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    Default Unlock Math vs Math U See - anyone have insight?

    We are new to homeschooling this year. My son had Honors Algebra last year in the 7th grade of a private school. He didn't do poorly but the pace caused extreme anxiety. Considering revisiting Algebra 1 again this year just for mastery before moving on to Geometry. I like both of these programs but can't seem to make up my mind. Anyone who has used one or the other, can you please tell me what you might have liked or disliked about them? Thanks much!

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    MUS is considered on the light side for algebra. I wouldn't think it would be a good choice for a kid coming off a year of honors algebra unless he had really bombed. If you're just trying to solidify, it seems like a bad choice to me.

    I'm very familiar with the common algebra options that homeschoolers choose between and I've never even heard of Unlock Algebra. That says to me that it's either Christian or a program more often used in schools.

    If you look at the "which algebra program" thread, you'll find that a lot of us like Jacobs's Elementary Algebra, which I think can be a good option for going deeper with algebra and getting in review. The structure lends itself to that, IMHO. But there are other options. Art of Problem Solving if he needs a bigger challenge. Forester's or Dolciani if he needs something solid but basic. And if he does need something more remedial, then MUS is an option, but so is the Key to, which is great for specific skill teaching, or Teaching Textbooks, among other things.
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    Thank you for the reply and the advice. I will take a closer look at Jacob's as I've seen many people like it for Geometry. A link to Unlock Math is below. I've looked at the sample lesson and liked her presentation. They were also very responsive when I emailed with some questions. Since they are still working on adding higher level math, they have probably only been around for a couple of years.

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    Since both MUS and Unlock rely on videos, I'm guessing that's an element you're hoping to find? It seems like Unlock is maybe just too new to have a lot of people have experience with it. Jacobs's is about as far away from that as you can get so it may not suit you. If online is what you're hoping for, then Thinkwell is another option, or Derek Owens. Or an AoPS class if he needs a real challenge.
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    I will go one better: Dr Callahan has Jacobs Elementary Algebra *and* Geometry videos. In case you feel your son will respond better to this.

    FWIW we started looking at Jacobs Algebra yesterday and it is very solid; we kept flipping to different parts of the book to see if DD could understand it/not be intimidated by it and she did pretty well no matter where we landed. Very self-teachy, you-can-do-it. But there are videos to back it up.

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    I don't think I realized Dr. Callahan used Jacobs. That's good to know.
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    My daughter (16) used Unlock Math for Algebra 1 (and is now doing Algebra 2) and she really loves it and enjoys the video lessons quite a lot. It is definitely secular. She has a lot of math anxiety, but does pretty well. She HATED Teaching Textbooks.

    DD (16)
    DS (13)

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    Thank you, that's good to hear. I think we might give it a go for a month to see how he likes it as a supplement to Jacob's, which I ended up buying. Appreciate your input!

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