Apr 142010
 
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Time 4 Learning is an on-line educational program that is designed to help make learning fun. I was able to review Time 4 Learning for my elementary students last year. Since that time they have added a Preschool program. Lucky for me, I knew just the preschooler to try out the Time 4 Learning.

My little one is 3-1/2 (today actually!). She loves playing on the computer and will take the opportunity every time she’s given it.

This is the home page screen for the PK1 level. It can be accessed at any time by clicking on the house icon at the top left of the screen. (I apologize that the bottom is cut off. I could not get everything on one screen to take a screen shot.) As you can see, there are a variety of categories of learning games. There are pictures to help the non-reader decide what to play. Also, a check mark appears when all of the activities in that category have been completed. However, it doesn’t prevent the child from doing those activities again.

This is the screen the child would see after clicking on the Numbers icon. In this category there are several activity choices. (The choices are similar for all the activities.) Once again there are check marks to show which activities have been previously completed.

This is the screen for the “Which” activity. The child must select which of the numbers is correct. The penguin talks like a game show host, but the humor is lost on young children.

Summary:

I found the games to be both educational and entertaining, and my daughter frequently asked to play. After I showed her how the program worked, she was able to play entirely independently (except for logging in). It would be a very handy activity to occupy a younger child while teaching older ones. The subscription price is unfortunately not something that is in our budget, but many would find it a great value.

 

Disclosure: We received a 30 day trial of Time 4 Learning Preschool 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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