If mornings are not your cup of tea, here is a great link from Lisa Byrne, guest writing over at Simple Mom, about 11 strategies for a morning routine when you can not wake up before the kids. Some of her tips were very helpful!
Hope you enjoy!
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18 Apr 2012 Leave a Comment
in Global Mindfulness, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Kids, Motherhood, Weight Loss Tags: affiliates, global mindfulness, Healthy Eating, Kristin Welch, Olympics, Parenting, parenting ideas, recycling, The Daniel Plan, unit studies
Here are some of the gems from the Internet that I have found this week….
Yahoo! : 15 Ways to Reduce Consumption of Single Use Plastic (Quick and simple ideas for reducing your use of consumer plastic)
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12 Apr 2012 1 Comment
I’ll confess, I’m a little bit wary about our kids using the Internet. There are lots of fabulous resources out there, but there is also a lot of junk. When the opportunity came along for our family to try Time4Learning, I was willing, but cautious.
Now, that we’ve completed our trial, I’m thrilled with what I’ve seen!
Time4Learning is a technology-based online educational program that teaches preschool to eighth grade curriculum using a combination of animated lessons, interactive activities and reinforcing worksheets. (Read more HERE from their FAQs).
For more information on the specific details of the program, check out their FAQ page .
Time4Learning is based on subscription, so click HERE for the most up to date info.
When you register, you select the grade level for each child. You even have the option of selecting different grade levels for each subject. I was thrilled to see them reviewing topics that we had covered earlier in the year in school, as well as some tidbits that we had not covered. Material was covered in a fun, kid-friendly way that might communicate to them in a different way than our traditional setting at the table. For our second grader, there were short quizzes at the end of each lesson that reinforced what was presented.
There have been days when Mom has had a lot going on. I could rest assured that if I put the kids on the computer doing Time4Learning, that they would be learning, not just entertained. This was not lost school time. I also knew that the program was keeping track of what they were covering and I could easily review, through the parent login, what they had studied and their scores on related quizzes.
I appreciated that the website was simple enough to navigate that my kindergartener could find his way around on his own. Many of the commands are verbal and/or provide visual clues.
As the teacher, I like being able to print out what the children look at and then present that report to the principal (a.k.a. Dad) at the dinner table. This provided time for discussion as a family about what we were learning. As part of my notes, I keep a print out of what they review by the week. Reporting can be pulled on a variety of criteria.
As the administrator, I can set the amount of time that I want the kids to do lessons and then, as a reward, open up the “playground” for them to do games. It is simple to set our learning and free time online. In the playground, there are games and links to other educational websites. Honestly, my kids have yet to want to “play”. They have enjoyed the learning material so much.
I was surprised by the depth of what was available to our kids. In the few weeks that we have subscribed, I feel like we have only scratched the surface. This is a great tool to supplement our homeschool, as well as strengthen weak areas for each child.
Here are some of the features that I still need to explore more fully ….
“I like the water cycle (interactive) and that it’s easy. I think other people would like it. It is fun!” (Kindergartener)
” It’s fabulous! (Language Arts) extensions is really interesting. It has a lot of stuff. It’s fun. I have been learning about goods and services, volcanoes, consumers and producers, time, capacity, and neighborhood helpers. I really like it.” (2nd grader)
If you are interested in trying out Time4Learning, click HERE.