A team of more than 60 researchers, writers, editors, and illustrators studied major textbook publishers for private and government schools to identify the best educational practices for addressing school challenges among contemporary teachers, parents and students. The team also interviewed hundreds of parents, students, juvenile probation officers, state education officials, pastors, police and counselors to determine needs and expectations of contemporary youth, especially those in challenging home settings. The result was production of Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum & System (PACS) with these features:
Each student is assigned a course box that is retained by the teacher. Each Student Edition consists of five/six chapters of texts and a corresponding number of consumable Student Activity Books. One chapter of text and the companion activity book are issued to the student. The student reads the text lesson and completes the corresponding activity questions in the Student Activity Book. The student grades (scores) his/her activity answers using the Course Activity Answer Key (provided and supervised by the teacher). Activity questions are arranged in sequence with the order of material included in the text chapter. Each subsequent chapter is completed in the same order until the course is finished.
Each chapter is designed with three sections consisting of five lessons in each section (15 lessons per chapter). At the end of each section (five lessons), the teacher issues a quiz which the student completes while under observation by the teacher. The teacher grades the section quiz, using the Quiz Answer Key in the Teachers Resource Kit. After the student completes the third quiz in the chapter, the teacher will issue the chapter test. Note: Students who earn at least an 85% score on all three section quizzes are exempt from the chapter test. This “exemption” policy encourages students to master tho content rather than guess at activity and quiz questions
Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum is specifically designed to reduce teacher workload while placing manageable academic responsibility on students. The precise sequence of course lessons and assessments enable the teacher to manage students’ progress in either a classroom or learning center setting, where students complete courses as rapidly as desired (and motivated) or as slowly as necessary due to learning challenges attributed to such conditions as ADHD, vision limitations, physical handicaps, hearing impairments, fatherlessness, or language restrictions.
We have tried all of them–except the Character & Skills for Home & Careers. My children and I are happy with the results! Customers who use this curriculum usually return to try another of the Paradigm subjects to teach their children at home.
Here are some of the reasons we chose to use Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.
1. Your student needs to learn to read a text and answer questions pertaining to the reading.
I suggest using any of the Paradigm courses. In my opinion, their curriculum is outstanding for that purpose alone. Every lesson begins with an engaging vignette or narrative. Vocabulary words are highlighted in the text and defined in Vocabulary boxes.
2. You used unit studies or the real books approach and your older student needs to know how to answer the different types of questions that are found in typical college courses.
Paradigm’s curriculum uses fill in the blank, multiple choice, true-false, matching, etc.
3. You want a curriculum that is interesting, and motivational.
You will appreciate this principle-based core curriculum. In each lesson there is a character building life principle.
4. You have a late bloomer who is ready to catch up academically.
Try at least one of the Paradigm subjects. For starters, I’d probably choose the subject in which your child is most likely to succeed. Once your child is accustomed to Paradigm’s method and likes it, you can add other subjects.
5. You want a curriculum that is structured, academically sound, and easy to oversee.
Paradigm helps your secondary level student do more work on his own and promotes you to overseer and not spoon-feeder [at this point, that should be the curriculum's job]! “The simplified course structure enables students to comprehend content with ease.” After all, isn’t one of our goals in homeschooling to teach our children to be independent and self motivated–once we have taught them the basics?
6. You want a curriculum that explains the topic in a way that the student understands.
I asked our daughter who has used almost all of the Paradigm subjects what she liked most about it. She said, “It explains everything thoroughly. I understood what I was learning. I actually learned it.” This daughter is the one who impressed my mother, a former high school/college English teacher, with her knowledge of English after using three years of Paradigm’s English.
7. You have an advanced middle school students who needs the skills that are mentioned above.
My sister, the physician and mother of academic geniuses, used Paradigm Integrated Chemistry and Physics (Grade 9-12) with her 7th grader. She gave me a rave review!