Sunday, January 13, 2008

Time 4 Learning!

In all my years of homeschooling, I have only found one true, perfect fit for our family.  That is www.fiarhq.com,  a great literature-based unit study approach to learning.  It is easy to use and so effective.  You only have to add phonics/grammar and a math curriculum to make it complete.


I have tried so many different things over the years to cover the additional Language Arts and Math.  It just seems like nothing has ever truly felt right.  Until now.....


January 3rd, I signed my boys up to try www.Time4Learning.com .  We played with it a little bit those first days and began this past week using it for school.  What a fun and thorough program!  My boys really love it.  It is meaty, don't let the cartoons fool you!  They still have to write, much to one of my boy's disappointment. LOL There are lesson plans (more like a scope and sequence) that you can use to create a schedule.  The program automatically tracks the time each student spends on the program.  As the parent, I can easily go in and look at each child's account and see what activities they have completed, all test and quiz scores and time spent.  I can even generate a weekly or monthly report, print it out and put it in my lesson planner.


I am still working my way through the site, learning how it all works.  The best things I've found:  the parent forums, the helpful hints section and the answer key/parent's guides.  Reading through these areas will answer just about any question you may have.  If not, the site support is great!  All of my emails have been answered very timely and the answers have been very helpful.


The only down side for us is having one computer.  Daddy uses the computer for work.  It doesn't make it harder on me, but it does make for a longer school day.  The plus side to this-each boy has his own down time and his own "Mom time".  There is ALWAYS a plus to a down side!


I have five children.  The youngest child has medical issues.  Over the past two years, we have spent a lot of time at his doctors' offices, in the ER and in the hospital.  Trying to maintain a routine, much less a school routine, has been a very tough job.  In many cases, it has been impossible!  


I can leave the boys with Daddy or Big Sister, take the little one for his doctor appointments, and quess what?  No missed school day.  This is HUGE! 


As far as pricing, it is very much in line with other programs, textbooks, etc.  If you have already spent money on other programs, like I have, it may seem impossible.  However, T4L has several different options regarding payment, including paying by the quarter,  by the year, or by the month. 


With www.Time4Learning.com, I  can see renewal on the horizon!


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