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I have been enjoying some free time with Time 4 Learning. This is an online website based curriculum. I will be reviewing it over the next few weeks. This is the first installment and there will be one or two more so make sure to come back.
Here is how it works. The girls have their own log in page; parents have their own log in too. Once they log in they have a Student Launch pad were all the subjects are listed. Those would include, for Kiana’s lower level grade; Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and LA Extensions. For Deidra, she has the option to log in to the playground area, which she has not done so this will be in the next review.
There is an option for assignments. But to be honest I have yet to figure this out. But its not been an issue for us because we keep a daily planner and I put in the planner what pages they need to be doing. Some days we only do Language Arts. Other days we will do Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.
Soap Box moment:
I know some of you strictly teach creation. This program is from a secular view and so the theory of evolution is the bases for the science program. I do not have a problem with this, but some might. If that is the case I would suggest skipping the science portion or just preview it before you let your child to see if it’s appropriate for your family. I on the other hand do not shy away from evolution. There is a portion of the science that talks about dinosaurs. As Deidra was doing this lesson, she tells me “Mom, dinosaurs were not alive millions of years ago”. She knows that as a creationist, we believe the bible as the true word of God. And that means the earth is just 6000 years old and in the bible it talks about dinosaurs, in its own words, and how they did live with people. But I do think your child would need to be mature enough to be able to know the difference between the THEORY of Evolution and the TRUTH of the Bible.
I think it’s important to know both sides when it comes to defending your faith on a scientific level. So I do not shy away from the theory of evolution.
Also, keep in mind, if your child is going to go to college, he or she will have to know the theory of evolution. It is what the colleges thrive on. And if your child does not have a good foundation in science, they will be eaten alive by professors who believe that evolution is truth and not theory.
End Soap Box moment.
This program is a lot of fun. There are lots of animations. The girls are addicted to it. They want to continue to do the program for the rest of the school year. And I am seriously considering it.
I can keep track of their progress reports in either 1 week, 1 month, or by date range. I can assign what I want them to do (as soon as I figure it out). I can see test’s they have done. I can set time limits, which is very important. But with the girls, they want to be on it all day long. It’s like a game to them. They are learning and having fun.
I will keep you posted on how things are going. We will see if they ever get bored. I was considering another program similar to this, but I think the price per year for all the subjects is comparable. The other program did have bible and it is creation science. The other program you buy upfront software CD’s. With this program you pay monthly and it is all online. This way you don’t have to pay for a whole year curriculum up front. Which means if things change in your family situation, and you don’t want to use the rest, you can cancel? So I do like this aspect better.
You get all this for just $19.95 a month for the first child and $14.95 for the second child.
But I will post again so stay tuned! I hope this is not too long for you. I have lots to say. As I write my reviews from the heart.
If you want to check out the demo please do so and FAST! I promise you will like it.
Till next time!