Do you have a visual learner in your house? Are you looking for something for them to use for Science and/or Health? Look no further than Visual Learning Systems.
Visual Learning Systems offers Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) and Digital Science Online: Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12). As part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, we were able to review both of these programs, Moe Man was the one who got to use this site, and he was busy with the Digital Science Online: Secondary Edition for grades 6-12.
We used this wonderful visual aid to help us with our core Science and Health classes. We would start by printing off the pre-assessment and the video review. Once Moe Man completed the pre-assessment, we would move on to the video. I would allow Moe Man to complete this while watching the video. Most videos were about 20+ minutes long. This was long enough to keep him interested and get the lesson across, but not too long to make him find something to fidget with.
After watching the video, we were able to move on to the vocabulary study. We would print this off and fill it in. After the vocabulary was done, Visual Learning Systems has different worksheets that re-enforce what you are learning. These are going to be regular worksheets or worksheets that are hands on learning. Finally, at the end of the week, we would do a post assessment to compare and see what we learned during the week.
These weekly, or lessons, are available in the student section. The students have access to the videos, animations, and printables. As a parent/teacher, you have access to all that plus, when you download the full guide, you have the answers as well. You also have the video script. This came in helpful when I couldn’t be watching with Moe Man, but still wanted to know what he was learning. I was able to easily scan over the script and know what he was learning…not to mention prove to him that he did learn something if he wanted to argue it later when he couldn’t remember it!
We used this to go with our core program. It took the place for this review period, and with over 125 units in the secondary edition, we could use this as a full curriculum. And we did when it comes to our health curriculum right now. There is enough content in each unit to last a week or more and you are able to pick and choose what units you want to do and when. This was Moe Man’s favorite part of his classes…being in control of his learning!
As of this posting, we are still actively using this program. We love it. We both love how simple it is to access and use it. I love that being an older student, Moe Man is able to be in control of his lesson, and I am still able to check in on him. I love having options to check in on his videos when I might not be able to sit down with him and watch them. As much as we love the visuals, it is also nice to take what we are learning while using those and put them down on paper, therefore re-enforcing what was learned in the video.
We were not the only family to review Visual Learning Systems. Head on over to check out these other reviews.