Sometimes I wake up in the morning at the time I intended to. Sometimes breakfast and breakfast clean-up go very smoothly. Sometimes we start our lessons on time. Sometimes there are minimal interruptions and lots of learning occurs around here....sometimes. On the other hand, sometimes from the moment I wake up nothing goes right and nothing gets done. And while I truly believe that as homeschoolers its okay to set aside the books for a day every once in a while to teach our children that sometimes life just happens...I can't help but feel guilty for not "getting school done". Anyone out there know what I mean?
Our kids have had the opportunity to use the online curriculum from Time 4 Learning for a little more than a month now. Time 4 Learning offers a full curriculum for Language Arts and Math. Plus, they throw in science and social studies programs for most grades at no additional costs. They even keep track of all the lessons your child has completed and the scores they made. You also have the ability to access lessons a grade higher or a grade lower so that the program is tailor made to fit your child's need.
So are you following where I'm going? Time 4 Learning does the teaching for you all through an animated, interactive and safe website. So on those days that the baby won't let you put her down, the toddler is sick, the preschooler is whiny, you can't walk from one room to another because the house hasn't been tended to in weeks, and this wonderful life has suddenly become all too overwhelming...school is taken care of with a click of the mouse.
It is $19.95 per month for your child to join Time 4 Learning and $14.95 per month for each additional child. For that price, your child will be able to log into the site and receive new lessons everyday as well as assessments and printable worksheets. Our kids enjoyed the lessons and thought they were fun, asking often when we were going to "do school online" again. They also especially liked the reward of getting to go to the "playground" once they had finished the lessons. The Playground is essentially an extensive list of direct links to safe sites with online games and activities. As the parent, you can log into the Parent area and set an amount of time you would like for your child to work on their lessons. A counter at the top of the screen counts down the amount of time. Then the child is free to go to the Playground to play (again for an allotted amount of time).
The website states that you can use Time 4 Learning for enrichment, as core curriculum for homeschooled students, or as part of an overall homeschool program. I am pretty certain that our family would not use this program as core curriculum simply because I want the majority of our curriculum to be taught by me and not by the computer screen. However, I think it is wonderful enrichment program in addition to our core lessons. There is one note that I feel is important to state...this is a secular website and there is content that includes the teaching of evolution. As the parent, you have the ability to preview all the lessons your child would be doing and I would certainly recommend doing this. Also, you have the option of completely removing the science programs from your child's access.
The cost of this program would certainly be an issue for us being a large family. However, if you were planning on using the program as your core curriculum, than twenty bucks a month really isn't all that bad. Plus, I can think of seasons in our lives when it would be quite beneficial to invest in Time 4 Learning...for us, it would be the 3 months or so that we are welcoming a new little one to the family. It is always a bit of an adjustment (and not to mention exhausting!) to have a newborn in the house. And when this blessed event occurs in our household, I take the help wherever I can get it!
Check out Time 4 Learning and see if it would be a good fit for your family. Don't miss these free lesson demos as well.
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