We recently had the opportunity to review Time4Learning.This is an on-line program that can be used in a variety of ways; as a complete homeschool curriculum, or in addition to a core homeschooling curriculum, instead of private tutoring, as an after school or summer school addendum. You can choose from grades pre-K -12th grade.
This is an easy to learn program with extensive record keeping tools. Most importantly, it teaches information in a way that is logical and sequential: the lesson sequence is a straightforward screen, with arrows telling the student in what order each chapter will be learned, the lesson is taught, the program grades the lesson, the program tracks and reports the lesson. It's that simple.
Your student could easily use this program with complete independence, but if you want to stay abreast of what's going on, there are plenty of tools to do so:
Another great feature about this program is that it is completely web-based. This means that YOU have nothing to download, no CD's to keep track of, nothing else to buy, borrow or think about. You sign up, log- in and are good to go. You and your kids have access to the program 24/7, meaning on those nights when you are lying there wide awake you can go lesson plan, print off free worksheets, chat on the community forum, or find more cool activities. Love that.
Some sections she deemed, "too easy" and felt frustrated by the lack of challenge. The areas follow core standards, however, so check where your student is at. In retrospect, I probably should have bumped her up in areas other than math.
What I loved about this program? Flower can work entirely independently on a variety of core subjects. The screens are engaging while not being overly busy or cheesy (Flower actually mentioned that she appreciated the decent graphics of this program!). For a motivated student there is always more good stuff to come.
The record keeping is extensive, allowing a parent to keep track of what the student is doing when; perfect for a homeschooling parent who works part or full time, has multiple kids, or is just plain homeschooling busy.
In addition there is a "play-ground" where the kids can do fun activities, games and puzzles. Parents can set the controls and time limits for this as well.
It would be easy to have a student do their entire course-work on-line with a program like this. Personally, I don't think a screen is the best teacher- kids need 1:1 interaction with engaged adults, warm bodies and oral feedback from human-beings.
That being said, this is one fantastic resource for the homeschooling, after schooling, private and public schooling communities! We will definitely continue to use this great resource as a supplement to the core curriculum we are already using!
Time 4 Learning offers a 14 day free trial of their program.
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