Anything that makes keeping a portfolio easier, I love.
We were recently given the opportunity to review the Time4Learning website and curriculum. We were given a month to use it. Since we already have a main curriculum for this year, we used it to supplement. He worked in the 3rd grade level which had math, language arts, language art extensions, science, and social studies.
Things I liked about it:
- the spelling lists on the parent dashboard.
- the science supply list
- the planning pages
The activity planner is very easy to use. I like that you can pick the start and stop points for all subjects, or just one at a time. You can also choose where to start in the curriculum.
I liked that I could print out the quiz answer keys. I also liked being able to generate and print reports. I could generate daily, weekly, or monthly reports. I like to use those to print and put in his portfolio. Anything that makes keeping a portfolio easier I love.
I like that I could set how long the lessons were and how much time he could spend in the playground area. Jack gets migraines and his trigger is light from televisions and computers. Having a timer I could set made it easier to control his time online. That isn’t something everyone has to worry about, but it makes a difference for us.
One area that we didn’t explore much was the writing tool. This is something that we have not had available through other websites before and it is something we will be exploring in the future.
Overall, I liked the program. I liked all the different features for parents. It was easy to set up, change grade levels and easy to use in general.
Jack loved it. Seriously. He asked to do it almost everyday. His favorite section to visit was the Language Arts. That is saying a lot. This boy doesn’t love doing language art work and the fact that he asked to do it almost every day on Time4Learning says a lot to me. When our month was over, he was still asking to visit Time4Learning and asked to sign up for it. While I didn’t schedule the activities for him to do, it was easy for him to navigate and find lessons pertaining to what we were learning about with our main curriculum.
We have used the k12 online curriculum before and have been looking to replace it. While we would never have a online curriculum as our main curriculum, because of his headache issues, this gives us a great option to supplement. We both give it a thumbs up.