Sunday, August 26, 2012

Time4Writing~TOS Review

Time4Writing is an online writing course that provides one-on-one writing lessons.  Courses are 8 weeks long and are for elementary through high school levels.  The courses are available at the basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.  If you are unsure what level your child is at in writing there is a course placement tool to help you.   Each course is available for $99.00 and is 8 weeks long.
After you sign up for the course of your choice, your student works through the assignments.  They then submit their assignments to the teacher and they grade them.  You receive updates on how your student is doing half way through the course and also at the end.  At the end of the course you will receive a certificate.  You can take a tour of the program as well.
The Time4Writing website has other resources available to you as well.  If you are not 100% satisfied with the course you can select another one or cancel your membership within the first 14 days.
The course we tried was Middle School Mechanics.  This is a basic course and gave me a good heads up on what my children need to really work on.  While this is a very good course, it just was not a good fit for our family.  Our children need more time to learn a particular subject.  There just wasn't enough time allowed for that learning.  This course is geared toward those who are pretty comfortable with writing (this is my opinion).  For example, proper sentence structure vs. fragment sentences.  Our children need more than a day or two before they start to comprehend a lesson.  There just isn't enough time allowed within the 8 weeks to fit that extra in.  That is why we enjoy homeschooling so much.  What works for one family might not work for another.  That includes what doesn't work for a family.  Please go to the Time4Writing website and look it over for yourself. 
You can also visit the Homeschool Crew's blog and see what the rest of my crewmates said.
Disclaimer~As a member of TOS Homeschool review crew we were given a subscription free in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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