A Review of ACE English

We have used ACE for our oldest child with Special Needs for several years. However, we had not used it with our other children (mostly because if it ain’t broke I don’t fix it). We’ll because of the difficulty I was having with implementing the grammar program that I choose we stopped doing English. So now English was “broken”.

 

ACE English

Why did I stop teaching English? Because, I foolishly believed the lie that I had heard from other homeschool Moms that kids can ‘pick up’ good grammar in their reading. We’ll maybe their kids can but despite being voracious readers mine did not. They picked up subject verb agreement but not mechanics , grammar or parts of speech.

When we took our bi-annual standardized test last year my children were all either months of years behind their grade level in English. So  last year we focused on English. But, even though ACE is working wonders for my oldest daughter I picked a different curriculum, a video curriculum that turned out to be harder to implement then I thought it would be. I still think Cozy Grammar and Punctuation are good courses I personally had a hard time implementing them.

 Then in frustration, I decided we were going to use ACE, because I had already researched it, I had some of the TM’s and I was pleased with my other daughters progress. Additionally, at that same time was searching for a spelling program for my 3rd child for years, to no avail so in desperation we switched her to ACE Word Building too!

BTW these children switched at the mid year point and still have not reached their actual “grade level” in PACES. I know we homeschool and grade levels are not important, “yatta yatta yatta,” well when my kiddos were not being successful they became important to me.

 

What is included & Age Range:

  • K-12th Grade
  • 12 small Booklets each year
  • Answer Keys

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How we use it in our home/what we like about this curriculum:

  • We took the ACE diagnostic Test which showed me where their gaps in English were and which ACE Paces to purchase to teach them the things they missed.
  • My children complete their ACE Paces independently
  • I grade the tests to make sure they understand the material and since I was skeptical sometime gave them random oral quizzes while we were doing something else.
Some things you should know about the program…
  • Overtly Christian Program
  • Independent Study
  • To me it looked to easy at times, but it wasn’t
  • It took them about 15-20 minutes to finish their English

You can purchase ACE English at Christian Books Distributors (you can see in the booklets at this website) or directly from ACE Ministries. Be warned ACE Ministries website is what I would consider clunky and I am not the kind of person to notice such things. :/

In summary:

We just finished our standardized tests and the children that were behind have made huge leaps forward. (+1.7 would equal an increase of 1 grade and 7 months, keep in mind the normal school year is only 9 months)

Improved Grade Equivalent for my rising 7th grader is now above her grade level in all of the Language Arts Subjects.  Several grades in some.
Mechanics improved by +.8
Usage & Structure improved by +4.4 (4 grades and 4 months )

My rising 5th grader also improved and is now at or above her grade level in all of her Language Arts Subjects.
Mechanics improved +2.2
Usage & Structure improved by +1.1
Spelling improved by +2.1 (and she now tells everyone she is a good speller because she has found success with Word Building)

Many people (mostly adults who attended some sort of Private School that used ACE in the 80’s & 90’s) hate ACE. You will find them talking about how horrible it is and begging you not to try it and to switch your children out of it. I am here to say that for me the proof is in the pudding and ACE has been an effective program in our homeschool! Keep in mind  any program can be implement poorly, and it is the implementation of any curriculum that makes the difference. I have not had any issues effectively and easily implementing ACE in our homeschool. In fact, it has freed me up to concentrate on our more difficulut subjects and group subjects (Mystery of History, Writing, Science etc…)

As homeschoolers we need to be careful NOT TO LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS OR THE CHEERLEADERS for any one product.  And to simple pick the curriculum that is best for our individual families. I wish I would not have been so influenced by those who hate, hated ACE and would have started it sooner. So if you think ACE is right for your family then I would encourage you to use it, if not then don’t use. At the same time we should not be like the bully on the playground and shame other homeschoolers who have simply chosen a different curriculum and truly enjoy its fruit.

{{Stepping down off of my soap box}}

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

5 thoughts on “A Review of ACE English

  1. Back in the 80s I finished high school in a private ACE Academy. It was small and hard socially, but academically it put me way ahead and even made college a breeze! Fast forward to this year. I’m currently in my 3rd year of homeschooling my children. After winging it with curriculum I found my way back to ACE. Not sure why I didn’t do it sooner. Both my 9 and 10 year old have a few gaps and are behind but i know they will get caught up. Thanks for sharing your story!

  2. Can you share your experiences in 8th English? I reviewed it and it seems to be the same as 7th? They don’t seem to do too much in writing? Also, the math looks too easy? We are missionaries in Latin America and have limited resources, yet a wealth of resources in every day living…so we are learning a bit differently than most. Thanks so much!

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