Time4Writing Final Review

 

Time4Writing Review

Well, we are in the middle of summer. What a busy time this has been!! I can't believe how fast it has gone by. Right now in the house we are working on a solar system unit with all ages. We just got over that nasty head cold and now Little Miss is working on getting her two year molars!! How does a mommy get anything done??

When it came to helping Big Kid with his writing, I cheated during all of this. I used Time4Writing.com. It was so nice to have someone else telling him what to change, or keep the same about his writing. I would have to say this was my favorite  thing about the whole program. He knew that I wouldn't be the one grading him, so he slowed down a bit more. I also stepped back from helping him as he got half way through this program. Big Kid wasn't too thrilled the first time he got an email back telling him he had to re-do half the assignment, but I knew that I was helping too much. 

The teachers of this program were wonderful. Within 24 hours we would have his written assignments graded and ready for us to review. When he had a hard time focusing and had a lower grade, he was given a second chance. I love second chances! When I noticed him having a hard time, or getting a re-do, we would sit down together and go over the lesson and make the corrections that were needed. 

Another thing we found during our second half of using T4W was the videos!! Big Kid did his own orientation, so I didn't know there were videos, but I love those! Big Kid likes to read, but if something is "boring" he skips. When he listened to the videos, I noticed he got a better score on the assignments. Those quick little videos were our life savers!

Big Kid loved that the program was "easy". Not the writing itself, but the using of the program. He was able to get on the site and know what to do.  There wasn't a lot of extras to get in the way, but still enough to keep him interested. 

We did the basic mechanics program, so there wasn't much for the "creative writing" side of things. But I am not complaining about that. We are still working on pulling that out of Big Kid. We did a lot of looking for errors in the sentences and correcting them, or adding the missing part of each sentence.

My biggest dislike of the whole thing is the price. It is $99 for the eight week course, which isn't bad considering you have a teacher helping you at home, but I can't see fitting that into our budget right now. Besides that, I really don't have anything to complain about!

Big Kid said it was hard, yes after he said it was easy. This is where I asked for clarification, and found out that the website is easy, the course itself made him think. Do I find that as a downfall to the program? NO! Does he feel that way during the summer months? Yes, as any 12 year old boy would 🙂

Other than it being "hard", we had no other complaints from Big Kid either. What a wonderful thing considering he doesn't like to write and I made him do that over the summer!

I was happy about using this program and glad we were given the chance to! Have you tried Time4Writing? What are your thoughts about the program? I would love to hear them!

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: Click here to read my full disclosure policy. I received this 8-week course from Time4Writing.com for free in return for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

Time4Writing Midcourse Review

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I can't believe we are at the four week mark in our Time4Writing experience! Big Kid is enjoying to a degree…but he is a struggling writer and I am making him do this over the summer vacation, so I can see where that is coming from.

 

I sat down with Big Kid and we talked about what we did and didn't like about this program. Here is what we have come up with so far.

Pros

  • The set up is easy to understand. Once we watched the introduction video, we both knew what we needed to do to check everything out.
  • The assignment directions are just as easy to understand.
  • Even thought the directions are easy, the assignments themselves are challenging to the right degree. They are not too hard, and not super easy either.
  • The teacher was very friendly and helped Big Kid when he would turn in assignments without me knowing.
  • The emails are sent to my inbox, so I am able to keep an eye on when he should be moving on to the next section or if he needs more practice.
  • The lessons don't take too much time. I really appreciate this since we signed up for our course over the summer months. It doesn't take Big Kid that long at all if he actually focuses on it and if I have him do it before he gets involved in something else for the day.

Cons

  • To log out, Big Kid is constantly searching for the button. I have to keep reminding him where it is because it is too small and doesn't really stand out.
  • The price for this program is $99 for an eight week course. This isn't really an outrageous price, but for those on a tight budget, this is a price that is hard to find room for sometimes.

 

As you can tell, at this point in our course both Big Kid and I really have more pros than cons when it comes to this program. I am looking forward to see how the second half of this course works for us! I will let you know how we do when we finish. Keep an eye out for my post in about 4 weeks!

