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From: Becky (
Subject:         Re: Help me choose! Abeka vs. BJU Consumer Math
Date: November 1, 2012 at 7:01 am PST

In Reply to: Help me choose! Abeka vs. BJU Consumer Math posted by debbee on August 11, 2011 at 9:20 am:

I have taught using both. Abeka does cover SS and health insurance in the earnings section. They are both pretty equivalent when it comes to covering the big topics. Abeka teacher materials doesn't do a good job with giving background info and instruction for teachers, and doesn't show how problems are worked out, whereas BJU teacher materials do. However, BJU has errors sometimes (not many) and doesn't always break down difficult topics into smaller sections (for instance, the section on personal banking also has many loan calculations - I solved this by give a mid-chapter test). But the BJU student text does give more opportunities for kids to practice lessons (something you could achieve with Abeka using the Skills book in conjunction with the text), and provides a deeper understanding on how and why we use certain formulas. Abeka is a good consumer math course, friendly, and not burdensome. BJU is also a good consumer math course that is not going to let kids forget the language of math already acquired. Both will require the teacher to study in advance - but that's a good thing for me too! In a classroom setting, Abeka allow enough weeks to add in something like Money, Possessions, and Eternity, or mini-economic lessons at the end of the year. With BJU, I probably won't have that extra time.

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