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    Default Time4Learning: Is it Good?

    I have seen Time4Learning mentioned several times and I was wondering about it. Do you use it exclusively or as a supplement? Is it really complete? How long does your child do it per day? My daughter is on different grade levels. Does the program adjust for that? Have any of you tried it and didn't like it? If so would you let me know why?

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    I used it with my DD for a while, first grade, and it didn't work well for us. She could whiz through the computer stuff, but for example if I tried to have her apply the math to a real life situation, she had no clue how. To her it was just another computer game. BUT, others love it and don't have that problem with it!

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    Hi there~
    We use it for my 2nd and 7th graders, going into 3rd and 8th grader. My boys love it and they even laugh at some of the comments made by the cartoon based lessons. For us it works great for us, my oldest is a grade below in some math and a grade ahead in the LA. When we signed up we picked the grade that they were in and then you get the grade above and below along with it and you can move up as fast as you want. I use it as a supplemental to the other stuff that we do(LOF, Singapore Math, etc) Just my experience with T4L,but we also used the time4writing course for the boys, they did pretty good A's and B's( I liked having someone else grade their writing assignments)

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    I really like Time4Learning. One of the main reasons I started using it was because of the independence factor. My girls hated textbook/workbook programs, but didn't seem to retain very much through the oral-based programs, and these programs were very teacher-intensive. So, I came to T4L as a respite on the edge of burnout (both the girls and myself). It has surprised me how well the girls are doing with the program and how they really don't mind doing these lessons. They really like the immediate feedback of the quizzes and tests.

    We use it mainly for Language Arts and Math, although they occasionally like to work through a science or social studies unit on their own. I don't let them just work through the online lessons, I try to use it fully. I print off the resource activities where available and make dd10 do the extra activities in the spelling/vocabulary/grammar lessons. I use T4L as a part of our curriculum, we also use Math Mammoth (dd7 & dd5), Teaching Textbooks (dd10), Evan-Moor Phonics worksheets, and Grammar workbooks from Teacher's Supply Store. And, we combine it with child-led topic studies for science, history, art and music.

    The biggest benefit I have found for my kids is that they will now write!!! It seems strange, but since they do less physical writing for the core lessons they don't mind including writing in the topic studies anymore.

    There is also the Time4Art classes in the upper level that dd10 likes. And, I am looking forward to using the Time4Writing when dd is older.

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    Our youngest son has used T4L for three years now as the basis of his math and language arts (social studies and science are offered as a bonus, and aren't quite as comprehensive). His math scores have come up by 15 points on his yearly standardized tests in that time, so I feel like, at least in the upper levels, the math is actually very comprehensive. We're actually pretty sad that he has hit the Time4Learning "ceiling", so to speak, because it only goes through 8th grade (the grade he just finished). The time it takes to do the lessons really varies from child to child. The T4L site has a great "breakdown" of how many lessons you would need to do per day or week to complete the lessons during a regular school year. But the amount of time it would take your child to complete those lessons will still vary...if your kids are young, I would "guesstimate" that it would take them 1-2 hours per day. Hope this helps a little...if you have any other specific questions, don't be afraid to ask!
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    I am signing up this month to see what it's like - my new Clickschooling newsletter mentioned a discount thru June 30th. Please, tell us how long each child works on it per day. Do you have multiple computers? Do you have to print off extra lessons - or, can you do them all online? Can you placetest a child? Can you copy your records & what happens to them if you lapse for a month or so? Should I go ahead & go annual -- or just try a few months over summer? (If the discount is good I will go annual...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by firefly View Post
    I am signing up this month to see what it's like - my new Clickschooling newsletter mentioned a discount thru June 30th. Please, tell us how long each child works on it per day. Do you have multiple computers? Do you have to print off extra lessons - or, can you do them all online? Can you placetest a child? Can you copy your records & what happens to them if you lapse for a month or so? Should I go ahead & go annual -- or just try a few months over summer? (If the discount is good I will go annual...)
    We do have two computers so the boys can do their lessons at the same time. We are like Topsy we have been using it for just about 3 years and love it. My boys spend about 1-2 on them a day the youngest (who just finished 2nd grade only spends about 1 hour and the oldest is about 2 hours) I usually tranfer the records into my homeschool tracker program so i have it digital instead of on paper. But you can print out the lessons daily weekly monthly or yearly, i personally do weekly and daily the most!
    I did the trail peroid as well when i first signed just to make sure and have never looked back. But it is a personal choice of if you want to do it during the summer or yearly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firefly View Post
    I am signing up this month to see what it's like - my new Clickschooling newsletter mentioned a discount thru June 30th. Please, tell us how long each child works on it per day. Do you have multiple computers? Do you have to print off extra lessons - or, can you do them all online? Can you placetest a child? Can you copy your records & what happens to them if you lapse for a month or so? Should I go ahead & go annual -- or just try a few months over summer? (If the discount is good I will go annual...)
    Ok...lot's of questions, so here goes...

    1) My son usually worked about 2 1/2 hours a day on his Time4Learning lessons, but that is with the upper level grades. I would imagine the lower level grades would only take around 1-2 hours.
    2)We definitely have multiple computers. Each person in our house has their own computer (because we are the geekiest family I know!) Lots of folks on the T4L forum, though, declare that they do just fine by having two kids sharing one computer and switching back and forth between online and offline work.
    3)Most of the lessons are online, but there are additional printable activities - - especially in math - - that you can do if you want. For instance, if my son worked through a lesson, then took his lesson quiz and didn't do that great, I would print off the worksheet that went with that lesson and we would work through it together, and then he would RE-take the quiz. For the language arts lessons, there are actually whole units of suggested supplemental materials that you CAN do if you WANT to, but they certainly aren't required.
    4)There aren't placetests at T4L, but if you have a child start a grade level of a subject, and it turns out that grade level is either too easy or too difficult, you can certainly switch them to a different grade level. Lots of T4L'ers have their kids working at different grade levels for different subjects.
    5)You can definitely print out your records. There are daily, weekly, monthly, or customizable reports available to save as pdfs or to print out. Your records won't be kept unless you keep your account active, though. They DO have an option where you can put your account on "standby", like over the summer, and only pay a small amount per month to keep your account - - and your records - - active.
    6)You won't really know if you want to subscribe for a year until you try the program. They have a $5 promotion right now through Homeschool Buyer's Coop. That would be a low-cost way to try it out!!

    Hope that helps...
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    elkhollow and firefly...this JUST came as an update on my Facebook tonight...looks like you can try the program out FREE for 30 days if you agree to do a review about your experience on your own blog or website or a forum! Here is the link from the FB update: http://time4learning.net/blog/jennt4...4learning-139/
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    Thank you all for your quick responses, and thank you Topsy for passing on the freebie. I took them up on it. You can't beat free, right!
    Ashley

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