If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you probably know that I’ve never been a huge fan of workbooks. I was always a hands-on, eclectic homeschooling mama until my teens decided that they wanted to use workbooks a couple of years ago.
Because they were teens, and I wanted them to take ownership of their educations, we went that route. I was surprised to discover that there are actually many benefits to using workbooks for homeschooling.
Monarch, from Alpha Omega, is like workbooks on steroids. It is something of a textbook approach, but with bells and whistles you just can’t get from traditional textbooks.
If you’ve used Switched on Schoolhouse, you are probably somewhat familiar with the basic set up of Monarch. We used SOS for Brianna’s (my homeschool graduate) 10th-grade year, and I always described Monarch as being essentially the same as SOS, but online.
That may have been an accurate description at the time, but today Monarch has some unique features that set it apart from its offline cousin.
Features of Monarch from Alpha Omega
While both Switched on Schoolhouse and Monarch offer automatic grading, Monarch also offers:
Ease of access. Because it’s online, you can access Monarch anywhere there is Internet access. Plus, that means there’s no software to install! That’s a huge bonus because that was the part I had the most trouble with when we used Switched on Schoolhouse. All you need is your username and password, and you’re good to go.
Customizable lessons. With Monarch, you have access to 50 courses across all grade levels. That means if your student is doing 5th-grade math, but is ready for 7th-grade science, you can do that. You’re not locked into one grade level. You can hand-pick courses from across all 10 (3rd-12th) grade levels.
Real-time updates. Another benefit of Monarch being completely online is that course updates happen automatically with no need for you to update software.
Secure data storage. Students’ grades are stored for up to 7 years after your subscription ends, so you can access them any time.
Budget-friendly options. Monarch offers budget-friendly payment options in the form of month-to-month or yearly subscriptions for one student or a family discount with the same subscription options for up to 3 students.
Placement tests. If you’re not sure where to start your student, Alpha Omega offers free placement tests, so there’s no guesswork.
Free Trial of Monarch Online Homeschool Curriculum
If Monarch sounds intriguing, but you’d like to check it out first, you can do that. Alpha Omega has extended an exciting offer to allow Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers readers to try Monarch free for 30 days. No credit card information is required. It’s truly a free trial.
To get your 30-day free trial of Monarch, click the Monarch banner in this post or on the sidebar and enter the code MON30WUH in the promo code box.
This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.