Starline Press Social Studies

Summary

Starline is a character-based, individualized curriculum, designed to allow each student to progress at his or her own pace.

Starline provides a three part system of learning.

• Part one is the curriculum – learning that is divided up into bite-sized pieces.

• Part two is the system of delivery, a process that insures learning is happening through a self-paced, monitored system.

• Part three is the motivational plan that partners all participants in the success of the student. Students find the instruction embedded in the material, so that the teachers’ voice is heard throughout the text. Both objective and subjective assessment methods are used to ensure mastery of the material. Challenging activities are included in each unit to help students to acquire critical thinking skillsets.

 

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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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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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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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History Pockets

Summary

History pockets program explores events in history by having students create folder-like pockets out of paper and cover them with written facts and information about events.  Students who enjoy crafts and hands-on activities will especially enjoy this program.

Pros:

  • Many hands on activities
  • Retain information through writing
  • Must like arts and crafts
  • Brings history lessons to life.
  • The student made history pockets are great keepsakes.
  • Content is not heavy or overwhelming – just enough information to keep interest high

Cons:

  • Need to add in prep time
  • Writing, coloring and cutting are time-intensive
  • Surface level information
  • You may need to print some extra pages

 

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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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AGS History

Summary

AGS Social Studies curriculum will bring students through the entire course of World History up into the 21st century.  

Arranged chronologically, the chapters in the Student Text covers World History from early civilizations until present day 21st century.  Clearly written chapters are complemented by the many photographs of people, artifacts, and landscapes as well as questions to check for understanding.

 

Pros:

  • Very thorough and detailed information
  • Nice photos and graphics
  • Short lessons
  • Comes with Teacher Edition, Student Edition and Student Workbook

Cons:

  • Difficult for the  student who is a weak reader
  • High parent involvement
  • No online resources, tests, or ‘extras’ available

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