curriculum – Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com Homeschool, Afterschool, Skill Building Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:31:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 How Much Does Homeschooling Cost? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/how-much-does-homeschooling-cost/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/how-much-does-homeschooling-cost/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:25:57 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=12133 The average cost of homeschooling one child per year might fall within the following ranges. Curriculum: $350-750 Materials: $150-300 Field Trips: $100-$250 Extracurriculars: $100-$500 Approximate total cost per year per student: $700-$1800 The Average Cost of Homeschooling Is homeschooling expensive? If you are just beginning the journey of homeschooling, that’s a question that is probably […]]]>

The average cost of homeschooling one child per year might fall within the following ranges.

  • Curriculum: $350-750
  • Materials: $150-300
  • Field Trips: $100-$250
  • Extracurriculars: $100-$500
  • Approximate total cost per year per student: $700-$1800

The Average Cost of Homeschooling

Is homeschooling expensive? If you are just beginning the journey of homeschooling, that’s a question that is probably front and center of your concerns. It’s also one of the toughest questions to answer, mostly because what is “expensive” to one family is quite reasonable for another. But what I think new homeschoolers really want to know is exactly what types of things they will be responsible for purchasing if they take their child’s education into their own hands. Although it isn’t something you think about too much when you are sending your child to public school, you’ll be interested to know that your costs for homeschooling will fall into three main categories:

  • curriculum (online or offline)
  • general books and education supplies
  • extracurricular activities (including local classes, athletics, field trips, etc.)

Here’s where things get especially tricky, though. One of the reasons it can be so hard to pin down average costs of homeschooling is because every family has a unique homeschool situation. For example, if you’ve chosen to homeschool your son with dyslexia because his needs aren’t being met at his current school, then you may need to factor the addition of remedial reading programs or even specialized instructors into your costs. On the other hand, a family who lives in a large city with access to multiple free museum programs, extensive libraries, and a strong homeschool co-operative may be able to homeschool for only a few hundred dollars a year!

“I had expected homeschooling to break the bank. Our family had to drop to one income to be able to teach our daughter at home. I was very surprised that we could cover most of the core subjects for less than $20 with an online curriculum. Our biggest cost turned out to be the weekly horseback riding lessons she wants to take now that she has the time. But she’s never enjoyed ‘P.E.’ more!”

Leslie, new homeschooling mom of 1

The Hidden Costs of Homeschooling

Sure, traditional schooling has plenty of “fees” associated with it, but you are usually warned at least somewhat in advance when those are involved. Homeschooling, on the other hand, can add to your monthly expenses in ways you might not have considered yet. It’s important to foresee some of the hidden ways that homeschooling may affect your pocketbook so you can begin to budget accordingly. For example, homeschooling can mean:

  • additional gas money for field trips, outings, classes, homeschool group activities, etc.
  • a slight increase in your grocery bill just because being at home all day often means more snacking.
  • additional supplies costs (especially in the beginning) to cover science projects, crafts, and hands-on activities you’ll be doing at home.

How to Save Money on Homeschooling

How much does it cost to homeschool? That depends on how resourceful you are! And the longer you homeschool, the more clever you tend to become about cutting costs. Some creative ways to keep down your homeschool expenses include:

  • taking advantage of tax-free shopping days to purchase school supplies.
  • using your local library liberally, including the online educational subscriptions they often offer.
  • attending used book sales and homeschool curriculum fairs.
  • keeping an eye out for free educational events and programs for children offered in your area.
  • researching stores and venues that offer homeschool discounts.
  • reading homeschool curriculum reviews before purchasing so that you don’t waste money on programs that aren’t right for your student.

Does homeschooling cost money? Yes, of course, but by taking advantage of free resources through your library, local homeschool co-operative, and free educational offerings online and in your local area, you can significantly reduce your overall expenses and keep your expenses within budget.

“I admit that I way overspent on curriculum our first year. By year two, we had switched to an affordable monthly curriculum, bought all our other supplies either on sale or used, and found out that our local science museum has free classes for homeschoolers twice a month. Even so, no matter what we spend, the chance to get to spend this much time with my kids is priceless to me!”

