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Can One Curriculum Work
for So Many Different Kids?

September 8, 2010
 

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I'm often surprised by the range of families that use Time4Learning because they have such radically different challenges and approaches to homeschooling. Eclectic homeschoolers, unschoolers, and curriculum followers are all able to include Time4Learning in their homeschooling programs, and it works for them in different ways.
 
To better understand this, I had a discussion with two homeschooling moms: Kelly and Mary.
I learned a few interesting things that I thought I would share.
 
Kelly is a mother of six,
each with very different learning requirements. Mary is a mother of four who initially homeschooled with a strictly faith-based curriculum and then incorporated Time4Learning.

 
It thrills me that Time4Learning's student-paced visual learning materials are a useful curriculum in so many different situations.

A Time4Learning member who really stands out to me is Kelly, who has been with us since 2006. I learned from her to better appreciate the diversity that occurs within a family and the particular concerns of the large homeschooling families. She uses our online curriculum to homeschool six children, each with unique educational needs:
 

Kelly uses Time4Learning for:
  • Two gifted sons: "Both boys have benefited from being able to work at grade levels above what you might expect and to proceed at a faster pace. Time4Learning was a terrific way for me to extend their studies when I didn't have time to personally provide the "more" they were craving."
  • A daughter with reading challenges: "She has always found learning challenging. Reading comprehension was an issue with her, so textbooks were not an effective method. She almost became a different person when we started using Time4Learning! The way the lessons are presented was a perfect fit for her, and she was finally able to thrive as a student."
  • A daughter with different learning levels in math and reading: "She has been reading since she was three and appears to be a gifted writer, but math is a challenge for her. As a fifth grader, she was working on third grade arithmetic and seventh grade language arts. It's great to be able to customize her learning experience!"
  • A son with Down Syndrome: "He is now five and "formally" a kindergartner. He needs each concept presented to him in a variety of ways, including books, DVDs, hands-on activities and computer programs. I use Time4Learning's preschool and kindergarten lessons as part of the package. I love being able to choose only the lessons he needs, and to skip between grade levels."
  • A daughter with "typical" learning skills: "For her, the main advantage of Time4Learning is that she enjoys the lessons so much! We use a variety of curriculum, but Time4Learning is the one thing we do every, single day... even if that's ALL we have time for."

 
Mary, a member since 2007,
has helped me understand her sensitivities and educational priorities. She fondly talks about how Time4Learning changed how she homeschools her four boys.
 
Like many Christian homeschoolers, Mary started out with a faith-based curriculum. But as her children grew older, she wanted to diversify their education and try something new.
As soon as she saw how excited her kids got when it was time to do their lessons, she was hooked. They were understanding the material, engaging with the lessons and their test scores were getting better. "It made me want to kiss my computer!", she said.
 

Mary explains how she handles lessons that don't agree with her beliefs:
 
"You embrace this as a teachable moment. A teachable moment happens when you take an imperfect situation and turn it into an incredible opportunity to teach our children about our worldview, our politics, our beliefs. It allows our children to have a safe place to ask questions and share thoughts.
 
After all, one day your child is going to be exposed to things contrary to your families worldview. Teachable moments prepare your children like no other curriculum ever could."

 
Visit Mary and Kelly on the Time4Learning Parent Forum.
Kelly's forum name is "hearthstone_academy" and Mary's is "MamaMary." If you would like to ask either of them a follow up question, you can register here or sign in using this guest account:
 
Username: guestuser
Password: time4learning
 
Time4Learning is much more than just a homeschool curriculum provider.
It is a family owned company that listens to and learns from it's members in the quest for constant improvement. It offers a student-paced online learning program that can be used as a primary curriculum or as part of an eclectic approach.
 
Time4Learning requires no contracts and offers a 14-day money back guarantee. It is entirely web based, so there is no software to download, no CDs and nothing additional to purchase.
Your kids will be able to access the program 24/7 from any computer with an internet connection. Browse the lesson plans, view screenshots or try our sample lessons.
 
Time4Learning has helped tens of thousands of families. How can it help yours?
 


 
 

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