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From: Cheryl in IL (
Subject:         Re: Pros and Cons on Bob Jones DVD for high School!
Date: September 10, 2008 at 8:50 pm PST

In Reply to: Pros and Cons on Bob Jones DVD for high School! posted by Jody on September 6, 2008 at 6:01 am:

My DS who is a senior this year (and is college bound next fall) used the BJU DVD program all the way through high school. We chose not to use the DVDs this year simply because he was not taking any higher math/science classes (Calc/Physics) this year because he plans to be a history/english major, and we thought it to be unnecessary.

Right off the bat the con is that this program is very pricey. We went across the board and got the grade level kits for all subjects including foreign language. I was relieved to use them as I myself am not a science/math person so they were very helpful in my opinion. If you were to use them just for math/science you might as well get the whole grade level as you would only be spending a little bit more for the whole grade as opposed to just leasing the two subjects. Perhaps soon, BJU will have the hard drive program for high school. Check their website as they have this for jr. high and it is less expensive. I imagine they are working toward this method for high school as it is more cost effective than the DVDs. All is all, I felt the cost of the DVD program was money well spent for us.

The pros are numerous in my opinion. My son was able to be self-directed as all of the lesson plans are laid out for him. I am the facilitator taking care of grading, etc. For us, it kept us accountable and on-track all throughout high school. The DVDs were a true blessing last year when my father passed away and my mom was put in a nursing home. Our son was able to maintain his studies in spite of the "chaos" that was the norm for many months last year. DS also did well on his ACT and the PSAT (he isn't taking the SAT).

BJU curriculum is not for everyone, but we found it to be an excellent preparation for our son as he looks toward college next fall. The DVDs are well done---the teachers address the students directly. They are not in a classroom like the Abeka program (which when we checked them out we found them distracting and too time consuming more so than BJU).

On a side note....we did use the DVDs with our daughter in 7th grade to see if this would be a good match for her to use for high school. It wasn't. She did not like watching all the DVDs and it turned out to be a costly experiment! But I like the program so much I wanted to use it with her as well. She did not like it. She prefers the Abeka curriculum without the DVDs! Each child is different.

Best wishes as you come to a decision!

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