Highest Praise for Mrs. Paine’s Honors Biology and Honors Chemistry classes and BTO.
My daughter completed Honors Biology with Mrs. Paine last year and enjoyed it so much that we didn’t hesitate to continue with Mrs. Paine in her Honors Chemistry class this year. After over a year and a half with Mrs. Paine, I can honestly say that we couldn’t have made a better choice for high school science classes.
Mrs. Paine has chosen rigorous and thorough curricula for both classes and delivers it all in a clear, organized, and comprehensive manner. Live classes, an excellent textbook, videos, labs, and interactive study tools help her students integrate and master the material in a variety of ways. The assignments are challenging but not overwhelming, and the format of the class is easy to follow and keep up with. My daughter always knows what her assignments are, when they are completed, and what is left to do. In addition to learning biology and chemistry, by participating in Mrs. Paine’s (and other BTO) classes, my daughter has learned to become an independent and organized student capable of creating and keeping up with her own schedule. If my daughter (or I) have any questions, Mrs. Paine is just an email away. She responds quickly and is extremely generous with her time via email or an additional online session on the occasions when my daughter has needed some clarification on a difficult topic.
Admittedly, I had some concerns about online science classes including having to do at-home labs and my daughter feeling isolated, however, neither has been an issue with Mrs. Paine’s classes. Virtual labs augment the real thing and having the opportunity to purchase a kit has made the at-home labs simple and fun. Also, rather than feeling isolated, my daughter has found a community where students encourage, challenge and support each other in forums and meet online in weekly or bi-weekly classes. My daughter regularly tells me how much she enjoys Mrs. Paine’s live classes, how much she learns from them, and how connected she feels to the other students.
Mrs. Paine has high standards and expectations for her students and helps them achieve their goals with professionalism and compassion. Completing weekly assignments, labs and tests thoroughly and on time are skills I wanted my daughter to learn and practice. While I’m pleased that Mrs. Paine’s students are held to these standards, I also appreciate the grace and flexibility that Mrs. Paine has shown my daughter when her very full schedule overflows and she needs a little extra time for a particular assignment. This kind of rigor, tempered with kindness and flexibility is one of the reasons we homeschool, and it’s nice to have the support of likeminded educators like Mrs. Paine and BTO.If you are looking for a challenging, comprehensive, high- quality science class with a knowledgeable and caring teacher, don’t hesitate to try Mrs. Paine’s classes.