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A Beka ReviewsA Beka provides a complete line of traditional Christian educational materials that have been developed and refined over a period of 50 years in the classrooms of Pensacola Christian Academy.

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  1. A Beka Review by Karen
    Pros: Very thorough and lesson plans completely done for you.
    Grades Used: K-10

    I have been using Abeka for 12 years with my 3 sons. I like that the lesson plans are completely done for you. I did not always do everything they had listed to do. I did find though that some things that I might have skipped with one child I may not have skipped with another. I love that flexibility. I have found it to be very thorough in the phonics and grammar/composition. I did however supplement with an extra writing curriculum in their high school years and switched to a different math curriculum in the high school years. We love Abeka and I know that people complain that it is so repetitive, but I think that is a good thing. Not all children get things quickly and need that extra “busy work”. I think it is great that Abeka realizes that and has that available. If your child does not need that extra repetition great, skip it and move on or go back later and use it as a review if needed. My older two children used Abeka through the 10th grade and then dual enrolled at the college and have done great! Thank you Abeka!!

  2. A Beka Review by Kate
    Pros: Very explicit instruction, easy to follow
    Cons: No teacher's edition for Social Studies

    Grades Used: K

    I really like the phonics and reading curriculum (It’s how I learned to read when I was five), but I’m a little worried that the newer edition moves faster than the old version. The little readers are bright and colorful and the kids enjoy reading them. 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.
    The handwriting curriculum provides great practice for the kids, and integrates reading into handwriting early on. It also includes proper punctuation instruction as well.
    With such great T.E.’s for phonics/reading, I was disappointed that there was not one for Social Studies. It’s fairly straight forward, but having a teacher’s book with additional ideas for activities beyond the workbook would be helpful. Also, some readers to go with it would be a good way to tie in reading/LA with social studies.
    I have also used Abeka reading in a classroom setting as well, and I found that it is definitely not a good curriculum for ESL students, it moves too fast for them. but I did use the readers once they got the basics of reading down and they kids really enjoyed them. My students with stronger English did well with the program though.

  3. A Beka Review by Dawn P Camp
    Pros: Easy to follow
    Grades Used: K5 and 1st

    With no “teacher” training, I was impressed with the ease of all subjects. I will be teaching myself for 3rd grade. We used the DVD for 1st grade and it was wonderful. The bright colors are enjoyable and the intertwining of scripture throughout all the courses makes it an A+ for our home. I also found American Heritage Girls (Christian scouting group) to have many like minded badge earning opportunities that go along with many classes, which creates another great homeschooling bonus, learning and fun. Very excited about 3rd grade!

  4. A Beka Review by Lynn
    Pros: very well organized
    Cons: school at home

    Grades Used: K-6

    I have used Abeka for verious subjects for many years. If you are new to homeschooling Abeka is wonderful because everything is well writen and laid out so it is easy to teach. It is a school at home approach with textbook style busy work. You can easily skip an busy work and move on to the next topic. If you complete Abeka you can feel confident that you have few if any gaps in your childs education. FIVE STARS!

  5. A Beka Review by S Webb
    Pros: Great program with plenty of review to help retain what is learned.
    Cons: Very time consuming.

    Grades Used: K5 and 2nd grade

    I really like the Abeka program but as I said if you only use the books and not the video program it takes a while just setting things up for the next day. If you are a seasoned homeschooler it might be ok for you because you will know what could be left out but this was my first time and I felt like I should go directly by the program guide which is great for step by step teaching but for a beginner it is incredibly time consuming. I became overwhelmed and gave up on it. If you can afford the DVD program and you children will sit and listen to them they are great there’s no prep work just grading of tests. Unfortunately my children found them too boring and it became a daily fight just to get them to sit thru them. But with all this said I think the Abeka program is great and kids can learn a great deal from it if you don’t have to fight th to do it.

