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Initial post: Aug 13, 2007 4:22:58 AM PDT
K. Jones says:
Review of Time4Learning
By Kerry Jones

When I discovered Time4Learning in the summer of 2006, I felt like we had found oil in our backyard. My ten year old had been through umpteen different programs, and none of them had quite "fit." I had looked at the Compass Learning software in the past and had been impressed with it, but the program seemed incredibly costly for homeschoolers, so I kept looking. But when I discovered that Time4Learning allowed monthly access to the Compass Learning system at an incredibly reasonable price, I was hooked! And when I learned that T4L took care of the record-keeping, provided lesson plan help, and allowed customizable grade levels, I immediately signed us up.

My ten-year-old son has dyslexia, and the majority of the homeschool curriculums we tried in the past made him feel inadequate. But immediately upon beginning the Time4Learning curriculum, his whole outlook about homeschool began to change. The fact that the speech engine software would read his lessons aloud for him made him feel more independent. Mom didn't have to be looking over his shoulder every minute to see if he was "getting it." The interactive multimedia lessons made learning grammar more fun, and I would often hear him laughing aloud as he completed his lessons in the next room. Even writing became less of a chore thanks to the Compass Writing software, which includes graphic organizers to aid right-brain thinkers like my son.

We've been using the program for five months now, and I am still just as enthusiastic about it. I love the printable reports for keeping track of what my son has been doing each day or each week. Even his computer-scored quizzes can be printed off and used for further study. I also love being able to see at a glance where we left off the day before in each subject just by following the arrows! One of my favorite parts of T4L is the parent forums. I so enjoy checking in and seeing how other families are using the program, how they are planning their days, and how they solve any problems that come up.

Every curriculum has problems, and the Compass Learning system is no different. We have discovered that some math lessons are a bit out of order, and a student may be asked to complete something in a lesson before he has been instructed how. I wish the science and social studies lessons in the upper grades could be broadened to encompass a full year's worth of study. And the teacher's guides would be more effective if they were expanded to cover each lesson of each grade. But these are small complaints, and they have certainly not dampened our zeal for the Time4Learning program.

Discovering Time4Learning was one of the best things that has happened to us since we began homeschooling seven years ago. As "seasoned" homeschoolers, we have tried many different curricula, spent hundreds of dollars on books and supplies, and sampled an incredible array of educational software. Without a doubt, Time4Learning encompasses the best of all that we have tried, at an affordable price. I don't feel the need, as I have before, to be on the lookout for something better. Time4Learning fits our lifestyle, it fits our budget, and best of all . . . it fits our son. Thanks, Time4Learning!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 18, 2008 5:29:24 PM PDT
D.E.S. says:
I have to agree with your zeal! Our son is dyslexic also, plus he must deal with ADHD and auditory process difficulty. For the child with auditory processing difficulty it is excellent because you can repeat the "page" or "cartoon" over and over until your mind organizes it (which means I must be right there at all times, but no big deal). The lessons are short, enjoyable, and yes - it makes them laugh which is an awesome gift when they have been crying and angry towards learning for so long :0) I sure couldn't present the material in such an enjoyable manner.

And don't forget the numerous printable worksheets for the kinesthetic learner - that is a valuable asset.


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2009 4:58:45 PM PST
Hi, I'm the founder of I'm so glad that you like it. Thanks for the kind words.

Also, we've opened a new service focused on teaching writing skills. These are eight week teacher-led courses. They cover high school, middle school, and elementary. Its called

Posted on Feb 20, 2009 9:59:28 AM PST
Our family is new to Time4Learning and my sentiments echo those from is FABULOUS! My 2nd grader usually has to be reminded to get a jump start on his work in the mornings....but not now. He's eager to get started.

Thanks, LearningJohn, for such a great program!

Posted on Feb 24, 2009 1:48:56 PM PST
@homemom says:
Thank you for the postings here, I'm homeschooling my about to turn 5yr old daughter and overwhelmed with information and a bit fearful of even knowing where to really start, was looking around online today for something to give me a bit of structure/guidance and came across the time4learning site, sat with my daughter and did a few of the example exercises and she is loving it... going to talk to my husband tonight and hopefully sign up tomorrow!

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2009 2:11:58 PM PST
John E. says:
Time4Learning has some great tools for parents getting started. They have a downloadable ebook called Welcome to Homeschooling, a parents forum with all sorts of discussions on education and the internet and homeschooling, and online interactive guides for parents.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 7:55:09 PM PST
Tech nut says:
We are Christian homeschoolers and yes, we liked the Time4Learning, but we stopped using it because of the some language: the word GOD was used in vain many times. But otherwise we liked it a lot!

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2009 7:14:48 AM PDT
This is helpful. Thank you.

Posted on May 10, 2009 11:40:16 AM PDT
They also provide writing courses which are very popular. They're called They are eight week one-on-one tutorials following their curriculum and using's online campus.

Posted on May 25, 2009 8:33:52 AM PDT
K. Treadway says:
I too LOVE Time4Learning! We've been "trying it" for the past month and will continue it next year as we enter grades 3 and 5. Both of my kids need to be challenged and T4L does a great job of letting the kids work at their own pace, on their own levels. I will continue using some traditional homeschool materials -- but just to balance their computer time. T4L is very complete!

