Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Math Tutor

Is there anything more likely to strike fear in the heart of a homeschool mom than the subject of math? ...Well, I guess that depends on the homeschool mom. But universally, we all know that "math" is a word that makes many of us tremble.

Now, I'll be honest. Since my oldest is only in 2nd grade, I've yet to feel unequipped to handle the subject of math. Thankfully, I am actually prepared to teach 3 digit addition and beginning multiplication. However, I know the day is coming when tears will flow in frustration over the inability to understand a new math tears that is.

Luckily, I now know that I will only need to take a deep breath and pop in a Math Tutor DVD. Math Tutor offers affordable DVDs on many math subjects from basic math to calculus to physics (um, am I the only one who thought that was science?). The average length of a course is 8 hours and most of the courses cost $26.99.

Here are the two DVDs that our family received and what they include:

The Basic Math Word Problem Tutor
Disc 1
Section 1: Adding Whole Numbers
Section 2: Subtracting Whole Numbers
Section 3: Multiplying Whole Numbers
Section 4: Dividing Whole Numbers
Section 5: Adding Decimals
Section 6: Subtracting Decimals
Section 7: Multiplying Decimals
Section 8: Dividing Decimals
Disc 2
Section 9: Adding Fractions
Section 10: Subtracting Fractions
Section 11: Multiplying Fractions
Section 12: Dividing Fractions
Section 13: Percents, Part 1
Section 14: Percents, Part 2
Section 15: Ratio and Proportion

The Algebra 2 Tutor
Disc 1
Section 1: Graphing Equations
Section 2: The Slope Of A Line Section
3: Writing Equations Of Lines
Section 4: Graphing Inequalities
Section 5: Solving Systems Of Equations By Graphing
Section 6: Solving Systems Of Equations By Substitution
Section 7: Solving Systems Of Equations By Addition
Disk 2
Section 8: Solving Systems Of Equations In Three Variables
Section 9: Simplifying Radical Expressions.
Section 10: Add/Subtract Radical Expressions.
Section 11: Multiply/Divide Radical Expressions.
Section 12: Solving Equations With Radicals.
Section 13: Fractional Exponents.
Section 14: Solving Polynomial Equations.
Section 15: The Quadratic Formula.

Jason Gibson is the very competent instructor (read his credentials here). He slowly and effectively explains each problem, using many examples without lecturing. There's no fancy cinematography or animations here. The camera stays in one place: directly in front of Mr. Gibson and his whiteboard.

Honestly, I figured my son would find this video quite boring. Surprisingly, he didn't. He actually enjoyed sitting in front of the screen, notebook in hand, working the word problems along with the instructor. Really. Enjoyed. I'm looking into the possibility of him being switched at birth.

We've yet to be able to use much of these DVDs in our homeschool since our kids are really too young for them just yet. But for now I am simply breathing a sigh of relief that this product is out there. I can certainly use all the math help I can get.

Math Tutor DVDs can be purchased from their website individually or in bundles. You can read other reviews of this product at the TOS Crew Blog.

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1 comment:

  1. I read Jenn's blog and when I saw your comment about pregnancy I had to come check out your blog :) I am also due in September and I feel the exact same way!! I am not worried about another baby (this will be my third) I am worried about my stupid weight. GRRRR.

    Thank you for being honest, I love your blog!



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