My daughter loves online learning, and she‘s always up willing to try out the latest and greatest new educational subscriptions. Headquartered in Australia, ZooWhiz is a relatively new offering that is open to users worldwide.
ZooWhiz has questions covering three content areas: math, reading and word skills. Word skills cover content and punctuation. Parents are able to adjust the difficult level individually for each child, and math and reading are designe dot enable it to be used as a reference material; up until age seven.
When students log in to ZooWhiz, they . . . → Read More: Be a whiz at learning at the zoo
Did you know that perennial homeschool favorite, Time4Learning, has a writing-specific site, too? It’s called Time4Writing, and quite a few of the Schoolhouse Crew members have been testing it out over the summer.
Time4Writing offers fourteen different courses covering elementary, middle and high school writing needs. (There is even a guide to choosing the correct course.) Each course is taught by a certified teacher who works one-on-one with the student to build writing skills. . . . → Read More: A time to write
It was perfect timing for us when we recently received the new No-Nonsense Algebra from Math Essentials to try out. Tyler, my now-9th grader, has been wishing for a textbook-focused math for the last few months, and honestly, I’d been reluctant to provide it. He might *think* it was what he wanted, but longer, more tedious lessons would not be a positive for this active kid. And into this gulf of disparity came No-Nonsense Algebra.
No-Nonsense Algebra doesn’t waste your time With short, concise, self-contained lessons, No-Nonsense Algebra is written in . . . → Read More: Simply essential math
IXL is a web-based subscription service for math practice. Accounts are available for either homeschool/individual family users or school classrooms; our family has recently been trying out the homeschool side of the service. (I’m not certain how much, if any, difference there is between the two products other than pricing models – just wanted to clarify which version we used.)
IXL covers skills from preschool through 8th grade algebra; each child has access to all of this material at once, leading to both pros and cons – and in my case, some interesting behavioral observations. . . . → Read More: IXL
It’s a good thing that Cheyenne loves doing school on the compute; we’ve been blessed with several interesting sites for her to try out this year. Her latest foray has been into the land of K5 Learning.
K5 Learning is a web subscription service comprised of four subject areas:
Reading – to create strong readers and foster a love of reading. It covers phonemic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Spelling – an advanced vocabulary program designed to improve language skills one word at a time, it . . . → Read More: TOS K5 Learning
As the piles of library books can attest, there’s no question that we have avid readers in the household, but it’s taken a lot of hard work to get there. Cheyenne has recently been testing out an online subscription service, Reading Eggs, that would have made the learning-to-read process a lot less stressful for all of us.
The Reading Eggs service is actually composed of two separate parts: – Reading Eggs, aimed at 3 to 7-year-olds, for beginning and early readers, with 120 learn-to-read lessons . . . → Read More: Unscramble Reading
If you frequent the same places online that I do, you’ve seen the ads for Always IceCream, and maybe even thought about letting your daughter try it out. I’d meant to, but kept putting it off. It’s created for girls age 7-12; there would always be time later, right?
And then Cheyenne saw one of those ads, and asked if we could take a look at it. By then, I was aware we might get it as a review, and asked her to wait just a little bit longer. So she was thrilled when she . . . → Read More: Girls Scream for Always Ice Cream
One of the most exciting benefits of a second year on the TOS Homeschool Crew: getting to try out products that we missed out on last year!
For the last month, we’ve been using Time 4 Learning, an online, subscription-based curriculum. Cover math, language arts, science, and social studies for preschool to 8th grade, Time 4 Learning includes over 1000 animated lessons.
Time 4 Learning claims to be usable as either a full curriculum or a supplement, and much to my surprise, I’d have to agree. Those wishing to supplement their regular . . . → Read More: When is it Time 4 Learning? All the time!
The princess, as my only student in the 7-9 year old range, has recently been trying out the online version of Wordy Qwerty, from Talking Words. Wordy Qwerty is a product designed to increase reading and spelling fluency. Once students are reading, they may recognize and be able to read many words, but not always spell them correctly, and this is a gap that Wordy Qwerty is designed to correct.
Wordy Qwerty covers 20 different spelling rules, as follows:
Silent E Sounds of C Sounds of G J or DGE W or . . . → Read More: Learn spelling rules with Wordy Qwerty
Whew! We finally got a review that seemed perfect for active Tiger. He’s ALWAYS on the move, and in this mom’s opinion, could use a bit more direction for all that energy!
GoTrybe was created to help motivate today’s sedentary kids into a more active, healthy lifestyle. Filled with videos to show them HOW to exercise, a plan for WHEN to exercise, and rewards for actually EXERCISING, GoTrybe seems to have all the parts it needs to get kids out of their seat and onto their . . . → Read More: GoTrybe: motivating daily fitness and health education