An A Beka Book Overview*
Written by Marie
According to their website, A Beka is a phonics based curriculum that has been around for over 40 years. It is designed for both Christian schools and home schools and covers 2 year old preschool through 12th grade.
A Beka is a traditional, Bible based program that uses textbooks and worksheets for teaching.
Entire grade kits can be purchased, or you can purchase individual items. They also offer a DVD based curriculum, showing a teacher and a classroom of children. This way the child being homeschooled can feel like they are part of the classroom, and it’s a lot less work for the parent.
My Opinion in a Nutshell:
If you believe in a traditional based curriculum you should seriously consider A Beka. I know families that have used only A Beka that love it and have done extremely well with it.
If you feel confined by traditional classroom teaching with rote memorization, worksheets and textbooks, then it probably will not be a good fit for you and your children.
I also feel it has some holes in its language and reading, which I will post on and link here at a later date.
A Little More Detail:
Despite my original feeling that A Beka was the best ever (why in the world would someone not choose A Beka?!), for most subjects I’ve found other curricula that work better for us.
Before homeschooling, I felt the Classical approach was best. Now I strongly believe in Charlotte Mason** style schooling with “living books” instead of textbooks and learning through free play and guided exploration. A Beka’s traditional approach just didn’t work for us. I found it became too boring, slow and stringent for Grace who is very creative and a quick learner. For Lainey, who is what I call an emotional “feeler” it was just too much too fast and she couldn’t really process the information (However, a year and half into homeschooling, I have found Lainey does need worksheets).
We even tried the video samples on A Beka’s website to see if that would be a better fit, but 60 seconds into each one all three of us were bored stiff. I can’t imagine spending a whole morning watching them, but again that’s just our opinion and our learning styles.
There is a teacher’s guide with a lot of information. Much of it is geared towards classroom use, but there are some neat activities and ways to reinforce the lessons. To be honest though I found I don’t really use it.
We still use A Beka for some subjects and have abandoned it for the rest. I will add more posts later, breaking down my thoughts on A Beka subject by subject.
If you’ve used A Beka please comment below and let us know what you thought of it!
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**For a good but quick explanation of the 5 main curriculum types and which one suits your family, check out The Pioneer Woman’s post here.