Switched-On Schoolhouse British Literature
Switched-On Schoolhouse provides these courses on a thumb drive format, with interactive lessons, automatic grading and lesson planning. System Requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 10. CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended).
This computer curriculum offers advantages over a text-based curriculum for both student and teacher. Please note that where a novel study is included, the novel is included in PDF format in the program. Please refer to the Curriculum/Unit Studies section of this catalog for more in-depth information on Switched-On Schoolhouse programs. New for 2018, the format has changed to USB flash drive. Minimum system requirements: Windows 7/ Windows 8/8.1/ Windows 10. (not Mac-compatible and no longer Windows XP-compatible). Printer recommended. See general Switched-On Schoolhouse description in Curriculum for more specifics.
Alpha Omega LIFEPAC sets consist of worktexts and teacher materials; they are available for grades K-12 in all subject areas. Lifepac Boxed Sets include all the student Lifepacs and the teaching materials for each subject. We also sell the sets of Lifepacs (student worktexts only), in case you already have the teaching materials for a subject and just need the consumable worktexts. Lifepacs are a mastery-based curriculum, and all instruction is offered in the consumable worktexts along with the workbook pages. There are 10 worktexts for one year courses (5 worktexts for one semester courses and Lifepac Selects) in grades 1 through 12 and two workbooks for each subject at the kindergarten level. Math and Language Arts are the only two subjects available for kindergarten. Answers are found in the Teacher edition for each subject. This is a student-paced curriculum. We will now be offering complete LIFEPAC Sets for grades K through 12. These sets include complete Lifepac sets, both student and teacher, for each subject. The kindergarten level includes language arts and math only. Grades 1 through 12 sets include five subjects Bible, Math, Language Arts, Science, History/Geography. Math progression for grades 9 through 12 is algebra 1, geometry, algebra 2, and pre-calculus. Science for grades 9-12 is general science, biology, chemistry, and physics. Grades 9-12 history/geography is civics & world history, world history, American history, and government & economics. English I through English IV are grades 9 through 12 and includes, writing, literature, grammar, and more.
Choose from American or British literature in three different formats. American Literature introduces five periods, including Early, Romantic and Modern periods. Covers renowned fiction/poetry writers such as Longfellow, Whitman, Poe, Dickinson, Twain, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cummings, Frost, and Sandburg. British Literature courses cover five periods, including Middle Ages, Early Renaissance, and Romantic, with fiction and poetry from such authors as Chaucer, Tennyson, Browning, Keats, Shelley, and Lewis. LIFEPACs Boxed Set includes five student consumable LIFEPAC workbooks and a Teacher's Guide. Switched-On Schoolhouse provides these courses on a thumb drive format, with interactive lessons, automatic grading and lesson planning. System Requirements: Windows Vista Service Pack 2/Windows 7/ Windows 8 & 8.1 and Windows 10. CD-ROM drive and printer (recommended). Monarch courses (an 18-month subscription for 1 student) are Internet only, adding graphics, video and audio files, and learning games. Content is automatically updated, and you get grading and lesson planning, a school calendar, and multiple printing options. Windows® or Macintosh® compatible.
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 software 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. New for 2018, the format of Switched-On Schoolhouse is a USB flash drive. The CD-ROM based product is no longer available.
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.
Minimum system requirements: Windows 7/Windows 8/8.1./ Windows 10 1.4 GHz or higher processor (2 GHz recommended), 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended), 3 GB hard drive space [10 GB recommended]), 1024 x 768 or higher resolution monitor, 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.
Alpha Omega Publications offers several lines of Bible-based curriculum in all major subject areas. Each one fits different family needs. LIFEPACs are sets of worktexts and teacher materials. Available for grades K through 12 in all major subject areas and some electives. All instruction and practice is provided in the consumable worktexts. LIFEPAC are a mastery-based curriculum, and is student-paced. Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) is a computer-based curriculum which presents the subject matter and adds multimedia presentations. SOS curriculum is available for grades 3 through 12 in all subject areas and now comes in a USB flash drive format (Windows compatibility only). This option works well for the independent learner. The third option from AOP is Horizons. Horizons is available for grades PK through 12, depending on the subject matter. Horizons curriculum is only available for early learning, math, phonics/reading, spelling/vocabulary, penmanship, health, and physical education. This is a teacher-led option. Monarch is Alpha Omega's online option. 50 courses are offered in the areas of Bible, math, history, science, and language arts and are completely online for those who might have a MAC or just want the convenience of online lessons. Each course is available for up to three students in grades 3-12. Compatible with Mac and PC. You can try it free for 30 days at www.discovermonarch.com using code MON30RRC.