African American Parent View on Education
As an African American single mother and homeschooler, it is important that my son receives an education that will prepare him for college and for life. My son David is 10-years-old and in fourth grade. As an African American male child, it is vital that he receive a superior education. There is much adversity he will face in the adult world and not being prepared for college is one concern he should not have.
You can jump to the following sections:
- The Decision to Homeschool
- Searching for the Best Homeschool Curriculum
- Success with Online Homeschooling
- Thoughts on Time4Learning
- Key Features of Time4Learning’s Home Education Program
The Decision to Homeschool
My son and I tried two public schools before I decided to homeschool him. We began the 2006 school year at a magnet public school. He complained that his first grade work was “baby work” and “boring.” Next, we tried a virtual school that required me to teach him for five hours a day at home. This did not work either because David is a fast learner who loses interest quickly.
Finally, I decided I would homeschool. I managed to work at home so that I could stay with him. A few years have passed since then, and although economic conditions caused me to stop homeschooling for a brief period (two months) in 2008, we returned to homeschooling.
Although we are now in our fourth year of homeschooling, I still feel most comfortable using a curriculum. I want to know that my son is learning at, or preferably above, grade level. Currently, we are using Time4Learning to assess everything he has learned, find out if there are any topics he has forgotten, and if so, review those areas. The great thing about this curriculum is that he can redo lessons.
Searching for the Best Homeschool Curriculum
My major problem at the outset was that I had no curriculum and could not afford an expensive one. Initially, I used worksheets, a free labor intensive curriculum, and miscellaneous books, yet I did not feel confident that David was learning all that he should. While doing an Internet search, I found Time4Learning. I tried the demo and was convinced that my son would like it. The first time he used it, he was totally enthralled. Since we only have one computer and I work from home, I have to schedule David’s computer time, which is no easy feat, because he is so enthusiastic about his lessons.
Now that I am successfully working from home, I could purchase other more expensive programs, however, I have not found the need to do this. Time4Learning is an excellent choice, not only because of the price, but also because of the content.
After using this online curriculum for a few years, the joy is still there for David. He will often ask me on the weekend if he can use the computer to do Time4Learning.
My children's favorite part of the day is their time on Time4Learning. This is the easiest and most consistently productive curriculum we've used!
My kids can work independently or with my involvement. Time4Learning has enriched their education and simplified my life!
Success with Online Homeschooling
The language arts curriculum helped David learn to read; he is now in fourth grade and is reading at a seventh grade level. When he began with Time4Learning, he had a pretty noticeable articulation disorder, but thanks to speech therapy and the phonics included within the language arts portion, he has now overcome it. He is down to one speech therapy session a month, when he used to have one session a week. He rarely worries about making a mistake when reading now, but when he first began Time4Learning, he hated to read aloud. However, after he began repeating words and sounds after listening to the audio in the language arts program, it boosted his confidence level.
David also loves the math program and is progressing through it at his own pace. Math is not his favorite subject, but the way it is presented in Time4Learning is a big hit with him. He says it is fun and I find it both challenging and entertaining.
Thoughts on Time4Learning
Time4Learning has not only helped my son David, but has also helped me greatly. It is a core curriculum which I supplement with books, lessons, projects and classes via a homeschool co-op. For me, Time4Learning is a big part of his education and he is enjoying it, which makes for a happy son and an even happier mama.
Because David does his lessons independently, this frees up time for me to work, which is so important for a homeschooling mom who has to bring in income. Time4Learning is such a blessing and the answer to my prayers when it comes to affordable curriculum.
Key Features of Time4Learning’s Home Education Curriculum
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 to most grades.
Other key features of the curriculum:
- 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 curriculum 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection.
Time4Learning offers a 14-day money-back guarantee and the ability to stop, start, or pause anytime. Browse lesson plans, try the interactive lesson demos, read curriculum reviews, or view the curriculum overview to see what’s available.