By Sabrina Zupan
So we are doing Time4Learning again! This is our second year in utilizing one of the best computer based learning tools I have found so far: Time4learning.
As our home school year nears its end, the drive to keep going diminishes in proportion to the outdoor temperatures rising. With our yard in full spring bloom, the fresh green and warm breezes invite to anything else but schoolwork.
Since two or maybe three months are not enough to regurgitate a whole year’s curriculum, we are concentrating on areas that were not covered yet, or review of topics I taught in depth. Last year we mostly did Language Art and Economics. This year we are concentrating on Social Studies and Literary genres, plus a little Geometry.
Here is one of the great pluses this interactive online program offers: While your child is technically enrolled in the grade they are in, they also have access to all materials of the grade below and above. In our case that mattered a lot for this year. You may have noticed that most curricula will alternate between World History and American History, and teach more each time around. Only, our regular sixth grade curriculum taught American History this year, while Time4learning focused on World History in sixth grade. No Problem. Just use the seventh grade material!
I was particularly impressed with the extensive worksheets attached to each segment of the lesson. Last year I had not noticed what wealth of practice opportunities there is, or may I just did not look. It saves me a lot of time not to have to write out my own questions. Also, the worksheets nicely cross over into other skills, including evaluating diagrams, writing exercises, and logical reasoning. A well rounded exercise.
Why do we like computer learning? Besides a nice change of pace, it fosters responsibility in the learner. Each activity has a quiz at the end (which incidentally can be retaken until it is mastered with rotating questions, so no two sets of questions are quite alike). It is the student’s part to learn the material, and test themselves. At the same time, having them work independently frees up time for me to prepare the rest of their lessons, and invest in spring planting.
This method is the perfect complement to our more traditional text book based home school method, and could just as easily used a stand alone, or homework help. On their site the company offers demo lessons. You can also look up lessons plans and see how your regular curriculum compares with what is being taught here. Customer support is outstanding.
Home school mother for grades 6 and 1