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Subject: switched on school house
Date Posted: 8/21/2009 8:43 PM ET
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Anyone have anything to say about their math program? I am trying to find a math program for my 7th grade son. He does not like math so I am trying to find something hands on for him. I would like something like a CD or an online math program. One where I am totally out of the picture anyone got any ideas??? Michele

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 1:44 AM ET
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my cousin in law is the principle at a school that uses ACE and Switched On School House, if you want I can ask him about it, or give you his email.  Just let me know.

 

I know they really like it.



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Date Posted: 8/22/2009 9:08 AM ET
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Yes could you ask him.  I am  wondering if it is going to  be something my son will learn from, Thanks so much. Michele

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 10:48 AM ET
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I emailed him and I'll let you know when I hear back from him :-)

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 11:11 AM ET
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thank you

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 2:05 PM ET
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We are trying Teaching Textbooks with my daughters this year.  My oldest has never loved math but has fallen in love with her Teaching Textbook CDs.  I found a GREAT deal on homeschoolclassifieds.com - I love that she can put the disc in, listen to a lesson, do her work and be done.  That's that.  If she doesn't understand how to do a problem, she just hits the solve button and it will walk her through it.  Or she can just ask for a hint.  I think a big reason why this is working for her is that she can only see one problem at a time.  When she was working out of a text or using a worksheet she was so focused on what was coming next.  To see a page with 20 problems on it would intimidate her.  Now, she can only see the problem she is working on and flies right through 20 problems.  She already has told me that she wants to continue with this program next year.

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 2:12 PM ET
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Thanks for the other idea. I am just stumped on what to do. We were using the Time4learing and my son Loved it but it is $20.00 per month not bad if we would use the rest of the site but we are not  going that route this year. I did look at that quickly and it does look good. Thanks again, Michele

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 4:21 PM ET
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My son used Teaching Textbooks for Algebra I & Geometry and LOVED it.  Their courses below Pre-Algebra are set up differently (better, to some kids) than their upper level ones.  Make sure to check out their samples and if you decide to purchase, do their placement tests.

www.teachingtextbooks.com

I also second shopping at HomeschoolClassifieds!

 

JC

Date Posted: 8/22/2009 4:32 PM ET
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Thanks for the link. It does sound like something my son would really get a lot out of and I like that they have a placement  test. You all have given me lots to think about!! Thanks so much, Michele

Date Posted: 8/29/2009 10:52 AM ET
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This is the reply I got:

 

Sorry it took so long to answer, it's been crazy down here with school starting and the merge of the churches. I would highly recommend SOS's math. The kids enjoy it very much and I enjoy the way they teach the concepts. If they get the new edition (2009) they start Pre-Algebra and Pre-Geometry as integrated subjects in 7th and 8th grades.



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Date Posted: 8/29/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Thanks so much I am thinking that is the direction we are headed. It is crazy here too with us starting school Tuesday. I am doing  review with him for a while to see where he is really at then buying something. Michele

Date Posted: 8/31/2009 8:33 PM ET
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Hi Michele, I highly recommend Math-U-See, http://mathusee.com, if he is struggling. Growing up I went to a Christian school that utilized Abeka's program. I was a strong math student till I reached algebra, then realized I had memorized instead of really captured and understood the concepts behind the math. I was an honor roll student, but from that point out really struggled in math, and later Chemistry. I later went to college and picked a degree with minimal math. My sister is a math whiz. It comes easily to her. She started hs her children before I did. I asked her about solid math programs that would not only be easy for me to teach in the later grades, but also perhaps work if my children take after me vs my husband (also very strong in math like my sister). She recommended Math-U-See since she felt it was very easy to teach and used blocks that help the kinetic and visual learner understand the concepts more. I showed one of the workbooks to my husband, and he was very impressed. He was originally an engineering major but then switched and graduated with a business degree in aviation. He is a fighter pilot instructor now, so he is pretty technically orientated and adept in teaching. The course utilizes a parent guide, student workbook, DVD, and the manipulative blocks. It is very thorough and instead of going by grade, it is structured around course matter. That I would think particularly helps if you need to go "back" a bit, then perhaps your child wouldn't feel they are doing say "6th grade work" vs just working at his own pace. The workbooks are set up so you can either take your time, if the child is catching the concept well they can do a section quickly and move on to another book during the school year. As I've been teaching my children I have realized that I would've totally caught the concepts using the Math-U-See system. It "clicks" after hearing the DVD, seeing the text, and also building with one's hands. It is not that expensive. The initial cost is for the blocks which are utilized throughout the program, the teacher's guide & DVD (which can be used by future students), and the student workbook. The DVD pretty much aids older students in doing the course solo if needed, though it is better of course if supervised. Ebay and homeschooling sites often have used DVD and teacher guides for less. There is a yahoo group support as well. Hope that helps...
Date Posted: 8/31/2009 11:45 PM ET
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Thanks we did do Math U See for a year and he didn't enjoy the writing part. I agree it is a good program. I was just looking for something that was all on line.