- Reviewed on Friday, August 23, 2013
- Grades Used: 5th-7th
- Dates used: 2011-2013
I have used Time4Learning for three years and when I read the review from AmyinFL, I couldn't believe how similar my experience was to hers. An entire year of my son's work was deleted (credit card expired and the email notices from T4L went to spam) after only a couple of months. I reactivated my account and was shocked to see that they had deleted all of his records from the school year that just ended a few months ago!
When I called to find out if there was any hope of retrieving the deleted records, I was told that it just costs too much money for them to keep all that data and that it's gone. It's so hard for me to believe that's true but after looking around the internet, it appears that it's happened to a lot of people and I haven't been able to find anyone who had a positive outcome once they've been told their records are gone.
The program itself was a mixed bag. The content is good and while it's not a full curriculum, it provides a base and guide when you supplement with other resources. Most of the lessons were well done, especially in the Language sections. The math lessons, used with other resources such as Khan Academy, are comprehensive and well-taught. I would not recommend the Social Studies lessons, though. There were a lot of factual errors and often the text was very poorly written. Certain sections had so many grammar and spelling errors that it would have been comical if it weren't for the fact that you were supposed to be reading educational text!
Navigation of the site can be glitchy and the format is a little dated, but overall it is fairly reliable.
If you choose Time4Learning, just make sure you don't depend on their record keeping. When all goes well, it's great to be able to print out the comprehensive list of what they've covered and their progress during the year for state evaluations but if anything goes wrong, you have no proof for all of your child's hard work.
- Reviewed on Tuesday, August 6, 2013
- Grades Used: 4th-6th
- Dates used: 2012-2013
I became totally overwhelmed trying to plan my first year homeschool curriculum for my dyslexic/distractible son until I stumbled upon Time4Learning (www.time4learning.com). We used it for 6th grade but I had him work on 4th and 5th grade level materials for review which was very helpful. He loves the program and the best part is he was able to work any time of the day! We supplemented with outside classes (history, art) and I think we had a successful first year. I plan on using again for 7th grade as well.
- Reviewed on Thursday, July 25, 2013
- Grades Used: Now they will have High School
- Dates used: 2013
Tried this out for a few weeks as supplement for kids. They enjoyed it. But I'm so happy that they will have high school offered in 8/2013 so my 7th grader who will be taking pre-algebra and algebra can use it as a supplement.
- Reviewed on Thursday, April 25, 2013
- Grades Used: 7th and 8th
- Dates used: 2012-2014
My son loved T4L and it was a great alternative to Middle School where we live, which is atrocious. He was progressing well and it was easy to track what he was doing, when and how he was scoring on tests and quizzes.
Now the down side. I lost my house to a fire along with all of my possessions. Unfortunately, that included the credit card I had on file with T4L, so my account went delinquent. A while later, when life started to normalize and I had replaced all of my son's textbooks, etc... I went online to check T4L. Well, our account had been disabled, because of payment issues. I put in our new credit card information and voila, there was my son's account. Minus everything he had done for the last year. This was 3 months after the credit card was declined. When I contacted them, I was told "I am so sorry to hear of your tragedy!!! Unfortunately, once records are deleted, there is no way for us to retrieve them. I have attached a letter of enrollment for your records, which is all we have access to."
So, buyer beware. If you are counting on T4L for documentation, don't ever stop paying them. Once you do, your child's records are deleted. Like many parents, I was downloading the files and storing them where I thought they were safe, but our computers along with our house, was a total loss. I had thought they kept records at least for a while, since they claim to be an alternative to online schools, but I have never heard of a school that deletes your child's records after 3 months.