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Homeschooling Using Abeka Video Program

Updated on February 20, 2020
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Lorna is a Christian homeschooled mom and homemaker. She enjoys cooking and baking and spending time with family and friends.

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.

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The instructions on using the video is very easy. Home teacher materials and video manual to guide you through the school year.The DVD daily lessonsStudent's Text Books4 ReadersFor Book Reports
The instructions on using the video is very easy. Home teacher materials and video manual to guide you through the school year.
The instructions on using the video is very easy. Home teacher materials and video manual to guide you through the school year. | Source
The DVD daily lessons
The DVD daily lessons
Student's Text Books
Student's Text Books | Source
4 Readers
4 Readers | Source
For Book Reports
For Book Reports | Source

Science Class - Lesson 83

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

School Days

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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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Lorna


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    • LornsA178 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from USA

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

    • tazzytamar profile image


      6 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!

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      6 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

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

    • renewedfaith2day profile image


      7 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.

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      7 years ago

      I support home schooling all the way. Great lens.

    • takkhisa profile image


      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      I have learned something today. Thank you. Blessed x

    • rainykua profile image


      7 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.:)

    • LornsA178 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

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

    • sebo246 profile image


      7 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!

    • irminia profile image


      7 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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      7 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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      7 years ago

      Yeah, I like being homeschooled!

    • Melissa Miotke profile image

      Melissa Miotke 

      7 years ago from Arizona

      I'm considering home schooling. Great lens! Blessed

    • InSearchOf LM profile image

      InSearchOf LM 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      8 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.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 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. :)


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