As we really get rolling with the school year I am so pleased that we are still finding new programs to use.
The only thing you need is internet access and a computer. How wonderful is that?!
As a homeschooler, I often wonder if I am doing my utmost to produce the best people for the world. In areas of schooling I often doubt my abilities to teach certain subjects well.
With this new program that we reviewed I have found that I feel more comfortable in my own skin as I let others guide my youngster in different subject areas.
SDA has so many options for school too. We picked just two subjects to mainly focus on for this review; Biology and History.
Each parent (or teacher) has access to the administration side of the program. From there, the admin is able to set up the class for their student(s). As you create a class, you are then given an access code for your particular student to access your class and your class only. This is a wonderful way to keep track of all the lessons, tests, and grades for each student.
Once you have each class setup, you have the student go into the program and create their own personal account. Once that is done, then you give the student the class access code and then they can begin working independently.
Each lesson is done in a few different parts.
Your student will sit and watch a video for the days a lesson. Once the video is over, there is a vocabulary section to complete, then the student will need to diagram (this is some of the important facts learned during the lesson). From this point there is a quiz to review the facts just learned. The last section to complete is the written work.
Each video in SDA is of young people talking about the daily lesson. They are full of facts, silly jokes, and (in my opinion) typical teenage behavior; all the while teaching important facts in regards to the subject at hand.
Isaiah truly was not overly impressed with the videos. He thought they were goofy, but on the flip side, he also said that he “got” most of the jokes and they were age appropriate. He also was a bit overwhelmed with the length of the videos. He said he felt, “like they were throwing a slew of information at him and he was expected to know all of the answers”. His temperament would prefer shorter videos therefore less info at a time, in return making it easier to regurgitate the information in a more efficient way. (He also is still learning to be a “note taker”…..)
Other than that, he liked the program and was able to set it up himself with little assistance from me. He worked at his own pace and is managing to carry a decent passing grade in the courses. He never had any issues with the layout of the site. The lessons are set up well. The site has all of the lesson sections set up as a menu across the top for easy maneuverability between sections.
The subjects available to the parent (or teacher) are:
- Arithmetic for Grades 3+
- Fundamental Math for Grades 4+
- Earth Science for Grades 6+
- Nutrition for Grades 6+
- Algebra for Grades 7+
- Biology for Grades 7+
- Chemistry for Grades 9+
- English Comp. for Grades 9+
- U.S. History for Grades 9+
- AP Biology forGrades 11+
- AP Chemistry for Grades 11+
- AP U.S. Government & Politics for Grades 11+
- AP U.S. History for Grades 11+
- AP Eng. Composition for Grades 11+
The suggested age range for this program is 8 years old through adult.
The cost for SDA Homeschool Courses for one student per one course is $99 a year. Or you can pay $24.95 a month for one course. There are the AP classes and the cost for them is $14.95 a month per student.
Isaiah would complete one lesson a day, for each class. Each lesson would take him between 30-45 minutes to complete. Depending on the lesson for the day, and how much he was able to retain from that one lesson, would tell me just how well he was doing in each class.
One wonderful thing about Standard Deviants Accelerate is that I can see each quiz and chapter review Isaiah has completed. The program shows me his progress as well as his grade average for each class. Pretty awesome way to keep records for end of the year paperwork!
Isaiah still has a ways to go to complete any of the classes he is currently enrolled in but I see these classes as a very nice addition to the physical text books we already have here at home.
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In His Grace.
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