 

 

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this 8-week course from Time4Writing.com for free in return for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Life Lessons

Jordan and Grandpa

 

It’s Monday, we should be doing school. Instead of sitting down in front of the computer and wanting to get stuff done while the weather was nice outside, we did some life lessons today.

My great grandpa is in his upper 90s and we decided it was a nice enough day to help him out with some of his spring clean up. My kids love being with grandpa and playing outside by the lake. Grandpa also has the fun big kid “toys”. Jordan was put to work helping clean up the garbage and than moving some plants and tree branches.

Our lessons today included learning how to “socialize” with our elders. My kids were able to learn how to show respect to grandpa, and how if they didn’t, he wouldn’t stand for it and take things away…even if it was just a rope and to RayRay that meant the end of the world. But they also learned that if they listened, he would give them things they wanted, like that end of the world rope 🙂 Jordan learned how to work the 4-wheeler some more and found out that steering while in the soft grass was not easy. Grandpa told him that he would have to be moving and turning the wheel at the same time and that moving did not mean speeding across the yard!

We were using the 4-wheeler to move branches around the yard, and Jordan had to load them up and make them stay balanced, since Grandpa didn’t want to teach him how to control the trailer yet. He would balance them on the front and rear racks and have to make them stay while they traveled around the yard. Jordan also had to figure out how to “tow” one large branch that wouldn’t fit on the racks, and Grandpa refused to let him use a saw or ax to cut it.

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RayRay and Little Miss didn’t get to skip out on the lessons. They were busy finding different things throughout the yard and deciding if they would float or sink once thrown into the lake. We found out that dead grass, branches and pine cones float and that rocks will sink. We than talked about how heavy the rocks were compared to the pine cones while holding one of each in each hand.

Now that we are home, it is time to do some things on the computer and rest up a little! But before we do that I wanted to let you know that we will be using Time4Writing as a summer writing program for the next couple of months.  We are excited to get started with the interactive lessons.  Our online tutor will correct our work and give us writing tips on how to sharpen our writing skills.  Come visit in a few weeks to see how we like it.

A Change in Weather

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Can you believe we were supposed to get snow last night?!?!?! I am so thankful we didn’t, but it sure did get cold! After enjoying all that time outside and not needing jackets, it has been rough trying to tell the little ones they 1need to put them on again.

We pulled out our small trampoline for some energy draining today. The kids thought it was the best thing in the world, considering it has been about a year since they went on it. I like being able to pull something like that out and let it be “new” again. I had to tell J that since we weren’t outside running around, riding bike and skateboarding, we have to do regular gym class again.

It has been a little easier for everyone to focus on doing their school work now that there isn’t the temptation to want to go outside. J is doing awesome on his Social Studies, I don’t have to ask him to do that, I have to ask him to slow down. I love that he is so interested in the history of the United States right now and is talking about the things he learns throughout the day. Now if only I could get him that interested in his math. He is doing good in that too, especially since he started doing the 6th grade math they said he couldn’t do at Public School. He gets so happy when he does good and I love seeing him so happy over his accomplishment!!

RayRay has been working on some basic Kindergarten lessons, and breezing through them!! Now, if I could just get him to sit down long enough to practice writing!! I plan to enroll him in Kindergarten home school in the fall. As fun as it would be to see what he does at public school, I know that he will thrive better in an environment that suites him, just like his big brother! Both of these boys are so full of energy and I love to see them be able to move around as they need to and not get into trouble because they are not sitting still as a stick in a classroom that is full of distractions.

Little Miss is her same princess self! She has been watching during RayRay’s lessons and loves to “count” and “read”. She will count: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10…I think it is adorable and as much as I want to just love her up while she is doing that, we end up counting together after she starts. We have been checking out some easy reader books from the library and when RayRay doesn’t want to read his sight words, she will read them after I say them.

I hope the weather warms up again, and that you all have a great day!! God bless!!!