Rated 5 out of 5┬áby 4Him Overall, I would recommend the DVD with books Grade 5. The academic content is very good and the dvd's are top notch quality.
I really like that the DVD's are not set up classroom style but specific to my student. My son really enjoys the dvd's and is learning. The books are great and the biblical integration is outstanding.
One area that could be improved on is the organization of where to find materials for each subject. It is different for each subject regarding where you will find quizzes, answers to workbook pages--sometimes you have a hardcopy of the work text sometimes you have to look on the TE CD. This makes it very difficult to know easily how to check daily work. I did get the hang of it but it took some time to know where everything is located. This could very easily be streamlined for each subject. I do prefer the TE work text in written form for ease of use.
Next year I plan to have several grade levels on the DVD with books and I know I will spend a great deal of time this summer organizing and becoming familiar with where everything is located for each subject in each grade. This could be solved easily by having each subject in each grade the same in terms of where materials are located.
I also would like the DVD guide printed for each subject so that I do not have to print it. There is a lot of printing on my part as a parent/teacher. I did find this easy as I put all I needed on a flash drive and took to Office Depot and had it all printed and 3 hole punched. I have a 5th grade notebook with everything in it I need.
Overall, I do like this curriculum. It is pricy but I believe it is worth it. The DVD's free me up to work with another child of mine and I know my 5th grader is still getting a great education. I don't think the DVD's can be beat in terms of the sets/teachers/ etc..
We do not do every single work page or extra work. Only when needed. But I appreciate that I can print extra help in math if needed.
Thank you BJU for great quality teaching materials! I do hope someone will look at the organization of each grade and subject. Making this easier on the parent will definitely help with others wanting to use the material!
January 28, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5┬áby MomofTwoBoys What a resource!
This is our second year for buying the DVD classes. We expected them to be the same teachers for this year, but was surprised that we got different teachers for different subjects. We are loving the change to mix it up a bit. This year we got all the TE on CD's. This mama wasn't sure about that yet, but now I am really liking having it on CD. I don't have a lot of room to store all the TE and this way I just store them in my desk drawer. Amazing. I am always impressed with the content that we get when we open the workbooks. My kids are learning what people in Jesus times were eating while learning what an imperative and declarative sentence are. I love how the bible integration goes right into each subject like that. Having kids would like facts , they have benefited from facts throughout all subjects about the bible.
September 5, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5┬áby Mumof10 The DVD's are like having our own personal tutor.
My daughter is eager to watch her video and get on to her Math. If she begins her work and cannot figure out a problem, she can go back to the video and it usually clarifies what she needs to know the second time around. As a mother of multiple children, this has been a huge blessing.
September 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5┬áby HomeschoolMominIdaho Wish we would have found BJU sooner!!
We have homeschooled for over three years and have had a rough time, even giving up at one point for the local charter school. This year we have discovered BJU distant learning and WE ARE LOVING IT!! So much pressure off of me to do the teaching and now I can cheerlead!! My only warning about the curriculum that I have found as a negative is that after paying such a hefty amount there is still a ton of copying needing to be done, not sure why this cannot be included with the package, we sure payed for it! Other than that we are so glad we have found BJU and hope this will take us through all our school years!
September 21, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5┬áby PEPPIE dvd program
We switched over to Bob Jones last year from another curriculum and have enjoyed it very much. Last year was great and there was really nothing that we disliked about the curriculum. The teacher on the DVD are wonderful in teaching and my daughter excelled. This year, there is no answer keys for assignments that this is the first year that Bob Jones has parents/teachers use the CD Rom to correct answers. This has made it more difficult for me to help my child. What happens if my child is in the middle of the lesson, I eject the DVD then place CD to get an answer to the problem. When I put the DVD back to play, we have to find our spot again. I know you can pay extra for the keys but I have all ready paid for the whole class. I would recommend to have the option to have the CD Rom or answer keys.
We still want to continue using Bob Jones. My kids love it and having fun while learning.
September 10, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5┬áby smartypaw Overwhelmed
I have been homeschooling for 7 years and used many curriculums in the past. This year I have a 5th grader and was hoping to use the BJU Distance Learning Math, English, Spelling, and Reading to help lessen my load so I could devote more one on a one to my younger students.
However, I am flabbergasted by the amount of prep work these courses require. I spent 6 hours and a ream of paper trying to get JUST the Math curriculum together in order to get started. Then, I am constantly encountering more prep work (printing extra pages, assembling manipulatives, referring to the video guide and tool kit cd etc.) every few lessons. I am very disappointed that BJU does not provide everything needed already printed and assembled in the order of the lessons. I think the lessons themselves are good, but the ease of use is extremely lacking. Overall, I find this curriculum quite frustrating, and requiring as much time as if I just customized the lesson plans and taught it myself.
September 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5┬áby BSmith Great Decision
This is my first year using BJU and it has been a wonderful experience. The videos are top notch and the teaching is phenomenal. The lessons are interesting, engaging, thorough, thought-provoking, Biblically-based and FUN (lessons are taught using graphics, experiments, "field trips," puppets and special guests). My son actually gets excited to do work, especially with science and math. This makes me very happy because he wants to learn.
BJU has definitely made my life a little easier with three children. With the dvd program, I let the teachers teach and I'm there if they need extra help. The curriculum includes a detailed schedule of what needs to be done everyday. This way, my children are able to work independently as I monitor. Thank you BJU!
July 3, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5┬áby Momof2 More money+more work for Mom=Less textbooks! Seriously?
Very disappointed with this year's order. NO TEACHER books included...they came on separate disc! Not user friendly and I have spent a fortune on paper and ink to print off all needed materials to aid my children. Put folks back to work printing those teacher books. It would be a win/win situation.
August 7, 2013