Last month, I posted that I would review the Time 4 Learning website after a 30-day trial. This website is a program for students from preschool through 8th grade. Here are my opinions of our time with Time 4 Learning.
This website provides lessons for the standard subjects -- language arts, math, social studies, and science. It can be used as an afterschool supplement, summer review, or as homeschool curriculum. Each student has their own login and can work on each subject as structured by the parent. The parent can set up how much time a student should work before having access to the "playground".
I have two children, one in first grade and the other in kindergarten. We homeschool our children and we decided to use Time 4 Learning as a supplement afterschool during the trial period. My first grader loved using the program because she likes learning games on the computer. She is a visual learner, so this worked great for her, and she was willing to work independently. My kindergartener enjoyed it, but not as much because he prefers not to sit at the computer to do his work.
There are things I liked about the Time 4 Learning program. I like that it covers all the basic subjects, unlike other websites we have used that only focus on one subject. I like that it is straightforward for the students. They understand what they are being asked to do. I like the student progress reporting as well.
What I did not like about the program is the cost. There is a monthly access fee per student. The cost would not necessarily be an issue for families with only one child using the program. However, the cost for families with multiple children may present a financial burden. They do offer a discounted rate for the 2nd student and up, but it would be great if they had more payment options at a lower price. Perhaps a flat monthly or yearly rate for the entire family.
In conclusion, I believe Time 4 Learning is a well organized, well rounded option for supplementing a student's education. It keeps the student engaged, while satisfying the parents need to direct and monitor their progress. For families without financial concerns, or those with only one child, this is a great program overall and may be worth the investment.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog post are entirely my own. A 30-day trial period was offered to me in exchange for this review of Time 4 Learning.