  6. A Beka Review by Carie
    Pros: Phonics; Bible KJV only; colorful & fun; reading books
    Cons: MATH

    Grades Used: PreK-4th

    We are second generation Abeka users and still love it. My children have loved learning how to read with this program and have done very well. It is done very orderly and the children find the work fun to do. We do not like the Math program as my children became frustrated with it. All the other programs are done very well though.

  7. A Beka Review by elizabeth
    Pros: math, grammer, history. curriculum is thorough
    Cons: math moves very quickly, we take our time with the lessons

    Grades Used: 5,6,and 7th

    We have enjoyed this program. It is thorough, math moves a little fast.

  8. A Beka Review by kristen
    Pros: content well covered
    Cons: alot of work for underaverage students

    Grades Used: K, 1,2,3,4,

    Beka covers all information very thoroughly. I absolutely love their phonics program – especially if you have an above average student. The teachers manuals are thorough and easy to use – but you shouldn’t try to cover everything they tell you to – it is too much. Cover the basics and what your student needs to work on.

  9. A Beka Review by Joy
    Pros: phonics; great grammar emphasis; very thorough; nice teacher resources
    Cons: many pages of busywork; customer service not great

    Grades Used: K-10

    We have the used A Beka curriculum for most subjects for two children since 2001. Overall we have been pleased with the thorough content, the nice presentation, the phonics approach to reading, the grammar, spelling and vocabulary emphasis, and the great teacher resources. We agree with other reviews that mention too many pages of seatwork, but we just are careful to only assign the amount of work that is needed for the individual child to master the material; some children need extra work, and others don’t. We have had some issues with the customer service department; although the staff is very polite, they do not seem to be trained well at thinking through solutions to problems that sometimes occur with their computer system (such as conflicting balance on account page and on paper sent with books). We like the Biblical references included in the material.

  10. A Beka Review by Nicole
    Pros: Phonics is great!
    Cons: Too MUCH seatwork & repetition.

    Grades Used: 2nd

    This was our first year using Abeka for 2nd grade. Love the phonics, my daughter has learned so much. Too much seatwork, my daughter was so overwhelmed with the seatwork, we stopped doing seatwork half ways through the year. Great cirriculum and covers so much, but too much work for some kids. Would love to continue to use it, but I am afraid we will get behind again this year as we did last year.

  11. A Beka Review by dillon mom
    Pros: thorough colorful and decently in order
    Cons: can be rigorous and advanced if not dedicated to being diligent

    Grades Used: K-4

    This is a thorough curriculum that makes sure children learn the task at hand. Repetition is good for retention and practicing helps in learning new concepts. It mixes fun with diligence and hard work. This curriculum is great in Bible stories. The children know what to expect when curriculum is followed. I do not recommend for parents who are unorganized and like to fly by the seat of pants. It is laid out very well and basically tells you what to do and when to do it..you just have to follow it. DVD’s are very well made and easy to keep up with as a parent. You make sure the students follow along and are comprehending. You grade papers to see where help is needed. The DVD’s helped me out when I had baby #4 at the beginning of the school year. I have been impressed with the outcome of this curriculum so far. Both my 3rd and 4th grader love reading and supplement Abeka with tons of books about things they are interested in. They even do Science experiments on their own from books they have. We have tried our best to instill a love for learning in our children and Abeka has helped in that.

  12. A Beka Review by Rebecca Thomley
    Pros: wonderful phonics program
    Grades Used: K 5

    The ABeka K5 phonics program is wonderful. I have used it it with my oldest daughter, who is 6. She is now in the first grade and is a great reader.I just started using it with my four year old. I highly reccomend it!

