In the past month we really haven't used it too much, mostly because it wasn't a good fit for our family. Here are some reasons why it didn't work so well for us.
- My son didn't like it. He sometimes get frustrated easily and the lessons didn't appeal to him, nor did the way to operate Time 4 Learning seem intuitive to him.
- I didn't like not teaching my kids and having them plugged into the computer. I'm a creative gal who really likes homeschooling (on most days). I felt like a computer based curriculum was trying to steal my thunder.
- Time 4 Learning has social studies, which I hate. The phrase "social studies" just makes me mad. In my opinion it is usually a watered down version of real subjects that students should actually be studying; namely, Geography and Science.
- The last thing I didn't like about it was something I wouldn't have liked about any boxed/all inclusive curriculum, which is that I don't want to be boxed in. I want to be free to teach my kids about things that interest them as well as teach them a subject from an angel that reinforces our family values.
However, Time 4 Learning wasn't all bad. My daughter really liked it. Here's some reasons why I might use Time 4 Learning if my life circumstances were different.
- If I had an only child. We get a lot of our family interaction when we homeschool. If I just had one child, they might get more out of the computer based lesson.
- If I wanted an all inclusive curriculum.
- If I didn't want to or have the time to teach homeschool my kids but still wanted my kids to learn at home.
- If my kids grew tired of learning primarily from me and wanted more independence, but with structure.