ereks mom Posted May 27, 2009 Share Posted May 27, 2009 (edited) I would love to hear from you if you've had a student who struggled with BJU and you made a choice between TT & BJU -- whether you switched to TT or decided to stay with BJU. If you switched to TT, what was your experience with TT after having used BJU? If you chose to stay with BJU and repeat a level, was your student successful? Do you believe that the maturity factor made a difference? And how did your dc do on the math portion of the ACT or SAT? Here's my story... EK finished BJU PreAlgebra & started BJU Algebra 1 this past school year (8th grade). I had planned to get through chapter 10 (of 14) in Algebra 1 and complete it next year (9th grade). After that, I planned to move to TT for Geometry, Algebra 2 & PreCalculus. EK had no trouble with the first few chapters of BJU Algebra 1, probably because those chapters are mostly review of PreAlgebra concepts. Her test grades ranged from 84-100 for chapters 1-5, but after the first few chapters, we started having to move s-l-o-w-l-y because she was struggling. BJU Algebra began to feel pretty tedious. Then, in spite of taking it slowly, EK bombed the chapter 6 test. :( After hearing success stories about TT, especially here on the WTM boards, I began to consider ditching BJU Algebra 1 and switching to TT. I understood that TT Algebra 1 covers only about 2/3 of what BJU Algebra 1 covers, so I figured we had probably already done most of what's in TT Algebra 1 anyway. Thus I considered not even bothering to finish BJU Algebra 1, but just going on to TT Geometry. I had quite a dilemma: I was afraid there would be some gaps if we just went on to TT Geometry, but I didn't want to do TT Algebra 1 because I figured that since we'd been using BJU, we'd already be beyond the scope of the "lighter" TT. So I decided that it would be best to push on through the rest of BJU Algebra 1 and then go on to TT for Geometry & beyond, as had been my original plan. So, using one of the Keys to Algebra booklets, I retaught the concepts from the BJU chapter EK didn't "get" at first (ch. 6), and she did great on her re-test. I thought she was back on track, so we moved on to the next chapter (ch. 7), but she began struggling again (lots of word problems). I thought, "Oh, no! Here we go again!" But since it was the end of the school year, and we were both stressed out about the whole thing, we just stopped. Of course, now I question my decision to stick with BJU. I believe, however, that I was right in not going on to TT Geometry. Instead, I believe that EK needs to just start over with Algebra 1, because it seems obvious to me that either there's something foundational that she didn't "get" OR she just needed to mature a little before starting Algebra. So.... now I have to decide: 1) Switch to TT and start at the beginning with Algebra 1? I've bought a set, and we could at least give it a trial run. If it doesn't work, I could easily sell it. It seems to be so much more "gentle" than BJU. TT definitely moves more slowly, and yes, it IS less rigorous, but if EK's not succeeding with a rigorous program, maybe she needs something less so??? I just can't see having to spend a month on each topic/chapter if there's something else that will work without all that, even if it's not rigorous. 2) Start over with BJU Algebra 1? I've bought support materials to go along with the BJU Algebra 1 text & TE we already have: a Student Activities workbook to use for extra practice and review, and quizzes so I can check progress thoughout a chapter rather than only at the end. I hate to quit, especially since we've used BJU math exclusively from the beginning of our homeschooling journey (1996), and it has worked GREAT for us up until now. A complication: EK is discouraged at the thought of having to start over. Her words were, "I failed". She is one of those kids who can't stand to make bad grades. It's been awful for her to be so unsuccessful with math. Her feeling successful is more important to me than the rigor of the program, especially since she is highly unlikely to go into a math/science field. She will likely become a writer or a photographer/commercial artist. So now you've heard it -- and if you've read this far, thank you! :) Now tell me -- WWYD? Edited May 27, 2009 by ereks mom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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