Time4Learning is best suited for children in 8th grade or below. Because Paperboy is in ninth grade, the lessons were easy for him. I wasn't opposed to the idea of a course geared for younger students because I don't believe the minute a person jumps a grade, the content has be presented in a more challenging manner. He studied the Cold War, he was not familiar with this period of history. He felt it is the best program of it's kind. He had tried other computer-based learning, but this is the only one he still asks for. He thought it is valuable way to brush up on a topic or learn something quickly. Basically he loved it. Mom's note: It is not getting him any high school credits.
Here are the things that I liked about the program:
- It has so many choices on topics to study. This is great for families who prefer child led learning. Since Paperboy already has a social studies program for this term, I was comfortable letting him choose what he was going to study.
- Parent involvement is not needed after the initial set up. They offer progress reports and you can even print up reports for your record keeping.
- The amount of choices was incredible. In our one month trial, we could not possibly have sampled all of the topics.
- Since it is internet based, it can be done anywhere you have wi-fi.
- If your family is crunched for time or needs a different approach, this may be the solution.
- You could use this program for math, language arts, science, and social studies for a small monthly fee.
This lists the #'s of available lesson plans.
The only drawback I could see about this program is: For families homeschooling multiple children, the monthly fees could really add up. They do offer many pricing options, depending on how you pay for it. If you want to try time4learning for your self, they do offer a 14-day money back guarantee.
I received this product for free in exchange for my honest opinion. Honestly, I wish I had found this when Paperboy was younger.
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