A Beka Kindergarten DVD

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A Beka Kindergarten DVD

Postby ron » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:14 am

We are starting our 5 year old on the A Beka Kindergarten DVD program on Monday. Our family is so excited! We chose this program because we like A Beka's emphasis on Christian character and faith, high academic standards, seasoned DVD teachers, easy to follow guide for parents, and that my wife and I can oversee our son's discipleship and education yet still have time to spend with our 1 year old. We don't have a separate room for schooling so we've transformed a corner of his bedroom into a "schoolroom" using a schooldesk picked up at a yard sale, a small bulletin board, and a set of plastic drawers from Walmart. The TV and DVD player are in the closet to save space. Also bought a baby gate to put at his bedroom door to keep little brother from distracting him yet providing us the ability to see and hear what's going on in the "schoolroom". A Beka provides all the books and we rounded it out with a few purchases from the dollar store. We paid $450 for the K5 curriculum and DVD's. Will let you know how it goes!

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Day 2

Postby ron » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:57 pm

So far so good! He is enjoying the DVD school and his teacher, Mrs. Bere. Even though our home got struck with the stomach flu this week, our little guy has dodged the bullet and looks forward to "going to school". Our one year old has been a handful, but school goes on.

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A Beka Kindergarten DVD

Postby RachelAnna » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:19 pm

I have seen mini clips from the K5 DVD's and am very impressed. Right now, we are homeschooling using the K5 textbooks, with myself as the teacher which I absolutely love doing. Abeka produces excellent materials of the highest quality.

God bless your family!
"Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord..." Ps. 127:3a

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Postby nsilva001 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:41 am

We have been using the K5 DVD curriculum since June. My son informed me today that he doesn't like it, he thinks it's too boring. Sometimes I agree with him but I don't know how to make it fun without straying from the curriculum. Any suggestions?
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tips to keep it interesting

Postby ron » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:08 am

We encouraged our boy to really become part of the class. He stands when they stand, answers when they answer, etc. This seems to help him pay attention and become more excited about school. Also, it's take extra effort, but my wife tries to give our boy the same little rewards Mrs. Bere give her class. For instance, when they had a kite that gradually moving up to the clouds, my wife cut out a simle kite and cloud and hung it in his room for him to be motivated by. If she gives them little apples, give him little apples, etc. If you can find little ways to supplement the lessons, it will help your student to be more motivated. Hope this helps. In the end, it's most important to pray with your child each morning before you start school, get excited yourself over what he's learning, praise him for any good work he does, hang the crafts on the frig, etc. If we as parents are excited and show how important this is our children will follow in like manner. p.s. be sure he isn't distracted during lessons by toys, siblings, etc. We use a baby monitor to "monitor" what's happening in the "classroom" while we're in other parts of the house. Remember, he's just a little guy and still needs lots of parental involvement. Resist the urge to turn on the DVD and check out. :)

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thank you.

Postby ron » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:12 am

Thank you rachel, for your kind words. Hope all is going well for you and your little one. They are God's blessings to us!

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p.s. noelani

Postby ron » Mon Dec 13, 2010 2:19 am

There are days when our boy drags, isn't excited about school, wants to play or watch TV...this is NORMAL. When our boy doesn't want to do some part of the lesson (like coloring - not his favorite activity) we remind him that we must do both the things in school that we like and that we don't like as much. This is building character in them! In adult life we also have to do both the things we like and don't like. We want to teach them that early. On the flip side, we do sometimes allow him to color a PART of the picture if he's really bogging down with it.

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Postby souraat » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:41 am

I am not sure I would want to use this every year, but a year here and there is great. I will be using them again 2011-2012.

I wanted to see if my son could handle the pace of ABeka after having me as his teacher all of the time. He not only did well, but he tested buy levitra very well. He is an auditory learner. The teachers review the subject matter daily. I do not know about anyone else, but my voice gets tired.

I would like to note for those who are thinking of using this. You do not have to do every single assignment. There is a lot of busy work. If you feel your student has received what they need, MOVE ON!

The only thing other thing I do not like about ABeka is that everything is treated as a separate item. I do not see a reason to have spelling and vocabulary be separate. There is a way to combine things to keep it from being so cumbersome. If anyone ever comes out with DVDs for UNIT STUDIES, it would be great.
Anyone know of any?
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1st grade going well

Postby ron » Tue Oct 11, 2011 2:12 pm

I know this is a kindergarten topic page, but as our son did the Abeka DVD kindergarten last year and is now in the DVD 1st grade program, I thought I'd give an update for those considering moving on with Abeka. At the end of K5 we weren't sure if we'd do the DVD again. Our son is so social and it seems he really missed the interaction with the other kids. Watching them play games on the DVD that he couldn't be a part of really bummed him out! My wife, in repsonse, played as many of the games with him as she could.

That being said, after much review over the summer of other curriculums (our church has a great Christian School, but we still felt called to homeschool), we went with Abeka DVD again for 1st grade. This year so far (six weeks) has gone really well. He's a little older so his attention span has increased (translated - he doesn't moan about seatwork nearly as much as before!) We reward him with little candies, awards, etc. for work accomplished and this helps. We are in the ACCREDITED program with Abeka, so we don't have the option to skip over material, etc., as they have you sign a paper that says he is doing ALL the work. Although, they are more concerned that he has watched all the DVDs and turns in all the quizzes and tests, so the rest of the seatwork papers is really up to each parent to decide how much to do or not. My wife wants to withdraw from the accredited program so that she has more flexibility in skipping Subjects, but I like the accountability of the accredited program. I think it keeps us all on task as anyone who has homeschooled knows how easy it is to start "getting behind".

So, all this to say we're satisfied right now with the Abeka DVD. The teacher, Miss Wieler, is awesome. Many times my wife has commented on how good a teacher she is and that my wife couldn't do it as well. Miss Wieler is quick and keeps things rolling so kids don't get bored or distracted. Our church school uses the exact same Abeka curriculum but I know for a fact it's not as rich as the DVD school content.

Bottom line: Enrich Abeka DVD with supplemental prizes, awards, activities, etc. and it's a great program.

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Postby bonnie434 » Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:20 am

I love their language program. But this year I only purchased Language A. I didn't buy the readers or the Beardstown Opera House spelling this year. I stopped using the readers and speller because I wanted to get away from the usual.


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