So who exactly IS Standard Deviants Accelerate?
I know that when this came up for review, I hadn’t heard of the company before so I set out to investigate! SDA, which is short for Standard Deviants Accelerate, is an online homeschool supplemental curriculum program. Here are some of the courses that are covered:
- Arithmetic (grades 3+)
- Fundamental Math (grades 4+)
- Earth Science (grades 6+)
- Nutrition (grades 6+)
- Biology (grades 7+)
- Algebra (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. Gov. & Politics (grades 11+)
- AP Eng. Composition (grades 11+)
One of the reasons I sometimes stay away from online curriculums is because they can be incredibly BORING! I mean nothing is worse than staring at a completely boring computer screen and trying to learn! Well, this program is completely unlike other companies! Their entire cast is just wonderful and so funny! Humor always helps speed up schoolwork doesn’t it? 🙂
Another difference in this company is how much information you receive! For each subject, there is are videos, diagrams, vocabulary, quizzes and much more! I personally thought that the videos were short enough in length yet very well done. I believe the longest video I found was about 12 minutes long, that is not too bad! I know that my oldest had no issues whatsoever with the length of the videos.
Another turn of for me is if a website is NOT user-friendly. Well, this one is VERY user-friendly! My oldest was able to navigate the site on his own without my help. He is very electronic savvy though. There is an administrative toolbox that is available for grading and progress reports. I honestly think that SDA thought of everything with this curriculum!
How did I use this?
Well, I only used this program for my oldest and myself. Hey! I love history and many of the subjects so I couldn’t let my boy have all the fun now could I? I do not always pay attention to age recommendations when it comes to curriculum. I like to put my kids just where they fit, not what someone believes they should be doing. Bookworm is well above average though so he was quite capable of many of the subjects. Here is an example. US History is recommended for grades 9 and up. Bookworm did wonderfully with it when he was studying that subject. He really enjoyed the Earth Science the most, though. I will definitely keep this program for my kids, especially my oldest. He is really enjoying it.
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