Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Review: Time4Learning.com

My 9 and almost 7 year old sons had the opportunity to interact on a fun website called Time for Learning. My younger son really enjoyed the time he spent on the site, and would even ask to get on the site when he had 'game time'. My 9 year old was a little less enthusiastic, but I do not believe it was for anything that the site did or did not offer; rather, he likes to spend his computer time watching old cartoons!

I really liked that the site offered not only reading and math, but also offered science and social studies lessons and activities as well. From my experience as a teacher, this is not as easy to come by. There are several good sites 'out there' that work on math and reading, but less on the also valuable and sometimes more thought provoking subjects of science and social studies. I also like that the lessons are correlated to state standards. Though this isn't really an issue right now, it would be a wonderful addition to preparing my older son for his Standards of Learning tests in the spring!

One option on Time for Learning that I really like is the option for parents to print progress reports. These can be printed or just viewed online. This is a great record keeping option, both for homeschoolers and for parents who like to see how their child is progressing. There are also learning guides and lesson plans to help parents make the most of the learning that their child is doing on the site. Also included is a parent forum where one can get feedback from other parents about what learning is progressing!

Even if a parent doesn't want to sign up for a subscription, Time for Learning offers a free newsletter that has plenty of education related information for you!

Time for Learning is ideal for both gifted students and those who may be struggling in school, since it builds on previous lessons. If your child needs more help in a certain area, the levels are independently set!

At a low monthly price, this is certainly more reasonable than taking your child to a private tutoring center, and can be done at your convenience! I suggest that you check it out!!

I was given a free month's access to Time for Learning to review. All opinions stated in this review are my own.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Review: Infantino Flip Baby Carrier

I've had the pleasure to review the fantastic Infantino Flip carrier! You can't see it much in this pic, but it was taken the day that I wore it to our first local high school football game.

I have tried out two of the three ways that the Flip can be worn: front-facing and facing inward, both where he is being carried on my front. He isn't big enough to try out the back-carrying position yet, but I'm confident it will work well, too!

The carrier itself is lightweight and pretty easy to figure out. The directions that come with it sufficiently described the steps needed to get it on properly. Robbie was very happy with it every time we used it. It has made getting around in crowds much easier, and keeps my hands free to help maneuver my older two sons, too!

As you can see, the carrier is sleek and its color keeps it from clashing with whatever you or baby's father is wearing. I really like this feature, so that my husband can also feel comfortable wearing Robbie, too!

I've already recommended the Flip carrier to a friend! They are available at your local Babies R Us stores, Target stores and online!

And here's a treat: the Infantino EcoSash and Balance carriers are $10 off at Babies R Us through September 21st!

You can also check out the Infantino facebook page, YouTube channel, and blog or follow them on Twitter for information, deals, and contests!

Thanks again to MomCentral for the opportunity to review this product!

“I am a participant in a Mom Central campaign for Infantino and have received various Infantino products as part of my participation.”