Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review
I can't tell you how many times I've been asked, "Are you really going to homeschool through high school? Are you sure you'll be able to teach them everything they need to know at that level?" My answer is multi-faceted, but one of the main reasons I feel comfortable homeschooling at the older grade levels is taking advantage of online homeschool programs like Standard Deviants Accelerate. We were given the opportunity to review their homeschool courses.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

For this review, we received one year access to all of the homeschool courses at Standard Deviants Accelerate. This is online access that is available via computer, laptop, or tablet.

Standard Deviants Accelerate offers a wide variety of courses for homeschoolers to use to supplement and support their curriculum. You can choose from
  • Arithmetic - grades 3+, Focuses on numbers - types of numbers, how to represent numbers, and simple number operations
  • Fundamental Math - grades 4+, Focuses on the world of mathematics. (I'll share more about this in a little bit.)
  • Earth Science - grades 6+, A study of the earth. (This course does mention the Big Bang Theory.)
  • Nutrition - grades 6+, All about food and how our bodies use it.
  • Biology - grades 7+, A study of life. (This course does mention evolution.)
  • Algebra - grades 7+
  • Chemistry - grades 9+
  • English Composition - grades 9+
  • U.S. History - grades 9+
  • AP Biology - grades 11+
  • AP Chemistry - grades 11+
  • AP U.S. Government and Politics - grades 11+
  • AP English Composition - grades 11+
I had Soccer Girl and Ballerina go through the Fundamental Math course because they really need extra support in math. Even though they are in 7th grade, I felt like they needed a better background in basic mathematics before trying to work on the Algebra course. We will probably start the Algebra course after Christmas.

The girls worked on the Fundamental Math course 3 days a week as a supplement to their regular math curriculum.

Here are just some of the topics the Fundamental Math course offers lessons in:

  • Comparing Fractions, Decimals, and Percents
  • Basic Operations Using Fractions and Decimals
  • Squares and Square Roots
  • Measurement and Ratios
  • Angles, Polygons, and Circles
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Mean, Median, Mode, and Range
  • Probability
  • And much more
The lessons are comprised of a video, vocabulary, diagram, quiz, and written answer. The video is presented both humorously and informatively. It is accompanied by a written transcript of the lesson, so that students who are visual learners can both hear and see the material being presented. There is also an empty text box that students can use to take notes on the information in the video. 

The vocabulary section presents important terms for the lesson with their definition. Just like the video offers the transcript to address different learning styles, the vocabulary section offers an icon to click on so that students can hear the vocabulary word pronounced and the definition.

The diagrams are interactive, allowing the students to drop and drag words or numbers from the word bank to label the diagrams. 

The quiz is a multiple choice quiz on the concepts taught in the lesson. At first, I was surprised that the quizzes weren't "math problems" but instead were questions about the concepts. I ended up really liking that, though, and so did Ballerina. If they can comprehend the concept behind the lesson, they will be able to perform mathematical operations using those concepts. Another thing I really like about the quizzes is that if they mark an incorrect answer, a button to "see video" pops up, which they can click on to watch the part of the lesson about what they missed. 

The written answer portion is an opportunity for students to reflect on what they've learned in the lesson. They write an answer on how math can be used as a scientific tool based on the topic from that lesson.

These lessons really helped give the girls a better mathematical foundation, and I'm seeing a great deal of improvement now in their work in their regular math curriculum assignments. 

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