the tools necessary to best incorporate the game into your classroom, no matter what the grade.
For more information, contact jburns@gamesforcompetitors.com

  The boys are super competitive so games can get pretty intense around here. What I love most is when they get excited about games that take skills. Skills such as critical thinking, memory(in certain game modes), problem solving, and many others.
  We were given the Eco-friendly travel sized version of the game, and as a surprise we also had the full game board version in our package when it arrived. The kids were super excited to receive both versions, one for on the go and one for our board game collection here at home. Tricross is a combination of checkers, chess and dominoes. I loved how my kids were planning out their moves ahead of time so they knew if they would get jumped on their opponents next turn. It was great to see them interact over this game all while learning key skills.












Tricross has won several awards including the Mom's Choice Award.
They also won Dr. Toy's Best Green Product of Eco-friendly version here is the info on how they strive to Be Green.

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In an ongoing commitment to creating a healthy and sustainable future, Games for Competitors minimizes their impact on the planet by introducing an eco-friendly version of Tri-Cross. The new version of the game stays true to the signature board style and scratch proof game pieces, yet, does so in an environmentally friendly way. Trading in the large cardboard box for a resource reducing, organic cotton drawstring bag, the organic cotton cloth board, printed with non-toxic soy-based inks, is easily folded to fit inside with the game pieces. Perfectly compact to fit on the shelf or to throw in your bag for on-the-go game play, Tri-Crosss’ eco-friendly board game sets the environmental benchmark for future game manufacturing.






To reinforce the importance of education and environmental initiatives, GFC pledges to donate 10% of each eco-friendly game sale to the Captain Planet Foundation. Through this partnership, GFC hopes children will be inspired to use the creative thinking and problem solving skills learned through Tri-Cross and apply them to real-world issues – thinking outside of the box to create a new environmental initiative, revolutionary product or community focused organization – to become the next generation of leaders.






You can see for yourself how to play this family friendly educational game by going here to watch a video tutorial. You can purchase Tricross for $19.95 for the Eco-friendly, $24.95 for the full version and $35.95 for the Wood Board Version.
We as a family loved Tricross but don't just take our word for it check out what my fellow crew mates had to say about their experience with Tricross.



I received Tricross games for free  in exchange for my review and for being part of the TOS Crew from Games for Competitors. I was not compensated in any other way and receiving these games for free did not influence my opinion.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Before FIVE IN A ROW TOS Crew Review

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   Do you have a little one that wants to do "school" just like their older siblings? Do you struggle with activities you can do with your toddler to preschool age children? Do you want to give your 2-4 your old a jump start on their education without taking the fun out of being a small child?
   If you answered yes to any or all of the above questions then you have come to the right place as I have just the product for you.  As a member of the TOS Crew I was given the book "Before FIVE IN A ROW" By Jane Claire Lambert to review and share with all of you.
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  " Before FIVE IN A ROW"




This important product includes 23 Five in a Row-style mini-units (plus an extra mini-unit) based on outstanding children’s books for ages 2-4 as well as a large section of learning readiness activities for your every day life: things to do in the kitchen, at the store, at bedtime,bath time, etc.
You’ll find an entire treasury of ideas to prepare children


for pre-learning necessary for their educational foundation. These ideas are wonderfully effective without robbing


your little ones of those special golden years of childhood. Those few brief years of early childhood can never be reclaimed later and many parents discover too late


that they pushed too hard and too early for advanced academic achievement.


You can’t go back and swing at the park, float paper


boats in the rain and do the myriad of play activities with your young children that help build the foundation for learning in a way that also encourages a flood of warm, young-childhood memories.
Before Five in a Row is passionate about teaching, but the teaching comes through the subtle forms of play that are intrinsic to early childhood. These lessons are the important pre-education lessons that will both build your child’s mind and fill your child’s heart while truly readying them for the deeper academic experience to come.
Before Five in a Row is the perfect introduction to the joys


of parent-directed learning in just a very few minutes each day— whenever the opportunity arises!



