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Curious thoughts about MUS algebra for an 8th grader ... and also if walking into this MUS course as a first year MUS user would be challenging or not.

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Whether or not it's challenging depends on your child's preparation and why you've considering MUS.

 

I love MUS Alpha-Zeta.  But I would not use their higher level products unless my child had a special need for them or I was planning to follow it up with a standard course.

 

 

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We liked the Greek series, too.  We even liked the pre-algebra and Stewardship.  We jumped to a different program at Algebra, though.

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My kids use MUS alg as pre-alg (combined with the geometry book covered in a single yr) after Horizons 6. It has been a simple transition and they have all typically made 100s on every assignment. (Those 2 MUS books are the only ones I am familiar with.)

 

We follow MU alg and geo with another full yr each of alg and geo using more thorough, advanced texts.

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We're using it for 8th grade as written, for our Algebra 1 course. We're happy with it.

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MUS algebra is graphing heavy.  They start with graphing right away.  I think this is different from other programs.  We started Algebra 1 with oldest dd but it was not a great fit.  She was coming from Saxon 1/2 and wanted to try something different.  I think the mastery approach was not a good fit for her.  She actually liked the Saxon approach better and stayed with Saxon until Pre-Calc, when we switched over to Lials.  Youngest has used MUS for Pre-Calculus and Calculus 1.  It has been a good fit for her. 

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Curious thoughts about MUS algebra for an 8th grader ... and also if walking into this MUS course as a first year MUS user would be challenging or not.

 

Age is not the important factor--always use the placement tests to know where to start if you are switching programs. The upper level MUS programs worked well for my kids. 

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