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The Co-op welcomes success stories that will help other homeschooling parents decide whether to add PLATO Online Science to their homeschool curriculum. If you have used PLATO Online Science (formerly "CyberEd") and would like to contribute a testimonial, please click here.
”PLATO is the best homeschool curriculum my daughter and I have ever used! I tell everyone about it. The coursework is so engaging and easy to use. All of the coursework can be done at a pace that works for the student, and for my daughter who lives with the challenges of Autism, this makes a world of difference. The wonderful visuals make learning (and teaching) so much easier and so much more fun! And I find that my daughter retains so much more. Please don't ever stop carrying PLATO, it's the most affordable, effective program we've ever found.”
Kendra M., Co-op Member
”PLATO science is wonderful. We were paying way more for the PLATO classes through an online program and are continuing them through the Co-Op.

My husband and I both hold advanced degrees in science and/or medicine and find the classes to be thorough, well designed, and require very little input from me (my son is in his third middle school class). This has been very positive for us, because I had not previously found a curriculum I like and had been teaching a lot of it myself, making tests, etc.

My son's strength is science and finishes the classes in typically about 3 months, so the year subscription is more than ample. My younger kids are not as adept in science and may require more help from me, but we will definitely continue to use it. I have also recommended it my friends.”
Catherine, Co-op Member
”We have really enjoyed Plato science. The colorful and detailed illustrations help make the lessons fun. I appreciate that the lessons are linear and not too busy. Although much of the vocabulary is new, the lesson uses the terms frequently, with illustration, and in context so that the words soon become familiar. As a busy mom, I like this curriculum much better than unstructured resources no matter how complete. I expect that we will continue to use Plato Science as long as I continue to homeschool.”
D. Dayley, Co-op Member
”My son is a big science fan and this is the first program he has taken that has kept him engaged and challenged. He likes that it is self-paced and he can do as much or as little as his time and interest allow. I like it because it is easy to see his progression and where he needs extra work. The mix of online and offline activities is important to get the complete experience. We have tried other science programs, but they either required way too much prep time for me, moved too slowly or were at a level that was inappropriate for a whip-smart elementary school child. We have taken the Physical Science and now the Life Science courses. I would definitely recommend PLATO!”
Sara P, Co-op Member
”The Plato Earth Science has been a joy to use. My 12yr old reluctant learner and I enjoy the heavy use of visuals. I am also using it as a method to teach him note taking skills. He has never learned this crucial skill. So, I preview the material and create an outline with simple key points for him to fill in. I also list the screen number the information can be found on. That way he can back up and fill in anything he misses. I find computer learning allows him to take ownership of his education more so than other styles of learning because he can complete the tasks without me.”
Kim, Co-op Member
”We love the PLATO Pre-Algebra course. My 7th grade daughter is using it and having great success. The tutorials are extremely thorough, and having the off-line extra worksheets have proven very useful.

