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Schoolhouse Review: Time4Learning

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Lance was very excited when he found out we were going to review Time4Learning. I have used this in the past with some of my older children and Lance has been asking about Time4Learning, so it came up for review at the perfect time.

Time4Learning is an interactive online curriculum. It covers spelling, phonics, reading comprehension, vocabulary, math, social studies, science, and some grades have art too. Time4Learning has grades from Pre-K through high school. I chose to review the 2nd grade program for Lance since he is still learning how to read.
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As a busy mom of 6 children it’s nice to get a break from teaching and grading (not that I don’t ever explain anything, I’m near by). I love that Lance can complete a lesson and I can check to see how he scored. If he scored pretty low I would have him repeat the lesson.

Two of our favorite subjects was phonics and math. Lance had a great time with these two subjects because he was able to do these on his own. Everything was read to him and there were fun characters.


His first phonics lessons for the 2nd grade had him learning the long sound for vowel pairs like ai, ay, ea, ee, and the long e sound. He was also introduced to High Frequency Words and would memorize them while playing fun games.

I use Time4Learning as a supplement to our regular phonics program and prefer to teach him all the phonograms but I don’t mind him learning and memorizing some of the words. I think it’s great that he is memorizing and can recognize words because I see how excited he gets. By him being introduced to some vowel and consonant pairs from Time4Learning it actually helps me out. When I was teaching the phonogram ai for instance he knew the sound and I was able to concentrate more with the rule.

Some of what Lance will learn from Time4Learning Language Arts:
  • Long vowels, punctuation, and story elements
  • R controlled vowels and digraphs
  • Suffix ending, plurals, and summarizing
  • Antonyms, synonyms, and homonyms
  • Cause and effect
  • context clues
To see complete and detailed list for the 2nd grade program please visit the Scope & Sequence page and 2nd Grade page. There is even Language Arts Extension lessons where the child can further practice reading, segmenting, blending, and much more.
One day I was teaching Lance how to add two digit addition (44+12) when he said, “I know how to do that, I learned it on my other math”, meaning Time4Learning. To make sure I showed him using our base-ten blocks and he asked, “Do I have to use those?”. He already knew how to add and wanted to do the problems on his own. Yea for Time4Learning.

More of what Lance will learn in Math:
  • Place value
  • Fact families
  • More and less than
  • Grouping properties
  • Fractions
  • Money
  • Multiplication

And more, you can see in detail what will be taught by visiting the Math Scope & Sequence page of Time4Lerning.
Science and Social Studies your child will learn:

  • Patterns in Nature
  • Force and Motion
  • Earth and Space
  • Maps
  • Historical Places
  • National Holidays
and more, again you can refer to the 2nd grad scope and sequence to read more in detail.
If your child is struggling with reading but not in math Time4Learning allows the student to use one grade level below and one above. Lance has access to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade levels.
 
Once the child completed his lesson they can play at the virtual playground. The parent can put a timer so the child is only playing a certain amount of time. I have ours set for 15 minutes. Once the 15 minutes is up a little character will say goodbye.
 
After Lance completed his lessons I can log into the parent account and check to see how he did. I love that I can check to see if Lance is struggling with a concept and with which lesson he had trouble.
 
Some lessons have a printable worksheet that your child can complete later. This was a great time for me to go over the new concept with Lance to really make sure he understood what he was learning.
 
 
Each lesson ends with a quiz.
 
How we used Time4Learning: Lance used this as part of his summer school about 4 times a week. Our main subjects that I wanted him to focus on was phonics/reading and math. Social studies and science were a bonus and he enjoyed those as well.
 
Lance was required to complete one lesson of language arts and math before going to the playground or completing a social studies or science lesson. With the science lessons I would have preferred an option to have the information read to the child. Especially since Lance struggles with reading. The animation was great and some of his older siblings would sit and watch some of the science lessons with him.
 
My final thoughts: I liked the fact that everything was graded for me. I would simply log in my account and see how Lance did. I could see the time and exactly what lesson he completed.
 
Time4Learning is complete and thorough program. I was pleased that Lance was having fun while schooling through the summer.
 
The social studies and science follow a more public school scope and sequence which was fine and it didn't bother me, in fact Lance learned some map skills that we haven't touched on yet.
 
Although Time4Learning is a complete program I would use it more as a supplement. The reason being is it would be a lot of screen time for my kids or I would pick a few subjects like phonics and math but teach history and science myself (or vise versa).
 
Price: Monthly membership is $19.99 a month for the first child and $14.99 a month for each additional child for Pre-k through 8th grade.

 
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3 comments

  1. My daughter used T4L from about 4th grade through 8th. We were so excited when they announced the new high school courses. We have since enrolled and it is going great.

    I did also want to invite you to link-up with the Let's Homeschool High School September Blog Hop. The theme this month is "Back to School".

    http://letshomeschoolhighschool.com/blog/2013/09/03/homeschool-high-school-september-blog-hop/#.Uip51saURCa

    Best wishes this year.

    Joyfully,
    Jackie
    Let's Homeschool High School Team Member

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  2. Thanks Jackie, I'll hop on over ;) and take a peek hopefully tonight.

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  3. I loved reading your review. My son has been using this program for over 5 years now. He still loves it. I love the record keeping and the fact that I don't have to write out lesson plans.

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