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Do you use the books or the online classes?


Pros and cons?


Is it appropriate for a 6th grader who is a tad behind and not a math whiz? It sounds like it may be geared toward math-gifted students.


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We use the books, not the online classes.

The curriculum is geared towards students who are strong in math and excited about math. It uses a discovery method and covers a lot more material in more depth than any other curriculum. It teaches thinking and problem solving and is fabulous- for the right students.

I would consider it not suitable for a student who is behind in math with a traditional curriculum.

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We use the book and online videos to help.


Pros - it makes a kid think, I mean, really think, about math operations. They have to know each step and why they're doing it.


Cons - it is a great tool of frustration. For kids who like puzzles, awesome. For those who are used to math coming easily and having it spoon-fed, there are days where he's counting down until he can throw it in the bbq pit. :lol:


It's not easy. For a kid who is behind or isn't mathy I'd suggest something with more guidance or wit. Life of Fred might be a good substitution with hands on activities like HOE or MUS.

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