Myths About Abeka Academy

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Top 12 Myths About Abeka Academy

You’d be surprised by all the wrong ideas people have about Abeka Academy. Are they myths? Or just misperceptions?

We’re here to set the record straight.

Myth #1: Your Child Will Sit In Front Of the TV All Day

Trust us, we’re the last people in the world who would want your kids glued to the TV. The reality is, Abeka Academy students watch their lessons, many of which are “interactive” in that the teachers address those students watching on video, and wait for their responses. Then they have assignments and activities to complete apart from their video lessons. Your children may practice new skills, review what they’ve learned, work on projects, show their progress to you, read to you, and more.

Myth #2: If I choose streaming video lessons, we’ll be on someone else’s schedule.

Perish the thought. It’s your homeschool, so it’s your schedule. Our streaming video lessons are the same video lessons you’ll find on our DVDs. That means you can watch them on demand, at any time day or night, as long as you’ve got access to the internet.

Myth #3: It Takes Too Much Time

For elementary school, subject lessons vary between 20 and 40 minutes, adding up to about two and a half hours per day. In middle school and high school, the lessons are around 50 minutes apiece (classes may vary), totaling around five hours daily. In other words, if your children get started around eight in the morning, they could easily be done by early afternoon, even accounting for breaks and lunchtime. Leaving you that much more time to hang out with your kids.

Myth #4: Parents Are Left Out Of Their Child’s Education

Left out?! Mom and dad are very much involved in making sure their kids are doing what they’re supposed to do, learning the lessons, mastering the skills, and progressing in their education. You listen to them read, administer tests and quizzes, grade tests, quizzes, and papers, review schoolwork with them, and more. Let there be no doubt: Abeka Academy video homeschooling IS homeschooling.

Myth #5: It Costs Too Much

According to a recent survey in Private School Review, the average elementary school tuition is over $9,200. For high schoolers, it’s over $14,000. The reality is that Abeka Academy video homeschooling is like having Christian school in your living room for a tiny fraction of the cost. Plus, you can choose the accredited option for added benefits like transcripts and a diploma for no extra cost. That’s zip, zilch, zero, nada.

Myth #6: You Have To Follow A Regular Nine-Month School Year

Ha! Tell that to the family who stretches their enrollment over the whole 12 months. Or mention it to the parents whose kids love the video lessons so much, they finish everything in six months. We only create a nine-month calendar based on your start date as a suggestion. It’s there if you want to follow it. If you choose the accredited option, the calendar will help you stay on track so your child can complete the necessary coursework within the six- to twelve-month timeframe.

Myth #7: An Accredited Enrollment Is The Only Option

Nope. Not true. Accredited is just one option that we make available because of all the added benefits. (And in case you haven’t heard, the accredited option costs nothing extra.) We also offer an independent study enrollment which includes the same great videos. However, some states may require an accredited enrollment for homeschooling families, so it’s a good option to have.

Myth #8: You Have To Turn In All Your Student’s Work

First of all, you never have to submit all your student’s work. In fact, with independent study, you don’t turn in anything. What’s neat about an accredited enrollment is that parents submit some of their child’s schoolwork—like tests and papers—for Abeka to validate. It’s like having another homeschool mom double-check the work just to be safe.

Myth #9: Accredited Enrollment Means You Have To Turn In Everything By The Due Date.

Abeka Academy gives you 12 months to complete your school year. If something happens—like a family emergency, or your child needs more time—you can extend your child’s enrollment a few months for a small fee. With the accredited option dates are set for turning in certain assignments.

Myth #10: It’s Too Difficult to Keep Up With The Teacher

Let’s just pause a moment and think about this. Literally. Did you pause? Because with Abeka Academy video lessons, that’s exactly what you can do. Pause. Rewind. Watch it again. Stop and think about what’s being said. Restart the videos. You can’t do that in a regular classroom.

Myth #11: When You Use Video Lessons For Homeschool, You’re Completely On Your Own

This one is not even close to being accurate. In fact, with an Abeka Academy enrollment, you get access to an academic helpline. It’s a toll-free number you can call when your child needs a little more explanation or is having trouble with a concept. The education specialist answering your call even uses a virtual chalkboard sometimes. That’s a free app that lets you see what the specialist is writing as he or she works out a problem in real time. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Myth #12: Using Videos “Restricts” Me From Doing What My Child Needs.

Reality? Only if you let it. In fact, Abeka Academy makes it possible for you to give your children exactly what they need. Does your son need to take breaks every 30 minutes? Then take breaks. Does your daughter need to stand up while watching lessons? Let her stand. Mix up the way they count, draw, write, read, etc. With Abeka Academy, you get a customized homeschool experience with lessons led by experienced master teachers.

Comments for Myths About Abeka Academy

Nolan Jones:
January 21, 2019

Thanks for posting the Top 12 Myths About Abeka Academy. As a happy family using the Abeka program, we are constantly dispelling these misconceptions when talking with other parents interested in homeschool. Now we can also send this cleverly written article to consolidate the main points. Keep up the good work Abeka. There are many families being blessed by the work that you are doing. God bless...

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Kristin Tremba:
March 12, 2020

Yes, thank you for this as we are considering the online classes next year. It was very helpful!