  13. A Beka Review by Davette Wingo-Thompson
    Pros: The Teachers lessons tell you exactly what to do each day
    Cons: Repetative

    I am using Abeka for Phonics, Spelling, Reading and Math. I suppliment Abeka science and history with other Unit Studies. I am VERY impressed with the Phonics program for ABeka. My daughter went to a private preschool and a public school for kindergarten. When we started with ABeka Phonics this year she looked at me SO confused. I wasn’t sure I was doing everything as I should. Then I realized she didn’t have Phonics in kindergarten. I pressed on and I cannot express enough how pleased I am with her progress. She is reading so well because she is understanding the “phonics” rules. Spelling with Abeka is not intense enough. There is not enough practice the first time around. I have to create extra work sheets for my daughter so she can practice with the words and she still isn’t spelling well. Beyond three letter words, she gets lost. However, she is in first grade so I know she has a little time to learn to spell. ABeka is very repetative in Phonics, Math, Spelling and Reading. As for Spelling I know she will have the same words in another lesson down the road so I don’t worry as much. I actually ordered a different Spelling program, but went back to ABeka because the words follow along with the Phonics and Reading they are doing. I would not call Abeka fun but we try to make it fun in our own way. Abeka Math is very good. My daughter is doing very well in math. Again, one thing I have learned with Abeka is it is very repetative. If your child does not get it the first time it will come back around again and they will pick it up then. If my daughter mastered it the first time we quickly review and move on. If she did not then we go over the whole lesson again and continue to work on it. The reading books that go along with Abeka are great. They work right inline with the Phonics lessons your child is learning. Over all with this being my first year homeschooling I wanted a cirriculum that told me exactly what to do each day and for my daughter not to fall behind. Abeka does all that. The teacher lesson plan literaly tells you exactly what to do. Everything with ABeka works together and I think that is what has helped me stay with it. Phonics, Reading, Spelling and Lauguage Arts all work together so that your child is actually doing work that they are currently learning.

  14. A Beka Review by cheryl Flowers
    Pros: great phonics and penmanship
    Grades Used: 1st and 2nd

    This is the second year we used Abeka, and my daughter loves this ciriculum. It is easy to use and she actually enjoys going to school. Love Abeka!

  15. A Beka Review by MELINDA STOGSDILL
    Pros: LIKE HOW THE BOOK IS VERY DETAILED IN HOW TO DO THE MATH PROBLEMS
    Grades Used: 4TH AND 7TH

    MY DAUGHTERS LIKED USING THE ABEKA SCIENCE CURRICULUM AND MY YOUNGEST LIKES THE ABEKA MATH ALOT.

  16. A Beka Review by Sherry
    Pros: Easy to teach various levels from same book.
    Cons: I have to usedditional resources because they don't cover enough material.

    Grades Used: pre-K thru 12th

    I do Love Abeka and have used it for many years. I have 9 children in various grade levels and Abeka is used by all. I use additional material to expand on things because I want them to learn more, retain better.

  17. A Beka Review by Anna
    Pros: extremely thorough, step by step phonics
    Cons: lots of workbook review (I overcome this by using only the K and the 2nd grade workbooks at a relaxed pace through the K, 1st, and 2nd grades)

    Grades Used: Phonics:K4-2, Readers:K4-5th

    I have not seen anything as thorough as A Beka!
    These are the wonderful resources that I use over and over and over with my children as they start out:

    K4 readers- are *awesome* to teach beginners how to build words!
    K4 ABC Writing Tablet-I prefer this in K because of lighter work load.
    K5 Letters and Sounds workbook- starts with the basics and builds…interesting and colorful…its easy to assign a page at a time
    Handbook for Reading- *the most important* phonics tool for everyone in my opinion….covers the short vowels and consonants for K level all the way through to teaching the complex phonetic sounds that some other curricula leave untaught.
    1st grade readers- adds step by step practice, making learning to read well easy
    2nd grade Letters and Sounds- builds the confidence in advanced phonics
    2nd grade readers- these *really* make reading enjoyable to the student
    (Basic Phonics Charts- nice to have, good practice)

    This is my complete phonics program using A Beka. If I left anything out that they make, its because I used it and found it to be excessive for the individual home education setting. I am beginning this process with my fifth child now:)

    We also have all the reading books through 5th, and my children love them!

