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What About Accelerated Christian Education?

August 6, 2009

What are your thoughts on Accelerated Christian Education for homeschooling the High School years. They keep track of all the credits needed, which seems such a help and the curriculum seems to be comprehensive?
~Teresa

Dear Teresa,
I have never used it, so I can’t speak to this specific curriculum.  I can suggest three things, though.

  1. Maintain your authority over your homeschool.  Especially when a curriculum says it is “accelerated” sometimes the pace will not fit the pace of your child.  When you maintain your authority over your homeschool and go at your own pace, then you can make sure children are learning, and at the same time make sure they do not fail.
  2. Use what works.  If you have always used curriculum choices in the past, and they worked for you, then I would keep doing the same sort of thing for high school.  In other words, don’t change what you are doing to ACE just because of high school – ONLY make a change when it fits your children.  If you were doing eclectic, unit study, literature-based, classical, or unschooling – if it was working before it will also work in high school.
  3. Mom knows best.  Each family is unique, and only parents know the whole story.  You can trust your instincts when it comes to curriculum, because nobody knows your child and your situation as well as you do.  Even if someone gives you an opinion about curriculum, they don’t know the whole story.

Just so you know, you can keep track of credits yourself.  It’s remarkably easy to do!  I gave my two children a homeschool transcript with grades and credits that I provided myself.  They were both admitted to every college they applied to – every one!  They were given good scholarships to each college, but they were also both given a four-year full tuition scholarship to their first choice university!   You can keep track of credits yourself.   It’s one of those things I talk about in my “Preparing to Homeschool High School” video.  I have two additional websites, one about homeschool credits and one about preparing homeschoolers for college.

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