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For next year, when my daughter will be approximately in Grade 6, I'm looking for a math program that she will be able to use more or less on her own. I am going to very busy with our home business this fall, and I'd like to know she can do most of her schoolwork on her own even if I don't have time to do a lesson with her. She enjoys working independently anyway.<br><br>
She's quite good at math, and the program we are using right now (Jump Math, which follows the Ontario curriculum) she doesn't like, because it breaks things down into ridiculously little steps. We ended up skipping a lot of the workbooks before they were so annoyingly easy for her.<br><br>
I am considering Teaching Textbooks, because I know she could do that program on her own, but because of comments I've read about it, I'm concerned that it might be too repetitive for her, or move too slowly.<br><br>
So I guess I am looking for a math program that does not move too slowly, and is not too easy, but that does not require a great deal of parental involvement. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!
 

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How about the life of fred books? I have heard many good things about these--but we haven't tried them yet. My dd will be in 5th next year and we will use life of fred and real life math. I am expecting her to be able to do the life of fred with little to no help from me.<br><br>
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Singapore? It's cheap and my 8 yr old pretty much does her by herself. The textbooks explaint the lessons, workbook exercises reinforce without overkill. We skip the reviews sometimes if she really has a grasp of the concept. I've also found that it doesn't break things down too dramatically that its boring for my a-bit-advanced 3rd grader.<br><br>
You'll want to have her take the placement tests though, as Singapore is a bit advanced from what I've been told.
 

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The only problem is that Singapore Primary Math only goes up to Grade 6, so if your dd is a bit advanced she would need one of the Elementary (Grades 7-10) programs. They are quite well laid out and are amenable to self-teaching; however they are dense and college-like in their presentation style and seem better suited to older kids if used independently. My 11yo is doing Singapore NEM2 now and managing it fine, but a year ago she found the presentation style too intimidating.<br><br>
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My son is using Aleks math (aleks.com) for now and is enjoying it. He's finishing up the 5th grade class right now. If your dd is good at math, I think it could work for what you're looking for. I don't think it would be good for a struggling student, because if you don't "get" their explanation, there's no alternative. Anyhow, it's all online, no text, assesses at the begining so they don't have to backtrack to things they already know, you only have to answer three or so questions right in a row to move on to something new, etc.
 

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I've heard really good things about Aleks for some kids. I think it's pretty much entirely independent, and then the parent can log on to receive evaluations.
 

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Thank you, everyone! I'm going to look into all your suggestions right now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know what it's like now, but I did Saxon math at home when I was 8 and 13. I loved it and did it all on my own.</div>
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definitely saxon. it's ideal for a self-guided student. it's quite traditional, if that works.
 
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