Monday, April 5, 2010

Time 4 Learning (Review)

We've reviewed a lot of on-line curriculum choices this year. They have all been geared for the elementary age and up. We recently were given a free 30 day membership toTime 4 Learning for the preschooler in our home. Lindsey has been super excited to finally get to do something on the computer!

As you can see below, the graphics are bright and catchy for the younger crowd. The areas designated for clicking the mouse on are large enough for little hands to be able to maneuver to without becoming frustrated or clicking the wrong thing in error.

preschool learning games

In the preschool age range, there are 20 different theme packages to choose from. These packages range from school supplies to zoo animals. When I say packages, I mean it quite literally, as each theme is displayed as a box of goodies as shown below.

Inside each package there are different activities to choose from; including but not limited too:
  • Storybook
  • Puzzles
  • Stories You Write
  • Find It
  • Which
  • Memory Match
  • Match It
  • Show Time
  • Recall
  • Paint It
  • Patterns
  • Syllable Drum
  • Brainy Bots
Lindsey really enjoyed the activities. Olivia participated more as a cheering section for her sister, except on the Paint It section, then it was every little girl for herself.

Things I like:
  • ease of use
  • fun graphics and characters
  • short projects for short attention spans
  • modeling of proper response to being told yes and no (each time you click on an activity you are asked "do you want to ____?" then you can click on a head smiling and nodding yes, or one smiling and nodding no; if you click on no, a very polite voice says something along the lines of "ok, sorry you don't want to do this activity right now, maybe you can try it next time you visit".
The only thing I didn't like is there were some glitches with the sound. On several occasions we only got one or two words of the question. On a few other occasions, there was no verbal question heard so Lindsey had to randomly pick an answer and hope it was the response to the unheard question. For a little girl with a very strong sense of doing things in order, this was a BIT of a problem.

The cost of this product is $19.95 a month per child; $14.95 a month for each additional child. This may or may not be a deterrent for your family based on your needs and your budget. Time 4Learning does offer a two week money back guarantee. You can sign up for grades preschool through 8th grade. Subjects covered are language arts, math, social studies and science.

If you'd like to check out the sites free demo's, click here.

To read more Crew member reviews, click here.

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.
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