Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 9

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Grades: 9th

Product Code: 002-99H

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Please note: this product has been discontinued by the publisher and is no longer being produced. The publisher will continue technical support through June 2022. This product is non-returnable.
Timberdoodle's Review

Software screen shots are from several grades and may not necessarily be a part of the grade you are currently viewing

Switched–On Schoolhouse is a comprehensive, Biblically-based USB flash drive curriculum where children grades 3-12 learn, study and do their schoolwork right on the computer. All the core subjects - Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Geography, and Bible - are included. SOS Provides an interactive learning environment with 3-D animation, video clips, and other multimedia. SOS also features automatic grading, record keeping, and lesson planning with the click of a mouse.

...a Little Like Bread
A homeschool curriculum is a little like bread. There are those of us who grind our own wheat within minutes of kneading it (pun intended). Our eggs are still warm from the hen, our honey harvested from our own hives. We experiment with the ingredients, adding a handful of seeds for flavor, maybe a little cracked seven-grain mix for texture. We even try making the flour extra coarse to save time grinding, but only once. Most of the time we make standard loaves, but sometimes we make mini-loaves, buns, even an occasional cinnamon roll. When the bread emerges from the oven, we cut our slices to suit our individual tastes, heels for those who like the sturdy crusts, thick slices for the famished, thinner slices for those counting calories. Often it takes longer to grind enough wheat for a loaf of bread than it does to eat the same loaf.

Sometimes Ready-Made Accomplishes the Same Purposes
Then there are those who buy their bread from the store. It is customarily pre-sliced, often enriched, always convenient. There are some choices available, but never as wide a selection, and never as nutritious as what can be done at home. Still, when time is at a premium, a slice of store-bought bread with a spoonful of peanut butter will satisfy your hunger just as nicely as any home-ground, home-baked slice will. And isn't satisfying hunger the overall reason for bread anyway?

Switched-On Schoolhouse, the Best "Sliced-Bread" Option
In much the same way, we are grind-your-own educators. We prefer to have complete control over what our children are consuming. We are fussy about what they are feeding their minds and hearts. We are particular about what we are giving them a taste for. It often seems as if we spend more time researching materials than they do using them. However, many parents are just as committed to their children and would love to home educate, but feel that they cannot for many reasons: illness, singleness, children with special needs, or any number of upheavals that families of today must weather. For them, we are offering what we consider the best "sliced-bread" option on the market today.

No Easier Way to Teach Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Geography, and Bible!
Switched-On Schoolhouse is a full USB curriculum where children learn, study, and do their schoolwork right on the computer. SOS automatically guides the rate of student work, drills, and sets the level of achievement. You will also appreciate that the expanded answer key displays all acceptable answers for problems and questions which makes grading simpler for you and fairer for your students. Alpha Omega Publications seems to have it all covered with automatic grading and record-keeping. I cannot imagine an easier way to teach your child at home. This program will be a treasure for any parent who wants to home educate but feels inadequate for the task because of time, talent, or resources.
There are several features included in SOS, but among my favorites is the interactive game for one or two players that not only helps students practice but also reinforces what they have learned.

  • Allows use for up to 5 students
  • Five core subjects
  • Curriculum on USB flash drive
  • Over 50,000 multimedia elements
  • Approximately 130 lessons per subject
  • Students guided through lessons at their own pace
  • Most of the grading is automatic

  • Individual subjects also available

    View PDF's of the Scope & Sequence for all SOS subjects:
    SOS Bible Objectives
    SOS History & Geography Objectives
    SOS Language Arts Objectives
    SOS Math Objectives - Algebra 1
    SOS Science Objectives - Integrated Physics & Chemistry
    SOS Science Supply List
    * All files are in PDF file format and require you to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer in order to view them. Click here to download Adobe Reader for free, or it is available on the USB drive under the InstallDisk folder. Browse to the Adobe Reader folder and double click the Acrobat application file to install.

    Publisher's Information
    Publisher: Alpha Omega Publications
    Made In: USA
    Faith-Based: Yes

    Supported Browser:
    Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) is the only supported browser for SOS. It is not included in the SOS installation, so it needs to be installed by you. For Windows 10 users, you have both Microsoft Edge (default) and Internet Explorer browsers. We recommend that you set Internet Explorer as your default browser when using SOS.

    System requirements:

    This product is Windows Only
    (Not compatible with Mac)


    Windows 7, 8, 8.1, & 10 Minimum Requirements:
  • 1.4 GHz or higher processor
  • 2 GB Memory (RAM)
  • 6 GB hard drive space
  • Super-VGA (800x600) or higher resolution monitor
  • USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®
  • Printer recommended

  • Optimal Performance
  • Dual core processor
  • 4 GB Memory (RAM)
  • 10 GB hard drive space
  • Super-VGA (800x600) or higher resolution monitor
  • USB 2.0 or 3.0 port
  • Adobe® Acrobat® Reader®
  • Printer recommended

  • Note: Only English language versions of Microsoft Windows® 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 are supported. Switched-On Schoolhouse is not supported on Windows RT, XP, or Vista.

    Awards and Endorsements:
    2019 Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Family Favorites
    2018 Old Schoolhouse EE Award
    2017 Practical Homeschooling i-Learn Awards
    2015 Cathy Duffy's 102 Top Picks

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 5 reviews
    Debbie M.
    SOS History and Geography

    I was looking for something easy and painless to teach my son history and geography but it also had to be engaging, fun and interesting. I wasn't sure about trying SOS but I am SO glad I did. It is wonderful. My 14 yo son is excited to do his history everyday and spent 2 hours yesterday exploring the links provided in the lesson with interest and enthusiasm. I wished I had used this earlier. We are also going to buy the science. I love it! Another bonus was this was even less expensive than buying it from Alpha Omega directly. So thank you Timberdoodle for offering this great product at a great price!

    Keith S.
    Dad's thoughts

    Switching to SOS made a world of difference with my children. We stay on schedule, and I am assured they are getting a well-rounded education. I have control over their schedule, yet it is the curriculum that tells them what they have to accomplish. Thanks also for making it easier to homeschool several grades!

    Lisa C.

    My son loves Switched-On Schoolhouse, and so do I! The interactive lessons and games keep schoolwork interesting for him, and the automatic grading makes it easy for me. If your children are visual learners or you're feeling like you're being stretched too thin with all the lesson planning and preparation that textbooks require, SOS is your answer!

    Alexe E.
    A Student's Perspective

    This program is so great! My dad pulled me out of public school and put me on this, and I just love it! I even work sometimes on Saturdays on my own because it's so fun.

    Brenda A.
    Just what my high school aged son needed

    I have seen my high school aged son go from one who needed constant prodding to get his work done- to one that is up and ready to go with the Switched on program. The programs is so easy to set up and keeps all the records for you. The computer based program is just what he needed. He is motivated, working independently, and best of all learning so much. I am so impressed and thank God for this curriculum. The cost for the whole subject grade can't be beat, $308.00, Love it!!