Hassle-free Switched-On Schoolhouse

by Valerie Stayton
(Oklahoma City, OK, USA)

SOS = Alpha Omega homeschool curriculum on CD!

SOS = Alpha Omega homeschool curriculum on CD!

We love the absolute ease of using Switched-On Schoolhouse (Alpha Omega homeschool curriculum on CD) and the family time we get to spend together. It really helps me concentrate on other related activities and my daughter loves the personal time we spend as we go through this program together.


With SOS computer learning it takes the work out of homeschooling and puts the fun in it. Grading is done for you, report cards and assignments; however I have the ability to change anything I feel we need to. For instance, if I want her to re-work an assignment I can do that or if I want her to re-take a test or if I want to skip one question or an entire lesson, I can do that too.

My daughter likes to sit on my lap or next to me as we work through her assignments together and she loves this personal time together. She loves the games that SOS uses to make learning fun....like the spelling bee and farmer word guessing games. Oh, another thing she enjoyed was the ability to send me notes on the program and I could send her notes back.

We used this program for the first time last school year for her 4th grade curriculum. I believe it is very affordable and readily available brand new or as a re-sale item on websites like eBay. I actually tried mine out from a referral in a homeschool group that I am a member of and I purchased the program from her.

It also takes the work out of creating a curriculum. I can scan ahead and see what we'll be working on and grab books from the library that will go along with our Switched-On Schoolhouse learning or plan related field trips. I can not say enough good things about this program. It really works for us.

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Switched on Schoolhouse Curriculum Pros and Cons

by Inga
(Washingtonville, NY)

Switched on Schoolhouse Review

Switched on Schoolhouse Review

For some children, Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum may not be a good fit. NY homeschooling mom shares why...

We used Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum grades 3 and 5 for our sons last year. The material was interesting and well organized. The work is done completely on the computer, so the children are able to do a lot of the work independently.

While it was a strong curriculum, we found that our kids did not like working on their own as much as they enjoyed working in a group. We may revisit this one when they are a bit older, and certainly for certain subjects. If your kids are self-motivated this is a great curriculum!

I appreciate your honesty about AOP's Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum, Inga. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched-On Schoolhouse & Why We Use It

by Tamie
(SW Michigan)

Switched on Schoolhouse Review

Switched on Schoolhouse Review

I ran a daycare for years and homeschooled at the same time. I did Unit Studies of my own but fell into a problem of not assigning things for my children to do. They got into a habit of watching too much TV.

My husband did a web search and found Switched-On Schoolhouse. It worked perfectly for us. The children would work on the computer and I'd do daycare. I was able to help them hit and miss.

The grading was all done for you with exception to missed items. The computer went straight to the mistakes and I would discuss the issues with the children.

I liked SOS because it was so quick to grade and re-assign. Switched on Schoolhouse allowed me a LOT of personalizing; I could decide if I wanted quizzes, tests, essays or not.

It did take me a lot of setting up because I kept learning about how things worked. The set-up efforts though were well worth my time. As I said before, the system kept grades and such.

I had never wanted to do "text book" learning but SOS is a great way to do text book-style learning though, because it's simple for the adults.

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Switched On Schoolhouse Curriculum Review: 4th and 3rd Grade

by Erica Lasley
(Flushing, MI)

I absolutely LOVE the Switched On Schoolhouse curriculum. My two oldest kids are in fourth and third grades and they both enjoy the program so much that they want to start school early.

The lessons are very interactive and even my easily distracted son kept having me come look at something interesting that he just learned. I have found a few things that I didn't even know, so far I don't have anything bad to say about it!

Thanks for sharing your experience with SOS, Erika; I appreciate it! Blessings, Heather :)

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Switch On Schoolhouse 9th Grade

by Laila Grat
(Atlanta Ga)

I use Switch on Schoolhouse. I love using the computer based homeschooling curriculum software by Alpha Omega Publications. As a parent, its convenient and extremely easy to navigate through; very user friendly! My children love it as well.

