Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TOS Review: Time4Learning preschool

I had a really hard time reviewing this, and it wasn't the product's fault. No, no ... this is yet another high-quality, easy-to-use, engaging product from Time4Learning. The graphics are fun and age-appropriate, the themes perfectly target the age group and yes, virtually any preschooler would love to have this as part of their "school."

But you know, Oli is nowhere near able to handle 40 lessons of anything, even when they're spaced over two levels and mixed in with some of the most silly educational games around. He can't handle learning about numbers or letters, or One the Farm, and he certainly isn't ready for "Insect" ... especially not when they're all "pider" in his little mind.

So reviewing this product made me sad. Because really, for $19.95 a month, I'd happily subscribe and let Oli and maybe even Mani while away a half hour or so in front of the computer while I teach the older kids. This would be a sound investment, something that would alleviate some of that mommy guilt while filling a gap.

I had fun perusing the games. I was interested in the color mixing capabilities, playing with the little people, and even finding out how they taught manners to preschoolers. (Genius, that.) But it was beyond what Oli could manage, and so, with a sigh, I reminded myself that soon enough, he'd be there. On his own time, of course.

BUT ... if your preschooler is typically developing, excited for screen-time and ready to pick up some basics, please check this one out. You won't be disappointed.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this product for review purposes. Refer to my general disclaimer for more information on my policies regarding reviews.

1 comment:

Anne Devlin said...

Ahh MG - I think I have a small glimpse into what you feel when I see my own little guy not "keeping up" with his age mates... But you are so right that God has a plan and a timeline for our special kids. Sending prayers your way for hope, patience and joy in the middle of these trials here on earth.