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  1. Time Left: 14 hours and 4 minutes

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    Alg. 1, 2011: DVDs with automatic grading Answer key and Tests Spiral-bound textbook no writing, corners slightly turned up on answer key

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  2. OK, so this is our fifth year homeschooling. I really thought by now I'd sort of have this all figured out. The last 4 years I used Life of Fred for math for both boys. It was great up until last spring when nothing seemed to work. We tried out Teaching Textbooks 3.0 in August and TT got 3 thumbs up - both boys and I liked what we saw. So we are about 4 weeks in TT. My 14 yo is using the Algebra I and my 11 yo is using Pre Algebra. I am literally losing hair, sleep and of course my sanity over the fact that they both refuse to write out their work on paper. They insist on doing it in their heads. I'd be sort of ok with this if they got the work done CORRECTLY. However, they are not. Of course, I can't see where they made a mistake in a problem as it is in that thick skull of theirs. I knew this would be a risk using an online program as they much prefer just typing an answer in the box and moving on. However, I'm a firm believer in you need to write this stuff out...when it's there line by line, if a mistake is made you can catch it and work on why the mistake was made. I know I'm preaching to the choir here but I just want to lay out my math beliefs ? I've made them redo entire lessons when they've not written out the problems....doesn't seem to bother them. Where have I gone wrong? When we did LoF, I made them write everything out so this is certainly nothing new. Granted there is more work now as TT is on average 20 problems where LoF was never that many unless it was a bridge (a bridge is a test for those of you unfamiliar with Fred). How can I make them realize they need to write this stuff out? My 14 yo is taking a physics class at our co-op this year. There is more math in it than anticipated but he is doing well with it. Except for the fact that he isn't showing his work! His teacher said the same thing I have said to him. All I get from him is the "I know, I know". I will say this week he has been a little better at it but the 11 yo has me literally at my wit's end. The 11 yo has never wanted to write out his math. Ever. It's been a struggle for a while now but I seem to have come to my breaking point. I just went over today's work and lost it on both of them. The 14 yo's main offense was he didn't date the paper or write down which lesson it was - I know not the biggest deal but I had just finished looking at the 11 yo work that didn't have much work to look it. Or if he did write it out, he just stopped when he got the general idea of what the answer would be (ex. if the answer was 23.45...he stopped at 23.4) I don't think this is a dysgraphia issue. Both will write for history, Latin and English. Many thanks in advance for any advice you all may have. I hope I'm not the only one with obstinate boys.
  3. Yes, I've read the pinned post on math programs and did a search for TT and Algebra. What I need is some honest feedback at this point. Our DS is interested in science and technology, and always did well in math. Until algebra, where he's encountered some difficulty. We're currently using Holt through publisher with online materials. However, even with some repetition he's continuing to have difficulty with some of the concepts. I'm wondering if something more straightforward would help. I'm drawn to Teaching Textbooks because of the online gradebook and constant feedback. Questions: Would TT Algebra be a solid course? He did the placement tests but I'd not be comfortable in placing him into Algebra 2 at this point. (I'd thought TT was a year behind, but not sure about higher grades). He's currently between 1/2-2/3 done with Algebra in terms of going through book, but I don't think his skill level reflects this. I'm thinking about starting him at beginning and testing through the TT Algebra I until he has difficulty, and then starting lessons at that point. Is this a good approach? Any other feedback on TT Algebra, good or bad? This is a very intelligent kid but he does have some difficulty focusing. We'd always thought he was geared to go the math/science route but we're off to a later start and he really is showing more strengths at this age in some other areas.
