I have two things that make me nervous. My kids getting older and teaching high school. You wouldn't think teaching high school would make me nervous, after all high school was some of the last schooling we all finished before college. I should remember that better than my elementary and middle school years. But WOW!! Higher level science is so much hard to make easier to understand than elementary level. I was glad to get the opportunity to review an online program especially for middle and high school aged students, Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.
Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online option for parents with students Grades 3 and up. They offer courses in Earth Science, Mathematics (Grades 3+), Algebra (Grades 7 and up), Biology, Chemistry, Composition, US History, A/P US History, A/P Biology, A/P Chemistry, A/P Government, A/P Composition and even Nutrition.
Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate provides a video lesson for students to watch. They can easily do this from a computer/laptop or even a tablet. Vocabulary is emphasized in the subjects to help the children grasp the material they are learning. They can work at their own pace and then taken an online quiz over each topic. If they struggled on any answers, a video will display explaining the topic again to the student.
Homeschool Courses is programmed to re-teach subjects that a student scores low in. So it makes it super easy for parents, especially those with higher level students working in the A/P courses they offer. If you have a student who is not keen or struggling their way through book work, Homeschool Courses can easily change up this fight and give them a feeling of control over their education.
Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate can be used both as a base for your homeschool or as a supplement for your students.
Students can easily log in and choose the topic you assign to them. We have been hopping around trying various features of Homeschool Courses just to give it a try for the kids working level. I have found that it provides a challenge to students, but not in a difficult way. The challenge that it provides helps to give students confidence in their abilities.
We have used sections of the US Presidents topics in our Presidential studies. The videos were easy to use for the kids and navigate through. Homeschool Courses is very user friendly for kids, even those with slight delays.
There was a lot of information packed into each video, and if I need to I can even print a transcript of each lesson. The best part is, there is little or no extra planning needed on your part as the parent. All the work is done, parents simply assign out the lessons. Grading is done for you and you have access to the score through your parent account. Students are not left hanging though as they finish up their lesson, they are given feedback and grading on their work so that they know how they are doing also.
I have to say that I really enjoy the layout of Homeschool Courses. I easily can assign lessons to the kids. We are using English Composition and Nutrition as stand alone courses for Joey. They are presenting a challenge for him, since he does have some learning disabilities. But these challenges are not a bad thing. Homeschool Courses is making him think and he is able to move at his own speed since the program adjusts to him. He is quite proud of himself to be tackling high school level courses.
The A/P US History has provided even a challenge for me, since it has been so long since I needed to remember some of the acts of the earlier presidents and the laws they passed. The videos can be stopped and started depending on attention spans, which is another bonus for our family. As soon as I see eyes starting to glaze over, I can make an adjustment to pause and get up/move around and verbally discuss what we were watching.
Parents have a login and students have a separate login. So I can easily track their grades for their transcripts.
Will we continue using Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate? The answer is a definite Yes. I like the ease of use and the ability to use it as core or supplemental material. I also like how it adjust to the student and helps give them confidence in their own abilities.
Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate offers a reasonable price and it is very easy to sign up. This allows you to truly customize your child's education.
Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate is perfect for those extra tough subjects as the kids get older. It has put my mind at ease teaching the higher level courses with the kids.
Several members of the Schoolhouse Review Crew were given the opportunity to review Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate. Take some time to read how they used the various subjects in their homes by visiting the Schoolhouse Review Crew link below.