Switched-On Schoolhouse Curriculum

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In the past, we have been reluctant to offer a complete computer curriculum for two reasons: 1) the homeschooling family is relying on one publisher for the entire content of its schooling; and, 2) having a student sit in front of a computer all day seems restrictive. Switched-On Schoolhouse, from Alpha Omega Publishers, has eased our first concern and offers advantages over a text-based curriculum for both student and teacher. This curriculum offers all major subject areas (Bible, history & geography, language arts, math and science) from a solid biblical and academic perspective. Content is AOPs LIFEPAC series of worktexts, which has been enhanced by adding interactive, video and audio clips, games and animation. For instance, science experiments are shown via video clips. In geometry, three-dimensional objects are illustrated as computer-generated objects rotating in space. Big events in history, literature, and the Bible can be re-enacted and shown on video. Audio clips of vocabulary and spelling words give correct pronunciations. Students have the ability to print out charts and draw graphs. Auditory learners can even choose to listen to an entire lesson or passages within the lesson instead of reading it. Using this CD-ROM-based product is therefore much more engaging for the student than using the LIFEPAC worktexts alone and automatic updates ensure that the content is always current. Students will also enjoy switching up homepage themes, widgets and avatars as well as using tools like highlighting text.

For the teacher, advantages include automatic grading and record-keeping, flexible (and customizable) lesson planning tools, reports, attendance tracking, and the ability to allow a student to repeat or skip lessons or problems as needed. You can even print hard copies of assignments, lessons, records and more. Up to five students within a family can use the program (at once or during different years); however, if you update your computer system down the road, you will want to make sure your SOS software remains compatible with your new computer system. [Please also note that if you have previous versions of SOS installed on your computer (prior to 2010), games from the earlier version may be overwritten by the games from the newer version.]

Each grade level is available as either the complete curriculum (all 5 modules: Bible, History & Geography, Language Arts, Math and Science) or individual modules. A wide array of elective courses is also available in this format.

2016 edition minimum system requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/Windows 8/8.1./ Windows 10 1.4 GHz or higher processor (2 GHz recommended), 1 GB RAM (2 GB memory required for 64-bit with 4 GB recommended), 3 GB hard drive space [10 GB recommended]), 1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor, CD-ROM drive, Adobe Reader, and printer (recommended). Please note that the software is NOT Mac-compatible and is no longer Windows XP-compatible.

Given its many advantages and reasonable cost, Switched-On Schoolhouse is well worth considering.

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Switched-On Schoolhouse Health High School Item #: 013274
Grades: 8-12
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Language Arts Grade 10 - English II Item #: 011534
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Grade: 11
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Grade: 7
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Switched-On Schoolhouse 20th Century American History Item #: 020368
Grades: 9-12
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Language Arts Grade 9 - English I Item #: 011543
Grade: 9
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Science Grade 9 - Integrated Physics & Chemistry Item #: 002381
Grade: 9
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Mathematics Grade 10 - Geometry Item #: 011544
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Language Arts 4 Item #: 011538
Grade: 4
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Bible Grade 11 - Bible Doctrine Item #: 011515
Grade: 11
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Science Grade 11 - Chemistry Item #: 002375
Grade: 11
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Language Arts Grade 12 - English IV Item #: 011536
Grade: 12
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Mathematics Grade 9 - Algebra 1 Item #: 011553
Grade: 9
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Switched-On Schoolhouse Language Arts 3 Item #: 011537
Grade: 3
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