Easy to use. My daughter enjoys using the LIFEPAC. I like how everything is in one book. I don't have to buy separate books for each area, it's all in one book. I do sit with my daughter and go through each section, but I don't need to sit there while she does the work. The program is easy to understand.
This was my first experience with the Lifepac workbooks. When selecting a program, I wanted something comprehesive, as I think that language is not and should not be "divided" - we speak and write using vocabulary, grammar, spelling, writing, even phonics collectively, not separately. So the integration of ALL components of language in one program like Lifepac was exactly what we needed. I felt that enough time (more than enough) was spent on each aspect of language (except writing, perhaps), and the explanations were very good - so much so that I didn't have to open the Teacher's book very often. It is a good amount of teacher-student interaction, so if you're looking for something that they can do more independently, this probably wouldn't be a good choice. But I enjoyed the time we spent together, and even 2nd grade language had some good review for ME (sometimes felt like, "Are You Smarter Than A Second-grader?" show could be made)!
The down side: My son was getting tired of doing language; I'd hear him groan that he'd have to get his book out everyday. I've heard other parents of homeschooled children also say, "No more Lifepacs!". So we may take a break from this and try a different curriculum next school year and see of his "agony" is Lifepac-related, sick-of-school-related or simply Language-related.
I really like the overall format and the flow, except with the introduction of cursive handwriting, which was scattered in books 8, 9 and 10. So several days went by (sometimes longer) before more cursive handwriting letters were introduced, and my son forgot what he had already learned because it wasn't done all at once (but I can live and work with that!).
I still recommend this program; it's much like traditional school in format. Solid content. Good review and explanations.
I have used Lifepac for two children now and will use it for my third. The curriculum is comparable with other Bible based curriculum and provides for my children to work at their own pace. My eldest switched recently from Lifepac to another product which is computer based and the transition was easy. Fits well with multiple grades and allows for the next child to follow right along.
I really think this is a great language arts program! It has a great variety of activties, and is definitely not boring! The lessons are not divided into daily lessons, rather you give a set amount of time to work in it each day. That let's the student work at their own pace. My daughter seems to really enjoy it.