ABeka Homeschool Curriculum Review: K4
ABeka Homeschool Curriculum
ABeka homeschool curriculum has received some mixed reviews from some, because of their subtle anti-catholic slant in later elementary years; however, the curriculum does not have any of that in the k4 level.
I found ABeka intriguing to the kids with all the bright colors and game options. The detailed day-by-day lesson plans help those of us who desire structure and are new to homeschooling. They seem to focus a lot on teaching children to discipline their bodies to be still and obedient for class time (i.e. keeping their hands in certain places, sitting upright, etc.) At this point, that is not of much importance being that they are little and NEED to move a lot; so I simply ignored that part of ABeka's teacher instructions.
Curriculum in general can get pretty expensive and this one isn't much of an exemption. It's fairly costly for such a young program and sometimes it's a little difficult making sure you get the proper supplies (curriculum for homeschooling NOT teaching in a school; the homeschool set is more affordable and more compact; the teacher's phonics, reading, and writing guide is quite different as well).
All in all I like the ABeka homeschool curriculum; but I might be supplementing handwriting without tears in place of ABeka's cursive-minded curriculum. Both traditional manuscript and traditional cursive are a burden to young ones; HWT has seemed to significantly lighten that burden without compromising standards.
Excellent Abeka homeschool curriculum review, Heather; I found your comments about handwriting methods ABeka uses, interesting and helpful. Have a wonderful homeschool year and thanks for helping others! Blessings, Heather :)
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