I do not recommend for parents who are unorganized and like to fly by the seat of pants. I think around 6th or 7th grade they catch up some. The reading books that go along with Abeka are great. And once the new material gets added in for that grade, some kids get very lost and frustrated and struggle to keep up. I started homeschooling my child in 4th grade. My son also felt like it became very repetitive, and lacked inspiration and color. It really boggles me how people complain about how long it takes to school your kid with this method because it takes us about 2.
The only thing I would not suggest is digital testing. I was very disappointed and frustrated with it. Cover the basics and what your student needs to work on. About the videos, they can be helpful, but aBeka does seem to be too inflexible about things. With Abeka, yes there are things you can say, this is to much we will skip.
Both my husband and I work outside the home and this program is so well laid out that it allows him and I or any other person how has to run school for us to never miss a beat. However, is mostly teacher reading and student coloring. The only downside is that Abeka does not put much focus on sight words, so if a child transitions into a regular school in first grade, they will be behind in that aspect. Personally, the thought of putting a young child in front of the television all day is not the least bit appealing to me. I would highly recommend abeka!!! As far as, system error we need to understand it will happen, but Jesus gave us a heart of forgiveness to work with it. You really can't beat Abeka's phonics program and their math so far is the best I've seen too.
I am just bless to telecommute from home. Jul 03, 2012 Rating Thank you by: Anonymous I really appreciate everyones comments on here. As a 30+ years child care director dealing with Pre-K and Private Kindergarten, I knew this program was thorough. Same blazers and suit jackets shared. I love this curriculum but wish that we could buy subjects separately for elementary.
Suzanne Time: 6 years I have been homeschooling for 6 years. I found it to be a waste of money. Yes, you will be able to set up the username and password while filling out the enrollment information. It is certainly better than developing a habit of failure and being defeated by math like I was. My son likes being in control of his day, though he has scheduled breaks and is required to complete that days lesson, if he chooses to work on Arithmetic and then Science he has that option. I've tested him using the Saxon placement test. I started with the traditional Abeka program and used it fully.
The Geometry Book failed to teach anything about 3rd dimension Geometry and I felt did a poor job of teaching proofs. I was very disappointed and frustrated with it. At this point I would have to go up a grade level or two if I was to switch him to something now. As a speech therapist and audiologist, was was worried she might cause him to have auditory processing problems and speech problems because of the speed at which she spoke. Yes, they sometimes complain about the length of the videos but they sing along with them and play games as well.
My son really likes to read the stories and they teach wonderful Christian values. My wife, in repsonse, played as many of the games with him as she could. . It makes their school day shorter. I love having the freedom to watch the videos at my own pace, work ahead, and rewatch lessons whenever I need to. I was homeschooled using Abeka in 10th grade but used it from 5th-9th grade in a private christian school. There were so many unannounced pop quizzes and appendix quizzes.
We have tried our best to instill a love for learning in our children and Abeka has helped in that. If you are use to structure there is little to get use to. I do know the issue was money not content. Watch out for the order in which they teach concepts. They present new concepts clearly and repeat and review offering many chances to grasp the new concept.