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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Jason Learning Science

Summary

Jason Learning is built around real-world phenomenon and guided by practicing scientists. Students will think scientifically about the world around them, connect with a diverse group of science role models, and tackle challenging standards-based lessons. Each comprehensive JASON Learning curriculum features print and digital materials, hands-on activities, videos and online games for students, as well as lesson plans, and implementation tips.  Live, interactive events throughout the year connect the JASON community with inspirational STEM role models, including renowned scientists and other experts who have pursued STEM careers.

 

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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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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.
  • Currently requires a CD drive to run.  Web version might begin in 18-19 school year.
  • Tends to run below typical grade level

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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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Singapore Math

Summary

Singapore Math Is extremely clear, highly logical and sequential, and has a strong focus on mental math. Students get a good amount of practice without too much repetition. Challenging word problems build thinking skills and help students apply math in a variety of situations.        

Pros:

  • We offer the US Standards Edition or the Common Core Edition.  
  • Visual math “concepts explained through models” to achieve higher conceptual understanding.
  • For students who want text instruction and a workbook to help with organization.
  • High focus on word problems
  • High focus on solving a problem many ways
  • For high-level thinkers and those good at math

Cons:

  • Avoid if you are not willing to learn and teach math a bit differently than you were taught.
  • Complaints about having to take extra steps to model math concepts
  • You need to have time to explain and work through math lessons
  • Probably not best for a struggling math student

 

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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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