Abeka Curriculum: Elementary

by Tina Adams
(Salyersville, Kentucky)

Former private school teacher shares why she uses Abeka curriculum for elementary homeschooling...


I really enjoy the Abeka curriculum. I taught at Heritage Christian Academy for five years where we used the Abeka curriculum.

Abeka tells you exactly what to say, gives you examples, games, etc. for each lesson. The students that used this curriculum usually scored two grades higher than in public school. For example if student was in first grade, they would have scored as a third grader in a public school.

I do add some things for the science, health, and history lessons for the lower grades. I have homeschooled my two boys for two years now. My son that just finished second grade, helps his cousins that are in fourth grade at public school, with their work.

I already have most of their books for next year and they are already asking when they start school.

Thanks for sharing your experience with Abeka, Tina; your thoughts are appreciated and very helpful! Blessings, Heather :)

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Abeka 2nd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Review

by Melody
(PA)

Check out some pros and cons of Abeka 2nd grade homeschool curriculum to find out if it's right for you!

We are about to embark on our 3rd grade homeschooling journey but thought I would take a moment to let you know why we will continue to use Abeka homeschool curriculum this year.

Abeka lays it all out there for you. The parents lesson plan books were wonderful. I have had experience with another publisher whose Parent books were just the answers. No suggestions on teaching the material... no lesson plans... nothing! With the Abeka books it breaks everything down into 170 lessons which allow you to take "field trips" for the other 10 days. You do not have to follow the books exactly but for me it was wonderful to not have to take a week or two to go through the books and try to plan 180 days of lessons.

For my son the pages were colorful and the directions were easy to understand. Abeka teaches the subject with Christian values and principals.

The only drawbacks to the curriculum would be the price and, in my opinion, Abeka has a lot of writing. I was not a fan of the amount of cursive writing I did way back in grade school and did not want to put my child through that while knowing that most men do not write. With that in mind we do practice the cursive writing but not the amount they have in the books.

Melody, thanks for helping other parents learn more about Abeka 2nd grade homeschool curriculum; I appreciate it! Have fun in 3rd grade! :) Blessings, Heather

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Abeka Phonics

by Angela McCrorie
(Athens, GA)

Homeschooling mom of four gives Abeka Phonics an A+++; read her helpful review...

Hi, we have been using the Abeka curriculum since we began homeschooling my daughter in Kindergarten. She is now 16 and will begin the 11th grade this fall. We also have three boys, 12, 8 and 2.

Although we have experienced Abeka at all grades and have enjoyed them all, I have been most impressed with the phonics portion of this curriculum. As a new homeschooling mom I worried about teaching my kids to read. If that is your concern, then you have to use the Abeka program. The Abeka phonics program is A+++. It is an easy six-step process that is reinforced across each of the subjects as you go. So, if you are learning your vowels, then at the same time you will work with them in writing, language, spelling and letters/sounds.

Our most recent success with Abeka Phonics, is with our two year old. Each day that I do school with my older children, he wants to "do school" too. So we take about 5 minutes and go over the entire alphabet using the phonics charts. This is simply him repeating after me, i.e A- it's short sound' apple. etc. He has picked it up so much, that while grocery shopping his brother was entertaining him and saying the letters of the alphabet and he would say the corresponding word to go with it, such as Apple. I couldn't believe it---he remembered all of them with no book prompt in front of him.

To make the program more affordable, I suggest looking for used resources, through local support groups or local book stores that sell used books.

Awwww... what a great story; thanks so much for the excellent Abeka Phonics review, Angela! I know other parents will find your thoughts very helpful. I worried about teaching my children to read; I'm sure there are many other parents who can relate with us too! :) I really appreciate the time you took out of your busy day, to help others. Wishing you continued success! Blessings, Heather :)

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Solid Abeka Language Arts Curriculum

by Lis
(Seattle, WA)

Abeka Gives Above Grade Level Results!

Abeka Gives Above Grade Level Results!

When transitioning from private Christian school to homeschooling, ABeka Language Arts curriculum was the clear winner for this homeschooling mom.

Both of our children have mastered Language skills, including grammar, spelling, vocabulary and writing using Abeka in a private school since kindergarten.

When I began homeschooling my daughter in 5th grade, all other curriculums were too easy, and bored her. Now, my 6th grade son is at home. I have stuck with Abeka for him, as it is so solid in the grammar area.

He doesn't care for the diagramming of sentences, but that is a small part. Every grammar and/or vocabulary book I look at is weak in one area or another, but this is complete. You don't have to do every assignment; we skip the crosswords and other puzzles, because he doesn't like them.

Some kids may have trouble if they did not start Abeka in the younger grades. You may have to start a level below. Abeka is challenging and produces kids at least a grade higher than average in Spelling/Vocabulary. I recommend starting when your children are young and they will have amazing progress.

As high school approaches, much of the language/grammar is review. My 6th grader can do the high school grammar (but his own grade level in spelling/vocabulary). The writing assignments continue to get more difficult and varied.

Some of our friends say Abeka is too hard and have switched from it, but I'm sure Abeka is what has makes my job teaching Language so easy as they approach middle/high school. If you start young as mine did, by 5th or 6th grade the hard skills can be over and you can focus on writing.

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