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A Beka Academy ReviewsA Beka Academy is an accredited distance learning program for Kindergarten through grade 12. Christian character building textbooks from A Beka Book are used with video instruction for a college preparatory education. A Beka Academy offers a variety of educational options to include: Accredited Programs, Independent Study, Traditional Programs and individual courses. Students may use DVD’s for instruction, Video Streaming and live hook-ups for learning. A Beka Academy offers an ESL program for international students.

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  1. A Beka Academy Review by Lyuba
    Pros: Easy to follow, we'll organized homeschool
    Cons: Accreditation system sucks
    Grades Used: 1,2,3,5,6

    We do video streaming and it’s very convenient when Internet works. Never had any problems with buying stuff from them, but I really needed the accreditation, so I turned the work in and when I call them about the grades they tell me they had my permission not to grade them. Very unhappy with them will research for different school.
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  2. A Beka Academy Review by Jennifer
    Pros: Easy to manage multiple grade levels, all inclusive
    Cons: Video's can be long and somewhat boring
    Grades Used: 1st 3rd

    Over all I really like the program. This is our third year homeschooling and I was feeling stressed, being pulled in different directions, and felt like I was “missing” things trying to put everything together myself to teach 2 boys. This is our first year using the A Beka Video program and we are doing the accredited version. I needed to hold myself accountable and make sure my boys were really learning everything they needed to be learning and after reviewing this curriculum I felt it would be a good fit for our situation. I actually like the rigorousness and longer day in order for us to complete all of the material. The extra work sheets and video’s really explain the material in a way that my kids get it. Maybe it’s not “fun” or “relaxed” but I take teaching and learning seriously and I want my boys to as well. Before A Beka they had already learned how to negotiate shorter school days and fuss about certain subjects to try and get out of doing them completely or correctly. My oldest son hates to write and I found myself giving him less writing assignments just to avoid the conflict. A Beka gives us more structure and holds us accountable. He now knows what is required and gets his work done. My only complaint would be that some of the video segments show the children in the class room interacting with the teacher doing various math and reading exercises and my youngest feels left out. Sometimes after the lesson is introduced we turn the video’s off and use that time to work together doing similar exercises to practice the concepts. I have lots of extra manipulatives so it’s not hard to jump in and take over. I very much enjoy working at home with my children helping them to learn and with a little tweaking A Beka has allowed me to do this in a manner that I am confident with.

  3. A Beka Academy Review by Nita
    Pros: EVERYTHING is included -even the kitchen sink
    Cons: Regimented and ordered
    Grades Used: 4th, 7th, 9th

    Abeka has it all. They leave nothing out. We use the DVD Abeka Academy and to me it’s priced reasonably for all they provide and considering what private school would cost. 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. It really boggles me how people complain about how long it takes to school your kid with this method because it takes us about 2.5 (4th grade) -4.5(7th/9th grade) depending upon the child’s enthusiam for a particular lesson. We augment the scheduling and homework/seatwork to fit our child’s needs. Yes it requires that I check and give quizzes, test and such, but that’s realistically what kids have to do if they decide to apply for a job or go to college. My kids are not bored by the videos – not anymore than they would be if they were in school (up til last year they were in public/private schools and are used to that environment.) Now, in addition to using the full Abeka DVD based curriculum, my kids who are used to a traditional school day have ask to add on other subjects to their day and even so they are finished in about 6 hrs tops. As for the cons: the fact that the curriculum is limited to workbooks and videos may not appeal to all types of learners. So why the dvd teacher is doing the drills and review with the students, I put my son on xtramath.com or teaching textbooks. It gives him a break. However, I have tried many other curriculum and they just never seemed as complete or thorough as Abeka especially when I look at the detailed curriculum on thier website and compare it to others I’ve tried. Lastly, my kids who enjoy structure and the traditional school model request this curriculum time and time again – so that says it all.

  4. A Beka Academy Review by Babette
    Pros: I graduated with a Diploma from ABeka in 1990
    Cons: "It can be tough, in lots of ways"
    Grades Used: K4, K5, 3-10, 12

    Wow between me and my two children, I have been exposed to ABeka now for all grades except, 1, 2, and 11. I went to Christian Schools that used only ABeka and we loved it as a school. My mother used ABeka for High School in her own Video School, she loved it as did I . I personally returned to public ed. for 11th. hated every minute of it. I graduated from ABeka with a Diploma, and was able to wake up late, do my lessons and go to work my senior year, not having to be up at the crack of dawn was the best part, with my life at the time!!! I had to work until midnight most nights.

