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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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
  • Science program is subpar
  • No literature collection
  • 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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K-3 Quick Reading Assessment

4-6 Quick Reading Assessment

OdysseyWare

Summary

In many ways, this is a textbook online. There are a few games and videos to add variety, but it is mostly text-based. Students find OW to be straightforward and easy to get used to, and comforting in the routine that the program establishes (each unit follows the same pattern of instruction, quizzes, and projects).

Pros:

  • This is an online, teacher-graded curriculum available to grades 3+
  • Struggles readers can use the read aloud feature to have all lessons read to them.
  • It has been around for a long time, so it has lots of courses, especially high school electives in the area of computers, technology, and career fields.
  • Students and parents can go back to content when they need to review or check something.
  • Students to choose 2 projects in each unit and skip the rest.

Cons:

  • Heavy on the reading, though not difficult text.
  • The projects can feel like lots of little research papers and posters, but students are encouraged to reflect and apply to their own experiences.
  • The due dates are sometimes not accurate, so students are encouraged to use the percent progress to determine how much to do each day. As we discussed, this can be inaccurate.
  • Assignments vary in complexity, so it is not always possible to set a consistent daily goal. In other words, finishing 1 lesson per day could mean a short quiz or a long paper.

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Link:  OdysseyWare

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Moving Beyond the Page

Summary

Moving Beyond the Page is a unit study approach based on constructivist theories of learning that primarily targets gifted children. Each year’s curriculum is designated with an age range rather than a particular grade level.

  • Age 4-5 (Pre-K for advanced students, kindergarten for average students)
  • Age 5-7 (kindergarten for advanced students, first grade for average students)
  • Age 6-8 (first grade for advanced students, second grade for average students)
  • Age 7-9 (second grade for advanced students, third grade for average students)
  • Age 8-10 (third grade for advanced students, fourth grade for average students)
  • Age 9-11 (fourth grade for advanced students, fifth grade for average students)
  • Age 10-12 (fifth grade for advanced students, sixth grade for average students)
  • Age 11-13 (sixth grade for advanced students, seventh grade for average students)
  • Age 12-14 (seventh grade for advanced students, sixth grade for average students)

 

Pros:

  • Connects literature across many different subjects
  • Students benefit from literature-based thematic learning
  • Great for students above grade level who are good listeners (k-2) and independent workers (3+)
  • Project based learning – hands on
  • High quality materials
  • Great literature collection
  • Offers an age range rather that grade level

Cons:

  • Hard to use if teaching multiple children at once
  • Students sometimes complain about the amount of reading or lessons being read to them
  • Will need a good amount of 1:1 time for instruction and added parent prep time
  • Weak spelling instruction

 

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Moving Beyond the Page Placement Tests

McRuffy Language Arts

Summary

McRuffy Language Arts programs cover phonics, reading, spelling, grammar, and composition. Optional handwriting workbooks easily integrate with the other components of each course. It is adaptable to students learning needs and provides spiral instruction so skills are revisited throughout the level.

 

Pros:

  • Specific language arts instruction in many areas
  • Students benefit from increased spelling, reading, and writing skills
  • Great for students at or above grade level
  • Great leveled readers come with curriculum
  • Detailed lesson guide
  • Spelling, vocabulary and comprehension tied in very well with the reading
  • Has online games available that work with each lesson

Cons:

  • Students sometimes complain about the numerous books and worksheets
  • Not good for a struggling reader
  • Parent needs to prep

 

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Florida Virtual

Summary

This program is mostly text-based, but it takes advantage of more interactive technology than Odysseyware, embedding Discovery videos, interactive review games and even some avatar clips and virtual labs. These core subject-area classes are very solid and great preparation for students planning to go on to future education after high school. The content relates to the real world, presenting real-world situations and asking questions that connect back to real events and situations as often as possible.

Course Outlines for FLVS

 

Pros:

  • Rigorous
  • Does have ability to Highlight words to do text to speech
  • Some videos
  • Discussion based assessments
  • Compelling and varied
  • Students and parents can go back to content when they need to review or check something.
  • There are opportunities to work with the teacher and other students in the course, if the teacher has set up these assignments as an option.
  • Although the math is partially multiple choice, it has “real world” problems. The lessons present the material in a way that relates back to how math is used in the real world.
  • Students can see how much each assignment is worth so they can gauge how much time and effort to spend on each assignment. This is a great skill to learn.

Cons:

  • Requires strong reading and writing skills.
  • Assignments vary in complexity, so it is not always possible to set a consistent daily goal. In other words, finishing 1 lesson per day could mean a short quiz or a long paper.

 

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All About Reading

Summary

An intensive phonics program for pre-K through about fourth grade that uses direct instruction phonics rules, hands on alphabet tiles, and engaging worksheets and readers.

 

Pros:

  • Very explicit, systematic reading and spelling instruction
  • Interesting and effective
  • Well Balanced
  • Hands on, Multisensory
  • Research based

Cons:

  • Parent needs to add in prep time
  • Lots of worksheets
  • May go too quickly for some

 

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Acellus

Summary

The lessons are in video-form, followed by a set of (usually) multiple-choice questions. In each lesson, students must answer 3-5 questions correctly in order to move to the next lesson. After about 10 lessons, there is a review where student has access to the videos in the lesson to prepare for the unit exam. If the student passes the exam, they progress. If they do not, the program resets them to the beginning of the unit to try again. 

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Pros:

  • Predictable and easy to follow.
  • Easy to calculate how much to do each day.
  • Good for students who learn best by listening.
  • Students can work fast if they pay attention to the lessons.
  • Is easy to catch up if students add late (the workload is easy).

Cons:

  • Can be monotonous.
  • If a student is not understanding a concept, they can get set back a lot and end up frustrated.
  • It is a bit of a “Reader’s Digest” version of the curriculum, lightly covering the most important concepts. Students learn at the recognition level vs. higher order thinking. In other words, there is limited analysis, reflection or critical thinking built into Acellus.
  • Students must do assignments in 2 programs to receive full credit for the course: Acellus for lessons and tests; Canvas for written assignments and projects. There is no analysis or writing in Acellus, so students do extra projects in the associated Canvas classrooms that have been created by the teacher in order to flesh out these areas – deeper thinking, and more writing.
  • Students can’t go back and see previous questions or videos except in Review lessons before tests.
  • Parents cannot see what the student worked on. Teachers can see records of time worked, lessons completed, answers and scores for lessons and the whole course. The student (and parent) can only see how many lessons have been completed and what the next lesson is.  Parents cannot go back to see a previous lesson.
  • The videos sometimes start out short and may get longer throughout the course, so students might under-estimate how long it will take to finish their work.

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