Friday was our first day using Time4Learning. I love that Haydn worked on his science assignments, without complaint, and even took the quiz on his own and bragged about only missing one question. This is, by the way, 4th grade curriculum. I think we are finished with 3rd grade, though I may have to lower his grade level for math. We'll see.
I like that Time4Learning takes some of the tension out of our homeschool. We are so new to this, and he is not used to learning from me all day anymore than I am used to being in charge of his education. This program helps me feel confident that he is getting all of his core subjects covered, as we adapt to the new situation. I believe it can be used alone, but I am doing my own lessons as well.
For instance, we are still studying Shakespeare, in preparation for going to see Gnomeo and Juliet. We are reading from The Silver Chair each day and taking quizzes on that. He is required to do 15 minutes of independent reading each day. I will lengthen this once he gets used to doing it. We are working on a cat lapbook, because I really want to strengthen his fine motor skills (cutting along the lines is helping with that). He also writes definitions for two vocabulary words and does some other form of handwriting practice each day. We will keep with this until I am satisfied that he CAN write well. Then, I will introduce typing lessons.
I also plan to add a Bible curriculum. We already read a devotion together in the mornings, along with his younger brother, but I want to teach him more. One perk of homeschool is that I CAN use religion in my classroom. *wink*
All in all, I think we are doing pretty well. He even used a new word in conversation this week, and then he grinned at me and said, "I learned that word." At that moment, I felt Christ's peace descend.