Rated 4 out of 5 by mom24boys Would recommend DVD's however lack of printed materials needed are a major downfall to this curriculum.
I have homeschooled for 13 years. This is my first year to use BJU Press DVD's. I have never used any type of DVD program before. After speaking with several homeschooling moms I chose BJU over Abeka. I love the teachers and the content of the videos. However, the biggest complaint I have is with the printed material. I would have rather paid extra upfront and received all the printed material I needed rather than continuously print out extra materials. I wish someone from BJU press would have explained to me about this treacherous task that was before me. I do not have a multi purpose copier or printer, just the basic deskjet type, which is very costly to print large amounts on. After reading more reviews on this product I realized that this has been an issue for a while. I would recommend BJU Videos to other parents, but I would definitely warn them about the difficulty of finding out what is necessary to print and then printing or ordering those items. Most homeschooling parents have multiple children and trying to determine what has been needed to print or order has consumed an enormous amount of time.
September 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Nnick Our family loves the curriculum!
We're really impressed so far with the 4th grade curriculum! Trying to economize, we started out with dvds only, then sent it all back and ordered the dvds with books after seeing how integral the books are to the lessons.
BJU isn't cheap, and that was prohibitive to us at first. For different reasons, most pointedly because the dvds have such a dated feel to them (10+ years old), we strongly feel that BJU Press should be SELLING the dvds for the prices they charge, not leasing them.
However, for our family at this time, the high price has been worth it. Our daughter, who has always been homeschooled had been asking for the last year to try public school. We prayed and prayed about a solution, and after just a week of the BJU Press dvd series, she came to me and said, "I like this kind of school so much that I don't want to go to public school anymore." For us, THAT was worth every penny!
September 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Sharon I would recommend this product.
My youngest daughter loves all of her DVDs. She really loves her reading DVD.
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by MImom love the DVDs!
I was reluctant to use DVDs, having always used just the textbooks and since we don't have much spare cash. A friend urged me to try it, so this year was our first attempt. My boys absolutely love them! They find the teachers very interesting, learn more than they were learning before, and don't spend any extra time on school than in the past. I only wish I could keep them long enough for my daughter to use as well, rather than having to order them again. I also wish I had ordered the whole package, curriculum included, as that would have been almost the same price as I spent on used books plus new DVDs. We chose DVDs so we could take them in the car with us. I also wish I had been using the Bible curriculum all along. This was the first year we tried the Bible, and I absolutely love it! It has such thought-provoking questions and has triggered many profitable discussions with my children.
March 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by xxxx Bob Jones is great!
This is our 2nd year of using Bob Jones 3rd-5th grades. The first year was online and this year we use the videos. We really like it and the children learn a lot!
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Momoffineboy Math 4
I am very pleased with the Math 4 dvd! My son was struggling in Math and after using the dvd for only three months, he has shown great improvement. He needed to see some success. His confidence level was very low and now he is so proud ofhim self. The teacher does an excellent job of explaining with visual learning as well. The reviews are good and she makes it so much fun. I would highly recommend the product and look forward to using the Math 5 dvd.
February 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by HomeschoolFriend Excellent Product!
After trying multiple writing curricula, I decided to try bjupress English, and I'm so glad I did. It's the answer to my prayer, and I couldn't be more pleased.
My 4th and 6th graders have learned a tremendous amount of grammar and have quickly grasped and embraced the writing process thanks to Mrs. Overly's engaging, thorough and effective teaching. I love how the grammar lessons are directly applied in the writing lessons that follow them. This method clearly demonstrates why grammar is so important and how the two (grammar and writing) go together. I will never teach grammar and writing separately again!
Mrs. Overly is such a kind, godly woman. She's extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I am so impressed with her expertise. Also, unlike myself, since she is a teacher on DVD, she is always perfectly prepared and never moody! ;-)
I love the flexibility of DVD's because we can watch the lessons anywhere in the house on any t.v. or computer.
I think it's wonderful that the DVD teacher teaches directly to the homeschool student as opposed to teaching a classroom full of children with a video camera set up in the back of the room as some curriculum providers do it. The bjupress teacher is able to focus all of her instruction on the homeschool student, and no time is wasted.
We have really enjoyed the themes, game shows and the "virtual field trips' as we call them. This adds some fun to the mix.
The video lessons are 15 minutes in length, so it takes us approximately 30 -45 minutes to complete a lesson. In the 4th grade course, completing a lesson usually takes 30 minutes. In the 6th grade course, it usually takes a little longer, more like 30 - 45 minutes.
There was a time when I wondered if my children were being adequately prepared for high school and ultimately college, but now I feel confident that they are receiving the best education possible. I would highly recommend the English DVD with Books Distance Learning Kit. It's definitely worth every penny...and then some!
February 11, 2013