SkillsTutor At Home, owned by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt offers online self-paced Math, Reading/Language Arts, and Science lesson plans for kids K through Grade9+, that are aligned with national and state standards. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a name homeschoolers trust—and as you’d expect, this product is first rate–this is an online learning option worth looking into!
SkillsTutor At Home offers an Assess, Assign, Achieve Methodology, which works well for the student, and provides valuable information to the parent. Each unit of Math, Reading/Language Arts, and Science begins with a pre-test to assess the knowledge a child already possesses–the questions are directly related to the content which is covered in the unit. Upon finishing the assessment, the child is placed on an individualized learning path that provides additional learning opportunities and support. When the child finishes the unit, she is given a summative assessment to determine if she has mastered the content or has additional learning needs. When a topic needs to be revisited, it is automatically placed back in her learning pathway to provide additional educational opportunities. The parental reporting system is stellar, and easy to follow– parents are able to see all pre-and post-test results.
Regarding the topics of study, the online Math modules reinforce basic math skills and promote higher mathematical reasoning, up to and including Algebra II. The higher Math modules specifically address–
- Basic algebra
- Measurement and geometry
- Proportion and percent
- Statistics and probability
- Inequalities and polynomials
- Factoring and rational expressions
- Functions, graphing, and systems of equations
- Data and statistics
- Exponents, logarithms, and trigonometry, and
- Quadratics and rational functions.
SkillsTutor At Home does not cover subjects beyond Algebra II.
The web-based Reading and Language Arts software helps develop critical reading and communication skills. Children learn—
- Vocabulary building
- Word knowledge
- Reading comprehension
- Grammar and usage
- Language mechanics
- Language usage
- Sentence structure
- Clear writing and paragraphs
The online Science activities cover elementary topics, all the way through Biology, Chemisty, and Physics.
SkillsTutor At Home works for multiple children in one household, and because of this, it is very cost effective.
Regarding the cost, you can
- Start with the 14 day free trial—which is absolutely free—you don’t need to give your credit card information
- Choose their Monthly Plan for just $9.99 for up to two users. Additional users are $1.99/month extra
- Purchase the yearly plan at $79.99/year for up to two users. Additional users are $19.99/year
If you choose the free trial first, and then subscribe, all the completed lessons and reports from the trial period are moved over and maintained in your new account.
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