Recently Visual Learning Systems blessed our home school with Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5). We have been really enjoying all they have to offer us. The best part is that the lessons are both visual and practical in nature.
Visual Learning Systems offer digital video science subscriptions for primary, elementary and and high school levels covering a range of scientific subjects in the areas of biology, earth, life, physical and health. You're able to access the video lessons on multiple platforms including your iPad and smart TV.
What we received
- Digital Science Online: Elementary Edition (Grades K-5) -This is primary as well as elementary science.
- Digital Science Online: Secondary Edition (Grades 6-12) We had access to this level and I had a look at it but we didn't use it for Nathaniel's science. Some of the topics are interesting to him but it is definately higher level information. We did not use any of the printables or hands on things for the one topic we've looked at so far.
- They have a full tutorial and demo of the site available online. There are two main collections of unit studies.
What happens when you log in
|Student Interface - Video Tab|
In the primary level we had access to:
- Physical - 21 lessons
- Earth - 22 lessons
- Life - 18 lessons
- Health - 3 lessons
- Physical - 20 lessons
- Earth - 17 lessons
- Life - 25 lessons
In the student area you are also able to print off the following for each lesson:
- Pre Tests
- Post Tests
- Video Review
|Teacher Interface - Teacher Guides Tab|
Teachers have a separate log in area which has the same interface as the student log in with a few extra support materials in the teachers guide section. You have the option of downloading the full guides and printing them or just using them online on your own digital device. The guides are divided into four areas:
- Introducing the video
- Student activities
- Learning Objectives
- Video Script
Navigating Visual Learning Systems was really easy and therefore one of the reasons I enjoy using the program. At the beginning of the week I would log in to the teachers area, look through the topics available and select one that I wanted to pursue for the week.
We have been using Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy, so our first port of call was Earth's Nearest Neighbours.
In the teachers area you can look at each of the four areas separately via a short-cut link or download the instructors guide. The guide is in PDF format containing all the objectives, worksheets, answer keys, practical hands on activities and a video script.
As a teacher you can choose how many or few worksheets you would like your students to do. For students who really enjoy worksheets there are plenty to choose from. In this unit we started off with the pre-test. The purpose of the pre-tests is for your student to discover how much they know before watching the video.
We then watched the lesson. Each lesson is presented in a highly visual format with beautiful graphics, video animations and camera work from around the globe.
|Student Interface - Images Tab|
After each presentation we used the post-test sheets as a recap and narration opportunity to reinforce the learning we had just completed. Some days we did it straight after the video lesson and sometimes we used it the next day.
There was also a vocabulary and writing activity available for this unit but I decided that Nathaniel had done enough writing.
Cost of Visual Learning Systems
Visual Science is available as an annual subscription for homeschooling families. These prices are for up to 8 students per family.
- Elementary edition (grades K-5): $99.00
- Secondary edition (grades 6-12): $99.00
- FREE trials are available on request.
- Grades K-5
- Grades 6-12
Nathaniel and I are both enjoying the twaddle free science lessons presented by Visual Learning Systems. The detailed visually enhanced lessons are a pleasure to use and to watch. The longer we use Visual Learning the more I appreciate the meaty content supplied. All the work is done for me. I don't need to go looking for YouTube clips or Notebooking pages they are all supplied. All the work is done for me. The program can be used as a stand alone program or as a supplemental course to enhance your student's scientific course of study. I highly recommend that you apply for a FREE trial today and try out the course for yourself.
I also loved the fact that I haven't needed any specialised equipment to do any of the hands on science activities.