Pammy, 2nd year homeschooling mom of 3

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Hands-On Science Activities for Elementary Students https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/hands-on-science-activities-for-elementary-students/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/tips-worksheets/hands-on-science-activities-for-elementary-students/#respond Thu, 28 Dec 2017 13:30:31 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11815 When you think back to your earliest school days, the science activities for kindergarten that come to mind probably involved actively measuring, prodding, maneuvering, and yes, squishing things, right? Young children retain information best when they are interacting with it, which is the premise behind the design of the science content from Science4Us.com. As a […]]]>

When you think back to your earliest school days, the science activities for kindergarten that come to mind probably involved actively measuring, prodding, maneuvering, and yes, squishing things, right? Young children retain information best when they are interacting with it, which is the premise behind the design of the science content from Science4Us.com.

Science4Us Ice

As a parent, you probably wish you could engage your child more with science experiments and hands-on science projects, but it can be difficult to find safe, fun, and relevant activities. You’ll be happy to know that Time4Learning offers all of the interactive content from within Science4Us’s award winning curriculum to our early elementary students. Science4Us has created a program that engages young scientists with interactive lessons, videos and songs, online investigations, printable worksheets, and hundreds of other fun science projects for kids at home.

Download a Sample Science4Us Activity

Science4Us Hands-On Worksheets

Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. Each of the Science4Us Modules (Life Science, Earth/Space Science, Physical Science/Inquiry) includes experiential learning opportunities in every lesson.

As an example, when second graders are studying Changes in Matter, they get a hands-on and delicious opportunity to draw upon their studies of physical and chemical reactions in order to make a piece of cinnamon toast!

Hands-On Science Activity Sample

This free 2nd grade level science activity download is from the Science4Us Physical Science Module. Many similar activities are available via the Elementary Science Curriculum from Time4Learning.

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More Elementary Science Resources for Students

Science4Us Popsicle Sticks

Time4Learning has partnered with Science4Us because we believe that the careers of the future will be heavily dependent on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The earlier students develop an interest and passion for these subjects, the more likely they are to become proficient in them. Science4Us content is full of opportunities for students to build a solid foundation of fundamental science skills with resources such as the following:

So tell us, what was the science lesson or experiment in your early years that you still remember today? Leave a reply in the comments section below.

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A Holistic Approach for the New Homeschool Year https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/a-holistic-approach-for-the-new-homeschool-year/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/a-holistic-approach-for-the-new-homeschool-year/#respond Wed, 04 Oct 2017 12:30:06 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11092 No more wondering, “Are we doing enough in our homeschool?” It’s probably the single most posted question in the Time4Learning Families group on Facebook. Over and over, group members post some version of, “I’m worried that we’re not covering all our homeschool bases. Is Time4Learning really enough?” The answer (in case you are having the […]]]>

No more wondering, “Are we doing enough in our homeschool?”

It’s probably the single most posted question in the Time4Learning Families group on Facebook. Over and over, group members post some version of, “I’m worried that we’re not covering all our homeschool bases. Is Time4Learning really enough?”

The answer (in case you are having the same concerns) is a resounding, “NO!” That’s not because Time4Learning isn’t a comprehensive curriculum – – it certainly is. Rather, the idea of one educational curriculum being “enough” to homeschool a child is a notion you should probably throw out the window right now. To create a truly holistic approach to homeschooling, you’ll want to take a full, three-dimensional look at your child. When you do that, you’ll discover that your homeschooler has:

  • a need to learn
  • a need to experience
  • a need to connect learning and experience to their life and their understanding of the world

Thinking of our children within that more expansive framework can help us immensely as we plan for the new homeschool year. When you understand that your overall goal is to educate the whole child, not just the part that learns facts and masters skills, you’re on your way to creating a comprehensive homeschool experience.

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Besides the fact that your child or teen needs to make educational progress because the law says so, you’re probably well aware of how learning enhances our lives from the cradle to the grave. Thankfully, in terms of core subjects, Time4Learning’s online curriculum covers preschool through 8th grade with engaging, interactive lessons in math, language arts, science, and social studies. High school includes courses in these subjects as well as optional electives for health and economics/finance.

Even with a strong core curriculum, though, you’ll want to take into account your unique child’s needs when determining what other learning options to include in your homeschool plan. For example:

  • Is their hand-eye coordination progress cueing you that it’s time to start handwriting instruction?
  • Do they have a natural talent in drawing or sketching that lets you know they’re ready for a dedicated program like Time4Art?
  • Are they showing an interest in other cultures which indicates that foreign language learning might be worth adding to the mix?
  • Do they have a specific educational weakness that might lead you toward supplemental learning options such as additional spelling help or targeted writing practice?

