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    Can anyone suggest a solid,clear, and concise math curriculum?

    We are currently using Dimensions Math Common Core by Singapore Math and I am sorely disappointed. There are many gaps in the solutions. It feels like an eternity to trudge through for myself and my kids. I am not satisfied with this product at all.

    I really loved AoPs but I need something that moves at a faster clip, for both my 7th and 8th graders and prepares them for brick and mortar as both will most likely be in PS for the next academic year.

    We are in need of an accelerated 7th and 8th grade program that has clear solutions.

    Thank you!
    Eclectic learning at home with our 14(s), 12(d), 10(s), 8(d), and 4(d)

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    I also was disappointed with Dimensions. We moved on to regular old high school Algebra 1. (I actually got ISBN of old book Inmom used.... predates common core! Cheap on ABE books.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Thank you!

    I wish I could return them. 7B seems fine but 7A and 8th grade are a mess. I am hoping they go back to the drawing board and do a better job with concept and editing the final product for the next edition.
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    Eclectic learning at home with our 14(s), 12(d), 10(s), 8(d), and 4(d)

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    I think it was really the same problem as Singapore 6.... not a part of the actual Singapore designed curriculum. Apparently they dont mess around for three years of review like we are accustomed to.
    When DS13 was learning arithmatic, he would sometimes come on concepts that were just a little too much for him to get (The SG way of approaching complex word problems comes to mind). I was concerned that we would run into that with the Algebra, but it has been smooth sailing.

    If your kids are ahead in math, you can always go slowly and take breaks.

    AoPS looked too dense, too miserable, for us. I guess DS wont be winning math competitions and gaining academic fame as their marketing materials suggest.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Moonflower,

    Have you discussed their math placement with the staff at the public school they will be attending? Will they be given placement tests to determine the appropriate level? Does the school allow students to take courses "above" their age level?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    I also was disappointed with Dimensions. We moved on to regular old high school Algebra 1. (I actually got ISBN of old book Inmom used.... predates common core! Cheap on ABE books.)
    How is that going for you? I don't recall if I ever told you about the companion website that goes with that text. It has video tutors, practice tests, etc.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    It is going fine! We took a long break from doing math when I was having huge problems with him doing schoolwork, but we were able to pick it up again without a problem. (He didnt suddenly forget how to do arithmetic or the baby Algebra he had already learned.) Math comes easier for him than focusing for any length of time, but that has gotten better.
    The biggest annoyance was that I had to complete the chapter tests as well, since the answers arent in the back of the book!

    I will check out the website later, thanks!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    These are great questions. Enrollment is in the next couple of weeks and I will ask these asap.

    Thank you!
    Eclectic learning at home with our 14(s), 12(d), 10(s), 8(d), and 4(d)

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    I only ask as that might determine what you do for the rest of the year. If your child not allowed to advance to a higher level, even though one is ready, you might be wasting your time pushing the math. Maybe just maintaining skills might be your goal. Or finding fun yet challenging problems to do.

    Farrar (a knowledgeable member on here) updated a book on word problems, but without numbers. Ir really gets the student to think about process, rather than rote steps or doing some computations and hoping they work. You can find it here.
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I understand, and I agree. Thank you! I will check out Farrar's work.
    Eclectic learning at home with our 14(s), 12(d), 10(s), 8(d), and 4(d)

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