Quite a few years ago we reviewed Time4Learning. At that time, my 2nd grade emergent reader did not have the best experience with this online program. But, given our busy schedule and my daughter’s discontent with our current curriculum, we decided to give Time4Learning another try.
Time4Learning 7th Grade Review
Time4Learning is an online program that has been refined over the years by direct feedback from educators, parents and students. Math and Language Arts are correlated to state standards. History and Science are also available covering a wide range of topics. Students are able to work at their own pace through the lessons. Generally each lesson is one to three minutes in length followed by exercises to reinforce learning concepts.
Middle school language arts (6th – 8th grade) focuses on phonics, fluency, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing processes and more. It is organized into two sections: Language Arts & Language Arts Extensions, which are recommended for use together. View language arts curriculum overview page for more information.
Middle school math (6th – 8th grade) is organized by grade level and includes lessons that cover the concepts of number theory, value and meaning, measurement, geometry, number sense, geometry, spatial reasoning, data analysis, probability, pre-algebra and more. View math curriculum overview page for more information.
Middle school science is organized into three primary courses that correlate to state standards: Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. The courses cover materials typically offered at the sixth to eighth grade level. In addition, Nature of Science is also provided as a supplement with each of the middle school courses. View the middle school science overview page for course descriptions.
My now 7th grader set out to work her way through a second trial. Here’s how it went
Starting with Math, we discover that her current level of Pre-Algebra doesn’t fit with Time4Learning’s 7th grade course. It isn’t until mid way through 8th grade that she sees material she hasn’t covered yet. Since our current Math program is working well, we decide to have her keep using it.
The emphasis for History in 7th grade is American History from The Age of Exploration to Modern America. Informative and interesting, it read like a colorful text. It seems we’ve covered this pretty well in our homeschool because she didn’t really learn too much new information. This would be best for students that have not covered much history previously.
For middle school science, the student has a choice between Earth/Space Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. My daughter chose Life Science. It was pretty straight forward and enjoyable for her. Though she missed doing hands on learning, especially for this subject! (Note: this particular course does contain information on evolution and reproductive organs. These chapters can be skipped if desired.)
And finally Language Arts. Due to some past issues, this is one area that she struggles. Because of that, I started her back in the 5th grade. We did discover that the concepts were fairly easy, but, it’s the typing format of the answers she had trouble with. Once we ironed that out, we moved her up a grade where we noticed there were pockets here and there of information she did not have a firm grasp. Finally though, we bumped her up to her current grade and she’s making great progress.
Final thoughts on Time4Learning
Though this trial went MUCH better than the first time around, we found that the Language Arts portion of this curriculum was the most beneficial. We plan on continuing to work through the 7th grade Language Arts and Language Arts Extension activities.
Everything laid out, just ‘boot up and go’
Good ‘spine’ program
Good for parents/students that need a lot of structure.
Parent forums for support
Good for someone coming out of public school and are accustomed to a workbook type atmosphere.
Good for single or busy parents wanting to homeschool
Keeps records and grades for you. Good for parents in high requirement states where they must keep meticulous records.
Good for visual/auditory learners
Good for enrichment or supplementation
Difficult for kinestetic learners
Need enrichment activities (trips to the library, expand on interests, field trips, real life experiences)
Low retention of material
Helpful to have more than one computer if you have more than one child utilizing the program
In the Math sections, you can’t take problems out. Some sections have way too many problems and there’s no review of previous math concepts throughout the year.
Math explanation not complete in upper levels
Not enough hands-on activities (items that are suggested need to have parental follow through)
Less parental interaction
Not cost effective for more than one child