Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Oh, Fred, how we have missed you ...
Fred showed back up at our house on Monday. And we were so happy! Dawson did three texts of Life of Fred last year: Decimals and Percents, Fractions, and Pre-Algebra with Biology. He started Beginning Algebra with the Home Companion yesterday. I love the way it is set up. The text has long(er) chapters than the previous texts. At the end of each chapter there are about 20 questions. Then there are about 5 or 6 "cities" to visit with more practice problems.
Each day you do a lesson out of the Home Companion. It tells you how many pages of the chapter to read in the text and then gives you some practice problems to do. Eventually it will tell you to do the 20 questions at the end of the chapter in the text. Then it will assign you a certain number of cities to visit with practice questions to answer.
There are 108 Lessons. Gone is the argument that there are not enough practice problems. Once Beginning Algebra is completed, we will move on to Advanced Algebra. He should be able to complete both those texts this year. Then he can do a full year of Teaching Textbooks Algebra next year. That will give him, what I would consider, credits for Algebra 1 and Algebra 2. His junior year he can tackle Geometry. Then we'll decide what to do with his senior year .. maybe dual enrollment at the community college to get College Algebra out of the way.
All I know is the stress of algebra is gone now that Fred is back in our home.