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  1. I know I've been posting a lot about math lately. Sorry! But this came up today and I was wondering if any mathies would like to help me out here. :) I'm trying to pin down why KB isn't working, so I know what to look for in our next math program. I'm fairly confident that we'll go with Saxon. I've been going through each lesson with ds and what was an easy unit, turned very difficult and this is a pattern with KB. They seem to want him to reverse engineer the concepts at the end of the unit and on the test. After giving him the basic concepts and providing some practice, to me, it seems like they make a huge leap with no other information. I can explain it to him, but he just runs into trouble every time. Example Exponents unit The end of unit problems go from (a/b)10 (x8)7 (x5y6)5 (x4/y10)11 (x7y-2)-3 up until here it is simple and easy enough to him that he could do most in his head. This is where the reverse engineering comes in. There was no teaching of or problems like this until the end of the unit review and on the test. Write 1256 as a power of 5. (answer 518) Write 6359 in the form x3, where x is a number. (answer 7503) He has some issues with distribution no matter how often we discuss it. :glare: Do most kids "get" this kind of progression? Is this conceptual? I'm glad they do this because it gets him thinking, but I think it's a bit unfair to throw it on him with no lesson or additional information. This seems to be how KB works since it has happened in many units. In the percentages unit they went through the basics of %'s and then in the test had him work the problem backwards and figure out the original price from the sale price. I will admit, if he is comfortable in the why, he should be able to do the how, but he's not making that leap. :( So, for someone who is new to teaching math, but feels fairly strong in it, am I making much ado about nothing? We used MM and this our first year away from that. Is this normal for math curriculum? What type would you say KB is? I feel like a huge newbie right now, so try to go easy on me. :nopity:
  2. I'm planning on having oldest dd (young 6th grader) go to Kinetic Books Pre-Algebra eventually, but think she might need another year of arithmetic after she completes Abeka 6 (in the spring). She understands most concepts well (except for fractional percentages: 1 1/2% of 100, for example), but still makes simple computational errors (aka silly mistakes). I know a lot of people switch out of Abeka by now, but I'd like her to do either 7 or 8 first because I don't want her to struggle with KB. For those who have used Abeka 7 and/or 8, what do you think? Which one is a better bridge to Kinetic Books Pre-Algebra (which I've read is pretty rigorous)? (Or, if you think she might be able to go directly to KB Pre-Algebra, why?)
  3. Is anyone using this with Mac OSX 10.8? Any flash issues? We are finishing up our free trial month. Dd15 is using the last chapter on the quadratic formula to prep/review for alg 2 next month at school. Dd9 is working through chapter 4 on graphing and sections on quadratics towards the end. They both love it. They both prefer it to TT since KB does not have audio besides the lecture videos and explanations. Has anyone had issues with NOT having a solutions guide or TM? I am about to purchase KB Alg 1 for the school year. The activities are clever but not silly. It is simple and to the point. Not too wordy. Ds would have enjoyed this back in the day.:) Any thoughts? Thank you in advance! :bigear:
  4. Can someone please chime in on what kind of pace they keep with Kinetic Math? Ds13 is using the pre-alg now, and he does a unit section with the quick checks. So for example today he did 1.4, the activities, and the quick checks. It doesnt give him a lot of time on math, but he absolutely loves it. ( thats probably why he loves it :tongue_smilie:) We follow up with HOE, but I want to make sure we aren't getting behind. Thanks!
  5. I am looking at the pre-algebra level and wondered what the reviews were. What kind of math student did this program seem to fit? I was looking at enrolling my dd in FLVS for their pre-algebra math but I am still so unsure. She is a very visual learner if that makes a difference.
