Switched on School House Fun

by Karina
(Panama City, FL)

AOP's Switched On School House Makes Learning Fun!

AOP's Switched On School House Makes Learning Fun!

Eliminate homeschooling woes! Switched on School House turns school work into fun for these young girls, and helps them become more self-motivated.


This is our first year using SOS. We are currently using 4th and 7th grade and my girls and I love it. In years past, many school days would begin with moans and groans about how many pages they had to read.

Moving from one subject to the next was a struggle as well. It seemed like such work to the girls. SOS has it all, with little transition from one subject to another, and no books.

Although they read essays and such online, it seems like less of a job to them and more like fun. School days go smoothly and with no fuss. SOS has made my girls self-motivators that retain much more than they would with any book.

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Jan 20, 2009
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Alpha Omega Publications Link
by: Anonymous

Hello, my name is Kristi Gesink and I work for the Homeschooling Company Alpha Omega Publications. We would like to thank you for the mention of our Switched on Schoolhouse Curriculum on your site. We would appreciate it very much if you would please post a link from this site to Alpha Omega's website.

Thank you so much. If you have any questions or comments please don't hesitate to email me at kgesink@aop.com

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Kristi Gesink
Alpha Omega Publications

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We Love SOS
by: Tamra Parask

Just wanted to say we have used SOS all through our homeschool experience. Started with three children in 4, 6, and 7yh grades. Two have graduated and one in 11th grade. Now we have a 6yr old and ca't wait to start the 3rd grade stuff with her when she gets that far(SOS starts with 3rd grade). Just using 2-3 dollar workbooks this year for 'kindergarten' and she is already doing 1st and 2nd grade level books so I think next year will start some of the SOS 3rd grade stuff.
I will say that sometimes(rarely), I wish things were a little more in-depth, but as with every cirriculum, there are always things and can't possibly cover EVERYTHING, just like in any school setting as well. but OVERALL it is the best we've found and the benefits far outweigh any other cirriculum, such as set up, grading, simplicity, etc.....someone was thinking!!!
I am an R.N. in a NICU, so is a great help for a 'working' homeschooler:)

Thank you!

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Switched-on School House Testimonial

by Michelle
(Victorville, CA)

Switched-on School House Testimonial

Switched-on School House Testimonial

Got a visual learner? So does this mom. That's why she uses Switched-on School House computer-based homeschool curriculum...

My daughter is very much a visual learner and the Switched-on School house homeschool curriculum encouraged her greatly. There are fun pictures and illustrations that get her attention and help her to focus. SOS is a great program!

Thanks for the SOS curriculum testimonial, Michelle! Your thoughts are appreciated. Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched on School House Has Been Great!

by Kathy
(Rock Falls IL USA)

Illinois homeschool mom shares some great reasons to use Switched on School House; read her review...

We have used Switched on School House for the years now. We have used it for 6-8th grade. I really like the curriculum that is offered with Switched on School House. It gives the options t o purchase the entire curriculum or just certain classes. They also offer electives for purchase, such as foreign language.

Switched on School House has saved me so much time with trying to plan the lessons for my kids. With Switched on Schoolhouse, the kids do their lessons on the computer. Everything from reading the material to completing the assignments, and taking the quizzes and tests are right on the computer. The program will also grade their assignments, tests, and quizzes for you. You have to review their work because the program does miss some things and will not grade the written answers. There are even games they can play in relation to the lessons they are working on.

Overall, I love Switched on School House. It has been a blessing for my kids, and they enjoyed doing the schoolwork on the computer. It made it more fun, and less work.

Thanks for sharing some great reasons to use Switched-on School House, Kathy! Your thoughts are greatly appreciated! Blessings Heather :)

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Switched on School House (SOS)

by Penny Baker-McCann
(Crestwood Il )

I have used Switched on School House (SOS) homeschool curriculum for over 10 years. It is all on CDs and very organized and easy to use. It is very easy to take your school work where ever you go. I have and will continue to home school my children with this program.

What I like the most about it is the record-keeping. It records all grades and allows you to print out report cards at end of course. It allows the student to be independent and prepare for self-study in college.

I already have one in college and doing very well. (On Deans list first year.) Switched on School House is very affordable, each course costs approx. $65-70 . It has many courses outside of general ed.

Thanks for the Switched on School House homeschool review, Penny! I appreciate the time you took to help others learn more about SOS. Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched on School House Testimonial

by Mary Cleman
(Texas)

Switched on School House helps this busy mom homeschool three children effortlessly...

We have been using Switched on School House for three years and really enjoy it. My son is able to do most of the work on his own so I can focus the majority of the school time on my younger two. We do supplement writing because there is not enough writing, in my opinion. Overall, it has been a blessing in our homeschool journey.

Thanks for sharing your experience with SOS, Mary. Your thoughts are appreciated! Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched On School House Freedom

by Leah
(Lakemoor, IL)

We used Switched On School House from 4th grade to 8th grade with both of our girls. They both did well with it, and I loved the freedom I had with changing the settings, being able to omit certain projects, changing grades, etc. There is religious doctrine scattered here and there, but my girls always brought it to my attention so we could discuss it before assigning the lesson. Very thorough curriculum.

Thanks for sharing why your family uses Switched-on School House, Leah. Your thoughts are appreciated! Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched On School House Advantages

by Gale W
(Indiana)

Low-cost, convenient, homeschool curriculum on CD!

Low-cost, convenient, homeschool curriculum on CD!

Switched-On School House (AOP's computer-based homeschooling curriculum) has worked very well for us for the most part. We weren't happy with the math so we are using something different for that. But for the rest, SOS is great.

It grades the work plus keeps records, which is really helpful when homeschooling three kids in two different grades. It does have its ups and downs - sometimes there are errors in lessons with grading, but that can be true for any curriculum. They have great customer support and when I have submitted curriculum errors that I've found, I've gotten personal responses from the support team.

We've done workbook-based curricula and it worked out ok, but there's a lack of independence for the kids, a lot of parent interaction required (tough sometimes with multiple students), and a lot of worksheet and workbooks to store during and after the school year.

My kids seem to work better on the computer, where they can be somewhat independent but still have me there for helping with any lessons. I do still have to help them, but it's not quite as time consuming as a teacher-led curriculum.

The only disadvantage for us is the lack of penmanship practice, so I encourage my kids to do a lot of creative writing, lists, etc.

A big advantage is the low-cost and the ability to reuse the lessons. Plus, my older child can help the younger ones a bit if I'm busy, since she's already done the exact same work they're doing. And this curriculum takes up very little physical space-a big plus in a small home.

My kids are getting ready to start 6th grade and 8th grade; they've been using Switched on School house since the 3rd grade.

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Suggestions for the Math Courses?
by: Ryan Egan (AOP)

Thanks so much for your pleasant review of Switched-On Schoolhouse! I work for Alpha Omega Publications and was wondering if you had any suggestions or ideas for how the math courses could be done better? You mentioned that they didn't work for you, but why? And what can we do to make them better? Again, thanks so much for this review!

Ryan Egan
Alpha Omega Publications
[regan (at) aop.com)

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