Monday, September 12, 2011

Review of Time 4 Learning

For the past three weeks, my children have been using Time 4 Learning, to which I received a free month's subscription in exchange for my review.  Time 4 Learning is a complete, PreK-8 online curriculum.  Complete with lesson plans, completion certificates, time tracking (for attendance), and reward games, Time 4 Learning is a delight to explore.  When your child logs in every day and selects a subject (parents have a separate log in), he is presented with a list of activities like this:
While you, the parent, have the option to set lesson plans for your children, you can elect to let your child choose his own path, based on interest.  In this regard, Time 4 Learning is completely personalizable.  If you want to set your child's schedule for him, Time 4 Learning provides a worksheet that allows you easily to determine how many lessons your child needs to complete each day in each subject.

While the exact number of activities varies from grade to grade, Time 4 Learning has numerous activities in each subject in each grade level.  The Scope & Sequence below demonstrates that your child is not likely to run out of things to study before finishing the school year!

 While the content of each lesson varies from grade to grade, there is some consistency in how the lessons are presented.  Characters remain cartoony through 8th grade, which I thought would bother my older daughter, but it didn't.  She appreciated the thoroughness of the content she was presented, even though it was given in a very gentle manner.  My younger kids didn't even seem to realize that they were doing school at all!

One of the top features of Time 4 Learning is its parent resources.  When you log in to your parent account, you can immediately access each of your children's accounts:

 You can also see at a glance your child's progress in any subject area:

My kids loved doing Time 4 Learning.  I'll admit that I didn't let them work on it as much as they might have liked because I was afraid that it would kill them when the review period came to an end! At $19.95 per month for the first child, and $14.95 per month for each additional child, Time 4 Learning is simply outside of our budget.  If a child's interest is any indication of a program's worth, though, Time 4 Learning is a winner!

While Time 4 Learning has many different applications, such as as a supplement to a public school education, T4L maintains that it can also be used as a complete homeschool curriculum.  Personally, I prefer a Charlotte Mason education, so my family would not use Time 4 Learning in this way.  For parents who want all of the work done for them, though, and want to be able to measure their child's progress in very concrete ways, then Time 4 Learning may well be a viable curriculum.

Time 4 Learning offers many demos on its site, as well as a comprehensive FAQ.  For more information, or to enroll, navigate on over to their website.   If you have questions that remain unanswered, don't hesitate to call them at 954-771-0914.  I can attest to their excellent, and prompt, customer service.

While we won't be subscribing to Time 4 Learning for financial reasons, my kids absolutely loved it.  To find out what others thought, visit the Crew blog.

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