Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time 4 Learning Curriculum review

 We were invited to try and review "Time 4 Learning" Homeschool curriculum. My opinion is entirely my own and I am in no way associated with" "Time 4 Learning".

First, Here is an excerpt from their website to explain a little about what time for learning is and how it works.

"Time4Learning is a convenient, online homeschool curriculum that combines education with interactive fun. Animated lessons, interactive activities, printable worksheets and detailed reporting make the learning system a top selection of the Homeschool.com "Top 100 Educational Websites" list, year after year." 
After watching their demo, I mainly wanted to try the program for Roman who was struggling to pay attention during learning time. I was pleasantly surprised at how engaged he was during the lessons! And better yet, he was actually remembering what he was learning!  
Roman was using grade K. For his level of learning I was very impressed. It was fun, engaging, and held his very active minds attention. Best of all, he was retaining the information well!  
At his grade level there are 3 subjects to choose from. 
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science
I thought both the math and L.A. were very well done, however I did decide within a few days that we were not going to be using the science. Not because, at this point, it was un-biblical, but because I was not impressed and felt our time was better spent elsewhere. 
Lily is using grade 2. At her level I really liked how much she enjoyed doing her school work. The lessons were fun and set up well. For her grade the subjects available are.
  • Language arts.
  • Language Arts extensions.
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
The Math was great! I Liked the style of teaching and she learned so much in the short time she was doing it! We will be staying with T4L for Math for the time being.  The L.A. were about half way good. Most of the material in the LA was too simple for Lily but some was very useful. All around I liked it. Again, I did not care for the science. The social studies was good but not great.  I liked the L.A. Ext. because of all of the worksheets available for her to practice writing. 
All around for the program...
  • Fun for kids
  • Access to 3 grade levels at one time.
  • The forum available on their site has a section set up for Christian homeschoolers that parents have set up warnings if there is any questionable material. 
  • The record keeping is phenomenal!
  • Frees up a lot of time for more bible and character building activities. Plus, Way more one on one reading and snuggle time.
  • I know that they are getting state standards for things that I really don't care about but it will help them do their standardized tests each year, which are required in my state. And again, all of this is happening while I still have the time for what I do care about!
  • Math is great! 
  • Price is reasonable and you get a discount on every child after the first. 
  • Do not care for the science.
  • Some of the material is way too easy. 
  • Kindergarten has no print outs that I have seen. 
  • If you have a large family you really do need to invest in a laptop or computer for each child or they have to take turns doing work. 
All around my final conclusion for T4L is positive. We will be using it for our core math curriculum and for the time being Roman's core math and L.A. curriculum. It has been very helpful during the holiday season. If you are at a busy time in your family (New baby, holidays, family visiting, etc.) this is a great "keep them up to standard" learning tool. We will not be using it as out core curriculum all around but it is a wonderful addition to any homeschool routine, especially for times of stress and trial. That being said, if any homeschool family was thinking of giving up and sending their children to public school because they were having a hard time doing it, I would tell them to use T4L instead! It is better than Public schools as a complete curriculum! The price is affordable and you will still get a better education then the public schools are offering! Plus the price is affordable and it is very little work for you.
Time 4 Learning

1 comment:

  1. We've been using the Time4Learning curriculum for going on four years now and STILL love it! Even if the math were the only subject offered with the program it would STILL be worth the $20 per month!! My son's math scores went up by 15 points the year after he started using T4L for math. Great, great curriculum! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we have...