Friday, December 10, 2010

Distance Learning Works

Distance learning has caught fire. No longer limited to the university level, 44 states now offer significant K-12 online learning opportunities—either supplemental, full-time, or both. States recognize the importance of having an online learning option to address the public’s demand for school choice/reform, 21st century workforce preparation, and practical solutions for school closings caused by weather or illness (e.g., swine flu).
Estimates indicate that enrollment in K-12 online courses is growing by as much as 30% a year. According to the 2009 report by the U.S. Department of Education—Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning—over a million K-12 public school students enrolled in a technology-based distance education course in the 2007-08 school year. While the majority of research has been done with older online learners, the report’s analysis of 51 studies shows that students who took all or part of a class online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.
Technological advances have fueled the explosive growth of K-12 online learning over the last decade, but there are other reasons for the growing popularity. Online classes meet diverse needs in ways that cannot always be addressed in brick-and-mortar classrooms. Populations most served by K-12 online courses are students who:
  • cannot access traditional classrooms due to physical or cognitive disabilities.
  • want access to courses, resources, and instructors that are unavailable where they live (e.g., rural or underserved regions).
  • require flexibility to study at their own pace. Scheduling flexibility appeals especially to high school students who have jobs and family obligations.
  • are homeschooled. The availability of online courses and K-12 virtual schools gives homeschooled children greater educational opportunities.

Writing Resources for Parents, Students and Teachers

Below you will find links to resource articles about writing in general or Time4Writing classes offered online.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Homeschooling Our Asperger's Child

Homeschooling Our Asperger's Child

"New to the concept of homeschooling, it became immediately apparent to us that, if we were to remove our children from the traditional schooling system, we were bound to provide an educational experience that not only rivaled what could be learnt in a traditional classroom but better it still. It was at this juncture that Time4learning system became an important partner in the education of our children.
Time4learning is a thorough curriculum that allows children to move through the lessons at their own pace. The lessons are short and fun. Children learn and are engaged by what is presented without stress or boredom. Each lesson completed on Time4learning gives our children a sense of achievement. The lessons provide positive reinforcement without the kind of pressure that can trigger stressful episodes in children with Asperger’s. There are no set lesson times, our children can log onto the system and resume learning at any time, the kind of flexibility that is priceless to a parent of a child with a pervasive developmental disorder.
Time4learning’s comprehensive language arts program has helped us to bridge the gap between the look/say method our children used to learn to read and the phonics training they needed to become better readers still. After using Time4learning successfully for over a year, to date this is one set of lessons that my children actually request to do.
Time4learning really does make learning easy and fun and I would recommend it to anyone." - Paula, Parent of an Asperger’s Child

Excerpt of the article on Homeschooling Our Asperger's Child

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Many resources, think about it

I learned a lot from the homeschool online website that I read.

Most children go through this process - 
Relationships Among Phonemic Awarenes
Phonics, and Sight Word Recognition Skills. ) 
relatively seamlessly, moving easily from the use of alphabetic strategies to the formulation of strong orthographic representations that can be accessed automatically. There is, however, a percentage of "at risk" children (approximately 20-40% depending on the specific school demographics) who benefit from having phonemic awareness and phonic word attack strategies systematically taught..


Friday, December 3, 2010

Spelling and Special Needs

Many people have questioned the importance of teaching spelling in an age when our computers and our phones often have spelling checkers and suggested words always available. Of course, these gadgets can suggest and approve words that are totally inappropriate to the context, frequently with comical results. There is an underlying question about the significance of spelling skills for literacy, reading comprehension, reading fluency, and writing skills. This article summarizes the research underling the question of how spelling skills, such as automaticity, build reading fluency and comprehension. It addresses the question of the research base for the activities provided by

The article is reprinted with permission by Diane E. Nies, Manager of Professional Development and Publications, The International Dyslexia Association. Granted in writing, April 9, 2009. Original source: the International Dyslexia Association quarterly newsletter, Perspectives, Winter, 2002, vol. 28, no. 1, pages 9-14. Signed SpelliingCity Mayor.




In addition to acquiring phonic word attack strategies, prosodic features at the word level such as stress on syllables are important. At times, poor readers can accurately decode a word but true recognition of the word eludes them because they have not correctly accented one of the syllables. Dyslexic students often have difficulty hearing the accented syllables in a word, so teachers should first determine if a student is able to discriminate and identify through listening alone. If a student cannot hear differences, lessons should begin with listening practice and then move to oral production. Visual and tactile/kinesthetic strategies can be incorporated with listening if necessary. 

