I am going to start this review off with the easy to use parental resources in the Parent Administration section.
When you first log in to your parent account, you will find a “Start Here” button that will list some help topics. Then you will find another button that says “Lesson Preview & Planning, and one that says “Technical Issues”. They offer plenty of help if you have any trouble. They also offer a customer service. There is a video for you to view to help with student records. They also offer a parent forum where you can get help from other parents who are more familiar with the ins and outs of Time4Learning.
As a parent, you have access to other resources like spelling lists, reading lists, and science supply list. Some of the other things you can do in the parent account that might be helpful for you would be to change your child’s grade level if you feel the work is either hard or easy.
You can see your billing options, manage time limits, and more. You can also see your child’s records so you can how they are doing. There is also an activity scheduler but we did not use that part because we have our own system depending on the subject.
Even if you didn’t want to use this as a dedicated curriculum, you could use it as a resource for the topics you are studying. We are using it as a tool for our American History studies as well as for Language Arts and Math. We also ramble around the science section though we don’t focus our lessons on it since we prefer another curriculum for that subject. For the Math and Language Arts sections, we would start at the first tab and work our way through the topics in order. There are several tabs under each tab, and we just followed them in order. For the Social Studies, we found the topic tab for the part of American History we wanted to cover for the day. Life for instance if we wanted to study the Constitution that day, then we would click on that tab and then do the activities.
They offer a playground section that offers all kinds of games for either fun or for educational practice. My daughter didn’t want to use the playground now that she is older, though she has used it in the past. I think younger kids appreciate that section more.
After your first month, you have access to the art section that offers 16 lessons. We are just beginning to explore this section so I don’t have much to say about it now. My daughter is excited to check it out as she has recently begun having an interest in art. It does cover things like warm and cool colors, art as a language, lines, eyes, making paint, and getting movement in your project. It is a section that we will be utilizing.
We enjoy using Time4learning. Its easy to use, and suits the learning style of my 13 year old. She likes visuals and it doesn’t bog her down. I do like that I can limit what subjects she is doing online because I don’t want her to be on the computer for hours. I can utilize the few subjects I need for her so it limits her exposure to the EMFs coming from the computer. If your one who worries about the environment and want to help cut back on paper production, Time4learning is for you because its all on the computer and you don’t have to print things out. This helps keep our house a little de-cluttered from no longer needed items. I think this is cheap enough per month that you can use just a topic or two, or utilize it for the full curriculum. It can work either way. I know at one point in the past, I used it just for Math. Now that this review period has ended, we will continue to use it as our full time Language Arts and we will use the Social Studies section as a go to resource for more information.