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**Alpha Omega Lifepacs - Mathematics**

**Grades: K-12** Alpha Omega LIFEPAC - Mathematics

Alpha Omega Publications' math curriculum is divided into 10 thin worktexts for each school year - in essence these are like chapters in typical school books. Most users of Lifepacs math have simply gotten it as part of their complete curriculum.

From the publisher's website: "LIFEPAC is a Christian curriculum with consumable worktexts that combine subject text, exercises, projects, reviews, and tests. LIFEPAC's full-color, worktext curriculum is based on the principle of mastery learning, in which students truly master the context and skills of one unit before progressing to the next. With Math LIFEPAC curriculum, repetition, drill and application ensure mastery of basic computational skills."

The key difference between LIFEPACs and Horizons Math is the introduction of math concepts. Horizons introduces a few concepts at once with review, while the LIFEPAC curriculum introduces one concept at a time. Horizons is good for a child that can multi-task. LIFEPACs are better for a child that needs to concentrate on learning one skill very well before moving on to the next one."

Pricing: A complete set of 10 Lifepacs is $79.95 for grade 1, $58.95 for grades 2-6, and $64.95 for grades 7-12. Teacher keys vary from $14 t- $18 per grade.

## Reviews of **LIFEPAC math curriculum from Alpha omega Publications**

Time: 2 years
Your situation:
I have been homeschooling my two children for the past two years of ages 10 and 14.
Why you liked/didn't like the book:
I didn't care for this curriculum because I don't feel that it went into enough depth or provided sufficient examples to be effective. Most of the material is just touched upon, isn't explained well, and it lacks practice problems which I believe are key to success.
Any other helpful hints:
I would prepare to look for many other resources to supplement this curriculum as it provides minimal instructions and information.
Sara Robles Review added February 27, 2012
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Time: 6 years
Your situation:
Homeschooled one child 7th grade through 12th grade and one child 3rd grade through now (currently in 6th grade)
Why you liked/didn't like the book:
I love the lifepac curriculum. I have used it exclusively since I began homeschooling. I use it for all subjects. We also, however, had some struggles (with the math) when my son was in 9th grade. It was a lot of material to learn and get a good grasp on. We stuck with it and what I decided to do was use the 9th grade lifepac both for 9th and 10th grade, so that he got a real good grasp of it. Then we did the 10th grade in his junior year (which covers geometry) and 11th grade in his senior year (which covers more Algebra and into Algebra II). We skipped lifepac grade 12 (it goes into trig and calculus). My son passed his college entrance exam with no problem and is currently doing well in college algebra.
Janna Pogue Review added December 8, 2011
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Homeschooling one son in 9th Grade. Began homeschooling last year in 8th with Alpha Omega Lifepacs. Why you liked/didn't like the book: Grade 8 curriculum seemed very smooth to use for both my son and I. It was well planned and metered out and so were the teachers manuals. The amount of time spent in the books seemed very reasonable. This year in 9th grade is a total mess. We got so bogged down in the Algebra I lifepacs 5 and 6 that we finally switched to McDougal Littel Concepts and Skills in Algebra I after hunting and hunting at the local library for help in what was being presented in Lifepacs! McDougall Littel seems like a breeze after Lifepacs 5 and 6 in Alpha Omega. Poorly prepared, too far too fast and too much to cover in one year. We find the same with the Lifepac Spanish I elective. I can't imagine how many hours Lifepac high school students are expected to spend in their books! Not doable for the average student who is not a book worm by nature and has other things to pursue such as piano and friends. I wish I had never used them this year--making a solid student look slow and bringing down his self-esteem. I would caution anyone before starting this curriculum for high school. Be prepared to be in the books five and six hours a day, easily! I decided to totally abandon Lifepac 9 Bible just to be able to get caught up with the time we lost in Algebra and considering ditching the Spanish I curriculum also. Too much information too fast compared to what general high school curriculums are asking. Also, skills do not build logically... big jumps in expectations before laying down any foundation. Any other helpful hints: Look over these Lifepacs very carefully when you get them and even count all the pages and see how many you would have to do a day in order to finish in 175 days. Some of the Lifepacs this 9th grade year were humongous! These courses could have been divided in two years easily. Some courses do not even cover some subjects in Algebra I Lifepac except in college algebra. Make sure you are up for all of this when you receive it and if not--return before beginning. Carol Review added March 10, 2009
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Why you liked/didn't like the book: I love the highschool ones and the Astronomy Select, but I don't recommend their math for review. For that, I would go to Saxon or Teaching Textbook which is similar to Saxon, only it can get dull pretty fast. Otherwise, the curriculum itself is not bad at all. Any other helpful hints: If they can dive right in and start the work then don't stop them. Let them do it quickly, and burn out themselves just remind them they still have to do it the next day. They will come to you for help when needed. I think this is a worry free curriculum. When I was little my sister-in-law's parents used it for their kids. I think it is worth the cash minus the math. Rachael Review added November 26, 2009
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Why you liked/didn't like the book: The kids can work independently in these books. Most of the time they can understand the instruction in the worktext very easily. The division of the books into 10 lifepacs gives them milestones to reach instead of one large, daunting book. There are frequent self tests and lifepac tests so I can make sure they understand the material that they are covering. Any other helpful hints: I loved this program for grade school math. We are trying Teaching Textbooks for Algebra and higher because of the great reviews it has for that level. Shari Freeland Review added August 20, 2007
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I find it hard to get my sons to focus on education. They are ADHD and very smart so keeping them enthused about school is difficult. This is one reason that I homeschool, they got too bored in public school Why you liked/didn't like the book: I love these books because the kids don't even realize that they are learning, they think that they are just playing. The whole time they are learning! Any other helpful hints: This curriculum is for those children who have a difficult time focusing or need extra time to learn certain skills. Krystal Hancock | |||

