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Life of Fred Algebra results?

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I appreciated Luanne's feedback about her sons' test results after using ALEKS. I have 2 sons who have finished Singapore PM6 and I'm looking at algebra programs. In fact, I have several on my shelves already; I just need to decide what to use. The boys are close in age which has caused problems in the past with the younger being very competitive and naturally more academic. The older is a great student, but math needs to be in a sort of context for him. I think he would do well with something like Life of Fred. And the younger boy still loves his Hank the Cowdog and Calvin & Hobbes so he would like LOF, too.


So, has anyone taken standardized tests after using LOF Algebra? All my boys have routinely scored above the 90th percentile in math problem solving on the ITBS. I don't want to see that percentile decline and wonder if I should take the plunge with something that hasn't been tried/tested very long.


These boys are 12 and 13 - still in that silly, obnoxious age where they enjoy jokes about burping, etc.:tongue_smilie: I'm afraid that the Lial's and Jacobs Algebra programs would be rather dry in comparison to LOF.



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I am just bumping this up because I have a great interest in this information as well. I am looking at this for my oldest who would like something different. We are currently using Lial's Algebra and although she can do it, she is complaining about the amount of work. I think LoF would help...maybe. But before I witch I want to know how it stacks up to other algebra programs.



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I think this is hard to say because this curriculum hasn't been around as long as others.


My ds completed LofF Fractions and Decimals & Percents and was about 1/4-1/3 of the way through Beginning Algebra when we tested this year. We use the CAT test from FLO. In math computation he went from 62% last year (7th grade test) to 93% this year (8th grade test) and on the math concepts portion he went from 93% last year to 97% this year.


Now, I don't know how much credit to give to LofF as a result of his scores. I am going to be interested to see how he does next year when (I assume) there are more algebra type problems on the test. I am considering having him take the PSAT instead of the CAT test for 9th grade though so I am not sure what kind of difference that will make.


Anyway, I thought I would share.

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