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I have three children who are homeschooling. We tried a myriad of programs before finding one that suited all three with their various learning styles. Etap.org appealed to each child's method of learning, one price for the entire family.
Intially I signed up for a free trial, along with a few other online programs. The architect of Etap.org, Blaise Subbiondo, called me offering to walk me through the program. I assumed he was a salesperson trying to manipulate. I could not have been more wrong. Etap does not use sales people to market, it relies on word of mouth by users who see the excellence of the program. I found Etap to be less expensive than most any other program. The quality is A+. Blaise has a passion and committment to helping the next generation succeed in learning.
I am so glad I gave Blaise five minutes of my time to discuss this program.
Etap.org is an online program. Learning takes place in a variety of ways. My oldest son logs on, reads the material, takes the test, prints it up, and moves on with the next subject. I suspected he was not learning the material, but after quizzing him, found he was learning and retaining the information. He liked having each lesson laid out so he could easily access this on his own. The test is printed, then saved in a three ring binder by the parent as record of what has been learned.
My second born likes to look around and explore in her learning. She will do some of the assigned reading, then go onto the links accompanying each lesson. I found all three children watching a history lesson on youtube (one of the links) they were riveted. She is butterfly- like in her style of learning, absorbing information written and from links in her joyful meandering way. She is also doing well on the post test, and enjoys learning and retaining what she learns with Etap.
My third born likes to try things out with his hands. He learned how circuits work using one of the Etap.org links attached to the lesson for the day. Again all three children ended up involved, spending time setting up circuits with this interactive program. Later my youngest found materials to create his own circuit with materials around the house, using what he learned on Etap.
Blaise is wonderful in helping a parent/techer navigate the site. I'd recommend the free trial, during this time talking to Blaise about how to best use Etap. His advice on Math has helped my two oldest go from crash and burn to finding success in learning. Their test scores are up too.
Etap covers all major subjects K through 12. Also includes help preparing for GED and SAT testing. Etap is a God send for our family. All three children for one price for the program. If we are stuck on a subject...we can always log onto Etap and find something wonderful to learn.
by Jeannie Freytag (MN)
The school population of 500, comprised mostly of second-language learners, began using eTAP to prepare their at-risk and second-language learners for the High School Exit Exam. The results were extremely positive. The pass rate for the eTAP preparation class was 86%. In the previous testing year, the pass rate for students not using eTAP was only 30%. Vice Principal Randy Raid, Grossmont Union High School District Alternative Education Programs
We have used e-tap for both of my daughters, age 14 and 8 for two years now and we have found it the easiest program to follow. I have taught in the public schools for 13 years before staying home to homeschool my two daughters and have a MA in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction so I have many years' experience evaluating curricula and searching for curricula to meet the needs of individual students. Many times online curricula have been very frustrating because the companies make the mistake of thinking that "more is better" when it is just "more stuff" and effectively meeting standards is lost among the loads of "busywork" or even worse, the program has so many techno glitches that it is a frustrating waste of time for both the instructor and the student. Last year we were required to use an ineffective program like that in order to earn HS credit for biology. Luckily, e-tap was much easier to follow and focusing on your program was much more effective to study from to pass the EOC tests here in Washington state than the required program. The notes from the required program were basically useless to study from for the exam even though my daughter earned an A in biology. Etap was much easier to follow. Being able to simply take pretests and posttests and print them out also provides a clear record of progress through the material and the links are navigated to follow the objective so we don't have to search for outside material. Using e-tap is the most efficient use of our time towards meeting common core standards. My younger daughter also benefited from following the coherent lessons in language arts and science. We were able to focus on skills she needed without sifting through tons of material to find the skill we needed to work on. The pre and posttests as well as the worksheets also provided good documentation of her progress on these skills. I appreciate a program that is simple to follow, interesting and makes the best use of our instructional time so I appreciate using e-tap as our principal curricula for homeschooling. Thank You, Helen M. Pacheco
"This is a great website and gives a lot of information. I was amazed at the printer-friendly versions. I have visited other websites with Lesson Unit plans and helpers for the classroom but I've never seen something as complete." Independent Study & Classroom Instruction El Centro, CA
"eTAP has provided me with excellent supplemental materials for the science and math courses that I teach. I also use eTAP as a tutorial for students by distributing the URL at the start of a semester and recommending students to access this site if they have trouble understanding certain concepts. I appreciate your services."High School Teacher, Oceanside, CA