  4. I just wanted to share that this year we're using Teaching Textbooks 5 for my daughter's fifth grade math curriculum. (Last year we used Oak Meadow's built in 4th grade math curriculum; prior to that she was in public school). We just got this year's standardized test scores back, and I wanted to share the math portion of her results. We used the CAT/5 from Thurber's Educational Assessments. With the Stanine Scores,the highest you can get is a 9. The "National Percentile" number means she scored as well as or better than that percentage of students nationwide who took this test. Results: Math Computation - Stanine 6; National Percentile 77. Math Concepts & Application - Stanine 7; National Percentile 81. Total Mathematics - Stanine 7; National Percentile 82. For comparison, this is a child who I do not consider particularly "mathy" and who had been starting to develop a "math is hard, I'm not good at math" attitude by the time I started homeschooling her toward the very end of third grade. In fourth grade, we used Oak Meadow's built in math curriculum and she'd taken the CAT-E from Seton just for the heck of it last year, even though we didn't have to do standardized testing that year. Last year, her math scores were: Math Computation: Percentile, 58; Stanine 5. Concept & Application: Percentile 59; Stanine 5. Mathematics Total: Percentile 59; Stanine 5. I had been happy with that. She was a bit above average, scoring right where she "should" for her age and grade level, and I thought that was great considering she wasn't "mathy," and I was a pretty relaxed homeschooler. This year we started Teaching Textbooks because in the older, used version of Oak Meadow I have, they only had their own built in math curriculum up until fourth grade. Once 5th grade came along, they recommended Saxon. I knew Saxon was not for us and that it would make us miserable (I'm not "mathy" either), and after a lot of reading up on it, I decided on Teaching Textbooks. AND I decided to keep her at her grade level, not try to get a higher grade level just because TT was said to be "behind," because I wanted her to get it, not struggle with it. I know a lot of people here worry that TT is "below grade level" or "not good enough" or what have you- but we LOVE Teaching Textbooks over here, and here's why: 1. My daughter is ENJOYING Teaching Textbooks 2. She is UNDERSTANDING Teaching Textbooks 3. She is GAINING CONFIDENCE from Teaching Textbooks and no longer says anything like "I'm not good at math" or "math is too hard" (although once in a blue moon she does still say "math gives me a headache" haha). 4. She can do it pretty independently 5. It's not overly time-consuming (about 30 minutes per lesson, 4-5X a week) And now, I can add 6.- Her math scores (as per the standardized test results, even though we used a different version of the test this year) have improved over last year, and are in my opinion very good, especially for a non-mathy kid using a math curriculum many people put down as not being advanced enough. Am I saying she's suddenly a math genius? No. But a non-mathy kid using Teaching Textbooks (no supplementing with anything else) took a standardized test and overall did as well as or better than 82% of the rest of the students who took this test nationwide and to me, that's huge. I do believe it goes to show that you CAN use Teaching Textbooks without worrying that you're burying your kid light years behind all the other kids- that's just not true. Anyway, I just wanted to share in case this helped anybody make a decision about TT. :) If you want more info about TT and care to take a peek at my review of it, you can see it here: http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/124221.html And if you are curious to see the rest of our standardized test score results from 4th and 5th grades, you can see them here: http://nancextoo.livejournal.com/172564.html P.S. If anyone else wants to share how their standardized tests went after using Teaching Textbooks, feel free to do so in this thread if you'd like!
  5. Hi all! I'm looking for Teaching Textbook veterans to share their experiences. I just switched my upcoming eighth grader from Saxon to Teaching Textbooks Algebra. He has also just finished Apologia General Science. Physical Science comes next in line. I've heard that TT can be slow and that Algebra is equivalent to most people's Pre-Algebra and half of Algebra. I don't mind this since he's in 8th, but I'm concerned about science. He'll be starting Physical Science this year and Biology his ninth grade year. If TT is really a year behind, will he be lost in his science? I'm thinking if TT has a slower pace, maybe I should also do science at a slower pace too. Should I leave Physical Science till 9th grade? I'd be grateful for any experiences you can share! Brandie
  6. Dd will be in 10th next school year and possibly taking Geometry at co-op. They use Teaching Textbooks. This year dd has been thriving with Alg 1 using Tablet Class. I'm wondering if we should just stay the course with TC or let her take TT with local teacher once a week?! Can anyone give me their thoughts on TT or TC's Geometry? Pros, cons,...... Btw, she says she doesn't like Geometry. Thanks🙂
