Posted 22 November 2005 - 06:08 PM
up to Algebra that is- to me their explanations were confusing - and I like Algebra! We switched to Teaching Textbook Algebra this year and it is awesome! It is sorta pricy- but I will be able to sell on ebay next year and probably get most of my money back. This program was written specifically for homeschoolers as opposed to a classroom- makes a BIG difference.
For younger DS I am using Math-U-See. My 8 year old really knows his facts backward and forward thanks to this program -and he really understands math concepts - even some basic algebra- they start them right out with W + 2 = 5 and he had to figure out W=3 even in first grade. I may keep on with it (a very hands on program with blocks & video to introduce new concepts) or switch to Saxon 54 next year. I would like to hear from someone who used MUS for older grades.
Teaching Textbook (they offer Pre Algebra - Geometry) http://www.teachingtextbooks.com/
Math-U-See (K-12 math) http://mathusee.com/
Cheapest place to get Saxon math - Rock Solid- www.rocksolidinc.com
Posted 26 November 2005 - 12:00 PM
Posted 26 November 2005 - 01:19 PM
I like Saxon Math because of the constant review of everything you are learning all year (I think they call it the spiral approach). But to me Saxons' lessons are a bit over kill- When my boys did Saxon I made them do the practice problems (usually about 5 that go over the concept taught that lesson) then of the 30 for problem set I had them do the even or the odd -their choice -and if they had more than 4 CARELESS errors then they had to do the other 1/2 of the lesson.
A lot of kids get burnt out on Saxon - but then again I read a post on another homeschool forum I belong to where the mom felt that on test day 20 problems on the math test (average 45 mins) was not enough math for the day so they did another lesson in addition to the test- my reaction was poor kids -but she may feel that way for my kids and my more relaxed approach....
Posted 01 December 2005 - 11:15 PM
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They visually show every step of the example problem, very important when I need to explain how a problem is solved and I've forgotten the little steps. My DD has done really well with these workbooks. She's currently doing the pre-algebra one, and taking a pre-algebra class at the learning center. One page a day and she's on track )
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