Alpha Omega Publications? LifePac, Monarch, Switched-on-Schoolhouse.


Are you feeling confused about Alpha Omega Publications? Not sure what this homeschool curriculum is about? Some people tell you it’s online. Others tell you it’s offline but computer-based. And yet more tell you it’s a packaged and mailable homeschool curriculum. Well, Alpha and Omega Publications are all of that. How is that so? It’s because it is the same curriculum but in different formats.

LifePac, Horizons, and Weaver are print publications. Switched on Schoolhouse and Monarch are computer-based. Their curriculum is fairly neat as Alpha and Omega have been around for more than 30 years.

But, let’s take a closer look at the curriculum they offer below.

Confused about Alpha Omega Publications for homeschool? Checkout this synopsis of LifePac, Monarch, Switched-on-Schoolhouse, Horizons, and Weaver which are all Christian homeschool curriculum!

Rebecca is an affiliate with several programs (not Alpha Omega) which you can check out here.

 

LifePac by Alpha Omega Publications

LifePac is a student-paced PRINT publication, meaning it gets mailed to your door as a boxed curriculum. LifePac is available in all grades (K-12). It is a self-paced, mastery-based course. The main package is a 5-subject-program that includes the following:

  • Bible
  • History and Geography
  • Language Arts
  • Math and
  • Science

There are also electives for interested parents.

If you want to pick and choose courses to form an eclectic curriculum, you can also buy individual subjects on their own. However, it’s cheaper to buy the whole package.

Oh the whole, Alpha Omega Publications use more of a traditional style of education. You can see this when you realize the curriculum is also used in many schools.

This said, Weaver (which is further down the page) uses the Unit Studies method and offers a more hands-on way of learning which is favoured by some homeschool parents.

 

Switched on Schoolhouse by Alpha Omega Publications

Switched-on-Schoolhouse is a computer-based curriculum. It comes in USB form and parents can use it when their computer is not connected to the internet (i.e. for low internet areas) or when the computer is online.

If you use the program when the computer is online, students have more learning options, but the program can be completed completely offline if desired.

Switched on Schoolhouse is one of the most popular homeschool curriculum programs available today. It’s important to note it’s only available in Grade 3 to Grade 12.

All grading is automatically done for you and the program spits out completed transcripts when relevant. If you have older children, you don’t have to spend too much time setting them up and grading them, and then organizing transcripts.

You can see an extended review of Switched on Schoolhouse here.

 

Monarch by Alpha Omega Publications

Again, Monarch is the same basic Alpha Omega curriculum, but on a subscription basis. I like to think of it as exactly the same as Switched-on-Schoolhouse, only you need a reliable internet connection.

Also, keep in mind that this online program is only available from Grade 3 to Grade 12.

I like that you can customize courses a little bit to heighten interest in certain areas that your students are drawn to.

It’s about $40/month though you can get discounts for multiple children. (If this is way out of the ball-park, check out this super-affordable Christian homeschool curriculum).

Monarch can be a good option if you want to homeschool short term. Monarch is also a good option if you’re low on money and you want to pay monthly, quarterly, or bi-yearly.

 

Horizons by Alpha Omega Publications

LifePac is a teacher-led PRINT publication, meaning it gets mailed to your door as a boxed curriculum. This means it is great for use in schools if you’re a school teacher or principal.

 

Weaver by Alpha Omega Publications

LifePac is also a PRINT publication, meaning it gets mailed to your door as a boxed curriculum. However, it is different from LifePac and Weaver in that it uses the Unit Studies method of teaching. This means you can teach more of your family using the same curriculum at the same time. Because you can teach your children simultaneously, you have less stress as children learn together, teach each other. And you don’t have to be in three places at one time, tackling three different homeschool curriculum packages!

 

Christian Perspective

All the curriculum produced by Alpha Omega are written from a strong Christian perspective. Because the program is written by Americans, it also has a strong American flavour to it.

It has also been said that this course is quite patriotic. Some like this. Others do not.

Something people will feel strongly about is that Alpha Omega teaches from a creationist perspective. I used this curriculum when I was a homeschooler and my family loved this about it. In fact, it was a reason they chose this curriculum.

It’s also important to note that Alpha and Omega teach from a Protestant perspective.

(If you want to check out other Christian curricula, look at this page).

 

Another Curriculum Like This

Another curriculum that is similar to Alpha Omega the Bob Jones University homeschool curriculum. It’s produced from a strong Christian perspective and also has a specific Biblical Worldviews program.

 

Conclusion

Any curriculum produced by Alpha Omega Publications will offer homeschoolers a great start in life. The material is interesting and thoughtfully presented. The print curriculum is also as old as the hills and so a lot of glitches have been rubbed out. No matter your choice (LifePac, Horizons, Monarch, Switched-on-Schoolhouse, or Weaver) I believe you will have chosen well!

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Rebecca Devitt
Most adults don't particularly want to relive their schooling experience on a daily basis. They would gladly move on to a new life devoid of homework and teachers. Very, very few adults will passionately blog about their schooling some 15 years after graduating. This makes Rebecca Devitt somewhat unique. As it happens, she was homeschooled. And she loved it. Still does. And she wishes every kid could get a taste of homeschooling at its very best. Her website How Do I Homeschool, is a springboard for parents to see what a life of homeschooling could be for both them & their children. When she's not blogging Rebecca is still homeschooling her-adult-self by learning Latin, growing weird vegetables and most importantly looking after her two children Luke & Penny. She has a husband Tristan and is a participant at Wollongong Baptist Church. She's also written a book about why parents should homeschool called 'Why on Earth Homeschool'.
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