Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post.
I received a sample of the product for review purposes.
A month ago I was given a month’s subscription to Time4Learning for free to test out and give you my honest opinion on the program. So, I’m back here ready to tell you what I thought of it. In a nutshell, I mostly like it. There were a few issues, but they were mostly preference and a bit of my need for instant gratification. But, like I said, I mostly like this program, at least from the early education, homeschooling perspective.
I started Charlie on a first grade curriculum, but because she wasn’t familiar with the program we decided to drop down to kindergarten. This worked out great for her to learn the program because she could focus her learning initially on learning how to navigate Time4Learning while she was getting a review of skills she already knew. Nothing wrong with a review and it dropped the frustration she had while trying to learn multiple new things at the same time.
Each grade level has their own login sections. I’m not sure why this is separated out like this, unless each section has a different set up on the backend. In that case, it makes perfect sense to me. I logged in on the Parent login and Charlie used the Lower Login.
In the student login section, at least for lower level, you’ll find five different tabs. Language Arts, Language Arts Extension, Math, Science and Social Studies. Charlie did decently with these, but learning how to take quizzes was something new to her. She didn’t do well on the first few and got frustrated, but the more she did, the better she got. Below is a screenshot of an interactive science lesson. These lessons are all animated with voice, sort of like a story line. It helps to keep the kids attention more than just a lecture would.
In the parent section, Time4Learning offers some great resources to go along with the lessons presented in the program. Parents can get an idea about what’s happening in the lessons with the lesson plans, scope and sequence. For any homeschooler who needs to present this to their state educational department when the register this will make an easy way to present that information to them. Additionally it gives you other lists and resources to go along with the Time4Learning program.
One thing I didn’t like about this program is that I don’t have the ability to adjust Charlie’s grade level manually. I needed to put in a request, then wait about 24 hours for her grade to be adjusted on the backend. I would love to see more control over this aspect. On this same note, when I created the site I didn’t quite know what to expect and I gave Charlie a little bit harder password than I probably needed to. I couldn’t find any place on the website to change her password to something else. At this time I haven’t contacted customer service to get it updated, and I’m sure they would have updated it quickly for us, but it seems like such a hassle to have someone else update a password I would like to have control over as a parent.
I haven’t used this feature yet because I’m waiting for the kids to get an iPad, but I love that Time4Learning is available on mobile. We do a lot of traveling and sometimes that keeps the kids from getting their lessons done. By downloading the app we’ll be able to use Time4Learning while on the road. This is going to help us out quite a bit.
Overall I like Time4Learning and I’ll be renewing our subscription and keeping it as long as it shows a benefit for the girls or until I can no longer afford it.
What do you look for in an online educational program? Tell me in the comments.