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From: try2bAsunbeam (
Subject:         Re: A Beka vs. Rod and Staff (Language / English)
Date: February 2, 2009 at 1:49 pm PST

In Reply to: A Beka vs. Rod and Staff (Language / English) posted by littlebeagle on January 16, 2009 at 10:11 am:

I've used both for 2nd grade.

I liked both- for different reasons.

I liked Abeka because the language has a lot of attention given to writing for the child's imagination. (R&S has a lot of copying their sentences.) It is a format which the student writes in the workbook. And it goes well with Abeka's other materials. It is thourogh in it's covering the material. BUT I always have struggled with the lack of teaching for the teacher with Abeka. I've used Abeka for all subjects from K-7th. I use the curriculum to its fullest extent and have learned so much myself in teaching it, but we have had our days in teaching, where I was lost. Thankfully, I have a friend I can call to find out what gerunds, infinitives and such are. No worries about that in 2nd grade, though. LOL

As for Rod and Staff, I really liked the language at first, but then, I found it to be utterly redundant. No biggie, though, you can just skip things you are confident that you have mastered. The teaching books have good teacher teaching, too. The only other thing I can think of that was troublesome for me was having to write on separate paper. There is a lot of copying complete sentences when it isn't totally necessary, so I just modified the instructions to suit my tastes.

The other person who posted using Daily Grams said they prefer that. I've used that too, I think it is completely different than these two curriculums in that it teaches you more how to use the language than to, for lack of a better choice of words, disect the English language. It's all a matter of what you want your kids to know.

I know R&S and Abeka, as they progress, end at the same place. My friend who used R&S in the upper grades for both felt that R&S had a lot more work to it than even Abeka.

I guess, for the money and the teaching help R&S would be my best choice (but I would modify it a bit here and there), but for me, Abeka is easier to use. It's ready to go just the way it is and it is what I will be using again from now on.

(if you decide to go with the R&S, I have the second grade I can sell you)

Becca in WI

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