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IXL® Curriculum Pros and Cons

IXL® Curriculum Pros and Cons
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Once you’ve read about the program features and costs associated with athe IXL® curriculum, you should get to know the pros and cons of all programs to make an informed decision.

If you’re comparing IXL® with Time4Learning, you may want to know what some of the common challenges are with IXL®, how teaching with IXL® can benefit your child, and the pros and cons of using IXL®.

The Tricky Business of Homeschool Pros and Cons

Navigating through the IXL® pros and cons varies by family, and it helps to start by taking into consideration your child’s educational needs, goals, and learning style. A few other things to keep in mind when comparing Time4Learning vs IXL® are your family’s budget, worldview, and homeschool style.

Teaching with IXL® vs Time4Learning

To make your homeschool curriculum research easier, we’ve laid out some of the pros and cons of using either Time4Learning or IXL®. Browse the chart below to discover which curriculum meets the majority of your student’s and your family’s needs.

Homeschool Use

IXL® Families can purchase a single subject, combo package or 4 core subjects. Lessons plans are not available for parents
Online curriculum requires internet connection and computer or tablet
Time4Learning Can be used as core or supplemental homeschool program for grades PreK-12.
Access to all 4 core subjects for one low monthly price.
Online curriculum requires internet connection and computer or tablet

Pricing Structure

IXL®  Multiple pricing options, including the ability to choose individual subjects, core subjects, or combinations. Recurring payments mean budgeting long term instead of once a year.
Time4Learning  No large up front purchase; cancel at any time. All core subjects are included for one affordable price. Recurring payments mean budgeting long term instead of once a year.

Lesson Style

IXL®  Online lessons with unlimited access to activities and interactive questions. Must have computer or device with internet connection to view lessons.
Time4Learning  Access to entire curriculum. Interactive lesson approach is helpful to keep children engaged. Online curriculum requires computer or device with internet connection.

Recordkeeping

IXL®  Saves time by providing insight and analytics on child’s progress even after canceling account. Reports are highly detailed, requiring analysis to determine child’s progress.
Time4Learning  Automated grading and recordkeeping saves time and gives parents concrete information for homeschool portfolios and review. Account must be kept active to access records (although they can be downloaded and saved for future reference).

Worldview

IXL®  Can be used by almost any homeschooling family, regardless of worldview. Families may skip any content they find objectionable. Does not include dedicated religious curriculum content, so families would need to supplement this subject.
Time4Learning  Parents have option to skip any content they find objectionable, making it a good fit for all families regardless of worldview. Does not include dedicated religious curriculum content, so families would need to supplement this subject.

Finding it hard to choose?

As you may already know, choosing a homeschool curriculum isn’t easy. Now that you have a better idea of how IXL® works and the IXL® pros and cons compared with those of Time4Learning, you might be ready to decide on one. But what if you like both? Many families find that mixing and matching two different homeschool programs work best for their children.

Using Time4Learning and IXL® as part of your homeschool plan may be your best option. Visit our page on how to use Time4Learning with IXL® for more information.

Want to know more about how Time4learning compares with IXL® for homeschooling? You might be interested in:

*Time4Learning is not affiliated with IXL®. Time4Learning’s purpose with this article is to provide information to families who are considering an eclectic approach to homeschooling or who wish to compare the benefits of using both curricula. Time4Learning’s products and services are not endorsed or sponsored by IXL®.

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$19.95$24.95
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  • $14.95/month for each additional student

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$30.00$34.95
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  • Includes 4 courses

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