Time 4 Learning
Homeschool Curriculum Online
What is Time 4 Learning?Time4Learning is a homeschool curriculum online (or can be used to supplement regular school as well) that covers math, language arts, grammar, science and social studies. You can add in art as well, which my kids really enjoy. The lessons are done almost exclusively online, with regular worksheets to print in math, and occasional worksheets to print in other subjects. There is no spelling program.
The lessons are presented in colorful, fun tutorials.
Often they "talk" to the kids (a good headset is recommended).
Sometimes the kids roll their eyes and say, "this is stupid", but the older the kids get, the less corny the material is.
Time4Learning is a monthly service. They charge per child (discounts on more than one) to use the system, and come with a 14-day money back guarantee if you don't like the program, so there is really no risk. They cover preschool-middle school.
Many families choose to use parts of Time4Learning to supplement their current homeschooling curriculum, while others, like us, use it almost exclusively for our homeschool materials and supplement with required reading assignments, and family travel experiences (aka, field trips, for non-RVing families who happen to be reading this).
It works out great for us! We've tried many other methods of homeschooling on the road, and have found that they are either bulky with lots of heavy books literally weighing us down, or very time intensive. We like the online approach.
How We Use Time4LearningOn Monday mornings, I get up early and go to the parent login.
I review last week's work for both 11 year old William, and 9 year old Sara.
I check how long they spent on each assignment, and what they scored on quizzes or tests (we have a rule that you must have an 80% or higher to have mastered a topic.)
I then go through the lesson plans and come up with a schedule for the week for each child.
If they didn't do so hot on those quizzes or tests last week, I make them retake them this week. I write down each assignment they need to do for each day, and print out any worksheets that go with the lessons for the whole week.
When the kids get up, they have their new lesson plans, and know that everything on the list must be completed by the following Monday morning. They have the option of doing more than a day's requirement at a time to have extra free-time (or a day off) later in the week, and if we choose to go on some family travel experiences through the week, they must make up that work by Sunday.
It takes each child about 2 hours to do Time 4 Learning each day, which includes extra time they can spend on the Playground, an age-appropriate computer game area where they do educational computer games. I have the option of allowing any amount of time I wish for the kids to play on the Playground each day, during school time. This helps to break up the monotony for them.
While the kids are schooling (William generally goes first while Sara does her chores and reading, then after lunch they switch places), I'm sitting next to them on my own computer, doing my own "work" for the day. That way if they have any questions or need any assistance, I'm right there. (Plus, I make sure they don't "accidentally" open up Webkinz or Roblox instead of school work.)
Don't get me wrong. Its not all sunshine and lollypops. Some days everyone whines, some days they try to zip through a science assignment in 25 seconds (and wonder why they can't score at least an 80% on the quiz) and some days they cannot understand what the computer is asking them to do (and Ed and I can't either). But for the most part, it all works out smoothly.
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