I was presented with the opportunity to review Time4Learning for 30 days. As a homeschooling mom who works full time, I decided to give this a try, as I am always looking for ways to keep my 7th grade daughter engaged in learning, and allow her to work independently as well.
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. Here a list of the benefits of Time 4 Learning, taken from their website:
- Online Curriculum for
PreK to 8th Grades
- Access to 3 Grade Levels of Lessons
- 1,000+ Student-Paced Multimedia Activities
- Language Arts, Math, Science & Social Studies
- Interactive, Project-Based Activities
- Detailed Reporting for
- Lesson Plans & Teaching Tools for Parents
- Lessons Correlated to State Standards
My Daughter’s Thoughts
Overall, my daughter enjoyed the program. She felt it was easy to use, easy to navigate and the lessons were interesting enough and within her ability to complete without a lot of parental interaction. She enjoys doing work on the computer and loves the interactive lesson formats.
As a busy homeschooling mom who works full time, I thought this would be a great way to supplement what my daughter was already doing. We decided to focus mainly on Botany lessons provided through the 6th grade Science module. Choosing 6th grade material is not uncommon for us. But for some, this could be a down fall. Time4Learning does not currently have 7th or 8th grade science material or 8th grade social studies material. If you have students in those grades, they would have to work out of the 6th grade module. I did find the material sufficient, especially as a supplement.
I liked the fact that I could track my daughter’s progress. However, lesson planning left a lot to be desired. I would like to see a way where the system could share with the student the lessons assigned by the parent for a day. My daughter was only working in one subject, so it wasn’t a problem. But the system allows the child to pick the lesson and the activities. For a child who has trouble staying on task, this could be a problem. I had to make sure, even with one subject, that I wrote down what my daughter had to do in her planner, otherwise, she may have forgotten.
The best thing about this curriculum is that it allowed my daughter to work independently, when I couldn’t be with her. I would recommend Time4Learning to homeschooling families as both a comprehensive curriculum, as well as a supplemental resource. We enjoyed it enough to continue on with a paid subscription ($19.95/month) for the remainder of the school year.
*I was provided with a free 30-day trial to Time 4 Learning in exchange for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.