This (Typing Instructor for KIDS Platinum 5.0 Windows) is a nice, varied program that keeps my ADHD daughter's interest. She has done well learning where the keys are and how to position her hands. The two major drawbacks to Read more
Great family game!
This is a great game for families--it's fun and challenging for all ages. The rule adaptations from the "original" Morphology are well-designed to make play easier for the younger kids, but it keeps the quirky/crazy feel.
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Much better than I expected!
We got this for our 4-year-old daughter, and it has been used so much! She loves to make letters with it, although it bothers her a little that she can't really do curves. However, she Read more
As a former home school parent, I've been familiar with Timberdoodle for years. As a classroom teacher in public and private schools, when I needed quality, "thinking" games and activities for my classroom students, I continued to turn to Read more
What child wouldn't love this! A sticker book about knights! My daughter loves this book. She is all about. Princesses, princes, knights and castles so this book was right up her alley! When we are through with it, it Read more
This (Typing Instructor for KIDS Platinum 5.0 Windows) is a nice, varied program that keeps my ADHD daughter’s interest. She has done well learning where the keys are and how to position her hands. The two major drawbacks to this program are that, one, the speaking voices can be rather annoying at times; and, two, as with any computer typing program, you’re going to have to monitor your child to make sure they’re really keeping their hands in the correct position. Otherwise, the games are fun and it does help them to learn to type.
We began using SOS with the 3 older children after the birth of our 4th. It was a lifesaver to be able to delegate some of the planning and grading to SOS. My kids, having been used to the “living books, real life” pattern of schooling, had a hard time at first looking up fill in the blank answers and doing multiple choice things. Some things were ridiculously easy, and some were “trick questions”. After starting out with the full 5 subject package our first year, we stayed with English and History as the most helpful subjects, and the ones the kids learned the most from. They said that the Math and Science didn’t explain things very well, and the Bible was kind of “fluffy”. They felt that just reading their Bibles, reading good Christian biographies, and good devotional books (ie John Piper) were a much more beneficial option.
I definitely recommend SOS for those families who want to homeschool but don’t really know where to begin, or for parents who work (from home or otherwise) or have health issues, time issues, confidence issues. It is an answer to prayer in those circumstances!
Our family greatly enjoys Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 7.This is our first year working with this product. I have been homeschooling my son for 6 years and this is the first year he looks forward to doing school. Each morning my son knows what he has to get done. The games and videos make learning fun. All subjects are on CD and I don’t have to worry about books or loose papers. This product has given me a stress free year.Our entire family highly recommends this product to all homeschooling families.
I am a native Spanish speaker and have been using this program with a 5 and 7 year old. It is very hands-off so I can just tell them to “do your Spanish lesson” and they are off on their own. It will keep repeating areas where they have difficulty which promotes mastery. I use the included workbooks with the 7 year old but ultimately they will not be sufficient to learn the grammar entirely and I will eventually need to supplement (which is easier for me since I am fluent). The children enjoy the program with the exception of pronunciation. The program is very particular (even for me at times) and will not let you past unless you pronounce words correctly. Again, great for mastery but infuriating for small children at times. Overall, I am pleased with the ease of use but I have no illusions that this will make them fluent speakers.
I was looking for something easy and painless to teach my son history and geography but it also had to be engaging, fun and interesting. I wasn’t sure about trying SOS (Switched on Schoolhouse History and Geography) but I am SO glad I did. It is wonderful. My 14 yo son is excited to do his history everyday and spent 2 hours yesterday exploring the links provided in the lesson with interest and enthusiasm. I wished I had used this earlier. We are also going to buy the science. I love it! Another bonus was this was even less expensive than buying it from Alpha Omega directly. So thank you Timberdoodle for offering this great product at a great price!
This product is fabulous! I am using it for my 10 year-old son who has autism and struggles with basic language. He is benefiting tremendously from the combined visual and auditory presentation of language, plus the kinesthetic aspect of using the computer keeps him engaged. I also like the supplementary audio companion and worksheets that reinforce what he has learned during the computer lessons. The price is quite reasonable considering all that the program has to offer.
We have used this product for 4 years and it is still my NUMBER ONE curriculum recommendation for learning a language. My husband and I both speak fluent German but have failed to pass it on to our kids the easy way – in every day conversation. We have screened a lot of programs and curriculum, and have not seen a better, all-encompassing foreign language program. Version 3 is also a big improvement over version 2 because of the audio and speaking additions. I do caution people before investing so much, it may be best if you, or someone you know, are at least familiar with the language (not fluent), and can help out if/when needed. I like the way the program is set up that they may not go to the next lesson until they have adequately passed the current lesson. The set-up took longer than I expected (but I am terrible with computer things), but the Rosetta Stone help desk was quick, thorough, and helpful. I know I will continue to recommend this product for a long time!
My 4th grade son and 5th grade daughter have used Teaching Textbook 4 and Teaching Textbook 5 this year. We will be doing another curriculum next year. We’ve found the sound effects distracting and frustrating and the constant coaching belittling. My daughter actually asked to go back to Saxon Math (which I did not like teaching). We’ve found Teaching Textbooks to be below grade level compared to many other products. The main advantage that we’ve seen with this product is that the parent does not have to spend any time on math. If your child is younger and wants to make a video game out of math, or you are a parent that wants to spend no time teaching math, then this is for you.
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I get tears in my eyes as I remember the struggle Saxon’s Algebra 1 was for our oldest daughter. Even with the D.I.V.E. program she just could not get through some problems. We have completely switched from all other Math to Teaching Textbooks where we can. Our 3rd grader is still working on Miquon and Developmental Math and I am thinking that I will begin him on Math 5 after he finishes 3rd grade. Our 5th grader, who only did Miquon Red and Orange and DM3-12, is whizzing through the Math 5, loving it and doing really well. I just want to cry when I think of this wonderful program! We gladly spend on these courses knowing that all of the children coming behind will be able to use it in the future. Our 4 children all love it and the youngest is eagerly waiting until he can start! A note about the Math 5, our daughter does not even use the CDs. It is very usable with the textbook alone. I thank God for the Sabouri’s and Timberdoodle.
Rosetta Stone Version 3 Homeschool Edition Spanish (Latin American)
Rosetta Stone is great to learn a new language! We are missionaries and this has been a great way to learn a new language. My husband and I and our children have all used it. It’s almost like playing a game to our children. You start out easy and then it kind of builds on what you already know. It is good in that it “forces” you to actually remember and retain what you have learned in previous lessons. Works well with both Mac and PC as we have figured out! Great investment!
My 11 year-old son thinks this program (Terrapin Logo) is too much fun to be considered schoolwork! He loves programming the turtle to draw and will ask me how to calculate lengths of sides for his houses, sidewalks, etc. This gives me a great opportunity to remind him of the Pythagorean theorem or teach him a bit of trigonometry. He also recently discovered that it can be used to write programs for his Lego NXT robot — a bonus! I was especially pleased with the printed manual and tutorial that came with the program. I appreciate these written materials as I find them much easier to use than the usual pdf manuals that often come with products nowadays.