I would definitely recommend PLATO math to other homeschoolers.”
Amy W., Co-op Member
”We love Plato. It is perfect for our family. The content is comprehensive and complete. My daughter has scored exceptionally well on the ACT after taking these courses!”
Jamie S., Co-op Member
”PLATO Algebra I has been a terrific program for my home-schooled children. The quality and clarity of the instruction is very good.”
ND, Co-op Member
”We are liking the Plato 9th grade science course. The way the material is presented makes it easy to understand. The material is delivered in multiple formats to reinforce the concepts presented and help achieve mastery. We are happy with this product and plan to continue using Plato courses in the future.”
Becky M., Co-op Member
”PLATO Learning is a great resource for homeschoolers! The quality of instruction is high. We will continue to use it for high school science, literature and math courses.”
ND, Co-op Member
”My daughter has thanked me more than once for getting her this program. Last year we tried middle school life science, and she liked that one less. She is a highly gifted middle schooler, and we have really enjoyed this as an introduction to physics, chemistry. One problem with the way it is set up is that the "lecture" portion has a lot of information and they immediately use it for application and practice tests. Most students would need to take notes during the lecture to remember any of it. Overall, it has been a nice alternative for an independent learner.”
Hillary M., Co-op Member
”I purchased both Algebra 1 as well as pre Algebra for my children. We have tried other disc math programs. Both children are finally getting it. This program helps the visual learner. Their grades are staying in the B range too. :)”
Joanna, Co-op Member
”Thank you so much for negotiating affordable pricing on the PLATO Learning courses! The quality of instruction for the Algebra and Middle School Science courses is excellent. Please keep this great program available so we can explore other courses!”
N.D., Co-op Member
”As homeschoolers we are so pleased with the quality, flexibility and format of the Plato Life Science course. The tests give me measurable results for learning while we can learn at the pace that is comfortable for my student. We plan on using other Plato science courses in the future.”
Michelle B., Co-op Member
”My sons have enjoyed the Plato science program for over 4 yrs. They are extremely helpful to me because they engage them in a simulated, hands on way, on a regular basis, which has been a challenge for me to do consistently myself. They remember what they learn and they enjoy the lessons and challenges. I like how they aren't just memorizing facts but they are trying and experimenting for themselves. It is very comprehensive and thorough. I have given my kids the opportunity to choose their own science program and they chose Plato, hands down.”
A.H., Co-op Member and homeschooling mom of 6
”My daughter has enjoyed this program since we switched to it mid-semester. She was able to test out of some of the lessons, which we both appreciated. The topics she has covered with it have been taught in a user-friendly but effective way. We are both glad I found it as a group buy, and are looking forward to using it for years to come.”
Kelly S, Co-op Member
”Plato middle school science is a great curriculum. I especially appreciate the way it makes abstract topics understandable through the use of animation rather than 1 dimensional photos of a textbook. It has made my job much easier.”
D. Maulding, Co-op Member
”My son enjoys the program and that's half the battle when learning. The graphics and applications really help the information come alive and stay with you. It is very thorough also. I have no hesitation in choosing Plato Science programs for all 4 years of high school.”
teacher/mom, Co-op Member
”We give homeschooling to our children and PLATO-Leaning is a success story. Our oldest son who is in 9th grade is using the curriculum of PLATO-Physics. He is learning with enthusiasm and at his own pace. We will definitely continue to use PLATO-Leaning.”
Ivonne D., Co-op Member
”I was looking for a science offering for my daughter, who is 10. The middle school science curriculum we had tried before was too dumbed down both in terms of the content, and how it was presented. PLATO science has been very good for us. It is rigorous and challenging, and yet still presented in an engaging way. It also stresses higher order thinking rather than just memorization. I think it is a good fit for gifted or accelerated students. While most of the lessons are on-line, there are also several off-line activities. These are "worksheet" type activities, but they are very high-quality in that they ask the student to do her own thinking and draw her own conclusions. Sometimes, the student is directed to an outside website to do some research on a particular topic. Overall, we are very happy with PLATO science, and I have recommended it to other homeschooling families. I will say that I was confused by how the program began. There was no introductory on-line lesson. The first activity was an off-line worksheet about scientific data. Having no context for that worksheet, my daughter and I didn't quite know what to make of it. Once we got into the program further, though, it was clear how all the pieces of the program fit together to introduce students to sophisticated science concepts. I would definitely use PLATO Science again. They've really done a good job.”
Lisa, Co-op Member
”We are using the high school level Physical Science course. It's both comprehensive and enjoyable. The interative video keeps our son's interest and he is really learning. The automatic gradebook is wonderful. I don't have to do anything, but print out his grades. My son has a strong science background, so he is able to complete this entirely on his own. Yes, we will continue to use this. If your child is weak in science, they may need assistance with a few parts of this course (balancing chemical equations, molecular structure). Otherwise, this is student directed learning. It's great!”
Colleen S., Co-op Member
”Wonderful program! We are a science family. Dad is a PhD organic chemist. Our 13 year old who loves science is doing very well with it independently - great for both mom and student. I struggled to find something appropriate for his age that would still be challenging since he knows so much, and this hit the mark perfectly! He loves his science time and of his own initiative enjoys teaching me in detail what he's learned when we're in the car. That shows me he's really absorbing the information, and that Plato's doing a great job explaining - something you can't say for all products. Overall, very user friendly. Can't wait for my daughter to use it when she's older.

Strongly recommended.”
Valerie B., Co-op Member
”All I can say is "I Love this science program!" It offers great depth of material (I have learned a great deal and we're only on middle school), wonderful graphics and it's interactive. My kids really enjoy it. I like that it is very comprehensive so I never feel like the kids are missing anything. The only thing I have added to this program are some science project kits for some hands on experiments. We have used the program for 2 years and plan to use this program all the way through high school.”
Kate, Co-op Member
”We have been using PLATO middle school science (Earth and life) for several months now with my finishing 5th and 3rd graders (she's quite accelerated). We all love it! The kids are engaged, learning tons, and NEVER complain - even though I make them outline the lessons before taking the Mastery tests, and "require" 90% on tests rather than the 80% considered mastery. Its a clear winner here!

I love the fact that it is rigorous, solid science (I am a physician), engages the kids without being full of games, bells and whistles, and that they can do it almost independantly (my almost 9 year old does better if I review her outlines and practice tests before she does the mastery - but without me she would still be "mastering" the material). We do a seperate experiment based class at the local university extension program, so PLATO fills in with the solid content to support that.

My oldest is dyslexic but quite bright and loves science - PLATO is a God sent gift for him - he can use the audio portions to reinforce his reading (loves the "read the question" button), so that he is not exhausted just reading the material - and can be learning at his level of interest despite his LD.

