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are you using it as a supplement or as your main program? Thanks
We use It as a supplement and plan to continue. It’s terrific!
Christie, how are you using it as a supplement?
I was thinking that once my son gets to Epsilon (he’s finishing up Levels 11 and 12 of Dev. Mth. first), that I think he’d enjoy LoF as a supplement. While for my dd, who is behind in math and loves to read funny stories, I thought it would benefit her, too; but I’m not going to try it till multiplication next year.
So how to you incoroprate it into an already full schedule without it feeling like another “assignment”?
Thanks (not trying to hijack)
We used it as the main Math curriculum but in Algebra my daughter needed more explanations which I could not give her. She is now using ALEKS which is an online Math course that continually assesses what you know and teaches from there what you need to know. I wish we had begun with ALEKS sooner.
LOF is meant to be done individually. The author evens says students can email him questions directly with parents permission. DD11 completes the lesson and checks the answers all on her own. One lesson takes her 510 minutes tops. I had her start at the beginning with Apples a couple of months ago and she’s finished 5 books thus far. I plan to have her finish the elementary series in the coming year and perhaps start the fractions book. She will work on LoF 3x per week. DS8 is on the third book. We do it orally right now, but he could easily do it on his own and will in the coming year.
For us, it is a great supplement to MathuSee, but wouldn’t be enough on its own.
Des, I think we need clarification. Are you wondering about the elementary series or the regular series. The elementary series is meant to be a family read aloud, though some use it as independent work (in my opinion they are too fun to let the kids read them alone!) the other is meant to be done independently. We’ve only read Apples, and I would love to be able to get them all, but it’s not in the budget. The elementary series is definately only a supplement, especially if the student is doing it independently, though I understand the other is meant to be stand alone. I am hoping to use LOF Fractions when my older ds gets there — probably next year.
4myboys, I meant the regular series especially algebra on up. I’m thinking of having my older Ds do the Advanced Algebra.
We use it. Both series. At this point we are still using MUS too. My older two who are in prealgebra and algebra just do which ever one they want each day. They alternate regularly do it doesn’t matter to me. I don’t think
I would use it alone for the elementary series. I also don’t usually make them do all of a MUS lesson if they seem to be getting it.
Nebby
I think LOF from Fractions on up is enough on its own for some kids. Other kids may need more practice on some things and I’m thinking of supplementing Fred with the Key to Series. Fred as a main program, imho, is terrific because they truely do have to learn through reading. It’s a challenging and thorough curriculum.
My apologies for not being clear that we’ve only used the elementary series thus far. However, it is also meant to be done independently per the author in the frog part of the books.
LOF Fractions on up has been a great fit for my oldest dd as a stand alone Math program. I do think it depends on the child though.
I am using the elementry series as a supplement for my youngest dd with thoughts of using the older series as a stand alone when she is ready.
My apologies, Christie. I was sure I’d read that the elementary series was written to be read with the child, but yes, I can see how they would work well independently for older children who are reading well independently. I would still not use them for anything other than a supplement. They are really fun from what I’ve seen, though! I’m looking forward to my older ds using the original series. He loves Fred. Wish I had it in the budget for the whole set. I’m toying with the idea of asking grandparents to purchase them as Christmas presents.
My ds10 is doing LOF Elementary. He struggles with math to some degree, and seems to enjoy going through these books. I also have him doing a Kumon word problem book, as well as drill on the xtra math website. He had been doing Teaching Textbooks grade 5, but I don’t know if I’ll have him continue with that or not. Math for my ds10 is really hard for me to figure out.
Our ds 10 is also using LOF Elementary and has been using that alone with a living math book here and there. We have had Teaching Textbooks 5 just sitting there and he has chosen to use that at the moment as well. I think he will lose interest with TT5 (as he did with TT4 but he still finished it).I do not require TT5 from him at all. We will always continue with LOF and I intend to move onto LOF Fractions when he’s ready. IMHO I think LOF is enough on it’s own. Ds 10 used LOF for over 6 months on it’s own entirely and his ability to think about mathematical concepts improved greatly.
4myboys (and anyone else who uses LOF as a read aloud) : at what age or point in math studies did you begin Apples? I want to use the elementary series as read alouds also, but not sure when. I have seen the table of contents, but haven’t yet ordered.
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