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WHY
DO WE NEED ADVANCED MATH?
Why
is algebra and other advanced mathematics necessary? Consider
this: the computer technology that we have today, the precisionguided
missiles used in the Iraq war that saved so many of our soldier's
lives, the medical technology that helps us to live longer
and have better quality lives, the current exploration of
Mars, all are possible because of advanced math and science.
Students who have a gift in math will be able to use their
gift to enable the people of the world to accomplish even
more in the coming years. (See Raising
an Isaac Newton.)
However,
not all students are endowed with the gift of math. Other
students are gifted in art, music, business, and other very
important skills. Depending on your child's gifts and career
goals, your child may not need advanced math. Instead, he
may need more consumer and/or business math. Select your curriculum
to suit your child's needs, not the needs of someone else's
child. For more information, see Math
Curriculum Recommendations and Homeschooling
High School.
Here
are the curriculums I recommend for high school mathematics.
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ALGEBRA

For kids who like to learn on their own and on the computer
or for parents who need extra help teaching math, check
out ALEKS.
It cost $19.95 month,
and they offer discounts for multiple students and yearly
rates.

Teaching
Textbooks  online math learning with visuals, audio,
and assignments. Basic math, Algebra, Geometry, and PreCalculus.
For both PC and Macintosh.

you
prefer a textbook series, I highly recommend the MathUSee
program. I wish this were available when I was
teaching homeschool! It espeically works well for
kids (and teaching moms) of Visual,
Kinesthetic, and Auditory learning styles.
(For your traditional Read/Write or advanced math
students, see below.) It teaches with manipulatives
for the Kinesthetic and Visual Learners and video
instructions (VHS or DVD)
& music (skip counting songs on cassette or CD) for
the Auditory & Visual Learners. The teacher's manual
includes instructions and the answers. The student workbook
includes practice pages and review. There are three practice
pages for each lesson so that you child can do one or
more depending on his particular needs to understand
the lesson. Following the practice pages, there are three
review pages which includes one or more problems from
the current lesson and from all the previous lessons
so that your child will not forget what he learned earlier
in the year. Again, your child may or may not need to
do all the pages.

VideoText
Interactive. This sixvideo course covers Prealgebra
through Algebra II. The graphics make this a real winner
for your Visual learner,
but all learners will benefit
from this course. The
program is set up to take two years, but you can begin
as soon as your child is ready for prealgebra. Spread
the videos out over three years or more if your start
early. This is an expensive curriculum, but if you want
your child to really learn algebra and not just plug
in the numbers, this is the program to buy.
Recommended
Alternatives to VideoText Algebra:
Saxon
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Math
87. The Saxon math program is an excellent math program
for the Read/Write
learner and
advanced student. It's also a lot less
expensive. This is a prealgebra course. If your
child does not need the extra practice, you could
skip to the Saxon Algebra 1/2 textbook.

The
Saxon Algebra program is an excellent math program
for the
Read/Write learner and
advanced student. This is a prealgebra
course.
 Link
to Saxon
Math. Once there, locate the grade level you need.
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GEOMETRY
Most
math textbooks integrate geometry into their algebra program.
Video Text Interactive; however, does NOT include geometry
in their algebra curriculum. (They are working on a geometry/trigonometry
video series projected to be completed by summer 2004.) In
the meantime, you can use the following for a geometry course.
If your child is using the Saxon Algebra textbooks, he will
benefit from taking a brief detour from the textbook and completing
any of the following:

Key
To Geometry Books 18 Master geometry with this easytouse
resource that is excellent for the Visual
learner. You will also need
KTG Answers Notes, Books #13 ,
KTG Answers Notes, Books #46 ,
KTG Answers Notes, Book #7 , and
KTG Answers Notes, Book #8 .

Teaching
Textbooks  online math learning with visuals, audio,
and assignments. Basic math, Algebra, Geometry, and PreCalculus.
For both PC and Macintosh.
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ADVANCED
MATHEMATICS

SAXON
CALCULUS.
The Saxon math program is an excellent math program for
the Read/Write
learner and
advanced student. Topics include algebra,
geometry, trigonometry, discrete mathematics, and
mathematical analysis. A rigorous treatment of Euclidean
geometry is also presented. Conceptually oriented
problems that prepare students for college entrance
exams (such as ACT and SAT) are included in the problem
sets.

Teaching
Textbooks  online math learning with visuals,
audio, and assignments. Basic math, Algebra, Geometry,
and PreCalculus. For both PC and Macintosh.

Calc
for the Clueless
series by Bob Miller. Here's a
book that every calculus student should read. It's a
simpletounderstand book that was written to the student, not to teachers.
It makes calculus more appealing to everyone, even the child
hates math.

How to Work With Probability and Statistics, Grades 68
This
48page workbook is an introduction to probability
and statistics created for students in grades 4  6;
however, I recommend it for any age. The easytoread
text, charts, and other visual aids will benefit Visual
learners of all ages.

Probability, Statistics & Graphing, Grades 45 (Basic Skills Series).
This 48page workbook is an introduction to probability,
statistics, & graphing
created for students in grades 4  6; however, I recommend
it for any age. The easytoread text, handson activities,
charts, and other visual aids will benefit Visual
and Kinethetic learners of all ages.
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BUSINESS
& CONSUMER MATH

Consumer Math Success Kit . It's hard to find a good
consumer math textbook. They tend to cover things that
are not relevant to consumer math or they are a disguise
for more traditional mathematics. After looking at several,
this one appears to be the most useful. It covers banking,
budget, credit cards, eating out, grocery shopping, heating
costs, housing, income taxes, interest, investment, property
taxes, utility bills, travel and a few other items that
may or may not be relevant. I recommend that your child
complete Larry Burkett's,
Money Matters Workbook for Teens, Ages 1518 . in
addition to, or instead of this curriculum.

Lifepac
Electives Accounting Complete Set . Students first
get a general overview of accounting, then learn about
specifics such as debits and credits; journalizing and
posting transactions; financial statements for a proprietorship;
payroll
accounting, tax recording, and payment; business simulation
activity; and more. This is a very good program that the
student can go through on his own.

The
Accounting Game: Basic Accounting Fresh from the Lemonade
Stand.
This book provides a first step to understanding accounting
by using the world of a kid's lemonade stand. I highly
recommend it to anyone who wants to understand concepts
like assets, liabilities, earnings, inventory and notes
payable. You'll learn about advertising, borrowing money,
purchasing inventory, and selling as well as create
and understand an income statement and balance sheet,
track inventory using LIFO and FIFO, and create cash
statements and understand cash flow and liquidity. A
simplified approach that works, especially for the Visual
and Kinesthetic learner.
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