- Reviewed on Tuesday, February 26, 2013
- Grades Used: First
- Dates used: 2011-present
We have been using AOP LifePacs for two years now- Kindergarten and 1st grade. I think the LifePacs are great, however I only use them as a guide. With most of the curriculums I have seen, you have to supplement. The reason we homeschool is because we want a more progressive, hands on education for our children. The Lifepacs have provided a good base for us. I find the layout and style of the subjects well thought out. I do think some of the lessons are too easy, but we choose the lessons we go more in depth with and which topics we move on quickly from. I can see how as kids get older this program would not be enough. I have yet to find a curriculum that I feel covers exactly what I want it to, but I also enjoy finding and using other resources along with the LP lessons- that's why I homeschool. And, with the AOP prices, I can still afford to use other resources- I don't want to spend a fortune on a curriculum and be chained to it. I want to piece my child's education together according to their needs and what works for us.
I do wish they would keep the Core Subjects and Bible separate- I say this as a person of faith.
- Reviewed on Wednesday, August 29, 2012
- Grades Used: third and fifth
- Dates used: 2011-2012
we used the language arts and math.
Pros:colorful, appealing to look at, well organized. lots of review of what was learned.
Cons: didn't take a lot of time to explain things well..we will be switching to switched on school house. even there is review concepts weren't grasped I feel like they should have been.
- Reviewed on Friday, February 17, 2012
- Grades Used: K,2nd & 4th
- Dates used: 2011-2012
We are new to homeschooling. So after much research and talking with other home school families we chose to go with AO Lifepacs. I will start with the Kindergarten Curriculum:
It seems too easy for my daughter and I wish that there was more variety to the lessons. I actually started her with the second book which is intended to begin after the first 79 lessons are taught. I didn't want her to get bored. I also wish that they had a bible curriculum for Kindergartners. I have to supplement that area.
With regards to the math, it doesn't spiral and there are not enough examples to review concepts. So, if your child doesn't grasp the concept, you have to supplement until they are ready to move on. I've had to stop using the math book until I reviewed enough where my daughter was ready to move on to the next concept.
AO Lifepacs for Kindergarten are limited to Language Arts and Math-- I've had to supplement her bible, science, history and social studies. So this is not truly a full curriculum if you are looking for more depth coverage of more than two subjects.
2nd & 4th Grades:
Overall, my favorite LPs are the Bible and History and Geography. My children really enjoyed them and actually learned some new things with these subjects. The math wasn't bad but it doesn't allow enough time for my kids to master specific concepts without moving to the next. There were also not enough examples nor did the teacher manual provide enough explanation of the material covered.
The Language Arts material was fair but like the math not enough explanation when introducing new concepts or terms. My children weren't particularly excited about the LA or math but they are hanging in there.
I did not purchase the Science LP from AO because it appeared to be a grade behind and I would've had to purchase a grade up for my 2nd & 4th graders.
I will continue to use the Bible and History & Geography curriculum's we absolutely love these. At the end of the school year I will be on the look out for a new Math and LA curriculum.
I hope that this helps!
- Reviewed on Tuesday, August 2, 2011
- Grades Used: k,1st, 3rd and 4th
- Dates used: 2009-current
I allowed these reviews to deter my judgement against the lifepacs. I wish I would not have.
A lot of the reviews claim that the lifepacs seem to be behind grade level. I can tell you this is not the case. I have currently sitting next to me 4th grade for AOP lifepac and BJU. The units for LP's are set up in a way a child masters everything for the year, with some previous years mixed in. I had switched to BJU because I was told it was "accelerated". Both curriculums fallow the same pace for math. Both teach similar concepts for science and history. LP does teach language arts a bit different than BJU. Different is not always bad. I have to say that the BJU set up for language arts seems better taught. That does not mean LP is behind.
The teacher manual is more comprehensive with BJU. It tells you step by step what do and say. The LP teacher manuals are not going to do that for you. Instead they have extra activities you can do with your child, along with the answers. LP is mostly independant study. It may look like LP's will not last the whole year but they do. Especially if you are USING your teacher manual and having the student do the extra projects. If your child is not an independant learner, this curriculum will be tough for them. That is not to say that you should just hand them their unit and say go for it. You still need to verbally review, assign projects, do experiments when they are called for and read the unit yourself before you give it to them.
For each subject, I expect the kids to work for an hour. In that time, I have it broken up for review, discussion, questions, work and projects. It take us between 3 and 5 hours a day.