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Abeka K-4 through 2nd grade - An excellent choice for the early grades

  • Feb 5, 2010
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Homeschooling materials come from a multitude of different vendors. I ran a homeschool lending library for a while, that along with 15 or so years of homeschooling have given me the opportunity to see lots of different types of curriculum. For my children, for k-4 through 2nd grade I found that Abeka worked well.  It comes packaged several different ways. You can choose a streaming internet version, a DVD version, or the paper do it yourself parent and child kits. I was a do it yourself type that only ordered the child kits, partly because it was what I learned to read with and partly because of cost. All the different options they provide you can adjust to the level of support that is right for you. I love the phonics. The handbook for reading that comes with it can be used throughout the elementary grades. It worked well even for my child with eye muscle issues and dyslexia. We had to spend longer on it but once she got the concepts they helped her conquer her problems with reading. Abeka was one of the first Christian private school curriculum. I know it has been around at least 35 years and homeschoolers get the same great curriculum that is usually offered at elite Christian Private schools for as little as $200 a year. They do have representatives that are regional where you can look at the curriculum. Always make sure it is right for your child and yourself. Hoemschooling is a very personal thing. The beauty of it is that you can choose what works best. So do your research but don’t leave this one out.
Abeka K-4 through 2nd grade - An excellent choice for the early grades

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March 13, 2010
I have been homeschooling for 13 years now, graduating my oldest daughter in June! We have used a variety of curricula over the years, but I have to agree that Abeka's phonics is the gold standard. I did not use it with my eldest (didn't know about it), then discovered it when I needed a very focused reading program for my first son. We followed the teacher's guide recommendations, started him with cursive right away (recommended for boys especially), and in addition, used the Abeka large size phonics flash cards. The 11x13 size and giant letters really helped him read more easily. Thanks for the review; may many new homeschoolers benefit from it!
 
February 05, 2010
Sounds like a great book Elissa! Did you accidentally paste your review in twice? If you did, you can click on the "edit" button underneath the headline of your review to fix it ;)
 
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I'm usually thinking out of the box. I have been a homeschooler for about 15 or so years with 3 children in college,1 dual enrolled in highschool. I ran my own business as a family entertainer / birthday … more
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A Handbook for Reading may be used at any level for initial teching of phonics and reading, for reinforcement of skills, or for remedial work. It may be used with an entire class, with small groups, or with an individual at home. By mastering the simple phonics sounds in this book, any person will be well on his way to becoming a skillful reader.
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