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Subject: Kinetic Books
Date Posted: 3/11/2009 1:27 PM ET
Member Since: 8/18/2008
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Has anybody used these books for algebra?  Teaching textbooks look great but it doesn't fit our budget. 

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 3:49 PM ET
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No, but I've considered them.  The problem is, you'd have to switch levels as there aren't many.

You can get TT for a bargain used.  Also, your child may not even need the lecture CD's.  You could start with just the text (my son uses it as a worktext) and if s/he needs more explanation, you could then get the lecture CD's.

I see TT posted all of the time on HomeschoolClassifieds.com  There are currently no TT Algebra listings, but you could put it on your "wanted" list there.  I get loads of stuff from my WL.

I'm not trying to sway you, but giving you an option about cost.  Another option would be to use Thinkwell, which is a bargain right now with the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

TT seems expensive, but it is sooooo well worth it, IMO.  My son started with Algebra I and is now in Geometry.

JC

 

Date Posted: 3/11/2009 4:44 PM ET
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Thanks so much!  I really appreicate the advice.   My daughter is having a hard time with grasping her math.  With anything else she can read it and know it.  Math is a different story.  I'm hoping I can find the right program for her that will make her feel more comfortable about what she is doing.

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 3:06 PM ET
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Becki, they have a sample of algebra you can download here: http://www.kineticbooks.com/support/algebratrialonline.php

HTH

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 7:33 PM ET
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Thanks Char.  I actually did that this morning and had my daughter try it out.  She was smiling and couldn't control her shouts of "YES!"   I'm going to have her check out Thinkwell and Teaching Textbooks too.  She really liked the fact that the math was broken up into your average math work, mental math and games.  She really needs something that will walk her through each step.  That is why I really wanted to go with Teaching Textbooks.  This is not so hard on the pocketbook though and she liked it.