Sunday, April 28, 2013
We have had the pleasure of reviewing the website Time 4 Learning for the past four weeks. I don't know about you, but this time of year, right before our homeschool convention, is the hardest time for me to stay motivated. Well, this year has been no different! between the baby being born and our schedule going to the hot place in a handbasket, and me realizing that I'm going to have a jr. high school student in just a few short months (GASP! How did THAT happen?!?), I have been woefully off track and unmotivated. So this review falling into my inbox was as perfect timing as you can get! :)
The kids needed something new and exciting. I needed a break. The kids needed a rich learning environment that was educational, yet entertaining...I needed a break! We definitely were not disappointed. The lessons were very age appropriate. The interactive parts of the site were fun. The information that they learned war presented in many ways that kept the kids engaged and interested. Mama was happy. Here are just a few benefits T4L offers:
Canon liked all the graphics and sound effects in the social studies/history lessons. He enjoyed the language arts lessons as well. "Two thumbs up!" says the third grader.
Chloe liked the fact that she could go to the LA Extensions categories and choose to take the test first. After scoring the test and going back to that page, it eliminated all the lessons that she showed mastery in on the test - so fewer lessons to go through before the retake. "LOVE it!" Says my oh-so-understated girl!
Here is a picture of the math homescreen. There are different backgrounds, but the arrangement of the icons are much the same for all grades.
Connor liked the change of pace as much as the other two. In fact, having these lessons online has helped us decide to do a few subjects next school year online. He is really looking forward to it, and I am excited to see him becoming more independent.
Caleb didn't use it much, but he did enjoy what we played. He said it was "way more funner" than a certain site he had used a few months previously...one whose name contains those things that chickens lay...
As a mom, I have to say I just loved the parent pages. There were places for me to observe how many lessons each child had completed, how they had done on those lessons, a place for me to create lesson plans for the week or the entire school year, and much more. I loved the idea of planning out their lessons and having the records kept for me all in one place. What a relief and a time saver!
Time 4 Learning is a great website. I can see it working as a complete curriculum or a great supplement for many families. The monthly rate is $19.95 for the first child, and $14.95 for the following children. In April, they are even running the special of $9.98 per child for your first month! However, with the monthly rate for four children adding up quickly, I'm not sure it would be budget friendly for our family. In the long run, I would definitely recommend giving Time 4 Learning a shot. With the April special going away in just a few days, this is the time to try it out!
**I was given a free month trial to T4L for an unbiased review. The opinions stated above are my own, or my children's.
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Hey, everybody! I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I love reading the Word with my kids. Teaching them the truths of scripture is one of the highest honors as a mother. While we have always had bible study and family bible time, sometimes we miss out on the application of what the scripture is telling us - how we are to use it in our lives, today. This bible study from Apologia, "Who is my Neighbor?" was a great alternative to what we usually do. Don't get me wrong - it is NOT a replacement to reading the bible. But it is a great accessory.
The curriculum is great for families with multiple ages, mainly for kids 6-14. They even sent a coloring book for the littler ones to keep them on track and busy while mommy or daddy is reading - great help! :)
Who is my Neighbor? uses stories to relate scripture to daily living. The stories are teaching the children - and reminding the parents - of what "salt and light" should look like in action in the world. It has given my kids a broader sense of the word neighbor. ALL God's children are our neighbors, and He can use any of us to bless others. It has been such a great time of study and discussion with the kids.
When I first got the book, I was a little concerned to see it was the third in a series called "What We Believe". But it really doesn't matter. Each book in the series focuses on a specific topic. And while, like the fruits of the spirit, they all relate to one another, the subjects are complete to stand and study alone. I do look forward to looking through the other books at some point, though...
If you are looking for a new approach or addition to your family devotion time, I highly recommend Apologia:Who is my Neighbor? It has blessed our family, and I'm sure it will bless yours as well.
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**I was given a copy of the above material for free in exchange for my review. All thoughts and comments are mine and my children's alone.