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#1 ByGrace3

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 04:05 PM

My dd (12 yo grade 7) is using TabletClass prealgebra... I'm not sure it is a great fit for us. DD is saying she understands, is saying she is getting the practice problems mostly correct and then when I grade the unit test she is scoring 20-40%. ugh. I am not great at math, but am ok...can usually help by just scanning the lesson for a reminder. Hence the issue, with only videos and no textbook, I feel like my hands are tied. 

 

We are a MM family and DD completed grades 1-6 of it. I had to hold her hand a bit through it but in the end I would call it successful. I know MM goes on sale this week at the HSBC and I am tempted to pick up MM7 and just call it a day. But then I will be right back in the same spot when we finish,

 

Is there a great math program that uses a combination of teacher taught videos and a textbook for when they get stuck? If not for prealgebra, then what about for Algebra 1 and up? 

 

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I want math to be something I am around to help when needed,  but would like the primary teaching to be done mostly independently....

 

 



#2 MerryAtHope

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Posted 07 January 2018 - 12:46 AM

Is there a great math program that uses a combination of teacher taught videos and a textbook for when they get stuck? If not for prealgebra, then what about for Algebra 1 and up? 

 

 

Math-U-See does this. The full lesson (and additional examples, with the solutions worked out) are included in the TM, plus the video teaches the lesson.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 08:24 PM

Have you thought about outsourcing? My Homeschool Math Class has been great for us this year!
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:49 PM

She says she gets them correct? Is she grading them or are you? Or is she supposed to do them and then watch the videos? 

 

Are you sure she's not just following along through the solutions going "yeah, yeah, I understand, I get it"? Because there is a huge difference between understanding when you're watching someone else do problems or when someone is prompting you, and understanding enough to do it on your own. A lot of my college students still don't get this, so it's absolutely normal and understandable for a pre-teen to have that issue. 



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Posted 16 January 2018 - 09:36 AM

I was looking at the Derek Owens site last night. You can sign up any time and go at your own pace.

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Posted 16 January 2018 - 10:46 AM

Derek Owens is great. They have a physical workbook to take notes in as they watch the videos, and practice problems and graded homework and tests are all on paper.

I think one of the problems with video schooling is that there is no interactive component. It is probably late for this year, but maybe an in person or online class for next year would suit learning needs better if you don’t want to teach it. And it might even be subject specific; one of my children has done well with Derek Owens for math, while still finding that online courses for other subjects aren’t the best fit,