Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Typing Coach {TOS REVIEW}


The Typing Coach





The Typing Coach
Typing is becoming more and more necessary in all aspects of life. It's not necessarily something you can just learn by yourself, sometimes you need some help. We have been using The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from The Typing Coach. It's quite a nifty little program that can help you or your older students learn to type without looking at the keys or your hands all the time.

I can type pretty well so when I decided to work through some of this program I was surprised by how much I picked up and improved to. I think it works better for older students and adults as a lot of the course involves looking at printed text and copying it onto your computer using a word processing application. It's not that it's impossible for younger students to do, I just know my youngest wouldn't have the patience for it.

The course involves printing the lesson text and using the online program to type without looking at the keys etc... It introduces each set of letters in turn so you can build up to knowing automatically where each key is. I found it interesting to follow the advice of reading the type text a letter at a time instead of reading words. This was a new concept for me. This works really well if you are typing written text but most typing situations I find myself in is not like that. I am either typing what I am thinking and therefore work in a way that my brain tells my fingers what word I'm writing, and this can't be broken down by letters. The other type of typing I have done in the past is dictation style. Again this is done by hearing what you are typing as a whole word. It would again be very difficult to break it down by individual letters. So although I agree with this method in practice (when reading text) it's not something I will be able to do long term. I agree when learning to type it's a great concept.


The course teaches typing using various methods. There is a mixture of audio, video, and text. This is good because we all learn in different ways. Since this program uses a mixture I feel most people can learn successfully using this program. You are shown how to sit properly at your computer and which fingers to use to be the most successful. As you work through the course there are timed tests so that you can monitor your progress. There are also lots of practice exercises so that you can continue to work on your speed and accuracy. You have the option to retake tests and assignments so you can improve you score and therefore your overall typing skill. By the end of the course you should be able to type 10 words a minute with with no more than one error per minute.

The thing that I loved even though it was hard was that the tests and assignments done directly through The Typing Coach website do not allow you to correct or backspace what you have done. When free typing like I am doing to write this post, you actually don't realize how often you hit backspace automatically to retype a word you may have typed inaccurately. That was a huge eye opener for me. As although I use the correct fingers I guess my accuracy needed some work. I am pleased to say that it has greatly improved!

The lessons are as follows;

Course Introduction
Slower Paced Lessons for the Younger Ones
The Practice and Testing Center
Before and After Snapshot

Having Good Posture
Home Row
Top Row
Bottom Row

Shift Keys
Evaluating Your Progress
Typing Practices
Number Rows
Serious Practicing
Final Assessment
Conclusion

I love that this is a self paced course and you can go as fast or as slow as you like. I ended up going through the course work very fast. However, I took longer reviewing the practice exercises and tests as that's what I needed. I know where all the keys are, I just need to practice using them correctly!

It amazing that you can have all this for just $17 for one person for a whole year!!

Check out what others thought of this program by clicking on the link below.


The Typing Coach Online Typing Course {The Typing Coach Reviews}




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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thoughtful Tuesday

Boo was memorizing this scripture today for her church class. For some reason it really struck me and I wanted to remember it. The best way for me to record things is to share it here. I hope you find it as thought provoking as I did today!

I love that all of my children love to read the scriptures and carry their own copies with pride. I truely hope that they will become wise unto salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.




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The Pencil Grip, Inc.Thin Stix 6pk of Classic Colors {TOS Review} and Giveaway

The Pencil Grip, Inc
My kids love to do art projects, and I love them doing them. However, I hate the mess. My older ones are really good at cleaning up after themselves but Captain is still in the 'Mom needs to help a lot' stage. Which is why I LOVE The Pencil Grip, Inc. and their newest addition Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors. They were the perfect addition to our latest art project that Captain has been wanting to do since he moved into his new bedroom. Redecorating can be expensive, but when you can put something together yourself the savings can add up!

We have done quite a few projects with the Thin Stix but this latest one is by far our favorite and the one that Captain wanted to share. These handy stix are solid tempera paint and don't require any water. Plus they only take 90 seconds to dry. I can say that with confidence because Captain tried them. Seriously he counted to 90 (one Mississippi, two Mississippi...) and then ran his finger over his recently painted section - boom!!! DRY!!! he was total impressed. Apparently he needed to actually test this claim on the box and it held up, so he approved!
Thin Stix by KwikStix

Captain has been wanting to decorate his bedroom after his favorite superhero "Captain America". However, I like to have them input some effort into his decoration as it has more meaning. So we decided to try out these paint stix and put them through their paces!



I had some canvases in the basement that survived our move (luckily). If you haven't used these with this type of paint you are seriously missing out. The canvas makes an amazing base, plus it's easy to hang straight away - perfect art project.

