Time4Learning --A Review
Subject: Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Used: 1st thru 9th
Dates Used: 2006-Current (2014)
We have used Time4Learning since my daughter was in the middle of 1st grade. She has just entered 9th grade.
What I love about Time4Learning:
It is online, so I don't have to put up with a lot of stacks of books. We can do school anywhere we have computer and internet access. Through their scope and sequence all lessons are planned out and show me what she is expected to learn from the lesson presentation.
There is an assignment feature which allows me to make assignments ahead of time. Records are kept online providing the subject, lesson name, automatic scoring, time, and date that the lesson was completed. This record keeping is in a sortable format so that I can look only at the math from this week, or only the science quizzes to match my needs at the time.
They have added more involved middle school sciences, updated the math curriculum, and added high school curriculum. There is also an art appreciation course available.
My daughter has actually taken the art appreciation course 3 times at different times in her education and she admits that she got something different out of it each time, depending on her age.
I like that the student has access to three different grade levels. For example, if she is signed up for 7th
grade, she would have access to the courses in 6th grade and in 8th grade. This is great flexibility that allows students to study at their own pace, moving ahead if they are able to, and having the opportunity to go back and review if they need to. I also like that there is no contract necessary.
Monthly payments are affordable. Over all the flexibility and thoroughness of the program have impressed me.
What my daughter loves about Time4Learning:
She likes the animated and engaging lessons. In elementary and middle school the "teacher" online is most likely a cartoon character.
In high school, lectures are often given by real people, but there are still some lectures given by animated characters. She likes having control over her schedule. If she feels like doing more math or (in my daughter's case)wants to move ahead in science she has that option. She likes that the majority of the work is online so that she doesn't have to do a lot of writing on paper. There are printable resources for students who need or want the workbook back up to the online lessons.
I do not have actual dislikes regarding the program. I would love to see more electives offered for high school students, perhaps a music appreciation course similar to the art appreciation course.
The biggest complaint that I had about the program was resolved when they added high school in 2013.