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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

TOS Review: Time4Learning


I was very excited to have the opportunity to review Time4 Learning.  I had heard so much about it, but had never had a chance to try it out myself.  We were given a complimentary 30 day trial for 4 users, so I used it with my 4th, 2nd, K, and Pre-K children.

Time4Learning is an online educational program that uses a combination of animated lessons, interactive games, and printable worksheets.  Since the program is web based there is nothing to download and can be used on any computer 24/7.  Time4Learning can be used as the core curriculum in your homeschool,  for supplemental learning, after school learning, or summer use.  Students are given access to one grade above and below their grade placement so they can move ahead or review as needed.  A Time4Learning membership includes:

  • Online curriculum for grades Pre-K through 8th
  • More than 1,000 interactive animated lessons
  • Self paced lessons that kids will enjoy working on
  • Math & algebra tutorials & printable worksheets
  • Language arts, phonics & grammar lessons
  • Interactive, project-based reading activities
  • Science (grades 1st - 6th) &; social studies (grades 2nd - 7th)
  • Detailed reporting for easy record keeping
  • Extensive lesson plans & teaching tools for parents
  • and much more. 

Time4 Learning's Learn to Read  program starts with phonemic awareness, then progresses to phonics, and reading comprehension skills.  Language Arts teaches learn to read skills and fluency in the lower lovels and  comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, grammar, root words, literary analysis, and critical thinking in the upper levels.  The Math program builds knowledge at the student's speed with lots of reinforcement and ongoing assessments.  Time For Learning Science includes topics such as: life science, physical science, geology, astronomy, weather, biology, life cycles, sound, light, matter, and energy.  The Social Studies program includes topics such as: ancient history and civilizations, modern history, geography, civics instructions, and political science. 

 A monthly membership for Time4Learning is $19.95 for the first child and $14.95 for each additional child.  Your billing cycle starts on the day you register and you are billed every 30 days.  They do offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee that if the program does not satisfy your family's needs you can cancel in the first 14 days and they will refund your money.

To see Time4Learning Lesson Plans click here.

Try a free demo by clicking here.

Sign up for Time4Learning here.

There are so many great things about Time4Learning there is no way I can mention them all.  We have not even come close to discovering all it has to offer in a 30 day trial.  My boys have really enjoyed using Time For Learning and have requested to use it even on non school days.  I love that you have the ability to choose activities one lesson above and below the grade level you have chosen for your child.  This means that my second grader who is strong in Math but weak in reading can do Math at a 3rd grade level and Language Arts at a 1st grade level.  The activities are fun and interactive and able to be completed by the child with no help from the parent.  Even my preschooler could use this program without my help (except for logging him in.)   Science was definitely the boys favorite area, but even Language Arts (which lets face it isn't always an exciting area to work on) was designed to be fun and interesting.

There are a ton of resources for parents!  You can see exactly what your child has worked on, for how long, and how they did without having to watch over their shoulder.  You can also click on what they have done in the report and it shows you the lesson.  The reports are also printable.  You can view lesson plans and preview what is coming up.  They also have lists for additional resources like books to read that can further reinforce the lesson.  The parent can control how long the child has to do a lesson for before getting to go to the playground and how long they get to spend there.  My two oldest boys especially enjoyed visiting the playground when they finished their lessons.


The reports are not as good on the Pre-K level as the older levels.  I couldn't access them on my parent page, but could log in as my pre-schooler and click on reports to see what he had completed so far.  The ability to print the Pre-K reports is coming soon according to the website.  Also, I have it set up so the boys have to do 15 minutes of lesson time and then earn 15 minutes of playground time.  But, my boys have found a way around that  15 minute time limit.  When they go to playground and go to kids places and play on cyber chase, it doesn't count down their time.  So they were playing for much longer than 15 minutes.  It took me awhile to figure out why they were spending so much time on the computer.

To see what other crew members had to say click here.

I received a complimentary 30 day trial to Time4Learning for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review.  I received no other compensation.



kathleen said...

hey girl! I just read your sewing post, and thank you so much for your compliments and your link. I'm so glad you like it! And that sewing machine is awesome. I would love to find something older and in great condition. I don't think they make them like that anymore. Well happy sewing and thank you again!

Heather @ Marine Corps Nomads said...

Leave it to kids to find the loophole in the program. lol! Sounds like they enjoyed both the play and educational portions of the program. :)