I received a trial subscription of Time4Learning. I was compensated for time invested. All opinions expressed are honest and I was not required to write a positive review.
Every once in a while, a homeschool program comes along and changes everything in your homeschool. For my family, Time4Learning is that program.
What is Time4Learning?
- Online educational curriculum
- Can be used for homeschools, summer study or afterschool programs.
- Fun approach to learning by combining technology and animation with education.
- Can be used for preschool-8th grades and includes math and language arts for all levels and science and social studies for most levels.
- Correlates to state standards.
Time4Learning is a great choice for those who:
- Are looking for a complete computer-based math and language arts homeschool program, or those who just want a little extra practice.
- Are looking to supplement their child's public/private school education.
- Are looking for a fun summer program so that their children will retain what they've learned.
- Are new to homeschooling, and are still trying to figure it all out.
- Are homeschooling while working full/part time.
- Have children who thrive on computer-based educational programs.
- Have children who are visual learners (lessons and quizzes use bright, easy to understand graphics).
- Have children who are tactile learners (the lessons are presented in a fun, interactive manner).
- Have children who are auditory learners (all lessons/quizzes can be read to the student).
- Looking for a fun alternative to tutoring.
How Time4Learning Works:
- The program is set up in a suggested sequence however students may proceed through the program at their own pace.
- A lesson is introduced, practiced and reviewed. Lesson quizzes are then administered. Instant feedback is given. A child may review lessons as needed.
- After a student has completed a certain number of minutes in lesson work, he/she may then proceed to the playground and play a variety of games for a prescribed number of minutes. (These time limits can be set at the parent's discretion. The default amount of time is fifteen minutes.)
- Parents can print weekly or yearly lesson plans for each child. Lesson plans are laid out by subject and each activity includes an activity number that makes it easy to locate. This is perfect for moms like me who want to check off lessons as they are completed. I also make notes as to which areas need further review.
- Supplemental worksheets, discussion guides and project guides are available. A list of spelling words by grade and a list of suggested reading materials are also available in the parent's admin account.
- Progress tracking is detailed, fast and easy via the parent's admin account. Progress reports can be saved in pdf format or printed to meet state requirements.
- Program is web-based and can be accessed from any computer, anywhere there is internet connection, at anytime!
Is Time4Learning expensive?
Absolutely not! The price is $19.95 per month for the first child and $14.95 per month for each additional child.
My review of Time4Learning:
When I told you at the beginning of this post that this program completely changed our homeschool, I wasn't kidding. Oh no, you see this program is what caused me to toss all of our other curriculum to the side with only six weeks left in our homeschool year. Yes. It's that good. My children honestly don't even realize that they are doing school. They think that they are just playing on the computer, and they would do it for hours on end if I allowed them to do so. But in an effort to keep the novelty from wearing off, I don't allow them to go until their heart is content.
This is how we are using Time4Learning in our homeschool:
Prior to turning the girls loose on our new curriculum, I went through each subject and tried to determine exactly where they were in relation to the curriculum we were previously using. Once I determined a good starting point in T4L, I went into the parent mode and created lesson plans from that point to the end of the second grade year. I set my beginning and ending dates and it generated weekly lesson plans for me. Can you say amazing?!
From there I looked at the weekly plans for each subject and determined how many lessons per day they would each need to complete. I also print out the supplemental worksheets that go with the lessons because the lesson plans show me when there is a worksheet to be completed. Another perk. I allow the girls to choose in which order they will complete their subjects. When they complete a lesson and quiz, they are required to show me the results before moving on. Of course, I am there to assist and further explain any concepts they may be struggling with. I like combining Time4Learning's math with A+ TutorSoft. This is completely unnecessary, but I like the added practice and my girls don't seem to mind!
We follow this type of schedule for math, language arts, science and social studies. We come together for spelling (because we were so far into our spelling curriculum. Next year we will use T4L for spelling), history/geography, additional science activities (we love science), Bible and read alouds.
Time4Learning has made a world of difference in our homeschool. Not only did it change our plan for the rest of this year, it has totally changed our plan for next year as well. We will be using solely Time4Learning for math, language arts, and social studies.
Are you interested in trying out Time4Learning in your homeschool?
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