  7. ​My 11 year old son, who is finishing 5th grade, has not had a great Math experience in life. His sister has done well using MUS from the very beginning. But when I did it with him, he just looked at me perplexed over and over again for months. He just didn't get it in kindergarten, we tried again in First grade and got through most of Alpha. But then he hit another road block. I took him out and did general things--teaching the clock, money, basic geometry, using the Math Mammoth Blue series topics. But there was too much on a page and it overwhelmed him. I tried to go back to MUS but the same thing happened. So in 3rd grade I moved him to CLE Math, but he placed in 2nd grade. He did really well, except he couldn't seem to get caught up. The volume of work for one lesson was all he could do in a day and he was behind a whole grade. Then before too long, in 4th grade (doing 3rd grade work), the volume of work completely overwhelmed him. We skipped problems, he'd fail the test. We'd give him longer to do the lesson, breaking it up into a couple days, and he'd get totally lost in what he was doing. We skipped problems (do the odds) and do it in one day. That's when the ADD symptoms seemed to really kick in. I believe in not moving on until he gets it but it was taking forever and the tears were becoming a constant, daily occurrence. We weren't making any progress. So last year, the beginning of his fifth grade year, we switched to Teaching Textbooks. He placed halfway into their 4th grade year and about three weeks ago he finished it. He still doesn't have his multiplication tables memorized, even though we reviewed them daily. We would play games online, he has one of those handheld machines. FLASHCARDS! We have our standardized testing next week and I've been doing some reviews with him, and he had no idea how to carry in a multiplication problem. What is going on? Is it Teaching Textbooks? Is he just not able to pay attention to it, like it's not sinking in? He finished every problem and gets a 100% on it. But he isn't retaining anything? Or is it him? He's been tested ADD and the psychologist didn't recommend medication because his is so slight. He didn't qualify for any services in the school system because it's not that bad, they said. He tested off the charts in visual/spatial, they recommended we point him toward engineering. How do I do that if he can't do math! To add to the conundrum, we live overseas. So the only resources we have are what we bring down with us or I can download from the internet. I have the next TT5 set. I have the complete Math Mammoth set. I have all the DVD's from MUS through Algebra. I'm willing to sit down with him and help him through it, to make sure he's getting it. Was I too lax and assumed that he was understanding it all because he completed the assignments and got good grades? I'm scared to see what the SAT is going to tell me. I do have a 4 yr. and a 1 yr. and perhaps I was too distracted to notice? I feel like perhaps I need to find out where he really is comprehension-wise and go back to that with some curriculum and plod along with him until he gets it. Any recommendations? (How do I do that?) Any advice on what resources to use and how you would do it? We are going to the States for the month of September for my parents' 50th, so we can buy something that I don't have if necessary. I'm willing to work hard with him. (By the way, I'm not the math whiz in our family, my husband can help a bit, but he's super busy. School is my thing.) Thanks in advance.
  8. We have been using TT3 this year with my 3rd grade daughter (this was our first year at home) and she's not super excited about it. I thought it would be a great fit bc it's on the computer and I loved it bc it was hands off for me. I will say that I'm not super impressed with the rigor of it and it hasn't gone as deeply into some subjects as I wish it would have (fractions for example) so we've been supplementing a little bit with just a workbook. I'm trying to decide what to do for 4th grade - do we continue with TT4 or change to something else? I've been looking into Beast Academy bc she loves graphic novels - but I'm not sure where to start with it bc it seems much more rigorous than what we've done this year with TT3. I'm curious how people feel about it and if it can be a stand alone or if I would need to find something else to use with it? I've thought about switching to Right Start, but I'm worried that the financial investment for starting it in 4th grade wouldn't be worth it. And honestly I'm not sure that I'm up for the intensity of that program.
  9. My 7th grade son struggles with math. We are using TT for the first time this year. He tested into the grade 7 book, but I feel like he's not doing well. I don't like the second chances the program gives. He's dyslexic and has focus issues anyway, so I feel like having a second try at each problem gives him liberty to not pay close attention to his work. For that reason, I have a rule that if he has to redo three or more problems or gets three or more wrong in a lesson, he has to redo the lesson again the next day. Am I being unreasonable? He's only on lesson 17 so far and he's had to do the past four lessons a second time. Some of the errors are silly, not paying attention mistakes and some are forgetting how to work the problem. For example, today he forgot how to do long division. He's a kid who needs lots of repetition in a given concept, but also lots of review so he doesn't forget. Is TT not the right math program for him? It took him two hours to do his lesson today. He missed two practice problems and had to redo three of the lesson problems, still getting one of them wrong on the second try. I have Saxon, but feel like it would be too wordy for him due to his dyslexia. I could teach him the lesson, but he prefers to do most of his work independently. Any advice? TIA!
  10. Can you help me pick an algebra course that my daughter can possibly complete in the next 4 months? It will be her only course work over the summer. I can help her, but she is so resistant to sitting down with me to do the lessons, I am looking at something she can do more on her own, like Tabletclass or Teaching Textbooks. She has gotten through the first five chapters of Jacob's, and has done ok with it. She's not a great math student, (the first half of this year was spent reviewing pre-algebra) and she puts a lot more time and effort into her other assignments. I want her to take an online geometry class in the fall, and I think she can get through algebra if she has no other classes to use as an excuse. I also think that she would benefit from more immediate feedback when she's working problems. Thoughts? Am I just expecting too much?
