Over the last year or so I have heard a lot about this site called Time4Learning. I had read about it on some blogs & I heard about it from friends. When the opportunity came up to do a trial and review of it, I decided to check it out.
Time4Learning is an on-line site that has math, language arts, social studies, and science for ages preschool up to middle school. It is an interactive learning site. They have various levels that work with grades preK up to middle school. I was able to trial both the Lower Level and the Upper Level since I have one in K, one in 3rd, & one in 7th. Of course, those are arbitrary grades since we homeschool & teach at their level. However, that works well with Time4Learning. For instance, I signed N up for the 2nd grade level (since he just completed that) but he had access to both first and third grade levels.
Another key feature to Time4Learning is the Parent access. On each child's log in there is a "portfolio." By clicking here I can see what the boys have been doing and what they did or did not know about a certain subject. A parent can also set up how long each child must do lessons before they go to the "playground." The Playground is a game site. Parents can set how long the children need to work on lessons first (I have mine set to 15 minutes) before they can go "play."
What I liked:
- It's an interactive site. I didn't need to sit & help J because the program will do the reading for him.
- It's a great to have to help fill in downtime. I could see myself using this during the school year when I need one-on-one time with one or two of the other siblings. This would help keep the other boy(s) focused and learning.
- It's inexpensive.
- There is a parent forum to help you use the site to its fullest advantage.
- Parents can set how long students must work.
- Parents can set up lesson plans.
- There is a scope & sequence to help you decide what to use and what is taught.
- It gives me a good reason to let the boys have "computer time."
Since it was technically our summer break here from homeschool, I wasn't able to get the boys to use it as much as I probably would have during the course of the year. However, one of my very good friends is a subscriber to Time4Learning and uses it extensively with her two children. So I asked her for her thoughts on it.