Tuesday, October 28, 2014

What a Month!

I can't believe it's been almost a month since I've posted on here.  I had been doing so much better, too! :)  But things have been incredibly hectic here.  I've barely been home long enough to homeschool Elliott lately, so I haven't had time to do much else.  In fact, I think today is only the second day in the last 4 weeks that we haven't spent the majority of the day away from home.  And we leave for vacation tomorrow, so it will be a long while before we are home again!

Between my husband and I we have been to the doctor 7 times this month.  We're both fine now, but it has included way too much time in waiting rooms.  Elliott says the waiting rooms tire him out immediately.  Haha. Carl has needed a driver for the majority of his appointments so Elliott and I had to go with him.

Somehow it slipped my mind until about 3 weeks ago that we were going to be gone the week of collection for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  My sister and I set a goal of doing at least 50 this year, so we have been really busy working on those, too.  We had over half the stuff already, but still had to go buy quite a bit more stuff.  Then we spent several hours sorting and organizing.  I am happy to report that we got almost all of them done, so my sister just has to pick up puzzles for a few of them, and hard candy for all of them and they will be ready to go. :)

We've also been busy with all the regular things that homeschool families have to do.  It's been unseasonably warm, too, so we've tried to take advantage of that and do more of our lessons outside.  We don't normally have pretty autumns here, but this year it's beautiful.  We've done a few fun fall projects with leaves and other things we've found in nature.

We leave for vacation tomorrow, too!  So of course there are all the plans that go into that.  I am definitely a planner, so I have spent an unreasonable amount of hours planning and budgeting, and replanning things on our vacation this month.  Haha.  It's paid off, though, I think. 

I will try to update my blog at least once while I'm on vacation, but no guarantees.  I haven't tried blogging on my new phone (which I also got this month!), so I'm not sure how that will work.  I can use my tablet if I am somewhere with a decent wifi connection, though.

Typekids.com Review

A few weeks ago my family was given the opportunity to try typekids.com.  We had been looking for a typing program for Elliott for a while, and had just decided to give up for now and wait until next year.  Then I received notification about typekids.com.  I decided to have Elliott try it out, and he LOVED it.  He says it is the best typing program he's tried, and he tried several before this one.  After I looked it over and watched Elliott do a lesson, I agreed with him.  It was the best one we had tried.

One of the things that I like about it is the way it moves from lesson to lesson.  He isn't done with the program yet, but so far he hasn't had much trouble learning the new stuff in each lesson.  The lessons do get progressively harder, but they build well on stuff that has already been covered.  It seems to be set up better than the last typing program we did in that aspect.

Another thing that I really like about it is that the graphics are appropriate for his current age and interests.  It's pirate themed, but not too busy.  We like the theme and feel like it really is age appropriate for the intended audience of 8-14 year olds.  Elliott isn't especially into pirates, but still thought that everything looked cool.

One of Elliott's favorite things about the program is the games.  There are cool little games that can be unlocked after he finishes the lessons.  That is by far his favorite part.    He really likes the shark attack game.  He says he likes it because of all the action.  He likes the other games, too, and is looking forward to unlocking them all!

We received this program free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  The full price of the program is $89.95.  The program consists of 30 lessons.  Would we have paid $89.95 for this program?  Quite possibly, since after trying the first free lessons Elliott couldn't wait to continue.  After trying more lessons, we do really think it is worth the cost, too.

We will be doing another review in a few more months after Elliott has finished the program.  We haven't moved as fast through it as I thought we would, because things have come up and we have been super busy lately.  We haven't had time for much more than the basics lately and Elliott has been doing a lot of his school work in the car or while we are waiting for an appointment.  Things have finally started calming down, though, so we are hoping to find time for it more regularly when we return from our vacation.

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