Friday, December 14, 2012

Time4Learning Review

Well, quite honestly, this program did not fit well into our family so it was difficult to find time to try it and give it a fair review.  We are Charlotte Mason style homeschoolers who love the flow of our day, and it was a bit time consuming to hunt and peck through the lessons to find ones that would support our current lessons for that specific day.  We are also Christian homeschoolers and we prefer a core curriculum that centralizes on Christ and the Bible.  This curriculum does not do that, of course.

It would fit well into a family who wants a secular core for their education and where the parents are short on time (pregnancy bed rest, many doctors appointments, travel, dual income earners, etc.).  I don't find that it would work well as a supplement across the board with all curricula, unless one is following a public school curriculum at home, such as K-12, and since K-12 is on the computer and paid for by taxes in most states, I don't really see the point.  For a family that likes to follow rabbit trails or do lots of unit studies, this could be used as a core so that the basics are covered and gaps are filled in... and I think that is this curriculum's best use... a core that one might add to and supplement with other things, than as a supplement itself.

One thing that bothered me every time we logged in, is that there are too many steps to switch from one child to another.  I prefer other programs like or ReadingEggs. com where one signs in once to a family account and the kids can easily click on their own icon and enter a small password.  If you have a long last name, and a larger family, as we do, it's a real pain to fill in first name, last name, and password with each change of student, especially the younger ones who may not know how to spell everything yet.  Many parents might want to use this program to keep the preschool/kindergarten/early reading set busy while they work with older ones, and with such a long sign in process that needs mom's help, it kind of defeats that purpose.

All in all it is entertaining way of learning for the kids, and I think we may try it a few more months to give it a fair shake.

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Time4Learning Review

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Chore Time

In the morning I put up all the chores on the dry erase board that need doing that day, minus the ones I plan to do myself.   One by one the Middles pick one (put their initial by it) go do it, then come back and erase it.  The Littles get to pick whose helper they are going to be.  Twenty-one chores divided by three Middles is seven chores each (the pets have already been done and erased). So the theory is that after one has claimed, done, and erased seven chores, they can quit.  This is meant to inspire speed... faster workers get first pick... slower workers get stuck with the less desirable chores.  However, there are usually one or two kids who just keep going until everything is done and erased, and one slower child who only has to do a couple of items.  :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Feast of Dedication - Day Four
We turn from darkness to light

Your eye is the lamp of your body. 
When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 
Luke 11:34

" their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ "
Acts 26:18

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Feast of Dedication - Day Three
We are lights

“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.  Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”
Luke 11:33-36

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Feast of Dedication - Day Two
God's Word is our Light

Your word is a lamp to my feet 
and a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105

For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light,
and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life...
Proverbs 6:23

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Feast of Dedication - Day One
The Lord is our Light

The sun shall be no more
your light by day,
nor for brightness shall the moon
give you light;
but the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory.
Isaiah 60:19

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
 whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

John 10:  "At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe.  The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock.  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one."
 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?" The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God." Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'? If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'?  If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father."  Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.