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Alpha Omega Monarch ReviewsMonarch is an interactive, Internet-based homeschool curriculum for grades 3-12 that’s compatible with most web browsers on a Windows® or Macintosh® operating system accessible 24/7 from anywhere in the world. Monarch contains Bible-based online lessons in the five core subjects of Bible, history and geography, language arts, math, and science, as well as a wide variety of electives. Electives include world languages, history, literature, math, science, geography, health, civics, and preparation for GED testing. Monarch subscriptions are good for 18 months beginning on the date of purchase.

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  1. Alpha Omega Monarch Review by Alisa Loveday
    Pros: Anytime, anywhere!
    Cons: A little slow

    We love it! Having used SOS the past 2 year, we are loving the change to Monarch. I did think we should have received an extra discount as other curricula requires shipment, and there is no shipping for Monarch. Virtually all the others offer the additional shipping discount, in case you wonder where I am coming from.
    Also, torn with what to do when my youngest is ready to use her older sibling’s SOS that we currently have. Part of SOS was the fact that we could reuse the curriculum, and so far, Monarch does not give an option like that.

  2. Alpha Omega Monarch Review by Chuck
    Pros: stores your information on the cloud
    Cons: slow server, poorly coded, terrible customer service

    Grades Used: 4,5,6,7,8

    Monarch is a poorly-executed improvement on a very poor program – switched on schoolhouse. We had high hopes for the program, but the company’s server is very slow and often unavailable altogether. We have a very fast internet connection and new computers at home, but Monarch ends up wasting hours of our time both in doing the schoolwork and in correcting.

    I was very hopeful. I am very disappointed. AOP needs to hire some actual coders (this appears to have been written by a high schooler) and invest in their infrastructure.

  3. Alpha Omega Monarch Review by Jen
    Pros: automatically saves work, good customer service
    Cons: seems to have issues with all browsers I have tried

    Grades Used: 4th

    This is the first and last year we will use Monarch. In all fairness, this is my first year homeschooling so I don’t have much to compare it to but I don’t like it enough to use it again. As the other reviewer said, I also don’t like that it doesn’t have lesson reviews. To read every single lesson again before a quiz is not a realistic way to review in my opinion. I have my daughter write her vocab and take notes on each lesson but a review would still be nice. I used to print out the quizzes and have her write the answers as a review for a while but that took a lot of time and was not a positive experience for either of us. There are review games before each test but they are not easy to find if you are new to the program. It took a while for us to realize they were there. We also have a problem with every browser we’ve tried with Monarch, Internet Explorer doesn’t let you drag and drop, text to speech doesn’t work in Firefox, and sometimes the mark completed button doesn’t work in Google Crome. It’s really aggravating that we have to download every browser available and try it resulting in different issues. I also don’t like how I have to navigate through to help my child with the lesson question she is having trouble with. If I click the lesson in the calendar I can only see and do limited thing, if I go to assigned work and click the lesson I have to choose whether or not I want to see the answer key OR student work, not both so it’s hard to see what she’s doing and the correct answer all at once. It does let me see the correct answer if she’s typed the wrong one but if she hasn’t marked an answer yet it doesn’t let me see the correct answer to help her. I have also found that we can’t do some of the projects and experiments because we don’t have the supplies or the weather is bad and we can’t go outside and get pond water in the ice and snow. Another thing I don’t like is the quizzes are too many, too fast and way too long. There are also too many reports. I unassign many of the quizzes and reports. I do like that I can unassign and reassign lessons but it doesn’t work exactly the way I’d like it to so sometimes it makes it confusing to her as to what lessons she is to do that day so she always has to ask what to do next. I also like that I have the ability to customize some things on it like grading scale and how many times she has to answer a question before it’s marked wrong, ect. Now that we’re in the middle of the year, it’s starting to assign way more lessons in a day. A normal day is 5 lessons, now we’re getting as many as 7 (2 maths or LA in a day or both) so I have to move things around and unassign some (usually the enormous amount of quizzes) to make the day more manageable because we have typing class, cursive writing, and a health class workbook as well. Once I change things around the way I want it, it usually takes my 4th grader about 3 hours to complete her work. She definitely likes it much better than the private and public schools she’s been to so I can’t say it has been a negative experience, I just think there are curriculums out there better geared toward us so we will be working with a homeschool mentor to help us choose a different route for us next year. Hope this review helps. Oh and one more thing, for as much as Monarch costs, I don’t like that you have to buy a new one for each child each year. You cannot pass it down like most other curriculums. My kindergartner is doing Lifepacs and we don’t love those either FYI. Happy homeschooling!

  4. Alpha Omega Monarch Review by Linda
    Pros: Accessibility, compatibility, ease of use
    Cons: May be slow with slower internet connection

    Grades Used: 3rd-12th

    I would like to respond to some of the issues raised below, but I scarcely know where to begin. First, I do not believe that the above reviewer has learned how to use Monarch adequately to provide a review. Many of the statements made above are simply not true. I am a longtime SOS user who often represents AOP at conventions, and have extensively used Monarch over the last 14 months. I would encourage anyone who questions the current usability of Monarch to register for a Monarch webinar (http://www.aophomeschooling.com/monarch/webinars.php)to view Monarch firsthand. A look at the Monarch program should refute the validity of the issues mentioned above. I have addressed many of them myself below.

