Bob Jones University Curriculum
Many parents are looking at the Bob Jones curriculum program as an alternative to what they are using for home schooling now. Take a look at some of the questions and answers on this page so you can decide if it is right for you and your family. Have a question of your own? Go to the Contact Us page let us know.
What is the Bob Jones Curriculum?
Bob Jones curriculum consists of a wide range of innovative programs and services. The programs range from textbooks to worktexts to audio visual programs and even a satellite TV system called HomeSat. The HomeSat program involves bringing instruction right into your home via satellite dish to your TV or computer screen. Services range from lessons to testing to record keeping to issuing diplomas and transcripts.
What choices do I have?
There are a range of methods that you can use to teach your children. There are textbooks, pre-recorded classes on DVD and video, audio tapes that accompany reading books, and worktexts which combine text-based instruction and the workbook exercises in one or a series of booklets. There is also satellite TV programming that you can have right in your own home to supplement the other methods of teaching you are giving your children already. All these methods use the Bob Jones curriculum.
What is a worktext, anyways?
Some parents and / or students prefer using worktexts that cover the whole year in one subject book. This means that both the instruction and the worksheets are all in one book for each. Most of these worktexts have two to three pages of reading and / or exercises for each day of the school year. Most home schooled students are required to attend one hundred eighty days of school per year. That number is based on twenty school days per month times nine months in a year. The worktexts range in page count from one hundred forty to five hundred forty pages so that one to three pages can get covered each school day. A subject such as spelling would probably have one page per day and one spelling test per week. The science worktext would probably have two pages of reading and one page of questions or a quiz to review each day. The exercises and quizzes are there to make sure the student understands the material covered that day.
Do parents still use textbooks?
Parents sometimes prefer to use a textbook for each subject and a series of workbooks so that their children get a sense of accomplishment. Children have to complete one workbook each month, and they often get done ahead of time. Now they can look forward to a fresh new workbook next month. Parents and children also have a gage for progress. Children tend to stay motivated and finish early. If they have ten workbooks to get through in a ten month school year they often finish early because the children stay motivated and like to stay ahead of where they need to be. Self-motivation is the key in this method. It often carries through the child's whole life and they need minimal prodding and pep talks.
Which is easier to use?
My family has tried both textbooks with a series of workbooks, and the worktexts where each subject is just one thick book. The general consensus has been a preference for the workbook series. The kids like the set of 10 workbooks better because they get a sense of accomplishment each time they finish one. Usually they finish the school year early because they get each one done ahead of time. This helps them be more self-motivated. It is also easier for me as their teacher because I can tell whether they are ahead or behind schedule.
What about encyclopedias?
Sometimes the workbooks come without the need for a textbook. Other workbooks have enough built-in instruction, exercises, quizzes and tests to suffice. Having encyclopedias handy or other textbooks especially for subjects like science with illustrations is a big help. Some workbooks are plain text or have limited diagrams and illustrations. A picture paints a thousand words so it is very important (especially in science) to have photographs and clear illustrations. Having them in living color is best.
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