Math for 14 yo – trying to catch up

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    My daughter is 14 and going into 8th grade in the fall. She has an extensive medical history with learning delays and she struggles so much to learn. We have been working on fractions a lot recently and she has a good understanding of basic arithmetic (+.-,x, and short division) Long division is like reading German to her… Mental math is also very difficult for her. Ex. Her Dad asked her what half of 7 is and she couldn’t answer him, but I know she could on paper.

    I was considering starting MUS Pre-Algebra, but I feel like she needs more grounding in elementary math first to shore up her knowledge of division, fractions, decimals, percents…

    Any suggestions on an approach to help with remediation here? I am fine with starting pre-algebra in 9th if needed. She would like to go to a community college so I’m not worried about getting her to calculus.

    I thought about getting SCM Math 5 / Practical Geometry set and working through it, but I don’t want to set her back further.  Thoughts?


    <p style=”text-align: left;”>My daughter is 10 with learning challenged and we are finding success with Saxon 3 and “nicole the math lady”.  I can’t speak for other levels but it started with very early arithmetic and has lots if review.  Since your daughter understands the early operations you would start in a later course.  It’s just what worked for us and the last thing I would have expected.  We tried masterbooks, mus, bju, and Singapore lol.</p>

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