Abeka homeschool curriculum has been a popular traditional, homeschooling choice among Christian parents for over thirty years.
ABeka is a Bible-based curriculum and is teacher-led which means lessons rely heavily on teacher involvement.
With most subjects, you will need to have the teacher's manual to complete the lessons and student's daily work.
ABeka tends to be very structured and many homeschool parents like it because it advances quickly through concepts; others don't like ABeka for the very same reason.
I agree with those who believe that Abeka moves quickly. Before we began homeschooling, our daughter used Abeka at a private school, where she attended. The only problem my daughter had was in Math; the curriculum moved on before she had fully mastered the material.
ABeka would be classified as a traditional homeschool curriculum, mirroring what students would do in traditional schools.
You teach the lesson, and then your student completes the accompanying workbook pages. Once a subject is completed, your child would move on to the next subject, and then the next, until their work is completed for the day.
ABeka homeschool curriculum is sold in complete packages for grades PreK-12, or you have the flexibility of buying individual subjects. Subjects included in a complete grade are: Bible, Math, English, Science and History. ABeka also publishes many electives for high school students.
You do not have to use the same publisher for all your subjects. Many homeschooling parents use curriculum from different companies - it's your choice. If a certain course isn't meeting your child's needs, look for a different one through another publisher. Don't be afraid to modify the course to better meet your child's needs.
Although we have not used Abeka for more than a course or two in our home school, I have many friends who use and love Abeka. Some use complete kits, while others use single courses.
Besides our daughter using Abeka when she was enrolled in private school, we used it as a supplement for 4th grade language arts for our second daughter; it had a great section on diagramming sentences.
Abeka offers a variety of curriculum options and support services, to help you in your homeschooling journey. The most affordable option is the parent-directed choice - you purchase their traditional textbook/workbook curriculum and oversee your child's work on your own. Besides the curriculum, you can purchase lessons DVD, to take the teaching burden off of you.
Abeka DVD Curriculum
The digital teaching aids provide additional resources you can use to demonstrate lessons. The downside: only certain courses for middle school and high school are currently available.
A great way to find out more about ABeka and to see if it will work with your family or child, is to learn from someone who has used it. You will find a growing list of ABeka curriculum reviews on our website (below), written by parents who use this curriculum with their family.
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