This is part 2 of my in-depth preview of the Time4learning website. See part I entitled “A Peek into Time4learning Pre-K and Kindergarten”. Since it’s inception 2002, Time4learning has grown in popularity among homeschoolers, as one of the very few interactive online homeschool programs.
Grades 1-3 of Time4learning is presented together allowing to children accelerate or slow down as needed. You may become a little confused at first as the grade numbers do not match the level numbers. As the parent, you can look at the lessons and determine where your child needs to be.
The major subject available for 1-3 grades in Time4learning are Language arts, math, science and social studies:
Language arts consists of lessons that will help teach your child to read for level 1, more phonics for level 2, and vocabulary skills and reading and responding lessons for level 3.
Math starts at level 2 with subtopics such as number sense, early fractions, order of operations, measuring, patterns, shapes, and even introductory algebra. Level 3 gets into addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time telling, and more. At level 4 you will find these same subjects at a greater level of difficulty.
Science is a minor part of the grade 1-3 curriculum at Time4learning. Level 1 teachers patterns in nature, force and motion (mostly magnets), and earth and space, which teaches about the earth, the moon, and stars, and an introduction to stars and planets.
Social Studies for level begins with level 2 which only covers 4 topics which are wants and needs, locations (map skills), national idenitity (historic places and holidays) and work in society (types of jobs). As the student will likely finish this quickly, they will want to go ahead and start level 3 which is chock-filled with information from vikings to exploration, to citizenship and chronology (history time lines, and passage of time). Level 4 also has plenty of topics to keep your homeschooler busy from ancient civilization, to the US Revolution, to Current events.
Supplementation of the time4learning homeschool program can start with worksheets (resources) you can print, to purchasing workbooks to use in conjunction with the program. When my kids used the program at this level, we included lots of children’s books, attempting to align the books with the subjects being explored on Time4learning. With history, we took a more linear approach and jumped around from one level to another as we found subjects in the Time4learning program that matched the time lines we were following.
Speaking of supplements, the grade 1-3 level of time4learning also has LA extensions which allows further exploration through reading comprehension of numerous subjects, some scientific, some health, ad some social studies. Children also have access to the playground for hours of online educational games.
(This article was written on my own accord without a request from the company in mentioned. I have been granted temporary and limited access to the website upon my request so I could write an in-depth article.)