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Subject: recommended home school books
Date Posted: 1/4/2010 6:07 PM ET
Member Since: 5/14/2007
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I have a 26 year old friend who barely has a 6th grade education.  She was severely abused and held captive as a child, which is why she wasn't able to finish school.  Because of this, she has struggled with life skills such as telling time and even understanding the concept of time - how long is a few minutes, an hour, etc.  It's amazing how far she's come in the last 6-7 years, but the lack of education is still a big obstacle for her.  She wants her high school diploma and tried going to a special program associated with a community college.  However, other students and even the teacher made fun of her and, as you can imagine, this has been very painful.  Recently the teacher told her she was stupid and shouldn't bother going to school.  Can you believe that?!  We wanted to talk with that teacher or even report her but our friend didn't want us involved because she's afraid it would make it worse for her.  Unfortunately she's probably right.  She just quit going and I can't blame her.

She loves to read and I'm wondering if reading some home school books might help her.  I realize that she wouldn't be working towards a degree, but maybe reading on her own might get her to the point where she has more self confidence.  As I mentioned, telling time is an issue for her, as well as very elementary math skills.  I think that's where we should start.  We were playing a scrabble game over New Year's and I was very impressed with how well she did with that so evidently reading and vocabulary aren't a problem.  Is there anything out there that she could read that would help her with the time and math issues?  Or anything else you'd recommend? 

Thanks so much for your help with this.



Date Posted: 1/5/2010 7:35 AM ET
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It sounds like your friend just needs to brush up on math.  You could always suggest to her to try out some of the websites that are free online.  There is a thread here that has quite a few good ones listed.  I know my times tables and I still have had fun playing some of the games with my girls on the sites.   If she feels she would really like a curriculum to follow, I would suggest Teaching Textbooks.  Their site gives samples and you can find good deals on used sets.  It's a nice set to use if you don't have a person to go to for help because the cds will run through everything - even problems you may get wrong!

Good luck to you and your friend.  

Shame on that nasty teacher!

Subject: Teaching Textbooks
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 9:21 AM ET
Member Since: 3/20/2007
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I also recommend Teaching Textbooks.  She could find it used on HomeschoolClassifieds.com.  Another good math program, that adapts to each learner, is Aleks.com.

She might consider something like Cosmeo.com, where she could watch videos on all sorts of topics from K-12.  It's $99/year or $8.25/month.

Time4Learning.com would be good, too, but it only goes to 8th grade.


Subject: never give up
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 12:42 PM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2005
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I would strongly suggest to your friend that if the teacher is treating her this way could she be treating others this way and if so the teacher needs to be repremanded and the only way to do this is to get admin involved.

Having you as a friend is a blessing to her, she will go far with you. Have you done any grade assessment tests online to see what she remembers and if there is anything she needs lower grade assistance on. Is she able to read?

Date Posted: 1/8/2010 4:14 AM ET
Member Since: 5/25/2007
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I agree with Gretchen concerning the teacher. Now that she has quit, how could reporting it make anything worse/harder on her. Remember she has been used to being bullied all of her life. She probably does not even realize how unacceptable this is! If she won't go along with you, perhaps you could make the report to the admin without involving her.

Saxon has their math assessment online as do several others. I will post links to them below, but please check this thread for links to free printable math worksheets. http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=191923

Also there is a math curriculum in story form that a mom mentioned on one of my lists today. It is The Life of Fred. Google turns this link up: http://www.stanleyschmidt.com/FredGauss/index2.html



There are many wonderful, fun learning games out there for math and other subjects. A good place to see them is http://www.timberdoodle.com/

You might want to also check http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?event=EBRN&category=Homeschool&N=1030364+5401&Ne=1000000&Nso=1&Nu=product%2Eendeca%5Frollup&format=1014667&Ns=product%2Enumber%5Fsold

Subject: math curriculum
Date Posted: 1/27/2010 3:53 PM ET
Member Since: 7/11/2008
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a really good mathprogram that would get her started on the basics is ,,, developmental math . i think cuisenaire or the people from miquon math put it out . it looks too simple at the beginning , and it will get you to thinking , thats tooo easy , but it really is more in depth than first assumed . it works on the spiral  idea [ i forgot what that was called ] where one concept builts on the previous and expanding it further . i wouldnt bother with teachers guides for the first few books , but as math becomes more difficult , i would get them , as i think / remember it had the answers in it . its been YEARS since we used that program .

another good program would be miquon math . it uses the manipulatives , which can be expensive to buy , but in my experience , it is an awesome  program ! some people do better with visuals that can be handled and manipulated . moquon math goes up to 3rd grade , but really the concepts taught go further .



Date Posted: 1/27/2010 6:12 PM ET
Member Since: 1/24/2008
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ACE www.schooloftomorrow.com/ has a really cool program.  You can test to find what level you are at and what things you may have missed inbetween.  I started in 4th grade and had to brush up on certain things without having to do a whole years worth.  You can work at your own pace and it's in PACES with detailed instructions and reviews with each pace.  I love that it builds to help your remember and review what you just learned to help cement it in your mind.  This is great also for someone to be able to help her that might have forgotten how to do something or isn't good at explaining things.  I am always a sucker for detailed instructions :-)