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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Standard Deviants Accelerate Schoolhouse Review Crew Review 2014 #hsreviews #hsmomma

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Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
I am always game for trying something new and with the boys getting older we are looking to supplement certain subjects so that we are sure they are getting enough to claim a complete credit on their high school transcripts. So I was interested in the opportunity to have a chance to review the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.
They have offer a variety of courses for grades 3(age 8) and up, with the majority being for middle school and high school levels.  They are available for $24.95 per month per student for regular core classes or you can get AP class access for $14.95, or you can get a year's worth of access for $99 per student.  
Here are the class choices so you know what is offered.
Arithmetic - Grades 3+
Fundamental Math - Grades 4+
Earth Science - Grades 6+
Nutrition - Grades 6+
Algebra - Grades 7+
Biology - Grades 7+
Chemistry - Grades 9+
English Comp. - Grades 9+
U.S. History - Grades 9+
AP Biology - Grades 11+
AP Chemistry - Grades 11+
AP U.S. Government & Politics - Grades 11+
AP U.S. History - Grades 11+
AP Eng. Composition - Grades 11+
Now the set up for the programs are all the same and each student will each need their own email address to make this work. This was not a problem for us as my boys already had their own email, but if your kids don't getting a kid friendly email is easy, aol is a great option with parental controls. 
First you set up your teacher account and choose the course or courses and pick who you are going to assign them to. This prompts a code to be generated and sent to the student's email, this is how they go about setting up their account and gaining access to their classes. 
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
For my boys I picked Nutrition for both of them to help supplement our Health credit and they also used the Chemistry. We are currently using Chemistry for Science this year so I thought this would be a great way to beef it up and give them an opportunity to learn some on their own, since our current program is something we work on together. The only thing is with our crazy schedule this year, we are only getting to do that 2-3 days a week so this was a great option to help add to that time with a program that was self paced. This way they could do on their own according to their schedules. Nutrition was a wonderful option for self paced learning as well. They each used both of these subjects 3-4 days per week depending on their own individual schedule.
All of the classes are set up in similar fashion, First you click the tab and watch the videos,which are presented in a fun way as to keep it from getting boring and monotonous. Next you move onto the Vocabulary words, I took these and used them as our spelling words so that they could get more practice. Third there was the Diagram tab this is where the worksheet like pages are. Then of course you have a quiz tab, this helps you as the teacher gauge how the student is doing, if they are retaining the information they are learning and where they might need to go back and repeat. This is extremely helpful and it was nice that I did not need to grade it, all I needed to do was log into my teacher account and check out the grades and progress. The final tab is the Written Answer tab, this is where there are reading comprehension questions and your student should have a workbook handy to write down their answers.
The nutrition class is for geared for grades 6 and up and touches on the topics of ...  
Intro: Cells and Macronutrients, What Your Body Does with Food, The Food Spectrum, Micronutrients: Vitamins, Minerals, and Water, Preventing Nutritional Disorders, Eating In Context ,Where Does Your Food Come From?, The Savvy Eater. 
I was happy to have this opportunity for the boys to get started learning about these topics while I was awaiting a curriculum to come that I had ordered. Now we are ready to dive right in and we won't have to spend as much time on it as we might have had to do without this supplement from SDA to help pave the path for us. 
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
The Chemistry unit is geared for 9th grade and up and covers topics such as ...
Atomic Theory and Structure, Bonds & Molecular Structure, States of Matter, Solutions, Acids and Bases, Chemical Reactions & Equilibrium, Stoichiometry, Thermodynamics. We have been studying Chemistry for a couple months now, so the course from SDA helped cement things that we have already touched on as well as lay down the ground work for those topics we have yet to reach in our main text book. 
I liked the fact the boys could work on this at their own pace, Taylor during the day when Alyx might be at work or Alyx when Taylor is at some of his other classes. They could work independently and at their own convenience. SDA has helped bridge gaps and has eased my mind a bit because of our overloaded schedules. 
The boys thought the site was easy to navigate and enjoyed the variety of tasks so that it made it enjoyable to do the assignments. They were not long and drawn out either which is always a plus in all of our books. 30 minutes tops each day they work on it is enough to accomplish more than a couple lessons. 
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
I have enjoyed knowing that the boys can continue to learn even when our schedules do not allow for us to have a lot of time to sit down and do book work. I was starting to stress about that especially with Alyx being in 11th grade this year and with Taylor right behind him in 10th, time is running out to fit it all in. I want them to be able to have all of the outside class opportunities we have found without jeopardizing our core studies. SDA helps fill in the gaps and gives me a peace of mind that they are getting some core learning in even in our busy lifestyle this year. 
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
I think this is a wonderful supplemental program fit mostly for middle school and high school levels. There is a class for everyone and I am sure you would get your money's worth with just one class but you have access to them all with your subscription. The cool thing is you don't have to take my word for it or that of any of the reviewers from the crew although I do hope I have helped. You can test drive it yourself.
For a very limited time you can get a 6 MONTH FREE Trial. How is that for a test run, I don't think I have ever run across such a generous preview time. This is surely enough time to get into a class or two and see how this could benefit your students and your homeschool as a whole. If you have gaps to fill in or if there is a class you just are not getting to as much as you would like. Maybe they need some reviewing? Just remember these are not meant to take the place of your primary books, the SDA classes are to be a supplement to your program not a replacement. 
SMALL DISCLAIMER:(This is a secular program so be forewarned that there is a talk of Evolution in the Biology course but it is minor and should not deter you from the program, I just want you to be aware.)
Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

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