Everyday is Really a ‘Time4Learning’ {review}

logo_time4learningAs a mommy who can often be found glued to her computer, I was not surprised at the excitement from my children when we sat down to use Time4Learning which is an “online home education program that combines learning with fun educational teaching games.” First off, in this day and computer age, CD programs are great, but having to keep up with discs, loading the software onto every computer for use, and purchasing CD updates is so passé. I like that the program is Internet-based so it can be accessed from anywhere; we didn’t have to be at home using our personal computers to enjoy the fun. All we needed was the personal login information for each child.

The program has curriculum for grade levels of Pre-K to the 8th grade giving them a variety of subjects to choose from which include, but are not limited to language arts, math, social studies, and science. I was really curious to check out the section on science. Much of the curriculum was fact-based, which was really no surprise because I guess you can’t do too much exploding via the Internet.

Although I was a little disappointed in the science section (only because I was looking for something else), River did enjoy the activities in the language arts section, especially forming compound words.

My preschooler Canyon, who has been using the computer a little bit more this school year, has been asking to go to the “mouse site,” also known here as Time4Learning.

Time4Learning was created to be a full and complete resource for academic subjects while also correlating to state standards, so if you chose to go the route of using Internet-based curriculum for instructing your children, then this site would be a good tool for putting that lesson plan together. The parent is also able to maintain records of the work their children complete as well as save them for future reference.

I did like that I was able to go into the system and create a lesson plan for my children, which not only included selecting the lessons, but also inserting reward prompts whenever they completed a certain level or amount of material I had assigned.

time4learning playground

Reaching the PLAYGROUND (the reward) was the motivator for River and Lily (playgrounds bring the same amount of excitement online as they do off line) and that prompted them to work quickly to complete the material.

Our school is more of a “hands-on, get out and do something” one so Time4Learning would work better for us as a supplement rather than as material to support a full subject of study. Even though I sit in front of my computer many hours throughout the day, I want my children to get up, get out and learn, which they won’t be able to do sitting in front of a computer all day doing school work.

As a full-time student using Time4Learning exclusive to any other curriculum, the pricing of $19.95 for the first child and $14.95 for any additional children per month might be affordable for a parent considering the price of curriculum today. If the program were being used part-time or for supplemental activities, the monthly price per child might be a little pricey especially since there are so many Internet-based programs currently available and are FREE.

As with any curriculum, you should check it out for yourself. Time4Learning provides the opportunity to try their lesson demos.

You can read more reviews of this item by fellow crew members on The Homeschool Crew Blog.

The product featured in this review was provided to me free of cost by the manufacturer or representing PR agency as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
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