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Calvert Homeschool Online {Review}

Calvert Homeschool is a well known homeschool program. In fact we used Calvert for a few years back when the kiddos were little. It was a year when I really needed someone else to schedule everything for me. I had was exhausted with two toddlers and a baby.

We received six-month access to the Family Plan of Calvert Homeschool Online. The Family Plan gives you access to all grade levels and courses which is at least 45! Courses include Language Arts, History & Geography, Math, and Science.

We used the History/Geography and Science courses. I love that the courses are numbered and do not say Grade 5 or Grade 11 etc. This is great if you are backtracking like we are.

We are using the courses to fill in some gaps in these two subjects. I might add the Language Arts in later. I don't want to overwhelm him with too much as we do need to finish our current LA.

The Calvert Homeschool Online has a free Diagnostic Test so you can place your child exactly where they need to start. This is great if you are planning to use all the subjects!

Calvert Homeschool Online has it all, scheduling, automatic grading, quizzes, test, and a parent dashboard where you can assign subjects and check what your child has completed.

You can literally take school anywhere with you and not have to worry about forgetting a math or science book because it's all online.

The lessons even have it where you can have the lesson read to the child. It's kind of like a robotish voice ~like the downloadable ones.

Below is a screenshot of how the courses are set up. The student clicks on the course, below it's Science Safety.

 Once the child clicks on Science Safety lesson a menu of lessons or what Calvert shows as Problems.

When the child clicks on Problem 1 (or lesson 1), there is a complete lesson. This on Safety has four "pages".

At the end was a recap and quiz

At the bottom of the lessons are questions to be answered. In this case, it's an essay to be written.

Below shows the full window of what is required of the student when writing the essay (the screenshot is taken from the same lesson shown above). You might need to click on it to see it better, sorry that it's showing up so small. 

If you were not able to read the instructions on the graphic here is what it says:

Part 1. Include important facts found in your research. Includes the answers to questions 1-4 for each of the occupations you choose.
Part 2. Include information a visual representation of the data and answer to questions 1-6.
Submission Requirements: 
The student should submit a presentation created with a slideshow or Presentation Program of their choice. The presentation should include important facts obtained through research, references, images, data, graphs, and answers to the reflections questions. Upload your presentation to the box below.
Here are a few screenshots from the World Geography Course.

This lesson had a short video.

Here are a few screenshots from one of the grade school spelling lessons. The child can select a bee.

We didn't use the spelling but I thought the bees were so cute. We did play around with it for the purpose of this review.

Our Thoughts:

The set-up for me was a little bit bumpy. I had two accounts which I'm sure was the problem. I had one under my regular email that I set up before the review. When I was picked for this review I set up another one under my email that I use for the Review Crew and I don't know if they were "colliding" and getting confused but I kept losing our lessons. Anyway, long story short ~ it was eventually fixed.

Calvert has the best customer service. One of their representatives called me to help me through the set-up problem. She also walked me through a few things as well, and made sure I understood the program. She even followed up a few weeks earlier.

One of the features I liked and so did my son was the audible part. He is a reluctant reader so he followed along. Plus with science and history/geography there are names and places that are hard to pronounce so we really appreciated that we had the choice of having it pronounced.

Calvert does a wonderful job with the student set-up. I like how my son can hop on the computer and just go down the lessons. Right now he is using two subjects but I'd like him to use more.

He's not a textbook guy meaning the physical textbooks are big and overwhelming for him. With Calvert Homeschool Online he doesn't see the thickness of a book because it's all online and the lessons are "broken" down for him.

I admit it does take a bit of learning to navigate the site and we are not completing all the assignments. We pick and choose but I love that WE can pick and choose. It's our homeschool and we don't let the curriculum rule us. We make it work for us. 

Final thoughts! I really like Calvert Homeschool. My son, well, it's "school" for him. My kiddo would always rather be playing with Legos or playing a computer game with his brothers rather than do anything school-related (including reading books, sigh). 

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