|My homeschooled daughter thought it looked great. I looked through it at the homeschool fair and thought it was worthwhile. Well, we're more than halfway through the school year and have learned very little. So last week we threw it in the garbage and purchased a secular book. It's not just this subject, but I'm getting rid of all the Lifepacs we bought this year, all 4 subjects. |
So what's wrong with it? Where do I begin. First, you feel like you're being preached to in every subject. I'm a Christian and one of the things that turned me on to the Lifepacs were they were made from a Christian point of view. So I figured my daughter wouldn't get a headache from the secular books that attempt to indoctrinate. But Lifepac is doing the same. What's the difference between one of the liberal books that indoctrinate with political correctness, and Lifepac's heavy preaching? Which leads to my a another point: there are Jewish people who homeschool, and how do they feel having Christianity being preached on them when all they want is an education for their child? Does that mean I want Jesus out of the textbooks? Absolutely not. But wouldn't a dedication be sufficient? Does every subject and every other page have to feel like we just left studies and moved to a sermon? If I were making textbooks to counter the polluted liberal books in the public schools, I'd certainly made it known the books are from a Biblical perspective, but I'd make sure the only things my books would do is teach, not sermonize.
The biggest success my daughter is having is in subjects that were made by companies which don't claim any Christian or religious affiliation.
In the Lifepacs it looks like the writers were lost in their message: to preach or teach. Most of the text was wordy, and the experiments were not that exciting. Did I mention how boring the reading was?
Besides, nothing beats the feel of a textbook. And not only that, but you can't resell these or pass them down when you're done. With a regular textbook you could save them for one of your other kids, but not these. Waste of money.
As for Lifepacs, ABeka and the rest, skip them, unless you want your child to be bored silly.