Frequently Asked Questions
Homeschool Curriculum Questions
Program & Membership Questions
Technical & Support Questions
Homeschool Curriculum Questions
Can I use Time4Learning as a homeschool program?Time4Learning gives members access to an entire years worth of materials, so families can begin at any point in the year and use the program however they see fit. The majority of our users are homeschoolers. Some choose to use Time4Learning as their core curriculum, while others use it as a supplement or part of an eclectic approach. Although the majority of our curriculum correlates to state standards, we are not a school or a course. Parents act as the teacher of record, so it's important that you refer to your particular states' requirements to determine if there are any gaps you need to fill in. If you are new to homeschooling, we recommend reading our free "Welcome to Homeschooling Guide".
Is Time4Learning Accredited?Time4Learning is a curriculum provider-- not a school. Therefore it cannot be accredited. However, Time4Learning provides printable reports that are used by parents as part of a homeschool portfolio. Read more about homeschool portfolio usages here.
Can I enroll my school / classroom for Time4Learning?Time4Learning does not provide its K-12 program to schools. Time4Learning is intended to be used in the home as a homeschool curriculum, afterschool alternative to tutoring, and for summer study. If you are looking for an online curriculum for classroom use, please contact CompassLearning® directly for information.
Does Time4Learning offer any assistance to help me plan my homeschool year?There is an optional activity scheduler available to members, which is located within your parent administration page. The activity scheduler tool generates a weekly schedule of activities for your student, based on start and end dates chosen by the parent.
What makes Time4Learning good for a child with special needs?There are many reasons Time4Learning works well with exceptional students. Every child has his or her own combination of gifts, skills, needs, and difficulties with learning, so each deserves a customized learning program suited to his or her needs. Time4Learning is great for educating both gifted students and those with special needs.
- The lessons build on existing reading, writing and math skills.
- The levels for language arts and math programs are independently set for each child, helping those who perform or progress at different levels.
- Where available, K-8 students are given access to one grade above and one grade below their grade placements so they can review or move ahead whenever they need to.
- The program allows students to go at their own pace and even repeat lessons if need be.
- The lessons use exercises that stimulate the visual, auditory and motor skills of students with multisensory activities that are animated & interactive.
Program & Membership Questions
How much is a Time4Learning membership?
Pricing depends on the grade level of your students:
- For PreK to 8th grade, the monthly membership cost is $19.95 for the first student and $14.95 for each additional.
- For high school, the monthly membership cost is $30 per student, and includes 4 courses. Additional courses may be purchased for an extra $5 per month, per course. While having one student in the high school enables you to receive a discounted rate of $14.95 for a student in the lower grades, there is no discounted rate for a second student in the high school.
What does a membership consist of?
In addition to the subjects specified below, Time4Learning includes the following:
- A secure, ad free, online learning environment for your students to work in
- 24/7 access to our award-winning online curriculum
- More than 1,000 interactive lessons that teach using a combination of multimedia activities, instructional videos, printable worksheets, quizzes, tests, and both online and offline projects
- Detailed reporting for easy record keeping making student portfolios easy and convenient to maintain
- An activity scheduler for your planning needs
- Extensive parent resources, lesson plans, and teaching tools
- Access to the grade above and below in preschool-eighth grade subjects (excludes high school courses)
- and much more...
What subjects / courses are included with my membership?
The preschool to eighth grade curriculum consists of standards-based language arts and math:
- The language arts curriculum is presented in a suggested sequence designed to create a strong literacy foundation. It includes phonics, grammar, reading comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing skills and more. The language arts curriculum correlates to state standards.
- The math curriculum combines multimedia lessons, interactive activities and reinforcing worksheets to teach basic arithmetic, number sense & operations, measurement, geometry, pre-algebra and more. The math curriculum correlates to state standards.
The preschool to eighth grade curriculum also offers social studies and science as an added bonus for most grade levels:
- Social studies lessons are available to students at the 2nd through 7th grade level. Because state by state standards differ, social studies may need to be supplemented to satisfy your local requirements.
- Science is available to students at the 1st through 8th grade level, and is organized as follows:
- Elementary science is offered from kindergarten to 5th grade and is organized by grade level. Although the materials are extensive, science is included as an added bonus. It does not correlate to all state standards and is not animated.
- Middle school science is offered at the sixth to eighth grade level. It is organized into three primary courses that correlate to state standards: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. In addition, Nature of Science is provided as an added supplement with each of the middle school science courses.
