## Switching Math Gears

We have done a few weeks with Envision Math 6 – what was once bright and shiney and fun, is now a big pain in the mom’s brain.  There is SO MUCH written information – and then 30 long practice problems – or more.  There were too many tears, too many days in a row, and no one likes to see mama cry. Ha.

I posted a request on FB for a  solution – I’ve thought about jumping up to Jump Math 6, but I’m not sure we need another year of it. He knows how to do the functions, he just gets frustrated with sooooo much work on the pages.

So – Since we have Saxon 7/6 on the shelf with the DIVE CD’s – we tried it this week.

SUCCESS!  He can practice his math, loves the videos – no tears from either of us, and he’s more self sufficient. I have a lead on TT6 to try for the year – but this is working.

We’ll keep you posted.

Nate is doing well with No Nonsense Algebra. We ran into a snag with Simplifying Radicals today. Nate didn’t quite understand and the video didn’t really help me.  So – we created an account on Kahn Academy and spent some time looking through the videos. I think I get it now, “simplifying”, more like factoring – and it is making sense. Why would one ever simplify a radical in real life?  Is this just one more of those things we just do cause it’s algebra?

We’ll keep you posted.

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### 3 Responses to Switching Math Gears

1. Janelle says:

Oh the mysteries of algebra!

2. Well, because some math guy somewhere said that making 9th graders simplify radicals would create an educated population. I’m still trying to figure out the last time I simplified a radical. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with our political system. BAHA!! LOL.

• pebblekeeper says:

That must have been a good trip to Target. That’s Funny. Tears of laughing. 😉