A.C.E. Curriculum Review: Science PACES

5th Grade Science PACE sample

Even though it’s not my favorite subject in general, my favorite A.C.E. subject is science. I love the emphasis on Creation, and my kids really enjoy working in the Science PACEs. Even if you aren’t doing all A.C.E., I highly recommend their science curriculum.

I have a fifth grader this year, and so far, there has been a science project in every PACE! This is great since my son loves hands-on activities. When I think back to my time in A.C.E. schools, I don’t remember doing many projects. I don’t know if there were less projects in the PACES back then, or if we just skipped them since it says, “Project to do at Home.” People who had bad experiences in A.C.E. schools need to realize that students get more out of the curriculum at home.

My older kids used to ask to skip the projects, buy my current students love them so we take the projects very seriously--even running to Walmart the same day for any supplies we don’t have. Most of the materials needed are regular household items, and whatever we need to buy only costs a couple of bucks.

Projects are found in other A.C.E. subjects, too, for example, my third grader recently made lemonade to reinforce a math lesson about liquid measurements, and my fifth grader made a tee-pee in Social Studies. With this new batch of kids, the projects are definitely a hit.

The A.C.E. Science Curriculum
needs no supplementation; however, I do purchase visual aids from Abeka. My fifth grader loves his bug cards, which he has been enjoying for a couple of years now. Other ways my children learn science are caring for a variety of pets and helping my husband with his annual vegetable garden. We don’t have a garden this year since we moved late in the season, but the kids have several bean plants going in the kitchen, and I’m growing a pineapple.

Pinto Bean Plants 

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