My mother home schooled each of her five children until we turned seven, at which time we began attending a Christian school. My youngest sister did not do well at school and ended up being home schooled from elementary all the way through high school.
All five of us kids started out in a school that used the A Beka Book curriculum. When I entered sixth grade, we began attending another Christian school which used the A.C.E. (or School of Tomorrow as it is now known) curriculum. I attended Pensacola Christian College, founded by Dr. Arlin and Mrs. "Beka" Horton (who also founded A Beka Book).
My little sister's materials all came from A Beka, and in high school, she became part of A Beka Academy (more information about that to follow).
As you can see from my background, my practical experience lies mainly with A Beka Book and A.C.E. Therefore, I choose to begin this curriculum series by presenting A Beka Book.
A Beka Book publishes materials for nursery-12th and includes all the normal subjects necessary for college preparation. One of this curriculum's strengths is their focus on review. I can tell you that I had mastered the phonics rules and will never forget my multiplication tables!
A Beka Book offers several options for homeschooling:
- A Beka Academy DVD program - this option means the child learns by watching DVD's. All report cards and transcripts are created and maintained by A Beka Academy, and this is a fully-accredited, college prep course. This option is available for K5-12th grades. DVD's, textbooks, tests, answer keys, and other necessary materials for the school year are all included.
- A Beka Academy non-accredited DVD program - this option means that the child uses the DVD's, but the parents keep all records. This option is available for K4-12th grades. DVD's, textbooks, tests, answer keys, and other necessary materials for the school year are all included.
- A Beka Academy traditional parent-directed program - all teacher and student materials are provided for the year. No educational experience is required of the parent. All report cards and transcripts are created and maintained by A Beka Academy, and this is a fully-accredited, college prep course. This option is available for K5-12th grades.
- A Beka Book - all teacher and student materials are available for purchase in kits or individually. Materials offered cover nursery-12th grade. This program is ideal for the parent who wants to use different publishers for different subjects.