Why many Evangelical Homeschoolers Use Time4Learning
Many Christian homeschoolers use Time4Learning because it provides an engaging effective education with interactive fun. Many Christian families have questions related to the worldview and philosophy of Time4Learning and how it fits into the education they are providing their children.
Below is a testimonial by a Christian homeschooler discussing her selection of Time4Learning as the best choice for her children despite it not being a Biblically-centered curriculum. Please feel free to discuss your questions and concerns about Time4Learning with MamaMary and other parents in the Christian Perspective section of the Time4Learning Parents forum.
Time4Learning cannot tell anyone what the best choices for their family are. We can only share the experiences and views of other Christian homeschoolers to help them visualize how it may or may not fit into their families’ homeschooling program.
Evangelical Christian Homeschooler – MamaMary of Florida
Hi! I’m known on the Time4Learning parents forum as MamaMary.
Here’s my response to a question that I frequently hear: My concern with T4L is that it is “secular”. That isn’t necessarily a problem, but I am worried about things like evolution, holidays we
don’t celebrate, and the like being a problem in a secular curriculum. Has anyone else been through this? How are you doing with T4L?
This is such an excellent question! I think every family is going to give you a different answer. As a believer I encourage you to seek out the Lord in prayer and ask HIM what He wants your homeschool to look like. In our home, our family, we believe that our faith is not separate from what we’re learning. God IS history. (aka: His Story) We believe in a literal 6 day creation and disagree with the theory of evolution. So how does that line up with Time4Learning?
I use Time4Learning for Math and Language arts and “some” language arts extensions. When my children are young, I “ONLY” teach them from a biblical worldview. As they approach middle school I begin to share what other people believe, but continue to share why it may or may not line up with scripture. Finally when they get to highschool I teach worldview classes and they learn what every main theory out there and then why it’s debunked when lined up with scripture. I make the kids tell me what they believe and why they believe it.
I LOVE that Time4Learning is so flexible anyone can use it no matter what their worldview! Take the parts that enhance your life and leave the parts that don’t line up. My children made more gains in math when we switched to Time4learning in “2007” than all the years we used the big expensive programs. I LOVE Time4Learning.
While I would like to preview every lesson prior to my children doing them, this is not really feasible with my children. I rely on two approaches with Time4learning. One, there is an active discussion with good lists of materials in the curriculum that you might want to avoid. Now there thousands of lessons and I’ve only found a few that I want to avoid but it’s good to know them in advance. There’s a few with references to Halloween, a Native-American myth on creation, carbon-dating, evolution, and wizards. My second approach is to keep open communication with my children and use any such lessons as “teachable moments.”
For my husband and I, we believe that God gave us our children as a gift to be raised up in Him. Because I know that one day I have to stand before the Lord and be held accountable for what I taught my sons I take it very seriously. I would never consider giving them the “option” of believing anything apart from God. I want them to see that EVERYTHING revolves around the Lord of Glory! He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end! The truth is though, that eventually they have to take it and own it for themselves when they become adults.
When I am making decisions I always view my answers through these specific verses as they are the heart of what our family believes.
MamaMary’s Family Verses:
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (20)But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21)For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:17
Key Features of Time4Learning’s Home Education Program
Time4Learning.com combines 1500+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities in a student-paced environment that brings concepts to life. Math and language arts lessons are correlated to state standards. Science, social studies and art are also provided as a bonus to most grades.
Other key features of the program:
- Students get individual logins and work on their own schedule and pace
- Parents can set the grade level independently for each subject
- The grade above and below are available in most grades for review and additional study
- Detailed lesson plans available for parents who wish to review lesson contents
- Access to an online playground that rewards and motivates
- An automated system grades lessons and keeps reports for homeschool portfolio usage (shown below)
- Sign up and get started on the same day!
Time4Learning is entirely web based, so there is no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase. Students will be able to access the program 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection.
Time4Learning requires no contracts and offers a 14-day money back guarantee. Browse lesson plans, try the interactive lesson demos, read curriculum reviews, or view the curriculum overview to see what’s available.