    In my opinion this book could take you through most if not all of your school year but focusing on one activity a week. Maybe take each lesson that is based on a book and then divide it into even smaller lessons by doing one "Subject" a day with your child like Bible, Art, or Science. What you are actually purchasing is the Parent Guide the Literature titles may be purchased separately or in a bundle pack, or you can check them out at your local library. I know for us we already had many of the titles in our home library, There were a couple that were hard to find and it would be helpful if the parent guide could be updated to reflect the out of print books, but even with this small inconvenience this is truly a great investment.
 One of my favorite lessons was from a classic book.

  Let's take "Corduroy" for instance, I know this book is a favorite among all of my children and is a wonderful addition to any home library.
  We still have our copy from when our boys were small and they are in their pre-teens and teens now.  This particular lesson touches on Bible, Manners, Homes and Habits, Animals, Science, Art with a project to go along with the story, Games, Numbers(Math), Story-telling, and Literature. So depending on your child's attention span and/or how much you want to focus on a "school" program with your little one this particular study could be divided into 10 daily lessons. So it would take you 2 school weeks based on your particular style. I know around here we only do 4 days of school because we have a  day of co-op.

   "Before FIVE IN A ROW" can be a wonderful addition to your homeschool life as it can occupy your little ones while their older siblings get their much needed work done. This can also help your pre-schooler ready for school time by easing them into a work routine.  Starting education early on is a great way to jump start them on good learning habits. You can work on attention span, and listening skills. Also by completing their "work" it helps to build self-esteem. They will be so proud to show Daddy the work they did in school today just like their older siblings.



   The second half of the book is titled "Parent's Treasury of Creative Ideas for Learning Readiness"
This section is wonderful for Fine and Gross Motor activities that can be used in your everyday home life all the while teaching your little ones. There are family games, activities to do in the Kitchen and even activities to do at the Store out in the community. Drama, Singing, Dancing and Finger Plays are just a few fun things to do. Many of these activities work on enforcing coordination and muscle development. The kids just know they are having a good time.

  
  If you would like to check out "Before FIVE IN A ROW" for $35.00  or any of the other "FIVE IN A ROW" products then feel free to head over to Rainbow Resource Room the exclusive retailer of all "FIVE IN A ROW" Products.
Also be sure to check out what my other Crew Mates had to say about "Before FIVE IN A ROW".



Disclaimer: I was given this product specifically for the purpose of reviewing here on my blog as a member of TOS Homeschool Crew. I received no other compensation in regards to this review.






















Friday, September 16, 2011

Big IQ Kids TOS CREW REVIEW

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     This has been a busy first full week back to school and we have been busy working on our studies, and also reviewing some great products from The TOS Crew. Today I am here to tell you about another wonderful online program for your children. Big IQ Kids has graciously offered some of the crew members a one year premium membership for Math and States for 2 of our kids. The boys have been busy the last few weeks scoping out the site and getting the hang of things. I too have been poking around to see what I like and maybe some other things that I may not care for. So that I could bring you a thorough review.

  Here is what Big IQ Kids has to say about their programming.

Big IQ Kids Programs







Spelling & Vocabulary: With a over 40,000 word dictionary, BigIQkids spelling & vocabulary program comes pre-loaded with 40 lessons for K-adult appropriate word lists. Or, as a parent or teacher, you can easily enter your own word lists and the program will automatically create a week’s worth of lessons, quizzes and tests around your own list with the goal of achieving 100% on the Friday spelling and vocabulary tests. The program includes tracking and progress reports. You can build your own curriculum or use our default settings. The program is completely customizable and goes around a student's progress.






Math: You can set up a child's lesson to mirror what they are doing in their current curriculum. For example, if the child is on double digit addition and single digit multiplication, the program can focus on just these two areas providing invaluable practice and reinforcement that is certain to provide them with the tools to ace their next test. Or, BigMathTime can automatically generate grade specific and subject specific lessons as per your requirements.






U.S. States: Every elementary student will be confronted with the need to know their US State facts to mastery. BigStatesTime is the ultimate tool in learning the state's location, capital, spelling, abbreviations and general state facts. The program allows parents/teachers to add additional facts which will be included in the child's lessons and the program culminates in a “State Mastery Exam” that, if passed with 100% mastery, awards the child a State Master Certificate.