Why you liked/didn't like the book: The explainations are almost non-existant and the teacher's manual is a joke. I have had to go back to three other Algebra texts that I have to make head or tails of most things. Any other helpful hints: If my son was not enrolled in the Alpha Omega Academy and taking his tests on-line I would toss this curriculum completely. The Algebra II course takes as much time to deal with as all the other courses combined. I have used other Alpha Omega coures, and found them to be just fine. However, I had never used any of the math programs. Unless you are 'stuck' using for the Academy, don't bother. Margaret Kees | |||

One thing I have appreciated about Alpha omega in the past is that my children could do a certain amount of work on their own, without me sitting beside them during the entire subject time. This was not the case with the Algebra curriculum this year. We found several times that the teacher's manual didn't fully explain a problem that the student book had never explained either. It was a terribly frustrating year. We also found errors here and there that took us forever to work through beore noticing the mistake. We spent so much time just trying to figure out what was being asked that we weren't able to complete many concepts. There was also, at times, not enough review of a concept before the text moved on to a new concept. I think Alpha Omega is fine for younger grades, but unless you're a certified math teacher I would not recommend their Algebra program. Ellen Johnston | |||

THANK YOU, FRUSTRATED MOM DONNA JACKSON | |||

I am appalled at the errors and inconsistencies in the definitions (internal and external common tangents, for example) and the extremely poor quality of the diagrams. In Unit 7, for example the diagrams show "arcs" passing through lines. The arcs, however, are not circular and are not centered on the points where they should be, so the student cannot draw over them to gain an understanding of the procedures - any attempt to do so only creates confusion. She is frustrated to tears (literally) trying to work through this material, and it is confusing for her when I have to explain that the book is incorrect, the definitions are wrong, the diagrams do not work, and then I have to work through things with her the correct way. If the time my daughter has already spent on this program was not an issue, I would ask for a refund and go looking elsewhere. As it is, I guess we'll just have to muddle through ... but this is a pathetic excuse for an educational curriculum and should not be used by anyone. I am a mechanical engineer, spent years on a drawing board, and now do complex, high-speed machine design. I understand geometry. I would not recommend this program to anyone. Karl Zemlin | |||

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I started out Homeschooling my children with this program & LOVED it. I switched to another program for a few years with my youngest son & he feel behind. I tested him & to put him back into this program. He had learning gaps. He was 2 yrs. behind. We worked with him & he caught back up. He's about to finish high school now. I can't remember any religious material but it has been years since I saw the early years. All I remember is them teaching math. The material was very easy to use. And after they get the basics they can almost teach themselves. The teacher answer keys are a must in the upper grades if you aren't a math wiz. I highly recommend this course. After my oldest son finished high school through this company I had him take a GED just to see how he had done. He won every award they gave for high score. Math too!! Vicky |

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