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Time4Learning ~ Review

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We had the pleasure of reviewing 2nd grade for Time4Learning. What is Time4Learing? Well I’m glad you asked, it is an online educational program that teaches preschool through high school! The cool thing about Time4Learning is that you can use it as a full curriculum, or as a supplement to your existing curriculum.  This program is not for only homeschooler, if your child is in public school or private school you can use this for extra help, after school fun or during the summer to keep them on track!

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For this review we received a 6 month subscription for Leann. Leann was excited to get to do school on the computer. Time4Learning allows the student to use one grade level below and one above, so if your child needs a little more help in a certain area, no problem or if they need more challenging work on a certain subject, no problem. Time4Learning covers spelling, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, social studies, science.

Here is the lesson plans for each grade:

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As the parent I had to set up the accounts and answer a few question so they knew what assignments to assign to Leann. The student actually has their own account with a log in name and password, Leann had no problem logging in on her own. After setting up the program and adding it to her bookmark page (for easy access) I sat down with her and showed her each section. Leann had access to LA extensions, Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies. I even showed her the Playground. The Playground is filled with fun educational games that the kids get to play, but to enter the playground your child needs to do a minimum of 15 minutes of school work. As the parent, you can set up playground time, you can set up which subjects you want your child to do each day, you can even put a time limit on how long they can be on each subject.

In the Parent’s Area, there are many useful tools available. You have access to a forum where you can chat with other parents using Time4Learning. I did not set any timer on Leann’s work. I allowed her to pick and choose which subjects she wanted to learn and allowed her to work at her own pace.

Leann at first really enjoyed being a “big kid” and being able to work on the computer. But soon the novelty wore off and it became just school. Leann typically started her day with LA extensions, which works on vocabulary and facts on different subjects.  Activities include  a puzzle, a story; which has options for reading: Read to Me, Read Aloud, Read by Myself and I Can Read.Then the student takes a quiz to check their comprehension. After the quiz they move onto Sounds, Letter & Words and under each activity is a printable resource to complete later on right then. There is another quiz at the end of those activities.

Language Arts is up next, with help in the Phonics department!

Math has numerous areas to work in. Leann did not care for the format of the math program. It tends to follow a public school curriculum: Learn the concept, do a worksheet (see below), take a quiz. 

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Next up is Science then Social Studies and both follow the pattern of listen to the lesson, do a worksheet, take a quiz.

Overall Leann enjoys getting on the computer and listening to the lessons. She has found out some very interesting stuff, like earth worms are easily seen after the rain because the rain gets into their homes and will drown them if they stay underground. We will continue to use Time4Learning as a supplement to our day.

Prices:

PreK – 8th Grade

$19.95 / student per month  & $14.95 / month for each additional PreK – 8th student

High School

$30 / student per month; Includes 4 Courses Check out what the Crew is saying about Time4Learning!Photobucket “Prices are accurate at time of review”  

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

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All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Gryphon House ~ Review

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A couple of weeks ago we received in the mail, Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World from Gryphon House. Once Leann opened the package and realized this was an art program she literally did a little dance!! Needless to say she was just a tad bit excited to do some art projects!!

This 190 page art book travels around the globe, taking you on a journey through the different  continents. You get to visit Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. Each chapter/continent is also broken up into different country or cultural groups. Suggested age group is K-5th grade, but my 7th grader had just as much fun creating these creations.

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Price: $16.95

Each continent has a brief intro to the area and a list of suggestive books to correlate with the project being done. Each project is Titled and has a easy to read key at the top of the page. Experience Level is based on 1, 2 or 3 stars, Art techniques tell you which medium you will be using; painting, sculpture, construction, drawing, collage, or painting. Planning and Preparations is pretty easy to follow, with a 1- all materials are likely to be found in you home, 2- all materials are familiar but may have to be found or purchased , 3- required materials that may be unfamiliar, but easily found in art stores or hardware stores.

 

Leann was so excited to start that we actually started our 1st project on the day we received our book in the mail. How does your table look when you do Art??©Blessingsfromhomeschooling

IMG_0959These Scarab Stones are courtesy of Egypt.IMG_0958  This little box comes from Norway!!

ImageAnd these Royal Fly Whisks hails from Ghana!! 

Do you struggle with Art? Do you feel as though your art projects don’t go hand and hand with other subject? Global Art: Activities, Projects, and Inventions from Around the World will help you. I would recommend this product to everyone!! It is super easy to follow, actually my kids did most of the projects on their own. My part was the actual reading of the books.

How we used this:

First we looked over the whole book, actually we did this numerous times! Then we picked which continent we wanted to learn a bit more about. Then we looked at crafts that we already had the supplies on hand for. I quick trip to the library for a few books, and a quick search on Google to back up my findings, we were ready for our lessons. I would give the girls just a bit of background information and then turn them loose to create…then once they were finished we would talk more about the process and how it might be different/same today. We would read some of the books and then we might go back and try the project again using a different process.

 

Check our what the Crew is saying about Gryphon House!!! Photobucket

“Prices are accurate at the time of this review.”

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

 

image ©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

Homeschool Missions Statement

Does your family have a Missions Statement? What exactly is a Missions Statement?

Well Wikipedia says:

A mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company, organization or person, its reason for existing.

The mission statement should guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, and guide decision-making. It provides “the framework or context within which the company’s strategies are formulated.” It’s like a goal for what the company wants to do for the world. 

In the beginning of our homeschool journey we didn’t have a missions statement. I didn’t even think about one, but one day I thought that what we are doing, homeschooling, is like an organization and that we should have goals and expectations. After many days we come up with our mission statement.

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I would love to here about your mission statement!

Wishing you many Blessings Rainbow

©2011- 2013. Blessings from Homeschooling.

All rights reserved. Ask before using my stuff. Contact me @ blessingsfromhomeschooling@gmail.com

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