"Our API increased 147 points because students used eTAP for CST and CAHSEE prep." Cecil McLinn, Principal, Duke Ellington High Continuation School, LAUSD
"We use eTAP as a school to home preparation tool for CST prep. Our students are enthusiastic about on-line learning!" Herbert Jones, Principal, Barack Obama Magnet School, LAUSD
"Our teachers use eTAP with an interdisciplinary approach incorporated into all of the courses that are tested on the CST. Our API increased by 54 points." Regina Awtry, Principal, Avalon Continuation High School, LAUSD
"I went online and looked at the special Ed API and AYP. It shows we went up by app 22 pts. School only gained 2 points. Will keep you updated." Dorethia Myers, M.Ed, Education Specialist, Herbert Hoover Middle School,San Jose, CA
"We use eTAP for EL and Special Ed. Students to help them access curriculum and meet the state standards. Our API went up 45 points." Stephanie McClay, Principal, Cal Burke High School
"My students are enthusiastic about studying with eTAP, because of the set-up of the web-site. This is so much better than standardized text books because it is so interactive." Michael Crumrine, 11th Grade Teacher,Truth Continuation High School
"We use eTAP to prepare students to pass CAHSEE. We have seen a 25% increase in CAHSEE pass rates in math. Our API has increased 10 points." Chuck Masterson, Principal, Owensmouth Continuation High School, LAUSD
"I love your website. So many amazing resourses, all in one place." Jennifer Anderson, Leigh High School, Santa Clara County Office of Education
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"This site was awesome! I home schooled my daughter for almost a year using this site during 8th grade. She entered 9th grade this year & is at the top of her class in a magnet high school. We appreciate so much the quality of the eTAP studies. It made a huge difference in our learning and teaching experience." EL, Grade 8 (Georgia)
"Hi, We recently pulled our children from the public school system as we felt they were being held back. I have been looking for a good curriculum that meets the needs of all 3 of our children. ETAP is wonderful." Anonymous
"I was truly amazed at the curriculum and the price. I have recommended it to several other home schooling families. GREAT JOB!!" DD
"I have been homeschooling my son since sixth grade. I somehow stumbled on the fact that he was a visual learner. Once I knew this, I tailored his curriculum to his learning style. The program I am using for him stopped at 8th grade level. I needed to find a high school program that would give him the type of instruction he needs to avoid unnecessary frustration because of his learning style. I showed him numerous demos from schools offering high school curriculum, but he would immediately tense up as he watched the demos, then tell me he didn't like that school. Almost all online high schools, that I found, are geared toward those who are audio learners. Finally, I found eTAP. As soon as I watched the demo, I felt that this was something my son would like. I showed him the demo and he watched the whole thing, which was a positive sign, and when the demo was over he said "Yeah, I'll agree to that." I knew I had found the right curriculum, and the price was wonderful." Anonymous
"I'm writing to share my opinion of the https://www.etap.org/ program. I have two special needs sons who were simply getting lost in the public school here. Both boys are very bright and really shine when they work on their own, but do not do as well in a classroom setting. We purchased the eTAP program in October, and my sons and I really like it. I am so pleased! School work and homework were huge struggles when the boys were in school. I was concerned about home schooling since my 10th grade son needs to be accumulating high school credits. To ensure that he has the credits he needs, we are in an "umbrella school". I send in the work he has done and the school figures out his credits for us. Simple! With E-Tap, they know exactly what is expected of them, and they do their school work with very little prompting. They can ask for my help if they need it, but most of the work is very self-directed. I believe that being able to do the work on their own and doing well at it has brought about some remarkable changes in my sons. The boys are more confident in discussing History, Politics, and Math. They can discuss things on a more adult level, and our friends are very impressed with how bright they are. The videos are a means to enrich their learning and they really like those." C. R., (Magdalena, NY)
"This is a marvelous idea. What a help!! I wish I had known about this a LONG time ago. I am going to tell everyone I know about this wonderful site." - G.K. Grade 10 (Bennett, CO)
"Thank you very much for this site. I've read midway through lesson 2 and have found it to be very interesting and well presented. It has given me some new ideas for the presentation of math to my child including the integration of other materials I have recently purchased. God bless you in your endeavors." - S.R. Grades 5-6 (Alpine, UT)
"Fantastic! This is a God-send! I am beginning Home schooling and have a child with learning disabilities. There is no way I can adequately express my gratitude! I will let you know how my son does with the program. In the meantime, I am thrilled to have everything he needs to know this year right at our fingertips. The material is thorough, easy to follow, interesting and straight-forward. I think we'll actually have fun with math!" - P.W. Grade 6 (Charlotte, NC)
"This is an awesome concept. We just heard about it at our homeschool convention and we will use this often. Who needs to spend a million on curriculum with this!" - J.W. Grades 7 & 10 (Syracuse, NY)
"I really like your format and use it for my 15-year-old son. He must receive information in small bites..." - P. J. Grade 9-10
"I have a child with learning disabilities. There is no way I can adequately express my gratitude! The material is thorough, easy to follow, interesting and straightforward. I think we'll actually have fun with math!" -M. P.
