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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Standard Deviants Accelerate ~ a TOS review

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Its always a good day when I find an online curriculum supplement to use within our homeschool. A few weeks ago, the girls and I received a full annual subscription to try out Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses from Standard Deviants Accelerate.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate was created over 20 years ago by two college graduates. Their golden idea was to record full academic courses and make them funny and memorable. The brands clever name is actually a play on words based off the mathematical term “standard deviance” or “standard deviation,” which means the variation from the average. Pretty clever, if I do say so myself.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Standard Deviants Accelerate provides supplemental online course instruction for grades 3 and up in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and also AP Test Prep. I should note that some of the content is secular, particularly in the science courses, so use your discretion for your family. However, my family is able to look past that as we used the program. We received a yearly subscription which includes online access to over 14 course offerings, including:

Arithmetic - Grades 3+
Fundamental Math - Grades 4+
Earth Science - Grades 6+
Nutrition - Grades 6+
Algebra - Grades 7+
Biology - Grades 7+
Chemistry - Grades 9+
English Comp. - Grades 9+
U.S. History - Grades 9+
AP Biology - Grades 11+
AP Chemistry - Grades 11+
AP U.S. Government & Politics - Grades 11+
AP U.S. History - Grades 11+
AP Eng. Composition - Grades 11+

All of the classes were designed to be used in a classroom setting, however, the company is currently in the process of making the process of learning easier for all. Primarily the courses offered are recommended for children 8 and up, but you the parent will know where to place your child. Pricing is based per course for use by one student for just $99.00 a year or $24.95 per month. AP courses are also available for one student for just $14.95 per month too!

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Getting started was really simple! Each user will need their own separate email address to log on and get started. Originally I planned to use this program with several of my girls in different courses. However, there are only so many hours in a day so I decided to focus on just using this with Madison, focusing on Algebra.

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Once set up it was easy as logging in and clicking on the correct tabs to get started. The Algebra section has 7 sub-sections with topics ranging from Foundation of Algebra, to polynomial and factoring and quadratic equations.

Each section of each lesson is broken down into five different parts.

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Video ~ watch the video and follow along with the transcript on the screen. You can even print the full transcript out if you are a paper person who likes to have a copy on hand. There is a not taking feature also and you can also save the notes in your “locker” or print them for reference.

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Vocab ~ this section lists the essential terms needed to know while working the lesson. There is a handy feature to click on the speaker to hear the pronunciation of the word and the definition. This would come in handy for those with audible learners.

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Diagram ~ This section is interactive and lets you drag and drop words and clues from the word bank to complete the puzzle. The program keeps track of how many tries it takes you to get the  placement correct and only the correct answers will “stick”.

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Quiz ~ a short quiz section helps to test your knowledge on what you have previously learned. Submit your answers and that are graded automatically. Plus if get any wrong you can see a short video showing you the correct answer.

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Written answer ~ a short section that correlates with the topic you just reviewed. Simply read the question and the jot down a couple of sentences to answer.

Standard Deviants Accelerate Review

Overall, I am completely pleased with this program and we will continue using this as it is a valuable tool for our family and Homeschool e-learning. It works great as a supplement and Madison has been able to improve her Algebra skills in the process from just using the program 2-3 days a week depending on our schedule. As the year progresses , it is my goal to get Madison to use the U.S. History program also by Christmas break.

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Company ~ Standard Deviants Accelerate

Product ~ Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses

Price ~ $99.00 a year or $24.95 per month, per student. AP courses are $14.95 per month, per student

Ages ~ 8 years old and up

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