Online Teaching Resource for Middle School

Middle School e-Learning with Standard Deviants Accelerate

Online teaching resource for middle school or high school with Standard Deviants Accelerate, Try Free for 6 months by Nov. 15, 2014. See how at Great Peace Academy

As a homeschooling mom to a middle school student who studies at accelerated academic levels I find using an online teaching resource to be an excellent tool for increasing the number of subjects I am able to teach . Having an opportunity to review Standard Deviants Accelerate with my son has afforded me the freedom to explore and refresh my own skills in subject areas while providing supplemental e-learning for my middle school student. 

Disclosure: While I received use of SDA for free and am being compensated for my time, as always, opinions expressed are completely my own.

Using Standard Deviants Accelerate provides me with a middle school e-learning option. Sometimes as a homeschool mom to one student, I can become overwhelmed with the amount of material that I have to teach. Unlike parents who have multiple children and sometimes allow older children to teach, read to, or work with a younger sibling, I don't have that as an option. It's just me. 

The online teaching resource from SDA, with video lessons, is a good way to supplement learning in my homeschool, especially, in subject areas that I do not feel proficient in. Having the video instruction gives me a bit of a break while he works independently from me.  It also allows me the opportunity to refresh my knowledge of the subject while at the same time my son is able to learn from the lesson. In this way I can have continued conversation and dig a bit deeper into subjects with my son. 

Online teaching resource for middle school or high school with Standard Deviants Accelerate, Try Free for 6 months by Nov. 15, 2014. See how at Great Peace Academy

I was given access to the entire 14 subject program. I was excited to see the variety available and it took me some time to narrow down to which ones would work for my child. 

This year I am using the Nutrition lessons, because it is a subject that I don't feel confident in teaching without help. We also will use the English Composition lessons because I feel I need a good supplement to teach my struggling writer. I also chose to use the Algebra as a way to reinforce material he has already learned elsewhere. 

Because we are doing American History for the first time I added that class as well so we can utilize the resource as a supplement, but we have not yet reached the lessons available in our historical timeline (we are studying pre-American history right now) so I'll be utilizing it later in the school year.

The program is easy for both the parent and student to navigate.
  •  It offers a video lesson and each video has a full transcript that the student can read along with the video or go back and read after watching the video which can help with lesson retention.
  • The lessons include an audio version for both pronunciation and definition of each word. 
  • Each lesson includes an interactive drag and drop diagram worksheet to help reinforce what was learned in the lesson. 
  • Each lesson contains a review quiz and at the end of the unit is a test made up of missed review questions.
  •  The program easily grades the quizzes and tests for you, and those scores can be seen from your parent profile.
  • The program has a unique note taking feature.
  • SDA includes a print function for printing all (or as much as you want) of your child's work.
  • Students can send messages directly to their parents in the event that they need a bit of help with the program or lesson.
The videos are filled with information in fun kid-friendly ways. The lessons are not too long, with specific information to the topic at hand. Coupled with the vocabulary and the diagram worksheet the program works well with multiple learning styles. 

Online Supplement Subjects Offered at Standard Deviants Accelerate

SDA offers 14 different subjects including AP (Advanced Placement) courses. These subjects can be used by either Middle School or High School students. You can utilize the online learning resource as a supplemental course to subjects you are already teaching or you can use them to enhance your homeschool with an extra-curricular e-learning course.
  • AP American Government and Politics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP US History
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • English Composition
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Nutrition
  • US History
Each subject is broken down into chapters with specific topics and lessons. Each chapter has 3-6 lessons therefore with planning a subject can be utilized in a semester or spread out over an entire school year. 

Information You will Want to Know

  • The program is a supplemental online teaching resource.
  • It meets national, state and common core standards.
  • It is based upon a secular worldview.
  • The sciences teach from an evolutionary theory worldview.
  • Videos can be fast-paced and a little flashy although filled with very good and educational content. Therefore students who are easily distracted or may have trouble focusing may not do as well with this format.
Because this program is put together from a secular and evolutionary worldview, I suggest Christian parents preview the videos to determine the appropriateness for their individual family. If a video would need to be skipped, the parent can simply take notes while previewing, then teach the material for that particular lesson from the family's worldview. Having a Free Trial (See Below) will give you plenty of time to look through the material to determine what will work for your family.


Standard Deviants Accelerate Program Pricing

  • $99/year
  • or $24.95/month
  • AP Subjects $14.95/month
  • Learn how to try for free below.



Try this Online Teaching Resource with a Free 6-Month Trial

What about you? Have you tried online e-learning with your middle school student? Why not give SDA a try for FREE, here's how:
  • Sign up by November 15, 2014. 
  • Access to all 14 Courses, Free for 6 Months.
  • No Commitments, No Obligation. (They don't even ask for a credit card).
  • You get, 1 parent account and up to 4 student accounts.
  • Simply Click here: Standard Deviants Accelerate Free Trial to get started.

Stay Connected for Tips on using Online Learning Resources

By connecting with Standard Deviants Accelerate on social media, you'll have a constant connection for learning more about using their online learning resources, be able to connect with others using the program and find tips to improve student achievement.
Connect here: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and G+. 

I think you will find that connecting with Standard Deviants Accelerate will serve you well as a teacher resource and online supplement for homeschool teaching or assessment tests of your middle school or high school student. Think of it as great online educational teaching tool in your homeschool teaching toolbox. 





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A Ready Guide for Parents of a Gifted Child

Raising a Gifted Child, Book Review

Being an homeschool mom to an academically and creatively 
gifted child can seem quite intimidating. Especially if, like me, the mom doesn't feel quite qualified enough for the task at hand. Finding a how to guide would be a great help wouldn't it? 

Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review however I may receive a small commission on products purchased through links to external sites. 




That's pretty much what Raising a Gifted Child by Carol Fertig is. A guide for parents of gifted children. It has become a ready reference guide for me and sits on my homeschooling desk. I refer to it often for information, review, encouragement and resources. 

While defining "gifted" has proven to be difficult for parents and experts alike, Carol offers simple to understand explanations of terms associated with gifted learners. She shares specific characteristic and provides storied examples of how such characteristics may be seen within a gifted individual. This makes it easy to see how such a characteristic may or may not relate to your child. 



Carol has worked in gifted education for over 35 years and has a masters degree in educational psychology/gifted education. So when you read her work you know she is speaking from specific experience. 

Recognizing that there is more than one way to educate, Carol, shares encouraging information and tips for parents of all types of learning environments. From public/private schooling, charter schools, duel enrollment, homeschooling and tutoring she encourages parents to consider the appropriateness of each environment and how it relates to the specific needs of your own child. 

"If you come away with nothing else after reading this book, I hope it will be that there is no one right way to educate a child; there are only choices." -- Carol Fertig, pg. 100 Raising a Gifted Child.

Throughout the book she shares additional gifted education resources. Chapter 7 is filled with specific resources for specific subjects. Which is very helpful to a homeschooling mom looking for resources for her own child's specific needs.

Get Your Copy of Raising a Gifted Child


Whether you are just beginning the process of researching being a parent to a gifted child or you are well into your research and feel pretty confident in how you are proceeding/progressing this book has tips and resources which can help you as you raise your gifted child.


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