"My son has enjoyed using eTAP. I appreciate the no-nonsense instructions. He has been having a problem with decimals, but tonight he got it!" -S. W.
"I have looked at this web site. I am amazed at all the information. Not only is it affordable, but for my needs -- 3 kids (K, 2 & 7) everything is literally at my fingertips. Thank you." - J. S. Grades K, 2 & 7
"I wanted to send a testimonial about this amazing program. We have twin 13 year old boys, a 10 year old daughter, and finally a 7 year old boy. We came across Etap in one of our children's public school resources. We now homeschool all of our children for many different reasons. We wanted, as well as needed, to find a curriculum that would not only engage them but cater to each of their learning styles. With etap.org we were able to accomplish this and more. The curriculum was above that of other programs out there. The videos allow for all children to be in this modern day and age all while using technology to teach. We have found the video lessons, along with the typed lessons plans and interactive games for the younger ones, to be not only enthralling to our children, but also very comprehensive.
Our twin boys were advanced in the public school but fell "two points" shy, on a test to enroll in the advanced program, leaving them to boredom and a lack of enthusiasm for the work they had done. One of our twins also has Cerebral Palsy and the amount of bullying was intense, to say the least. We have discovered that he an extreme visual learner and with etap.org we can now cater to his needs and his progression has been astronomical.
Our daughter, who is 10, has had many problems with reading comprehension and mathematics in the public school system. We had several meetings with her school concerning her issues, and their response was to do more worksheets. With etap.org she was able to slow down and work at her own pace and we are so very pleased to say that she is right on par now and enjoys reading, rather than feeling overwhelmed. Etap.org also has many interactive games for younger children, and we have found just how much those educational games help kids learn and retain information. Let's face it kids like games, and etap.org has brilliantly incorporated exactly what each child needs and wants, giving way to the future of education.
Lastly, our youngest son who is 7, wakes up everyday early and asks if he can "go to school." In the public schools he was unable to focus with so many children and all the confusion of a set schedule. His favorite subject is math, of all things. Etap.org has allowed him the freedom to switch up his schedule; one day he may start of with science and the next maybe math. He feels more confident and in control of his learning. It is his accomplishment of goals he sets for himself. The games allow him to feel rewarded for his accomplished goals and teach at the same time.
We use etap.org for our main homeschool curriculum. We do have art class and foreign language etc outside of etap but etap.org is "Our School" We could never thank you enough for everything this proram has to offer. The high standard curriculum, along with the many options of individual learning, allow for each child to learn, in their own way, at their own pace. Finally the price of $39 per month for ALL of our children is absolutely gracious and is worth so much more. Thank you etap.org for offering one of the best homeschool programs that we have ever seen, also for the amazing effort that is put into this program, for all of our children." A.S.
:) I love to use eTAP! One subscription covers all my kids. Even though we're Aussies and eTAP is American I find I can cover almost the entire curriculum for all core subjects by using eTAP and the links provided. My children love eTAP too. In fact I gave my 13 yr old academically gifted daughter a choice of resources this year, and she chose eTAP without hesitation. I have another child who I want to introduce eTAP to this year. She is highly intelligent but has a very unusual learning style. She has been through some trauma and her emotional needs lead her to behave in a very clingy way. I have a feeling that eTAP's concise style and accessible format will have her working enthusiastically with a higher level of independence before long. As a single mum I appreciate how accessible eTAP is in a financial sense. - Australian Family
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