Originally posted on our homeschool blog, Benoit Academy.
Visual Learning Systems – Digital Science Online: A TOS Review
We have been enjoying our One Year subscription to Visual Learning Systems – Digital Science Online that we received recently for review! Visual Learning Systems is an online science program for grades K – 12. The annual subscription service includes a collection of science videos, clips, animations, images, assessments, students activities and teacher’s guides.
Some categories in each grade level include:
Elementary (includes Primary) Grades K – 5
- Simple Machines
- Chemical Reactions
- Scientific Method
Secondary (Middle/High School) Grades 6 – 12
- Newton’s Law
- Simple Machines
- The Periodic Table
There are many more subjects for each level which includes Physical, Earth, Life and Health! You are bound to find just what you are looking for here!
L9 and M8 worked on their lessons together and they really enjoyed the videos. A series of videos for one subject may look like there is a lot there and it actually did overwhelm my two kids when they first saw the list, but the videos are each just a few minutes long. The videos are broken up into Chapters so, for instance, we were able to get through the series of Measurement videos in less than 15 minutes.
You can choose to watch the entire series of a subject or break it up into smaller sessions. It is all up to you and your children! The Chapters are set up so each one is self-contained. Closed Captioning is available and could also be added in for an extra reading practice. The last Chapter video of each series is a Quiz video. This is so neat since it shows me and also the children how much they have learned while watching the videos. These quizzes usually contain about 5 questions for Elementary grades and 10 questions for the Middle and High School grades. I like that it helps to prepare them for the Post Test worksheet.
Each subject has it’s own set of worksheets and activities, including Pre Tests, Post Tests, Vocabulary Worksheets, Video Review, and several worksheets (some include Writing Assignments and hands-on activities!) that match the subject matter. There are also Teacher Guides that help you to introduce the videos to the children, the learning objectives for each category, and even video scripts.
A neat tidbit that I learned was that Visual Learning Systems actually produced their own videos, images and worksheets all on their own! This, to me, shows just how passionate they are for children to learn science. We are a science loving family so this was an awesome opportunity for us and I plan to use this for the entire year as much as possible! I truly recommend this online program to anyone wanting to teach science to their children, or even for themselves!
Pricing is different for homeschoolers. You can find more info on that here.
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