I am overjoyed with the Alpha-Omega Lifepac Program...the subject integration...subjects amazingly complete...easy to teach...attractive and easy for children to understand...children can advance at their own pace and are not restricted from moving up when ready...I really feel this wonderful program was God inspired! The service provided by Christianbook.com was awesome as well!
I purchased the 1st Grade Life Pack set at the recommendation of a friend. Since then her and I both have switched to Abeka. These Life Packs are horrible and the only reason I'm purchasing the student books this year are to get my 2nd child through the First Grade since I have the teacher's books already and then we'll be on all Abeka curriculum. There were so many errors in the Life Packs. Not just on worksheets but on TESTS too!!! I remember my daughter was to put 3 pictures in order of how they happened and she told me one of the pictures didn't make any sense. So I checked my teacher book and sure enough one of the pictures was completely different on her test than what I had in my book. Another example is she was asked to spell the word "eighteen" on a test, then 2 WEEKS LATER they taught her how to spell the word eighteen in her workbook! Have had no problems with Abeka so far.
I'm so thankful that this curriculum is user-friendly and my son loves his lessons. He is very intelligent, but can get distracted easily. The lessons aren't too long, but flow well when used together. He was using a spiral learning method prior to this and was frustrated. The focus that this curriculum provides for mastery learning is aiding his confidence and helping him overcome some learning "blocks" we encountered in the past. I'm a happy Mom!!! :)
I did not find this to be very user friendly. In switching between workbooks and teacher's book, I feel that I am doing more studying that my first-grader. Years ago I had curriculum for my son which was all-inclusive, which I found much easier to work with, especially since these workbooks REQUIRE the close coordination with the teacher's books. I am quite disappointed that I will, again, have to switch to a different curriculum with the next year.