Switched-On Schoolhouse Series: Novels & Dramas – and I’m not talking about my child…

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I write the Switched-On Schoolhouse Series twice a month to share our family’s experience using this software based curriculum in our home.

If you’re curious about the title of my post, it was just an inference that my daughter can be a Drama Queen on occasion (and then some!), and the simple answers that can be supplied, more often than not, turn into novels instead of one sentence responses, but now I’m the one that digresses…

We’re quickly coming up on the end of our school year!  Amazing I know.  We hit the Drama unit in our Switched-On Schoolhouse English I curriculum, which uses the play “The Miracle Worker”.  Now I knew in advance that the book copy was not included with the curriculum, and had planned to borrow it from the library.  So when Amber let me know that she was at the point where she needed this book, I went to our library’s online site and did a search for it.  Naturally our library system does not have the version of the book that is required for the Drama unit of study.  I’m not entirely surprised, as we’ve run into this problem more than once with other curricula.  So now I had to order it.

Amber was a bit giddy, see she thought that she would get out of a couple of days of English lessons, until the book arrived…the joke was entirely on her though.  Because of the amount of flexibility that the Switched-On Schoolhouse software offers, I just went into my teacher’s dashboard, and moved the novel unit up ahead of the drama unit.  Problem solved.  Our English studies could go on with no interruption.

The novel unit covers “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, and since that book is in the public domain, Alpha & Omega has published their own abridged version of the novel to use with the English I curriculum.  It’s available online through a link in the software as a PDF copy, so you don’t have to order a separate book to use for that unit.  Even better, if you have an e-reader it is easily uploaded to that, for ease of the student.  Then they don’t have to access the book on the computer to read, they can have the book in front of them as they go through the lessons.

I’m really excited over all that we have gotten out of this curriculum.  When using a curriculum for the first time, there is always a bit of anxiety of whether it will work for your family, but after all of the months we have used it, the flexibility still outweighs the negative issues we’ve had with it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the products mentioned above for free for review purposes from Alpha and Omega Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and this product may not have the same results for all people, please do additional research of your own when purchasing products mentioned in reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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