Thursday, July 13, 2017

Fascinating Education REVIEW

Fascinating Education
We were recently provided with a Full Year Fascinating Chemistry course by Fascinating Education. Mr. B loves all things science, and we go through soooo much. We have reviewed this same program before, in September 2015, but at the time Mr. B was only 10. This is a high school program, and while he is gifted in the area of science, I thought it would be best if he had a repeat. 
Fascinating Chemistry
Fascinating Chemistry is an online based program that uses audio-visual methods of teaching their Chemistry, Biology, and Physics courses. They recommend you start with Chemistry and progress through Biology and then Physics.

What I like most is that they really break down the subject to its lowest elements (see what I did there?!) so that you and your student can fully understand. They use real world language so you don't feel like your sitting in a conference full of scientists using a bunch of lingo that you simply can't understand.

How did we use this?
First I want to say Login is easy and obvious. You know me and my love of an obviously there Login link HAHA! This one is located in the top right corner. Just click and login. That makes this momma very happy haha! And if he happens to click off the page I can easily pull back up the course with out a bunch of unnecessary clicking. I just go to the Members tab and there's an option for Course Access. SO EASY!

Mr. B does best with lively, colorful videos. I printed off the included script, more for myself than him. He would occasionally refer to it during the videos, but mostly I used it so I would know what was going on since I didn't always have time to watch the videos. We do not have external speakers on the computer right now, so he has to use ear phones to listen. As a result, only one can watch at a time.

The overall layout is great for kids on the spectrum, in my opinion. The lessons are clearly labeled, and below each lesson you'll find button links to the Lesson, Script, and Test-all in different colors to differentiate the buttons easily. 


If you notice on the left hand side, there's a list of what is going to be covered on the slides. You can click on those to navigate through the lesson. This was great for us because sometimes Mr. B's attention would dwaddle off and we would have to go back and repeat something. And also, during the tests, if he was unsure or could remember we could go back to that portion of the video to see what he missed. 



The video lessons are very visual, but not cluttered. This is great for him.

The what you know so far section is a great review without being boring. I  know a lot of times, Mr. B. does like to do reviews. Once he knows something, he knows it, and he doesn't like to be reminded of it. But the way this is presented, to him it's not really a review to make sure or question what he knows, but to just validate it in a sense. Whatever the reason, this works for him and I'll take it!


You can also move around as you need to. So if your child already knows the structure of an atom inside and out, you can check out the script, take the test and move on. The scripts are great, and they use the same slides from the videos so it is cohesive and all together. They are not just one or two pages, so be prepared for that. These are in depth and cover the entire lesson. Lesson 7, for example, has 17 pages! 



Overall:

The videos are short. They aren't overly long, and only cover one topic at a time. This is great for fleeting attention spans. Each overall lesson is less than an hour, and we spread these out over the course of a week. At the end of each lesson is a test. The great thing is that you can print off these tests-with an answer key-to be taken pen and paper style. That's my preferred method for tests, so that's what we did! Mr. B willingly will do his schoolwork, and will actually ask to do it! He likes to take the printed scripts with him in a binder, so he can read them in the car or at his mamaw's house. The labs are easy to do, and fun. I like the inclusion of those. I love that this is so user friendly, and offers both paper and online work. It's multi sensory approach works well for Mr. B. 
The Homeschool Review Crew also reviewed Fascinating Biology and Fascinating Physics as well. Be sure to check them out by clicking the banner below!

Does Fascinating Education Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?


1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?

While you are in control of the speed and schedule, I do not suggest skipping ahead. You do have the ability to stop and take breaks when needed, or replay any videos, so you can modify and set your own schedule in that respect. But lessons do tend to build upon one another, just the nature of the topics at hand, so you don't want to skip.

2.) Value: Is it long lasting? Will it cover multiple grade ranges? Are you locked in to one specific grade level? Are there hidden fees? 

With your paid membership, you get access for a full year. For Chemistry, that is 18 lessons plus quizzes and text scripts. Each membership is only 1 course, so you do not have access to the other courses.

3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?

The videos are not very long, so they are good for short attention spans. The topics are broken up by these short videos, so that is good. The graphics and color are nice, also. The script is also very good for ADHD and Autism.

4.) Does it tie into other things we already have? 

This is just a science class, so it will not tie into things like history or reading. While it is not from a Biblical approach, I found nothing that would offend a religious standpoint. 


The Homeschool Review Crew also reviewed Fascinating Biology and Fascinating Physics as well. Be sure to check them out by clicking the banner below! 
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