By Karen Isakson
It is important to understand one’s perspective when writing a review, so I will say I am a multi-grade level/multi-subject certified educator in several states and have taught outside the U.S. as well. Prior to becoming involved directly with homeschooling programs, I have known quite a few “failing” and a less than a few “highly successful” home-schooled students. I have been a home school teacher for two years now and my students are now 10, 12, and 13. My daughter chose the SOS program because she could not afford internet access in her home. I wish to congratulate SOS/AOP on its curriculum foundation.
This program lends itself to the needs of the students. My grandchildren are typical students, enjoying new things as they are presented … most of the time. I spend time enhancing materials and lessons with hands-on approaches. I have added materials as well as created PowerPoint presentations and fact/vocabulary games. They love them.
There are two things I have implemented in the SOS program. I use the 6-traits writing method in conjunction with the SOS language arts because 6T is a great step-by-step writing system. It is foundational and once mastered, produces excellent writers ready for the university. For math, my grand kids needed the extra mile of practice and I chose two online websites for additional practice lessons. I see a lot of growth in the kids this year and they are on track with state guidelines.
The students have struggled with the vocabulary some, but I added good dictionaries. I don’t want them becoming fearful and then …skip the word and hope for the best. Now, their spoken vocabulary is quite surprising sometimes.
We love SOS and the company’s online tech support is fabulous. I recommend this program highly, especially if you have a child with ADHD. My oldest has blossomed into a great student with SOS.