As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were blessed to be given an opportunity to review Standard Deviants Accelerate.
Standard Deviants Accelerate or SDA is a secular curriculum supplement which uses fun, lively and comprehensive pre-recorded videos of a full-year of academic lessons for middle to high school students. The actors in the video are young students themselves and use the comedic approach to make the lessons interesting and easy to understand.
Each course includes 30-40 hours of content – video lessons, review activities, quizzes, writing assignments, and tests. Each course costs $24.95/month only.
SDA covers several core Homeschool courses which includes:
- Arithmetic, Grade 3+
- Fundamental Math, Grade 4+
- Earth Science, Grade 6+
- Nutrition, Grade 6+
- Biology, Grade 7+
- Chemistry, Grade 9+
- Algebra, Grade 7+
- English Composition, Grade 9+
- US History, Grade 9+
- AP Biology, Grade 11+
- AP Chemistry, Grade 11+
- AP American Government and Politics, Grade 11+
- AP US History, Grade 11+
- AP English Composition, Grade 11+
My son who is currently in 3rd grade helped me in reviewing the Arithmetic program. He used the lessons 3 times a week as a Math supplement.
The parent and student has separate log-in accounts. The parent creates the user account for the child. The parent account can access:
- Grade Reports
- Red Flag Alerts
- Editable Scoring Rubrics
- Progress Indicators
My son works on one lesson each time. The lessons under Arithmetic includes: Whole number and the number line, addition and subtraction, multiplying whole numbers and word problems, dividing whole numbers, understanding decimals, understanding fractions, line shapes and sizes, measurement and patterns and graphs.
SDA delivers their lessons in small chunks, with each lesson averaging of about 10 minutes. The concepts in each lesson are thoroughly described. There is an abundant use of visual representations to help the student visualize the lesson.
After watching the video, there is a section where the student can review vocabulary words learned throughout the lesson, then a diagram section where students apply what they have learned through drag and drop the answers to the questions. Then there is a quiz section and written answer section. The quiz isn’t very long and the student have an option to print the questions. In the written answer section, there is a standard question asked, “what is the most basic concept underlying the subject of arithmetic?” Critical thinking is encouraged
Most of the quizzes are automatically graded. Should the student fail the quiz or have some items which are incorrect, they can watch the video again and relearn and retake the quiz later on. Based on this, SDA customizes the review questions based on the questions the students had missed.
What We Thought of the Product
My son liked SDA. He said that the lessons are simple, concise, engaging and interesting. He liked the video lessons but found the critical question at the end too deep.
I personally liked SDA because it is a great help to parents since I didn’t need to prepare much for this program. SDA did everything for me already. I also liked how the course was able to rouse the curiosity of my son in Arithmetic by introducing some topics he has yet to study. I would like to believe that SDA has attained its goal of teaching in a pro-active, approachable, comprehensive and fun environment.
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