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Monday, September 20, 2010

Time 4 Learning

As I mentioned in my post Time 4 Learning, I was invited to try Time 4 Learning for one month in exchange for a review.  What follows is my review of the site.  Like I said before, Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening.  Since I am a homeschool mom I am reviewing it on that basis.

The boys and I thoroughly enjoyed using Time 4 Learning.  It can be used as a supplement to a homeschool curriculum or as a complete program.  If we had the funds we would invest in it in addition to the curriculum that we are currently using.  The boys had a fabulous time using it.  Everyday they looked forward to getting on the computer to do their lessons.  We normally school year round but this summer I decided to take a break from our regular curriculum.  This opportunity to review Time 4 Learning fit in perfectly to keep them doing something educational during the summer.

The program is wonderful for all types of learners.  The lessons incorporated visual animations as well as audio with the written.  Some of the lessons incorporated games to help the kids grasp the material being taught.

One of the things that we enjoyed was the playground area.  Our boys enjoyed being able to get that time to play.  For me the enjoyment was the fact that they were only allowed a certain amount of time on the playground and when the time was up they would automatically be signed out of the playground.  So for me there was no having to monitor the time they spent playing.  The parental controls allows the parents to set the time the children are allowed on the playground after having spent a specified amount of time doing lessons.  If the time specified for lessons are not completed then they are not allowed on the playground.  There is a visual timer on the screen that shows how much time has been spent doing the lessons.

Another feature I found that I liked was the detailed reports that can be obtained through the portfolio area.  It allows the parent to see where the weak areas are for the child and thus be able to plan work assignments for the child based on those reports.

Time 4 Learning goes from Pre-school through Eighth grade in Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.  Each child has their own password and when they are signed in there is an arrow that automatically points them to their next item that they have to complete.  There is also a Lesson Planning Worksheet that allows the parent to estimate the number of daily lessons to have their child do in each subject.

There is also a Parent Forum for parents to link up with like-minded moms for support and encouragement.

Time 4 Learning gets my thumbs up for sure.

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