I have two boy still using SOS, one in the 7th grade and the other in the 9th grade; this is my fifth year using Switch On Schoolhouse and I am very pleased.

Regards,
Laila

Hi Laila,
Thanks for sharing your SOS testimonial; your thoughts are appreciated! Blessings, Heather :)


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Switched on Schoolhouse History-Civil War

by Lori
(Washington)

Switched on Schoolhouse History Success

Switched on Schoolhouse History Success

My boys always loved reading about the Civil War, but when my teenage son started the Switched on Schoolhouse History-Civil War course, he really understood more of the "whys" & "hows" of the war! I highly recommend this course!

We love Switched on Schoolhouse (SOS) because our family travels full-time & this was an easy way to store all curriculum in each child's laptop. The computer scores almost all their work & keeps you informed of how they did on all their quizzes & tests!

The math is a challenge; I think it needs to be done with a pencil & paper, not on the computer. So we used other curriculum for math.

You also have to add penmanship, because they type all the time on the computer & don't write!

We have used Switched on Schoolhouse for four years. It starts with 3rd grade & goes to 12th. Our daughter graduated last year using SOS.

You have to use parental help on what they need to finish for each students goals. All in all it was great!

Great review, Lori! Thanks for sharing about the Switched on Schoolhouse History-Civil War course, as well as SOS in general. Your comments are very helpful! Enjoy your travels! Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched On Schoolhouse: Complete 7-9 Grades

by Patricia Lantto
(Cokato, MN USA)

The great advantage of "Switched-On Schoolhouse" is that is all-inclusive. As the Administrator, I was able to set up the classes and areas to be studied. Progress of the studies was easy to track, as well as, the total learning experience. With "Switched-On Schoolhouse" my children were able to advance at their own pace.

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Switched on Schoolhouse Testimonial

by Stephanie D.
(Easley,S.C. USA)

Switched-On Schoolhouse is the BEST homeschool curriculum out there and way worth the money! I tried types of curriculum for my kids and all had too much book work and not enough hands on things. SOS is so much easier on me and my kids!

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we love sos! enough said!!

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Switched on Schoolhouse: 7th Grade

by Teresa
(Indiana)

Switched on Schoolhouse Pros and Cons

Switched on Schoolhouse Pros and Cons

Homeschooling mom shares some pros and cons of Switched on Schoolhouse homeschool curriculum...

What I liked about Switched on Schoolhouse was teacher prep time was virtually cut to a minimum. The curriculum was excellent because of that reason.

What I didn't like about Switched on Schoolhouse was the price. It was expensive! It cost about $350 for just the basic 5 subjects (Science, Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Bible) and electives cost an additional $80+ each.

SOS is also next to impossible to resell it to get some money back. Legally it can only be copied once, so if you bought it used, you are out of luck. If you bought it new, you could get some money out of it. So ... if you have money to burn, go for it. If not, think hard before taking the plunge and buying it.

Your thoughts are helpful, Teresa, thanks for helping others learn more about Switched on Schoolhouse! It would be disappointing to not be able to recoup some of your investment, like you can with other non-computer based curriculum. However, the benefit of minimal teacher-prep time is probably well worth the cost for many parents, I'm sure! Blessings, Heather :)

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Switched on Schoolhouse: Civics and Geography Grade Nine

by Tammy Sila
(Mapleton, IA, USA)

Switched on Schoolhouse Benefits

Switched on Schoolhouse Benefits

Experienced home educator shares some hassle-free benefits of Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum...

We have used several curricula over the years. However my son really enjoyed the Switched on Schoolhouse history program.

The video and web links really held his attention. There is something to be said about "seeing" history as well as just reading about it. Plus, he liked the instant feedback that the program gives him following each question.

I like that I had complete control of what was assigned and when, but the computer program reminded him daily of his assignments. I also liked that we could both just check where he was in finishing everything and it took the pressure off of me deciding if he needed to do more or less each day.

Thanks for sharing some benefits of the Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum. Enjoy your time together! Blessings, Heather :)

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