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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Learn Math Fast System Review - How It Was Able to Teach My High School Student What Other Math Curricula Couldn't

How It Was Able to Teach My High School Student What Other Math Curricula Couldn't

In the fall of 2014, we switched my high school son’s math program. As we were finishing up the school year, he told me that he was struggling with math. My son who had previously received A type grades in math had not only dropped his grade by two levels, but his confidence in his math skills as well.

Since I had experience using Volume I of the Learn Math Fast System curriculum with my youngest (you can read my review about it here), and having been really impressed with it, I decided to try it with my oldest. Because my son hopes to get into the mechanical engineering field someday, I wanted a math program that would help him understand math, in this case Algebra.

This summer I had him begin the Learn Math Fast System Volume III, Pre-Algebra book as a refresher and to get him used to J.K. Mergens’ (the book's author) method of teaching. In addition, I wanted to make sure that we covered any gaps he may have had from using his previous math programs.

Volume III includes 25 lessons covering topics such as, “solving for x, ratios, proportions, exponents, square roots, terms, expressions, like terms, order of operations, distributive property of multiplication, graphs, linear equations, the y-intercept, and the slope formula.” All of the solutions to the problems are found at the end of the book.

My son had difficulty understanding how to do the slope formula problems with his old math program, but after using the Learn Math Fast System book he was able to do these types of problems without any difficulties. Also, since the lessons were short, he was able to finish the book within about a four week period (doing two lessons a day).

Next week my son will be completing Volume V of the Learn Math Fast System book which covers “Algebra I with a special focus on quadratic equations and formulas.” It includes 36 lessons, 7 chapter review tests, and a final test. Topics in this book include: “terminology, absolute value, terms with exponents, simplifying expressions, multiplying and dividing terms with exponents, square roots, cube roots, Laws of Algebra, multiplying polynomials, factoring polynomials, factoring out a common factor, prime factorization, quadratic equations, a perfect square, completing the square, quadratic formula, and intro to functions.”

Most of the lessons could be completed in less than an hour, which allowed him to go through two lessons a day. If the lesson was long, he would only do one lesson. Some of the review tests I would have him complete in one day, others I would allow him to take two days to complete.

According to the information on the curriculum's website, this book can be completed within a three to four month period. I would estimate that it has taken my son about three months to finish this book. (His last few lessons will be completed next week.)

I am happy to report that not only did his grade increase to an A, but his confidence in math is back again!

The Learn Math Fast System books have by far been my favorite math curriculum for the following reasons:

·         It provides step-by-step instructions on how to do the problems and includes a good amount of examples.
·         It is written in an easy-to-understand manner.
·         There aren’t hundreds of problems needing to be completed.
·         I can email (or call) J.K., the author, with any questions and receive a response within 24 hours.
·         The subject can be learned in half the time it would take with other math programs.
·       The high school student can complete this curriculum independently.

My son will be moving on to Volume VI, Algebra 2, as I prefer to have him continue with Algebra while it’s still fresh in his mind and then he will move on to Pre-Geometry (Volume IV) and Geometry (Volume VII).

If you are looking for a math curriculum for your student written in an easy-to-understand manner, then I highly recommend you try any of the Learn Math Fast System books.

By the way, if you’d like to try this curriculum use the code SLICE to get $5.00 off your order (expires 12/31/15).

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Monday, May 04, 2015

Spanish Level I Online Course - Fall of 2015

Online Spanish Level 1 Course

This fall I will be offering a Spanish Level I course for students in Grades 8 – 12 (Students in 7th grade may also participate if they have taken a prior Spanish course.)

This course will be taught online in a group setting using Google+ Hangouts. In order to participate, students must have a Google+ account and a scanner. Students will be required to scan their homework assignments and email them to me. All tests and quizzes will be emailed to the students. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion award at the completion of the full course.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Diary of A Homeschool Parent - The High School Years - Guidance Counselor and Transcripts

Diary of a Homeschool Parent The High School Years - Guidance Counselor and Transcripts

I have been a homeschool parent for the past 10 years. In May my oldest son will finish his first year of high school lessons, and this past winter I added a new title to my homeschool resume. This new title is Guidance Counselor. Having absolutely no past experience in this regard, I find this new position challenging.

For those of you who have not yet started down this road called the high school years, I thought I'd share my journey with you in a new series of posts which will read more like a diary. My hope is that by reading my "entries," it will assist you in preparing for this phase of your homeschooling career, or if you're already driving down this path, that we will be able to come alongside each other in order to help steer one another in the right direction.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Homeschool Mom's Deep, Dark Secret

A Homeschool Mom's Deep, Dark Secret by

I believe that most people who know me probably think that I have it all together as a homeschool parent. My house is pretty organized (on most occasions), I am a strong cheerleader for the homeschooling movement, I lead a homeschool support group, and my children are performing academically well. However, what people may not know is that I have a deep, dark secret, one that I feel lead to share.

Are you ready?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Excelerate Spanish - A Homeschool Spanish Curriculum (Review)

Excelerate Spanish - Review by

I first learned about Excelerate Spanish through an article I read in the 2014 annual print book of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. What captured my attention was that Excelerate Spanish used a method of teaching foreign language that was new to me, Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS).

Friday, September 05, 2014

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) by Heirloom Audio Productions (Schoolhouse Crew Review)

Under Drake's Flag (Audio Theater) Review by

I am very eager to share this review with you! If you and your family enjoy audio dramas as much as my family does, then you will be excited to learn about Heirloom Audio Productions' Christian audio drama, Under Drake's Flag. This story was written by author G.A. Henty, who is well known for his historical adventure stories. My children and I were delighted to add this to our collection.

Under Drake's Flag is an enthralling story about a boy named Ned Hawkshaw who embarks on an exciting adventure which offers him the opportunity to set sail with one of the most admired sea captains of his time, Sir Francis Drake. This sixteenth-century teenager experiences first-hand the struggle between Great Britain and Spain for preeminence over the high seas. You will be kept in suspense as you listen to Ned as he fights off a shark attack. You will also find yourself asking questions such as, "Will he survive the shipwreck? Is he going to get through these battles? How is he going to handle the Spanish Inquisition?"

You can listen to a 60-second summary of the story by visiting Heirloom Audio Production's website.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Are Your Students Afraid of Public Speaking?

Communicators for Christ Conference 2014

Even though communication skills are vital to their success, many students (and most parents!) are still terrified of public speaking

Let us help. Join us for the 
Communicators for Christ Conference

Through this two day integrated communication and leadership training conference hosted by the Institute for Cultural Communicators (ICC), we'll help students overcome their hesitation to effectively engage audiences of all sizes. Our activities, workshops, and exercises provide a safe and encouraging environment where everyone has a chance to succeed, regardless of their public speaking experience. This allows them to see past their fears to a greater mission of impacting those around them - one person at a time.