Time 4 Learning Review – Homeschool Curriculum

by bosssanders on April 28, 2011 with no comments

What Is Time 4 Learning?

Time 4 Learning is an online curriculum for PreK – 8th Graders.  It can be used to complement their current curriculum or as an entire curriculum in itself to cover language arts, math, science, and social studies.

My Thoughts:

The Positive –

  • Age appropriate “cartoons” teach the lessons.  Lorelei (age 4) and I tested out several different grade levels to see the differences in each.  As the grade level goes up, so does the appropriateness of the “cartoons.”
  • The lessons were fun for Lorelei.  She generally enjoys school and learning anyhow, but these were easily presented as games for the most part.
  • The ability to move at your own pace within grade levels and even beyond.
  • Easy enough for a 3.5 year old to know how to move to the next lesson and within lessons (easy navigation)
  • Slow and repetitive (great for younger or slower learners)
  • Parents are able to see progress reports for their child’s work and set time limits for child to be on the program.
  • Enhances computer skills
  • Provides lessons plans and extra printable worksheets

The negative -

  • Parents can’t select certain lessons to show or not show on a child’s page – would be a helpful option so the parent can let child do “assignments” instead of possibly wandering.  Also, would be helpful to not repeat lessons already learned.
  • Repetitive and slow – great for slower learners, not so great for those who catch on more quickly.
  • Not what I would consider a complete curriculum – except maybe the Pre-K could possibly stand alone.  Time 4 Learning lesson plans are correlated to the learning standards for all 50 states, however I believe there are some things that need to be hands-on and covered in more depth.
  • Not enough reaction time before the lesson will begin repeating itself.  Lorelei would sometimes get very frustrated because she didn’t have enough time to make her decision and click.
  • Price – Their prices are always available to change, so please check to see what their current pricing is set at.  Currently (at time of posting), their program cost about $20 per month for the first child ($14.95 for second child).  So, for us, that would be $240 for one year.

My Final Thoughts:

While Lorelei did enjoy the program, it wasn’t right for our family after we considered the yearly cost and the completeness of this particular program compared to what we needed for her.  However, if it was less expensive, we might consider it as a “fun activity” to complement her learning.  Also, I’m not very comfortable with her being on the computer for a large amount of time – whether it’s schoolwork or not.

Is it for you and your family? You decide.  Check out Time 4 Learning and their lesson demos for free!

Disclaimer:  I received Time 4 Learning as part of a review.  Like always, my thoughts and opinions are my own and are not swayed in any way.

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