For my 10yr ds, we use ACE (Accelerated Christian Education), otherwise known as School of Tomorrow. It is a self-paced, self-study type of program. The subjects include Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Word Building. We are also doing two electives including Bible Reading and Literature & Creative Writing. For each year of school, the student completes 12 workbooks (known as PACEs) in each subject. For instance, in 4th grade, there are 12 Math PACEs to complete for the school year, 12 English, 12 Science, etc. He sets goals each day for the number of pages he does in each workbook with a target of four pages per workbook per day.
At first, I did not think I would like using a “boxed” curriculum for every subject. I was really nervous that I would not be able to teach my son to “think outside the box” and be creative. I also did not want him to be bored or hassled with “busy work”. But, as we have learned more about the program and have used it more (this is our third year) I am really enjoying it and am so glad we decided to go with ACE for this particular child.
One thing that I realized is that I really need to prepare him to live an adult life. Not that he needs to be an adult NOW, but that he needs to be ready when adult life sets in. Sometimes, our jobs are boring but the job still needs to be done. Folding the laundry is boring! But I still need to be disciplined enough to do it or we all walk around looking like a wrinkled mess. When I worked outside the home, I was blessed to have a job that I truly enjoyed performing. There were still parts of that job that were boring and tedious and even “busy work” by my estimation at times. I still needed to get those jobs done too and then get on with the fun stuff. I want my son to have a fun and exciting job where he is never bored. But, if he has to take any job that comes his way in order to put food on the table, I want him to have learned how to “suck it up”, be a man, and just do it. I want him to be equipped to do whatever is thrown at him in his dream job. In order to have that happen, sometimes he might be bored with his work. Not always, but sometimes.
I say all that, not to say that ACE is boring – I really don’t think that it is, overall. But, I can see why some home school families shy away from the workbook method because they are concerned about boring the kids. This was just one of the mental obstacles that I had to break through as we used this curriculum for our son. There are days he is excited about what he is learning and days that he is not and he is okay with both feelings! I think that’s a very mature characteristic. He knows how to sit in a seat for longer than 30 minutes. That’s something he’ll need to do as he grows!
Another reason ACE works very well for us is because it is based on the King James Bible. There is verse memorization in every workbook (or PACE), there are character traits taught in each PACE, there are life lessons in each PACE. Each and every day, good and right morals and values are being taught and upheld as he reads each page. I can’t tell you what a blessing that is and what peace it brings to my heart!
I have a large age gap between my 10yr ds and the next child – my 4yr dd. ACE helps me to make sure ds always gets a full school day in no matter what is going on in our lives. We have four children altogether and sometimes one is sick or crying. Sometimes, we need to take unexpected trips out of the home. We can always take the PACEs with us and get school done for the day. I have peace of mind knowing that he is getting the education he needs and deserves even if life is trying its hardest to get in the way.
Overall, I really love ACE and it is working very well for our family! Here is the link to their website if you’d like to take a look. Otherwise, I would be more than happy to answer any questions or just talk more about the program and our experiences!
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