When homeschool parents talk about Abeka book materials, there seem to just be two responses - love and hate. It's funny to me how one person can completely love a curriculum and think that it is the best and that every child on the planet needs to use it, and another person can have such burnout and discouragement from the same curriculum.
The Abeka curriculum features include the fact that it is usually one grade level above the public school curriculum. So if your child uses the first grade curriculum, they will most likely be doing second grade work. If your child enjoys reading textbooks and answering questions and filling out workbooks, then they will probably love this program. There are teacher manuals, student textbooks, lesson plans, teacher guides, test and quiz booklets with keys, and answer booklets. Parents have the option of choosing a complete curriculum or picking and choosing those parts of the curriculum that they think they will need.
I don't recommend Abeka for the early grades because of the advanced materials and the amount of workbooks that need to be filled out. I have also seen more people burn out on this curriculum than any other. I have also seen some students strive with this material.
Each family needs to pray and find what God knows will work best for them. I have quite a few pages on my site giving lots of information about this homeschool curriculum including what it includes, what it doesn't, how to buy and sell it, the pros and cons, and information about each subject they offer.
Check out Abeka Book for more complete details.