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Homeschooling using A beka Video Program

Updated on November 4, 2015

Abeka Academy, 5th Grade DVD curriculum

I would like to share with you our new adventure in the world of homeschooling. In my first article, "Homeschooling for Beginners," I shared our experience and why we decided to homeschool our daughter. In this page, I would like to tell you more about Abeka Academy Video Program. We decided to shift our schooling to DVD program for a lot of personal reasons. Maybe your family are looking for something new out there that will lessen your load; or maybe you are just new to this endeavor and would like to experiment other ways to homeschool your child. You may feel incompetent and thought you need something to guide you through. Abeka video program might all you need. We've been using Abeka and love it; that is why I am very much comfortable with their video program.

An update! We are almost done with our homeschooling. We only have 18 lessons left. Our trial is over, we decided to use this program next year. This program was God sent, ease our burden and keep me sane.

01/10/13 On our 6th Grade, lesson 81 today...still like the program.

More About the program

I want to expound more on this topic, since I mentioned this on my first page in squidoo, "My Little Homeschool." I would like to give those interested on homeschooling more information on this program that we are doing right now. This is our first year on this adventure. We all love the freedom, minimal supervision and flexibility of this program. It also provides excellent Christian education. Teachers interacting with your students as if he/she's there. My child gets excited and motivated about learning, due to the teacher's personality, e.g., sense of humor, great motivator and clarity of teaching. A traditional school setting, which in our case is more comfortable. This gives me more time for house chores and side jobs while remaining active with the homeschooling experience of my child. I don't give all the responsibilities to the video teachers, I'm still my daughter's teacher. My husband and I are very much involved with this program.

Abeka offers two viewing format: DVD and Internet Video streaming. The DVDs are Abeka Academy's property, you have to return it after used. Two sets of DVDs will come first: lesson 1 to 60 and Lesson 61 to 120. When you are done using the first set which is lesson 1 to 60, you have to return it to Abeka Academy in order to received the last set, lesson 121 to 170. All you have to do is just print the return label (from abekaacademy website) and drop it off to any UPS service centers. You can send the two last sets together after you're done for the school year. So far, we all like this stye of homeschooling.

DVD Comes with.....

Abeka book will send all the needed student texts and teacher's manual for that grade level you choose.

Teacher's kit....

Home teacher materials and video manual to guide you through the school year. It is very easy to follow.

Readers....

Four readers available for you as the school year progresses.

Book Report.....

Abeka includes two books for book reports. 5th Graders are assigned to write 7 book reports through the whole school year: 4 Christian fiction, 2 Christian biography and 1 fiction. Some of them are long, short and oral book reports. If you don't already have books for this purpose, the best place to go is your public library , where you can find huge selections on this topic.

Arithmetic class...

Speed drills, daily....except on quizzes and tests days.

Our School....

This is the normal days in school:

I make sure that everything is working: tv, vcr, dvd. Daily checking of attendance for my record on our progress. Checking of home work, quizzes and tests is part of my daily routine. After my duty, I can proceed to my cleaning and cooking and things that needs to be done. My daughter likes all her teachers, they all have their own unique style of instructing.

Our Schedules..... - Class starts around 9:00 am (earlier in summer time)

School starts with Bible class - where the Pledge of Allegiance is being recited every day, prayers, singing, reviews and Bible lessons. Followed by Arithmetic, Reading, Language, Penmanship, Spelling, History, Science and Art (every few weeks).

Science Class - Lesson 83

Chapter 6: Energy and Engines from the textbook, "Investigating God's World." Very interesting.

An example of DVD program

Related topic on A Beka Homeschooling through DVD program.

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Funny Video - The homeschool family....

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      @tazzytamar: I hope my page will be useful to your cousin. Thanks a lot for your kind words.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Thank you very much for this information - my cousin has been considering starting homeschooling and I'm seeing her today so I'll show her your lens. Also, your daughter looks like she's a very clever little girl - well done both of you!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I wish I had home schooling when I was a kid.

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      renewedfaith2day 4 years ago

      When I was a teenager, and when my family could afford it, I went to a Christian school that featured beka text books. They were very good.

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      I support home schooling all the way. Great lens.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Homeschooling is a popular way to teach a student. Though I passed my school life normal way, like i used to go to school every morning by school bus or sometimes by taxi.

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      Deborah Carr 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      This video program for homeschooling sounds like the wave of the future. Very interesting!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      I have learned something today. Thank you. Blessed x

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      rainykua 4 years ago

      I don't know anyone who is being homeschooled here in the Philippines except the celebrities. I didn't know the existence of this video program. I wonder if there's such program for adults?:P I would love to study in the comforts of my home. But on second thought, my home is kind of messy. It's not an ideal place to study. I might just end up sleeping in front of the TV LOL.

      Looks like your kid is loving the program.:)

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      LornsA178 4 years ago

      @irminia: I hope you read my reply in your profile...Thanks!

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      sebo246 4 years ago

      I just started my kids on homeschooling - kindergarten and preschool. I might look at those videos - I'm using an internet interactive game-style homeschool program right now for the same reasons you like Abeka - it gives you the freedom to be a little less hands-on but still work with them. I can be cleaning the kitchen or folding laundry while I do school and so that's a really good thing for us!

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      irminia 4 years ago

      I'm totally interested in homeschooling - but how does one deal with the social aspects - being among peers, learning cooperation, learning how to present one's ideas in front of other people? Since other kids are in school, it is kind of difficult to provide opportinity for socializing, isn't it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I enjoyed home schooling my kids, and wouldn't do it any other is if I could help it. Abeka sounds like very good materials. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah, I like being homeschooled!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      I'm considering home schooling. Great lens! Blessed

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      InSearchOf LM 5 years ago

      Thank you for visiting and liking my lens. My mother home schooled my son for 5th grade after we had some issues at his elementary school. We used an online program that went up to 6th grade and tracked his scoring/grades, etc. I'd love to be able to stay home with him and teach him. I feel our schools are not the best situation for learning.

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      Senora M 5 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens. I am looking into home schooling and really don't know anything about it!

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Tim Hawkins is so funny. I love his video about the homeschool family. I have taught from the Abeka series. It is quite difficult, but I think the Social Studies curriculum is very good. Children do benefit from this system. I have even used some of the maps for the students

      in my college classes and Bible School classes.

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      We use Abeka, but mostly just texts. The past two years we have used the video streaming for only some of the classes and have been very happy with them. :)