My only problem with it would be that without true experiments its not a stand alone, at least for high school - but compared to other things we have tried/looked at the content is fantastic and IT GETS DONE!!!

For us the secular nature is actually a benefit, but I know for some they may want to filter that portion, or not use the Earth Sciences section.

I plan on doing all the middle school level with the kids over the next year or 2, then we shall see...”
Erin, Co-op Member
”Plato Science has proven itself to be absolutely worth the price. Initially I thought I would use it as an supplement to the Physical Science curriculum we have been using, however, it has become the core, to which I add supplements. This is because our 2 sons, ages 12 and 13, are challenged by the content and enjoy the online activities. I trust they are receiving all they need, based on the application and testing done. It is quite effective! Bravo PLATO! I look forward to using other subjects.”
L. Murphy, Co-op Member
”PLATO Science courses are amazing! In a world that has become increasingly "simplified" regarding education, PLATO provides a rigorous, informative level of science education that is, (wait) FUN!!! I have always written my own curriculum for our 3 children, with a focus on science because I have a science background (microbiology) and find most products too ridiculously simple, even for children. Due to my youngest child's struggle with dyslexia and my search for more visual learning, I decided to try one of PLATO's courses: Middle School Earth Science as a supplement to our curriculum. Let me tell you that before a few weeks had passed, I had tossed the plans I had worked so ardently on and PLATO became one of the most enjoyable parts of our day. OK, so it's fun, but do they learn? Honestly, I have never seen such a high level of knowledge and retention in my children! I LOVE PLATO courses. This year I purchased more science courses and (with the small exception of their Biology course being unable to run on XP due to its age) we are finding the same enjoyable experience! I will continue to use PLATO in the future. It is a wonderful product that gives me comfort in the fact that my children are having fun learning. I even love to watch with them! I tell everyone I can to give it a try. Try it-you won't be sorry!”
Mrs ETC, Co-op Member
”We first saw these video lessons through Johns Hopkins Gifted classes but their accredited classes are priced in the high hundreds to thousands of dollars! My kids loved the lessons and I was thrilled to find out that I could purchase access to these quality lessons for less than $100.00 through the HSBC! Thanks you for this quality offering.”
Rika McKinney, Co-op Member
”My girls look forward to Plato. It is a secular science program. However, we feel it is so well-done and enjoyable that we "tune-out" the billions of years ago statements. Plato gets an A+! We conquer the mastery tests online and then we do the paper tests. It's challenging and yet very palatable. It keeps my girls' attention who need to learn using the auditory senses. It's a superior science program.”
Pam S., Co-op Member
”Just want to let you know that my two boys look forward to PLATO science three times a week. They would love to do it everyday! We have also had several occasions where they have told me some interesting facts and when I asked how they knew that they replied "From our computer science program." We definitely plan to renew our subscription and have already recommended to friends. Two of them have gotten subscriptions and also love it!”
Virginia T., Co-op Member
”My 12 year old is taking the Plato Earth and Space Science for Middle Schoolers. The only big problem we have with it is they don't tell you what they correct answer is when you get something wrong. Other than that my son has liked all the Plato Middle School science he has taken (last year it was Physical Science and Biology). We intend to do Chemistry when it's offered again.”
MM, Co-op Member
”We have used a number of PLATO learning courses over the years.

The middle-school level courses are very thorough. The voice speaks quite slowly, which bothered my kids a bit (probably done to accomodate English language learners), but the content was high level.

Where they shine is in the high school level courses. The content is very high. My kids are now taking an AP Biology class, and much of what they are studying was already covered in the PLATO program. With the available study guides that the students can print and complete, they learn a lot.”
Debbie S., Co-op Member
”My son completed the Middle School Earth Science. He enjoyed the program, and definitely learned. Although we are not using it this year (that son is now in school) we will definitely consider it for son #2, and I have recommended it to friends.”
K Lueth, Co-op Member
”I signed up my daughter, 9, for the Plato Middle School Sciences and she has really been enjoying it very much. She has been working on Earth Science but has access to Life and Space (?) as well. The interactive lessons hold her interest and I like that there is an application and practice tests leading up to the mastery test. She loves that she can be autonomous and review as much or as little as needed. I would recommend this to anyone whose child is interested in science.”
jcm, Co-op Member
”Plato Science (we are doing the Physical Science program and previously did the Geology program) has enabled us to have an intelligent, clearly explained course in science for middle school that helps me teach my son subjects that have changed significantly since I was a kid. My son has to work, take notes, and respond while we are working on the course. I have not tried other courses because I liked Plato very much the first time we tried it. That time we used it as an adjunct to a course and this time we are using it alone since the Plato courses seem to really cover everything we need to study. My son has some learning and independence issues and Plato allows him to listen over and over to the material, ask questions of me, and take many practice tests to be sure he learns the material.