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Homeschooling & Aspergers

Educating Your Asperger’s Syndrome Child

If you are the parent of a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, you have probably already met with some educational challenges. Parents want the best for their children, no matter what.
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome have educational and social struggles in school. They have different academics strengths and needs and different learning methods. In addition to subject matter, their adapting to a classroom and the array of interactions and stimulations in an institutional structure is a challenge.
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome are often visual learners. They often have poor fine motor skills, and writing is often a chore. Their math and language arts skills are often at different levels. They often learn routine social interaction behavior from observing others or through explicit instruction. Children with Asperger’s need a highly structured education plan.

If you are ready and able to do this at home...Well, wow!

Many parents are surprised when their bright Asperger’s children struggle in school. Often seen as "little professors" they are assumed to be "brilliant" and "bright beyond their years." This is not always the case. A child with Asperger’s Syndrome may read, calculate numbers, or do other concrete work at advanced levels, but when it comes to abstract thinking and social navigation, they struggle.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Attention and other special needs learning issues

ADD/ADHD - Learning and Succeeding

My son is delighted to be using the program. The Time4Learning program is so easy to use, fun, affordable, and even better than the previous version. Jeremiah actually has to be reminded that his class time is over for the day, because he wants to stay on past his school time! It's not just with Jeremiah. I am in a big circle of home schooling parents as well as parents that have children withdisabilities like RAD, ADHD, ODD, Asperger's and Autism. I've had children over and have allowed them to watch Jeremiah doing his assignments using Time4Learning, and all we hear from the other children is, "Can I have a turn?" (delete)
Their parents are always amazed at how excited the children get about it, and that we can even access it from their computer, or virtually anywhere. Several of my friends and relatives with children in public school, still see the benefit of using the Time4Learning program to supplement their child's curriculum. Once they actually heard that it was available, and saw for themselves, we didn't have to say more. Time4Learning speaks for itself. We plan on using the program for our next child as well. It is truly a joy to see our child go from 'struggling' to 'excelling', and to hear him say "Is it Time for Learning yet, Mommy?" Thank you so much for this blessing!
The Dajos Family

The concept of a 3DLearner is to address the broad spectrum of students who need to be addressed but for whom the labeling by special needs categories has been negative and dysfunctional

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Homeschooling Exceptional Students

Using Time4Learning With Exceptional Students

ADD / ADHD Teaching Challenges

If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, congratulations! You probably have a child who is highly creative and inventive. People diagnosed with ADHD have been known to score high on creativity tests.
However, parenting a child with ADHD is not easy. Children with ADHD often struggle in school, and providing what these children really need is often a challenge. A child with ADHD may struggle with learning disorders, teasing, social interaction, problems at home, disorganization, and more. Often the struggle of the school environment overwhelms the child's ability to learn.

elivered From Distraction - Getting the Most out of Life with Attention Deficit Disorder

After his assessment test, Jeremiah's teachers were amazed. He had scored above the requirements! This is after being diagnosed with developmental delays, ADHD and oppositional behavior. He went from being classified as "functioning as a 3 yr. old" to scoring 80, 90, and 100% on all his assignments. We were thrilled! Not only was our son able to focus on his work, he was able to retain the things learned. As parents, we could adjust the level of learning to suit his needs.
Our family moved back to Michigan and we needed to find a way to use the program. CompassLearning only sells to schools. We were at a lost as to what to do for our son's core curriculum. We had a letter written in our behalf from his former school principal in testimony as to how great the program worked for our son given his special needs, urging anyone that could to help provide the program to our low income family. We were then directed to, and our worries were over.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Does/ Could Time4Learning work for your special needs student?

Why does Time4Learning work for special needs?

Time4Learning provides a comprehensive curriculum that allows children to easily get comfortable with the system. The levels for language arts and math programs are independently set for each child. This helps children who perform or progress at vastly different levels in these major subjects. Children progress at their own rates using multisensory learning that helps each learning style. The computer is very engaging. Some children, when faced with text books or non-interactive environments, exhibit ADD/ADHD-like behavior, but, when faced with an interactive system, they are often successful in focusing and learning. The computer is impersonal so children on the Autism spectrum(specifically children with Aspergers Syndrome and high-functioning Autism) learn without the distraction of interpersonal relations.

