I’ll just say it. I did NOT want to like Abeka. I’d heard it was full of busy work and a HEAVY load since it was mostly made for Christian schools.
When I went to a local book event to look at their books, however, I was won over by the colorful, fun materials.
For almost all math and language, (with the exception of some Rod and Staff) I began to use Abeka exclusively.
Now, language arts is tricky and can mean handwriting, reading, phonics, writing, etc.
Here is what I used:
Abeka lanuage up to 2nd grade. (In 3rd they transfer to nouns and verbs which are covered in CC Essentials)
Abeka colorful science books (used as readers)
A few of the books for reading. (I let my kids go to the Abeka book-viewing event and let them pick out a few.)