I am telling others about it right now, we are not acquainted with others who aare studying 8th grade material at home.”
Kathy Failor, Co-op Member
”My daughter has become interested and knowledgeable in chemistry thanks to Plato Science. It allowed her to learn at her own pace and stretch her mind. Not being well versed in science, I could not have taught this subject to her. I am glad you offered this science program at a price we could afford. We are definitely considering using Plato Science in the future.

Thanks for offering so many options to homeschoolers.”
Beatrice A., Co-op Member
”Plato Science is a fantastic program. My ds has used all of the Middle School level programs and is currently fininshing the High School level Biology program. The program presents rigorous, comprehensive science materials in an interactive fashion. My son loves science, so we used all kinds of resources until we, happily, stumbled upon the Plato program. I recommend Plato science to every person who is looking for a good science program for their kids. We loved Plato science so much that this year we are using Plato's comprehensive program. My assumption was that if ds enjoyed learning science through Plato, he would enjoy other subjects taught in the same fashion. The end result is that I have a kid who is enjoying subjects he used to hate. I highly, highly recommend all incarnations of Plato.”
Cynthia Williford, Co-op Member
”My son has used all three of the PLATO middle school science programs and really enjoyed them. The programs covered the key topics in each subject in a really fun and engaging way, and my son retained much more of the information than he would have from a textbook. I liked the fact that it was something he could do independently while I worked with the younger children, and I appreciated the online tests and grading. I highly recommend the PLATO middle school programs, especially for visual learners like my son.”
Jackie, Co-op Member
”I've used this product with all 4 of our homeschooled children during upper elementary and middle school. The courses keep the kids engaged and their retention rate is fairly high. I would recommend this as a good basis for high school science. A high school level would be a great addition.”
Karen, Co-op Member
”The earth science course was fantastic. I have been recommending it to all of my friends. It was informative, interactive, and entertaining. My boys wanted to do it everyday and were so exciting when it was their time slot and they could go online to learn more. We look at clouds differently now. They are no longer rain clouds, rather cumulonimbus clouds. My youngest stared drawing pillow lava in art class.”
Olivia, Co-op Member
”One word, Amazing! We have used all of the middle school science programs and one high school level. The programs are fun, thorough and effective. I would highly recommend this program.”
Dyanne R., Co-op Member
”I am using the Earth and Space Science with my 14 year old son. Content wise, it is very thorough. It is also done very well with the picures, diagrams, etc. He really enjoys learning Science in this manner. The website is also very easy to use. I like that you can see at a glance what you have mastered.”
Debbie Wilks, Co-op Member
”My 10 year old son has really enjoyed the Plato Life Sciences online course. Even though it can be very hard to hold his attention for any period of time, I've had no trouble with this program. That could be partly because it is online, partly because he can go at his own speed, but also because he enjoys the content and presentation. I did wonder if it might be too advanced for him, but clearly the course presenters understand kids capabilities very well. I rarely have to actively supervise while he's following the program, and you gotta love that!
This course was recommended to me by a homeschooler and I have already reccommended it to other parents. we're looking forward to the other science modules.”
Janet Buckton, Co-op Member
”The Plato program is very informational with its own built in assessment. It is user friendly and my son enjoyed using the program. He did well with it. I was refered to it by my sister who homeschools her child as well.”
Anne, Co-op Member
”My 2 girls were very pleased with the Plato Science middle school modules. They each did all 3 modules in about a semester as they were on the older end of middle school at the time.

Then they moved on to the high school sciences. As a parent, I was more impressed with the Biology than with the Chemistry. Biology was an extremely complete course of study. The student study guides were a valuable resource. My daughter followed along and took notes in the study guide, and I think her retention of the material was much better.

My older daughter in particular (doing Chemistry) soon tired of the format, and the speaker's voice started to irritate her.

