A Beka Home Schooling and Learn A Beka Home School Basics
Article by Carol Currie
With the growing popularity of home schooling, more and more styles and packages of homeschooling systems are entering the market. The upside is that parents who have decided to home school their children now have a lot more options and support material to choose from. The down side is that there is almost too much material for parents to go through and understanding the complexities of each option is difficult and makes deciding what course to follow more of a challenge. One popular choice is the A Beka home school which has developed by the Pensacola Christian College in Florida.
The A Beka curriculum is Christian based with the aim of educating children in the values of the faith. It is very comprehensive in nature and very highly structured and is best for families who want the home schooling to be done around a formally structured framework. There are three different program options available.
1. The A Beka Academy DVD program is a set of workbooks and accompanying DVDs that contain class room lectures that, as in regular classroom lectures, expand and clarify the material contained in the workbooks. This Program offers two options. This Program is completely accredited and is aimed at preparing students for college all work done by the student is sent to A Beka which maintains all records of a students work for purposes of grading, certification etc. The other option offers the same material but in this case all records are kept by the parents and it is a non accredited program. Since A Beka is not involved in record keeping, the second option costs less. 2. The A Beka Academy Traditional Parent-Directed option is the same, but minus the DVDs. This is also a college preparatory program that is wholly accredited and that replaces the DVDs with detailed guides that explain to the parents how approach the syllabus. This allows more flexibility to the parents in how they approach various subjects. The parents send in all the work done by the children to A Beka who does the grading and also issues report cards – that are quite like a regular school, only everything happens from the home. The program operates on an academic year basis and parents are provided with regular updates on the children’s progress.3. The Text Books and Materials for Home Schooling provides only the curriculum and A Beka has no further role to play. All records are kept by the parents who evaluate the children’s performance and progress and since there is no academic year, parents can allow the children to learn at a pace that meets their individual requirements. Parents are free to order just parts of the program covering specific subject and combine what A Beka provides with other curricula from other sources.
If you are looking for a Christian based way of education, the A Beka home school program offers a well structured program that creates a strong foundation in subjects like reading, writing and mathematics and sets highs standards for children to meet through their schooling years. Although the A Beka system is more expensive that many other Christian home school programs, its popularity attests the standards it sets.
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