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Brenda K Kirkland:
January 21, 2019

I didn't know we had a toll free number to call if we needed extra help! That's awesome! Can you send me the number please incase I need it

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Melinda Jessie:
January 21, 2019

I needed to see this! We just did the video trial and I’m so excited to completely switch our curriculum to Abeka this upcoming Fall! This is going to help me teach not only my daughter but gives me extra time to introduce my toddler to Abeka.

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Sotokeyo Bennett:
January 22, 2019

I’m teaching my 5yrs old to read, he already know all the alphabet sounds. I just need him to know perfect phonics to put the words together??

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Susan Gray:
January 25, 2019

We find that myth #3 is is not so much a myth. We’re in first grade and had to cut out some of the video lessons and some seat work because it was taking us 6 hours to finish school with zero breaks. It was way too intense for us.

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Julie Howard:
January 27, 2019

I agree with all of the above. We have been using ABeka homeschool for seven years now. I have two children enrolled. I would not change a thing. I would never consider a different program. My children are thriving in their education and learning so much. We love ABeka.

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Dawn:
January 30, 2019

Thus all sounds good reality is my 4 year old is into day 125 tries hard turns in all work , reads submits oral reports readily repeatky to your center yet that’s still not sufficient , did I mention he’s just 4vwhem enrolled in accredited K-5 academy , so I’m pro not going to be doing thus again , never was offered an app what’s the app do share thsnk you

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Amanda Kuilan:
April 26, 2019

I'd love information for kindergarten. We love to have her start sometime in August. However I'd like to know the difference in accredited and on your own. Thanks

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iudita trotter:
May 13, 2019

Everything they said is how it is! On our 4th year :)

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Kathy Smitherman:
June 20, 2019

I have taught abeka K4 and have been facilitator for K5 in a Christian School in Kansas for 10 years. It is by far the most comprehensive curriculum I have ever encountered. Our students love their DVD teachers and classmates AND they are performing very well on the SAT exams we administer every other year. I believe abeka IS Christian school at it's finest!

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Debra Brown:
June 27, 2019

My great nephew failed 8th grade enflish and math. Is there an independent study curriculum he can do to do these classes over. There is a school he is trying to go to for 9th grade but he neefs to redo these classes. Plus an art class.

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Julia king:
July 11, 2019

Can I get a quote for video homeschooling for sixth grade. Total cost for parent and student books. Thank you

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Paula Thompson:
July 16, 2019

Very good information. Thank you! This is our family's first year with the Abeka Academy. The information provided answered all of my questions and made me feel more confident with our homeschooling choice.

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Bola:
August 25, 2019

What is the best option for me with abeka if i only need it for follow up classes for my kids. I don't want to homeschool full time.

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Tianna:
December 8, 2019

Myth#3 is true I’m 14 in 8th grade before I started getting homeschooled it was 30 minutes a class period but now it’s 50 minutes and before I started getting homeschooled I would get out of school at 3 now I’m doing work until 4 to 4:30.

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Laura:
March 3, 2020

This is our first year with Abeka. We are using it with a 2 nd grader and 7th grader, I love that I can adjust their day and schedule. We normally complete the videos by 2 each day. Yes, if they pause the video several times it can be longer. However, I love the fact that it can be paused and go back, so they can get anything they may have missed or need to hear again. The oldest is dyslexic, she is soaring with this program. Especially in math! She is not only doing more advanced work than her regular school friends, but she is excelling in it. The second grader is absolutely loving her readers and can 't wait to read every day.

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Vickie:
May 1, 2020

My son is dyslexic and I was curious how your daughter does with their language art program ?

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Kristin Tremba:
March 12, 2020

Yes, thank you for this! We are considering doing the online program next year and this information was very helpful!

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Rene Justice:
April 11, 2020

If you choose accredited are you required to complete all of the Biblical lessons and turn it in?

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Abeka Admin:
April 16, 2020

Yes.

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Jessica A:
May 21, 2020

If we start in the accredited program and it's too much work, can we cut back to the non accredited?

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Abeka Admin:
May 21, 2020

Yes, you can always switch if it begins to be too overwhelming.

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Jennylynne:
May 25, 2020

So that means I just Call in if I want to switch?

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Abeka Admin:
May 29, 2020

Yes, that is correct. You can call 877-223-5226 anytime from 8am-4:45pm Monday-Friday.

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Regina Coffin:
May 21, 2020

If you are doing video learning, do you need the parent kit?

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Abeka Admin:
May 29, 2020

You will not. You will only need to purchase the enrollment video kit for the grade you want.

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Jazmine:
July 4, 2020

I want to start the abeka academy program for my 2 sons. They will be in the K5 and 2nd grade program, but I am concerned because of how the subjects are titled. The 1st grade's subjects are titled (insert name of subject) 1, then 2nd grade subjects are titled (insert name of subject) 2. Does this mean that my 2nd grader has missed so much information that he will be lost on the 2nd grade curriculum? Thank you!

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

As long as he has successfully completed the 1st grade, he will be perfectly fine in our 2nd grade program.

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Brigitte Kelley:
July 12, 2020

My daughter will be starting Abeka for the sixth grade. What happens if it appears too advanced?

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Abeka Admin:
July 14, 2020

You can always return the program if it is not working for you.

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Debora:
July 16, 2020

My child will not finish his course work by the end of year. How do i go about extending his due date.?

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Abeka Admin:
July 16, 2020

You can email customerservice@abeka.com to request an extension of his enrollment.

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