New Math We’re Trying

August 27, 2011 at 8:06 am Leave a comment

We’ve finished four weeks of school already. It seems like the school year is flying by to me 🙂

I’ve started a new math program with my son. I was trying to find a pre-algebra program for him online. There isn’t a textbook like there is for algebra and above. There was one online course but it was very incomplete. It might be great when they are done, but it’s just not there. But I got an email announcing Master Math and we tried it out. It is 6th-8th grade, but it is only a combined 110 lessons. But, it might be just what we need for this school year.

My son has already finished pre-algebra on Khan Academy, but he isn’t ready for algebra. Master Math has a video, worksheet and quiz for each lesson. Since my son knows most of this stuff, he’s just doing the quiz. I told him if he gets one wrong he has to go back and watch the video and do the worksheet.

 

If you get one wrong on the quiz, it tells you right away and shows you the answer worked out. It gives you a score at the end. It currently does not give positive feedback, like “correct,” but he said he would add that in. He is also working on putting the answers to the worksheets on the site.

The biggest advantage over Khan Academy is that there are lots of word problems. Khan Academy is all computation. An advantage of Khan Academy is that it makes them review. Both put together are going to be my year of pre-algebra. If my son gets stuck on a topic, he can use that other course to do another lesson on the same topic.

Why not just move on to algebra? My son is young, and it doesn’t come easy. He gets things right, but he asks a lot of questions and isn’t confident in some of these topics. I’d rather him go forward confidently than quickly.

 

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