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I was interested in the books but DS isn't learning ball and stick style printing so that part isn't of any use to us so I was wondering, how much of the ABC series involves letter writing? I'm trying to figure out if it would still be worth getting if we're not going to be using that part and it depends on how much of it we would be skipping. Thanks for any help.
Last edited by mater bibit; February 13th, 2010 at 06:50 PM.
Reason: Further questions in post #3.
There are a few pages in most of the books of tracing letters, but a lot of it is more tracing lines, finding the same/different item, colouring, following instructions, etc. You could totally skip the printing portions without feeling overly guilty for making the purchase (of course, for $20, who's going to feel guilty anyway..?)
Ok, thank-you. I have another question or two then. I read somewhere that this set is aimed more at 5-6 year olds .. do you really think so? Do you think it would be worth it for a child who already forms letters (writing short and familiar words/names), is familiar with opposites of all different sorts and already working with double digit numbers? I'm thinking he would still find the workbooks fun but I'm just trying figure out if it's worth $20. I liked the look of G where they're introducing a geography theme so there is more being learned there than just counting and fine motor skills (which he could still use practice with no doubt). Is there some kind of theme or extra content in the earlier books that's beneficial beyond the physical skills?
My niece enjoyed them (I did D, E, F with her) when she was doing ABeka 1st grade at age 6, but personally I prefer them for the 4-5 yr old range (sort of a pre-k/k level type thing). Bible Stories to Read/Color definitely would be fine for sure, if you're looking for a really nice quality colouring book and story book, but I almost definitely wouldn't bother with A or C, and possibly D considering the level he's working at.
E, F, and G are more along the lines of a late K/early 1st grade level, which would go a lot better with what it sounds like he is already familiar with. One of the things that I find with the later books is that they really require following instructions and paying attention to get it right... and some critical thinking and logic/reasoning, which is the reason I suggested them for my niece, who doesn't bother listen, think, or sometimes seemingly even look at anything or pay attention to instructions, and they were GREAT for making her have to take her time and... "DO IT CAREFULLY" to borrow the book's title! LOL. The later books (D, E, F, G) branch out more than the earlier few books do, and cover more than just the motor skills/colours/numbers/letters type stuff.
Last edited by hiskid1324; February 13th, 2010 at 07:05 PM.
I really appreciate you sharing all this information. Thank-you! We spent the afternoon with a homeschooling friend and it happened that she has D, E and F so I was able to look through them and what I could judge from doing so lines up with your speculations based on where he's at. I had figured out that we have reproducible books already that have similar activities to those in E that he can practice with but F looks like it would be the place to start for him so I'm thinking of getting F and G and look forward to seeing H and onwards as they produce those.