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 I am after a geometry recommendation ds15.

 He has profound dyslexia and Dyscalcula

 we have been doing Saxon math Algebra 1. He needs very heavily modified lessons by me and a lot of hand-holding  to make it slightly  work at all. Algebra is not working.  I was thinking that we might have a break from Algebra and do Geometry . What I am after is a text that has just geometry starting right from the beginning and progressing through to advanced geometry with no or very limited algebra. lots of diagrams would be very helpful.  I don't fancy just doing a straight great books approach of Euclid etc - My son is just not engaged enough to be able to do that. 

 thanks

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I would recommend MathUSee

It is a gentle approach.

However, with special needs students, you do not have to go through the same traditional programs-- if your son has documented dyscalculia then he may never 'get' Algebra no matter what program you try-- there is a huge mental disconnect.  I would shift focus from Algebra to every-day Math skills.  Continually trying to get him to understand traditional high school level material would be extremely frustrating.  Keep him progressing at HIS ability level-- teach him how to cope (life skills) and give encouragement.  I have experience (as a teacher) with students who have dyscalculia... 

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I don't like MUS

 i don't have to meet any testing or state requirements at all. He will be homeschooled for 2 1/2 years more before he does either a Tertiary diploma or an apprenticeship 

 He is never going to completely get Algebra - though he does have some very very basic understanding of Algebra

The reason I though we might give Geometry a try is it is more a visual thing

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This might be a good book to do until you settle on a full curriculum. It is basically a review of all the geometry related lessons in Christian Light's elementary and middle school program. It really covers a lot but with minimal practice because it's just 1-2 pages per lesson. The sample has the full table of contents. 

https://www.clp.org/products/geometry_math_skill_development_worksheets_2786

Here's the answer key

https://www.clp.org/products/geometry_math_skill_development_worksheets_answer_key_2787

 

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A resource I found recently could be a full curriculum if you don't mind a video based course, especially a teacher teaching in a classroom with other students asking questions and such. 

http://www.yaymath.org/geometry

This link has videos, worksheets, and quizzes after each lesson.

You can purchase a full course with practice tests and chapter tests here. It's only $52. 

http://www.yaymath.org/courses

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1 hour ago, mom31257 said:

A resource I found recently could be a full curriculum if you don't mind a video based course, especially a teacher teaching in a classroom with other students asking questions and such. 

http://www.yaymath.org/geometry

This link has videos, worksheets, and quizzes after each lesson.

You can purchase a full course with practice tests and chapter tests here. It's only $52. 

http://www.yaymath.org/courses

Thank you for this!  I watched a bit of one video and I can tell this teacher is one who my sons would like and learn from.  We may just have to use some of those videos!  

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My boys are currently doing VideoText Algebra and they love it!  Out of all the math curriculums we've tried over the years, they love how this teaches them and they are learning so much.  They like that is video based too.  They mostly grade the daily work and quizzes themselves.  I grade Unit and Cumulative tests.  They are both scoring high 90's on everything.  We will continue with Geometry (their choice).  I was told the Geometry could be considered Honors level.  I will wait and see if I apply Honors or not once we've completed the program.

Mine do the on-line version and I print everything out.  It is $299 for 3 years (to use it) and it covers 2 students.  Good since I have twins :-).

 

 

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thank you everyone.

 We have decided to go with MUS- Because that seemed to be the first recommendation of just about everyone and I can buy it in Australia- so hopefully quicker delivery.

 

I should not let my dislike of a curriculum choice prejudiced using it for one of my children.

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I hope he does well with it. I'm using MUS Geometry for my son (special needs that impact tolerance for and strength in math, but NOT dyscalcula).

I was not at all pro-MUS, but it's been fantastic for him. He's mastering and retaining the material. He's gaining confidence, and he hasn't needed nearly the handholding from me he's needed for prior to this. We did Alg I, with two other programs, and it was painful/unpleasant/time consuming--I had to adapt lessons and pull him through the whole way. I may just stick with MUS for him. It's been good. And math that is successful and boosts confidence is way better than where I know we could be. 

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