How to Start Homeschooling During a Health Crisis

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As school districts around the world are closing and introducing “distance learning” for students, schools that don’t have those capabilities are sending home worksheets and homework for parents to help their children with their studies while they are unable to attend classes.

These parents who would normally be at work are home with their kids, scrambling to find a way to piecemeal their children’s education together from home in an environment they are completely unfamiliar with. Many of them are looking to homeschool curriculums for solutions in order to prevent their children from falling behind.

This is a challenging time for many people –– a health crisis combined with the new responsibility of educating children at home can be overwhelming. Rest assured, the country is stepping up to support families just like you, and homeschool could be the right option to help your kids stay on track to be prepared for the coming year. It’s a proven-effective way to educate college-ready students all over the map.

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In fact, students who are homeschooled graduate from college at a 67 percentage rate, as compared to those who were not homeschooled, at 57 percent. Over 2.2 million students were homeschooled last year, and their success stories prove that it’s not only a trusted method for education, but it’s also effective. So, on that note of positivity, where to begin?

Don’t Panic

You are not alone. If you’re just starting out homeschooling your child, every single homeschool parent has started exactly where you are – confused, overwhelmed, and feeling ill-equipped. But you are equipped, and it gets better. Remember, you know your kids better than anyone else. You know how they operate best, and you know what doesn’t work with them. And that means you can customize the way you teach to their needs. That’s a huge advantage!

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Seek Out Support

If you’re considering Abeka for homeschool, we have some incredibly welcoming community groups. Go on Facebook and search Abeka Homeschool, and you’ll find a wide variety of private groups run by real homeschool moms who use our programs and materials. We highly suggest the Abeka Academy (Video) Homeschool Parents group.

Our Facebook page is also a great place to get updates and tips, and we also offer email updates if you’re interested. Our blog offers some great tips for new homeschool families and tons of great resources – everything from what to do when you have questions to how to choose the best homeschool style for your family and even creative ways to keep your kids focused. We’ve been developing Christian education materials since 1972, so if we don’t have the answers for you, we can find someone who will. Please reach out to us if you have questions at 1-877-223-5226.

Select a Program That Fits Your Needs

For a homeschooling beginner, selecting the right curriculum with supportive parent materials can be a big help. Narrow your search to curriculums that offer those types of materials or parent kits that provide you with everything you need for the year. If you want to see a full list of what Abeka has to offer, our catalog is a great resource for all of the products we offer and what’s included. And our Scope and Sequence will walk you through what’s taught in each grade of the Abeka curriculum.

Another option is to choose a video or streaming curriculum that does the teaching for you. With Abeka, video homeschool can be a helpful option for interim learning because you can purchase individual lessons by subject and grade, or you can purchase the full year of lessons. The lessons are filmed in real classrooms with real teachers, and your children will be able to visually experience the classroom from afar.

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Get Creative With Free Time

Right now, the health crisis is creating a lot of warranted fear about going into public places, large crowds, traveling, or even being around other people at all. But that doesn’t mean you and your kids aren’t going stir-crazy inside the house. Fortunately, spring is coming, and the cold weather is letting up. To get a break from lessons, take a nature walk outside, or hit the pavement with some sidewalk chalk. If the weather isn’t ideal, have a baking contest, and the winner gets first dibs on the best-tasting treats. Or, have your kids come up with a script and put on a play for you and your spouse. This is your opportunity to get really creative about how you use your time.

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And lastly, consider the positives. Homeschool truly is a proven-effective education method, which is why more and more people each year choose to homeschool. During this challenging time for our country, you’ll be able to spend precious, quality time with your children and keep them safe at home. Of course, there will be good and bad days, and sometimes it won’t be easy, but we are here for any questions you may have.

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Comments for How to Start Homeschooling During a Health Crisis

Anicia:
March 31, 2020

How much will cost me home school my 4kids
For
9grade boy
8grade boy
6grade girl
3grade girl

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Abeka Admin:
April 1, 2020

Hi Anicia! For 8th and 9th grade, the cost for Abeka Academy is $1,219.00 for each. For 3rd and 6th grade, the cost for Abeka Academy is $959.00 each. These prices are for the full year including all the student books, parent materials, and video lessons.

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Eida:
April 2, 2020

I am in the USA and I want to enroll my son in Abeka in August my son is 13 years old and comes from traditional school in a country outside of the USA.
What do I need for us to make the transition corresponds to 7th grade
Thanks

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Elizabeth Peyrollaz:
March 31, 2020

We are in Prayful research mode right now for the 2021 school year. Thank you

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Catrina Campbell:
April 1, 2020

During this time that schools are closed for the rest of the year I am trying to continue their education from home. But, I have a 1st grade who is learning to read. She will go back to public school next year using the same curriculum as this year. I am afraid inserting Abeka in between will confuse her. The reading program her school uses is "Fundations".
1.) Do you know if Abeka is similar to "Fundations"?

2.) Since we are three quarters into school where do I pick up where she left off?

3.) Both of my children are ahead of their grades; how do I insert Abeka without starting at the beginning?
Thanks,
Catrina

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Abeka Admin:
April 1, 2020

Hi Catrina! We're so glad to hear of your interest in Abeka. We do not know much about Fundations. However, if your children are ahead of their grades, you can pick up where they have left off. If you're wanting to transition into homeschool for the rest of the semester, we would recommend getting a One Semester enrollment. After you make your purchase, you will get to choose whether you need the first or second semester. The first semester will be lessons 1-85, and the second semester will be lessons 86-170. During this time, we have lowered the cost of our single semester enrollments. You can find out more information here: http://semester.abeka.com/

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Marisol C:
April 2, 2020

Hello, I would like to know if I can enroll my son in Abeka even though I am in a country outside of the USA

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Abeka Admin:
April 8, 2020

Hi Marisol! We do allow enrollments outside of the U.S.

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Rebecca:
April 2, 2020

I have home schooled my daughter her whole school life with Abeka. I would highly recommend it to anyone home schooling. We switched to video school in 7th grade. My daughter has thrived academically. She is a senior this year planning to attend Pensacola Christian College in the fall.

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Shannon:
April 7, 2020

With school being out now, I have my Pre-k 4 year old granddaughter now. And, I do not want her to be behind when she starts kindergarten. What program would suggest for she and I?

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Abeka Admin:
April 8, 2020

Hi Shannon! We suggest our Abeka Academy video program for K4. You can shop here: https://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/BookDescription.aspx?sbn=301418&childSbn=295388

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George:
April 13, 2020

If your trying to enroll your granddaughter, you should first make your own account, then start the Abeka Video Streaming Program. You will be paying Abeka often for the Video Program, Shannon. If you want to see sample video lessons to get to know Abeka click here https://www.abeka.com/Resources/SampleVideos.aspx
If you want to create a account go here https://www.abeka.com/ABekaOnline/CustomerService/CustomerLogin.aspx
I hope all this information was helpful

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Cathy:
May 17, 2020

I am a facilitator in one of the Philippine school using Abeka Curriculum. I have Grade 7 son and Grade 8 daughter who are using the Abeka Curriculum. We been using this since they were Kinder (K4).

Really, I can see that using Abeka Curriculum is a good foundation to start especially with the very young ones until they grew.

For any parents who are a little confuse on how to conduct or facilitate your child in adopting a new education system, Homeschooling might be new to your child, because they are used to traditional,, but we can show them the benefits of doing their school at home. I can be at help. You can just email me.

Thank you and God Bless.

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