I drew the shape on the canvas and then thanks to the non messy, no drip paint left Captain on his own to complete the project. I think we will find out some of the other Kwik Sticks we have and add some shimmer to it. There are so many different kinds of Kwik Stiks available now. The best thing about using these for painting is there really is no clean up! It literally took two or three minutes to tidy up for dinner. Captain showed his picture off all afternoon. In fact he even shared it on a family video chat group we have. It's great when your kids can produce a project they are proud of in such a small amount of time (and with no mess!)

There are so many different uses for these Kwik Stiks, They are easier to use than the big poster markers and the results are brighter and easier. Think of them next time you are making a sign for anything. The Thin Stiks are perfect for writing words or for more detailed work. However, if you are covering a larger area the thicker stiks might be better for you. We love the metallic colors, they make it super easy to add some 'bling' to your child's work.

You need to check out how the rest of the review crew used them. I am sure you will get inspiration for your next project I know I have as I have looked through some of the posts! I am definitely going to use them to paint rocks. How cute to have little ladybugs and bubble bees. You could also decorate flower pots to giveaway this spring.

No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

You can buy these little paint sticks all over the place. The latest store to offer them is Toys R Us!

If you like the sound of these little paint stix you are in luck. The people over at The Pencil Grip, Inc. offered a giveaway to my readers!!! How fun is that. I would love you all to win but can pick only one. So enter below to win.









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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Had a great weekend with family and friends. Left summer behind came back to Spring and blossoms!



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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Institute for Excellence in Writing - High School Essay Intensive {TOS REVIEW}

Institute for Excellence in Writing
High School writing can be overwhelming! As we come up into the end of the high school years with Jam it can be intimidating as we prepare for the ACT and College applications over the next couple of years. We have been enjoying making it a little less scary High School Essay Intensive from Institute For Excellence in Writing. We have used a lot of their courses before and have never been disappointed.

Institute for Excellence in Writing High School Essay Intensive


If you ever have the chance to watch a presentation by Andrew Pudewa you really must. I have used the teacher training DVDs for writing and my kids have used the Student Writing Intensive Level B in the past and loved it.

Both of my older kids were excited to use this program. Let me tell you, if you want your children to have dry, mundane writing instruction this is not for you. However, if you like to hear sounds of laughter etc coming from the room where your kids are watching this and you're jealous because you have to fold laundry or cook dinner then this program is perfect!

We received a nice leather look case containing 5 DVDs, a Portable Wall for the Essayist, and set of printed handouts that go along with each section.

The DVDs are broken down into-

DVD 1 and 2 (Part 1 a and b) focus on General Strategies for Essay writing (length and structure).

DVD 3 (part 2) focuses on Understanding and preparing for the new ACT Essay.

DVD 4 (part 3) focuses on Understanding and preparing for the redesigned SAT Essay.

DVD 5 (part 4) focuses on Strategies for the "Personal Essay"

Right now we are focusing on Part 1 and Part 4. I love that the DVDs are organized in this way so you can really concentrate on what is important to your high schooler right now. Coming back at a later date to fill in any gaps you may need. For example Jam is taking the ACT this summer but he is not doing the essay portion. However if he decides he wants to do it next time he can just pull out part 2 on DVD 3 and get to work on it straight away instead of searching through a general DVD or curriculum for the relevant information.



I asked Boo what she thought of the program and the first thing she did was pull out her notebook full of the notes she had taken during watching part 1 a and b. I told her I was impressed with how many notes she had. She laughed and said that Andrew Pudewa said that you'd be impressed if I took notes! She has also started taking notes in church too, apparently he suggested that it was a good way to earn brownie points and practice note taking skills.

Okay back to what she enjoyed... one of the fun things she remembers clearly is her 'Army Knife' of paragraph models.

Topic
Restriction
Illustration
Analysis
Clincher

Using this short tool kit like carrying around a small army knife if a great way to be prepared.

Jam found the explanations of different types of essays interesting. Although having completed writing programs in the past the different types of formats of essays were never explained as clearly as they were in this program. He say he can now really understand the difference between the following types of essays and how to plan them.

Expository
Descriptive
Argumentative
Persuasive
Analytical
Narrative
Personal

Andrew Pudewa gives the two post important pieces of information you need before you plan any essay!

1. Audience
2. Length

There are so many more things to learn in this program. I am sure my kids will watch it more that once, or definitely review their notes!

Check out what others thought of this program - I'm sure they all loved it! By clicking on the link below.


High School Essay Intensive {Institute for Excellence in Writing Reviews}


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