  The boys have been primarily using this program for Math and Spelling the last couple of weeks and a little bit of the States program too. You can customize the lessons for each session by logging into each child's account. Your values need to add up to 100% so for instance 10% of the problems will be 2x2 digit multiplication, and then maybe 20% of the problems will be triple digit addition, or division problems with remainders and such. The one thing I did not like about the customizing part is that there is not a separate login for the parent.  You have to login to each child's account to set up the days work. You can set the amount of work they are required to do and/or change the difficulty level. I would have preferred a parent account and then you purchase each child's account through that parent login. This would have made it easier to keep track of the kids progress and had my kids clicked on anything I did not tell them to, they would have figured this out and probably tried to manipulate the program so they had easier or less work to do.




  They are required to do a lesson a day in order to earn a game coin, which this was a great motivator for Taylor as he loves to play games. Some of the games are ones he has played on the Internet so he was familiar with how to play which is great since you can only use the coins you have earned. So if your child doesn't "get" the game he will lose out on the coin he earned. There are pros and cons to having the coin operated game system verses the time limit of other online programs that reward the student with game time for doing their work. With the coin version such as with Big IQ Kids they get to complete the game they are playing without having to worry about time running out. On the flip side game play goes much quicker and therefor the reward is not as fruitful at least in my opinion.

The Math program shows the kids visually if they got the problems wrong or right by placing an X or a thumbs up by the problem. The child will earn mastery when they complete all problems without error. If they do not complete with Mastery they will need to redo the same type of problems on their next session unless you bypass this by changing the levels yourself, hence how I said if the kids figured this out they could manipulate the system.

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  The States program helped them to memorize the placement of the states in our nation. Repetition works well with my kids so this was a great refresher after not working on some of this stuff for a while. I really liked the fact that there were many things the boys could do with the Premium version of the States programming. Such as multi-player fun facts game, interactive map with quizzes and also movies that taught commonly known facts about each state.
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  My favorite program is the Spelling program, I was impressed that their spelling included adult spelling lessons as well as SAT prep. This is a beneficial aspect of any school program. Teachers in public school settings can even set up their whole classroom and use their word lists from their curriculum. This is all a free program. I was impressed by this. What a wonderful asset to any classroom homeschool or not.
 Every day the children are given a lesson with that week's spelling words, such as simply retyping the words for visual memorization to selected games like hangbot and crossword puzzles. This helped the children master their spelling tests in a fun and creative way.

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   Another aspect I love the idea of although we have not tried it out yet is their E Books that can be downloaded right to your IPAD or computer they are 3.99 each. They do not read the story to your child your child actually has to read it and apparently comes with a digital bookmark to keep their place. We are leaning towards trying this out with Taylor he seems to like to read on our E Reader, such as a Kindle or Nook and I PAD or his IPOD Touch more than a book so maybe this is they key to getting him to read more of his own will.

There is so much to do on Big IQ Kids whether it is part of their Free or Premium programming you are bound to find something that will fit with your students I could go on and on all day long to tell you about it all, but you should just go check it out and see for yourself. All in all I give Big IQ Kids 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book. So don't delay check them out today.



Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew I was given 2 Premium one year memberships from Big IQ Kids to try out and post a review. I was not compensated in anyway. I was simply given the memberships in exchange for my review. Although I did receive these memberships Free it did not influence the outcome of my review. All opinions are mine and should not be used solely to make your purchasing decisions. Please check out the other crew members' reviews too.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

30 Day photo Challenge Day 11 SOMETHING BLUE

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Wordless Wednesday Curriculum Add On

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TOS Crew Blog Hop "Not Back To School"

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 I am sure by now you all know I was chosen as a new member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. This is a wonderful group of homeschool bloggers chosen by the TOS Magazine to review curriculum items and post them on the crew blog so that all homeschoolers can gain insight to products that would be fit for homeschooling and some for any family homeschooling or not.
Well this is the 2nd month of the TOS CREW Blog Hop and the theme for this Month is "Not Back To School". Even though it is hosted by the Crew any homeschooler can join us and meet some new blogging homeschool friends.
So here is my post for the Hop

Here is A day in the life of Fresh Start Academy Homeshool

We try very hard to run a smooth schedule for all of our sakes, it is flexible within certain limits but we try to finish by Noon everyday. We also will not be doing school on Thursdays come the end of September as that is when our Co-Op starts and we will be in classrooms all afternoon so we use the mornings to chill and do errands since that is also Daddy's payday. We also treat ourselves to a Lunch out on our way to Enrich, our Co-Op. We try to find some where new each week to eat at, now new to us necessarily but new in the fact we do not like to eat the same thing each week. We try to be adventurous.



