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# Help highschool 9th grade math

Tagged: algebra 1

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- Bmom1Participant
As parents, we are clueless about what to try next. In elementary years we used CLE math until it was like a brick wall for child in 6th grade. Math U See confused my child even more and we ditched it after a few months. We used Teaching Textbooks in 7th and part of 8th until we realized she wasn’t retaining any of it. From 8th grade to 9th (now) we are in ChalkDust Algebra 1 and she doesn’t understand it either. She doesn’t have any learning disabilities, but she continues to struggle in math. Our states requires 4 years on highschool transcript. She will go to college. My husband is the math teacher and says it’s like a deer in the headlights. He tries to teach her and he says she still isn’t understanding math, no matter how much he tutors her. What other math curriculum is out there that can help a struggling student needing algebra 1? Thanks!

CrystalNParticipantIf she is wordy and likes puzzle type problems maybe she would like Making Math Meaningful by Cornerstone Curriculum.

retrofamParticipantVideotext works well for us.

TristanParticipantHave you looked into dyscalculia?

BeckyParticipantI was also going to suggest dyscalculia. Also you may want check out CTC Math.

ErinDParticipantAnother suggestion: maybe you need to continue using one of the programs she’s had some success with, and then just back up until you find out what she does understand. Maybe she is missing important foundational concepts that make it impossible for her to move on.

Yes, this will make her “behind” in math, and I realize she wants to go to college, but having solid understanding of math at a lower level is much more important than keeping up with grade levels. She can always make up the grade levels later, so if you have to drop her back to pre-algebra or even lower now, I would do so without hesitation.

TT would actually work well for this. You can give her chapter tests until you discover where she’s at. But I would recommend sitting with her to do the lessons if she does them online or on a computer, or just get the books and work the lessons with her out of the book, just to be sure she gets it.

Wings2flyParticipantMy 14 yo son has always struggled with math, too. He used CLE through 703. He has problems understanding and retaining algebra concepts. Anytime they throw a letter into math, it throws him off. 5x + 7 = 22. !?!? We used Systematic Mathematics dvd set of Math Rescue, which has fractions and decimals and pre-algebra. They are out of production now. I found them on eBay and homeschoolclassifieds.com. I am looking for their Algebra 1 course. We have recently started Key to Algebra set. It looks promising and has good reviews. There are 10 worktexts of 36 pages each. Lots of repetition. If you complete them all, I understand you are ready for any Algebra 2 course. I have considered Videotext algebra, too. We watched the first few lessons, but I didn’t think he was ready for it yet. I have heard good reviews of Math U See Algebra. We may try that if we need to.

Whichever curriculum we have used, when I sit with him to work through the math with him, he does much better.

retrofamParticipantHands on Equations is helpful. Purplemath.com shows common algebra errors, which was helpful for my son.

Bmom1ParticipantOriginal poster. I looked at dyscalculia and she doesn’t fit that description. She can add, subtract, multiply in head and can do long division and fractions/reducing, etc. She didn’t retain anything in Teaching Textbooks. We are searching for a replacement.

jeaninpaParticipantI have found that TT didn’t have enough review for my kids who weren’t naturally strong in math. I do like the way TT presents material though, so I’ve found some extra practice worksheets online and giving my kids just a bit of extra practice has made TT work well for us.

We also own some of the Key to …… books and No Nonsense Algebra and I can pull some extra practice from those as well.

I was hesitant to curriculum-hop since we were familiar with the style of TT and learning a new curriculum is time-consuming as well. For us, it was better to supplement rather than to begin all over again.

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