ABeka Academy Video Streaming
Reluctant mom (and former Christian school teacher) used ABeka Academy video streaming for K4 and Grade 1; read her very informative review...
It's been 25 years since I graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor's in Elementary Education. Little did I know that at this late stage in life, I would be homeschooling my own early elementary children.
Having become disillusioned with all things PCC, when it came time to choose a curriculum I steered clear of ABeka. I tried several popular programs for preschool and kindergarten some of which were free and some of which were quite costly. In the end, I found them all lacking in one area or another. Additionally, my strong-willed daughter resisted my best efforts (remember, I was trained in this!) at disciplining her to a homeschool schedule.
At last my husband and I were forced to decide between sending her to public or Christian school. Public school wasn't really an option for us, and we knew it. But the costs of Christian education astounded us! They must be paying Christian school teachers a lot more than they did in 1988! Yet in my mind, there was still one more option.
I approached my husband with the idea of enrolling our now first grader and our 4-year-old in ABeka Academy, ABeka's online video homeschool. We decided to give homeschooling one last try for a year. If it failed, we would have to send our kids to public school.
We enrolled the girls in K4 with Mrs. Wasser and 1st grade with Miss Wheeler. When I received our materials, I read through everything, set up my system, got a small table and chairs for the girls, and started playing the videos. At first I sat through each one with them, participating as if I were a student. I rewarded them for good behavior, and fought through the unavoidable resistance to this more structured method of learning. It was hard, I won't kid you. Some days I didn't know how we would make it through, but this was my last shot.
Mrs. Wheeler is a model teacher. I learned so very much from
her (and I had taught ABeka 1st grade in a Christian school)! She was inspiring, frankly, and I was sure to let my daughter know how blessed she was to have such an excellent video teacher.
Mrs. Wasser left much to be desired, but it took my 4-year-old (who turned 5 in November) quite a while to see it that way. She loved her teacher in spite of her forgetting words to poems and songs, failing to prepare VA's properly before class, and pronouncing the short sound of A with a distinct accent then correcting the children when they copied her. Thankfully, I understand ABeka Academy is reworking the K4 program, hopefully with a new teacher.
We got through lesson 140 or so before the girls were completely tired of the video program. From that point on, I used the materials we had to teach them myself, even if it meant I had to view the videos myself to get the lesson plans.
Now in July, we have already begun K5 and second grade. We are using the ABeka homeschool system now without the videos. The girls like having the VA's they can touch and manipulate. They enjoy having me teach them and the freedom that provides. But had we not done ABeka Academy last year, I doubt we would still be homeschooling.
I recommend ABeka Academy to new Christian homeschooling families of all ages, even if it serves only to transition you into a more comprehensive homeschool program later, as it did for us. I have a feeling we will be dedicated ABeka homeschoolers for a very long time.Janeen,
Thanks so much for the insightful Abeka Academy video streaming review; your thoughts will be very helpful to other parents who are considering Abeka Academy, or are questioning whether or not they can homeschool. I appreciate the time you took to help others! Blessings, Heather :)
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