My children love this on-line program. There is no arm twisting or nagging to get them on, in fact they fight over who gets to do their “time” first, it is that cool, and the caveat is: It’s educational! They even want to do it on Saturdays! Time4learning teaches Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies using interactive games and videos. I find it is a great way to use the computer as a tool and not a toy. The program could easily be used as your core curriculum, or as a supplement to reinforce the “holes” that might be in your educational plan. The first day my youngest used it he got place value in math. It just clicked for him-it was a “eureka” moment!
So how does it work? It’s really easy, once you take a brief assessment quiz on your child’s abilities; their account is set up. They login and the child chooses one of the four subjects to study. Each subject is then broken down further into topics. Their progress in each subject is tracked, and you can monitor it on the parent page, and plan your year or download worksheets. We have found it very easy to navigate, and my boys agree the material is engaging and interesting, and very appropriate and individualized to their grade level (Time4learning teaches to preschool, elementary, and middle school levels). If ever the material is noted to be too easy or too hard a simple email request will get the level updated within 24 hours, though we’ve not run into that situation.
The kids have been working on tons of things I just haven’t gotten around to teaching them, like life cycles, wetlands, homophones, idioms, and Greek and Latin roots. My younger son is learning what his older brothers are working on because he loves to sneak and watch what they are doing during their sessions!
I asked each boy what he thought about the site and here is his response:
8-year-old: “It’s awesome.” He actually is the one who seems to be absorbing the most from time4learning. The language arts program has helped his reading comprehension and he loves the fact that he can do this without mommy’s help!
11-year old: “Combines fun with learning so well you don’t realize how much you’re learning. This website would be good for kids who aren’t motivated by workbooks.” This son also tends to gravitate to the language arts section the most.
13 year old: “It’s cool because it helps teach me useful things that I might actually use.” But, this son tends to use it the least, he is too busy with his regular school load and when it comes to computer time he would rather work on doing his own programming!
I have been looking for a site like this for a long time, as I have had the desire for my video-oriented boys to be more productive on the computer, this has been perfect for them. The price seems reasonable at $19.95 per month ($14.95 each extra child). If you compare the cost of a tutor, you are spending way less to help your kids refine some skills. I’m seeing good results, and can highly recommend it. Check out their website here: http://www.time4learning.com/