Determining how to best meet your child’s learning needs depends most of all on truly knowing that child’s strengths, weaknesses, interests, temperament, and motivation. Homeschooling, luckily, allows you to customize the learning to the child; what a bonus!

A Homeschooler Needs to Experience

If you’ve homeschooled for more than a minute, you’ve probably realized that it means a lot more than sitting around the kitchen table scribbling in workbooks. One of the chief perks of home education is the ability to provide your children with an experiential education. The more a child or teen interacts with their learning, the more they’ll internalize that learning, and the longer they will retain it.

Those experiences, of course, will look different from family to family and even from child to child. The ways to make homeschool an interactive adventure are limited only by your imagination. Here are a handful of ideas for getting your child involved in his or her own learning:

  • Supplementing their Time4Learning lessons with related educational videos from services such as YouTube, PBS, Netflix, or Khan Academy.
  • Taking field trips that are tied to what they are currently studying in their core subjects.
  • Enhancing lessons with hands-on activities such as art projects, science experiments, cooking sessions, or Lego™ creations.
  • Practicing skills they are learning with printable worksheets, online learning games, or even active games that build muscles in the brain and the rest of the body.

A Homeschooler Needs to Make Connections

Even the most interactive learning, though, won’t stick with your child unless they can personalize it. A well-rounded homeschool plan will include projects that help children connect what they are learning with real life.   How to make learning meaningful for students will vary from child to child but, in general, meaningful education can be accomplished by:

  • tying lessons to a child’s specific interests  (for example, having a dinosaur lover use prehistoric figurines to practice addition skills)
  • tying lessons to a child’s past experiences (for example, connecting a teen’s Time4Learning lesson on weather patterns to storm clouds they took photos of last week)
  • tying lessons to current events in the world (for example, discussing with your middle schooler how a lesson on American colonization relates to current immigration controversies)

This homeschool year, paint your plan with a broad brush. Let Time4Learning handle the core curriculum, then base your decision about supplements on your child’s unique needs, interests, and skillset. Taking this kind of holistic approach will leave you confident, this year and every year, that yes, you are “doing enough.”

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Four Burning Questions New Homeschoolers Have https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/four-burning-questions-new-homeschoolers-have/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/four-burning-questions-new-homeschoolers-have/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:59:03 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9774 Jamie Gaddy is no stranger to homeschooling. She’s been doing it for twelve years with six kids. She has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt (and yeah, she even washed it first). Prior to homeschooling her own brood, Jamie was an educator, so she knows a thing or two about teaching children. She’s […]]]>

Jamie Gaddy is no stranger to homeschooling. She’s been doing it for twelve years with six kids. She has been there, done that, and got the t-shirt (and yeah, she even washed it first). Prior to homeschooling her own brood, Jamie was an educator, so she knows a thing or two about teaching children. She’s the kind of homeschool mom you wish you could just sit down with and grill for a while. A little while ago, that’s exactly what Atlanta television personality B.J. Arnett did, by inviting Jamie to be a guest on her show, This Day with B.J. Arnett.

In the interview, Jamie shared from her heart the challenges and benefits of home education, including what it takes to get started. We’ve compiled some clips from the piece that will hopefully answer some of the most burning questions families new to homeschooling have.

 

 

 

 

  • 3. What’s the one thing homeschool families should know when getting started?

 

 

 

Following the interview, we asked Jamie if she could share her thoughts on another common question homeschoolers have…

  • 4. How do I choose a homeschool curriculum for my kids?

    Here’s what Jamie had to say.

    When I’m considering what curriculum to buy, I start by analyzing the needs of my kids, individually. Some of my kids are auditory learners, for instance, while others learn best with hands-on activities. I also think about their strengths and weaknesses, and what they are each passionate about. Once I’ve considered my childrens’ needs, I stop and examine my own. After all, I am homeschooling six children at once! If I can find a curriculum that works with my child’s learning styles, keeps his/her interest, and will work across several grade levels, then it’s like Christmas come early at my house! Thankfully, Time4Learning has been just that kind of curriculum for our family.

     

 

Still have more questions about getting started homeschooling? Download our free Welcome to Homeschooling guide or ask questions of other homeschooling parents in our Parent Forum.

