LIFEPAC combines the Bible and the academic subjects
to give a Christian perspective
Many parents are looking at the LIFEPAC curriculum program as an alternative to what they are using for home schooling now. Take a look at some of the questions and answers on this page so you can decide if it is right for you and your family.
What is the LIFEPAC Curriculum?
With LIFEPAC your children work in full-color worktext books, combining exercises, projects, review, and tests. LIFEPAC is similar to SOS (Switched-On Schoolhouse) in that your children must truly master the context and skills of one unit before progressing on to the next. LIFEPAC combines the Bible and the academic subjects, providing the opportunity for students to evaluate their lessons from a Christian perspective.
Is LIFEPAC similar to Switched-On Schoolhouse?
An award-winning curriculum, LIFEPAC has been developed to provide the best learning experiences for each of your children through personalized instruction and self-pacing. Both Switched-On Schoolhouse (SOS) and LIFEPAC are stand-alone programs and can be purchased individually. Materials for both LIFEPAC and SOS can also be mixed and matched or used together. For a complete comparison go to the Alpha Omega Publications page.
Does LIFEPAC use workbooks or worktexts?
Each LIFEPAC subject comes with ten worktext. Sometimes, however the word worktext is used differently by different publishers. Basically a worktext is a workbook that has the instruction included. It is a combination of lessons and worksheets. The worktext vary from thin thirty page workbooks to four hundred page thick workbooks. With the thin worktext you usually get ten per subject and with the thick ones you get one book per subject.
How long does each workbook take?One workbook takes approximately three to four weeks to complete. That means that your child could finish all ten workbooks in 30 weeks which is about seven and a half months. Worst case scenario is that it takes the full ten months to finish.
What subjects are included?
LIFEPAC is available for grades K-12 in five core subjects: Bible, Language Arts, Math, History and Geography, and Science. Electives are also available such as Accounting, American Literature, and Art.
What are my choices?
There are a range of methods that you can use to teach your children. There are textbooks, pre-recorded classes on DVD and video, audio tapes that accompany reading books, and worktext which combine text-based instruction and the workbook exercises in one or a series of booklets. There is also satellite TV programming that you can have right in your own home to supplement the other methods of teaching you are giving your children already.
What is a worktext?
Some parents and / or students prefer using worktext that cover the whole year in one subject. This means that both the instruction and the worksheets are all in one book for each. Most of these worktext have two to three pages of reading and / or exercises for each day of the school year. Most home schooled students are required to attend one hundred eighty days of school per year. That number is based on twenty school days per month times nine months in a year. The worktext range in page count from one hundred forty to five hundred forty pages so that one to three pages can get covered each school day. A subject such as spelling would probably have one page per day and one spelling test per week. The science worktext would probably have two pages of reading and one page of questions or a quiz to review each day. The exercises and quizzes are there to make sure the student understands the material covered that day.
Do parents still use textbooks?
Parents sometimes prefer to use a textbook for each subject and a series of workbooks so that their children get a sense of accomplishment. Children have to complete one workbook each month, and they often get done ahead of time. Now they can look forward to a fresh new workbook next month. Parents and children also have a gauge for progress. Children tend to stay motivated and they often finish early. If they have ten workbooks to get through in a ten-month school year they stay motivated since like to stay ahead of where they need to be. Self-motivation is the key in this method. Minimal prodding and pep talks often carries through the child's whole life.
Which is easier to use?
My family has tried both textbooks with a series of workbooks, and the worktext where each subject is in one thick book. The general consensus has been a preference for the workbook series. The kids like the set of 10 workbooks better because they get a sense of accomplishment each time they finish one. Usually they finish the school year early because they get each one done ahead of time. This helps them be more self-motivated. It is also easier for me as their teacher because I can tell whether they are ahead or behind schedule.
What about encyclopedias?
Having encyclopedias handy or other textbooks especially for subjects like science with illustrations is a big help. Sometimes the workbooks come without the need for a textbook. Other workbooks have enough built-in instruction, exercises, quizzes and tests to suffice. Some workbooks are plain text or have limited diagrams and illustrations. A picture paints a thousand words so it is very important (especially in science) to have photographs and clear illustrations like you get with encyclopedias. Having them in living color is best.
What else could I use?
Alpha Omega Publications also make Horizons, Switched-On Schoolhouse, and Weaver. For more information go to our Alpha Omega Publications page. If you are interested in options for curriculum other than the LIFEPAC curriculum go to our Home School Textbooks page.