This year, for 7th grade science, Emma and I were using a creation-based science program. After about six weeks, I decided that the program wasn’t meaty enough for a middle school program. So, I began searching for something to supplement her science studies.
About Standard Deviants Accelerate
Standard Deviants Accelerate is an online educational site that provides students with access to courses taught via online videos and written transcripts. They provide the following courses for ages 8 and up:
- 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+
The courses are all available online only. There is no physical product. For regular courses, homeschool families can purchase one course for use by up to five students for $9.99/month.
How We Used Standard Deviant Accelerate
Standard Deviants Accelerate offer two science classes at Emma’s level – Biology for grades 7+ and Earth Science for grades 6+. Since we’ve studied the human body several times before, I had Emma start working through the Earth Science videos.
I created a student login for Emma so she could access her classes from her computer. From her home screen, she had access to all of her classes.
Earth Science is divided into 8 units and a final review. In each lesson, Emma had to watch a video lesson. There is also a full transcript available to print for students are who more visual learners than auditory.
After watching the video, Emma read over a vocabulary list and then “labeled” a diagram with drag and drop labels to illustrate the lesson. Each lesson is followed by a multiple choice quiz. There are also group activities which we did not complete since Em is an only-schooler.
Our Opinion of Standard Deviants Accelerate
All in all, I think this is a pretty good program. The videos are very thorough and the quizzes and diagrams do a great job of making sure the kids get the information presented. I like that Standard Deviants Accelerate grades the work for me. That’s one less homeschool job I have to do.
However, even though I like the concept of this program, it isn’t a good fit for our family. Emma isn’t an auditory learner. Even though there is an option to print the transcripts to read along with the video, that’s a lot of ink and paper over the course of the year. The transcripts can be read online, but it’s distracting to read the lesson on the screen right beside the video.
And, we prefer something a little more hands-on. I could take the time to go through the lessons to find hands-on activities and projects to go along with the lessons. Right now, at this point in our homeschool journey, that isn’t feasible.
If you have an auditory learner or you struggle to teach science yourself, this may be the perfect fit for your family.