Before I begin today’s review of Time4Learning I feel like I must tell you that our family tries to not have our kids on the computer or any kind of screen too much. We just think that there are better things for our kids to be doing, even when the things on the screens could be good things! Yes, my kids are learning typing and the older 2 are using the computer for writing assignments and researching things (I pull up the webpage to do their research from). However, with this being said please read the whole review if you like your kids doing things on the computer, this might be just the solution for you! Our family chooses to homeschool differently than yours might!
Sacha’s<25: It is a technology-based online educational program that teaches preK-8th grade curriculum using a combination of animated lessons, interactive activities and reinforcing worksheets.
Home in the Trenches Product Rating (out of 10 stars)
Is it worth our time? 5 stars
Did it help us learn? 8 stars
Is it worth the money? 5 stars
Is it useful to me? 3 stars (see below when I think it would be useful)
Practicality- 5 stars
Quality- 8 stars
Kid Rating- 5 stars
Wow, let me start of by saying that Time4Learning might just be the thing you are looking for if you are looking for a hands-off curriculum and don’t have a lot of time to actually teach your kids, or maybe to reinforce some of the things you are currently teaching. I understand that their are times in which that might have to be your lifestyle. I told my husband that if we had a situation in which I had to take care of a parent for a period of time etc that this might be something I would look at. However, I would not suggest pulling your kids from public school to use Time4Learning as your main curriculum, simply because I don’t think a computer program should substitute for human teaching.
I was given a 30 day subscription in exchange for a review of this program.
Time4Learning includes the following:
- Online curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8th
- More than 1,000 interactive animated lessons
- Self paced lessons
- 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…
Time4Learning is web based, so there is no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. Members can access the program 24/7 from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection. It would be great if you needed to be on the road traveling a lot.
There really is a lot to this program and as I reviewed it there were some things that I really liked about it:
- Great graphics
- the Parent report-tells you exactly what each child did and when they did it
- once the child has completed a lesson they earn “playground time” which you can set the time limit on
- The pre-K had short lessons with a variety of different ways to learn a topic
Here are some of the things I didn’t like about it:
- Customer service: I left a phone message when I had a question, it wasn’t returned. I had to call again.
- The older grades have movies to teach a topic-they are slow moving, if you understand it you still have to watch the whole thing.
- On math, once you answered a question correctly, it still went on with an explanation on how to do the problem. REALLY? They got it right, don’t need the explanation. Quite a bit of time wasted!
- A parent cannot assign lessons. So this means that as a parent, you still have to go through all the lesson plans and figure out exactly what you would like your student to learn and tell them which number each lesson is that they need to complete.
- On the pre-k level, I was choosing activities from the parent report for my little one to do. Guess what? Didn’t register that they did those activities. Have to be in the student mode to have them register what they did.
This program was not a good fit for our family. But, like I said earlier, it might be for yours. If it looks like it is something you would like to know more about here is a link to their FAQ’s. If you are thinking of using it as a homeschool program here is a link to their explanation of how to use it.
The Important Information:
Cost: The monthly membership is $19.95 for the first child and $14.95 for each additional child.
Ages range: PreK-8th grade
You can check out other reviews here for this product.
Disclosure: Yes, once again, I received a 30 day subscription in exchange for an honest review of this product. I was not compensated in any way.