SpellingCity.Com ~ Update

So, I’ve been attempting to familiarize myself with SpellingCity.Com. We’re all about vocabulary and spelling in our home – both my husband and I competed in spelling competitions when we were school aged. Our six year old is already showing signs of being very competent in the areas of spelling, grammar and vocabulary, so I welcomed the chance to receive a free membership to SpellingCity in return for a review of their program.

I set up our account and attempted to learn just how the site works. Right off the bat, it became clear that this was a site that was going to be best suited for actual spelling (in a classroom setting) teachers. Having homeschooled for well over a year now, I knew I could handle it, however.

All I would need to do is check out the FAQ…so I did…and unfortunately, all of the help/tutorials are videos. (many, many videos.) I share office space with my husband who makes numerous outbound phone calls all day, creating a situation where we have to take turns, so to speak, with some of our projects. (Regular homeschooling time is one such project.) Learning this program wasn’t going to be impossible…just difficult. And as an on-the-go kind of mama, I typically steer clear of “difficult.”

I’m four weeks in, and I’m still not as comfortable with the site as I could be – but PLEASE do not misunderstand. I HOPE and PLAN to become familiar and comfortable with this program because I AM such a lover of spelling! And the way I see homeschooling, is that it’s just as much of a learning experience for ME as it is my daughter, so backing out of this program is not an option. Since I am reviewing the program, however, I feel it’s important for the creators to know that this website is not as user-friendly as it could be. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances who, upon learning I homeschool, ask for advice and recommendations. Most people are looking for ease of program as well as affordability. This program would be better off being just a little easier to dive into.

I will be more equipped to give an actual review of how things work once I fully understand them, myself! And I will!

I appreciate the good folks at SpellingCity, offering chances like this, to people like me. It is my hope that they take my critique in the spirit in which it is intended, and appreciate my take on their program.

I love being able to homeschool my daughter and to help others get started with homeschooling, too, so providing links to easy, effective and affordable programs is something I am committed to continuing to do.

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I’ve been given a Premium Membership to for a candid, personal, online review.

VocabularySpellingCity helps students study word lists using 25 different learning activities such as Unscramble, Hangman, WordFind, and Crossword Puzzle. Parents can create their own spelling lists, find published lists already available on the site, or use any of dozens of free teaching resources on topics such as Analogies and Syllables. Be sure to come back in three weeks to read about my experience.

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Review: Time4Learning.Com

If you are the parent of a young child, who is looking for an affordable and easy homeschooling curriculum, or simply a supplement to a current curriculum, Time4Learning.Com might be right for you!

T4L was recommended to me by a dear friend who had homeschooled one of her children. Her personal experience with it, as well as the fact that her major in college was early childhood education, was enough for me to check it out! I had a peek at the website, tried some of the freebie lessons and decided to give it a go. From the start, my kindergartner loved it! We had no issues “getting the hang of it” at all.

The material is presented in a way that is SUPER easy to comprehend. The lessons feature characters that quickly become familiar and comforting to students. Logging in is a snap. (My daughter logs herself in.)

I really only had just a few minor “hiccups” in our month long trial: The first glitch was just a few days into the program. We were unable to advance or go back during one of the lessons. (The “go forward” and “go back” arrows would not high-light to indicate that we could move on, even after we had finished with that particular screen.) This occurred during a Language Arts module, and we had to restart the whole lesson – by logging out of the system, then back in, in order to rectify the situation. When we came back to that same page, the glitch had, thankfully, resolved itself and we were able to move on.

The second instance was not so much a glitch, as it was an observation. During the coloring activity at the end of some Language Arts lessons, the voice that prompts the student to move on by clicking the “go forward” arrow, sometimes comes on too often, and too many times while the student is enjoying some “play time,” coloring. If there is a way to turn this prompt off, we never figured it out. During one such coloring opportunity, the voice prompted over a dozen times! And it’s not as if my daughter was taking too long. She typically spends no more than 3-5 minutes on the coloring segments. I realize that this is nothing more than “nit picking” but T4L compensated me for this review, and I want to be as honest as possible. Perhaps they can find a way to reduce the number of prompts during these “fun” activities, as we found the constant barrage of prompting a bit distracting.

The last “critique” I will offer is simply that I would have liked a bit more notice that my trial was up, or at the very least, notice that I wouldn’t be able to access the curriculum once my trial membership was over. I would have purchased my full membership before that date, as I didn’t want my daughter to have to miss a lesson. As it stood, once that time came, I was locked out of the system. I immediately signed up, but was alerted with an email that my ability to log into the system might take up to 24 hours, so, we actually did wind up missing a day. Some advanced notice or a better understanding that I would be locked out of the system until my payment cleared would have been greatly appreciated.

