Homeschool

Time 4 Learning Homeschool Curriculum

Last month I wrote that our family was going to try Time 4 Learning as our primary curriculum for 30 days. Well, the last 30 days have been chaotic to say the least. My husband and I had an out-of-town work trip, allergy season kicked off in such a lovely fashion, and we had a birthday to celebrate – and plan for. So, how did it go? Well, as surprised as I am to say this – it went great! For the first time since we began homeschooling, I don’t feel like the different things life threw at us precluded us from having productive school time in any way!

As a mom who works from home running her own business, I often find it hard to set aside a large enough chunk of time to devote to teaching my kids certain subjects – meaning that we cover the basics and leave the rest to individual study. I know that’s not ideal, and I have a kid who LOVES history so she really wanted to be able to learn those things on a more regular basis. I feel like Time4Learning has allowed me to give her the freedom to enjoy some of those things she wasn’t getting otherwise in a format where I’m confident she’s getting good content and actually absorbing the material. The lessons are presented in a way that covers everything well, but doesn’t over-cover anything. Both my 6th grader and my 1st grader were excited to get started in the morning and feel like they understood their work and the expectations. For less than many of the other curricula we’ve tried, I am able to give my children access to a program that meets their needs and mine without taking all day to do it. We maintain the freedom we love about homeschool while enjoying a bit of the structure we’ve missed from what you’d consider a typical school day. We are able to each enjoy our ‘work’ for the day – and I am of course always available to jump in and help, but the need to do so was rare.

Okay, okay – it can’t be all roses, right? I had some issues when preparing my syllabus off of the scope & sequence for sixth grade. The lessons shown on the parents’ side of the website did not match up with what my daughter was being shown. After a bit of back and forth, I sent an email to their support team, and early the next morning I had a response, and the problem was fixed shortly thereafter. I love a good support team!

For our family, Time4Learning is a great fit in this season. With month-to-month billing, I love that we have the option of looking elsewhere if it isn’t working for some reason in the future – and that’s easier on the budget, too! It’s great to have a one-stop website for Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies that teaches, tests and grades for me. Now I can enjoy more time being mom when I’m not working, and less time feeling like I have to harp on the kids about their work, think up lesson plans, or grade papers.

As stated in the previous post, I was compensated with a free month of Time4Learning in exchange for my honest feedback. All opinions stated are mine and mine alone. If you would like to try Time4Learning, they do offer a 14-day Money-Back Guarantee if you find it isn’t a good fit for your family!

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Family, Homeschool, My Personal Journey

Our Homeschooling Journey

For the past few years, our family has been homeschooling our kids. It’s probably the hardest and most rewarding thing I’ve done as a parent. Every time they learn something new, I know I helped with that. Over the past 3 years homeschooling our oldest, we’ve used a pretty wide variety of curricula. We started off with a really cool workbook from Amazon for second grade, moved Switched On Schoolhouse for third grade, and used workbooks and Easy Peasy for fourth and fifth grades. Each curriculum had great and not-so-great things about them for each of our kids. While I love the way Easy Peasy is planned out, I’ve found that my sweet child tends to phone it in because of the way the curriculum is laid out. This year she is starting 6th grade. As her mom and her teacher, I feel like it’s my responsibility to make sure she gets as much out of school as possible over the next few years! These middle and high school years can have a major impact on what life looks like for her after 18, so I’ve leaned hard toward a curriculum with some accountability built in. We started school a few weeks ago, and while she’s still enjoying her Easy Peasy curriculum, we are going to try out something a little more structured for the next few weeks! I’ve been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning. We’ll also be trying out the 1st grade curriculum for my little Bear! I’m excited and nervous about what the next 30 days will hold, and I look forward to letting you all know how my experience goes 🙂