Time4Learning is an online learning experience available for PreK – High School. For grades 1-8 they offer material in all the core subject areas math, language arts, science, and social studies. They have also begun to offer a high school level program. It is a great program for homeschool families although it can also be used as a summer school or after school program as well. The student can work through lessons and core material online. Some of the topics, especially in math, offer additional worksheets that can be completed offline as well. The Time4Learning website has course descriptions and demos available to help your further explore the program.
Our review will focus on the sixth grade level that Hannah used. During our review of Time4Learning most of the work Hannah completed was at the sixth grade level. But one of the very helpful aspects of Time4Learning is the ability to adjust your grade level in one or more subjects up or down one grade level to help customize the program to best meet your children’s needs. We took advantage of that feature in the area of math. The student log in gives your child access to the learning activities at the level you choose. They also have access to games at various levels as well. The program is self paced allowing the child to work as fast or as slow as necessary but through the parent log in you have access to wonderful tools including an activity planner that you can use to schedule out a full school year in all subjects or in scheduling just a portion of the lesson plans or only certain subjects.
Hannah enjoyed the student activities and did well in some areas and struggled more in others. We had to move her back a level in math but found that it was very simple to do that. She like having the ability to just sign in and work through her materials. She was more resistant with stopping and doing some of the work sheets that are available for further study.
For me it was the parent side of the Time4Learning that really sold me. I loved the ability to look over the lesson plans and to note which lessons had worksheets and to make sure that I had the necessary worksheets printed out and ready to go. The answer keys are also provided to aid in checking over her work. Once you are signed into the as a parent there are video and text options to learn more about using the program and getting things set up for your child.
I loved the activity planner and found it very easy to use. It was wonderful to have an idea of how to plan out the material to make sure we covered everything during our school year. After making your plan you can save it and then when you go back in you are taken to the page which lists out the years activity schedule. From there you can check off completed work and make notes. You can also pull up the information by week or subject to print out just the information you wanted so that it was easy to go in each week and print off the list of what needed to completed during that week. There were a few things I would love to see that weren’t available. I would like to see the ability to do some additional customizing when planning out a full year such as being able to choose between a 4 or 5 day schedule and being able to list known days off from school so that the schedule can be adjusted accordingly. Also, a feature where you can bring up a previously saved plan and make adjusts to account for unplanned time off do to sickness or other family event would also be very useful.
Another really helpful tool in the parent’s toolbox is the report’s section where you can choose a week, month, or custom date range to get a list of the activities your child has completed during that time period. It will give you both the day and the time the activity was completed. It also lets you know how long your child spent working on the activity. For graded activities it will give you a percentage and whether that level was considered passing or not. And percentages written in blue can be clicked on and it will bring up the questions and answers your child provided so that you know exactly what you child missed. In the activity list any item in blue can also be clicked to open a window that shows you the lesson your child viewed as well.
So what I loved about this program could also be the one area that could make it a potential problem if as a parent you don’t plan ahead and stay engaged. During the review period we had lots of stuff going on. My 3rd child was in his final weeks of preparing to leave for Air Force basic and I was started a new part-time job. What I loved about the program is that I had a list of weekly activities printed off and ready to go. I could go back and see what was accomplished and enter grades on my planner. I knew that a certain about of work was being accomplished and that core subjects were covered. But because I was so busy and I let Time 4 Learning be a safety net and I didn’t stay as engaged in what Hannah was doing. Because she was doing alright with the math the first couple of weeks I let her slide on completing the worksheets and we she began to struggle it took a while to realize it and to switch back to the lower level of math. Also, she difficulty with one of the social studies activities and one of the science activities and although the tools were there to address the issue I didn’t really take the time to go over the material with her a second time. And finally, it was really the final week of the review period before I fully utilized the activity planner using the ability to check off completed items and make notes.
So my only caution would be to make sure you stay engaged in what you student is learning no matter what method it is being delivered in. Also, take advantage of all the great tools that are already there for you to use. Time4Learning provides a wonderful learning environment for the student and provides helps and tools for you as the parent/teacher to stay involved and aware of what your student is doing. If you take full advantage of what is already in place you don’t have to have the trouble I did with feeling a bit out of the loop.
Time4Learning is available as a monthly subscription with a fee of $19.95 per month/per student in grades PreK=Eighth Grade. Additional students can be added in PreK – Eighth grade for $14,95 per month/per student. The High School program contains 4 core classes in Math, Science, Langauge Arts, and Social Studies. High School students can enroll for $30 per month.
My review has focused mostly on the parental side of the program and how I used it as a homeschooling parent. Other family focused more on the content of the material. Also, several different grade levels were reviewed. Take the time to click the graphic below to find out more about how other families used this program in their home.