Technical Fundamentals was an interesting series of topics, but it was difficult to see how that fit in to a high school course of study. As part of physics, perhaps? Perhaps it should be incorporated into the physics class, or perhaps that material is already covered in physics, I don't know.”
Virginia Harvey, Co-op Member
”We have enjoyed using PLATO Life Science during our first year of homeschooling. We plan to complete Earth and Physical Science this year. It kept my electronically-inclined son quite engaged with its vivid and entertaining lectures. I appreciated its thorough content and mastery tests. I have recommended it to other homeschooling families.”
Desiree D., Co-op Member
”My 8-year-old son did the Plato Science series. To be sure, he has an aptitude for science, but equally clear is that he is still a child and susceptible to frustration when something is not clear or accessible. Aside from occasional software glitches, however, we had no complaints--my son found them consistently enjoyable and rewarding.
The presentation of material was well organized, clear and engaging, with well-timed reviews and reinforcements of key concepts. For younger students, it also helps that the student's progress is visually displayed at all times. The Application and Practice Test sections are very useful, especially for pupils who do not inherently enjoy practice and repetition.
It was definitely worth the money, and more than once I sighed with regret that such educational tools were not available when I myself was in school. Quite simply: the best interactive science program I have seen. Aside from the occasional software glitches (which were handled promptly), it's hard to see room for improvement. Bravo!”
J. Walton, Co-op Member
”I cannot say enough good things about Plato learning! Unaware of the format, I accidently ordered ALL four of your courses for my son at the same time. He's slightly advanced in science, as he was in fourth grade at the time, but he LOVED them! He completed all four of them within the year. Now, three years later, I'm back and ordering for my daughter. She is whipping through lessons like crazy, and is happy to hear: "Ooo ooo! Go do your science!"”
Cyndi Foisy, Co-op Member
”This is a wonderful supplement/enrichment to our virtual academy curriculum. It works nicely providing more detail and depth for both science and health courses. If you're on a budget, I'd recommend utilizing the 24 hour window and limiting to one or two subjects.”
Kandice Mulry, Co-op Member
”We have used: Switched-On, Apologia, and Real Science 4 kids.

My daughter is currently using Plato-Learning and loves it! She has commented on how much she enjoys the high-quality animation. It seems to be both effective and entertaining.

I have a strong scientific background, and I am impressed with this program. I would highly recommend it!

