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Review: Time4Learning

Sometimes life gets hectic. Especially as a freelance homeschool mom. When freelancing work picks up, it can be hard to keep on top of the homeschooling. But homeschooling is important, so I can’t just neglect my daughter’s education.

It was a hectic time like this that caused me to review Time4Learning. I got super-busy with work and was having a hard time keeping up with Stargirl’s history and science. When a friend sent me a link offering bloggers a chance to review Time4Learning for 30 days in exchange for a review, I jumped at the chance!

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Time4Learning

Time4Learning is an online, subscription based learning program. For $19.95 per student a month ($14.95 for each additional child), students in Preschool-8th grades can access lessons in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies and Art.

Lessons are completely on the computer (there are printable worksheets for math), and Time4Learning provides reports on the assignments (time spent on lesson, quiz results, etc) to make record keeping easier on the parent.

Students are given access to three grade levels: their own, one grade level ahead, and one behind. That way students can work at their own pace and review when necessary.

Our Experience with Time4Learning

When I signed up for a Time4Learning account, we were set up and ready to go within hours. Like I said before, I wanted Stargirl to work on science and social studies. At first I was disappointed, as the highest grade in science was sixth grade, and the highest level of social studies was seventh grade. Stargirl is an eighth grader.

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Upon further examination, though, the science and social studies program seemed to align with the state standards required from our charter school, so we decided to go with the program, but at a faster pace than normal.

Once I set Stargirl up on Time4Learning and went over what I wanted her to complete, she was completely independent. I periodically logged into the parent portal to check on her, but she didn’t need my help with anything.

Occasionally I’d quiz her on what she was learning, and she seemed to be retaining information fairly well. It was not a problem for her to work at a faster than suggested pace.

Stargirl loved the independence of the Time4Learning program. I loved that she could study independently, too, freeing me up to take care of a sudden onslaught of freelance work.

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The Low-Down on Time4Learning

The Pros:

  • Can be done independently by student
  • No long term contracts required
  • Students work at their own pace
  • Easy record keeping for parents
  • Subject matter somewhat tied to state standards
  • Students are rewarded for work with “playground time” (fun learning activiites)
  • Parents can set time requirements for minimum lesson times and maximum playground times

The Cons:

  • Not a Christian curriculum (I prefer Christian curriculum)
  • Easy for parent to become uninvolved

My Overall Opinion: Time4Learning worked exactly the way we needed it to. It was a great curriculum to use temporarily, while life was too busy for me to be heavily involved with science and social studies. I’m not a huge fan of computer based curriculum, and I prefer not to use it extensively. That’s my preference, though.

For a computer based curriculum, it worked pretty well, and Stargirl seemed to retain a lot of the information, which is always my biggest concern with computer based curriculum.

As a Christian homeschooling family, we would probably not choose to use Time4Learning as our main curriculum, but I like it for review. If you need something to plug into your homeschool during a busy period of life, Time4Learning is a great pick. You can be up and running quickly, and your child can be fairly independent in learning.

*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 forsummer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for your review of Time4Learning. I suppose my philosophy and situation are a little different than yours. We have been using Time4Learning for 5 years, as our core curriculum. It presents material the way my daughter learns. My two favorite things about T4L are that the lessons are planned for me, and the records are kept. That means I spend more time actually teaching my daughter and less time preparing to teach, or recording what is taught. It works for me! My daughter loves the ability to work at her own pace. It is always interesting to see how people react to Time4Learning. Isn’t it great that we have the flexibility to choose what works for our own children? Happy homeschooling.

  2. Lynnae says:

    Linda, that’s exactly it! Every kid and every homeschool is different, and you need to use what works best for your kid. I’m just glad there are so many good curriculum choices out there. I’m glad T4L works so well for you!

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