Summary & Rating: 3.5 This is an online curriculum which is available for ages pre-k through 8th grade. Today, I am reviewing the newly added preschool section on Time4Learning. It is pretty amazing how many educational programs are now available through the internet. My kids seem to engage pretty easily with a colorful screen and catchy characters giving them lessons and Time4Learning does just that.
The preschool curriculum seems like a great idea to me. However, we do have so many sites that we like, such as Starfall and PBS, that are free. So, I have to admit I was a little skeptical of what Time4Learning could do that we do not already get elsewhere online.
The preschool option has two levels, with over 40 topics for children to explore. In watching my daughter play, I noticed that they do have a lot of the things I like to have when my daughter plays or works online.
For example, the lessons, or topics are designed so that she can move easily from topic to topic, game to game without extra help from Mom. The information is read to her, so pre-readers can also participate and work independently.
While she can click around and make many choices, the parameters are also well defined, so that no matter where she goes, she is learning something. Some of the topics did seem pretty elementary to me, but my child is almost five, so I probably could have looked at moving up a level or two. I do see that the curriculum, overall, is correlated with state standards.
I liked that Time4Learning has a “playground” section–so that when children do their “work” (which is also pretty fun) they can earn some free play time with straight up games and links to some good preschool sites.
Time4Learning can be used as a complete or supplementary curriculum. Based on how I teach, I would use this as a supplementary curriculum.
Time 4 Learning offers access to their pre-K to 8th grade programs on a month-to-month basis. The first child is $19.95 per month and each additional child is $14.95 per month.
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A 30 day subscription to Time4Learning was provided to me for my review and I have given my unbiased opinion.