Friday, September 3, 2010

TOS Review: Time4Learning

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Time4 learning is an online curriculum, to be used by homeschoolers, after-school students or even for students during their summer break. It’s created to be used as either a core curriculum or a supplement to what you are already doing.

image I was given the opportunity to review the pre-k level.

The Time4Learning Preschool is comprised of two learning levels, based on difficulty:

  • Level one includes fewer and easier commands and options.
  • Level two is primarily intended for learners who can understand and follow multiple commands with a greater number of options.

This curriculum is designed so that it can be used as a one-year program, beginning with the easier activities and progressively becoming more difficult as the year continues. There are approximately twenty themes for each half of the school year, approximately one theme per week of school, for a total of about forty weeks, if a parent decides to use the program in this fashion.

Review:

It is a very convenient program. I don’t have any experience with any other computer, online program, but I thought it was extremely convenient and was able to hold Treyton’s attention. He was also able to do it completely on his own after the first 2 or 3 days. (He did need help logging in, but other than that, he was self-maintaining).

We were pretty busy during the months of July and August, and this was a great tool to fall back on when I wasn’t able to work one-on-one with Treyton or prepare anything in advance for school.

I like that the curriculum is student-paced, that they offer reviews (that you can print off) of the child’s progress. It says that level 2 was meant to be completed in half a school year, but Treyton was able to complete most of Level 2 Preschool program in about a month.

Treyton really enjoyed that as he would complete an assignment and subject that he would get a checkmark by it. His type-A personality really liked the idea of seeing his work “pay-off”.

I think it is also great that there is no contract and it goes on a month by month basis. Giving you the opportunity to use it at your own leisure and to not use it when it isn’t necessary.

The only negative that I could foresee (for us) , was that I’m not sure of it’s effectiveness as a complete curriculum. Though Treyton enjoyed it, was able to do the work and would even ask to do it, I didn’t notice much of what he was learning being retained long term.

For Purchase & Extra Information

A month’s membership cost $19.99 for the first child and $14.95 for each addition child, which you can read about here.

To Read Other TOS Reviews

To read some of my fellow crew mates reviews head on over to the TOS Crew Blog.

I was given a free one-month subscription for review purposes as a TOS Crew Member, a value of $19.99 which does not have to be paid back. The opinions expressed are my own.

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