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    Question Khan Academy is it complete for math?

    My 13 yr old daughter really enjoys Khan Academy math. It seems to cover all the common core (or almost all of the CC requirements) requirements for 8th grade. I am thinking to just add another workbook so she has more practice or do another online program like Aleks just for extra practice as Khan Academy has about 5 practice exercise only.

    Do you think it's sufficient?
    I'm a bit concerned she won't have a physical textbook but she does take notes when she watches videos.

    I'm also thinking about next year going into high school. We would like her to be in a WASC accredited program and will need her to do math with some other program that's WASC accredited. Don't want her to have to work twice on math. The way KHan academy teaches math really resonates with her.

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    Though Khan has only 5 problems, (if done correctly) they do have the Mastery Challenges and she should do those regularly to ensure that she has the required skills fresh in her memory. If she is doing those, she won't need the other workbooks.

    Last year, 8th grade, I had my son do Algebra that he was to get credit for at our ALE (charter type school.) That was a major pain....Khan, as is typical, changed things around part way through the year, and I had to search for each individual things that the ALE required to get the credit. Had we not been going for the credit, I would have just have had him go through and get the stuff done doing the whole course.

    Khan resonates with him too, except...he has ADHD. Which means not paying attention to little things like negative signs. He had to do a lot more than 5 problems for a lot, as he needed to get those little things right. With Khan it is 100% right or no credit, which is not what a regular teacher would necessarily do. It did teach attention to detail and we often did problems together and he checked my work.

    See if she can do a placement test for the accredited program. I would check middle of the year about how that might be done, and then do it the end of the year. Check the middle of the year so that they have time to get back to you and you can warn your daughter or make sure that you are not out of town or such when they want her to do testing.

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    Thank you very much! Really good feedback. My daughter has ADD and sometimes doesn't pay attention to little details.

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    I think it can be used as the only curriculum, because the student had to "pass" two practice levels and the mastery challenge to master a topic. You can also go in and assign particular topics and set the required problems to "10 in a row" if you feel your child needs more practice.

    I was trying to use Khan just as an independent check that we hit everything. I don't have to have that proof, I just like to do it for my own piece of mind. I was really annoyed when they changed the topics sometime in the middle of the year and DS went from being 30% done to only 16% done. We are using it now through the summer as review, still trying to complete 100% of the grade (I think DS is at around 70% now).

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    I tried looking for how to assign 10 problems in a row but cannot find it. In my parent handle I don't see any option other than seeing how she did. I don't even see how to assign topics.

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    I signed up as the teacher. Probably from a parent account, you can't mess around with the assignments.

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    Yes, we have used only Khan Academy for our math curriculum and it has done wonders. Now we are starting to add in the math courses on the Great Courses Plus website and it is helping even more.

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    We're using Khan as our only official math program. I think it provides solid coverage of things they can expect to find on college entrance exams and to fill in a transcript.

    My daughter hates it, but she has hated every math option we've tried (LoF, workbooks, T4L, etc.), so at this point I've chosen free and simple since her happiness is clearly not going to be a factor/option. SAT/ACT and her transcript are the only reason we're even bothering with formal math. If she wasn't college bound, I'd drop upper level math all together.
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    As other posters have said, Sal does add things as he goes, and it is a kind of a work in progress. We even notice, after we have moved on to subsequent years, there is more content for the lower grades. For us it is fine, because we do other math material b/c it is my son's thing and my son actually welcomes, being able to go back and do easier material when he needs a break from more difficult work.

    In addition to our "fun" math, we used math worksheets, as homework, because he was familiar with doing them for homework from PS and it gave me peace of mind, that we were covering everything they were doing in PS, plus our own thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenWrites View Post
    We're using Khan as our only official math program. I think it provides solid coverage of things they can expect to find on college entrance exams and to fill in a transcript.

    My daughter hates it, but she has hated every math option we've tried (LoF, workbooks, T4L, etc.), so at this point I've chosen free and simple since her happiness is clearly not going to be a factor/option. SAT/ACT and her transcript are the only reason we're even bothering with formal math. If she wasn't college bound, I'd drop upper level math all together.
    Our daughters hated all other math options too (T4L, Mammoth Math etc) till they tried Khan Academy then bam no more fights.
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