Are you a homeschool parent looking for a foreign language option for your children or teen? Is your high schooler in need of a language credit? Does your kiddo want to learn American Sign Language (ASL)? If you answered yes to any of these questions, I’ve got an online ASL course (and more) for you!
And today I’m doing something a little bit different. I asked my oldest to write down some thoughts about ASL 1, a self-paced online course that he is loving right now.
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Disclosure: I received this self-paced ASL 1 course from Mr. D Math at no cost and was compensated for my time to write a review. I was not required to write a positive review and, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only share educational resources that I would use with my own family and those that I think other homeschoolers will enjoy.
I’m going to give you a little bit of the backstory, and then I’ll let my son take over. For those curious, he is in 7th grade and is going to turn 13 in a few weeks (sniff!).
Mr. D Math offers live and self-paced online courses for homeschoolers
Mr. D Math is an online learning platform that offers live and self-paced classes. Mr. D Math was founded by Dennis NiNoia, a secondary math teacher with over 30 years of experience.
Classes are presented online using video lessons. Live classes meet once a week, while self-paced classes are completed at your own pace. Live classes are recorded so if your child misses one, the replay is available.
All classes offer extra help sessions and instructors are also available by email. Mr. D Math offers discounts for returning students and for siblings. The course dashboard is super easy to navigate.
Mr. D Math offers a wide array of live and self-paced courses including:
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
- Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry
- Math SAT
- Math ACT
- College and Career Readiness
- Flamenco Dance
- Flamenco Guitar
- Train Like an Olympic Runner
- ASL I, II, or III
- Study Skills
What this homeschool mom loves about Mr. D Math’s online homeschool courses
I first discovered Mr. D Math in 2018. That year, math had become a pain point in our home. My oldest and I were butting heads far too often over all things math-related and I was at my wit’s end.
The entire situation was frustrating because my oldest has always loved math. I was worried our little math-related squabbles would impact his feelings about math.
And so I decided to outsource math. It was the best decision ever. Outsourcing can be an immediate stress-reliever for the entire family. I immediately felt lighter and do you know what? I’ve been outsourcing math for everyone ever since!
My oldest took Pre-Algebra with Mr. D and he loved it. It was a live class and he absolutely adored the experience. You can read more about it here.
This year, my oldest is taking ASL 1 through Mr. D Math. It is a self-paced course taught by Ms. Thia, a graduate of Gallaudet University, the only Deaf university in the world. He is also taking College and Career Readiness, a live class taught by Mr. D.
I also love how, when one kiddo is enjoying a new rabbit hole, it’s often contagious. Just look at my youngest son here:
What my homeschooled 7th grader thinks about Mr. D Math’s self-paced ASL 1 course
Hi, there. I am going to share a little bit about a course I’ve been enjoying. It’s called ASL 1 and it is a self-paced online course offered by Mr. D Math.
First, a bit about me. I am about to turn thirteen. I decided to take ASL because I have always wanted to learn another language, but have found other verbal languages difficult. I have taken Mr. D’s classes before and loved them. He is funny and his classes are great for visual learners.
I am currently working my way through ASL 1. It is a self-paced introduction to American Sign Language, the third most used language in the USA after English.
This is the first self-paced class I have taken through Mr. D Math. A few years ago, I took a live prealgebra course with Mr. D and I loved it. Right now, I’m also taking College and Career Readiness through Mr. D Math. It is a live course, too. I’ll be sharing more about it next month. I’ve liked both the live and self-paced formats.
Benefits of a self-paced online course as compared to a live online format:
- You can take the class at your own pace, so it is not too fast or too slow.
- It is impossible to fall behind, as there are no due dates on any of the homework.
- Since there are no live classes, you can fit them into your schedule any way you want.
About the self-paced ASL 1 course offered by Mr. D Math…
ASL 1 is the first of three classes in ASL Mr. D offers. It is taught by Ms. Thia S, a hearing graduate of Gallaudet University, the only deaf college in the United States.
ASL 1 is taught in 32 sections, with an extra help session every month for students who are struggling or have questions about other signs. The sections are available all at once, so you can do them in any order. I really like the class so I have done multiple sections in one day. You can also go back and review the sections.
Each section has a video that will be a few minutes long, teaching you signs having to do with a certain subject. It will teach you things such as the alphabet, common phrases, animals, and holiday signs.
After that, there will be quizzes where you watch videos of the teacher signing and identify what is being said. Most quizzes allow multiple attempts and there is no dues date. You can also pause them at any point, and time does not factor into your score. Some weeks have a short report. One week has a presentation.
You will also learn about deaf culture, including Deaf President Now (DPN), Deaf culture in theater, and Deaf Gain. You will also watch a short fictional movie.
Near the end of the class, there will be a live event where you get to meet and sign with a deaf person and ask questions if you want. For any student with schedule conflicts, the event will be recorded and made available.
This class is great for both deaf and hearing students. I like this class because it is a fun, easy way to learn an incredibly useful language. I am learning a lot! Thanks, Mr. D and Ms. Thia!
A final note…
If you are a homeschool parent who is considering outsourcing a subject this year, I highly recommend Mr. D Math. My oldest has loved all three courses he’s taken. And outsourcing has lightened my load. That’s priceless, especially in a year like this one!
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