Well I had almost 4 weeks for my daughter to try out the Time 4 Learning online curriculum. I have to say that I am impressed. Even better than that....my daughter is impressed. That's the key to happy homeschooling!
Just a little background, we have been homeschooling from preschool through 4th grade. She is now in the 5th grade. In the past we have always used Abeka books. They worked just fine for us, but things were becoming stagnant. So, this year I thought we would look into some different curriculums and/or methods of homeschooling in hopes of bringing the fun and excitement of learning back into our day.
Time 4 Learning has definitely fulfilled our goal in bringing back the fun of learning. The lessons are easy for my daughter to independently work on her own, then take quizzes afterwards. She has never been so happy about being quizzed on information. Some of them are set up as interactive game shows. She thinks this is fantastic! She is really enjoying doing her learning on a computer rather than just reading textbooks. She just clicks on Language Arts, Language Extensions, Math, Science, or Social Studies, then just follow the arrow to the lesson plan.
I would have to say that the cartoon characters/graphics within some of the lesson plans are a little hokey to me, but my daughter gets the humor and laughs out loud sometimes. Ahhh! Did you hear that? She's laughing....WHILE LEARNING! Jackpot!
After her daily lesson, I can go online to the parent login to check her progress. I can see what she has completed and I can see her grades on quizzes and tests. If she doesn't do so well on a quiz, no problem. We can go back over the lesson together, clear up any questions, then take the quiz again.
Feeling a little lost, or overwhelmed? They have that covered too! There is a great "Getting Started" page on the website to cover most of the initial questions of how this works and how to use it. There is also a fantastic "Parent Forum" that you can join to get to know others who are using the curriculum. There are plenty of parents there who are more than willing to share their knowledge or help you with any questions/concerns, or to just make friends with others who are taking this homeschooling journey right along with you.
Still have questions or need help? You can email or call Time 4 Learning for fast responses to all your needs. I myself had a question, so I emailed and got a response within a couple of hours. Impressive!
Here's what they have to offer for one low monthly fee.
- 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...
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.
Go check it out. I know I am very happy with what I found! I hope you all are having a wonderful school year. I know things are looking brighter here. :) Yipee!
Disclosure: I was given a free trial for my review. All the opinions are my own.
Note: I would love it if you would email me for questions and my referral information if you choose to give it a try! I do get compensated for referrals. ;)