Calvert Homeschool is a program that provides a full curriculum in various subjects. It is all online and the part of the program we used is geared toward students in grade 3 through grade 12. They also have a separate program geared towards kindergarten to grade 2.
For those of you that like your kids to do online homeschool work, this may just be the answer you were looking for.
Your options for how to use this curriculum are wide open. It can be used as a full curriculum for four subjects: history and geography, math, science, and language arts. It can also just be used as a supplement. You could also use it as a full curriculum for some subjects and a supplement for others. Whatever will work best for your family is the answer!
For the purposes of telling you all about it, my youngest (currently 6th grade) used it as a supplement for math, language arts, spelling, and science.
I work outside the home in the afternoons. Sometimes, though, I have to go in to work in the mornings. Calvert has been my go-to for those times when I am not able to work with my daughter. She may not be learning exactly the same thing as what is in the curriculum we are using, but I can feel confident she didn’t have to take a day off of school just because I was called away from the house.
Also, in the last few weeks while we have been using this curriculum, we have had to go out of town three or four times. Fortunately, that’s not normal for us! Because Calvert Homeschool is all online, we didn’t have to bring a bunch of books with us when we went out of town. My daughter was still able to do her core subjects and we were still able to go where we needed to go as a family.
(If you zoom in on that picture, you can see the cool stuff my daughter is learning about the brain!)
There is so much involved in this program that they have a teacher handbook that is 162 pages (viewable online) to help you navigate things. Of course, like most handbooks of this nature, you don’t have to sit down and read it all at once. Since it is a document that is on your computer, you can search for certain words to find the answer to your question. For example, I searched “grading” and this is the beginning of the search results. Just in that first result, I found the information helpful.
As you can see from that screenshot, the program does a lot of the grading for you, but there are some assignments in the lessons that you will need to go in and grade. For example, the program will ask your child to write out an answer to a question. This kind of question is what you will need to grade. I like that because it means the whole program isn’t multiple choice. I like that she needs to come up with her own answers sometimes. I feel like that creates a nice blend of online work and paper type work.
There is also a handy checklist you can use when you first have access to Calvert Homeschool. It just helps you get started on the right foot.
In the parent dashboard, you can assign certain lessons for your student(s) to do. You also give it a due date. Of course, you can always change that due date if schedules in your home change, as they often do (around here anyway!).
When you do this, your child knows exactly what they need to do. They just log in to the program and click on one of the assignments you have given them.
This is also where you will designate what constitutes a certain grade (for example, 90-100 is an A or 94-100 is an A, etc.). You can also define how many times your child can attempt a problem before it is “wrong”. There are many other things you can do on the parent dashboard. It can seem like a lot at first, but it helps to remember you can always change it if you decide you want to do things differently.
Overall, I think this is a wonderful program.
My daughter and I still have a lot to look at within the program, but I am happy to have found it.
I recommend you click the banner below to see what other people have to say and see how they used the program.