Which grade levels / courses should I select for my child? Can I make changes if necessary?
Parents are considered the teacher of record, so it is up to them to determine the grades and courses their students need.During the sign up process, parents are asked to select a grade level for their student(s). If you are not sure what grade to enroll your student in, that's okay. Simply choose the grade level that you think might be a good starting point based on your child's academic background. Keep in mind that preschool to eighth grade students will be given access to three years of curriculum. So a student who is enrolled in second grade math and language arts will also have access to first and third grade lessons. This allows them to review and advance whenever they need. We recommend having your child complete a few activities in various grades to get a better idea of what his or her strengths or weaknesses are in each subject. High school is organized by courses rather than grade levels. Therefore, students do not have access to three levels. However, you can change or update your choices at any time if you find that your student's learning level is too challenging or not challenging enough. No matter what grade level or course selections you choose for your students, parents are ALWAYS able to make changes. Simply submit a request to us through your parent login, and your request will be satisfied within 24 business hours.
High School Questions
Does Time4Learning offer a diploma?Since Time4Learning is not a school, we do not offer a diploma to students using our program. Time4Learning is a curriculum tool to be used by the student, while the homeschool parent remains the official teacher of record. All 50 states in the U.S. allow parents to issue a homeschool diploma to a child they feel has met or exceeded the guidelines for high school graduation. To check comparable public school graduation requirements, check your state Board of Education website. Many websites offer downloadable homeschool diploma templates. We recommend the diploma templates offered at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com.
Does Time4Learning offer a transcript?Time4Learning is not a school, so we do not provide a formal transcript for students. Parents are considered the "Teacher of Record", and are responsible for creating student transcripts and submitting them to the proper authorities. However, Time4Learning's automated system grades your student's online lessons and keeps reports that can be included in homeshool portfolios or used to create transcripts for your students. For additional advice, transcript templates and other helpful resources, we recommend exploring the Homeschool High School Transcript FAQ page at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com.
Can my high school student access middle school grade levels?Yes. Parents have the option to select eighth grade math and language arts as an option. This will also grant students access to seventh grade.
How many credits is a Time4Learning high school course?Time4Learning does not assign credits to courses. Time4Learning is a curriculum tool to be used by the student, while the homeschool parent remains the official teacher of record. However, Time4Learning's automated system tracks the amount of time students spend on online lessons. This feature can help parents estimate the value of the courses based on how much time students spend on their assignments. Although each state is unique, a typical one-year high school course equals one credit, while one-semester courses equal one-half credit. Another way of counting credits is in hours spent on coursework. In general, 120-160 hours spent on a course equals one credit, while 60-90 hours of work equals one-half credit. For additional information on high school credits, we suggest checking out the Guide to High School Credits for Homeschool at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com.
Will completing Time4Learning's high school courses qualify my child for graduation?Because Time4Learning is not a school, students do not automatically graduate upon completing our courses. Time4Learning is an online curriculum, parents are the acting "Teacher of Record", and the home in which they teach is considered the school students will graduate from. It is up to the parent to compare Time4Learning with state standards to make sure that graduation requirements are satisfied. It is also the parent's responsibility to submit transcripts to the state in order to receive credit for their work. For additional information on high school graduation requirements, we suggest checking out LetsHomeschoolHighschool's high school graduation resources section.
Technical & Support Questions
Can Time4Learning run on any computer?
For the most part, yes.A computer (PC or Mac) with "fast access" (DSL or cable modem) to the Internet is ideal. While some subscribers have been able to access with a satellite connection or a Linux operating system, it is not recommended. Our program does not support Linux and requires a strong, steady Internet connection to run the streaming lessons.
What browser works best with Time4Learning?Our recommended browser is Firefox. You may experience some issues viewing some of the activities in Chrome or Internet Explorer.
Can Time4Learning run on an iPad or other tablet?YES, Time4Learning can be used on an iPad or other tablet.
- For tablets equipped with Flash based technology, Time4Learning can be accessed via the internet (our recommended browser is Firefox), or using the Puffin Academy Browser for Android.
- For iPads and other non-flash based tablets, Time4Learning can be accessed using the Puffin Academy app, which is a free download on iTunes.
What support is available from Time4Learning?
We can be contacted by email or by phone.All email feedback is answered personally within 24 hours. If you'd like to contact us by email, click here. You can call us at (888) 771-0914. Our support team answers the phone weekdays from 8:30am to 7:00pm (6pm on Fridays) EST.