Benefits of Membership with Accelerate
Minimal Lesson Preparation
A.C.E. is designed so that you do minimal lesson preparation. This is a great benefit for parents who may be unsure about taking the step to homeschool.
We offer academic support to families so that they will have the confidence to homeschool. So whether your child is in early childhood, primary or secondary, we will provide phone and internet support to help your child succeed.
By becoming members of Accelerate Christian Home Schooling, you are entitled to buy the resources through SCEE at discount rates.
Our primary focus is our relationship with you the parent. We are not an impersonal call centre. From our main phone number or email address, there is always someone who can help you, but if you would like to communicate with one staff member in particular, you have the opportunity to have them contact you personally.
Our staff are committed followers of Christ from diverse backgrounds, but who all share the desire to serve God’s kingdom by serving homeschooling families.
Our team members all have personal homeschooling experience covering several decades. We know what it’s like to be homeschool teachers and students, how the resources prepare students for life and further study, and how the community and authorities view homeschooling.
Some of our staff are also trained teachers with many years’ classroom experience, who see the many benefits of A.C.E. and homeschooling and are able to provide academic support to families.
Assistance with Home Education Registration
Registration requirements are different in each state and territory.
We believe that with good preparation and advice from our staff that you will be able to approach registration with confidence knowing that you will be meeting government requirements.
For more information on registration please contact our office.
Celebration and Graduation Events
Each year we a specia evening to celebrate what God has done through our children. Qualifying students may be presented with awards and graduates will be honoured. Events are held in several centres around Australia.
Career pathway advice
We are able to offer some career pathway advice to students and families as they consider options for the future.
At enrolment we send out a set of diagnostic tests, which will identify the knowledge and skills of your child. We do not simply set a programme of study based on your child’s age or grade, but tailor the programme to suit your child.
Based on the diagnostic tests, previous school reports and in consultation with you we will prescribe a suggested academic pathway for your child. Please note: As the parent, you have the responsibilty and authority, legally, to make the final choice for your child. We will advise, but will always recogise that you as the parent know your child better than anyone.
Accelerate Christian Home Schooling staff and Southern Cross Educational Enterprises are committed to developing new resuources to supplement A.C.E. From video lessons and project booklets to entire subject modules, we are always looking for ways to make learning more relevant, simpler and enjoyable for students.
Access to Student Conventions
By being part of Accelerate Christian Home Schooling you will have access to regional, national and international Student Conventions.
Help for children with Dyslexia
We are able to provide a special reading and spelling programme for our members.
Year 10 and Year 12 Certificates
In conjunction with Southern Cross Educational Enterprises, we offer certificates to students who complete a Year 10 or 12 pathway.
Twice Yearly Reports
We send out twice yearly reports, which provide a summary of the years work and is an excellent record for presenting to employers and tertiary institutions.
We have an experience husband and wife chaplaincy team who is able to provide spiritual advice and pastoral care and is easily contacted through our office.
We send out monthly newsletters, which will keep you informed of all events and news.
Benefits of A.C.E. Resources
K-12. The resources cover kindergarten to Year 12
Gradual Increase in Difficulty
There is a gradual increase in difficulty with constant revision. This is a highly efficient method of long-term memory retention.
Students like the routine of the familiar format in each subject. Routine and repetition are especially helpful for students that have struggled academically.
Appeals to Children
Our program contains cartoons and amusing stories where the characters are role models for your children.
As your children grow, so do the characters in the stories. Your children will learn to love Ace, Christi, Sandy, Pudge and many others who all have their own individual strengths and weaknesses.
Allows For Creativity
The academic work is often completed early, usually before lunch for primary aged children, which leaves plenty of time for creative arts in the afternoon.
One of the great features of ACE is that it is self-instructional. This means the students get in the habit of reading, understanding and interpreting the material themselves. This is the primary method of learning.
Only when a student struggles to grasp a concept will he or she need to refer to a parent or tutor from HSWA for support.
This also means that you as a parent spend more time encouraging and supervising than explaining.
The ACE program is designed to build character in your children. With 60 character traits that are found in Scripture, like attentive, kind and truthful, our program will help your child to grow in favour with God and man.
Frees the Parent
As the program is self-instructional and requires minimal lesson preparation, it leaves the parent time to attend to younger children and other household tasks. Good supervision can still be undertaken while engaged in other activities in the same room.
Biblical Worldview. The curriculum is written with the aim of leading children to Christ and training them in the Biblical principles of how to think from God’s perspective.
At home, you as the parent are not on the sidelines watching someone else guiding your child. You are the one who will be their teacher and example. Remember Luke 6:40 A disciple is not above his teacher; but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.
