Thursday, April 21, 2011

Is Computer-Based Learning for Us?

The computer has been any incredible teaching tool for both my pre-school children. Most notably, both boys have developed a HUGE part of their reading abilities by working on Starfall (which is free, by the way). Big Brother approaches the Kindergarten level, how do I take this approach to learning to the next level? And incorporate other subjects, like science and math?

I suspect that Time 4 Learning may fit the bill, and I've been interested in learning more about it ever since I read a positive review on one of my favorite blogs, Counting Coconuts

Time 4 Learning is not free, so I was really glad that they invited me to try it for one month in exchange for a candid review. Now I can see for myself if it's worth the expense. Be sure to come back and read about my experience!

Here's what I'm hoping to learn over the next month:
  • Will the computer help motivate my children to focus on subjects and tasks they would otherwise avoid? 
  • Using a writing utensil is a huge chore for Big Brother, but he can easily use a mouse and keyboard. I often wonder how far he could go if the obstacle of writing was longer standing in his way.
  • Will Time 4 Learning help my kids develop typing skills?
  • Will computer-based learning be active enough, or will it cause them to lapse into that really "low" state that causes their sensory issues to get out of control?
  • I cringe at the thought of my children sitting like blobs in front of a computer screen all day....even if they are working on something educational. Can we effectively use this program with a healthy sense of moderation?
  • Will Time 4 Learning be affordable?


  1. Hi Rebecca,
    I've used Time4Learning for several years now with my 5 kids and we've really enjoyed it. I would love to hear an unbiased opinion from someone new though! I'll check back with you in a month - thanks! :)

  2. Hi Jennifer! Thanks for the comment. I'm glad to know you've used it successfully. I have mixed feelings about it so far. I'm having a hard time finding the correct level for my son (who is 5). The preschool stuff is too easy, and I don't like the fact that you can't generate reports from that level. Unfortunately, the upper levels might be too difficult. Still lots more to be learned.... Thanks!