  6. Can I have some help? I am trying to decide between these two. Anyone have experience with comparing these two? Here's what I THINK they are like Kinetic Books Pros. DIY interactive so has moving videos to demonstrate concepts only pre algebra I found that covers functions as such cons, computer so not portable DIY, I'm concerned I'll let this slide and just epect him to do it. I hope they test. AoPS Pros, text so so adjustment to textbook learning for future. sounds like balance of theory and practice Cons I'll have to learn this too and he'll need me to help him. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~`` Can anyone chime in on any of these thoughts? mis guided ? or in accurate understanding on my part. ( DUH.. YEAH ) thanks ~chriistine
  7. I am looking at both of these programs for Prealgebra, and they seem similar, except Kinetic is half the price. They both have lectures on the computer. My initial thought is to stay with TT because why fix what isn't broken, but I wonder if Kinetic is behind in levels like TT is reported to be, and if there are any negatives? If Kinetic is a more compreshensive program, for half the cost, I have to wonder why I haven't seen it mentioned on the boards more. My other concern is that they do not have a placement test. Hmmmmm
  8. Has anyone used Kinetic Books' Physics program? I'm considering using it in our co-op next year instead of Apologia, but I'd like to hear from someone who has actually used it. Which level did you use? I'm trying to decide between Conceptual and Principles. Did your student like it? Did he learn well? Did you have the printed text as well as the digital version? If you only had the digital version, do you wish you'd also had the printed text? Did you use the Virtual Labs? If so, how useful were they? Any other thougts or insights? Thanks!!
  9. Sometimes I think homeschooling is an exercise in banging your head against a wall! Our plan was for ds2 to take one semester of non-calc-based physics next semester at the CC while he takes calculus, in preparation for taking calc-based physics next fall. Unfortunately, our CC is not offering that physics class next semester. For a variety of reasons, we would really like him to have a semester of physics on his transcript for junior year. Having a semester of non-calc-based will also make his encounter with calc-based physics next fall a bit easier. I am hoping to find an online physics program that does not require calculus and can be done on his own schedule -- in an ideal world he would start the class in January and finish it by August. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  10. I don't want AP or honors, just something solid that won't take much more than 45m -- 1 hour daily and can be completed through one school year. Suggestions, please....thank you.
  11. Yay, for those who've been waiting for it, like I was! I wrote them and asked when it would be out and heard, "Keep an eye on our website. All new products will be announced there," and not 2 weeks later, it's out...of course, I knew at that time it wasn't yet, so I went and purchased CD's Pre-Algebra.:glare: (Resisting the urge not to purchase it anyway...I'm sure I'll fail!)
  12. First, if you buy the printed text does it have good explanations? I would assume so, but I am just now figuring out that VT might be a problem here because the lack of both audio and visual explanations. We want both. Second is the program known for being more Saxon like, or formula based, or does it explain why those formulas work? I really want something that explains why math works the way it does instead of memorizing the formulas. Heather
  13. Are there any CD-ROM (or DVD) based math courses people recommend for pre-algebra and beyond? I afterschool my son with Singapore Math, currently using book 5A. He enjoyed the Descartes Cove math software and also Newton's Quest. We have one PC with an internet connection, and one without, that I let him use unsupervised, and I have found that if install academic software, he usually works on it when the mood strikes him.
  14. Hi all, After searching the forums I came across Kinetic books. I went to the website and it has peeked my interest. I had a few questions for anyone who uses KB or has gone to the website and perhaps knows the ins & outs of the program. - I'm thinking if I purchase KB I would also buy the text, are all the problems done on the computer? Is the only purpose of having the text is to look back on previous material? - Is it a complete stand alone program? - How does it work? Do you watch the lesson and do the problems online or on paper then check the answers online? - Does KB online keep track of where you left off? - How long do you have access to KB once you purchase? - If dc understands a concept, does she still have to sit thru' the entire lesson? - I am also considering Lials Introductory Algebra (thanks Jann), but came across KB tonight, and it looks like my dd would enjoy the idea of doing math online. Sorry if I'm asking questions that are answered on their website, it's late and perhaps I didn't look hard enough! LOL! THanks so much everyone...
  15. that looks REALLY neat. It is a full program with online access ($50 for a year, $70 for a year with a textbook as well). I did a walk-through and it looks really cool. They use a lot of animated whiteboard stuff, and also do interactive explanations, etc. The scope and sequence ends with quadratic equations, so I thought it looked pretty thorough. Anyone interested in checking it out and giving me feedback? It looks to be a really good price for what you get. They also have some physics programs as well. Here's the site: http://www.kineticbooks.com
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