- Reviewed on Friday, June 14, 2013
- Grades Used: k-5th
- Dates used: 2005-2013
I've been reading some of the reviews on this site and I cringe when I read that ABEKA is not hands on, or just a bunch of worksheets.
let me just say, that my guess is that these parents are not using the ABEKA curriculum properly. And if you don't use a product the way it was designed , then you should not expect positive results.
ABEKA is a classroom curriculum, adapted for homeschooling. A classroom has a teacher that teaches lessons. She doesn't just hand out worksheets and says "work the problems". At least I hope not! This curriculum is designed to be used with a teacher's manual. If you are not using the manual, your kids are not getting out of the curriculum all that they could be.
If you follow the manuals, which are extremely detailed and full of hands on activities and concrete applications and reviews; the lessons will make more sense, and won't feel disjointed or like they are going too fast.
The worksheet is not the lesson. The lesson is in the T.M. (teacher's manual). The worksheets and speed drills are tools to help apply the concepts taught in the T.M.
I've used this program with all three of my kids: ages 7,9, and 11. They are all very different. My third one is on the autism spectrum and struggles with ADHD. They are all learning, and doing well. I tweak the lessons to accommodate each one's style, but I do the lessons, reviews, and speed drills. I don't do the tests. I use the General Reviews at the end of each section to evaluate their learning.
If you are not willing to use the manuals, then don't waste your money. Find a curriculum that is meant to be "self teaching". Like Teaching Textbooks, for example. Just my two cents.
- Reviewed on Friday, June 1, 2012
- Grades Used: 1-5th
- Dates used: 2008-Present
First let begin by saying I wasn't sure that I liked the A Beka Math Program. I had used Horizons briefly before deciding to try A Beka and see if it would work for my sons.
This program works! It IS a challenging program and honestly I don't do EVERYTHING in it every day. We always do the Speed Drills, Lessons, Worksheets and Tests. We don't do every drill in the Curriculum because many times we don't need to do them.
My sons are NOT Math geniuses. I just had their assessments done about two weeks ago. My older son who is turning 12 tomorrow, struggled with the A Beka Grade 4 Curriculum. I decided to repeat it with him and it was a good decision. He is now on Lesson 76 in the Abeka Grade 5 Arithmetic Book and he tested at grade 7.3 (So, repeating grade 4 was a good choice.) My younger son is 10 1/2 and he just started the Grade 4 Curriculum and is on Lesson 17. He tested at Grade 5.9 I am so happy with this math curriculum choice! The wonderful educator who does our assessments was even sold on A Beka when she witnessed their progress.
I came into A Beka Arithmetic each year as they were revising the grade I needed to buy. The previous versions of this curriculum had too many of the same type of problems and really tended to fall into the "drill and kill" category. Now, each section has problems in green and homework or additional practice sections. I used these in this manner: If my sons get all the "black" problems in the section correct they don't need to do the "green" ones. If they miss a problem I will have them do one green one or more depending on the type of error. It is obviously working for my sons! If any of you have questions about A Beka Math at the levels I mentioned I would be happy to help you in any way I can. Feel free to email me directly and I will respond as quickly as possible. My email is email@example.com
- Reviewed on Thursday, May 10, 2012
- Grades Used: 1-6
- Dates used: -2012
A Beka Math in my opinion is a perfect choice! I have always loved the A Beka Curriculum. This review is written by a student. I just want to say A Beka is wonderful! I love it!!!
- Reviewed on Thursday, February 23, 2012
- Grades Used: 4th 5th 6th
- Dates used: 1993-1996
I never did like this curriculum it was too hard for me and I am not the best at math and a beka was one of the hardest curriculums so we had to switch to lifepac