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Subject: suggestions for 6th grade math
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 8:37 AM ET
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I'm wanting to choose a math program for my 6th grade daughter she is intrested in pre algebra. I'm just wondering what works for you??



Date Posted: 1/31/2008 8:45 AM ET
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We love Math-U-See.  It involves hands-on manipulatives.  It is a bit pricey at first, but if you plan on using it from year to year or even with other kids, it isn't too bad.  You could probably buy it used as well.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 9:04 AM ET
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I agree with Amanda.  This is our first year using Math U See. My son HATED math. would be so upset when he had to do it. We  bought the Math U See at the start of the year and he LOVES to do math now. I can not believe the change in him. It is pricy but it is so worth it. We have tired lots of other methods but this one actually works and the lessons are explained so well in the DVDs.

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Date Posted: 1/31/2008 10:47 AM ET
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We took the Saxon placement test when we started homeschooling in 5th grade, and ds placed at book 8/7 which is like pre-pre-algebra.  :)  It took us nearly 2 years to get through the BIG FAT book, but he enjoyed it, went on to Algebra 1/2 and completed that one, then did Algebra 1 in 8th grade on a more typical schedule (finishing that book in just one year).  My son loves math though, and really likes the DIVE instructional CDs that go with it.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 5:14 PM ET
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We are in the middle of Pre Algebra with math u see and it's going pretty well.  We've always used Math U See.  Actually we're stalled right now because we can't find our second Pre Algebra DVD - anyone have one by chance??

My dd is in 8th grade though and doing the Pre Algebra .... You would only want to do this with math U see if your child has mastered decimals and fractions - 6th grade seems early to me, but if she's ready she's ready.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 6:47 PM ET
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Teaching Textbooks is very good.  I have never seen a bad review for their math curriculum.  They recently put out a 6th grade book and CD's.  It is very nice because a child can do it completely on their own.  They can watch the lesson on the computer, then do the problems on the computer also.  It will check them and record their score for you. 

They also have a Pre-Algebra program.  It doesn't have the same features as the 6th grade, so you watch the lesson on the computer, then do the problems on paper.  If you get one wrong, you can watch the answer explained step-by-step on the computer.

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 2:01 PM ET
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We use math u see also,  One is doing Algebra II now.  The other two probably won't get that far.  I strongly recommend Math U See.  I like that the dvd does a lot of the teaching for me!  And it is less expensive than other dvd math programs I looked at buying.


Date Posted: 2/1/2008 2:21 PM ET
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thanks for all the reccomendations I'm looking into it all and discussing it with DH so hopefully when income tax comes in we can purchace the program that will work best for her.


Ps have any of you used switched on schoolhouse for any subjects what did you think of it?

Subject: Teaching Textbooks
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 5:25 PM ET
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My son is using Teaching Textbooks this year for Algebra I.  He LOVES it.  He's a visual kid, so it's very helpful.

I had one CD-rom of SOS for state history and I didn't care for it.  Many people love SOS though!


Date Posted: 2/1/2008 6:08 PM ET
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We have been homeschooling since our 21 year old was Kindergarden age.

We have used Math-U-See, Saxon, and now Teaching Textbooks.

Math-U-See was a great way to begin and Saxon was helpful but Saxon didn't completely meet our needs. I had to do a lot of supplementing with Saxon because my children needed more practice than Saxon provided to master concepts.

Teaching Textbooks for Pre-Algebra has worked well for my son. Teaching Textbooks explains EVERY problem on the computer program. You do not need to view the explanation for every problem but it is available if needed. I do not know of any other program that explains EVERY problem. Teaching Textbooks is well worth every cent. 



Date Posted: 2/1/2008 11:52 PM ET
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We have the saxton book but didn't get the DIVE CD that patrica mentioned my mom got it for us and it just isn't working for us so we are looking for something else. My daughter loves computer based learning we have tried manipulatives before but they didn't hold her intrest but never tried math u see or teaching textbooks.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 6:51 PM ET
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We're back to doing Saxon with the DIVE CD's and the kids are LOVING math.  Saxon is a very complete program, but it does have a bit of repitition which is good for some and not for others.  For my daughter in particular it helps her remember the concepts.  The DIVE CD's are great if you're a bit unsure of how to teach upper level math.  Highly recommend them!  I love the fact that they have a placement test so you know which book they should be in if you're jumping in from doing another program.

Subject: 6th grade math
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 1:08 PM ET
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We've been homeschooling for about 16 yrs. and have done several math programs, though not Math U See.

I am using Teaching Textbooks with my youngest and I think it's great. We did pre-Algebra and now are doing Alg. I. My dd has struggled with math since 1st grade.  She is doing very well with the Teaching Textbooks. It is quite pricey, $189 I think but I agree it is well worth it. Also the resale value is high if you keep the book and CD's is really good cond.


Date Posted: 2/5/2008 2:00 PM ET
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That is a good point whatever I buy for my oldest I can use for my other 2 daughters then resale or pass on to another family. I know we are going to try Switched on schoolhouse for a few subjects and I have looked into getting the dive cds to go along with our saxton program because that is really the most affordable for us right now if I could find a used Teaching textbook set or math u see we might be able to afford that. I have been searching ebay but I really don't know where else to look for used materials. any suggestions??

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 3:27 PM ET
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You could try vegsource.com.  They have a used homeschool curriculum selling forum.  You might be able to find it used for a lesser price.

Subject: Math U see
Date Posted: 2/5/2008 4:25 PM ET
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My 7th graders hate Math U See!!  They have had Abeka for years and we thought we'd try something different!  They hate that there is no explanation of the concepts in their work books.  The explanation in the teacher's textbook is often incomplete and he sometimes throws completely different problems on the tests.  The included DVD is pretty good but they hate to watch it. They are in the pre algebra book.  We are going to try Saxon next year.  Although the Teaching Textbooks sounds interesting.  I think I'll give that one a look.