Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Typing Coach Online Typing Course Review

Nicholas hates to write.  I don't mean writing as in composition for creative writing or writing poetry .  I mean that he hates the actual physical act of writing. It's like his pencil was coated in acid and he might die if he has to write one entire paragraph.  

I have often thought that maybe he could learn how to type to take some of the stress out of his composition assignments and research papers. I remember taking a typing course in high school and it made life a little easier for me.  Plus it was just such a great skill to have mastered. So to say that I was more than happy to let him take The Typing Coach Online Typing Course when the Homeschool Review Crew offered it to me would be an understatement.  The Typing Coach is an experienced typing instructor who has created this course to help students and adults learn to type efficiently without looking at the keys or the monitor.  and to reach 10+ words per minute by the end of the class.  Additional practice will increase that speed over time.

The Typing Coach


The course begins with some basic instructions about proper posture and hand placement.  Some lessons have a video component but most of the lessons involve audio teaching with Nicholas typing letters and numbers as the instructor tells him to.  There is also practice time using printed materials and your word processing program.  Finally there is an online testing component that times and scores errors so Nicholas can see his progress.  When he has completed a test, Nicholas can enter my email address and the course will send me an email with his test results so I can easily track how well he is doing.



Nicholas has completed one lesson a week for ten weeks with some practice days in between.  The lessons are self-paced so he could move through them more quickly or slowly depending on his needs.  He has moved through the course at a steady pace and he has enjoyed completing them each week.  He is excited to be able to say, "I can type without looking at the keys!". 



The Typing Coach Online Typing Course was easy for my 13 year old son to use but this course isn't just geared towards kids.  Adults will enjoy it too.  Some online typing courses teach by having the students go through silly games.  But The Typing Coach provides professional lessons that teach typing in an easy and efficient way.  

There are a few lessons on The Typing Coach website that you can try for free if you'd like to "try it before you buy it". The course costs only $17 for access for one person for an entire year.  What a great deal for a course that will provide a lifelong skill for students and adults!
The Typing Coach

If you would like to learn more about The Typing Coach Online Typing Course, please check out the following links:

Website: http://thetypingcoach.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thetypingcoach
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thetypingcoach

If you would like to read some additional reviews for The Typing Coach Online Typing Course from other members of the Homeschool Review Crew, simply click on the graphic below:

The Typing Coach Online Typing Course {The Typing Coach Reviews}

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thin Stix Mess Free Non-Toxic Termpera Paint {Review}

Rachel loves arts and crafts.  She is always making pictures and various creations in her free time.  She particularly loves painting but do you know how messy paint can be?  The paint covered brushes always seem to end up rolling around on the table leaving trails of color in their wake.  The cup of water intended to clean the brushes when you want to change colors of paint gets spilled or at least ends up splashing paint colored water everywhere.  And then once the art work is complete, you have to be sure no one touches the final masterpiece until all of the paint has dried.I love to encourage art for my kids but I usually dread getting out paint for them to use.

So I was intrigued when the Homeschool Review Crew offered me the chance to review the Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors which are just one of the cool choices in the Kwik Stix product line by The Pencil Grip, Inc.  The packaging states that it is non-toxic, no water is needed, and it dries in 90 seconds.  Hallelujah! 
Thin Stix by KwikStix
Moms, this product is cool!  Kwik Stix is a solid tempera paint in a stick form.  The paint sticks twist up in the tube like a glue stick.  There is no need for messy paint and brushes and cups of water to rinse the brushes between colors.  Just pop the top off, glide the paint on the paper and then snap the top back on.  There original version of Kwik Stix is shorter and wider and might be better for smaller hands.  These Thin Stix are longer and more narrow which allows for finer detail in art projects.  

Rachel couldn't wait to open up the package and start painting.


The Thin Stix are easy to use and the paint goes on easily.  It sort of feels like you are using a soft crayon but the colors are thick and vibrant.  Rachel did notice that she wasn't able to blend the paint colors quite like she can with regular paint.  You will notice that the red and blue in the rainbow do not really make purple.  I imagine part of the issue here is that this amazing paint dries in 90 seconds so, as wonderful as that is, it doesn't really allow much time for blending colors.  The Thin Stix 6 pk. of Classic Colors comes with yellow, red, green, blue, brown, and black.  This pack is available on Amazon.
Thin Stix by KwikStix

However, as I look at Amazon, there are lots of other choices in colors for Thin Stix.  They have a pack of 12 Classic Colors (which includes purple) but they also offer 6 neon colors and 6 metallic colors.  Or you can just get all of the colors in their 24 count pack.  That's the one Rachel has on her wish list!

The packaging states that it works on paper, posters, and more.  Rachel had a cardboard cross that she wanted to decorate with the Thin Stix.  I wasn't sure if the paint might absorb too much into the cardboard of if the brownish-gray color might show through the paint colors.  Here is a video we made of her painting her cross project.  I love how she adds her commentary for review purposes....



Rachel has really enjoyed using the Kwik Stix Thin Stix 6 pk. of Classic Colors and I'm sure we will be adding more colors soon.  Just so you know, they also have their original paint sticks that were out before the Thin Stix.  The original ones are shorter but wider.  We are going to stick with the Thin Stix though for our future projects. 

Thin Stix by KwikStix
Rachel wanted me to show one more project that she made with her Thin Stix.  She really loves them!


If you are interested in finding out more about the Kwik Stix Thin Stix 6 pk of Classic Colors or any of their other paint stick products, you can find them online at:

Website: http://www.thepencilgrip.com/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepencilgrip
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/KwikStixPaint/boards/

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No Mess Art with Thin Stix Classic Colors {The Pencil Grip, Inc. Reviews}

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