  11. My 15-year-old was really enjoying the Life of Fred sequence through Advanced Algebra, but he was struggling mightily with the Fred Geometry book at the end of his 9th grade year, so this year we switched to Teaching Textbooks for Geometry. It has its problems, but overall it's fine. However, now I'm in a bit of a quandary regarding what to do for next year. Any suggestions regarding LOF Trigonometry versus Teaching Textbooks Pre-calculus versus another pre-calculus program? This son would do better with something that teaches directly rather than the LOF/AoPS approach, and it really needs to be something he can do on his own with occasional help from his math-professor grandma or mathy older brother who will be off at college. Also, having the same program for him for pre-calculus and calculus would be handy, though it is by no means necessary.
  12. I have used Saxon for all of our homeschooling career, and both of my oldest two have gotten really bogged down especially when we hit Algebra 1. The oldest would spend hours and hours and hours getting overwhelmed by how much work there was. We tried Teaching Textbooks, but he panicked when it was so easy, because he wanted to be prepared for public school in high school. By his choice, we (painfully) finished Saxon, and he hit public school and has had a wonderful math experience. He's good at it, and has had very little homework, yet has done very well on the county's supposedly very rigorous tests. We've thought a lot about the fact that he was able to do so well with minimal homework (his first two teachers commented that they only believe in enough homework to achieve mastery-- he hated Saxon, but loved public school math), but also wondered if he's done well because of the rigorous preparation Saxon has given. In any case, my homeschooled just-finished-9th grade daughter has just completed Algebra 1 and is about 30 lessons into Saxon geometry, and while she isn't so math resistant as he was at home, Saxon math takes her so long to teach herself the concept and do it that she is getting further and further behind our math goals. This is in large part due to the fact that she has rigorous homework with deadlines for outside teachers, so spending hours on math each day isn't practical. Yes, public school is an option, but there are definite trade-offs at our school. At the moment, signing her up for a outside class isn't an option, but may be in future years. I feel like Saxon math is kind of math 'insurance' for me-- I know it is thorough and rigorous, but getting further and further behind is not sustainable for us. Does anyone have any suggestions for curriculums that will prepare her well without quite so much time investment? Teaching Textbooks should take less time, but I'm concerned about its ability to prepare her for standardized tests, college, etc. Is it still the best bet? What are your experiences? Is it possible to be well prepared with a little less time each day? Anyone have experience with Math-U-See? Part of the problem is how long (even with Saxon's teacher DVD roms) it takes her to understand the concept. I'd love to have something solid that has video teaching directed at her, not at me. Thanks for any advice you have to offer! SaraLyn
  13. I'm still needing help choosing Geometry for my to-be 11th grader, for next year. Any opinions on Teaching Textbook v2? My son found the first version to be not very helpful when he took the ACT. Is the 2nd version better? Jacobs Geometry? I'm not a maths person, nor is my daughter, and we can't do videos unless they're on disc, because our rural internet is on satellite, so we can only download videos between midnight and 5 a.m., when they won't negatively impact our monthly bandwidth allowance(yes, this really is as much of a pain as it sounds like it would be). Thank you! Desiree
  14. To say I have a non-mathy son is probbably understating it a bit. For most of his elementary years, we were stuck on 2nd and 3rd grade math - he was unable to really get past multi-digit subtraction with borrowing. We didn't even START multplication and its concepts until the second half of 5th grade! He has LDs (working memory, sequential memory, and visual memory deficits) that have delayed his learning math, but it seems that the last year to year-and-a-half, things are starting to make sense. He's not fast, by any means, but he is learning much more easily now than ever before. This year, his 8th grade year, he has been working in Teaching Textbooks 6, took some sidetracks to work through some Khan Academy a bit, continued with TT6, then I had him work through one of the Key to Fractions books (adding/subtracting fractions), and is now working back in TT6. He had never done the 4 operations on fractions before this year, so I felt he needed more than TT6 could provide for his first time through. I AM a mathy person (AP Calculus in 12th grade with a score of a 5 - missed 1 problem), and I know that understanding operations on fractions is the single most determining factor for success in higher level math, so I didn't want to skimp on it. I was working full time away from home but have recently switched to working from home and am now able to work through his math lessons with him. He is making even better progress now with his lessons since I have started sitting with him and guiding him through the lessons. Even so, and with working on average 3 days/week this summer, he probably won't finish TT Math 6 until about Christmas time - the middle of his 9th grade year. This son will hopefully go to CC after high school for