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  1. Ambikai Ranganathan says:

    Hi Monica! I have enrolled my kid in Abeka curriculum unaccredited. I would like to change to accredited. But should we grade bible classes also? We are skipping as of now. Can we change to accredited and submit grades without bible?

    1. Hi there! Awesome you are using Abeka. I am sorry I’m not much help on those questions b/c we have always only done non-accredited. I’d suggest calling them as their customer service is always very good. All the best to you!

  2. Hi Monica!
    I’ve been trying to read through all of your “Homeschooling” articles, as we are highly considering this option for the fall due to the unknown school requirements. My boys will be in 3rd and 1st grade. Do you see Abeka as a better curriculum for older children? Or, do you also recommend this for children of all ages? I feel so completely overwhelmed with all of the curriculum choices and then I’m constantly overthinking which one would be best.

  3. Hi there. Not sure when you originally posted this but I searched your site for your homeschool curriculum πŸ˜‰ Long story short … I am *seriously* considering homeschooling my rising 8th grader due to covid. We are in Va and thus far we have no clear plan as to what our district will look like for our kids. I have so many thoughts/concerns for our collective children (we are huge public school supporters so to know how many of my “babies” do not have the option/support in this environment is grieving my mama heart) … My question for you is do you still love this program? We are planning to start school whenever/however that happens but I want to have a back up plan in place. Thank you for always sharing your insight with us!

    1. Hi Adrienne! Aw, so sorry for the crazy changes going on and all of the unknowns…Yes, we still use Abeka and we still love it. I have a few more homeschool updates if you use the search bar on my blog to type in “Homeschool” you should see quite a few. But for the main parts of our curriculum we do use Abeka. πŸ™‚ Blessings!

    2. Thank you!!!
      πŸ€—πŸ˜˜

  4. Hi there, This is amazing and so well put. I’ve been diving into learning how to be a successful parent for homeschooling, and realize that I’ve never really thought about it very much! Thanks for your curriculum and analysis, they will be much useful!

  5. I’m planning on homeschool for my 6th grade son this Fall. I just looked at the Abeka website. Do you do the video & books? There’s an option to purchase video lessons only. I’m wondering which way to go.

    1. Good for you April! Yes, I have always used both. I don’t think videos alone would be a good idea–you really need the books to go with it. (Perhaps they offer that option for people who already have the books or something?..) We love Abeka. πŸ™‚ Thanks for commenting, and keep me posted!

  6. Zephyr Kamph says:

    I’d love to know what a typical homeschooling day looks like for you guys!

    1. Thank you Zephyr! I’ll keep that one in mind for a future post! πŸ™‚ Even though it looks different every day, I think I could work on that one!
      (And I owe you a FB reply too, sorry–swamped this last week!) aloha!

  7. Aloha Monica!

    I happened upon your site today because I subscribed (from a lovely friend on FB) to get the emails for the “Man Up” series:) It is wonderful, BTW! My two oldest are boys (10 and 6) and in private christian school here in Missouri. The curriculum is ABEKA mixed with some Bob Jones and other supplements. I have been thoroughly pleased. It is AMAZING to see Jesus in all of the subjects. My kids humble me everyday with their knowledge of God’s grace and love.

    My mom has been the 5th grade teacher at our school for many years and is retiring this year. Her “teacher” discount, in addition to higher tuition and lower available financial aid have left us wondering if we can continue. We are also worried about our youngest getting close to entering as well (little girl, 3 years old.) This will land us with 3 in private school.

    My boys actually BEG me to teach them from home and would LOVE a home school environment. I have always thought I was NOT that mom and that they needed the time away from me to socialize and get ready for the world. I’m not so sure anymore. Things are changing everywhere, including their school. Many believe that the school continuing to use a labeled “home school” curriculum is outdated and fails to prepare children for the necessary testing required for Common Core and college entrance…. enough said.

    I am starting to think, especially after reading from you that they could actually watch a real teacher with my guidance, I might be able to do this!!! Then, there is my husband….. what to do about him??? He has NEVER thought home school should be an option and is totally against it. Where did you start with 1. getting on the same page and 2. doing research to realize it was a viable option? Do they really need structured school and socialization? We can’t surf in Missouri, but they are heavily integrated in school sports and activities.

    On a side note, I was born in Oahu at Tripler Hospital (military kid) and would love to bring my kids over to see where mommy came from! I love your whole site and wish you many blessings in the blogger adventure!

    1. Pray for your husband. That is the best thing! If it’s your hearts desire, pray God changes his heart from a hater of homeschool to a lover of homeschool

  8. I’m fascinated by your homeschooling experience. Thanks for letting me “sneak a peek” into this part of your world. πŸ™‚

  9. This all sounds so interesting, wish I was that brave. I truly admire all the homeschooling mama’s.

    I might try preschool with my little one.
    Xoxoxo

    Lucy

  10. As a fellow homeschool mom, I’m happy read your Abeka Online review. I’m wondering if your boys are good independent learners? I ask because we’ve used Sonlight for the past 3 years, and while we love all of the literature we get to read. .. it’s a LOT of literature with 3 different grade levels! (Even with teaching 2 of those grades together for Core subjects.)

    We tried to include Abeka Spelling & Grammar in place of the Sonlight LA while still reading all the Lit, but it was too much extra for me on top of all of the reading. BUT…with the Baby actively joining our classroom next year and one starting high school, something will have to change. We really love homeschooling but I can’t imagine doing MORE of anything. I like the idea of them having a little more autonomy.

    1. Kirsten–I have many thoughts on this, so I think I’ll just send you an email! πŸ™‚ We used Sonlight for our first couple of years, and I LOVE so much about it. In fact, I still order reading books from Sonlight, because they are simply the best. I don’t know why I hesitated so much to do ALL one curriculum, somehow I felt like i needed to individualize things, but now that I am purely doing Abeka, I have so much more peace. And time to myself. πŸ˜‰ It’s a tough choice when there are so many good ones out there! And funny–I remember when you were just pondering homeschooling! Have I known you that long? πŸ™‚

      1. We MUST talk soon! I’m going over all of the myraid of curriculum choices out there with the hope of somehow simplifying and my head is spinning! πŸ˜‰

        1. Hi. Do you have a home schedule of some sort that you have created that you can share and do you have pictures of your set up at home. Would love to see, I just purchased the program for my daughters in 1st grade.

          1. Hi Susana! Congrats on ordering homeschool curriculum — I think you’re going to love it! ;). I really have not followed a tight schedule because our family goes in so many directions, but I’m sure you can find many online (Pinterest?). Also, our setup is quite simple and random. I’ve never posted about it, but maybe one day I will! Haha, I’d love to see what YOU do! I bet it’s perfect for your daughter! All the best to you!

  11. While I am pretty darn sure we will never be able to home school that sounds like a great curriculum. I like the positive reinforcement aspect you mentioned. If we move back can we add the girls to your school? HEHE.