The rest of our days are spent as such









Take my hubby to work at 6 AM which means leaving the house by 530 AM sometimes they throw a curve at us and he has to be there at 4 AM or 5 AM if this is the case I come home and go back to sleep for a bit, but on average he starts at 6 so I come home and get my computer time in facebook,blogging,online banking, or posting new reviews and or giveaways. Or I may read a book in peace and quiet until the house starts stirring.



My oldest son Nick gets up at 6:45 to get ready to head off to the Public School. He is in 10th grade at the High School this year.



Then at 7:20 I drive him to school since it is a little farther away than the Middle School.



By the time I return home the boys are up and working on their morning chores, sweeping the kitchen, making sure the dining room table is clear of anything that does not belong, vacuuming the living room and hallway. Making sure their bedroom is tidy, floor picked up, laundry in the hamper, and beds made. Also the bathroom gets a once over to make sure things are in their proper places, laundry, shower towels, and toiletries. They also take their medicine before the start of school. Breakfast is usually eaten in our School Room.



We start school usually at 8 AM



8 AM Bible and Prayer and our daily devotional.



830 AM Writing/Newspaper project



900 Social Studies



930 Math



1000 Lapbooking project



1030 Science



1100 Language Arts/Reading 15 minutes on a grammar lesson and 15 minutes silent reading



1130 Music/Art



Noon Lunch


The above times may be altered slightly depending on what we are working on that day. The boys also have 30 minutes of silent reading and 30 minutes of research on the computer each day that they can do at their leisure. Computer research is used to find information about an approved topic that they will be lapbooking about. A new topic will be picked every month at the beginning and it will be due at the end of that month.



We are also starting a School Newspaper this year and that will be a big part of our Writing and Language Arts studies.




After Lunch we leave to go do errands, pick up Daddy at work, pick up Nick at school and anything else that needs to be done like Dr Appts. and such. Then it is home for Nick to do his homework, Dinner to be started and family activities. Such as Youth Group/Church on Wednesdays and anything else that may come up. They also have time to socialize with their friends,in by 730PM then it is shower and bed time by 10 PM.



We do go to the Library every Monday and Enrich every Thursday. We try to do one field trip every other week either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays if possible. I try to make the field trips tie into our studies as much as possible.


So there you have it a Day in the Life of Fresh Start Academy Students


















Time 4 Learning TOS CREW REVIEW

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Those of us TOS Crew members chosen to participate in this review were given a  one month trial for review purposes for Time 4 Learning. This is an online based learning curriculum for preschool through 8th grade.
Here is the company's curriculum overview for all ages.

Time4Learning is an online education program for preschool through eighth grade that uses multimedia activities to teach standards-based curriculum. It is popular as a homeschool curriculum, afterschool tutorial, skill sharpener for test preparation and for summer study.




Grade levels can be set independent from one another for each subject. In addition, students will be able to access to at least 2 (and in most cases 3) grade levels of curriculum for each subject, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.






The math and language arts lessons are correlated to state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus for most grades. If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we suggest also looking at our interactive lesson demos.



  I tried out Time 4 Learning with my 7th  and 8th graders, I do agree with the fact that it is a comprehensive curriculum study covering all main subjects such as Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Also an Art program is available after the first month, although because of the way this is set up I was not able to review the Art program so I can not give a personal recommendation of that program. As the kids did their required lessons, they earned playground time to play games. Taylor is a video game player so this was a highly motivated aspect of the program. I noticed he focused more on his studies and trailed off less because he wanted to get to game time. Alyx on the other hand is not motivated by games like that so it did not change how he used his time to get his work done. The great thing is parents control how long their child has to work to earn game time, and then you also get to control how long of a time they get to play with the games. The default game time was 15 minutes and it did frustrate Taylor a bit that it ended him mid game, so I changed it to 30 minutes for him after the first day so as to not have another meltdown in subsequent sessions.