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3 Ways to Grow Your Child’s Foreign Language Skills https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/3-ways-to-grow-your-childs-foreign-language-skills/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/3-ways-to-grow-your-childs-foreign-language-skills/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:34:44 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9109 The time had finally come and we were ready for our family vacation to Mexico. After the 6-hour flight, we finally landed and made our way to baggage claim to collect our belongings. As we stepped outside to catch a ride to our hotel, I saw a man yell, “Necesitas que te lleven?” I didn’t […]]]>

The time had finally come and we were ready for our family vacation to Mexico. After the 6-hour flight, we finally landed and made our way to baggage claim to collect our belongings. As we stepped outside to catch a ride to our hotel, I saw a man yell, “Necesitas que te lleven?” I didn’t know what he was saying so I just shook my head and politely said, “No, that’s alright.” Little did I know that the man was asking if we needed a ride. Instead of quickly getting to our hotel, I passed on the offer and delayed our transportation all because I didn’t speak or understand Spanish. After that week long trip, my children made me promise that before our next vacation, we would make an effort to learn the country’s native language.

Travel is just one of the many reasons families choose to learn a second language. Learning an additional language improves one’s native language skills, memory, and academics. Many school-aged children pick language as an elective. And still, there are families who relocate to other countries because of work or military obligations. Whatever your reason is for learning a foreign language, consider incorporating these three tips to grow your children’s foreign language skills.

How to Grow Your Child’s Foreign Language Skills

  1. Sign Up for a Foreign Language Program
  2. Take a Mock Vacation
  3. Practice your New Language in Creative Ways

Sign Up for a Foreign Language Program

There are in-person classes, tutors, homeschool co-ops, foreign language clubs, and even apps that can be great resources for teaching your child a foreign language.

We found the best fit for our family was to add Time4Languages on to our Time4Learning membership. These online interactive courses can be accessed on a desktop, mobile, or tablet 24/7. We chose German, but they also have courses in Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), French, Chinese (Mandarin), Latin, and English (American). The program is great because it helps my children think and speak in German. They are also talking into a microphone to perfect their pronunciation of the words.

Take A Mock Vacation

Taking a trip to the country in which the language originates in or studying abroad are great ways to learn your foreign language. However, if you’re like my family, taking a trip once a year is all that fits in our budget. Since Germany was the next country we would be visiting, we held a mock vacation day at home, where my children and I immersed ourselves in the German culture all from our home. We dressed up in lederhosen, which is the German word for trousers, we baked pretzels, and cooked bratwurst on the grill. We also spoke German all day. This really put our knowledge to the test. If we didn’t know how to say a specific word or phrase we would write it down so we could do some research on it later.

Practice your New Language in Creative Ways

Learning a new language is exciting, but you definitely have to practice to help it stick. We have found fun and creative ways to keep up our family’s newfound skills before our trip. Here are a few that you and your family can also try:

  • Change all your settings on your phone/computer to the specific language you are learning. Surprisingly enough, you will catch on very quickly and be able to maneuver around your device sooner than later.
  • Rent a foreign movie but try to hold off on the subtitles as long as possible.
  • Fun Fact: Wikipedia pages have been created in over 200 languages, get ready to read lots and lots of foreign content.
  • Visit a restaurant specializing in the country for the language you are learning. Not only can you practice reading the menu and order in the language, but also get a feel for the culture.
  • Find a penpal in a country that speaks the language you are learning. You can either write letters to practice your writing or Skype to practice your pronunciations.
  • Join a foreign language club. It’s a great way to make friends with common interests.

Today, we live in such a diverse world, where approximately 350 different languages are spoken throughout the U.S. and 43% of the world’s population is bilingual. If you are ready to help your children become multilingual, consider an online program such as Time4Languages, which can easily fit into your daily schedule. And don’t forget to practice those newfound skills with reading, writing, and pronunciation activities inside and outside of the house. I can’t wait to see how this extra effort pays off when we visit Germany in the summer.

