Monday, August 22, 2011

Time 4 Learning

Most who read this blog are parents. Even if you don't have a child of your own, there's probably a child in your life whose education is a concern to you, whether it be a niece or nephew, friend or other family member. If that's the case, I feel compelled to share Time4Learning with you. I first heard of the website through a friend's recommendation and later saw it again while searching online for worksheet supplements to our homeschool classes.
A little bit of background about my middle child: she does not like to read. I was once worried that she might be illiterate until high school because she dreaded Language Arts so much each day that she was putting more effort into refusing to read than she was into learning! After lots of struggling with her and way too much worry on my part, she did in fact learn to read. Still, there was no excitement about reading or enthusiasm for language arts. I did some research and found that Time4Learning could be used as a core curriculum or as a supplement. Because the site includes games and activities, I figured it couldn't hurt to try it, especially since there's no contract! After learning my way around the site, I introduced it to my daughter so she could get familiar with the format before school starts.
Within 3 days (and school hasn't officially started yet), she had gone through several lessons, activities and quizzes and had done well in most areas. And yes, it did include lots of reading. How do I know how she did? That's easy! There's a parent login where I can track what she's been doing on the site without standing over her shoulder. That's right! She is learning on her own without my supervision and yet, I can still supervise on my own time!
So, the point of this post is this. If you homeschool or not, this site is a great supplement to learning (or core curriculum of course). And by the way, its not just for language arts. Other subjects are included and it works the same way! Finally, learning made fun AND effective. Try http://www.time4learning.com/ and I'm sure you'll agree! Oh, and tell them I sent you!

As a member of Time4Learning, I have been asked to review their online education program and share my experiences. While I was compensated, this review was not written or edited by Time4Learning and my opinion is entirely my own. Write your own curriculum review or learn how to use their curriculum for homeschool, after school study or summer learning.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Still Searching: Obligations

Still Searching: Obligations: Obligations are usually surrounded by a negative connotation. But why? What are they and what makes them bad? Obligations are generally peop...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lost Keys

You've been there. If you haven't, consider yourself lucky and know that its only a matter of time before you share this experience. Its morning, already at least 5 minutes past your designated "leave" time when you realize you forgot your lunch and run back into the house. Now, second time down the steps, and you realize you've forgotten to put something in the mail or to take something out for dinner. You're already late so what's a few more seconds? Finally, getting into your car to leave, feeling rushed and anxious because you're late and it happens. There's no key. How can that be possible? You put it in the same place everyday just so this will not happen. You search frantically through every known place and it has vanished. Your eyes close and you take a deep breath, thinking back to the last time you got out of your car to try and remember where you put the keys. Nothing. Blank space. Well, except for the panic beginning to set in because now you are so late that you'll need to call someone and let them know that you are late. An announcement of your failure to meet a deadline! Of course everyone knows that this ends one of two ways and maybe you can add your own experience as an ending. Either you found the key and were late to where you were going or you didn't. Perhaps you had to call someone to come and get you and have a new key made. Either way, life went on and the incident became a story that you have shared with someone while laughing at a later point.
So many times, we let the lost keys dictate the ending when the ending is going to happen no matter if the keys are found or not. It happens often in life but your reaction to it is the real key.... pun intended. You can let it control your mood for the remainder of the day and decide to succumb to the frustration and possibly even the anger that this extreme inconvenience has caused you. Or, ideally, you will admit the mistake, correct it, and move on. You can choose to abide by those words spoken in the Serenity Prayer: "Accept the things I cannot change." Accepting them does not mean defeat. It simply means what it says so take it literally. You've already lost your keys or maybe its something much bigger in your life. Accept what you can't change such as the past and move on in a positive direction, making a change for the better in the future. It may be as simple as not letting it ruin your day but in the bigger picture, such an attitude of optimism can change your life!