It has been several years since I have used time4learning to homeschool my now high school level kids. The more further we progress toward high school graduation, however, the more I realize the excellent foundation that was laid in those early years. It is for this reason that I decided to do a full and in depth sneak peek into Time4learning. The good people at Time4learning gave me a peak into the website to allow me to do a proper review.
PK1 is the first year, or part 1 of Pre-K and is well suited for 3 year olds. In this section, you will find activities that prepare a student to start thinking about active learning such as “school supplies”, “alphabet”, “rhymetime” and “numbers”. You will also find activities to help students explore the world around them, such as “at the zoo”, and “garden”. The PK1 level is rather informal with 20 categories that a preschooler would understand. For a parent looking to cover all of the bases, you will find math (numbers), science (weather, space, zoo, etc), language arts (alphabet), and much more.
The PK2 level is similar to the first continuing to teach kindergarten readiness school, but at a more advanced letter. Short movie clips (movie time) and interactive lessons allows children to explore in a way that feels a lot more like playing a game than doing classes. The 21 categories include many important subjects such as math (more numbers, measuring, money, and shapes), science (nature, out to sea, and seasons), social studies (your self, manners, in your neighborhood), health (healthy habits and staying fit), and language arts (more letters). Learn more about Time4learning Preschool here.
The Kindergarten level of Time4learning introduces a more formal categorization of subjects which includes Language arts, Language arts extensions, math, science, and social studies. There are many more units to cover in Kindergarten than in the preschool levels, as each subject includes numerous lessons. Of particular interest is the “completed” and “mastered” tags that allows parents and students to see progress through the program. Also, the LA extension section allows students to further explore numerous subjects while participating in reading comprehension activities. These can be browsed at the students leisure. Worksheets can also be printed for in depth study and review.
Parents should know that Time4Learning does not claim to be the only curriculum that I homeschooler will need, but at the Pre-K and Kindergarten level, it is clear to this veteran homeschooler that is is pretty complete. Pair the formal lesson activities with the playground sections that lets students explore learning games to their hearts content, and the child will get an excellent introduction into homeschooling. You would of course want to spend time reading to your young children and do plenty of educational field trips and play dates with other young homeschoolers.
(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.)