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4 Ways to Manage a Midyear Homeschool Transition https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/4-ways-accidental-homeschoolers-successfully-manage-a-midyear-homeschool-transition/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/4-ways-accidental-homeschoolers-successfully-manage-a-midyear-homeschool-transition/#respond Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:00:49 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9071 While every homeschooling story is unique, in time, you come to see the patterns. For example, there are the families who know from before their children are school-aged that they want to homeschool them. Then there are families that seem to fall into homeschooling, what we affectionately call “accidental homeschoolers.” In fact, December and January […]]]>

While every homeschooling story is unique, in time, you come to see the patterns. For example, there are the families who know from before their children are school-aged that they want to homeschool them. Then there are families that seem to fall into homeschooling, what we affectionately call “accidental homeschoolers.” In fact, December and January seem to give rise to this group of homeschoolers who decide to kick off the new year with this alternative educational choice after trying to make it work in public or private school. Making the decision to homeschool is tough enough, but doing so mid-school year seems to tack on an additional set of challenges. Whether you have made the leap or you’re still on the fence here are four ways to to make a midyear homeschool transition a success.

1. Check your State Homeschooling Laws

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but the laws are different from state to state, not to mention that they can and do change. Therefore, we always recommend checking your homeschool laws and to start by reaching out to your Department of Education. “We made the decision to pull our child out of private school after a bullying incident left my daughter afraid and not learning anything. We contacted our local Department of Ed to find out how to make the switch. I always tell new homeschool families to start here, but not to stop here. Not everyone in the school system is up to speed on the homeschool laws and requirements,” said Jamie, a homeschool mother of six. As such, Jamie recommends homeschool parents to reach out to local homeschool groups for additional information and insights from experienced homeschoolers in your area. The “been there, done that” families are eager to help new homeschooling families start their journey and often have plenty of lessons learned to share. This state homeschool info page provides additional links to resources and parent forum discussions by state.

2. Have a Plan, But be Flexible — Because You Can

When making the transition, don’t feel pressured to prepare a year’s worth of lesson plans on what you are going to teach for the rest of the year, because who actually knows that? Start with a basic plan and take the time to recognize your child’s learning habits. Then, jot down some goals that you and your student would like to achieve within a certain period of time. Homeschooling is very flexible, your plans can be made-up or changed along the way, nothing has to be set in stone. For example, begin with a couple of lessons a day for math and reading. Or, start out with going back and reviewing concepts that your student didn’t fully grasp while in school. You also have the ability to integrate physical activity, creative lessons, and real-life experiences into their education whenever YOU want.

3. Choose a Homeschool Curriculum That Fits Your Student’s Needs

Taking the time to understand your student’s learning styles will help you in understanding what materials to buy. The biggest mistake accidental homeschoolers make is to spend a lot of money on a curriculum before they even get to know their child from an academics perspective.

There are many curricula options. So how do you know which one to choose, or which one will work best? Trial and error. There are many different curricula options available to homeschoolers, including online, textbook and workbook based, or even hybrid curricula which is a mix of both textbooks and online materials. Time4Learning, for example, is an award-winning, online curriculum for PreK-12th students. One of the many benefits for accidental homeschoolers is that it covers the core subjects – math, language arts, science, and social studies – and extra educational options such as electives like economics and health, foreign languages, writing, and vocabulary and spelling for a monthly fee. So while parents and children get to know each other in a new light, and parents get to understand their role as teacher/principal, education can continue. If you decide that Time4Learning is not a good fit, and we don’t think you will, the membership can be canceled at any time. Be sure to check out Time4Learning’s homeschool parent forum for insights and advice from parents all around the country on choosing a homeschool curriculum and everything in between on your homeschool journey.

4. Be Patient, Homeschooling Takes Time

Transitioning to homeschool midyear isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. You are going to hit bumps along the way, but so does everyone else. While you are starting to recognize your students’ interests, strengths, and weaknesses, your student is also starting to observe your teaching styles. As homeschooling gets moving along, you will be able to find a rhythm that works for your family.

While things are coming along, focus on the positives of homeschooling, besides the obvious ones, like school in your PJs or the beauty of not setting an alarm (a common homeschool favorite). Take advantage of getting out of the house, taking field trips, or teaming up with other homeschooling families through a co-op to outsource teaching time for your student. Your student will now have individualized attention when it comes to their education with the ability to learn at their own pace. Work with your child to find their love of learning again, but this time, at home!

As you are making the midyear transition just remember you are not alone. Let us help guide you through your new and exciting journey by providing supportive insights straight to your mailbox. Sign up for our emails to receive more great advice. Good luck!

