Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 6
...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 CD-ROM 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.
Get grades, scores, and reports with the click of a mouse! SOS grades approximately 85% of student work, allowing parents to preview upcoming assignments, print detailed report cards, and dedicate more time to hands-on teaching. A transcript report with GPA and credits also is available.
Create sleek and convenient lesson plans exactly how you want them! Coordinate lesson plans with your school calendar or tailor-make your own assignments. The tools also enable you to:
• Create or change semester or year-long courses in minutes
• Add, remove, and re-order assignments
• Pace lessons to fit your child's needs
• Review student work, preview future lessons, and view
all assignments and grading tasks on one page.
Designate specific days for certain subjects easily and quickly. For example, assign math only on Mondays and Tuesdays or set aside Friday for history.
Get hard copies of assignments, lessons, vocabulary lists, records, or even additional student work and lesson reviews.
Put students on the edge of their seats with captivating movies, maps, timelines, and interactive learning games like All Right, Quiz Bowl, and Farmer Frank. Plus, challenge students to grasp difficult concepts and retain facts with hands-on practice. Graphical themes, avatars, and thousands of other multimedia elements keep students engaged.
Expand your child's vocabulary with electronic flash cards and an arcade of language building games like Moon Match, Vocabulocity, and Spelling Bee. Plus, make math review more fun with flash cards and math drill games. Improve mental math skills with the multi-level game Operantics and find hidden clues in Jeremiah Jones: Fact Quest.
Ideal for auditory learners and students who struggle with reading comprehension or pronunciation, text-to-speech allows students to listen to an entire lesson or select specific passages to be read aloud. Choose from several voices.
SOS provides immediate feedback on answers to questions within lessons. Positive reinforcement has never sounded so good!
Separate from your child's SOS coursework, this calendar allows parents to track student attendance for state homeschooling documentation
SOS users with an Internet connection receive revisions automatically via AOP's server, ensuring that your child stays on the cutting edge of education. A CD with the revisions also is available upon request.
Download the following PDFs to view objectives for all SOS grade levels:
SOS Bible Objectives (122.13 KB)
SOS History Objectives (103.49 KB)
SOS Language Arts Objectives (121.48 KB)
SOS Math Objectives (133.19 KB)
SOS Science Objectives (106.45 KB)
* 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.
Publisher: Alpha Omega Publications
Made In: USA
Windows 7, 8, 8.1, & 10
Note: Windows RT and XP are not supported.
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