Colourful and Interesting
The curriculum is written at the child’s level of understanding and vocabulary. Unlike many textbooks, the material does not need teacher explanation and blackboard instruction. It is colourful, interesting and ready to use.
Parent Training Provided
The parent-training package is provided as part of initial membership but is also supplemented with seminars at activity days. We also have a parent mentor, who is able to visit your home if you live in Perth or contact you through Skype if you live in the country.
Diagnostic Testing. Your child will be given diagnostic testing so that our tutors will be able to prescribe the academic work which, is most suitable for your child. This way, your child will be achieving at a level which, is neither too hard nor too easy. They will have immediate success, which will bring confidence and a love for learning.
Suited to Parents Starting Homeschooling. Many parents are anxious about commencing home education. However with our program, you will have minimal lesson preparation and you will have confidence that your child is receiving an excellent education. Furthermore, our staff will support you and you will have opportunities to support each other through Facebook and informal parent networking groups.
Uses Phonics to Teach Reading. ACE uses a phonics-based method to help children to learn to read. This has been proven to be a far superior method to the whole language approach which, has been in vogue for many years in schools.
We have a thorough spelling course called Word Building, which extends from year 1 to year 8. This course also looks at the etymology of words, examining their Latin and Greek roots.
While the Bible and Biblical thinking is integral to every subject, we also have a number of subjects, which specifically focus on Scripture. These include, Bible reading in primary school and Successful Living (Proverbs), New and Old Testament Survey and Life of Christ.
In many ways students who complete the full program have already done a first year program at a Bible college.
Lots of Parent-Child Interaction
A child spends less than four minutes in one-one interactions with a teacher in the average school day. This is insufficient for helping a child in understanding concepts and improving speech and vocabulary.
At home with ACE, child-parent interactions are part of the program. Typically a child will have 30-40 interactions with their parent each day, which builds relationship and understanding.
Teaches Grammar to a High Level
The ACE course is strong in grammar. Students learn parts of speech, punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction. These skills are essential to writing well and professionally.
Suited for Gifted Children
ACE is an acronym for Accelerated Christian Education. This means that a child who is gifted will not be held back by the class average and is able to proceed at a much faster rate. Some students are able to complete their course years ahead of their chronological age and attend online universities at age 14 or 15.
Children Mark Their Own Work
We believe that self-correction is an essential part of the learning process. At schools students often get lazy and expect the teacher to mark and correct their work. With ACE, the students are responsible for marking their own work with full solutions provided in answer keys. This not only greatly reduces the marking parents are required to do but also helps children to understand where they went wrong.
They learn to work out their own mistakes rather than rely on a teacher all the time. They are more likely to remember the correct way of doing something if they have discovered the solution themselves. This is a valuable skill in preparation for university and beyond.
Includes Checks and Student Accountability
There are numerous checks where the parent is able to check for understanding. The Self-test and final assessment at the end of each PACE or workbook, ensures that your child will know and understand their work.
Unlike being at a school you will, at all times, be aware of your child’s progress and will not have to wait for a fairly bland semester report from paid employees who will never know or love your child as well as you do.
Uses Christian Novels for Literature
There is no need to be concerned about the literature books that your child will read as all of the books have a Biblical worldview and avoid topics that are unsuitable for children.
Suited for Students with Learning difficulties
In a similar manner, a child who has learning difficulties can go at a slower rate; thereby ensuring he or she is not pushed beyond their level of understanding. Many a child has succeeded academically, though it may have taken a year or two longer than most. At home this is not an issue.
In mastery learning a student is not able to proceed until they have mastered a skill. This is vital as too often students are pushed along when they have only half learned a skill.
In our program, students must achieve a mark of 80% in each test before they are able to progress to the next topic. It is like the Vacation Swim program, where students need to master the foundation skills before they up put up into the next class.
While this sounds challenging, students who follow the procedures, and score correctly rarely have to repeat a test or workbook.
Students Learn Goal Setting
This is another great feature where students are responsible for setting and achieving their daily goals under the supervision of the parent. This prepares them well for being self-starters later in life.
Each PACE has at least one Scripture verse to learn. Given that many children do 60 PACE’s per year, this means your child could be learning 60 new Bible verses each year as a minimum.
Teaches Australian History and Australian Maths
Although the majority of the material is sourced from the United States, the History and Maths courses have been modified to have Australian content.
Suitable When Travelling
This program is ideal for those who are taking 6 months or longer to do a once in a lifetime trip around Australia. The curriculum is entirely portable and can be fitted into a small briefcase.