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Subject: A Beka vs. BJU
Date Posted: 9/10/2011 11:29 PM ET
Member Since: 1/2/2010
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I am having a hard time deciding!!  I have received most of A Beka 4th grade history for free as well as BJU 4th grade Heritage Studies for free.  To complete each curr. would cost about the same amount of money.  They both look great, but we have always used BJU.    I'm having the exact same problem with english/language arts as well.  Does anybody have some pointers, experience, advice...something that will help my indecisiveness?   Thank you so much!

Subject: A Beka vs. BJU
Date Posted: 9/13/2011 11:24 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2005
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I personally prefer A Beka for elementary grades and BJU for Jr. High and up.  Unfortunately, I can't really say for sure why.  (Not very helpful, I know.  sorry!)

Subject: Abeka vs BJU
Date Posted: 9/15/2011 11:34 AM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2007
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I really lliked BJU Math and Reading for my dyslexic son.  I think the story that went with the Math made it more interesting i.e. a ranger or firefighter, or a clown. And the reading was always about kids activities. I tried Abeka, but it had such a diversity of stories in the reading and they were trying to teach skills which was good, but the stories did not seem to flow from one to the other.  Abeka is much more advanced tho' I used it for high school for another child and the teacher of elementary grades said He did not learn some of the things Abeka teaches until college. I would look at which one appeals to you and stay with it. They both build on what they learn from year to year.

Subject: Abeka vs Bob Jones
Date Posted: 9/26/2011 4:52 PM ET
Member Since: 8/10/2008
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I am a teacher and have taught for almost 30 years in Christian schools. I have taught Abeka, Bob Jones and even ACE. I prefer Abeka by far! It is very easy to teach, especially if you do not have  a teaching degree or experience. It is laid out clearly for the teacher. Bob Jones, however, assumes that you know how to teach the material. If you use the Abeka as it should be taught, EVERY child will get the material. Some may not be able to keep up with the pace of the material...so slow it down for them. I have also taught Saxon math in High School. I still prefer Abeka. It is so easy to teach!

I hope I have helped you some.

Wanda

Date Posted: 10/12/2011 3:44 AM ET
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My sister uses Apologetics for History. If you are Christain, it is great. It tells the story of the world, not one contenant at a time, but one centurary at a time, including Bible stories, and explaining the other religions at the time they were in differant places and how they affected history. My nephews are 3 and 4 grade. My nieces are K4 and not yet started, so they don't have history yet, beyond a homemade curriculaumm of holidays, what happened today, heroes, and Bible stories. 

Good luck finding what appeals to you.

Date Posted: 10/12/2011 3:44 AM ET
Member Since: 8/14/2008
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My sister uses Apologetics for History. If you are Christain, it is great. It tells the story of the world, not one contenant at a time, but one centurary at a time, including Bible stories, and explaining the other religions at the time they were in differant places and how they affected history. My nephews are 3 and 4 grade. My nieces are K4 and not yet started, so they don't have history yet, beyond a homemade curriculaumm of holidays, what happened today, heroes, and Bible stories. 

Good luck finding what appeals to you.