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Time4Learning: The Middle School Program https://www.time4learning.com/blog/grades-ages/time4learning-the-middle-school-program/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/grades-ages/time4learning-the-middle-school-program/#respond Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:10:03 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=227 Time4Learning started as a program for early elementary school. In 2005, we extended up through middle school. Then in 2013 we added high school. Middle School is a challenging educational time because the subject material and the students get increasingly complex. Many online programs for middle school take an approach which ends up being much […]]]>

Time4Learning started as a program for early elementary school. In 2005, we extended up through middle school. Then in 2013 we added high school.

Middle School is a challenging educational time because the subject material and the students get increasingly complex. Many online programs for middle school take an approach which ends up being much like an online textbook. At Time4Learning, we try to maintain the approach of interactive multimedia delivered in bite-size lessons. Take a look at the sample lessons and the lesson plans.

Children love the “outside-the-box” approach and the novelty of using a computer for school. The Time4Learning online interactive curriculum engages and challenges pre-teens and teens, letting them work at their own pace. It can be used for enrichment, homeschool, remedial, gifted, or special needs.

Middle School Students need curriculum that teaches at their level:

  • The math curriculum includes number sense, measurement, data analysis & probability, geometry & spatial reasoning, algebra and more.
  • The language arts curriculum program teaches advanced reading comprehension, literary analysis, critical thinking, vocabulary, grammar, punctuation, and writing skills.
  • Science & social studies activities are offered through a series of modularized lessons that allow students to learn and review at their own pace. This rich assortment of lessons can be used as a supplement to any standardized curriculum.

Learn more about Time4Learning on our Middle School Curriculum page.
Learn more about Time4Learning on our Elementary curriculum page.
Learn more about Time4Learning on our High School curriculum page.

One parent recently wrote: “It’s so simple now that all of my children use Time4Learning. My little one gets up asking about his “work” which is Time4Learning. My first grader basically learned to read with Time4Learning this year. And my middle school student, who has had some motivational problems recently, has found Time4Learning to be a great change of pace. He had engaged with the Pre-Algebra in particular. Before, he was making no progress with the textbook and worksheets.”

Make Time4Learning a part of your children’s middle school education. Sign up and gain access to an educational system that will engage and challenge your child to succeed. You can cancel at any time, and there is a two-week money-back guarantee. Give it a try today.

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What About Math? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/what-about-math/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/what-about-math/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:20:59 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=95 Time4Learning strongly feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without these skills, chances are they will have a lot of trouble in school and beyond. It’s no wonder that students with weak math skills have a difficult time with the subject. As a result, they get poor grades and you […]]]>

Time4Learning strongly feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without these skills, chances are they will have a lot of trouble in school and beyond.

It’s no wonder that students with weak math skills have a difficult time with the subject. As a result, they get poor grades and you may even notice that they begin to develop math anxiety. But when a child develops a solid math foundation, you’ll be amazed at how that stress and anxiety disappears. You might even hear your child say that math is fun!

Building a solid foundation in math requires a systematic approach. Too many children do not get the broad introduction and ongoing practice that builds confidence and deep understanding. The primary mistakes that parents make in teaching math are having too narrow a focus and reviewing math concepts out of sequence. This blog post will discuss broadening focus; a future blog post will cover proper sequence.

Parents tend to overemphasize arithmetic and overlook other math areas. The Time4Learning math lesson plans are available for you to review. They teach these five math strands:

  • Number Sense and Operations – Knowing how to represent numbers and recognizing “how many” in a group paves the way for grasping number theory.
  • Algebra – Even at the preschool level, learning to recognize patterns and sets (“pick the small red fish”) creates the groundwork for working with unknowns and algebraic variables and prepares students for algebra in middle school.
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense – When children build on their knowledge of basic shapes, they increase their ability to reason spatially, read maps, visualize objects in space and eventually use geometry to solve problems.
  • Measurement – Learning how to measure and compare is an important life skill that encompasses the concepts of length, weight, temperature, capacity, time and money.
  • Data Analysis and Probability – Using charts, tables and graphs will help children learn to share and organize information about the world.

The Time4Learning online system allows children in pre-k to high school to progress through the math curriculum with a self-paced, comprehensive, fun approach. The fundamentals of math are taught in such an engaging way that your children will enjoy learning their math. Try our interactive demos or sign up now and receive a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Time4Learning’s math program continues through high school. This includes Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. Learn more about our pre-algebra and algebra online course.

