My 10-year-old and I recently finished a trial membership of the website Time4Learning. The following is my review after the 30-day trial, in which we were able to access the entire site for free in return for an honest review. Therefore, these opinions are my own.
If you are unfamiliar with this program let me explain a bit. Time4Learning is a web-based homeschool curriculum for all grades; as they recently added high school. The program offers language arts, math, science, and social studies for a reasonable (and comparable) price. Demos are available here.
I stumbled across Time4Learning in my research for all-encompassing curriculum for my 10-year-old. She is currently completing fifth grade work and in looking ahead to next school year, I wanted to make sure we were covering all our bases and filling in the holes. Currently, we use Brain Pop (subscription), Discovery Education (subscription), and Khan Academy (free). I was wondering if we could narrow down the field.
We are eclectic homeschoolers; we use a wide range of physical classes, online viewing, book learning, and hands-on experience to complete our studies. I found Time4Learning to be a tad bit more formal than I wanted. I like the pricing, I like the breakdown of lesson plans, and I like the full scope of subjects. My daughter was interested and explored the site but it didn’t really hold her interest, nor was it very easy to navigate if she was looking for a particular topic. She also mentioned that the graphics were simple.
I would recommend this program if you are looking for a way to simplify record keeping and want to take a step back from lesson planning. This program provides both and would definitely take the burden away from the parents. I find I am still interested in getting my hands “dirty” with planning and I discovered I am not a structured individual (which is not a surprise, really).
I do appreciate the opportunity to review this program and it might be a more proper fit for us in the future (say, high school) but for now I think we will stick with our piecemeal tactics.