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Time 4 Learning for middle school?
December 10, 2013 at 9:43 PM

I'm still struggling to find a good curriculum for 14yo dd. She's behind in everything and is not looking forward to working with me. We tried a few times before her vacation and she just drug her feet. So I saw Time 4 Learning and thought I'd give it a try. She loves being on the computer anyway and I figured this way she can work more independently. I've heard it's a little light so I was planning on adding some extra creative writing, reading and Life of Fred math.

Do any of you have experiances with it?


  • AutymsMommy
    December 11, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    In an effort to get her caught up for high school, I would go hardcore ELA and mathematics.

    For $200, I would invest in an IEW SWI course ($109) and a solid math program (look for Teaching Textbooks on ebay - you can usually buy it for around $80 in gently used condition; it's a computer program and it caters to children who are behind, imo, so it would fit well).

    She can use the library for history and science. IEW writing course will allow you to incorporate writing across the curriculum (that is what it is designed for, but with the SWI, you will NEED to watch it with her!).

    Quoting paganbaby:

    I forgot about that,lol. I'd say she's more visual and and she has adhd so playing attention for a period of time is difficult. Ummm...I'd say my budget at this point is about 200$ maybe a little less. She's behind in nearly everything, especially language arts. I don't know her goals really are. She says she wants to be a doctor but shows very little interest in school or medicine. I really believe she likes the title more than anything. At this point she's mainly interested in Facebook, make-up, friends and boys.

    Quoting AutymsMommy:

    I have loads of suggestions - but I'm afriad they may not be helpful. You know that while I'm all about fun and games, when it comes down to it, and after switching so many times... I don't really care if my kiddos like it; they still have to do it.

    What is your tentative yearly budget for her? Assume you're starting from scratch with her. Is she a visual learner? So close to high school, what are her goals for after high school? Math placement? Any learning differences (i.e. dyslexia, ADD, etc)?

    Quoting paganbaby:

    I'm looking. I just worry about shelling out X amount of money for something she probably won't like :-(

    Do you have any suggestions?

    Quoting AutymsMommy:

    As an aside, you could get a very nice curriculum for the amount you spend on that. It's $20/monthly; for that cost, for say a 10 month school year, you could buy some very good pieces of curriculum, suited to her needs, that are MUCH better than T4L.

  • Mommynay2
    December 12, 2013 at 8:28 AM
    Hi, Destinay is doing okay considering what is going on with the family. We are taking a somewhat break from academics and we are working on a Christmas unit study and multiplication. How are you doing?

    Quoting paganbaby:

    How is Destinay? And what do you use now? I really like that about it too,lol.

    Quoting Mommynay2: Destinay used it before, and at first she liked it, but then she lost interest. In the end it was like pulling teeth for her to do it. I liked it because they did all the planning with it, and the cost was great, and no commitment. I would just try it.

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