So.....what was it? (The curriculum you never guessed you'd use?)
I really, really hesitate to even say, as I've seen this program get slammed time after time.....not rigorous, bad reputation amongst those who abused the system using it, the list goes on and on.... But, desperate times cause you to look beyond everything you've tried in the past, and venture into new territory. I started out researching for just science, but then expanded that to english and spelling/vocab. I'm not a science person, so something streamlined was definitely in order to help my kids get some science learning that *can* get done. We started using ACE.....now I'm ducking for cover from the flying tomatoes!!
I never ever thought I'd use it, let alone like it after all the bad stuff I'd heard, but know what? It's actually really good, and is working great for my kids. A big key is grading it myself and discussing the lessons they're learning. That really cements the information for them. We were always quite Charlotte Mason/lit-based before, and I think that's helped my kids to enjoy this more, as it's more about the reading and the topics for them. They see the filling in of the blanks/activities as a review of info. In the science paces, there's an experiment and/or project in each one, so there's still hands on elements. But, *I* don't have to be the center of the teaching/learning. Using these paces, it's sparked a love of science in our kids and they're doing a lot of research and learning *outside* of school time because it's fun to learn about! Thank you ACE!
We had been trying to use All About Spelling for a while now, but it depended on me teaching each kid seperately, making our day take forever. The Word Building paces have been perfect for teaching those lovely spelling rules, as well as introducing my kids to new words and meanings. I ended up really, really liking their english paces too as they are quite mastery based which seems to really click with my kids. They learn a new concept and get lots of practice identifying and using that concept, helping them to really understand it better *and* retain it. (We also found MUS to be totally awesome for them in the same ways this year.) So yeah, ACE is definitely NOT popular here at all, but for a couple subjects it's working great for my kids. So much so, that I'm sticking with it for those subjects next year, too. We are still keeping our beloved lit-based history and reading. School is getting done in less time, *with* happy kids and happy mama. I know it's not everyone's cuppa, but what sparks learning and brings success will be different for everyone. Do what brings you joy, and what helps them learn...that's the point!