  The boys had one complaint as older children and that was the characters that talked to them through out the program. At first they found them funny but after a while, Alyx got a little irritated. I think it all depends on your child and how they respond to this type of interaction. Taylor did not let the characters bother him simply because he wanted to get finished and play the games. Alyx kept pausing his program to complain.



 From a parent's perspective I found navigating the parent side of the site a little confusing at first. Although once I began reading through the directions, a thing I tend to skip as I do better learning on my own, but in this case found I needed to do, and also searching the web for help,  I found it to be a beneficial addition to my homeschool curriculum.
  I absolutely saw major benefits to the fact that you can see progress reports on the lessons your children are completing to know what they are struggling with or excelling at.
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 I was also pleased to see Alyx helping Taylor out when he got stuck on something. They both thought it was neat to do a whole days worth of school on the computer and the laptop. While allowing me some free time to get some housework done and also finish organizing our classroom. I am not sure if I personally would use it for an everyday curriculum but that is just me and our homeschool. What may not work for us would work wonderfully for others especially if you have a wide range of ages and need some free time to teach some of the other kids. I am considering using maybe 1-2 days a week for a little variety in our homeschool week. You can check it out yourself with a demo.




Overall I was pleased with the educational value of the programming.
The pricing for a membership is as follows:
The monthly membership is $19.95 for the first child and $14.95 for each additional child, with nothing else to buy. Your billing cycle begins on the day of registration and members are billed every 30 days, until you contact us to cancel. When an account is cancelled, members will have access to the program until the end of their billing cycle.

Your membership would include the following:
Time4Learning includes the following:







•Online curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8th


•More than 1,000 interactive animated lessons


•Self paced lessons that kids will enjoy working on


•Math & algebra tutorials & printable worksheets


•Language arts, phonics & grammar lessons


•Interactive, project-based reading activities


•Science (grades 1st - 6th) & social studies (grades 2nd - 7th)


•Detailed reporting for easy record keeping


•Extensive lesson plans & teaching tools for parents


•and much more...


Time4Learning is web based, so there is no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. Members can access the program 24/7 from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection.

 If you would like to read other opinions of Time 4 Learning, head on over to the TOS CREW BLOG and read all the reviews.


















 DISCLAIMER: As part of the TOS CREW I was given a 30 day Free trial to Time 4 Learning in exchange for my review. By receiving this trial is aided me in giving an in depth review but in no way influenced the outcome of my review. All thought are my own personal feelings and should not be used for the sole purpose of deciding to purchase or not purchase said company's products. Please search out multiple point of views before making your final decision to purchase.
I was not compensated in another way.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Simple Woman's Daybook Journal Entry for September 13th 2011

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FOR TODAY


Outside my window...Sunny and Mild temps this is the perfect weather



I am thinking...about all the new curriculum that is on its way  or already here for review from the TOS Crew. I also have some other random things being delivered this week for us to use for school.



I am thankful...for good friends and an awesome family



From the learning rooms...(if this applies)Quiet learning. Alyx is on the laptop doing research for his paper and Taylor is doing his silent reading for a book report.



In the kitchen...the smell of dinner in the crockpot. Wild Rice and Chicken a new recipe found on a fellow bloggers post.



I am wearing...Jeans and a polo shirt



I am creating...a new chore system



I am going...out with friends tonight and book club tomorrow and Thursday night cooking class at church and then this weekend the Woman's escape at church Friday and Saturday and then on Sunday a coupon workshop with my meetup group. I am tired just thinking about it.



I am wondering...Why some people have to be self centered



I am reading...Managers of their homes



I am hoping...that this MS flare up passes quickly



I am looking forward to...The Women's Escape this weekend. It is always so inspiring.



I am hearing...K-love on my computer and Pawn stars on the Tv in the background that nobody is watching.



Around the house...All is clean and picked up and dinner is a cookin and today is a perfect day.



I am pondering...taking some classes at the local college



One of my favorite things...Is being able to teach my kids LIFE SKILLS along with all of the Regular learning stuff like Math and Reading and Writing.



A few plans for the rest of the week:BUSY, BUSY See above



Here is picture for thought I am sharing... My September Calendar.