Switched-On Schoolhouse Grade 4
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Switched–On Schoolhouse The Switched-On Schoolhouse 4th Grade 5-Subject Set is a comprehensive, Biblically-based USB curriculum where students learn, study and do their schoolwork right on the computer. Subjects included are: Math, Language Arts, Science, History, Geography, and Bible. 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.
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.
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)
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: Alpha Omega Publications
Made In: USA
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.
This product is Windows Only
(Not compatible with Mac)
Windows 7, 8, 8.1, & 10 Minimum Requirements:
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
I ordered language arts and math...the math requires flash player which is no longer supported so the math arcade and flash cards and stuff can’t be used. My husband is trying to find a work around...also, the install and setup of this was tricky and it came with NOTHING but a small box with a thumb drive inside. I’m still thinking it will work for us, but a little more user friendly interface and an updated system would be nice.
I will definitely use this again. I have two out of three of my boys on this program and I am very happy! The curriculum is easy to follow, easy to use, and challenging just enough!
So far, so good! We are completely happy with our purchase of SOS Science 400. My son enjoys the program (he loves using the computer to complete assignments) and I can concentrate with extra time for my other children's learning needs. The program itself has some fun games to help commit to memory what my child learns. The program also does most of the grading, so I can see right away how much he is absorbing from the lesson.(And the plus side is, if he gets a low grade, it is SO SIMPLE to reassign the lesson!) I like how user friendly it is, although there is a small "learning curve" if you aren't very tech savvy (I am not!) But I am quickly catching on how to navigate the program. Another positive is the fact you can use the program for up to five children, saving us money in the long run. As for being thorough enough information for the subject, we have the freedom to supplement the program with lapbooks, field trips, extra reading, etc., but I don't feel we have to add any more as a necessity. All in all, we are VERY glad to have purchased the program and I will buy more subjects in the very near future.
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!
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!