Posted on Jun 14, 2009 3:31:34 PM PDT
Wow! I feel like I'm doing something wrong. We've been with T4L for over two years and over all I'm really pleased, but we struggle to complete the lessons in less than 45 minutes a piece. The kids can attempt the math with out help but the Language Arts Extentions requires lots of Mom/Kid time. The social studies and science (3rd level) are impossible for the kids to pass without tons of help. My kids both have learning disabilities, but we're already a grade behind (3rd level when they're in 4th grade). Any insight?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2011 4:25:11 PM PST
A. Paul says:
Is this given at a discount to people that are already a user of time4learning?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 6, 2011 7:46:01 PM PST
Toni says:
thank you so much for the hard work you put into this site- i have my son and niece registered there, and they are doing really well- i will definitely be checking out the writing courses as well :)

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 12:12:26 PM PST
I keep hearing how great this software is, but $50 a month for my three kids is just way more than our homeschooling budget can afford. Any suggestions for pre-K - first grade that won't break the bank?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2011 1:06:01 PM PST
Toni says:
i would suggest using for reading skills- it's free and amazing

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2011 11:20:57 PM PST
I agree on, my 6 yr old is lovong this site as an addon to our phonics! I am also going to buy their new second site subscription. Was thinking about Time4Learning but not liking what I see here.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 9:26:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 6, 2012 9:28:29 AM PDT
I am loving T4L, this is our second week and we are loving it. I have two children one in 7th and the other in 5th. The lessons are excellent for them, I wished I would have found T4L before when I homeschooled before, because that was a disaster for me, I was doing all the teaching. I just couldn't do it with 2 kids. I am so happy we found T4L because it is easier and they are learning just as if they were in school, so far this program is excellent. I would recommend it, which I have to my other homeschool moms. Nat

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 6, 2012 10:47:24 AM PDT
John E. says:
Two sources of quality free interactive instruction:
- both of these sites have lots of free interactive resources plus a paid membership option

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2013 7:30:18 PM PST
V. Shoaf says:
Thank you so much for pointing this out. Otherwise I'd be ready to try it. Maybe the developer could keep this in mind for updates...

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2013 2:08:53 PM PST
Chas says:
Easy peasy all in one homeschool curriculum. It is all free

Posted on Apr 5, 2013 9:48:29 PM PDT
inishfreeMe says:
We are at the end of our first and last school year with Time 4 Learning. My daughter is in the sixth grade. For the most part T4L seemed to be OK but a little too childish for a six grader. It would be Ok if that was my only problem with the program, but it is not! I was looking into my daughters work quizzes and test results to see why she was having low scores in her math work. I review several quizzes and found errors on the part of T4L. She answered the problems correctly but were marked wrong. For example one problem ask her to change a fraction into a percentage. 12 1/2 into a percent the answer she gave was 12.5 and was marked wrong! On some of the quizzes the right answers were not given as a choice. This was very upsetting! They need to have someone go into the curriculum and make sure that the answers on the database are looked over and corrected. I suggest if you use T4L you check the answers your child gave on their work. I was told by my child that she had the answers right but they were marked wrong. I didn't look into it at the time only to find out later she was telling me the truth. Who would think that a curriculum would make so many inexcusable mistakes and put a childs education at stake. I think it is time that T4L over haul their curriculum. We will not be using T4L next school year.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 9:55:09 AM PDT
Sugarcookie says:
Based on the solid reviews throughout the web, I'm extremely eager to begin using the Time 4 Learning program. I believe it will be a great tool to prepare my child for the upcoming school year.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 12, 2013 3:16:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 12, 2013 3:17:42 PM PDT
To inishfreeMe
Quote: "12 1/2 into a percent the answer she gave was 12.5 and was marked wrong!" ---
12 1/2 converted to a percent would be 1250% not 12.5%
There are math conversion calculators online, so you can easily check. I use this a lot to check my kid's home school work....;jsessionid=B7AFE460256423E4C0BEED0405EA86F1?mixed.whole=12&mixed.numer=1&mixed.denom=2&outputFormat=percent

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 8:32:22 AM PDT
Super Mama says:
I'm sick of seeing many T4L "reviews" on the web - people who have been paid to review and/or given the service for free. I tried it, despite the ridiculous "mouse", and both my kids (6 and 13) were pretty much insulted by the whole program but especially the mouse mascot. It certainly does nothing to encourage love of learning or personal creativity. I suppose it might be a somewhat better fit for someone in a "school at home" mentality or a child who is used to rote classroom learning.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2013 8:49:12 AM PDT
I bought this yesterday for my fourth grader. My daughter used this once before for a few months. Let me just tell you why I am going to cancel so soon. 1. I opened the first LA chapter, and the first assignment was synonyms. The very first word was fatal, with a mafia type guy talking about how a word was killed. Really guys, come on. My daughter shielded her eyes and turned the volume was scary to her. Shame on you! 2. I opened Science and went to planets. There we opened Jupiter, and the questions that followed were as if she already knew the material. There was no instruction only questions. I am very very disappointed. I thought this was designed to teach them not just ask questions we don't know the answers to. Will cancel today, I sincerely hope the material will exclude sorts of violence in the future.
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