A World without walls
everyday life while homeschooling overseas
We've now enjoyed our free month of Time4Learning. So, what can I say about it? There is a lot that is very good about it. I feel like it would be a great supplement to what I'm doing. The best part about it, is that I can say to the kids, "Go work on your Time4Learning lessons!", and they jump right to it! We all know how hard it is to get our kids to do math practice, or reading comprehension, or phonics practice. This program was a real treat for my kids, especially for my 4th grader. He has a difficult time focusing at the best of times, but when he's in front of a computer, he's 100% focused (which can sometimes pose problems, of course), so this worked especialy well for him. He spent over an hour one day doing reading comprehension exercises--and at the end of his time, he said to me, "I love this, mom!" That's a pretty high compliment. My 2nd grader loved the science and social studies, but often had difficulties with the math section on her own. I think that would be something I'd have to sit down with her and either help her with her grade level, or have her go down a grade so she could feel more confidence on her own. I set my kindergartner up with the 1st grade level, and it seemed to work fine for him, for the most part. Again, if I am going to continue with this program, I would probably set him back down to kindergarten so he could do all the activities by himself without being frustrated because the instructions weren't 100% clear to him.
Overall, I think I'd give Time4Learning 4 stars out of 5. I loved that it kept track of everything my kids did so I could look it over and see how they were doing. I know I didn't utilize every aspect of the program, but as I said before, at this point, it would make a great supplement for some extra computer lab-type practice for the kids. At least if they're doing this, I know there are no ads that entice them to head over to My Little Pony.com and build a 'cake'. It's all about learning with a little edutainment thrown in to spice it up a bit. Will we continue? That's still up in the air. The price still seems a bit steep for me, so this will have to be put on the discussion list to see if it's really worth it at this point. With three kids (the first child is about $20, all children after that are $15 per month--so we'd be paying $50/month), that's a pretty hefty sum. It IS nice to have it all in one place, though, so it is definitely an idea that's still on the table.
Who Am I?
As a Stay At Home Mom of 4 wonderful children, I have the amazing opportunity not only to home school them, but to do so in many different places! I am married to the most amazingly wonderful (and handsome) man in the whole world! Together, we seek out, every day, that Joy in the Journey that makes life exciting!
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