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Allison, Shery, Jen, anyone else with older kids.... what do you use for Math?? I need a good, challenging program for Evan. He'll being doing 7th grade Math in the fall, but I'm not sure which program to use. I love the look of Teaching Textbooks, but it's sooo expensive. He tried the demo and loved it too and really hopes to use it. But as I've mentioned I'm trying to keep curriculum costs down. He is strong in Math, it's one of his favorite subjects, and he needs a good program since he's hoping to get into the Math and Science high school (and they will most likely want to know which program he used.)
Anyway, hoping maybe someone here has suggestions?
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
I suggest Saxon Math! If you want him to be challenged in something that he is strong in, Saxon will be great. The lessons are very long, but the great thing is that you can go through and circle the problems that he needs the most work on. What I love is that it is constantly reviewing past lessons, so if there is an area that she needs more work on, she will get it. I am using it for all of my children.
Another good thing about Saxon is that it prepares them well for testing. I'm not saying that it should be used for this reason alone, but it is great to see them test well if you do that once a year for records.
There are different styles of the Saxon textbooks, tests, etc. If you are interested in it, I can share more with you...show you what I have used and what I am using.
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When I was homeschooled for math my parents started with A Beka. I HATED IT!!! Then they looked at Saxon and realized it would kill any love of math I ever had. BORING! They got Alpha Omega LifePacs and I really liked them. They must've worked okay since I did through trig and took trig in college and got an A quite easily (most of the rest of the class dropped or failed). I wish Math-U-See had been around. I would've LOVED that and the upper grades are very solid since they re-did them.
But I will say if he likes Teaching Textbooks and it would work for him, I would spend the money for it. This is his education and you don't want to kill his love of math and you want him to be challenged. It is worth a little extra money IMO.
~Heather, wife to Jamie (15 years; June 5, 1998) and mom to
Ani - 13 (February 15, 2000), Cameron - 12 (October 3, 2001),
Fritz - 7 (July 11, 2006), and Adrian - 5 (June 19, 2008) Smaller on the Outside