tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5750282299627894194.post4778917179130092405..comments2021-02-28T00:56:00.012-08:00Comments on Mt. Hope Chronicles: Q & A ~ Part 2Heidihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/05878817427434603915noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5750282299627894194.post-13187441636482801852013-03-15T10:36:49.344-07:002013-03-15T10:36:49.344-07:00Thanks for your thoughts (and the previous comment...Thanks for your thoughts (and the previous comment) on TT. We are contemplating a switch from Horizon's. My son (2nd grade) will be going into 4th with TT. He hates math, but loves anything on the computer, and is a very auditory learner. I love reading aloud, studying history, etc., so this is a compromise. He is greatly interested in the sciences, so we might have to change paths as he gets older, but that is a way off. Your whole post encouraged me since I have 4 other little ones, another on the way, a husband who is gone 6 nights a week and is in school, and no family for 1500 miles. Math is our struggle (simple to grade 3 sets of worktexts a day is daunting!). TT it is!Jenniferhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15857239053648765920noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5750282299627894194.post-77803872775273132652013-03-15T08:42:54.826-07:002013-03-15T08:42:54.826-07:00My friend Caralyn sent me this response to the TT ...My friend Caralyn sent me this response to the TT math question:<br /><br />I'm assuming Karen is Canadian since she's used a Canadian math program and is now flipping to a US program. I'll add my 2 cents here because a) I'm Canadian b) I’ve also switched to TT and c) my oldest in in gr. 10.<br /><br />We started with Professor B and LOVED it, even though it didn't teach everything the kids would get in school (no geometry, etc). It gave a solid foundation. We then moved to LoF since my kids were a little ahead - I wanted to ensure they really understood fractions, decimals and percents and going over those concepts again in a different way was good for us. <br /><br />Since the kids seemed to like LoF, we continued with their pre-algebra books, and naturally moved to algebra. Both of my two older kids did not like LoF algebra, so I was forced to look at different choices. Honestly, I didn’t want to teach high school math because that would mean re-learning it and I hate math. Teaching Textbooks offered the best solution. Was it the best curriculum out there? No. But I know my kids, and I know that neither of the two older ones are going into university math, so it doesn’t have to be the best. It has to teach them and they need to learn. But it doesn’t have to be the best.<br /><br />Ds in gr. 8 is still ahead, taking TT’s algebra 1 this year (a gr. 9 course). He’s going into public school next year. He won’t know everything the PS kids know because he’s only done an American curriculum, though he will be ahead in algebra. I don’t really care that he won’t know everything, though! He’ll catch on as there’s lots of repetition in school. <br /><br />Dd is in gr. 10 and TT is really a great choice for her. I love that they have the answers to every question so if they get something incorrect they can go back and figure out where exactly they went wrong. <br /><br />I met with a university professor of math a few times. He taught high school teachers how to teach math. He personally felt that math was useless for students after grade 8. He said that public school math teachers are awful at teaching math to non-mathy students. They don't think like non-math kids and have a very hard time explaining themselves. He felt that unless a child was going into a math-related field, what they learn in high school was useless. <br /><br />Of course, *I* could never give it up. I loosely follow my province's curriculum (very loosely...but my kids will be doing math until at least gr. 11). I don't know where my kids are going in life, so I want them to be able to think logically and know math. HOWEVER, since in no way, at all, do I think my kids will go to university for math, having "the very best math program" really doesn't matter to me. Having a math program that doesn't make them have an emotional teenage breakdown every day is of great importance (their sanity = my sanity)! Teaching Textbooks fits that bill.<br /><br />Do what works for your family. If you like TT then keep up with it. If you child is a math prodigy you’ll easily be able to switch to a harder program. If your child is not, you’ll both be happier using what works FOR YOU, not what works for someone else, even if it’s not “the best.” <br />Heidihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/05878817427434603915noreply@blogger.com