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Is Time4Learning a Complete Curriculum? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/experienced-homeschooler/is-time4learning-a-complete-curriculum/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/experienced-homeschooler/is-time4learning-a-complete-curriculum/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:11:08 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=90 I get this question all the time. I’ve asked Kelly, a homeschool mother of six to share her views. Take it away Kelly: I would be cautious about a curriculum that promised to be all that your child will ever need. My children are each very different so I treat each one appropriately. As an […]]]>

I get this question all the time. I’ve asked Kelly, a homeschool mother of six to share her views.

Take it away Kelly:

I would be cautious about a curriculum that promised to be all that your child will ever need. My children are each very different so I treat each one appropriately. As an example, here is the starting point that I took for my second grader.

Starting with the language arts program, reading is very important to us so our schedule includes a weekly library visit to pick up new books. There is an hour of daily reading. Beginning readers read aloud to mom.

My children write in their journals each day. We focus on creative writing from Monday through Thursday, sometimes writing up lessons from science or social studies. On Friday, they choose their favorite journal entry from the week, correct any spelling, punctuation, or grammar errors and write the edited version in their best penmanship. This provides practical application of some of the language skills they’ve learned.

I have a handwriting program to develop fine motor skills and learn penmanship.

Our family uses Time4Learning for the rest of our language arts curriculum. The language arts curriculum is thorough in its coverage of phonics, grammar, vocabulary, verbal comprehension and reading comprehension. If I feel my child needs additional practice on a certain language concept, I can usually find it in the Time4Learning language arts extensions. I use their scope and sequence to help me choose enrichment activities and to schedule them.

I have children with a range of math abilities and Time4Learning has been a good choice for all of them. I add math drills for the kids who need it.

I supplement the Time4Learning Science and Social Studies with “read alouds” from the library. I locate books on a subject that is currently being studied and read these aloud to my children in the evening. This often generates some interesting discussion, which helps build conversational and verbal expression skills.

Our family takes advantage of sports activities, music lessons and community art classes to provide a more rounded education.

For me, homeschooling is more than choosing the right curriculum, it’s a life style and an approach to family. Any curriculum can be enhanced by a lifestyle conducive to learning. The actual time involved in completing the Time4Learning lessons isn’t as important as the sound basis it provides for application and reinforcement throughout the day. To help our children effectively apply the things they are learning, we limit television viewing, provide educational toys and encourage creative playing (blocks, sandbox, play dough).

We’ve chosen Time4Learning for its solid lessons, its appeal to the children (they don’t fight the curriculum the way they have with others), and because I no longer have to grade papers.  -Kelly.

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A Homeschool Challenge We Can All Relate To https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/a-homeschool-challenge-we-can-all-relate-to/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/a-homeschool-challenge-we-can-all-relate-to/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 14:21:01 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=33 Did you know that more than 4% of K-12 students in the U.S. are now being homeschooled? One of the primary challenges for these homeschooling families is one that all parents can relate to: Which curriculum, or school, is best for my child? And which teaching approach, or supplement, will be the most successful? Many […]]]> Did you know that more than 4% of K-12 students in the U.S. are now being homeschooled? One of the primary challenges for these homeschooling families is one that all parents can relate to: Which curriculum, or school, is best for my child? And which teaching approach, or supplement, will be the most successful? Many homeschoolers quickly learn what works and what doesn’t. Whether it’s a curriculum that works for one child and not another, or an approach that works well in math, such as online learning, but not in language arts.

Variety is the Name of the Game

Most families discover that blending several programs and approaches increases effectiveness and prevents boredom by providing the variety that stimulates children. Parents also find that one-on-one teaching time is more effective if it is sandwiched between other learning methods, such as interactive online learning and reading time. One veteran homeschooler told me that she follows the “sports season” approach to keeping her kids interested in their lessons. She explained to me that although her kids are excited about the start of football season, they grow tired of it as time passes. The same happens a few weeks into basketball season. Her solution? Rotate curriculum materials throughout the year by using Time4Learning in the fall for language arts and for math in the spring. After a season of one approach, she puts that curriculum away and takes it out the next year so that it feels fresh again.

One Curriculum, Many Options

Because of its flexibility, Time4Learning fits well with these eclectic approaches. Whether you homeschool, need an alternative to afterschool tutoring or want to sharpen your child’s skills during the summer, Time4Learning is a great choice because it combines animated lessons, interactive activities, printable worksheets and automated record-keeping in one low-cost system. View our grade by grade curriculum overview to learn more! ]]>
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