If you are not a ‘math’ person, the idea of homeschooling through high school can feel intimidating. Impossible even. You might be asking yourself questions like,
How can I teach my kids something I don’t understand?
Even if I find a curriculum, how will I be able to answer my child’s questions?
Momma, I feel you. And I’m here to say that you can take a breath. There’s help.
You can have access to a top-notch teacher who will not only provide curriculum, but will actually teach your child. Mr. D Math is an online math program that offers so much to you and your student, and for an amazing value.
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High School Math for Homeschoolers
Finding this was such a blessing for this “not mathy” kind of homeschool mom. Over the years, we tried a lot of different math curricula all with pros and cons. The only con of Mr. D Math was that we didn’t find it sooner.
Dennis DiNoia (Mr. D) has been teaching high school math since 1988 and he is engaging and easy to understand. In other video or online curriculum we tried, instructors were either dry and a little boring, or cheesy and trying too hard to be funny. We found Mr. D to hit that perfect note of being clear in his explanations and interesting at the same time.
Mr D. Math offers courses in:
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
- Test Prep
The courses include 12 chapters of video-based instruction (Mac and PC compatible), coursework for each section of each chapter, 12 chapter tests, 2 semester exams, and a comprehensive solutions manual. Also included is an online grade book, email access to the Mr. D Math teaching staff and enrollment in the Mr. D Math virtual learning center.
You can choose to take the courses in two different ways:
- Virtual Classroom: Your students can participate in weekly online classes in a virtual classroom
- Self-Paced Course: You can access online curriculum on your own with self-paced classes
There are several options for the live classes to choose from. We did the self-paced courses and they were outstanding.
Why You’ll Love Mr. D Math
Getting set up was so easy, and the communication was always quick and clear. The self-paced courses come with a pacing guide, plus you have access to live extra help sessions throughout the year. And on top of that, Mr. D and his staff are always available to answer questions via email.
On the lesson pages, the videos, lesson problems and answer keys are all right there. And the gradebook is easy to access and track for parents. Easy peasy.
After each lesson, students take a short, 5 question quiz to check for understanding. The teacher in me adores this! I also love that they don’t give the correct answer right away so that if you miss one, you can attempt it again.
One of our favorite things was that the test questions were similar to the problems in the lessons. That might sound weird, because of course that is what you’d expect to find. But you’d be surprised how many times in previous curriculum my kids were frustrated by tests that contained problems that were far more difficult than anything they’d been practicing.
Homeschooling High School
It’s no lie that homeschooling high school is different. It’s a challenge for sure, but you don’t have to do it all. Finding tools that help you is the key to success.
Mr. D Math is a tool for success. The cost is comparable to other math curriculum, but you have the added bonus of connecting with a real person (who happens to be a gifted teacher).
I love curriculum, and there is a whole lot of quality homeschool curriculum out there. Mr. D Math remains at the top of my list of all-time favorites. I hope you’ll check it out and see if it would be a good fit for your family!
Susan Landry is a former teacher turned homeschool mom. She’s graduated two sons who are currently in college. Susan lives in Minnesota and blogs at The Sparrow’s Home about all things home: faith, family, recipes, and homeschooling and just launched Homeschool Disney, a resource for adding Disney magic to your homeschool. Her motto is: Life is hard. God is good. We need each other.
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