Homeschooling Using Abeka Video Program
The Video Program
Abeka Academy, 5th Grade DVD curriculum
As homeschool progresses and curriculum gets harder-- we decided to let Abeka master teachers taught our daughter during her 5th grade of homeschooling. We shifted our homeschool to DVD program for a lot of personal reasons, besides from it's getting difficult for me to handle some classes.
Do you feel overwhelm and needed a curriculum that will lessen your burden? Would you like to try something new that will help your kids learn better? 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 loved it. The video program is very useful because your child/children will be taught by Abeka license teachers.
The video program helped me a lot to lessen my work. I did not prepare for the lessons since the certified teachers from Abeka Academy were teaching my daughter. I facilitated and helped my child if there were some area of her lessons that were not clear to her understanding. We enjoyed watching the lessons as if we were there with the teachers and students in the classroom. The teachers were very good in making my daughter felt that she was included with the class.
We finished 5th grade and loved it. My daughter had few favorite teachers. She felt sad when the school year was over. She missed seeing her teachers and classmates as if they were physically here.
More About the program
I would like to give those interested in 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, because of 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 while remaining active with the homeschooling experience of my child. I did not give all the responsibilities to the video teachers. I was very active with my daughter's education. My husband and I were very much involved with this program. I watched the lessons while preparing lunch from our kitchen.
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.
Abeka includes two books for book reports. 5th Graders are assigned to write 7 book reports through the whole school year: Four Christian fiction, two Christian biography and One 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 these topic.
I am so glad we decided to try Abeka video program. It was a great decision we made to make our daughter's homeschooling experience more fun.
Update: I wrote this when my daughter was in 5th grade. She's in college now. I can say that homeschooling has greatly influenced her study habits. She became an independent learner.
The DVD program comes with Teacher's Manual, Students' text books, Readers, and Books for Book Report.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Science Class - Lesson 83
Chapter 6: Energy and Engines from the textbook, "Investigating God's World." Very interesting.
I made sure that everything is working: tv, vcr and 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 needed to be done. My daughter liked all her teachers, they all have their own unique style of instructing. After few lessons we took some breaks, ate snacks and went outside for fresh air.
Arithmetic class has speed drills daily, except on quizzes and tests days.
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). We also did some poetry. My daughter memorized one poem at a time and recited it to be graded. It was so fun hearing her recite her poems.
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© 2012 Lorna