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hockeymom

03-26-2014, 08:34 AM

DS will be finished with his math program (MM6) a month or two before we wrap up for summer. Does anyone have any ideas for a short, maybe more "fun" intro to algebra book or program to fill the time gap? The thought is that we'll start algebra in the fall, and I don't want to get started now only to put it aside for a few months.

I'm thinking of maybe something like Jousting Armadillos, but I don't know how long it's expected to take to get through it. Plus, its expensive for just a couple of months. Any other ideas out there?

aspiecat

03-26-2014, 08:42 AM

Have you looked at Life of Fred, Pre-Algebra with Economics? That might be a good fit for your son, as it's supposedly in story format and not as "hard-core" as most Math curricula.

farrarwilliams

03-26-2014, 09:32 AM

You could easily do Hands on Equations in a matter of a month. It's pretty simple, but the way the ideas are presented have merit for algebraic thinking.

Or why not try Jousting Armadillos... Who cares if you finish it?

MrsLOLcat

03-26-2014, 09:50 AM

I'm in the same boat. Watching this thread with great interest!

dbmamaz

03-26-2014, 10:39 AM

thats funny that Econ is the one recommended (LOF) as its the most controversial? Have you already done some Zacarro? real world algebra or challenge math might work. also dragonbox 12+

Mariam

03-26-2014, 12:26 PM

What about Khan Academy? But it depends on what your child considers fun. Mine likes earning badges, and collecting points. It is free, too.

inmom

03-26-2014, 01:03 PM

If it's just for a month, and to keep his "math juices" going, how about looking at GeoGebra?

GeoGebra (http://www.geogebra.org/cms/en/)

It's free and has materials for all levels. You could let him pick the activity and just mess around with it. Here's what another site has about it (http://mathandmultimedia.com/geogebra/):

GeoGebra is a free dynamic mathematics software that can be used to connect algebra, geometry, calculus and other mathematics. It is available in major operating systems particularly Windows, Mac and Linux. You can download the software in its official website (http://www.geogebra.org/cms/en/download/). Note that Java (http://java.com/en/)is required for GeoGebra to run on computers. The GeoGebra Tutorial Series is a collection of more than 50 step by step GeoGebra lessons from beginner to advanced level. The objective of the tutorials is not only to teach how to use the software, but also to suggest how to use GeoGebra in teaching and learning mathematics. Although, it is advisable to follow the tutorial series chronologically, the reader may opt to start on with tutorial of choice since each tutorial is designed to be independent from each other.

hockeymom

03-26-2014, 05:47 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! Lots to research.

The main reason I'm balking at JA is because both DS and I will feel pressure to finish it before we break. I just can't figure out if it "should" take a couple months, or half a year. The student book isn't too expensive, but I'd really need the TM to go with it and that more than doubles the price. I've been spoiled by MM. :)

farrarwilliams

03-26-2014, 05:55 PM

Over on that other forum, I read a thread where people talked about it taking massively different amounts of time. Some people were using it slowly alongside MM5 or MM6 and taking all year. Other people seemed to say they had done it in a couple of months. But I don't know. It's on our register for about a year from now, I hope for Mushroom, but we wouldn't feel pressure to finish something if it wasn't the right thing or it was time to move on.

It does seem like Real World Algebra might be another option... though I'm not sure about the difficulty of it. But I'm assuming it's like his other books with different levels?

kohlby

03-28-2014, 10:48 AM

Our plan is to use Zaccaro's Challenge Math for Elem and Middle for my middle child. With my eldest, we just kept on going and didn't worry about the end of the year. But I feel my middle child could use some time to focus on problem solving - since she wants to be told exactly what to do and how to do it and we need to work on breaking that a bit. (For her, it's before we start Pre-Algebra, but the book would work for Algebra students as well).

hockeymom

03-28-2014, 11:14 AM

The reason we don't just "keep going", which we would normally do, is because I haven't decided yet which algebra program to use. Maybe I should just get my act in gear. :)

Does anyone else think the Zaccaro amoebas look like condom characters? Weird!

AddlepatedMonkeyMama

03-29-2014, 08:05 PM

I'm in the same boat, trying to decide whether to stretch review and Challenging Word Problems until the end of the year, find a quick topic to fill up the rest of the year, or start the next level (graduating from Singapore Primary to Discovering Mathematics 7, which is a bit intimidating to me!). So I was flipping through the Rainbow Resource Giant Catalog of DOOM and thought these Zaccaro books looked interesting:

10 Things Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=004094)

25 Real Life Math Investigations That Will Astound Teachers and Students (http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=045023)

farrarwilliams

03-29-2014, 10:46 PM

The Zaccaro amoeba definitely resemble condoms. They have long freaked me out.

In general, I think those books would find a way wider audience if they didn't look like they were illustrated by clip art that came free with MS Word circa 1997. Design matters. Just sayin.

dbmamaz

03-29-2014, 11:13 PM

wow, i dont remember ever thinking they looked like condoms. How odd.

trulycrabby

03-30-2014, 09:18 AM

We finished Singapore Math 4b US Edition about two weeks ago, and will start Singapore Math 5a Standards shortly. I purchased a copy of 4b Standards and am currently teaching concepts that were not covered in 4b US Edition.

We are also doing Challenging Word Problems 4 and 70 Must-Know Word Problems Grade 5.

kohlby

04-03-2014, 02:28 PM

I'm in the same boat, trying to decide whether to stretch review and Challenging Word Problems until the end of the year, find a quick topic to fill up the rest of the year, or start the next level (graduating from Singapore Primary to Discovering Mathematics 7, which is a bit intimidating to me!). So I was flipping through the Rainbow Resource Giant Catalog of DOOM and thought these Zaccaro books looked interesting:

10 Things Future Mathematicians and Scientists Must Know (http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=004094)

25 Real Life Math Investigations That Will Astound Teachers and Students (http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=045023)

We have the 25 Real Life book because I thought it would be interesting for my eldest - and for me! I just bought it recently, so I haven't had the chance to read it yet. As for the 10 things, Zaccaro went over many of these during one of his sessions at a homeschool conference I was at recently. I was a Zaccaro groupie - going to all 4 of his sessions and also chatting with him and his wife in the vendor hall. If you ever have a chance to see him, go! And chat with him outside the sessions as well if possible. His wife is pretty awesome too. We'll likely use the 25 Real Life book and the one on how Statistics Lie as extra supplements to my eldest's math. He'll keep on going, but I think they're important to read for a kid going into science.

On a different note, my middle child is loving the "One-Hour Mysteries" book I bought at that conference as well. It has 5 logic/reasoning problems in it. We've added that in - doing one mystery after we finish each bridge in Life of Fred. I have Zaccaro's elem/middle book for her as well, but she is really into mystery books now so we decided to do One-Hour Mysteries first. https://www.hickorygrovepress.com/products.cfm?ID=65&cat=5 (This book is a little cheaper at Rainbow likely - I bought mine through Rainbow at the conference, but I linked it to Hickory Grove Press since there are a lot of cool resources at that site).

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