Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Time 4 Learning Product Review

Time For Learning Review, Building Legos with Christ, Homeschool Education


Time 4 Learning is a online education program for Pre-K through twelfth grade.  It can be used as a homeschool curriculum, afterschool tutorial, or for use over the summer to keep you refreshed.  The program is web based and is accessible 24/7 from any computer that has an internet connection.

At the preschool and kindergarten level they offer Math, Language, Reading, and Phonics.  Grades first through eighth grade are offer Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies.  At the high school level they offer English, Math (including Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus), Science (including Biology, Chemistry, Physics and more), and Social Studies.

Time 4 Learning is organized by chapters.  When you log in you choose your subject, chapter, and lesson.  The program keeps track of where you left off and what you have completed.  You are guided through each lesson with both visual and auditory prompts. 

The program offers tools and support for parents such as a parent forum, activity finder, lesson plans, parent reviews and more.

We would not continue our subscription to Time 4 Learning as their Science curriculum contains evolution and does not represent our beliefs of a young earth.  I contacted Time 4 Learning with my concerns.  This was Time 4 Learning's response and recommendation. 

Our curriculum is more secular in nature, as it correlates to state standards and, in most cases, the exercises are aligned with what students in public schools are learning. We apologize if any part of our program offended you.

We would recommend visiting our
Parents Forum to see how other families are using the program as part of a religious approach. You may want to post your concern since other parents may find your information helpful when deciding how to address the lessons in their own homes.

We appreciate honest reviews and do not expect members to have always believe the program is a good fit for their family, as every family is unique. However, we have many Christian families and support groups that use the program. They actually created discussions such as the "Christian Perspective" and the "Christian Discussion" on our parent forum so that members can share concerns. Time4Learning allows members to skip over lessons and pick and choose what they want from the program. Members on these forums have included activity names or activity numbers as a suggestion to skip over, due to beliefs or conflicts of interest. The program only grades the students on what they complete, it does not mark against them for skipping over material.

It appears that other families have had concerns with the program from a Christian perspective.  I did appreciate Time 4 Learning response and recommendations but, I choose to support programs with Christian values.  A special thank you to Time 4 Learning for extending this product to me for a free trial in exchange for my honest opinion.

God Bless,
CJ

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