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Back in the spring, I shared about A New Direction for our Homeschool this year. We had decided to enroll Ian in Abeka Academy for fifth grade. At the time, I hadn’t yet used the program or had any personal experience with it. Now, however, he has about 6 weeks of school under his belt and I’ve decided to take some time to share about the program and each individual subject. I’ll start with the subject that he begins school with each day . . .
When our curriculum package arrived in the mail, it included a LOT of books – all the textbooks that Ian would need for fifth grade, along with all the teachers resources (text and quiz books, teacher keys, the video instruction manual, and a book to keep track of grades, etc.), and the DVD’s for the entire fifth grade school year (90 of them, to be exact, in 3 separate cases). When I say it was a LOT, I mean it! Honestly, when I saw all the curriculum, I felt like we got a really good deal – and I was feeling very affirmed in our decision to go this route for school.
However, I still wasn’t sure about IAN. I mean, all he has done in the past is complain about school. But, I had no cause for concern. He sat right down on the very first day and was very attentive to the teachers on the DVD. And it wasn’t just the first day. Six weeks in to the school year, and he’s still doing great with it. He’s learning and he’s excelling.
Happiness for a Homeschool Mom is …
When we unboxed everything, though, we realized that there was NOTHING included in the curriculum package for Bible class, yet it is a class that Abeka REQUIRES. I found this puzzling and wasn’t the least bit sure what to expect.
I did know that Abeka uses the King James Version of the Bible, so I went out and bought Ian a KJV Study Bible that he can mark in and use over the years to come.
At the beginning of the school year, I started a little “series” of fun Facebook posts that starts with this phrase. One of my first posts went like this:
Happiness for a Homeschool Mom is . . .
Listening to your child recite Scripture.
Over the past six weeks, in addition to listening him recite Scripture, I’ve listened to him saying the Pledge of Allegiance, singing hymns and patriotic songs, and learning (along with his classmates) how to pray. I’ve heard him using the knowledge that he’s gaining to answer questions while watching American Bible Challenge on Netflix.
And I have realized that, other than the Bible, what else do you really need to teach a BIBLE class?
Abeka has this all figured out.
Ian’s teacher, Miss Ready (pronounced reed-ee), teaches the children directly from the Word of God. There is no dumbed-down curriculum. It’s just the straight-up Word. This morning, I taped a little segment of the class to share:
And, not only is she teaching from it, she’s teaching IT. Already, he has memorized Philippians 2:4-11. He nailed it, reciting it word-for-word. And, in case you don’t believe me, here’s proof:
Final Thoughts on Abeka’s Bible class
I am very pleased with this class. It has been a joy to hear all that Ian is learning about the Bible and the songs that he is singing. He’s even felt convicted about a few things in his life and made some personal changes based on things that he has learned.
Ian is currently learning Philippians 4:4-8. I’ll post updates on the curriculum throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, or view sample videos and get more information on Abeka’s website.
Again, I am in no way affiliated with Abeka or Abeka Academy. I am just a homeschooling mom using this curriculum successfully in our homeschool and wanted to share.