Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Time 4 Learning TOS CREW REVIEW

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Those of us TOS Crew members chosen to participate in this review were given a  one month trial for review purposes for Time 4 Learning. This is an online based learning curriculum for preschool through 8th grade.
Here is the company's curriculum overview for all ages.

Time4Learning is an online education program for preschool through eighth grade that uses multimedia activities to teach standards-based curriculum. It is popular as a homeschool curriculum, afterschool tutorial, skill sharpener for test preparation and for summer study.

Grade levels can be set independent from one another for each subject. In addition, students will be able to access to at least 2 (and in most cases 3) grade levels of curriculum for each subject, so they can move ahead or review at their own pace.

The math and language arts lessons are correlated to state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus for most grades. If you are just learning about Time4Learning, we suggest also looking at our interactive lesson demos.

  I tried out Time 4 Learning with my 7th  and 8th graders, I do agree with the fact that it is a comprehensive curriculum study covering all main subjects such as Math, Language Arts, Science and Social Studies. Also an Art program is available after the first month, although because of the way this is set up I was not able to review the Art program so I can not give a personal recommendation of that program. As the kids did their required lessons, they earned playground time to play games. Taylor is a video game player so this was a highly motivated aspect of the program. I noticed he focused more on his studies and trailed off less because he wanted to get to game time. Alyx on the other hand is not motivated by games like that so it did not change how he used his time to get his work done. The great thing is parents control how long their child has to work to earn game time, and then you also get to control how long of a time they get to play with the games. The default game time was 15 minutes and it did frustrate Taylor a bit that it ended him mid game, so I changed it to 30 minutes for him after the first day so as to not have another meltdown in subsequent sessions.

  The boys had one complaint as older children and that was the characters that talked to them through out the program. At first they found them funny but after a while, Alyx got a little irritated. I think it all depends on your child and how they respond to this type of interaction. Taylor did not let the characters bother him simply because he wanted to get finished and play the games. Alyx kept pausing his program to complain.

 From a parent's perspective I found navigating the parent side of the site a little confusing at first. Although once I began reading through the directions, a thing I tend to skip as I do better learning on my own, but in this case found I needed to do, and also searching the web for help,  I found it to be a beneficial addition to my homeschool curriculum.
  I absolutely saw major benefits to the fact that you can see progress reports on the lessons your children are completing to know what they are struggling with or excelling at.
They look like this :

 I was also pleased to see Alyx helping Taylor out when he got stuck on something. They both thought it was neat to do a whole days worth of school on the computer and the laptop. While allowing me some free time to get some housework done and also finish organizing our classroom. I am not sure if I personally would use it for an everyday curriculum but that is just me and our homeschool. What may not work for us would work wonderfully for others especially if you have a wide range of ages and need some free time to teach some of the other kids. I am considering using maybe 1-2 days a week for a little variety in our homeschool week. You can check it out yourself with a demo.

Overall I was pleased with the educational value of the programming.
The pricing for a membership is as follows:
The monthly membership is $19.95 for the first child and $14.95 for each additional child, with nothing else to buy. Your billing cycle begins on the day of registration and members are billed every 30 days, until you contact us to cancel. When an account is cancelled, members will have access to the program until the end of their billing cycle.

Your membership would include the following:
Time4Learning includes the following:

•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...

Time4Learning is web based, so there is no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. Members can access the program 24/7 from anywhere with a computer and an internet connection.

 If you would like to read other opinions of Time 4 Learning, head on over to the TOS CREW BLOG and read all the reviews.

 DISCLAIMER: As part of the TOS CREW I was given a 30 day Free trial to Time 4 Learning in exchange for my review. By receiving this trial is aided me in giving an in depth review but in no way influenced the outcome of my review. All thought are my own personal feelings and should not be used for the sole purpose of deciding to purchase or not purchase said company's products. Please search out multiple point of views before making your final decision to purchase.
I was not compensated in another way.

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Pleasantly Peavey said...

Hi. Stopping by from the Crew to check out your blog. Love the colors and graphics! Enjoyed your review, especially the pictures. Now following you on NB and GFC. Blessings! Roberta from Pondering on the Prairie