After trying a number of math curriculum unsuccessfully (including Saxon and Abeka), someone recommended the "Key to...." Series to my family. So, that's what I used with my first two children.
The kids loved them because they were very easy to understand and they could go at their own pace. I loved them because all they had to do was follow along in an easy to understand workbook (I rarely got involved), and they are very cheap. We have since been told that they are remedial and not very effective.
I felt bad then, but both my kids liked math, and seemed to be good at it, so I didn't worry.
Well, my 15 year old son just got done taking the college entrance tests to get into Dual Enrollment (he will attend community college during his junior and senior year to earn his AA by the time he "graduates" from high school). He scored almost perfect in math on all tests. I no longer fear our choice to use the "Key to..... series."
They may not be considered "the best" math program, but if the kids understand them and end up liking math, I think they are better off. I went back to using them for my younger two!
Check out Teaching Textbooks. My son has been doing their Algebra I and it's going wonderfully! The math program we'd been using for 4 years wasn't working and this is such a great switch!
I agree with HM Mom, Teaching Textbook are amazing. You take a test before you order the book, and that decides which curriculum is the right one. I was terrible in math, and about two years behind grade level, but after I got the Teaching Textbooks I started improving and I'm up to grade level now. I'd recommend it to anyone!
I would have to chime in on the Teaching textbook answer.
I have a couple of friends that seemed to try everything with one of their children and this was just right for them.
I also like Video text.
did you try bob jones or abecka
We use Ray's Arithmetic in our home. It covers from primary on up into High School and College level. It is a 150 yr old program. It is not set up like other programs as every problem is a Word Problem (you have to read it and then figure out how to do the problem and what function + - x etc. to use). My daughter is entering 3rd grade and doing division, and pesonally I stink at math but it's not too hard to understand with Ray's. But then that's just my opinion.
I got the set from Amazon .com (under $50), Mott Media also has it, but it costs more. Mine are second hand.
So there is the $0.02 from me...it's just one more option for you to check out....I think there are about 20 books in all to make the complete set.
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