at least a 2-year degree that will give him some job skills and give him a foundation *in case* he ever decides to go to university. Ideally, I would like him to not have to take remedial math in college - I would like him to be able to place in at least a MATH 100-level class, meaning that he needs Algebra 1 and 2 in high school. If he doesn't pass the placement test for this level, I would rather continue his math education at home until he CAN pass the CC's placement than pay the college for remedial courses. OK, enough background and current status. So here are 2 scenarios for his high school math, staying with Teaching Textbooks, the first one is my hope: 9th grade: finish TT6, take TT placement tests, start TT Pre-Algebra v.2 (already have used with other son) 10th grade: finish TT Pre-Algebra v.2, begin TT Algebra 1 11th grade: finish TT Algebra 1, begin TT Algebra 2 12th grade: finish TT Algebra 2, study and prep for CC placement test 2nd scenario is that he doesn't place into TT Pre-Algebra at the end of TT6 and we have to go through TT Math 7 first. Unless we do some compressing of TT7 and TT Pre-Algebra (taking chapter tests at the beginning of each level to skip those chapters that he passes the tests for), he might not have time to finish Algebra 2 by the end of his senior year. So, I was wondering what the benefits, if any would be to use the Lial books? Also, why are the Lial books so much more preferred than other college developmental math books, like the Martin-Gay books that also get great ratings on Amazon? What are the advantages/disadvantages of TT versus Lial's? Should I just stick with TT and do what we can, or is there an advantage to using Lial? I got Lial's BCM 6th Edition through ILL and Martin-Gay's BCM 4th Edition to compare. They really look almost identical in content and often even in presentation, so I am not sure why so many homeschoolers favor Lial over the others. But I also noticed things when comparing it to TT like 1 lesson in one of the BCM books goes through as much as 4-7 lessons in TT. TT seems to break it down in little tiny pieces, so while I saw right away that the BCM lessons would need to be scheduled over 2 days/lesson on average, I still see TT as breaking it down even more, which might be a good thing for this son. I also know that Lial's would probably require me to teach each lesson where I have a choice with TT to either guide him through the lessons or let him loose at times on his own. In fact, as he gets older going through high school, I know that he will probably rather do more on his own even if now he is benefitting from my instruction/guidance. So should I "stay the course" with Teaching Textbooks, or is there a good reason to move to Lial's books and when? Even if staying with TT, I was seriously considering getting one of these BCM books to have as a "backup" or supplement for more practice problems as needed and/or alternate presentations of concepts/topics. Good idea?
  15. Can someone tell me what are the big differences between the old and the new versions on Teaching Textbooks? Does the child HAVE to do all the work in the workbook unlike the samples I see on their site?
  16. Saxon Math with Saxon Teacher DVDs or TT DVDs? Between these 2 choices, which would you choose and why? One of the students has dyslexia and dysgraphia, if that makes a difference. Thanks. Edited to add: I am leaning towards TT because the kids can type their answers onto the computer. With Saxon they have to write everything out. I really like Saxon though and both these would do well with Saxon.
  17. So the kids and I have decided to move away from Saxon math for the upcoming school year. My youngest ds has been working on Math Mammoth & LOF successfully after leaving Saxon after completing Saxon 1. My oldest dd (rising 8th grader) has done well with Saxon but really wants a change. She tried out Teaching Textbooks at our convention last week and loved it. She will be using TT Alg. 1 with LOF....supplementing with Khan Academy if needed. I hope I'm not messing up her future line of excellence in math. :sad: Here is where I'm running into some issues. My rising 5th grader scored average in math calculation & math fluency but above average in applied problems. (First of all, she is my toughy child...hard to get her going unless it is something she is interested in, like horses.) She has used Saxon 5/4 all year...first part with Saxon Teacher (and mom looking over shoulder) then the rest of the year with Mom teaching it. I know it just didn't click with her. We finished Saxon 5/4 and I even purchased 6/5 (still in plastic). Oh, and she is a LOF lover, too. I gave her the placement test(end of 3rd grade) for Math Mammoth last week ( I already own light blue 1-6) and she scored a 163/207 with 166 being 80%. Her greatest difficulty was the geometry, measurements, & fractions. I emailed Marie Miller, MM creator, and she suggested that I concurrently go over these 3 difficult chapters with first part of 4th grade MM. Just out of curiosity, I gave her the TT placement tests and she ended up placing in 6th grade. So, knowing my dd is excited about using MM, now she is excited about TT. :toetap05: I am thrilled that she is even excited about MATH at all!! :001_smile: That of course got me thinking....Would I be crazy to let her do Math Mammoth 4....(this is for 5th grade)....working to 5....concurrently with TT6....and LOF on Fridays? Alternating days maybe? Any suggestions? We will go ahead and start the MM3 difficulty chapters with MM4 very soon....then maybe in a couple months start TT6.
