The Abeka language arts program is a cohesive program which includes- reading, penmanship, writing & grammar, and spelling/vocabulary/poetry. The lesson plans are clearly laid out for parents so you know what to expect- no heavy thinking involved. The teacher workbooks (with lesson plans) are separate from the student workbooks. Curriculum begins at nursery and preschool and goes all the way through twelfth grade.
I personally used the kindergarten Abeka phonics program for my oldest daughter when she was five. On hindset, I probably could have opted to only purchase the student workbook and skip purchasing the teacher manual altogether. Some people completely prefer the laid-out, scripted approach, and if this is what you’re going for, Abeka does that very well with nearly all of its subjects.
I found that we instinctively knew what to do in the primary grade level books without a teacher’s manual, but on the other hand, having the manual allowed me to single out some important concepts to ensure my daughter knew that I would not have otherwise paid attention to. I thought the curriculum was a colorful, spiral approach to teaching kids.
If you use this curriculum, what do you think about it?