Thursday, December 2, 2010
Time4Learning.com is an online educational website designed for children. The site provides educational content in language arts, math, science, and social studies in a fun, interactive way for students.
This site is great for parents wanting to supplement their child's studies in a fun way or even for homeschooling parents. Here are some highlights of what is offered on this site:
· Online Curriculum for Preschool to 8th Grade
· Access to 1,000+ Animated Lessons
· Math Exercises & Printable Worksheets
· Language Arts from Phonics through Reading
· Science & Social Studies In Most Grade Levels
· Automated Reporting for Easy Record Keeping
· Detailed Lesson Plans for Parents
· Lessons Correlated to State Standards
My daughters, ages 4 and 6 really enjoyed the animations while learning various topics. My children also were eager to complete their lessons so they could "play on the playground." (The playground is not accessible until the lessons, as determined by the parent, are completed.) I really like that parents have the opportunity to tailor grade levels in any given subject as needed. I also enjoy the lessons and feel that the animations and content were presented in a fun and interesting way. Parents also have the opportunity to complete the lesson before the student, so they have full knowledge of what the lesson contains. Reports of student learning are also available for parents.
As a homeschooling parent, this site is nice to supplement your child's education. I found I used it mainly for my daughter when she needed a break from our regular classroom or if I needed a break to do some things. In addition, there is a parent forum and other
There were a few areas that I would like to see improved. It would be nice if this site emailed report to parents. Unless I missed something, as it is now, parents must log in to see the progress. I also didn't like some of the social studies lessons where children were quizzed on some questions prior to the lesson. I don't like this because children guess at answers and some incorrect information may stick in their mind. I was always taught that people generally remember the first and last things learned and if they get a wrong idea in their mind, it might stick. To me, it seems simpler to just start with the lesson.
I also was confused and disappointed in a geography lesson where the correct answer for one of the continents was "Oceania." I have never seen "Oceania" listed as a continent in any geography books. After extensive searching on the internet, I have seen "Australia/Oceania" listed as a continent only on a couple sites, but "Oceania" on only one site. For those of you interested, Oceania is typically listed only as a region.
The monthly fee for Time4Learning is $19.95 for the first child and $15.95 for each child thereafter. There are many educational sites out there that probably collectively contain a lot of this information. However, these sites don't track your child's progress and it would be difficult to keep track of the sites. With Time4Learning, your child can access all subjects with the click of a button and a detailed report of their progress is at hand. Also, if you are unsure what to teach to meet state standards, want to track your child's educational progress or just want something to supplement your homeschool program, this is a very good choice. This is also a good choice for students just needing extra help in a particular area or for a bridge over the summer months.
Right now, you can sign up for Time4Learning for just $4.99 for the first month! This is an incredible deal! Hurry--offer only good through the month of December!
Disclosure: I received a one-month trial of Time4Learning in order to review it. I will be eligible for monetary compensation for writing this review. This review contains my honest opinions.