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    Unhappy help!!

    I can't figure out how to actually access anything. I am not very computer literate and I joined under the impression that I could print out worksheets and homework as well as access reading material. I havent found any of that yet. I have seen the online material for my son, is there no lesson plans offered that arent just demos? I dont just want to see samples of activities I want to access them. Ive been at this for 2 days now and I start homeschooling my son next week. I am wondering if I should just stick to books. I sent a help email to time4learning but they offered no real help. What should I do?

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    The fastest way to get help is by calling in. (954) 771-0914 or toll free at (888) 771-0914. Live support personnel will answer your questions weekdays from 8:30am to 7:00pm EST.


    Also, these links offer super info about how to navigate the site and use the resources.

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    Getting Started with Time4Learning

    Check out this free e-book about homeschooling. It might help you out.

    You didn't mention what grade you placed you son in, however, I am going to give you some info anyway, just take what you can use and throw out the rest.

    *Spelling*


    Lesson activity numbers for the spelling lessons can be found by logging in
    as a parent and accessing the lesson plans. Spelling lessons are located
    within the language arts extensions:


    Fourth Grade - Chapter 2
    Fifth Grade - Chapter 6
    Sixth Grade - Chapter 9


    Every third lesson, the student is given a quiz over the words in the preceding three lessons. The results of these quizzes can be found in your student's reports. The results of the tests taken within each spelling lesson are for the student's information only.


    Many parents use the free SpellingCity site to supplement their child's spelling study. On SpellingCity, the lists for Time4Learning lessons can be found here: Spelling Lists

    Students can use these lists to play games with their spelling words. If you choose to have your student take a weekly spelling test at
    SpellingCity, the results are printable, either in report or certificate form. If you choose a premium membership, the program will keep track of your student's activity and test scores online.


    *Answer Sheets for Printables*
    If you are looking for the answer sheet to a printable, You will need to log in as the parent administrator. If the worksheet has a answer key icon next to it, then you will be able to print the answer key for that worksheet.


    *You can find a list of science supplies in the parent login area.


    *Here are some recommendations for first and second grade language arts*:


    *In first and second grade, I prefer to have my children complete the
    language arts program before beginning the language arts extensions. From
    third grade and up, they do language arts and language arts extensions
    simultaneously.


    I have three reasons for not doing them simultaneously until third grade:*


    *1. **In grades one and two, the language arts program focuses on learning
    to read, and the reading required is a little bit “easier” than in the
    extensions.*




    *2. **The language arts extensions in grades one and two are all based
    around excellent science and social studies themes. By the time the student
    has finished the language arts program, he or she has also finished the
    available science and social studies lessons. The themes in the language
    arts extensions help to fill the science/social studies void in the second
    half of the school year. *


    *3. **Both the language arts and the language arts extensions assign
    writing projects using Story Creator. If done concurrently, the student
    often ends up with two writing assignments in one day, which is
    overwhelming for most children of this age.




    *FIRST GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS *


    Scheduling – 376 online lesson activities, which INCLUDE necessary quizzes
    and tests. (Quizzes and tests are incorporated into the daily activities.
    They are not separately indicated by their own icon at the bottom of the
    page as in some other subjects.)


    _Aim for four to five online lesson activities per day, during the first
    half of the school year (first semester) only._ The student can usually do
    four activities, but it will be necessary for the student to complete five
    activities on 24 days throughout the first semester in order to finish the
    program during one semester (80 school days).





    *FIRST GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS EXTENSIONS*




    Scheduling – 289 or 223 online lesson activities (see Note, below), 182 or
    116 worksheets (see Note, below), 44 quizzes, 22 tests


    _Aim for 4-5 online lesson activities, worksheets, quizzes, or tests per
    day, during the final half of the school year (second semester) only._ The
    student can usually do four activities, but it will be necessary for the
    student to complete five activities on 19 days throughout the second
    semester in order to finish the program during one semester (80 school
    days).


    *Note: Each of the 22 chapters in the first grade language arts extensions
    includes a reader presented in four different formats: Read to Me, Read
    Along, Read By Myself, and I Can Read. This is so your student can use the
    version appropriate for his reading ability. _It is not necessary for your
    child to read the same story four times._ The schedule suggested is based
    on only requiring your student to read one version of each story, which
    brings the total to 223 online lesson activities instead of 289.*


    *In addition, the worksheets provided for each version of the story are
    exactly the same, bringing the unique worksheet total to 116. This schedule
    is based on only doing each story-related worksheet once.*



    **Information to assist you in determining the best reader format for your
    child:


    *Read to Me – *The program reads the story aloud to the student.


    *Read Along – *The program reads the story somewhat more slowly and
    highlights each word as it is read.


    *Read By Myself – *The program allows the student to read the story without
    aid, but selected difficult words are highlighted and the student can click
    on them to hear them read aloud. Other words are highlighted in an
    alternate color and students can click on them to hear them pronounced and
    defined.


    *I Can Read – *The program allows the student to read independently, but he
    can click on any word that he has difficulty with to hear it read aloud.


    Animated Science Lessons



    *ILA* stands for "Integrated Language Arts". Each ILA unit is based on an excerpt from a book. Many language arts concepts are taught in the process of studying that particular book excerpt. They are all integrated, instead of having separate classes or texts for grammar, reading comprehension, writing, etc. Parents can preview these activities without the preview appearing on their student's report if they don't mark the activities as completed.




    *Playground:*


    I haven't found a video tutorial or anything, but here is the Time4Learning Playground page that tells you more about it. It's basically just an opportunity for your children to play some fun, educational games after they have completed their lessons and activities, or after they have completed the amount of time you set for them to work before they can play.


    If you go to your parent login and login, then click on the "Student Info" tab, then click on the icon that says "Student's Timer Settings," you can set your timers. You can set a specific amount of time you want them to work on their lessons and activities BEFORE they have access to the playground, and you can also set a timer for how long you want them to play on the playground.


    *Teaching Guides:


    Some grades and subjects include Teaching Guides with optional, supplemental material. If a Teaching Guide is available, there
    will be an apple icon in the Teaching Guide column in the lesson plans, and you will be able to access it by clicking on that icon.



    *iPad*
    The iPad 2 isn't designed to run Flash programs like Time4Learning. There is an app that will run them, though. It's called iSwifter. It's basically a browser. You use it to access the T4L website instead of Safari.


    I hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask further questions. Best wishes to you and your son.
    Joyfully,
    Jackie

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    Thanks, Jackie!
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    Accidentally homeschooling since 2005!



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