  18. A Beka Review by Nadia
    Pros: We love the Abeka program..!!!
    Grades Used: 3-5

    We use the dvds and it makes learning so much fun. It spirals and my daughter is able to retain the information. The teachers are amazing.

  19. A Beka Review by Sam
    Pros: Good for K-6
    Cons: Not enough explanation for H.S

    Grades Used: 5,6,9,10

    Abeka is really great for K-6. The curriculum for high school can be a lille challenging to teach especially Plane Geometry. There are not enough explanations for each lesson. A video for this course would be helpful.

  20. A Beka Review by cathy
    Grades Used: 5th

    Pros: very indepth; lots of repetition; lots of review before a test;
    Cons: repetition is sometimes too much; Also, I’d prefer not to have so many different books & booklets. For example, why not have all the history tests, quizzes & skill sheets in the history book, rather than 4 different books? And there are several books for most every subject. For this reason, it’s a pain if we are going to be doing school work away from home because you have to look in the curriculum for that day and figure out which quiz books, test books, skill sheet books, & text books to bring.

  21. A Beka Review by Stacy Burnett
    Pros: Very colorful and engaging
    Grades Used: 4-8

    My oldest daughter will only use Abeka for her science. We got it for her when she was in 4th grade and she has never wanted to use anything else since. She loves the pictures and the way the lessons are laid out. Very easy for her to understand and retain.

  22. A Beka Review by vicki shepard
    Pros: Layout is easy to follow. Loved their phonics program! Science and Health and their readers have been our absolute favorites.
    Cons: Some times see gaps in the History that I supplement with whole books but would do that with any curriculum I'm sure.

    Grades Used: K-4 so far

    We have used Abeka since the beginning and have loved it for the most part. I use the eclectic approach so I have not used the complete curriculum, but Phonics, the readers, Science and Health and some History have been a good fit for us.

  23. A Beka Review by Deb Laird
    Pros: bright, Great grammar
    Cons: too much repetition

    Grades Used: K, 1, 2, 3, 4

    Loved their program on teaching to read! Went at child’s pace, not theirs. We have boys and the seat work became too much for boys. A lot of writing and a lot of repetition.

  24. A Beka Review by Betsy McCaskey
    Pros: content, layout
    Grades Used: 1,2,3

    We have used Abeka books in many subjects areas and enjoy most of them. Our particular favorites have been the Science texts, and, the Health, Safety and Manners texts. The page layouts are easy to read with a good choice of font,use of color and pictures. I actually use just the Teacher Editions, as they include all the student text material. I give the chapter quizzes orally as the T.E.s have the answers. I also do not choose to do all of the suggested activities. We supplement heavily, and at times the Abeka is actually the supplement. I like the Health, Safety and Manners books very much. They nicely reinforce what we her parents are harping on! We have used Abeka for grades 1,2 and 3, in addition to our other resources.

  25. A Beka Review by Nanette Greendyk
    Pros: bright, appealing to children, very thorough
    Cons: can be too advanced for some children

    Grades Used: K-12

    I still use Abeka materials. Some of them are so good I come back year after year. My kids have learned alot over the years, and the consistant Christian instruction is very reassuring. (I don’t have to look over shoulders for fear of what may have changed)

  26. A Beka Review by Diannah Enger
    Pros: Easy to follow the information and learn
    Cons: Sometimes too much detail

    Grades Used: 5/6, 8/9

    I really enjoyed using the Abeka materials. I found it easy to teach and they really enjoyed learning esp the Christian perspective. I would recommend to others. The only problem I had was so much details in the history for my daughter – she really was challenged to learn so much. :)

  27. A Beka Review by Nelda Gay
    Pros: Very thorough in the Grammar.
    Cons: Way to much repetition.. WAY to much Diagramming. I think it is best for an actual Christian School setting with a lot of students.

    Grades Used: 7th and 8th

    If you follow everything in the Grammar book you will definately learn and learn it well. There is just so much repetition that my child was bored beyond belief and we will not be using it another year.

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