Bob Jones Homeschool curriculum helped our family succeed in homeschooling when I as desperate! Someone asked me, "Why do you use Bob Jones Homeschool Curriculum"? In 2006, my oldest daughter was every ill and ended up with a total colectomy. After a three month stay in the hospital and many complications, I knew she could not handle going back to the Christian School. I also knew that although I loved the school they were attending, I could not continue to send my other children to the Christian school and homeschool my daughter at the same time.However, I had 7 children under 18 months and 5 were school age. I had no idea how I was going to homeschool, continue to be a mom, and carry the responsibilities of a Pastor’s wife at the same time. When I was introduced to BJU Press Distance learning, it probably saved my life, and definitely preserved my sanity!
The most important reason I chose Bob Jones Homeschool Curriculum was the emphasis on a Christian worldview. I wanted my children to not only have an excellent quality education, but also learn through the lens of the Bible and how it relates to the world. BJU Press provided that lens in all of their textbooks by examining science, the arts, government, math, and history by teaching the biblical storyline of Creation, the Fall, and Redemption. By taking these three events, faith and learning are placed together and my Christian faith end up influencing my children’s education.
Bryan Smith from his article Biblical Integration: Pitfalls and Promise says it best, “The work of Christian education is the work of redeeming what has fallen. We study all aspects of human culture because we see in that study the potential for redemption. As we view the academics through the lens of Scripture, we learn how we may be used to redeem those disciplines back to God.”
My desire is that all 10 of my children see how they can be used by God to serve Him with their whole life. BJU Press has been a tool to help integrate that philosophy into each of my children’s hearts.
I chose the distance learning option. While the video instruction offered by some curriculum providers bores a child to tears, the video instruction offered by the Bob Jones Homeschool Curriculum was engaging! The classes are recorded in studios with the teachers speaking directly to the homeschooled child and not to a classroom of students. For example, with the K-5 curriculum, the puppets Hopscotch, Hopper, and Dotty along with Mrs Lawson and Mrs. Walker taught my children to not only love to read, but to think about what they were reading.
They were encouraged even in Kindergarten to write in a memory book, which taught them how to put their thoughts on paper. All the homeschool classes are available as a complete grade package or as individual subjects for Grades K5–12. K4 is available only as complete grade package.
There are three options for Distance Learning: DVDs, hardrive or online streaming. Although I would love to use the internet option because it grades test and quizzes for you (how awesome is that?) my internet is terrible so we have always used the DVDs in 9th-12th and the Hard drive in K5-8th.
DVD and Hardrive
When we first began homeschooling my children watched their classes using a DVD or a portable DVD player. We made sure everyone had their own earphones or we would have been in real trouble with the noise! Now they each have their own computer. Using the DVD option made it convenient and portable so I could set up on your own homeschool schedule. (link). The Hardrive has been simple to use for my younger children, because is it just a USB hook up into their computer.
Several of my children were ahead in math or reading, so I was thrilled when I had the option to move up or down one or two grade levels. When I ordered 6 BJU Press Distance Learning homeschool kits, I received all the materials I needed... Textbooks, handouts, Teacher Editions, and organized Video lesson guides. Although you can only lease the DVDs for 13 months the textbooks were mine. Over the years, I have resold my used books to help pay for the next years school supplies.
With this option, you still receive all the materials needed... Textbooks and handouts. Access to the classes last for 18months which is normally from July 1st to the end of the following December.
One of the reasons I wish we could use the Online option is because Lessons, eTextbooks, and assignments can be accessed virtually from any device, including iPad, Android, PC, and Mac.
The second reason is that although normally grading, organizing lesson plans, and keeping track of student records can be a time-consuming process, if I used the DLO my quizzes and tests could be taken online and graded instantly! That definitely does not happen in my home. The end result is that grade books and records are on the web and you can see them anytime and print out transcripts.
Over the years I have always waited to purchase my homeschool books when BJU Press Curriculum had a sale. If you purchase through a HomeWorks Consultant, you will always get free shipping and 10% off. They are also up to date on the great specials for all the books and distance learning prices.
We have used the Distance Learning because it has worked best for our family. However, many children benefit from being Parent taught or working independently with the books. Because of they way the books are written, BJU Press is easy to adapt to each individual child’s learning styles
Have you used the hard drive, DVDs, online classes, or just the books? What did you think?
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