Monthly Archives: November 2008

Time4Learning update

I have to tell you, I love Time4Learning‘s record keeping. We had a very busy week last week, and the girls didn’t have much computer-learning time. I was able to check on their work.

Yesterday was the first day since we signed up with Time4Learning that they really had time to do some lessons. It was illuminating to look at the record this morning. Short of standing over them and watching over their shoulders as they took their turns (some of which I did), I was able to tell that one child had spent four minutes on a lesson before taking a quiz, and twenty seconds on another lesson. Perhaps the material was already familiar, or perhaps the child was rushing through the lessons. I was able to get a better idea at a click; I viewed the quiz and saw what she got right, and what she got wrong.

I also told her that five minutes of math was somewhat less than I was expecting for a day’s lesson. It’ll be interesting to look at the record tomorrow morning.

We’re able to run Time4Learning on two computers at the same time. It comes in handy! I can be working with the third child on offline work while two are working online.

One of the things I like about Time4Learning is that it does free up some of my time. I got an hour’s worth of dejunking done yesterday. However, I worry about missing something. There are spots in the lessons where extra reading is suggested–I suspect these books are not being added to our library list by my less-than-diligent learners. There are also pages containing projects, activities, or experiments, and I’m not sure these are getting done–they may be skimmed or read through, but I haven’t noticed projects happening.

I need to take a closer look at the lesson plans provided for parents and see if they list when there is outside reading or an extra project or activity to complete. Otherwise i need to read through the lessons that the girls are doing to see if they’re skimming.

Fantastic price for TOS Subscription!

Heads up! If you’re a subscriber to The Old Schoolhouse magazine, or if you’ve read a sample and would like to see more, here’s news of an incredible bargain! For the price of a single issue, you get a one-year subscription!

From the good folks at TOS:

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine is having an amazing sale on subscriptions during their annual Black Friday Sale November 26 – 30. For those 5 days only, they are drastically reducing their one-year subscription price to $7.95! That’s the price you would usually pay for just one issue at a bookstore!

This is their lowest price ever on the magazine and they want all of you to take advantage of this offer and share the info with your friends.

Please don’t miss out. Your one-year subscription will pay for itself time and time again as you receive practical tips and Biblical encouragement to keep going strong in your commitment to homeschooling and to the Lord. Since it’s a quarterly magazine, they even have a monthly subscriber’s only E-Newsletter called Teacher’s Toolbox that will give you seasonal teaching ideas and a free E-Book download! It’s like joining a unit study of the month club! The free E-Books alone are valued at almost $250/year. It’s really perfect for people who are homeschooling on a shoestring or just wanting to add in some little extras to your teaching.

Plus during the Black Friday Sale, they have all kind of bonus gifts when you spend $50, $75, $100, or $150. Some are electronic downloads that you can download immediately, while other are physical products mailed from various vendors directly to your home.

AND, their Win Big contest is going on so if you just happen to be customer 67,000, you will receive a prize package valued at almost $500 which includes a $150 gift certificate to the Schoolhouse Store! Who couldn’t use that? And you can qualify to win it no matter how much or how little you spend!

Mark your calendars for November 26 – 30th and do a little shopping from your seat, not your feet at the Schoolhouse Store’s Black Friday Sale!

Winner of the “Homespun Holidays” drawing!

And the winner is…



Thanks, everyone, for your comments. I wish I had enough of these to give one to everyone!

Drawing for free “Homespun Holidays”

Will you please forgive me? We just got back from our evening science class, it’s late, the girls are arguing, it’s not a good time to have youngest draw the winning name.

I’ll announce the winner of the drawing tomorrow morning (Wednesday).

Thanks for understanding.

Review: Homeschool Library Builder

TOS Crew

Here’s a great resource for homeschoolers, especially if you’re using a study plan from one or more of the following publishers:


The Homeschool Library Builder website is a source of great books at reasonable prices. Two homeschool families run the site. This means they understand the value of good books, and the realities of the typical homeschool family’s budget.

Books are sorted into categories, making it easy to find just what you need. Categories include both academic (science, math, reference, historical fiction and nonfiction, classic literature, biography, teacher helps, and more) and not-strictly academic (books suitable for gift-giving, poetry, anthologies, crafts, and more).

At the moment they’re offering a “Bargain Bin” sale through the month of November, so you’ll find sale books categorized by price: $1, $2, and $5! Another current special through Thanksgiving (and while supplies last) is the offer of a hardcover picture book, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving by Eric Metaxas.

Homeschool Library Builder has a free membership; if you join they’ll send you a monthly newsletter with the latest special offers, plus bonus features (for example a recent newsletter had a listing of websites for autumn and Thanksgiving activities). Another bonus: You accumulate book points with each purchase, which can be applied to future purchases for further discounts.

Many of the books are new or like-new — publisher’s remainders — the listing for each book includes the book’s condition, author, type (hardcover, softcover, ex-library, etc.), a brief description, and notation if the book is out of print.  Reading level is included where appropriate. I like that they list the original price listed as well, so that I can see how much money I’m saving!

And I mean saving ! The prices are great, the categories are carefully thought-out, the search feature is even more of a timesaver if you’re looking for a specific book. As the site title promises, Homeschool Library Builder will help you do just that.

(Bibliophile, beware. This site could be addictive…)

Free drawing for “Homespun Holiday” ends tomorrow!

Remember to leave a comment to enter your name in the drawing for the free copy of the new TOS e-book, Homespun Holidays, Fall and Winter.

See this post for more details.

The winner will be announced here on Tuesday, November 18.

TOS Crew: Time 4 Learning

Along with the rest of the TOS Homeschool Crew, we’ve received access to Time 4 Learning, an online core curriculum, so you’ll be hearing more about this soon!

We’ve used this website before, so the girls are very excited and couldn’t wait to get started.

More later!