As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, I was very reluctant to switch entirely to ACE for our homeschool curriculum. I attended an ACE Christian school, and although I loved it, I have always felt my education was lacking. I believe the school did the best that they could with what that had, but realistically, I was left on my own to learn, and sadly the score key was more of a teacher than the actual teachers were. For example, only the pastor at the school knew Algebra, so when he was away, the supervisor (teacher) would stand at my desk with a score key "helping me". After I graduated I attended Bible College, and again, I'm sorry to say, was a bit of a joke. I look back at the papers I turned it and can't believe they passed them. Our level of expectation and excellency in education is seriously lacking in Christian circles. Sorry, but you know it's true.
I guess my main reasoning behind my reluctance was "what will other homeschool moms says?". ACE doesn't have the best reputation. As one blogger commented on a previous post, "Sometimes curriculum choices can feel like "keeping up with the joneses" when all we really need to do is keep up with our kids interests, abilities and processes." Yes! Someone gets it!
After doing a great Bible Study last year, I was so convicted and overwhelmed with my sin of pride. I didn't realize how much this was affecting different areas of my life. One night while I was sitting here thinking and praying about what curriculum to use for the year, and tossing around the idea of using ACE then pushing the idea away, the Lord spoke to my heart, and I instantly knew that I was to swallow my pride and use ACE.
I thought I would share a list of my pros and cons to ACE. Obviously, my pros are why I chose the curriculum.
- They aren't on par with other curriculum, so I've heard.
- It's the lazy way out, so I've heard.
- It's too easy to cheat. (Don't ask me how I know.)
- What will people say?
- The Character Traits taught in each PACE.
- Finishing a PACE and getting a new one, rather than one large book for the entire year.
- They have been revised and updated.
- We have friends in our town that use the same curriculum.
- We used ACE Math last year to help supplement because my daughter was struggling, and for her ACE explained the rules and instructions in a way that was easier for her to understand than Abeka. (Which by the way, grade 5 ACE Math and grade 5 Abeka Math were teaching the same problems.)
- My daughter wanted to use ACE. And I value her preferences, opinions, and ideas.
Obviously, my cons list wasn't very long. Overall, I feel ACE is a good match for us right now. We are almost finished with week 4 and the kids are doing well. I still sit with them at the table and am there when they need help. I do all the scoring right now. I plan to eventually have Autumn score her own work, but right now this is working for us. I have decided to just take it year to year. I am not sure if we will continue to use ACE through high school. Maybe we will mix and match, we shall see!
Please know I am not saying ACE is for everyone. Sometimes the homeschool community can be very judgmental. We moms are doing our best for our kids, and we often get the "my way is the best way". We get excited about a new curriculum we find and want to show it to others, but we need to remember the beauty of homeschooling is that we are individual families and need to make decisions that work best for our family. And we need to be very careful not to pass judgement, even silent judgement, on the curriculum choices of others.
Thanks for letting me share, and thank you for all the positive comments and emails you all have sent regarding our curriculum choice! Hope you all have a wonderful school year!