When it comes to teaching High School Math, I prefer to use video-based instruction such as Algebra 1 from Thinkwell. Our high school-aged daughter prefers to do any other subject more than math, so I am always on the hunt for math programs that will help her understand mathematics. I am so glad we had the opportunity to review this program. Because we already had another math program she was using, we utilized this program as a supplement to what she was already doing. So I wanted her to aim to use this program three times a week. This online program can be accessed anywhere at any time.
Thinkwell Press offers online homeschool programs for grades six through Calculus. In addition to the mather courses, they also offer a selection of science and economics honors courses. The courses are video-based and are taught by award-winning professors. The Algebra I course is taught by Professor Edward Burger. As a parent, I appreciate how clearly he speaks and how everything he does is explained and illustrated. Placement tests are available so you can make sure your child begins at the right level for them.
I love the convenience of our daughter being able to watch the videos and do the exercises. Then if she should encounter any difficulties, she can come to her father or me. The videos are clear, concise, and do an excellent job of explaining what the students will be doing. As a former math teacher, and someone who loves math, I appreciate the fact the problems being demonstrated correspond to what our daughter has to do on her own.
The course is broken down into sections that cover:
- Foundations for Algebra
- Equations, Proportions, and Percents
- Linear Functions
- Systems of Equations and Equalities
- Exponents and Polynomials
- Factoring Polynomials
- Quadratic Functions and Equations
- Data Analysis and Probability
I love how our family had the ability to jump around in the course to the sections our daughter needed to work on. I also appreciated the fact that the online exercises for the sections we worked on could be printed and worked out on paper prior to completing the answers on the computer. Another handy feature is the fact that real-time feedback is given. So when our daughter put in her answer for a problem, she immediately knew if she got it right or wrong. But in addition to just saying if the answer is right or wrong, the solution is also displayed which helps ensure your child can see what they needed to do if they got the problem wrong. In addition to worksheets and exercises, there are also review exercises and their answer keys provided.
Another feature I really appreciate is the fact that the transcripts of each lesson are provided. So families can print them out for the student to refer back to if they have encountered any difficulties.
So if your family is looking for an online math program, check out the High School Math, programs including Algebra 1 from Thinkwell. Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing Algebra I along with other grade levels and courses from Thinkwell Press, so check out their reviews by clicking here or on the graphic below.