Drawbacks? Access only during alloted time slots. [Editor's Note: 24 hour subscription options are available.] Lack of hands-on labs (you may want to supplement, but we are very content with the online activities provided)”
M. Johnson, Co-op Member
”My daughter finally enjoys doing science. This program is perfect for her visual and hands on learning style!”
Margarette, Co-op Member
”Plato Middle School science courses have been just right for our current homeschooling needs. Our son is able to watch the lectures and complete the questions with minimal reading, keeping him grade level in science and freeing me up to spend extra time tutoring him in language arts.”
NB, Co-op Member
”My 9-year-old son has greatly enjoyed his PLATO Earth and Space science units. It's a nice change of pace for him to be instructed by someone other than me, and he learns well from the interactive video experience. I like the worksheet packets, too, though I'd love to see a little more customizability in those. We'll definitely continue using PLATO Learning for their Life Science unit, because this format has been great for my son and I feel confident that he's retaining the knowledge that he's learning!”
Morgan "Smrt Mama" McFarland, Co-op Member
”I am using the plato science this year and doing Life, Physical, and Earth sciences. It will be hard to get all this done in a year because the lessons are pretty detailed espesically when you add things like I do. I use them as a springboard for ideas, I add microscope work and make use vocab quizzes using the Glossary included in the lessons. Over all, it gives a good overview of the lessons alone, but I like to go a bit deeper. I'm using it for an 8th grader who excels at science naturally. I belive this will help ground him with a basic knowledge (if not deeper) in most areas of science this year. I like the screens and examples - they are clear and build on one another. My son seems to do well with it - does great on the tests, but it is hard enough that he struggles some with the reviews having to go back and re-watch the lesson sometimes before he proceeds to the test.
Side note: there are evolutionary ideas throughout - as a Chrisitan I am careful to point those out.”
logle, Co-op Member
”We love PLATO science! We have used Earth/Space Science, Biology, and Chemistry. The graphics are amazing, the information is easy for the kids to understand, the applications and testing are great because the kids know if they are getting it or not. Can't recommend it enough!”
T. Nokes, Co-op Member
”We are using PLATO- Learning for Science this year. We love the course. It is very informative and interactive. The course is challenging but not overwhelming. We are doing Earth and Space Science this year. I hope to continue with it the other courses throughout middle school.”
D. Hobson, Co-op Member
”The Plato courseware has been a gift for my 15 year old son. It is the first courseware that is age appropriate that engages him because it combines audio-visual learning and he gets to interact with it rather than passively read a textbook. I couldn't ask for more, as the homeschooling parent - Plato provides structures lessons, benchmarks progress, provides quizzes and mastery tests (which you can take or not). Very importantly, it allows my highschooler to be responsible for his progress. We hope Plato will always be available to the Co-op.”
Jennifer Lomeli, Co-op Member
”I have 3 very active boys and was pleased to see them drift in one by one (along with a friend) and stop to watch the tutorial on volcanoes. They kept asking mr to keep going. This was a first-class interactive, fun & informative program. Worth every penny!”
Dawn Grossmann, Co-op Member
”I am a curriculum junkie, so I've taken a look at a lot of science curricula. Plato has the best coverage of middle school science topics I've seen, and the kids love it. I can't recommend it highly enough. We can't wait to try the high school courses by Plato!”
Amy T-B, Co-op Member
”This is an exceptional program. My son used this for physical science and air/space 2 years ago. On standardized testing he has scored consistantly above the 80th percentile for the past two years. However, last year we used a book biology only with a dissection lab and on this year's testing he scored about the 50th percentile for that information. I deduce that PLATO presented the information in a more meaningful and memorable manner.
I must say that the PLATO experience was also more pleasant than the book only. I am looking forward to participating with PLATO again.”
Deborah Woodward, Co-op Member
”My boys ages 9 and 12 love PLATO Science. Science textbooks tend to be boring but the animated science on PLATO is really interesting and they love the interactive features. I plan to keep using it and have told many of my homeschooling friends about this program.”
Delores Wood, Co-op Member
”This past year, my daughter completed the PLATO Life Science course. She really enjoyed it, and finished the course quite quickly. She and a friend would often discuss what they learned on PLATO, and she seemed to have a very good grasp of the basics involved. It took teaching science basics off my plate, and allowed her to do some self-guided learning. I am thrilled that we will have access to this program again, and look forward to doing the physical science this upcoming year.”
CD Smith, Co-op Member
”This is our second year using the PLATO online science program purchased through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op and my boys both love it! We could not afford (as a one income family) to use this curriculum if it were not for the great pricing offered to us through the co-op. We would be sorely disappointed if we had to now look for something else for next year, as we finally believed we had found the one to carry us through all the way 12th grade with both our sons. We love this program and hope it will still be available to us through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op next year and for years to come at the affordable price for our family.
Sincerely,
The Hanks Family
South Carolina”
Mrs. Eileen Hanks, Co-op Member
”My son took the PLATO Physics course last year, and learned notetaking skills, organizational skills, and study skills, as well as physics. It's an excellent product. He is currently taking the PLATO courses for Chemistry and Life Science, and I have been planning to use the Earth Science and Biology courses next year. I very much hope you can arrange to continue the PLATO program in some form, so we can continue to buy them.”
Emily Duthinh, Co-op Member
”This is the first science curriculum product I have found that both engages and challenges my young gifted student. The real life scenarios are an excellent application tool. I highly recommend it!”
J. Meekins, Co-op Member
”We are using PLATO for Life Science and are very pleased with the scope of the product. It is an excellent value and is presented in an engaging way. I hope to use PLATO for further science curriculums in the future.”
Tori, Co-op Member
”Subscribed to Physical Science for my 9th grader. He was actually watching some of the videos at 11:00 pm the night our subscription ended. He wanted to get all he could from the program. Even my 5th grader learned a lot from the presentation. We are looking forward to purchasing our next PLATO course. The only problem...which one to buy.”
Tricia B, Co-op Member
”We are now using PLATO for the second time, Earth and Space, as my 12 year old son LOVED his previous "online science program", Life Science. The graphics are wonderful and the "whole learning" concept is great. Each Lesson is highly visual and has the option of listening to and/or reading along. The Applications have just the right amount of interaction. The Tests are cumulative of that lesson and are graded immediately. The student then has the chance to retake the test if they, or you, are not satisfied with their grade. My son always tried for "GOLD", which he did achieve frequently. I have recommended this to many moms and they are satisfied with their student's progress as well.”
Romana, Co-op Member
