- Reviewed on Thursday, September 8, 2016
- Grades Used: 8th & 9th
- Dates used: Fall 2016
We have only used this curriculum for a month but absolutely love it!!! We are using the World Geography books and the 7th & 8th grade sciences. The kids read the text and then answer questions about it. They check their answers afterwards and correct mistakes. There is a lot of reading which is great but it is in smaller chunks and very doable. They have a quiz after 5 lessons. If they get an 85 (mine have to get a 90) or above, they do not have to take the chapter test. This is not considered a Christian curriculum because they want public schools to be able to purchase it but it has Christian values and undertones all throughout. There are "life principles" they have to memorize which are great also. This is our 10th year of homeschooling and this is one of the best I have found for us...as of now anyhow!
- Reviewed on Thursday, August 14, 2014
- Grades Used: 7th,9th,10th,11th
- Dates used: 2012-2014
I first saw Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum at a homeschool conference. On initial review it appeared to be way too basic, especially the science. However, after being overwhelmed by Apologia, my kids were enthusiastic about PAC and said, "this looks like something we can do!" We had been doing an ecclectic Charlotte Mason style curriculum and found it to be very Mom Intensive. My daughter would do everything assigned, but my son would get sidetracked and never finish anything or be able to remember anything. Reluctantly I agreed for them to use PAC for their freshman year. I thought it couldn't hurt to give it a try as there was still time to change if it was not a good fit.
What I saw happen was nothing short of amazing! They loved it and found that the material was presented in an easy to understand way that they could find success with. They were rewarded with good grades and did not drag out their work all day. They found that they had time for other pursuits and were just generally happier. In the fall of 2013, they decided to kick up their speed a couple notches and finished their sophomore year by Christmas!! They were halfway through their junior year before we took a summer break. We also added science to my 7th graders classes and found that he preferred to do is before all other classes. He has dyslexia and used the audio enhanced version read the text to him while he followed along. We used an iPad to do this. It worked beautifully.
We are excited to start a new year and tell anyone who will listen about the quality, do-ability, and success we are enjoying with Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.
- Reviewed on Friday, October 11, 2013
- Grades Used: 9-12th
- Dates used: 2009-2012
Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum is available in three formats - print, virtual (internet interactive), and audio-enhanced. Each course contains approximately 5 or 6 individual chapters of text and activities (6 Chapters = 1 credit). Each chapter consists of fifteen lessons, divided into three sections of five lessons. Every lessons is 4-5 pages in length. A Life Principle is included at the end of each lesson to strengthen the character of the student.
PAC is unique in the fact that it is a virtue-based curriculum used in home, private, charter, AND public schools. Based on the concept of individualized learning, students may complete studies as rapidly as desired or as slowly as needed with minimal teacher oversight.
The company also offers an impressive amount of discounts including homeschool support groups, single parents, military, law enforcement, ministry, ranching, and farming.
- Reviewed on Thursday, December 27, 2012
- Grades Used: 8th grade
- Dates used: Aug 2012 to present
My DD is using PAC for science and English this year for 8th grade. It has been a good fit. The content is good and solid. If you are looking for rigorous then this will not fit your needs. I do supplement the science with videos from Discovery streaming and occasionally assign additional reading on various topics.
The layout-simple, interesting reading with workbook style questions and answers
DD can work independently which she prefers
Good vocabulary coverage
Good basic coverage of topics
Can be easily beefed up if desired
Price-a bit expensive for what you get
Can seem like "busy work" at times with the English curriculum- some lessons have the students write out multiple lists of verbs in their different tenses (ex. 75 questions on a 3 page lesson covering past, present, and past participle).
You must grade assignments daily unless you have your student score their own work
Overall we like this curriculum and will be using the Geography and English for 9th grade next year.