There are some subjects that are covered in traditional school that may not be on the radar for the homeschooler. For us, one of those classes was nutrition. When we were asked to review Standard Deviants Accelerate (SDA), an online program that has a variety of Homeschool Courses, including nutrition, both Bookworm and I decided to give it a try.
About Standard Deviants Accelerate
Standard Deviants Accelerate offers a number of courses, 14 exactly, for homeschoolers:
- Algebra (Grade 7+)
- Arithmetic (Grade 3+)
- Fundamental Math (Grade 4+)
- Biology (Grade 7+)
- Chemistry (Grade 9+)
- Earth Science (Grade 6+)
- Nutrition (Grade 6+)
- U.S. History (Grade 9+)
- English Composition (Grade 9+)
- A.P. Biology (Grade 11+)
- A.P. Chemistry (Grade 11+)
- A.P. American Government (Grade 11+)
- A.P. US History (Grade 11+)
- A.P. English Composition (Grade 11+)
Standard Deviants Accelerate states that one course contains about 30 to 40 hours of content between the videos, quizzes, assignments, etc.
During the review period, Bookworm tried out Nutrition and Earth Science. The general format for those classes was like this:
- Watch the video with or without the text (you choose),
- listen to or read the vocab,
- complete a diagram such as filling in missing words in a text from the word bank, etc. (The program counts the number of tries attempted.),
- take the quiz (five questions–multiple choice),
- then answer a written question. (Bookworm rarely did this.)
In some chapters, the vocabulary or diagram was not included.
Our Experience Using Standard Deviants Accelerate
Bookworm, who is in 6th grade, was able to complete half of the Nutrition course during the review period while working four to five days a week and nearly half of the Earth Science course working three to four days a week.
What We Liked about Standard Deviants Accelerate
Bookworm says that he likes the video because they’re short. (Typically they’re 10 to 15 minutes, though one was as short as four minutes.) He also enjoyed the funny jokes throughout the program.
Standard Deviants Accelerate used the same actors for both of the programs that we tried out. Bookworm liked that because having the same actors made it easier to concentrate on the lesson, rather than the people. Since you’re familiar with them already, in each new program they just fade into the background so you can focus on the content.
The videos are professionally done and enhance understanding and learning.
When he took the quizzes, if he got something wrong, the program highlighted the correct answer and also included a button, “see video” so the student could go back and watch the portion of the video that covered the answer that he missed.
What We Didn’t Like about Standard Deviants Accelerate
Bookworm felt that there wasn’t much preparation for the quizzes. After vocabulary and diagram, he would have preferred to have a bit more review to better prepare him for the quiz.
At first, he didn’t know how to submit the quizzes because rather than having a submit button, he had to push, “Throw it against the wall and see if it sticks.”
The videos were filled with potty humor that Bookworm found inappropriate some times. For instance, in one scene talking about urination, a man has what must be a squirt gun in his pocket. He pushes it and water pours out of his pants illustrating urination.
Finally, Bookworm felt that each lesson was too cut and dry–he would have liked more time to explore the topic more. There weren’t rabbit holes from him to go down.
We were one of 70 reviewers to review a variety of SDA courses. To read more reviews, click on the link below.