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Six kids, four grown or in college, youngest has special needs (Down syndrome, autism, sensory processing disorder), single parent, have homeschooled from the start. With Time4Learning since 2006!
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Instruction, Guided Practice, Supported Practice, Independent Practice,

by hearthstone_academy on 10-20-2017 at 10:45 AM
Parents and students new to Time4Learning are sometimes frustrated when the program appears to expect their child to know everything about a certain concept without providing any instruction.

This is because Time4Learning doesn't just present a concept one time. It reviews previously learned material from time to time, to assure the student is retaining it (and to help you make sure your student has a chance to learn it in the first place if you are new to Time4Learning).

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Time4Learning Preschool

by hearthstone_academy on 08-27-2014 at 07:04 PM

Preschool is more than presenting a lesson one time and checking it off as "Done". Preschoolers need a lot of repetition, immediate feedback, opportunities to self-correct, and plenty of hands-on experiences. That's why Time4Learning's preschool program provides:

  • non-graded parent reports that detail how many times a student has completed each activity.
  • unlimited access to explore each activity again and again.
  • immediate lesson feedback

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Let's Homeschool High School!

by hearthstone_academy on 08-06-2012 at 10:51 AM

Are you wondering about high school options? was created to provide information, resources, and a place to share and connect with other high school homeschoolers and their families.

You will find articles by parents of homeschooled high schoolers, columns by homeschooled high school students, forums for both parents and students, and a wealth of other resources. If you're approaching or experiencing the high school

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Lesson Scheduling Made Easier!

by hearthstone_academy on 03-27-2012 at 05:33 PM
The friendly, flashing arrow that guides Time4Learning students on their lesson path is a fun and useful part of the program. The arrow can't determine whether a worksheet has been completed, though. And, while it does an excellent job of showing what comes next, it doesn't tell how much to do.

Enter the new Time4Learning activity scheduler! When you log in to your parent account, you will notice a new icon at the bottom of the page. Click on the Activity

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Grammar Goodies

by hearthstone_academy on 04-11-2011 at 08:46 AM
Time4Learning's core language arts program is one of the most popular parts of the curriculum. By interacting with hilarious animated characters, students study vocabulary, reading comprehension, and more.

But, where are the grammar lessons? When parents ask this, they are usually referring to a study of parts of speech and punctuation. Where, in the Time4Learning program, do students learn about nouns, verbs, adjectives, periods, commas, and quotation marks?

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  1. 5fritts
    5fritts liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Daily/Weekly time spent on coursework
    At the high school level, I plan on about an hour or less per course. If the planner returns more than 1 or two activities per day, I start deleting things until we get to that amount. And I don't...
    Liked On: 10-16-2017, 11:00 AM
  2. cj1969
    cj1969 liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Vacations and holiday breaks
    Hi. Time4Learning is a homeschool curriculum, not a school. YOU, the parent, are the teacher. The tools are to help you plan. You don't even need to use them if they cause you more stress than...
    Liked On: 10-14-2017, 07:25 PM
  3. Karen Reck
    Karen Reck liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Recommended supplies? Elementary - High School
    Middle school science and the high school science courses do not require supplies, as anything that might be considered a "lab" is just demonstrated by the videotaped instructor.
    Liked On: 08-08-2017, 11:12 PM
  4. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : HOW TO: Use the Activity Planner
    Hi, Monique. Here are step-by-step instructions for using the Activity Planner ( The Gradebook,...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:33 PM
  5. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : HOW TO: Use the Activity Planner
    The plan does not affect what lessons appear on your student's dashboard. It's a plan, or checklist, that he can refer to to see what you want him to do. Then, he can check each item off as it is...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:32 PM
  6. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : HOW TO: Use the Activity Planner
    For years, Time4Learning parents were instructed to note the number of lesson activities available in each subject and divide that by the number of days in their school year to decide how many lesson...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:31 PM
  7. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Still unhappy with the reports section
    Eight years since the original post, I have learned that the activities aren't "really" in alphabetical order. :D They are in numerical order according to lesson activity number. I suspect the...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:22 PM
  8. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Still unhappy with the reports section
    The "Recent Work" reports can be sorted however you wish, by clicking on the column heading. For some reason, the "Reports" section can't be sorted. It's not as random as you might think at...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:21 PM
  9. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : curriculum calculator
    Hi! :) Most of us are accustomed to thinking of a "lesson" as "the amount of work to be presented in one sitting". With Time4Learning, a lesson can last several days. Each subject is divided into...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:20 PM
  10. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Am I just missing the homeschool teacher tools?
    Hi! Thank you for your feedback! I'll try to address each of your questions. :) You can see the answers on completed tests and quizzes. If your child does poorly, they can review the material...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 10:17 PM
  11. coopermrocio
    coopermrocio liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : How Do You Record Grades?
    Hi, BethAnn. :) The program scores online work. It does not issue a course grade. Parents use the scores, along with anything else they add themselves, to calculate a grade using their preferred...
    Liked On: 08-06-2017, 09:58 PM
  12. loriamcdonald
    loriamcdonald liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Actual grades?
    Hi! :) N/A means "not applicable". A score is not applicable to those activities, because they are intended to teach. You can compare teaching activities to a teacher, standing up in front of the...
    Liked On: 08-01-2017, 09:24 PM
  13. lamb
    lamb liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : will it be a good decision to avail online chemistry and math teacher?
    Hi, Safa. Nothing will be a good fit for every student. Time4Learning's online curriculum is the choice for many thousands of students, though. Without knowing your child, I can't tell you how online...
    Liked On: 05-20-2017, 11:52 PM
  14. lamb
    lamb liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Nine Planets in solar system?
    Hi. :) Time4Learning provide a complete math and language arts program, with science and social studies available at most grade levels as a free bonus. Some of the science and social studies lessons...
    Liked On: 05-20-2017, 11:50 PM
  15. JohnEdelson
    JohnEdelson liked post by hearthstone_academy On thread : Will Time 4 Learning be able to teach my child to read?
    I agree with lamb. If your student is already blending letter sounds, you might want to use the first grade or even second grade phonics lessons. The REALLY great thing about Time4Learning is that...
    Liked On: 04-14-2017, 03:26 PM
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