  18. She isn't a reader, so something online-website?-would be best, though a book with step-by-step explanations that are crystal clear would be great. TIA !
  19. I'm trying to decide on a math for my upcoming second grader. I've been kicking around the idea of doing Singapore with her, as I feel that they seem to give students a great foundation in mental math skills. What I'm wondering is if this would be wise if we plan on going to something like Teaching Textbooks 3 for third grade? I'm open to suggestions right now. We've used CLE up until now, but it's not a good fit for this child. She hates the long lessons, and takes forever to do them each day. She's very bright and picks up on new things quickly. We've not had any trouble with her being able to grasp new concepts, and she usually gets 100% on all of her quizzes and tests. However, it's like pulling teeth to keep her engaged in her lesson, and she's even told me she hates math. Now I know math will never be her favorite, but I don't want her to hate it either. I've been looking at using Singapore, or Horizons, or Mathematical Reasoning. What did you use before TT3 that you think prepared them better for it?
  20. Hi~ My daughter ( homeschooled K-8) attended our local h.s. this year for 9th grade and has decided she doesn't want to go back next year (Hooray!). She is most decidedly not a mathy person and had a horrible experience with a notoriously difficult pre-algebra teacher before we just pulled her out of the class altogether; her confidence was totally plummeting thanks to the aforementioned teacher. Anyway, we want to get her going with Algebra, with a decent pre-algebra review as part of the program. How would the new TT Algebra I measure up? I have heard that TT higher-mathematics vocabulary is lacking and can cause problems on college entrance exams. Is this actually the case? Any words of wisdom regarding using Khan Academy as a supplement to another program? Thanks, Desiree
  21. Hi, We use TT with my son. I am not looking to change programs or debate how rigorous TT is. :) I spent an hour searching threads last night and could not find the answer anywhere. So, I am sorry if I missed it and am asking a repeat question, if I am please post the link here. I am just having so much trouble fully figuring out the new boards. I seem to remember a thread where someone was saying that one of the levels between 6 and Algebra could be easily skipped if you were using 2 programs or your child was really doing well. That 7 and Pre algebra both contained a lot of review. I just can't remember which one and I am trying to figure out our Math sequence for the rest of the middle school. He is doing TT 5 right now (in 5th grade) with R&S 5 and LOF, so I think he is pretty well rounded with the whole Math thing. He is scoring above 90% in every lesson of TT. So I think we can skip whichever one is best to skip. We would like to start Algebra in 7th. Oh, and he is just finishing LOF elementary and about to start Fractions (The start of the 5 book, year and a half LOF pre algebra.) Thank you for your help.
  22. And had NO other options, which would you pick for HS and why? I have read all the old threads about MUS and TT and I think I am worse off than when I started. I don't want to hear any info about any other programs (I'm already getting a Lials text), just which of these you would use if these were your only choices.
  23. This is our first year using this program. I love it! Kids love it. It is working out fabulously! Now my question. In TT 5, and so far 6 dd 5th never once used the textbook. In TT Algebra 1, dd 9th has never once used the textbook. How probable is it that they will not ever use the textbook in Geometry and beyond? I am just wondering if I can stop buying the textbook.
  24. Very tough to get over all the negative I've read on here over the years. DS is a generally bright kid and hard worker but more English/ history inclined than math. He is competent in math, though. His 8th grade standardized test scores had him in the 95th percentile in math. He slogged through Algebra 1 in 8th grade. He did okay but it took him forever. We are 8 weeks and 4 chapters into Jacobs Algebra. He just doesn't get it at all. So tired of so much angst over math with a kid that really is plenty bright enough to get it. DH is a former algebra/geometry teacher so he has plenty of help. We just had to make a total change. Hopefully TT will be a change and help him get some confidence back. It was tough to make the leap, however, with all the strong opinions about how inferior it is. I have been going back and reading all the positives and success stories. How come I dismissed those before? I really hope this works.
  25. We are using TT (I have BJU Algebra 1 and a few others for supplement as needed) and we are using the new upgraded 2.0 version. I know all the stories I am reading about are stories before the upgraded scope and sequence but I just need success stories to help me stop second guessing my decision!
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