I know I'm about to sound like a broken record, but if I was a Super Hero....Math would be my Arch Nemesis! I have a huge mental block and that's not a good thing when you are Homeschooling a High Schooler. That being said, Mahala suffers from the same mental block. She get's overwhelmed, shuts down, gets angry and then gives up. We have tried a few Math programs here and there and was happy to Review UnLock Pre-Algebra from UnLock Math. ($299 a year or $49 each month) Mahala's math history really started out smoothly. It wasn't until Algebra that she started to have some difficulty. And after a whole year of it she was 100% lost. And we realized earlier this year that she had some definite gaps that needed to be fixed if she was going to see success. And now enters UnLock Pre-Algebra.
Here is a little Sneak Peak at what your Kiddo will be learning......
Variables and Expressions
The Coordinate Plane
Probability & Stats
At first we started using it a few days a week along with her Summer math that she has been working on. But, after a week or 2 we decided to stop her current program afterwards to just focus full time 4-5 days a week on the UnLock Pre-Algebra.
UnLock Pre-Algebra is geared for Kiddos in 7th grade+ and has 16 Units that could take roughly 9 months to get through if. Since some of this has been a review for Mahala she has zipped through a few sections a little faster then if it was her first time learning. Though I have encouraged her to take it slow and store what she's learning deep into her Noggin! :) Mahala does well with physically writing down new information and seems to retain it better when doing so. One of the Fun extras with UnLock Pre-Algebra is the fact that you are able to see a fully explained answer for any of the problems your Kiddo completes and there are reference notes. On new concepts that clicks with Mahala or that she has struggled with in the past she copies these in her Math notebook.
So, let me tell you real quick how this looks....Mahala logs onto her Personalized Dashboard each day. And then that's where she gets to pick what lesson she wants to work on and then begins a short warm-up session. You know....to get the blood pumping to her brain!!!! Afterwards she get's the "Meat" she's been craving, by watching one of the videos for that day's lesson taught by Alesia Blackwood. These videos are captivating, energetic and not all sugary or watered down. That's why I called it the "Meat". After you watch the video your Kiddos will now be instructed to work on the provided practice problems along with a quick review and a challenge problem.
Will we continue using UnLock Pre-Algebra? We will definitely continue this course and will be looking into UnLock Algebra and Algebra2. Mahala and I both enjoyed that it was an actually person teaching and not a cartoon or just a voice. She felt like it was easier to stay focused and actually connect with the concept being taught. Another highlight was the process of learning the concept and that it's very independent. Having everything divided into chunks or pieces made it flow and easy to keep up with. And having the automatic grading and progress reports made my life insanely easier. Did Mahala reach some sort of "Light Bulb" moment? Well, I think she has been able to see where her mistakes are, her Dad and I have been able to see exactly where the hick-ups are. I feel like with UnLock Pre-Algebra she will be able to get to where she needs to be to finish out the last few years of High School math....that's good enough for me!
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