TOS Review: Logic of English, The Rhythm of Handwriting, Manuscript

Logic of English Review
Today’s review is for the Rhythm of Handwriting Manuscript Complete Set from Logic of English. I don’t usually request review products in subjects in which the kids haven’t expressed an interest, but the boys’ other parent was concerned that they weren’t doing enough “school-like” things, so I thought handwriting for the five-year-old would be a good place to start. We won’t tell Dad that the boy actually (mostly) enjoyed the practice.

The Manuscript Complete Set includes one soft-cover student workbook ($18), a laminated manuscript quick reference chart ($10), one tactile card set ($28), and a student whiteboard ($9). The set sells for $65.

There are a variety of ways to use this program, and we almost used one of the suggested ways. ­čśë (You know I have to do my own thing.) Blake’s fine motor skills still need some work (so do his gross motor skills, but that’s not relevant right now), so after trying the workbook for a couple of days, we decided to just stick with the whiteboard for now. It was much easier for him, not just because the lines are wider, but because the marker slides across the board easier than a pencil on paper. Continue reading

TOS Review: Supercharged Science

Supercharged eScience Review
Today’s review is for the e-Science Program from Supercharged Science. Do you worry that you don’t know enough to help your kids learn science? Or are you just looking for a fun and interesting way for the whole family to learn? Aurora Lipper is a for-real rocket scientist with a knack for breaking things down and explaining complicated concepts in such a way that anyone can understand them. My brain doesn’t “do” science, and even I am captivated by the site. I could totally sit and watch these videos all day!

The program is set up so that students can work on their own. They can watch videos, read the lessons, and conduct experiments. Many of the experiments have a “how-to” video, so you’re not just looking at a picture trying to figure out how you’re supposed to get your stuff to look like that.

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