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Curriculum Review for Time4Learning

Recently I signed up for a 1-month free trial for Time4Learning.  In exchange I agreed to write a curriculum review on my blog.  So, here it is…. 🙂

We have a daughter starting Kindergarten and our son is starting 2nd grade.  They both initially loved Time4Learning and the cute little mouse animation at the beginning.  The program is very simple to navigate, even for our youngest child.  The biggest thing I had to remind both children was to use the Time4Learning “back” arrow when they finished a lesson and wanted to do another one instead of hitting the “x” in the right corner.  Even when they did make this mistake, it was easy for me to get them back where they wanted to be in a few clicks.

The Kindergarten lessons were fun, engaging and totally had our daughter hooked.  She would typically go through 2 lessons, visit the playground area and sometimes go back to do another lesson.  I loved that I could adjust the time setting for how long each child had to stay on lessons before they could have access to the playground.

Our second grader enjoyed the math, science & social studies lessons.  The lesson animations were at age level and were kept short enough to not lose his interest.  He was less than thrilled with the Language Arts lessons which all seemed to start off with sock puppets singing and dancing.  This might not be a problem for some second graders, but he felt the sock puppets were too young for him (babyish – my word, not his) and all the music and singing along with the sock puppets was a major turn-off for him.  I wish that I could have skipped the sock puppet part and just jumped ahead to the heart of the lesson.

The concept of earning “playground” time was confusing for our children at first.  Our Kindergartener expected there to be an actual playground looking animation for her to play with.  When I explained she could click on any of the numerous games listed she was fine with it, but then several days later she kept mentioning she couldn’t find the “playground”.  I think it just took her a while to get the concept that the playground was a list of fun game links.  Our son also seemed disappointed in the playground at first, (again, I think he expected something completely different) but once he played several of the games I could tell he was enjoying himself.  A better name for the “playground” would be the “game room” or game area.

Overall I was quite pleased with Time4Learning, but at the $20 per month price I would have to think seriously before using it for a full school year.  Science and social studies would likely need to be supplemented with library books simply to be able to delve deeper into the topics Time4Learning has.  I would also add in daily written work to tie in with what the children are learning online.  For our family, I feel that this would be a great curriculum to use over the summer months or perhaps one quarter if our children seem like they just need a change in pace from their current lessons.

On a scale of 1-10, (1 being terrible and 10 being awesome,) I would have to give Time4Learning a 7.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my review and feel free to add your comments below.

***Disclosure:
As a member of Time4Learning, I have been asked to review their online education program and share my experiences. While I was compensated, this review was not written or edited by Time4Learning and my opinion is entirely my own. Write your own curriculum review or learn how to use their curriculum for homeschool, after school study or summer learning.

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Posted by on July 17, 2012 in Curriculum

 

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