”At my house, we love PLATO. My son, only starting 5th grade, but excelling in science, is able to work independently on his science without becoming the slightest bit distracted (an amazing feat). The format is phenomenal with its interactive lessons and follow up tests. He rarely had to repeat a lesson (less than 85%-my standard for him). That's a huge testiment to the presentation style. Further, he completed all the sciences available (except chemistry) within a year's time. Not praise for my son (although very good) but rather: a program that can hold his attention and show proof of his learning to that degree? Astounding!”
Cyndi F., Co-op Member
”My 13 year old daughter loves the PLATO programs. She did Life Science and Earth Science last year, and is taking Physical Science this year. She thinks it's a great review of the text we're using.”
Rhee Eliker, Co-op Member
”The PLATO Physical science presented concepts with clarity. Our boys really liked the interactive nature of the presentation and we appreciated the step by step progression to solidify their foundation with the curriculum we were using. We plan to use it again this year.”
C.West, Co-op Member
”My son loves PLATO. It is his favorite part of of our science curriculum.”
Tami H., Co-op Member
”We bought both the life science and physical science for my children. Both we wonderful programs that exceeded what we expected. I would say if you are looking at either of these programs they are worth it.”
M. Fletcher, Co-op Member
”I bought three of the PLATO programs during the first group buy,physical,life and earth and space, for my sons ages 10 and 12. We were unable to complete all three during the year and I am participating in the current buy. We were pleasantly surprised to find the programs are so thorough and in-depth. I will not say that my kids love these programs and beg to do them because that is not the case. Instead I will share with you what my 10 year old recently said about the programs. "They're not my favorite and it takes a lot of time to do it but I do learn a lot. You should buy them again." We use Rainbow science with another family for experiments and I was amazed at how much my kids knew from doing the PLATO before even reading the Rainbow lesson. In short I would say this is a very good program. My kids can use it on their own and I feel like it is very student friendly. I do download and print the sheets from the teachers resource page as reinforcement as well as having the boys print their tests at the end of each chapter for my records. I have been lucky with each group buy that the discount has been deep which makes it even more of an incredible value. Thank you Homeschool buyers co-op for making this and so many other wonderful programs available.”
Dyanne Richardson, Co-op Member
”We've completed our first PLATO class. Wow! This program is great! However, I must warn you. There is very little fluff and ALOT of meat in these courses. (More than I ever learned in school.) The material is presented in a very interesting manner. I highly recommend these products for jr/sr high students.”
Suzannah Monser, Co-op Member
”My ten year old used PLATO Earth Science this past year. We both found it engaging and fun yet packed with challenging content. He worked independently most of the year. I think this would be considered a bit much for many kids this age but we went into it knowing ahead of time it would stretch my son. We were both pleased when he got a 70% or so on the tests. We were thrilled when he got a 100% on at least one test. Even my five year old loved to cuddle up next to his brother to see the lessons. I would recommend this program for motivated middleschoolers. We plan to do the Life Science course this year or next.”
Sarah J., Co-op Member
”This year, I did all the lessons for three PLATO subjects: Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science. I really enjoyed them, and I think I learned a lot from them. They were more interesting than a text book, though not same as actually testing a hypothesis with a person in a lab. But I really enjoyed the graphics, and my parents liked the program, too. I appreciated the convenient features of this system, including the jump menu, calculator, and glossary.”
J. J. M. Braulick, Co-op Member
”PLATO is an excellent program. I love the format, the thoroughness, the interactive activities, and the fact that you can pause or repeat as necessary. The testing at the end of each lesson ensures understanding of the material.”
Andrea H., Co-op Member
”I used the PLATO Earth&Space science program to supplement the science program that was a part of our homeschool curriculum for my 6th grader. All of the topics in the homeschool curriculum were covered by the PLATO program. The PLATO program went much deeper though. The PLATO program is great. It engages the learner with good graphics and audio presentation. It gives students the option to repeat small sections or to go deeper on one part of a topic or skip part with a click of the mouse.The program offers application activities that have the student assume different roles. The tests are very thorough. I ended up simply replacing parts of our curriculum with the PLATO program and if I was putting my own curriculum together I would use PLATO alone for science.”
Deannl, Co-op Member
”The Earth/Space science exceeded our expectations. It was very well done with lots of interactive learning and flash animation. The testing was thorough and calculates the score upon submission. I have already recommended it to a friend.”
T. Nokes, Co-op Member
”Last year my son used PLATO Physical Science for 5th grade. He loved the lessons and application part of it. The tests were a bit challenging...especially on the chemistry part, but he could go back over the lesson and retake the tests. We found it helpful to break some lessons into two or three days. He is learning to take notes on the information, which is helpful. This year we are using PLATO Life Sciences and so far, he is absolutely loving it and doing excellent on the tests!”
P. Peters, Co-op Member
”We had more than one course during the year and we enjoyed the Earth/Space class as well as the biology. We were able to go over alot of material and have much reinforcement from the applications section. Great program! My daughter enjoyed it and learned alot.”
Celia G., Co-op Member
”PLATO's lesson/application method for instruction has been perfect for our three girls. Combined with the teacher's resources (use those quizzes!), the girls' understanding of science concepts is far greater than with the standard textbook approach. We have used four of the courses now, and recommend them all!”
Janine Perkins, Co-op Member
”PLATO is an exceptional program that allows the student to actually visualize what is being taught and not just look at numbere pictures of different phases in a book. It captures the student far more than any book could ever do! Thanks you for this exceptional offer!”
Charlotte H., Co-op Member
”Are you all as thrilled to have PLATO as I am? I waited 3 years to be able to use it! I found cybered products about five years ago and LOVED them! I have bought many products as stand alones but have waited abd longed for the day I could use a complete program. I am so pleased with the Chemistry and Life Science we have. The kids really like it alot. I love the interest level and the simplicity of the harder calculations in the chemistry. We really got a wonderful deal from PLATO and I am so grateful to all involved that made this product available to us. This was a prayer answered for me. Yeah for technology!”
Alicia F., Co-op Member
”I purchased PLATO Biology for my 15-year-old 9th grader. I am using it in conjunction with a correspondence biology lab course. The available teacher materials make it easy to use. I print the supplement for each lesson - which includes summaries and illustraions, quizzes, and the "Comprehensive Exam." For more complicated lessons, I also print the "Study Guide," which provides a place to capture notes and makes the learning less passive. The tests are all mutiple choice, so I will supplement with more self-directed projects or assignments throughout the year.

