Do you have a favorite teacher? What about a least favorite? A good teacher can make a difficult subject make sense and a bad teacher can make you hate even your favorite subject. Am I right??
My College Algebra teacher was t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e. He used to talk about how math was like a banana hanging from the ceiling, and we were all gorillas trying to reach it. He said he was going to push a chair under the banana for us. What?! Yeah, that was my reaction too. That story is the only thing I remember from his class.
We’ve been using a new math curriculum that I love, and my math-gifted-but-non-math-loving son “likes better than anything else” we’ve used. (It is still math, after all). And his reason why? The teacher.
We were given access to the Mr. D online curriculum and I’m being compensated for my time writing this review. All opinions are mine.
Mr. D. Math
With Mr. D. Math you have the choice of working online independently, or participating in online class sessions. We’re using the self-paced online curriculum and I’d recommend this to anyone without hesitation. I’ve written before about the path we’ve taken with math in our homeschool. Some of the curriculum we’ve used has been good, some not so good. Mr. D Math is the best.
What I Like
- Getting set up was easy, and communication with the folks at Mr. D Math has always been a pleasure.
- When you register, you get an email with a list of video tutorials on how to do everything you need to on their site.
- I like that on each lesson page the video, lesson problems, and answer key are all right there.
- After completing the assignment, there’s a short, 5 question, quiz to check for understanding. (And they don’t tell you the correct answers for missed items on the quizzes so you can go back and retake it!)
- The online grade book is easy for parents to access and track.
- Most of all…I’m thrilled that my son UNDERSTANDS what he’s doing.
We’re using this curriculum slightly differently, as my son took Algebra 2 previously (ableit he didn’t learn a lot). He is currently studying to take the College Algebra CLEP test, and we had been jumping around to different resources to help him prepare. We are so thankful to have found Mr. D Math. We used the Semester 1 test as a tool to determine areas that my son needed more work on. We then went back and completed those lessons. We’re currently working through areas of Semester 2 that need work. I am certain that Mr. D Math has helped him prepare for this test better than any other resource we’ve used.
I’ll be honest, I’ve struggled with my kids’ high school math (and I taught adult GED classes for a number of years). I was capable to teach and help with Algebra 1 and even Geometry. But I do not remember a lot from Algebra 2/College Algebra and am not much help. We have been blessed with a gifted tutor. But it’s not her job to find curriculum, nor does she have time to teach and go through every topic. And, as much as she likes us, she’s not here every day.
What My Son Likes
Compared to other math curriculum we’ve used, I have heard no complaining about Mr. D Math. When I asked my son to tell me why he likes this curriculum, here’s what he told me:
- The teacher makes it easy to understand.
- He talks to you like you’re really there.
- The problems in the assignment are like the ones in the video. (You’d be surprised how often this is not the case. If you’ll remember, we had issues with this in more than one other curriculum).
- The teacher is engaging, but not trying so hard to entertain you that he’s irritating. (We’ve also seen that…painful!)
My favorite description that he used:
There’s just more “life” to this curriculum somehow.
The Best Online Math
You can learn more about Mr. D Math at the following links. On their site, you can also watch sample videos to get a feel for the style of the lessons.
Oh how I wish we’d have found Mr. D Math years ago and had a consistent math path. As I said above, I can recommend this curriculum with zero hesitation. The cost is comparable to other math curriculum, but you have the added option of connecting with a real person, who happens to be a gifted teacher.
Please check it out!!
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