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Benefits of ACE

Accelerated Christian Education (ACE)

A Short Overview

By Floyd Risser and Stuart Chapman

There are some who are unsure about ACE and its effectiveness as an education program as it looks very different from the traditional school model.    

The following is a short overview of the strengths and blessings that may be obtained by using ACE:  

·      Every Child Learns to Read.ACE is a phonics-based system, which is methodical and easy to follow whether taught by a teacher or parent.  Students that have been taught the program correctly do learn to read.

·      Mastery-Based Learning is Highly Effective. In mastery-based learning, a student will be ready for each new concept, because he has mastered the skill on the previous level.  Depending on their ability and motivation levels, a student may move ahead rapidly or take as long as necessary.

·      Targeted Teaching and Learning after Diagnostic Testing. Diagnostic testing ensures each student begins at a level, which is based on his or her ability level not chronological age.  Any gaps in learning are identified and targeted. Students may study at different levels across the four core subjects of Math, English, Social Studies and Science. 

·      Individualised Learning is Best Educational Practice. One of the greatest strengths of ACE is that each student will progress through the PACEs at his/her own rate.  Because the program is truly individualised, students learn when they are ready.  This is recognised worldwide as a superior method of learning.   Slower students learn essential academics and explore truths about God and His world without feeling pressured to “keep up”.  Faster students are not held back while the rest of the class “catches up”. 

Why do parents homeschool their children?

Why do parents choose to home educate their children?

Choosing to home school is a major undertaking.  Parents do not change schools lightly nor do they make the decision to home educate without considering the impact that it will have on their family, practically and financially. 

Home education requires time, sacrifice and courage in the face of both internal and external pressures to the family unit.   

The following is a summary of reasons parents give for starting their home school journey:   

Bullying

Bullying is now the most common reason given to start education at home.

A typical phone call that we get almost every day, is when a mother calls and says, “I have a daughter in Year 9 and I just can’t get her to go to school. She says to me, ‘Mum, they are horrible, I just can’t go back.’” 

Other parents say, “It breaks my heart that my 10 year old cries all the way to school each day.”  

Interestingly, 75% of students that are bullied are female. 

Parents say, “I am up at the school every week and each time I am told, “We are dealing with it, but the bullying just goes on and on. I am over it.

“It is not something that we ever really thought about, but right now home school is the only option for us.  We are just so glad that we can get started with support from Homeschool WA, because otherwise we would not know where to begin.”  

The Leap of "Getting Started".

After listening to the radio interview that I gave with Mike Smith, my webdesigner grabbed a quote and made this little promotional / inspirational poster.

 

It's true! The hardest part is getting started.

Encourage those who are scared to make the leap by sharing this image on your facebook or blog.

Home School Stats for Australia 2013

Annual Home Education Registration Statistics for Australia

By Stuart Chapman

The updated results for 2013 are given below:

Annual Numbers of Registered Home Educated Students in Australia in each

State and Territory 2011-2013

State

2011Home  Ed Students

2012 Home Ed Students

% Inc

11-12

2013 Home

Ed Students

% Inc

12-13

School Students in each state 2013

% Home Ed Stud of school pop 2013

 

ACT

136

167

23

166

0

63,209

0.26

NSW

2443

2763

13

3327

20

1,152,551

0.29

NT

51

56

10

62

10

40,409

0.15

Qld

891

951

7

1108

17

761,411

0.15

SA

891

1000

12

1025

3

261,148

0.39

TAS

603

660

9

745

13

79,632

0.94

Vic

3300

3430

4

3718

8

881,150

0.42

WA

1806

1889

5

2211

17

385,095

0.57

Total

10121

10916

8

12362

13

3,624,605

0.34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Questions Everyone is Afraid to Ask

At Homeschool WA we recognise that academics is only one part of measuring a successful education.  

 We have therefore created a questionnaire that we encourage our parents to answer when their children are enrolled.    It will be voluntary as the questions are personal but will help both the parent and us to see how their children are progressing over time as a whole person.  

The areas that are covered in the questionnaire include: 

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