Exploration Science-Physical Sci

Summary

This general physical science course uses a hands-on approach allowing students to explore the foundational principles of physical science. Using the text and lab activities, students study forces, machines, motion, energy, electricity, magnetism, sound, light, density and buoyancy. Students will also study general chemistry concepts including the structure of matter, the periodic table, chemical bonds and reactions, mixtures and compounds and the chemistry of food and living systems. In addition, students will learn the fundamental physics concepts of the earth and solar system, thermodynamics, and fluid dynamics. Throughout this course, students discover the relationship between science and daily life. The students will gain a solid understanding of the scientific method and learn to write thorough and accurate lab write-ups.

 

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Elemental Science

Summary

Elemental Science offers easy-to-use plans that feature the three keys for teaching science, 1.) performing hands-on scientific tests, 2.) gathering information, and 3.) keeping record.

Hands-on experiments provide the chance for students to interact with science face-to-face. These experiments and demonstrations come with a supply kit and have step-by-step instructions, expected results, and clear explanations.

Each program contains reading plans that will teach the students the facts they need to know. Depending upon the series, your students will be reading from living books or encyclopedias. Lastly, each of our programs includes customized notebooking pages and experiment sheets to help the students organize and share what they have learned. 

 

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Mosdos Press

Summary

Mosdos Press presents outstanding classic and contemporary literature and are dedicated to excellence in the teaching of literature, writing, vocabulary, and language arts. Meeting the most stringent academic standards, the content is intellectually challenging and morally framed. The curriculum is rigorous and engaging, and thoughtfully explores positive ideals.

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BookShark

Summary

BookShark is a complete, literature-based, curriculum that uses a variety of

educational resources including literary fiction and nonfiction, biographies, illustrations and hands-on experiments to deliver an engaging and complete education that extends beyond textbook memorization.

 

Bookshark is easy for parents to teach, providing a 36-week, 4-day schedules designed to save one day a week for sports, field trips or other extracurricular activities.

BookShark combines a proprietary History, Science and Language Arts offering with a wide range of math options, to ensure you have everything you need for an entire school year.

 

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ALEKS Math

Summary

Students take a pre-assessment and are placed in the course based on how well they performed.  The students have a pie that represents the total number of topics they have mastered compared to the total number of topics in the course.  

Students have the freedom to move through their pie and pick from a number of topics that are available to them.  When they select a topic they read through a tutorial to learn the concept.  Then the student is expected to answer a similar question 3 – 4 times before the topic is considered mastered and then added to the pie.

 

Pros:

  • The student can test out of content and push ahead based on the outcome of the initial pretest.  If a the initial pretest indicates a mastery of less than 15% or more than 80%, then we know that the student needs to be moved to the previous or next course.
  • At any time students have multiple choices as to what to work on.  The student can’t say, “I’m stuck” without having tried each of the 5 – 20 topics available to work on.
  • This curriculum is VERY thorough–the typical gaps in a student’s math skills are solved with this curriculum.  If a student earns a credit in pre-algebra via ALEKS, there is absolutely no doubt that the student is prepared for success in algebra.
  • The Mastery Checks continue to verify that a student’s mastery of an idea is solid.  Students don’t slide by with “almost” knowing the content and getting lucky on a couple of sample problems.

Cons:

  • There is no variety in how the material is presented; no secondary options when the student needs a second approach to a topic.  There are no videos.
  • If a student’s knowledge isn’t solid, the Mastery Checks will remove pie-slices and send the student back to redo.  This is not really a CON, but if kids aren’t prepared for it they will be frustrated.

 

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Zearn Math

Summary

Students learn new content in two ways: Independent Digital Lessons and paper and pencil work.  Independent Digital Lessons per grade, covering fluency, concept development, and independent practice.  Students learn new concepts at their own pace, with integrated paper and pencil work that supports knowledge transfer and retention.

 

Pros:

  • Math is taught through instructional video (online teacher) and online interactive practice.
  • Online instruction combined with paper/pencil workbooks.  
  • Taught note taking skills
  • Common Core Aligned
  • Combines fluency skills, word problems and core skills practice daily

Cons:

  • Student needs to be ready for some online instruction
  • Parent guides and lesson plans are online
  • Parent needs to make time to prep for the daily lesson (open it up online or print it all out)

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TimberDoodle Kits

Summary

Timberdoodle kits are perfect for students who want their school at home life to be creative and fun.  Games, arts, and activities are all included in this kit along with specific instruction in every academic area.  

 

Pros:

  • Kits offer something for everyone
  • Creative and specific instruction
  • For the creative students
  • Strong geography for younger students
  • Has weekly schedule for each grade level
  • High emphasis on thinking skills
  • High quality workbooks, games and activities

Cons:

  • Parent needs to have time to prep.
  • You need to be ok with many pieces of curriculum
  • The hands on games and such don’t necessarily follow what’s being taught in the subject areas
  • Subjects are not integrated

 

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Teaching Textbooks Math

Summary

Teaching Textbooks is a quality math program that provides computer based lessons and workbooks.  A student can use one or both to move through the lessons.  Instruction is clear and easy to understand and there are plenty of practice problems.  

Pros:

  • Student can do both workbook and/or online.
  • All instruction is given on the computer
  • Lessons provide clear instruction and quality practice.
  • Computer will auto grade each lesson, quiz and test
  • When an answer is wrong a pop up will appear that tells the student why

Cons:

  • Not aligned to the SBAC standards used for state testing of grades 3 – 8.   
  • Not being standards-aligned makes it hard to change to a new curriculum later without having gaps in knowledge.
  • Numbering system is not intuitive.  Teaching Textbooks 3 = 2nd grade curriculum;  Teaching Textbooks 4 = 3rd grade curriculum;  Teaching Textbooks 5 = 4th grade curriculum;  etc.

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Story of the World History

Summary

Story of the World presents world history through narration and storytelling in a four-volume series. While these books are written at increasing levels of difficulty, they might be read aloud to younger children and read independently by older. Provides a classical education approach to history.

 

Pros:

  • You have the option to listen to the stories on CD instead of reading.
  • Siblings from multiple grade levels can work on curriculum together
  • Includes many optional project suggestions to deepen students’ understanding of each time period in history
  • Parents often enjoy reading/listening to the history
  • Vol. 1 -4 will give you a chronological account of history.

Cons:

  • Some of the history is violent
  • It says you can use starting in first grade, but you will have to read it to the student and explain many concepts for 1-3rd grade students
  • A lot of reading
  • Book and workbook are not colorful

 

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Saxon Math

Summary

Saxon Math program is a classical math program that teaches new concepts daily while making sure old concepts are covered again as well.  A great traditional program for every type of student.

Pros:

  • It is a rounded curriculum so skills learned will continue to re-occur through the whole level
  • Classical math instruction
  • Great for independent workers
  • The daily lessons are all in similar format which enables students (who can read) to work independently.
  • Great for kids who need repetition
  • Scripted lessons
  • Comes with a manipulatives kit

Cons:

  • Students sometimes complain about the amount of problems per day
  • Parent needs to plan time to walk through initial lesson

 

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