Why we switched from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks

Teaching Textbooks vs.  Singapore Math YEARS LATER NOTE: Since using these programs, the kids described here graduated Magna Cum Laude in Statistics (Kelly) and Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Applied Mathematics (Christian) from a large state university. At the writing of this note (June 30, 2016), they are both midway through PhD programs at … Continue reading Why we switched from Singapore Math to Teaching Textbooks

Math Help: What to do when Thinkwell and Teaching Textbooks explanations are not enough

Short Answer: PatrickJMT. We felt like it served our kids needs significantly better than Khan Academy Math although we like Khan academy and used it semi-frequently. Why should you listen to us on this subject?  Of course, mileage will vary, but since using these programs, the kids described here graduated Magna Cum Laude in Statistics (Kelly) and … Continue reading Math Help: What to do when Thinkwell and Teaching Textbooks explanations are not enough

Let the teachers use tried, tested, highly successful methods to teach math (and other important stuff)

I talk with my cousin and favorite government school teacher, Trisha, regularly on the subject of pedagogy and traditional school politics. There is always drama and it is always interesting. Her current school leadership makes her situation way more interesting than it should be. It sounds like the school board is on top of it and is in … Continue reading Let the teachers use tried, tested, highly successful methods to teach math (and other important stuff)

Our Homeschool Story: What Kind of Homeschool Did We Want to Be? (5.5) Math

This post is part of a narrative history of our homeschool. It is about why we chose to homeschool, what we did and how we did it. It is about our failures and frustrations as well as our successes. The plan is to make an honest accounting of it all for the benefit of ourselves … Continue reading Our Homeschool Story: What Kind of Homeschool Did We Want to Be? (5.5) Math

Answers to homeschool questions Part 3 – An overview of some of our homeschool curricula

Day 881 of 1000 Answers to Homeschool Questions Series Index A blog friend, Kendra, has asked a series of questions about how we did our homeschooling with a particular interest in how to use CLEP testing and other tools to skip high school, or at least parts of it.  This is the third in the … Continue reading Answers to homeschool questions Part 3 – An overview of some of our homeschool curricula

Sonlight Homeschool Curricula (Part 2): Why we thought it would be good for us before we knew much about it

Day 616 of 1000 This is the second in a series of articles about why we used Sonlight Curricula in our homeschool.  Here is a page that holds an introduction to the series and links to the other posts in the series.  We bought core packages for what would be third through tenth grades in … Continue reading Sonlight Homeschool Curricula (Part 2): Why we thought it would be good for us before we knew much about it

Homeschool: How to prepare for CLEP tests – Precalculus

Note: This post is one in a series on how we prepared our homeschooled children to take various College Level Examination?Program tests. The introductory post for this series explains why we take these tests, what parts of the preparation worked for us, and what parts of the preparation did not work. The CLEP test: PreCalculus … Continue reading Homeschool: How to prepare for CLEP tests – Precalculus

Precalculus: Teaching Textbooks or Thinkwell?

YEARS LATER NOTE: Since using these programs, the kids described here graduated Magna Cum Laude in Statistics (Kelly) and Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Applied Mathematics (Christian) from a large state university. At the writing of this note (June 30, 2016), they are both midway through PhD programs at national research universities here in … Continue reading Precalculus: Teaching Textbooks or Thinkwell?