The online lessons themselves are excellent. My son described the Biochemistry module as "almost the ideal learning experience" - new and interesting, but not difficult to follow.

I would add that the program is outstanding, but mapping to a standard high school biology text, it is missing lessons on specific classes of vertebrates (fish, mammals, reptiles - but there is a lesson on birds), human biology, and sexual reproduction. However, also comparing to a traditional HS biology book, the material presented is both more engaging and more rigorous, and the interactive activities in the online lessons help them remember what they've learned. I recommend the purchase of a textbook to complement the course as needed.”
Karen G, Co-op Member
”THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

GREAT JOB SECURING THE PLATO SCIENCE CURRICULUM. I THINK IT IS THE ABSOLUTE BEST PROGRAM AROUND BUT IT WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO ME UNTIL NOW.

KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!
Linda B.,
”My son really enjoys the Life Science lessions. Having a visually based curriculum is such an asset. He was so excited to be learning about bacteria today. Lesson planning is very simple for me since each topic includes a lesson, an applications, and a test.”
Erika P., Co-op Member
”My teens are both using the PLATO online science courses and we all love them! The friendly voices explaining the scientific concepts, the easy-to-understand videos and the idea-reinforcing hands-on portions have got them enjoying science again! No more boring textbooks for us! They are learning a lot more now and enjoying it!”
Jeanne, Co-op Member
”We use it to supplement our biology textbook and my son, who is 15, seems to like the way the information is presented. I would love a way to print tests out for records or to hand in to our charter school.”
Jenny B., Co-op Member
”Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity. I was overwhelmed by what our children needed to know and it is ALL right here at THEIR fingertips! They love it.

A few evenings ago, after both had had some genetics material (one from Life Science and one from Biology), we watch a science channel program which reinforced this; and all this learning led to an hour discussion regarding how interesting this field is, potential discoveries and possible career choices!! All led by the girls! They love the interactive learning and can't wait to share what they've learned.

Worth so much more than what it cost us!! I would recommend to anyone needing this material, very thorough and FUN!! I plan to order more (Currently use 3 of the 5).”
M. Sandifer, Co-op Member
”I am using the Biology module as a supplement to Apologia. It is very easy to find corresponding chapters and the material is excellent. My son is a very visual learner and the program has definitely made the material easier to learn. The interactive quizes are also very good. I am very impressed with the product and will continue to order science courses through PLATO. I have told others about it - especially those I know who are struggling in Apologia.”
Virginia Phillips, Co-op Member
”I love it! My 12 year old son is using the astromony portion of Earth Science and Space while my 14 and 16 year olds are using biology! I just today found the teacher's area and the quizes and tests are wonderful! I also like the worksheets although they are too long and detailed to print. I am using apologia books and have interspersed the PLATO. It will be interesting to see which they prefer and which they learn more and easier from! They are enjoying the activities also. I also purchased Life Science and now just need to find time to use them all! Next year we will do Chemistry! I have told other home schooling families with middle to high schools about it too! I am an RN and the course content is complete and definitely at a high school level. I can't wait to see the rest of the program!”
Laura L., Co-op Member
”PLATO has made a huge difference in our daily science adventures. The program makes science jump off the page and brings this very important subject to life. No more 2 dimensional boring textbooks for us! The kids love the pictures and the interactive nature of the lessons, I love the organized manner in which the curriculum is presented. It makes learning easy. Thanks so much for allowing us to participate in this program! I hope this will be available to us for many years to come!”
Laurie J., Co-op Member
”I am just thrilled with the PLATO courses we've purchased through the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op. My younger child has been speeding through middle school life science, and my older homeschooler has been enjoying the high school level biology. The lessons are very comprehensive and presented in an engaging manner, but without gratuitous cartoon characters or goofy professors. We've also purchased subscriptions to two additional PLATO courses. It's an incredible value for the relatively small investment we made.”
Lorel Shea, co-op member/ Gifted Education editor
”Unable to decide, I purchased all the Plato science curricula a couple of months ago. My son LOVES it. He is able to work independently of his younger sisters (it saves much rolling of the eyes), and he is thriving. Unlike other "brilliant" purchases whose websites quickly become a forgotten bookmark, there are never arguments to "do science," just happy "Okay"s.”
Cyndi Foisy, Co-op Member
”I purchased the whole complement of Plato and my daughter uses it to round out the science material from her textbook. I like the fact that this system could stand alone on its own merits. If one chose not to purchase a textbook and workbook, your student could learn science just as easily by this method, and visiting the libary to check out books on the subject in particular. I like the fact that my daughter can take a quiz and determine for herself, if she really understands the material. I think it is an excellent product and hope that it is offered next year, as well. My daughter enjoys the ease of use and the excellent graphics/explanations. Yes, I have told other homeschoolers about this product. We will order this next year as well. I can see using this product through high school.”
Brenda, Co-op Member
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