My son’s self confidence improved tremendously.
One of my kids was struggling with some subjects in public school, so we tried another program offered free in my state as an online public school to give him the attention he needs. We were overwhelmed by the amount of work, logging, and rigid schedule required and dismayed by the lack of free time available to go out in the world and explore.
That’s when I discovered Time4Learning. We were able to not only catch him up to where he should be, but also his self confidence improved tremendously. We can take the time to go over work and concepts that challenge him without feeling any pressure to reach arbitrary goals set by others. He can enjoy himself while learning in his favorite subjects, and feel good about his progress in the rest.
My other son goes to public school part time, but we also use Time4Learning at home with him for two subjects. He learns better with this program because he can go at his pace, without being distracted by the other 27 kids in his class.
What I love about it is that I don’t have to pore over gradebooks and lesson plans. It keeps records for me and keeps me organized. Dad or grandma could easily guide them through a day if I’m not available. I don’t have to be an expert in any subject, and sometimes I learn alongside them. The kids can easily see what they need to work on next. They love to see the check marks denoting completed lessons and chapters pile up. I can devote my attention to them as they need, as well as their younger sister who isn’t using the program yet.
We can accommodate field trips or Dad’s nontraditional work schedule by taking days off as we need and either adding on that day’s lessons to the days before and after or making it up later. The program is also portable via the Puffin Academy app. We’ve taken advantage of this many times while waiting for appointments or traveling out of town.
Though I’ve rarely needed it, the customer service is prompt and helpful, which is not common with many online services. They even give you their phone number! And you talk to real humans! Not only that, but there is an active and helpful parent support group here on Facebook. A homeschooling parent need not go it alone.
If you’re considering homeschooling for the first time, or are considering switching to a new curriculum because of family or student needs, Time4Learning definitely merits your consideration. We’ve been using it for over two years and will never look back!