I certainly hope this feedback doesn’t portray T4L in a negative light – my daughter loves it; My husband and I also enjoy it, and other friends and family members that have seen the site seem to think very highly of it, as well. I would not have signed up for it the moment my trial membership was over if it had not been as wonderful as it is! It is my hope that offering the critiques that I have, T4L will be given a better idea as to what parents may experience while working with this system. These critiques are not in any way, intended to be interpreted as complaints! Again, I would not have signed up for a full (paid) membership if I was upset with or disgruntled by my initial experience with T4L. Quite the opposite! I am thrilled to now be a full-fledged part of the T4L family, and look forward to learning and growing with this company!

I truly believe that if more people knew about T4L, they would join immediately. It is affordable, enjoyable and effective. And most importantly, if my daughter is a fan, then I am, as well. 🙂

Note: This review is entirely the opinion of me, Layla Beth Munk. I am not a T4L employee or affiliate. A free month of membership in exchange for this review was my compensation.

Yes, I’m a homeschooling mama…

I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

~ Update: 1/25/13: My Kindergartner and I have been at this for two days now. We love it! I plan to write a full review on our experience and post it as a full page, here, when we are finished. I will give periodic updates as we make our way through this month’s trial. 🙂

Is Reiki right for your child?

As an admitted Reiki enthusiast, I could talk for hours about the benefits of Reiki, so to me it’s a “no brainer” when speaking about the benefit of Reiki for children. However, I have noticed that the topic of Reiki and children is, sometimes, overlooked or perhaps avoided altogether. (To be fair, however, the majority of Reiki websites and resources absolutely do include children, yet a lot of the time it’s about whether or not kids should be attuned to Reiki, and not really so much about them receiving healing Reiki energy.)

First, I want to address the idea of attuning a child to Reiki. Depending on who you ask, you will most likely get one of two answers:

1. A child shouldn’t be attuned to Reiki until they are of age to choose it for themselves.

2. Attuning a child to Reiki is a great idea!

I believe that this is a very personal matter. My daughter was attuned to first degree Usui Reiki when she was 18 months old. She has since received two other attunements. She will be four years old this Summer. While attuning our daughter to Reiki was right for our family, it may not feel right in other families. My daughter is usually in the same room with me when I am studying Reiki or other energy modalities, and seems to have a very good grasp as to what is going on. She understands that when she doesn’t feel good that I should “give her Reiki.” She also knows that when others don’t feel good, she should ask to give them Reiki. Just being in her presence when I am under the weather is very healing–and this is NOT because she is a calm and serene child by nature. Quite the contrary! She has been a ball of fire since the day she was born – she could wear the Tasmanian Devil out! But she knows what to do when it comes to offering *healing to a person. I know in my heart of hearts that she has, within her, the capacity to be a very empathetic healer. (My husband and I suspect her to be a Crystal Child, and we have reason to think that we are both adult Indigo Children.)

I have, in all honestly, studied a lot more about Kundalini Reiki, than traditional Usui Reiki. While I don’t “prefer” one over the other, I actually, in many cases feel more confident when I am performing a Kundalini Reiki healing. However, I have read, quite a bit, that one shouldn’t attune a child to Kundalini Reiki until age 8, at the earliest. Because of my own personal experiences with Kundalini energy, I have actually held off on attuning my daughter to Kundalini Reiki. I don’t see the need for it, honestly. She is already attuned to Reiki, and perhaps when she is older, she will not resonate with the particular style of Kundalini Reiki. I believe that this may be the reason that so many in the Reiki community suggest holding off on attuning children.

Just because attuning children is somewhat of a taboo subject doesn’t mean that giving children Reiki treatments should be, however, and this is actually the purpose of this blog. In upcoming posts, I will offer attunements to parents and caregivers for the purpose of soothing their children.

Until then, what are the benefits of giving Reiki to children?

Reiki promotes pain relief (colic, teething, “growing pains”), relaxation (backwards sleeping schedules), a positive environment, and much more.

I have met many parents who have been frustrated from these things and more, who are at their wit’s end, as to what to do. Trying Reiki in these situations certainly cannot and will not hurt anything! If nothing else, it can offer a few moments of serenity to a frustrated parent who cannot seem to offer a solution to their equally frustrated child.

To sum up, regarding the title of this post, my answer would be a resounding “Yes. Reiki IS right for your child, as Reiki is right for all inhabitants of the Universe.”

In this age where people are all too quick to diagnose and medicate the children of this world, it is my hope that we can take measures to go back to more natural and holistic ways of care for our youth as well as ourselves.

It is my honest opinion that including Reiki into our lives, is a beautiful way to do just that.

*The suggestion of Reiki as a form of healing is not intended to be a replacement for regular medical care. If your child is not well, please see your regular healthcare practitioner for a diagnosis and treatment plan.


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