As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received online access to Time4Learning for review purposes.
Time4Learning is an online educational program for preschool through eighth grade. The curriculum uses a combination of animated lessons, activities and worksheets. I used the 7th grade level with my 13 year old son, Zach. He used Time4Learning as a supplement, not his entire curriculum.
When you sign up, you choose the grade level you want for your student. You will have access to that grade level, plus one grade up and one grade down. There are more than 1,000 interactive lessons that teach using a combination of multimedia activities, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests, and online, as well as offline, projects
The graphic below shows how many activities are available for each subject for K-8.
The above chart is from the parents lesson planning section. You can click on the activity links to access the lesson planning. Here you will find a description of every lesson, and which lesson has a quiz, test, or worksheet available. You are able to print out worksheets, and the worksheet and quiz answer keys. There is an Activity Scheduler where you can assign the number of activities for each subject that you want your child to do. There are a lot of parent resources available, including help with setting up a schedule. Timer Settings are available so you can set the number of minimum minutes you want the student to work on the lessons. You are also able to set the amount of time that the student can play on the playground. (More about the playground later.)
Let’s move on to the student side of the website. This is the Upper Level Login screen. The student can quickly and easily sign themselves in to the website. The website is set up for independent learning. As this level. the parent doesn’t have to be present while the student works.
Once the student signs in, the window shown below pops up. From here, the student can access the curriculum, or their reports.
Once the student picks which subject to work on, another window pops up with the choices in that subject. My sons favorite subject to work in was Social Studies. Here is a screen shot of some of the available lessons.
The student can also access their recent work, assignments, and reports. They can choose the subject, and the time frame to see how well they are doing.
Ok, I said I’d talk more about the playground later. Here’s a screen shot from the playground screen. There are even more games and activities that aren’t included in this screen shot. The student is able to choose what game or activity they want to do, and there is a timer in the upper right hand corner that lets them know how much time they have been playing. These are fun activities and games that are used as a reward for the student. After Social Studies, this was my sons favorite part of the website to visit.
The mouse pictured in the logo at the top of this post is featured throughout the website. he is animated, and talks. I found his voice annoying, but my son didn’t seem to notice.
“I liked Time4Learning. I guess the playground was good. I liked the lessons. I liked learning more about the Revolution.” – Zach
Over all, Time4Learning is a great website. Since I used it with my son as a supplement, I didn’t research using it as a total curriculum. As a supplement, I found it very helpful. My student liked it, so that means he spent more time learning. Visit the website for curriculum demos.
The cost for the PreK to 8th grade monthly membership for Time4Learning is $19.95 for the first student and $14.95 for each additional student.