It doesn't work for everyone of course, it never could. 

Listen to the Parents of Children with Special Education Needs Learning Issues

I just wanted to say thank you for Time4Learning...
it was a great tool for Zac through the summer, and he was asking yesterday even to do "his work." I would definitely recommend this program to other families. I think it offers great characters and fun learning activities. It also gives you a chance to monitor the progress, and you can even print out reports and activity pages that your child completed. What more could you ask for? Also this is very kid- friendly -- Zac was able to move around the site somewhat on his own.
Theresa - Mother of a five year old with autism
The content was varied and was able to keep Benjamin engaged without frustration.
It also moved him gradually through the skills and once mastered, he was appropriately quizzed. The timer was also beneficial as Benjamin learned that once it got to "0" he was free to go to the playground, where he primarily went to the "PBS Kids" site. I also feel that the "Magic Hand" was instrumental in aiding Benjamin in how to proceed with the lessons.
Ann - mother of a six year old with development delay, speech language impairment, ADHD

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Special Needs Homeschooling

Choosing the right learning tool for a child with special needs can be a daunting task. Every child has his or her own combination of gifts, skills, needs, and difficulties with learning, so each deserves a customized learning program suited to his or her needs.
Parents want learning software that their children will like. However, while there are many entertaining "educational" web sites and software learning programs, few qualify as real educational learning systems, much less as one robust enough to support the special educational requirements of children with special needs. Unlike "educational games," a learning system provides appropriately sequenced lessons and reinforced learning in an educationally valid, engaging scope and sequence.

Time4Learning was the first online curriculum which help my son's attention.
My son has attention (ADHD) issues and reading and learning difficulty and after difficulties in school, we find that homeschooling works well for him. Time4Learning has made our days much easier and more productive.
Mother of eight year old boy -- Homeschooling in Texas

Interactive Learning for Special Needs and Mainstream that is Proven Effective

Time4Learning provides learning programs with multimedia instruction, animated interactive lessons, printable worksheets, and assessments; has a low monthly price; does not require a contract; and provides a money-back guarantee so you can make sure that it works for your special education needs, satisfaction guaranteed!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vocabulary and Special Needs

It's vital to read good ideas on education about vocabulary, whatever your issues are!
Some good sites: is a fun educational website dedicated to helping you build reading, phonics, or English language skills. We offer Free Online Word Games which are specifically designed to build vocabulary skills and to motivate people to learn through fun practice in spelling, phonics, and vocabulary.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

interesting post from a homeschooling parent of a boy with ADHD

I thought I'd share this interesting post from a homeschooling parent of a boy with ADHD on the Time4Learning parents forum.  

I have an ADHD son who we did medicate thru 5th grade, thats when I said enough it enough, and pulled him and his younger brother out at the end of the year! 

We love the time4learning program and supplement it where my boys need it. Spelling is a biggie for us, so we do All About Spelling, and Writing is one that we always seem to do more of we have done time4writing, writing prompts to use with any book, Story of the World for our history ( love all the crafts that the boys do with it) and Singapore Math because my youngest loves math. Of course you would need to see what works for your son, he might be a 2nd grade in one level and 4th in another! My now 3rd grader is doing 4th grade math and 3rd grade LA with time4learning!

Another thing to think about it doing all his subjects related to what he loves most, animals, science, or fantasy reader?? You can tailor to what keeps him interested! I agree I wouldn't medicate my kids unless they needed it, but ever since homeschooling the strongest thing my boys are on is multi vitamins! Let me know if you have any questions about anything I have said. And I am sure that some of our other members will chime in as well

Happy Homeschooling 

ADD / ADHD Teaching Challenges

If you are the parent of a child who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, congratulations! You probably have a child who is highly creative and inventive. People diagnosed with ADHD have been known to score high on creativity tests.
However, parenting a child with ADHD is not easy. Children with ADHD often struggle in school, and providing what these children really need is often a challenge. A child with ADHD may struggle with learning disorders, teasing, social interaction, problems at home, disorganization, and more. Often the struggle of the school environment overwhelms the child's ability to learn. Click to learn more about how Time4Learning has been used to help these 3DLearners, in this case, homeschooling a child with ADHD.