We’ve been homeschooling for 4 years now. When we first got married, we wanted to homeschool, but my husband’s family has 2 teachers and we were pressured into doing things the ‘normal’ way. It didn’t work out for us. With one child being special needs and the other just being wonderfully weird, public school wasn’t for them. And that’s ok.
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When we did decide to withdraw them from school, one of my dance mommy friends introduced us to Time4Learning. She had been using it for her special needs child many years and it had one thing that was really important to our family: it’s secular.
Now we are Christian and we homeschool, but we are not Christian Homeschoolers. That ruled out a lot of curriculum for us. We were not looking for faith-based science or history. We did not want the kids to have to copy bible verses. My dance mommy friend is a Pastor’s wife and she feels the same way.
With Time4Learning we get fact-based science and history lessons that include other religions. My children have learned about Judaism even. I love it. It’s a program rather than a live teacher. They are able to pause and repeat lessons, if they need it. I have my own login and can see their grades and attendance. I can also alter their grade levels as needed.
Also, I am not their teacher. I am their guide as they learn themselves using this program. If they get stuck on something, I help them. But I’m not standing in front of a dry erase board teaching 2 different grade levels. There are homeschooling styles for that, but they aren’t for me.
Is it perfect? No. There have been many times when my children found mistakes in the lessons or quizzes. But I remember doing the same with my textbooks in public school. Through this, we learn that nothing is perfect and everyone makes mistakes.
Is it all inclusive? It covers the basic subjects. I still find that I want to supplement some lessons and do so. If the kids find something that they really want to learn about, we are able to stop and focus on that subject. My daughter had a thing for vikings and that included a lot of documentaries on Amazon.
Is it accredited? No, but in my state, it doesn’t have to be. All public universities in Kentucky acknowledge and accept homeschool diplomas as long as the student can fulfill the other requirements (SAT/ACT, transcript).
Is it expensive? It’s cheaper than similar programs and is used by some schools to supplement or bridge the summer gap. It’s a monthly payment rather than all up front. I pay $35 for my 2 students. Next year I am adding a foreign language and a writing program for the oldest (who will be in high school). Those are extra but still cheaper than some other programs.
Overall, I have been using it for years and haven’t regretted a single penny. If you want to try it and don’t like it, you get 2 weeks that you can back out for a full refund.
Schooling is like clothes. It’s never a one size fits all. You have to try on different sizes and different styles to find what fits you and your lifestyle. 😉