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We started the year with Tabletclass prealgebra...dd was not doing well with it. I downloaded MM7 and it will probably get it done but I am wondering if there is something else out there that will help her be more successful. I have to help her with math a lot...she basically gets it but could greatly benefit with some drill and kill this year... Though maybe something that doesn't seem like it. For her. Lol

 

Maybe something spiral? TT algebra 1? Saxon? Which one?

 

Ugh it's halfway through the year and I would like her to get through something and be solid before starting algebra in the fall.

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the spiral ones that come to my mind are Horizons, Saxon, CLE (Christian light education), TT and that is all I can think of at the moment. I've only used Saxon but the others have some good samples on Christian book or on their site. ETA: Saxon is drill and kill no doubt but it can be very beneficial for some! Look at the samples and see what you think your dd will do best with!

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Horizons will spiral, but it will have bigger gaps before cycling back around to a topic and then instead of giving one or two of that type, it will have 5 or more.  Here (several years back), that resulted in lots of re-teaching ("Mom, how do I do this kind again?") or the opposite ("Mom, I've got this, do I have to do all of these problems - they're exactly the same.")  I would consider one of the others before I tried Horizon, imho.  

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Even though I'm not a Saxon fan, Saxon 8/7 works well for this.  I wouldn't just hand it to her though--teach the lesson yourself and have her do the practice problems with you there.  Then have her do the review set independently.

 

ETA: Technically, Saxon isn't a spiral program--it's incremental--but I think it has what what you want, which is continual review.

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Saxon or CLE would probably be your best option.   Is there anyone locally that uses them?  It would probably help to see samples from someone who has used the program and can explain the way they use them.  Either way, I would also give a placement test.  Your child may have some gaps that need addressing before moving forward.  How well does she do with Fractions/Decimals/Percents?

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Saxon 8/7 or algebra 1/2?

 

DD completed MM 1-6. She knows how to do fractions, decimals, percents...I think she is "familiar" with anything that she will find in any prealgebra text, but because MM was so mastery, she just needs lots of practice to relearn and remaster what she has not done in awhile. I don't think either of those Saxon books will really throw anything "new" at her, but that's ok-- she needs practice. 

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I would take the placement test to determine which one.  When I was in school, Algebra 1/2 was considered the more advanced one, and 8/7 was under algebra 1/2, but I have heard from others that with more recent editions, 8/7 is considered the standard one, and algebra 1/2 is the extra practice one.  I think you will likely be fine with either choice, but a practice test will be more precise about it.

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When mine had that issue (with Math Mammoth), we went to TT and it worked really well. He's now halfway through the pre-algebra and doing really well. We're just using the book, not the CD's. You could probably skip the first part of the book because it's all fractions, percents, etc. The actual algebra-type stuff starts about Chapter 7 or 9 or something.

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