    1. Monarch was released for use 14 months ago. While it is true that there is no testing/trial period, it is NOT in the early stages of development, nor is it in a beta test phase. The Monarch webinar is a GREAT way to investigate the program BEFORE purchasing.

    2. Students are able to review ALL completed lessons prior to review time. There is not a “review lesson”, however, every lesson previously completed is available for review. This is also true of Switched-on Schoolhouse which the reviewer has heard wonderful things about.

    3. I generally agree with the the reviewer on this point. The reviewer is correct that there are no spelling review options. Monarch and SOS both need to improve this area of the Language Arts program. There is little time for review between the spelling lessons and spelling quizzes. SOS allows parents to rearrange the order of lessons to add more time for review. This is not currently possible in Monarch. This is a minor issue for most users.

    4. The Daily Work Report lists the title of every lesson. There is nothing confusing about these. I am completely unclear on what the review has an issue with here. Her explanation does not make sense when you view the actual content of the Daily Work Reports.

    5. There is no highlighting option in Monarch, however, that does not mean that the lessons must be printed out for study and review. Students can (and should) take notes as they study their lessons. This is an important study skill that should be encouraged for all students regardless of what type of curriculum is used. Taking notes helps students retain information.

    6. The Text-to-speech box is not tiny. It shows the text that is being read out loud so that the student can hear and see the text at the same time.

    I hope this helps to assure prospective users that Monarch can be a wonderful curriculum choice for children! Please sign up for a Monarch webinar to view Monarch for yourself!!

  5. Alpha Omega Monarch Review by Anne Marie
    Pros: Online 24/7
    Cons: Very difficult to use, not user friendly

    Grades Used: 3-12

    Personally, I have had SEVERAL issues with the monarch program:

    1. There’s NO trial/testing period, even though it’s still in the VERY EARLY stages of development. There’s

    2. There is absolutely no review of the lessons before it’s quiz time.(The scheduled quizzes could be a week or two AFTER the corresponding lessons, without a review lesson).

    3. On the language arts lessons, spelling lists (and vocab lists) are sooo long, and again, there are no review lessons or practice links to go to to “cement” the lessons in your mind before your quiz assignment is automatically scheduled for your child. To review, you need to go back to an ancient looking lesson plan tree, FIND the corresponding lessons, then review each one separately to prepare for your test. Oh, and FINDING the lessons is NOT user-friendly, either. It truly is a pain, especially for a child!

    4. When I print out the “Daily Work Reports” the supposed lesson description listed often does not correspond to the exact lesson name your child completed in his/her actual lesson window. Extremely confusing during bookeeping & grading!

    5. There is no “Highlight text” option, so you need to print out the lesson if you want to take notes, or mark it in any way to help your child learn.

    6. There is also a “read text” function, but when you use it, a TINY little box with the lesson text pops up, blocking your view of the nice big lesson window. This is a huge distraction, especially for very visual learners, or those who are easily distracted.

    7. All in all, the product seems incomplete, not user-friendly, rushed, and copied out of a textbook, with some videos & links sprinkled in with the lesson. If I had to do it all over, I WOULD NOT, and I urge anyone considering this program to “lighten their load” to look elsewhere.

    My burning question is this: If I need to PRINT out every lesson, SUPPLEMENT the online lessons, waste my time with an extremely confusing setup, AND re-teach & supervise my child who’s also having a hard time learning & retaining the material, WHY pay through the nose for a program that’s supposed to work online & make your job easier? I would have been better off with workbooks- which by the way, would probably be my last choice…?

    I had originally bought the 4th grade Monarch program (minus the math) because I had read WONDERFUL things about Switched on Schoolhouse (SOS). I had read different posts all over the web that claimed that it was the online version of SOS… DEFINITELY NOT! Even the customer service rep I spoke to (after the non-refundable purchase), commented that many people who were used to SOS were very unhappy with Monarch. The thing is, I had never even used SOS! I STILL can’t stand Monarch, but more importantly, MY 9YR. old SON can’t stand it, doesn’t learn well on it, and asks to go back to our “old way” of homeschooling- With books, videos, discussions and regular writing practice. Back to the drawing board for us, and what a painfully expensive lesson this was!

    You can find other Monarch customer reviews at: http://www.momlovesbooks.com/?p=207 and: http://www.homeschool-curriculum-savings.com/aop-monarch-homeschool-curriculum-review.html#comments and:http://www.aophomeschooling.com/blog/aop-net-alert/monarch-is-coming-soon/#leave_comment. (I had also posted my comment on some of those links).

    Bottom line: INFORM yourself thoroughly before you purchase any non-refundable curriculum to protect your family’s curriculum budget! God Bless.

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