We’re with 2 weeks of the end of the first quarter, here in the Fiddle House of Higher Learning. A much deserved two week respite is then scheduled for the teacher.
Along with some anti-twitching medication and muscle relaxants.
I’ve had a number of e-mails inquiring how our homeschool year is shaping up since I changed curriculum. And by “a number”, I mean more than one and less than five.
I am overall very pleased with Accelerated Christian Education (A.C.E.). Mainly, I love that I’m not juggling a bunch of different teacher’s manuals. BECAUSE THEY ARE HEAVY, Y’ALL. All of the girl’s work is explained in one easy workbook. And there are 12 workbooks, per 6 core subjects, spread throughout the year. Each workbook takes about 3 weeks to complete. And at the end, there is a test to determine if the information is sticking, or draining out of every orifice.
Along with the 6 core subjects, I also purchased the Bible study and additional computer software CD (to enhance their subjects). Next year, I need not do this.
The 6 core subjects are already infused with wonderful Bible stories. And our church provides an excellent take-home Bible study for the kids to work on throughout the week. And along with Awana (which starts on Wednesday…and yes, I’m stocked with plenty of Excedrin) they are covered.
One criticism I have about the A.C.E. Bible Study is that the study is directly from scripture. Which is awesome. But. They use the old King James translation. Which I think is awfully hard for little ones to grasp. The girls have Bibles that are N.I.V. and N.L.T. In other words, they totally get what they are reading.
Disclaimer: this is just my personal opinion and what works best for our family.
As far as the Computer Software CD goes. It only plays on Windows. We went round and round with this one. Finally, because the kids needed a school computer, we got them an inexpensive Toshiba with Windows.
Which just made me appreciate my Mac all the more. ‘Nuff said about that.
I’m not crazy about the software. It’s a bit stale, not that easy to navigate, and doesn’t really hold the kid’s attention.
Which is why I RAN BACK TO BIG IQ KIDS (see ad in left sidebar, and yes, I proudly state that they are an affiliate). This is my 4th year using them to reinforce what they are learning from their curriculum.
I’ll talk a good deal more about that soon, BECAUSE I GET TO DO ANOTHER BIG IQ KIDS GIVEAWAY THIS YEAR.
One reason I think that the kids are enjoying A.C.E. so much this year is because we’ve been implementing the Workbox System. The official website is here, and I explain how we’re using it in this post. We had a little Workbox discussion going on at Mom’s Homeroom, and Keeslermom turned me on to a terrific site which will give you extra ideas about what to put in the workboxes. I could spend HOURS there.
Since A.C.E. has everything laid out for me, I have a good deal more time to add fun activities to reinforce what they are learning. And they love finding “surprises” in their drawers.
Because I’m 7, that last sentence just made me giggle.
Another positive about A.C.E. is that the girls are seeing progress as they, well, progress. They get a star for their Progress Chart when they complete each test, and keeping track of grades is a breeze for me.
Oh. And since I’m all about Parenting by Bribery, I reward the girls with an extra quarter whenever they get a 100% on a test.
And because of the diagnostic testing that I was able to do before we began, I knew what needed to be covered. (Particularly in the area of Math.)
So far, so good. No one is in therapy, and the teacher still stays one day smarter than her students.
In other words, I haven’t had to threaten boarding school. In a harsh climate.
The year is still young.
How are you homeschool moms holding up?