    I did prek with my daughter, it was good, K5 with my son, it was ok. and now 6th. with my daughter this past year, it was good but we had to move several states to and from and relocate for 6 weeks temporarily for work in a hotel and it made it very difficult….. The DVDs can loose your attention at times but still are quite good, in teaching the lessons, and there is tons of work to be done, makes it kind of stressful…..Hoping to do 7th. independently with her this year, and 12, accredited with my son.

  5. A Beka Academy Review by Colleen
    Pros: Excellent reading and math program
    Cons: Boring videos
    Grades Used: 1st through 7th

    I have 2 boys and 2 girls. I have used the traditional approach, DVDs, and online streaming. I have been home schooling for several years. Both my boys learned to read very quickly, and now have a love of reading. My 5th grade son loves the math drills and always is able to do the speed drills very quickly.
    I started with the traditional Abeka program and used it fully. LOVE the traditional! We switched to streaming but found that we didn’t always have a good enough Internet connection since we were traveling. We then switched to the DVDs. I have to say that the DVDs are too boring for a home school setting. Both of my boys have lost interest in learning with this method and its hard to keep them working unless i badger them. This isnt the relationship i want with them. We have tried two years of DVDs and streaming combined. This will be our last year with Abeka for the boys unless they come up with a better solution. I’d go back to the traditional, but I want an accredited homeschool curriculum and above 5th grade you have to use the videos to get their accredidation.

  6. A Beka Academy Review by Becky
    Pros: Easy to use
    Cons: Demanding
    Grades Used: K5

    We used the traditional program, not the DVD program. The lesson plans were straightforward, however it became too demanding to keep up with all the worksheets. We ended up only doing the worksheets that were required for submission to Abeka. It was difficult to do the reading by phone assignments and beat the 2 minute timer. The phonics learning is a great foundation for reading.

  7. A Beka Academy Review by Jodie T
    Pros: Easy to use, Organized, Thorough
    Cons: Too Much Required DVD time, Too Fast, Lots of Busy Work
    Grades Used: 2nd

    It was our first year of homeschooling and the ABeka Academy was a good start. We have learned a lot. This program basically recreates a classroom in your home through the use of DVD’s which you’re required to watch. The books and workbooks are all really colorful, interesting and full of information. The teacher is really amazing and she does a good job at remembering the “boys and girls at home”. My son absolutely loves Bible class lessons and I like the mix of fun songs, hymns, and patriotic songs that they learn. I’m really impressed with the Language Arts program. My son really likes to read the stories and they teach wonderful Christian values. That being said, it’s not the same as having real feedback.

    The problems we encountered were with the dvd’s and being required to watch them in order to be part of the academy. To put it simply, our child was very passive with the instruction on the dvd’s and required constant reminders and participation on my part in order to pay attention and follow along with the class drills/activities. He normally doesn’t have a problem paying attention, but even when his little sister and I participated with him, he’d get bored and lose his focus. It was also very frustrating for him to not be able to keep up with the math drills.

    It is a very rigid program and it takes a full school day to watch all of the dvd sections and complete the work. This, unfortunately, does not leave any room for any modification or personalization of any kind. By the time the required work was completed, my child had no desire to do anything even remotely related to learning.

    In order to fix the problems, we started using the materials as strictly a resource and made some changes. We now watch the Bible section, participate in the Spelling/Phonics practices as needed, fast forward through the Math drills/games to where the teacher is introducing new material, do our Seatwork and Reading on our own, and either participate in the Activity Section or do it on our own. We’ve also shaved off some of the busy work. This has left time to practice math drills and other skills at our own pace and to do our own enrichment activities.

    We’re all much happier with the modifications and our son still likes school. We don’t plan to enroll in the academy program again, because of the DVD requirement, but next year we’re planning to get the Language Arts and Bible DVD combination and use other curriculum for Math, Science, etc. We also plan to use their materials for our daughter’s Kindergarten. Having the freedom and flexibility needed to meet your own child’s individual abilities/interests is part of training up our children in the way that they (specifically) should go.

  8. A Beka Academy Review by Noe Silva
    Pros: Easy to use
    Cons: Moves a little too fast
    Grades Used: A-F per curriculum

    It was a great curriculum to start with since I didn’t know anything about homeschooling, but my son was very bored with it, he hated having to sit down and watch his lessons, he could’t keep up with the numbers portion, and participation was a little low. However, on the flip side, he did learn how to write in cursive by age 5 and he learned all his alphabet and reading. He still struggles with reading though because he was just memorizing everything for the lesson and not really retaining anything for the longevity.

  9. A Beka Academy Review by Brandi Elam
    Pros: easy to use, lots of review
    Grades Used: 1, 2, 3

    We love the systematic approach A Beka takes with mat. I like that the concepts are easy to introduce and it’s easy for me to grade even without the teacher’s editions.

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