Time 4 Learning Review (Updated)

 

In my quest to decide the best option for Boogy’s education (since he is failing miserably in Kindergarten), I am seriously thinking about home schooling him.  Considering the fact, that I work from home most of the time, I was searching for a curriculum that I didn’t have to spend all day teaching. That’s when I discovered Time4Learning. I think it will be excellent for Boogy because he is a visual learner and it is a completely online computer based curriculum that will allow him to work independently for most of the day and it kind of tricks them into learning by making everything look like a computer game. I am all for that!!!!

I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. This is my review after 30 days use. Time4Learning can be used for homeschool, afterschool and summer skill sharpening.


 

UPDATED:

We just finished our month long trial membership with Time4Learning. I must say that we love it! The kids literally begged to do it all the time. It made learning fun and they didn’t even realize they were learning, which is awesome in my book!

My oldest son Boogy is really struggling with school, as a matter of fact it has already been decided that he will be repeating Kindergarten next year. So I have desperately been trying to find something to help him learn. Time4Learning is the only consistent thing that has worked for my son. He is a very visual learner and  this is perfect for him. I was elated that he was FINALLY grasping concepts that his teachers and  I have been struggling to teach him for years.

We are currently in the process of getting an IEP testing done for Boogy and after it’s complete, I will be deciding whether or not to home school him or send him to a Christian private school here that helps kids with learning disabilities.  If I do decide to home school, I will definitely be using Time4Learning as my main curriculum for him and use other materials to supplement as I see necessary.

 

I also got Destructo in on the preschool curriculum and although he doesn’t struggle as much as Boogy academically, I can see how this software could help him as well. However, I wish I would have gotten the Kindergarten curriculum for him, instead of the preschool. The preschool curriculum was well below Destructo’s ability and I am not sure that the monthly fee, although reasonably priced, is worth paying for preschoolers. I can find many other materials that are FREE, equally sufficient, if not better, for preschool age.

Pros:

  1. Excellent for visual learners, like my son!
  2. Low price, although it could be expensive if you use it for several children.
  3. Keeps track of kids progress without any extra work.
  4. Parent community to network with others using the curriculum.
  5. Completely computer/web based (although they do have supplemental worksheets), but being web based is excellent for my family, as we travel a lot! No lugging around suitcases full of curriculum materials.
  6. Loved the fact that I could adjust the grade level for different subjects. You can bump up or down a grade in a specific subject if the child excels or is struggling in a certain subject.
  7. I love the fact that the kid learns at their own level at their own pace. Every child learns differently I wish public and private schools would realize this.

Cons:

  1. Couldn’t assign specific work for the child for a given period.
  2. Sometimes instructions were not clear.
  3. I don’t think the preschool curriculum is worth the money, in my opinion, but I would definitely use it for Elementary.
  4. This curriculum may not be for everyone. I have heard many people say it is too basic or “kiddie,” However that works best for my son who struggles with even the basic concepts.

Overall,  I was very impressed with the Time4Learning curriculum. I have to give Kudos to anything that helped Boogy learn subjects that his teachers and I have been struggling to help him learn for the past 3 years.  I will definitely utilize the curriculum, if I decide to home school.

 

 

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