By Happy Mom
Just as with any curriculum, you have to pick according to the learning styles of your children.
There are pros and cons to most curriculum on the market but to reap the full benefits of ACE, one must be properly educated himself/herself on how to implement it in a homeschool setting.
ACE Ministries does provide information and useful tools regarding how to use ACE which I believe is highly important.
My children used ACE in private school before coming home to homeschool. After learning about some negative ACE reviews, I quickly abandoned ACE. This caused gaps in my oldest child’s education in the long run and I wished that I had stayed with ACE.
My younger children are now using ACE once more and we couldn’t be happier. We do supplement science and history with living books and experiments (lower levels) but the colorful paces and narrative tone is wonderful. There are some “fill in the blank” type questions in addition to matching at the end of sections but I do not allow my children to look back for the answers.
You just can’t hand a child ANY curriculum and expect it to work or teach itself. ACE English is awesome in addition the the Word Building (spelling). Most of the subjects start slowly, especially the Math, in comparison to most other curriculum, but they balance out by the middle school years.
ACE is a gentle mastery program which really lays a great foundation in the early years. Most people comprehend that as “weak” and prefer more rigorous content during those years. I prefer my children to actually understand concepts and master such before moving onto new concepts.
You can build a great education on a firm foundation.