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A.C.E. Pace Homeschool Review #homeschool #homeschooling #mom #mommy

curWith the start of a new school year, I thought I would reflect on last year and give my review of the program we used.

A.C.E. stands for Accelerated Christian Education. It’s Bible based and is heavy when it comes to the Scripture and the Word of God.

When we first started the program, I was shouting from the rooftop. An exact opposite of what we had done for the previous year and a half, this program was all written workbooks. No computer.

However, about a month in, my excitement turned into dread. So much so that I looked forward to weekly vacation breaks and there were some days I just didn’t know how much longer I could go on.

Each workbook is 41 pages and each subject has 12 workbooks in a school year. While some only teach the 4 main subjects of Math, Science, Social Studies, and English, I also added Word Building (which focuses on spelling words) and Creative Literature (which focuses on grammar, learning to write poems, learning to address envelopes, and learning to read stories and answer questions.).

So with 41 pages in 12 workbooks in 6 subjects, you can pretty much guess that it’s quite a big program. And the pages aren’t these easy, your student will get through them in minutes, type of pages. They are detailed with tons of reading and writing.

Of course, that was the programs biggest downfall. Well, at least, it has for my kid. It’s too big. It’s too much writing. It’s just too much—especially the math. Although very complete when it comes to education, I must caution you that the pages are full of repeating math problems. I would say 90% of the pages in the workbooks have 56+ math questions on each page. When you have to do 4-5 pages a day to get through the program, that can wear a kid down.

And that created a lot of stress and fighting last year.

Surely, I could have lessoned the subjects, but I still believe that spelling and learning the lessons in the creative literature books has been important and good for my kid.

I also have to warn you about the Word Building. The spelling words aren’t really grade accurate. I believe the third grade words are more suited for a second grader. I supplemented with other sets of words that I found online, which I think helped. If you are interested in this program, I highly suggest getting the next grade up in just the Word Building.

All in all, it’s a complete learning program and the lessons are impressive for how much it teaches a child in a year. However, even with that said, it’s just too much the particular way my kid learns and wasn’t a good fit for our family. It’s too much for her, and because of this, we will not be continuing with another year with it.

If you have any questions about the ACE PACE program, don’t hesitate to ask! Happy Homeschooling!

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