The ACE (Accelerated Christian Education ) homeschool curriculum has been around now for 40 years. This is a Christian homeschooling company whose goal is to teach children to be responsible for their own education, to view life as God would and to develop Godly character and wisdom.
They believe that parents play a very important role in this happening, therefore their training materials contain important homeschooling information that will help parents implement this homeschool curriculum.
How The ACE Homeschool Curriculum Works
A mastery learning approach is used whereby your child will master a concept before they move on to the next one. To do this, work texts are used. They are called PACEs. These are taken from a traditional textbook then divided into smaller, much more manageable sections. For each grade’s subject there are 12 PACEs.
At the beginning of each PACE there is a list of goals, concepts that are to be mastered, a Bible verse and a corresponding character trait. Throughout each PACE there are several Checkups so that the student will be able to see what areas they have not mastered and thus will need to go back and review before they are able to move on. Once the PACE is completed, the students take a Self Test that will help them and their teacher determine whether or not they are ready to take the final PACE test.
Benefits To Using ACE Curriculum
There are a lot of great reasons to use ACE, including:
- This is a very budget friendly way in which to homeschool.
- This method will help to build confidence, independence and diligence within your children.
- Whenever learning gaps may occur, it is easy to cover them.
- These homeschool packages are easily to tailor so that you will be able to meet your child’s needs.
- The Bible is interwoven throughout the curriculum so that your child will memorize Scripture and develop Godly values.
Drawbacks To Using ACE Curriculum
There are also some drawbacks to using ACE, including:
- Some students struggle with the material and thus need to start on a lower grade level than they are actually at.
- There is room for cheating whenever it comes to grading your own work.
- There is a lot of material to cover in one school year and this may take away from other things that the child could be doing.
- Some parents feel that this curriculum is too religious.
- This curriculum is not “politically correct” (i.e. encouraging girls to be housewives).