by Linda Wakefield Kelley
Our family used a home school video curriculum for most of our home schooling years. I liked to call our choice “A Beka Plus.” We used A Beka on DVD as our basic package. Then I added educational goodies to upgrade the educational experience to a “premium” level of study.
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Buying one of these devices isn't really expensive when you compare it to the cost of private school tuition for one year (about $7,000 - $10,000, or more). Actually, you could probably get one for every member of your family, including the dog and cat, for that amount of money. Plus, the flexibility of being able to take your home school on the road cannot be over-emphasized!!
There has been an explosion of video curriculum opportunities since I started down the home school trail. Perhaps viewing our favorites will get you started in thinking about a home school video curriculum.
1. Foundations of Character History Curriculum
The Foundations of Character Homeschool Curriculum Kit (Drive Thru History America) is a wonderful DVD-based program that was developed by David Barton and emphasizes the Christian foundation America was built upon. We had the pleasure of hearing David speak when we were homeschooling. His command of history and his ability to relate it in understandable terms was truly inspiring. The same can be said for this curriculum.
2. BJU Press Homeschool Curriculum
|At one point I came very close to switching to this program. I loved how the home school video curriculum classes were presented. BJU has specifically designed their program for the visual medium. This is not just a camera in a static classroom. It’s very creative. I just couldn’t handle the time involved in taping classes from a satellite feed. Now, however, BJU’s curriculum is available on DVD making this video program an extremely appealing prospect. For more information on this home school video curriculum, check out their web site at BJU Press.|
SOS is technically not a DVD curriculum. It's computer-based meaning it's delivered on a CD-Rom. It's not just video viewing but is more interactive in nature. Several of my good friends have used the SOS curriculum and absolutely swear by it! You can order an entire grade (which includes the five core subjects of Language Arts, Bible, Math, Science, and History. It's available for grades 3-12.
Math Videos are provided by this company. There are elementary programs as well as advanced math (for junior high and high school) videos available. One advantage offered by the Chalk Dust Company is technical support directly from the video teacher if you need it.