As a member of TOS Review Crew, we recently had the opportunity to utilize Time 4 Learning for a month in our homeschool. Time 4 Learning is an online home education resource that can be used as a complete curriculum, a supplement to round out or enhance what you currently use or as an after-school resource.
Time 4 Learning is for grades PreK to Middle School. Overviews for each level can be seen here. As the parent, you can select the grade level that best meets the need of your student(s). If your child is more advanced in one subject and a bit behind in another, that is not an issue with Time 4 Learning. When registering your child, you can specify which grade is needed for different areas of learning.
The lessons are interactive for the child and use various forms of media to teach the child. Any learning style could benefit from Time 4 Learning and you have the added benefit of building computer skills.
One excellent feature of Time 4 Learning is the Parent’s Report. With a quick click of the button, I can see where my child worked, how much time he spent on an activity and how he did. Very thorough report that makes tracking multiple students a breeze.
As a “reward” for completed lessons, the child is allowed to go to the Playground and play various games. The parent is able to set limits on how long the child has access to the Playground. For example, I could set it so my child had to do 20 minutes of lessons to earn 15 minutes of Playground. After that 15 minutes, he would not be allowed in the Playground until more lessons were completed. I love have the ability to control the play time and set a personal standard based on individual needs for lesson time. While personally I don’t treat my children to a reward for completed required work, I know that for some children that extra motivation may be needed.
How did Time 4 Learning work for our family? I will admit that I am not a big fan of online programs such as Time 4 Learning. For our family, we prefer that the bulk of learning come from the parents and not a computer screen. I wasn’t impressed with the presentation of the material; especially in the middle school grades. I felt that it was childish as times and pushed to far to be entertaining and not educational. It almost felt dumbed down to a point. What was presented to my daughter for 7th grade seemed to be more appropriate for my 4th grader.
I was a bit surprised at the thoughts of my children. 3 of the 4 were not really engaged with the program. They didn’t mind using Time 4 Learning but they weren’t really interested in it after the first week or so. My 7th grader considered Time 4 Learning “the great big bore”. Her wording. She felt the presentation of her material was boring, childish and not challenging at all. The only feature she found helpful was the writing portion of language arts.
As I have stated before we are not a “media intense” family. While my children love time on the computer, it isn’t where they want to spend a bulk of their learning and not how they prefer to learn.Please take time to view Time 4 Learning and the demos to see if it is a good fit for your family!
Your membership includes:
- Online curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8th
- More than 1,000 interactive animated lessons
- Self paced lessons that kids will enjoy working on
- Math & algebra tutorials & printable worksheets
- Language arts, phonics & grammar lessons
- Interactive, project-based reading activities
- Science (grades 1st – 6th) & social studies (grades 2nd – 7th)
- Detailed reporting for easy record keeping
- Extensive lesson plans & teaching tools for parents
- and much more…