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How to Use A Beka Book Curriculum/Lesson Plans in Your Homeschool

  1. A Beka Book Curriculum/Lesson Plans are designed to guide parents in teaching average children. The Curriculum/Lesson Plans have been used for more than 50 years in Christian schools and homeschools.
  2. Because children need reinforcement of material that has been taught, the Curriculum/Lesson Plans include oral and written review.
  3. Parents using the Curriculum/Lesson Plans need to cover each point under Preparation and Procedure with their child. Each aspect of the lesson is important to the complete education of the child.
  4. Visuals are often suggested to enhance learning. A suggested minimum list is included in the A Beka Book Homeschool Order Form under “Recommendations.” These visuals are highly recommended for use in instructing the child. Several visuals have been printed especially for homeschool parents.
    • Phonics Charts and Games K4–K5
    • Numbers Charts and Games K4–K5
    • Learning Games K4–K5
    • Arithmetic 1 Charts and Games Gr. 1
    • Arithmetic 2 Charts and Games Gr. 2
    • Arithmetic 3–8 Charts Gr. 3–8
    • Language 4–6 Charts Gr. 4–6
    • Geography Teaching Maps Gr. 4
    • Old World History/Geography Maps A Gr. 5
    • New World History/Geography Review Maps B Gr. 6
    • Science Teaching Charts Gr. 4–6
    • Health Teaching Charts Gr. 4–6
  5. A Beka Book Curriculum/Lesson Plans save parents many hours of planning and preparation. Using them assures that each page of the textbooks, quiz books, and test books is assigned at an average pace for the grade.
  6. Curriculum/Lesson Plans combined with the suggested basic time schedule allow home-schooling parents time to teach their children and still have time to care for other responsibilities. Suggestions for the order of the day are given on the next page. The times may vary slightly, but parents who use the total A Beka Book program have said that these times are sufficient for teaching. Often the child will use additional time to work independently.
  7. Parents often have several children to teach at one time. See the last page for a sample of how to set up a master time schedule at home. Notice that the child needs parental instruction from the Curriculum/Lesson Plans as well as independent seatwork or practice time. Keep in mind that a kindergarten child does not have a long attention span and generally cannot do seatwork until second semester. Grades 1–2 have similar schedules and Grades 3–6 are very much alike in format. This should help you in planning your own master time schedule for your homeschool.
  8. Special homeschool Curriculum/Lesson Plans have been written for the following subjects:
    • K4 Phonics/Reading/Writing
    • K4 Numbers
    • K5 Phonics/Reading/Writing
    • K5 Numbers
    • Phonics/Reading 1 Gr. 1
    • Writing/Seatwork 1 Gr. 1
    • Arithmetic 1 Gr. 1
    • Phonics/Reading 2 Gr. 2
    • Writing/Seatwork 2 Gr. 2
    • Arithmetic 2 Gr. 2
    • Reading/Phonics 3 Gr. 3
    • Language Arts 3 Gr. 3
    • Arithmetic 3 Gr. 3
    • Science/Health 3 Gr. 3
    • History 3 Gr. 3
    • Language Arts 4 Gr. 4
    • Arithmetic 4 Gr. 4
    • Science/Health 4 Gr. 4
    • History 4 Gr. 4
    • Language Arts 5 Gr. 5
    • Arithmetic 5 Gr. 5
    • Science/Health 5 Gr. 5
    • History 5 Gr. 5
    • Language Arts 6 Gr. 6
    • Arithmetic 6 Gr. 6
    • Science/Health 6 Gr. 6
    • History 6 Gr. 6

A Beka Book Recommended Schedule for Subjects
with Estimated Time of Parent Teaching*

Kindergarten

Phonics 10 min.
Writing 10–15 min.
or
Reading (later in year) 8–12 min.
Activity Time
(Science/Social Studies/Fine Arts)
10–15 min.
Numbers/Numbers Writing 10–15 min.
Phonics Review 5–10 min.

Grades 1–2

Phonics (Spelling/Language) 15 min.
Seatwork
(Children work independently
30–60 min. during the day.)
5 min.
Explanation time
Reading 15 min.
Writing 15 min.
Arithmetic 30–35 min.
Reading 15 min.
Additional Activities 15–20 min.
1st Quarter Comm. Helpers (Gr. 1) 3x/week
2nd Quarter Science 3x/week
3rd Quarter History 3x/week
4th Quarter Health 3x/week
Music 1x/week
Art 1x/week

Grade 3

Arithmetic 30 min.
Seatwork
(Children work independently
20–30 min. during the day.)
1–2 min.
Explanation time
Reading 15 min.
Language 15 min.
Spelling/Poetry 10–15 min.
Penmanship 15 min.
Reading 15 min.
Science (first semester)/
History (second semester)
15 min.
Additional Activities 15 min.
Music 1x/week
Art 1x/week

Grades 4–6

Arithmetic 30 min.
Language 25 min.
Reading 20 min.
Spelling/Poetry 10–15 min.
Penmanship 10 min.
History 20 min.
Science/Health 20 min.
Additional Activities 15 min.
Music 1x/week
Art 1x/week
(Children work independently
throughout the day on various
practice exercises and reading
assignments.)

*Times may vary.

A Beka Book Homeschool Combination
Grade Schedule—Sample

Time

Kindergarten

Grade 2

Grade 4

8:15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . *Bible /Devotions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8:45     Language
9:00   Phonics Independent—Language
9:15 Phonics/Writing
or Reading
Seatwork—
Letters and Sounds
Independent—
Language/Spelling
9:30 Social Studies/
Science/Art
Seatwork—Language Independent—Read
9:45 Play/Art (5 min.) Seatwork—Spelling Read (10 min.)
10:00 Art/Read (5 min.) Read (10 min.) Independent—Arithmetic
10:15 Phonics Review (5 min.)/
Numbers (10 min.)
Silent Reading Independent—Arithmetic
10:30 Numbers (5 min.) Seatwork—Arithmetic Arithmetic (10 min.)
10:45   Arithmetic Independent—History
11:00   Arithmetic/Writing Independent—Science
11:15   Seatwork—Writing Arithmetic
11:30   Read (5 min.) Spelling/Penmanship (10 min.)
11:45 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUNCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12:00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . LUNCH . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12:15   Read Independent—Penmanship
12:30     History
12:45     Science
1:00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Additional Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

*Bold indicates directed teaching by parent. Allow some time (10–30 min.) each day for children to do homework in grade one and above. Most homework in grades four and above is independently done.

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