Monday, April 12, 2010

Time 4 Learning

Product: Time 4 Learning PreK
Company: Time 4 Learning
Price: 19.95US$ for first child/month, 14.95US$ for each additional child/month
Additional Information: Prices vary on this product from time to time so please refer to the company's website for current price.

Morgaine was thrilled when she found out that she would be getting her very own product for Mommy to review as part of the TOS Homeschool Crew. She'd been able to follow along with some of the products that I received for Liam's age range but there was never anything specific to hers until we received a one month subscription to Time 4 Learning to try out their online PreK curriculum. Time 4 Learning offers online educational activities and games geared towards your PreK-8th grade student (you choose your child's level when you register). The focus is primarily on English and math with "bonus" material in history and science included in most grade levels.

Morgaine was eager to try out Time 4 Learning and I was happy to see that the PreK curriculum was easy enough for my her to follow being a non-reader. All activities were explained aloud or used easy to understand symbols like smiley and sad faces. There were a variety of topics to choose from and for the most part I was pleased with how in depth some of the material was for PreK (however, there was other material that I found much too easy for her...but I suppose some children might still need work on those skills and Morgaine is at the older age range for PreK).

When your child logs in they are greeted with a menu of topics to choose from....

Other topics include:

  • the alphabet,

  • colours,

  • shapes,

  • numbers

  • weather,

  • the human body,

  • and much more.

Each topic contains a variety of activities including stories, videos, puzzles and more. At the end of each activity your child can rate whether they enjoyed it or not which is not only valuable to the company but also to the homeschooling parent. For example, I learned that Morgaine enjoyed the story books much more than videos so as a result we will likely look for more written material for her kindergarten year as opposed to visual/auditory material.

While we did enjoy Time 4 Learning, the cost of 19.95$US per month would prohibit me from purchasing it, especially because my son would likely want his own membership as well and I could never justify 35$US dollars a month for this curriculum. The company occasionally offers rebates and other specials so it is important to check their website for their most current offers. In my opinion, this program is not complete enough to be more than a supplement to other material. The activities are fun and educational, however, I can find similar activities out there for free with just a little extra searching. If you do not want to spend time searching around the internet and want all your student's activities in one location then this online curriculum may work well for you.

There are free lesson demos on the Time 4 Learning website so be sure to check them out if you think this program might work well for your family. To hear what other Crew members have to say about this product please click here.

***Any products reviewed by me as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of the product and/or how we used the product within our family. I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.

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