This week's topic for the Virtual Curriculum Fair is "Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and some Science. This theme can include anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.)."
We love science in our house and I have a few posts about out Physics studies in the following posts:
- Not Back to School Blog Hop - Curriculum Week
- Weekly Wrap-up week ending 08/06/10
- Busy Hands Make Busy Minds
- Physics Class - K'nex Education
Christopher started the year doing Teaching Textbook Geometry. Nathan did the same curriculum a few years ago. Christopher was really struggling. He was using the CD's and even that did not seem to help. I went overs his errors with him and tried to help. Things were better for a little while then he really started to struggle. I had talked with a friend and she had suggested that we do the curriculum but skip the proofs if we had to, but not to change curriculum. I took her suggestion and it did not really seem to help at all. He was still struggling. I did terrible with High School level geometry when I took it and so I could sympathize. We do not encourage our children to give up on things but some times we just have to do what WE think is best for our students. After talking it over several times with my husband and praying about it we decided to switch Christopher over to Key To Geometry and Patty Paper Geometry.
We already had the Patty Paper Geometry book, I just had to make copies of the parts of the lessons. As for the Key To Geometry we ordered the Student books, except for book 8 (I already had that one). I already had the books with the Answers and Notes because this was the curriculum we used for our non-math oriented girls when they were doing school.
"Sketch and carefully label each figure. 3. Equilateral triangle DOT with L, I, and P the midpoints of DO, OT, and DT, respectively and segments LI, IP, and LP."There should be lines over the letters for the segments but I could not figure out how to get my computer keyboard to let me put them in. Christopher did a great job on this. You can see the lines from where he folded the paper to make the equilateral triangle and to find the midpoints. He labeled everything correctly. If you would like to see the picture larger just click on it... it should open in a new tab so you don't loose your place here. This was investigation 4 out of the 12 in the book. I am spreading the lessons out through the year between doing booklets of the Key To Geometry. I hope getting to see an example of one part of an exercise helps you understand how this curriculum works. If you have questions, just ask.
Christopher is also doing Key to Geometry® from Key Curriculum Press. Key To Geometry is listed for grades 4-12. Most people would not count it as a math course for the college bound student but so far none of our children are interested in college. When they finish, students have been introduced to 134 geometric terms. It says they are now ready to handle proofs. I just don't see the need for it now. Christopher is doing really well with these 2 curricula. If Christopher changes his mind later he can pick up extra Math if he needs to. If he has a goal and needs more math then he will apply himself and get it done. When we add in the Patty Paper Geometry I think it is fine... more than fine. I do not remember any of the Geometry that I had and never found a use for it. Nathan made it through the Teaching Textbooks Geometry but the girls did this Key to and we did what we thought was best for our kids.
The Patty Paper Geometry page of the website says,
"Use Patty Paper Geometry as a supplement to your geometry program or even as a major course of study."I think, combining the 2 programs, that it is enough geometry for my son. I can tell you one thing for sure... we are both a lot less frustrated and he is learning.
Get more information from the publisher, Key Curriculum Press, HERE
or check out this link to Amazon Patty Paper Geometry
Get Patty paper from Key Curriculum Press, or get some from Amazon, HERE.
Or check out the same products at my favorite company Rainbow Resource.
Now here is your chance to check out some more Math/Logic/Science posts. This is a Virtual Curriculum Fair and there are a bunch of us participating. Click on the first one to get started or click on the one after mine if you already did the first few or just click a random one... whatever floats your boat!
Math Lapbooks---Virtual Curriculum Fair Week 2 Angie Wright @ Petra School
Virtual Curriculum Fair Week Two: Discover Patterns, Mathematics, Logic and Some Science by Leah @ The Courtney Six Homeschool
Our Choices For Math by Melissa @ Grace Christian Homeschool
A Magnificent Math Manipulative by Letha Paulk @ justpitchingmytent
Our Math Choices - Virtual Curriculum Fair by Tristan @ Our Busy Homeschool
Math Literature?!?! by Christine @ Crunchy Country Catholic
Learning Math at My House by Jessica @ Modest Mama
Math Using Hamburger Paper by Debbie @ Debbie's Digest THIS IS ME>>> YOU ARE HERE
Math Facts or Fun? Why Not Both! by Beth @ Ozark Ramblings
Heart of Dakota- The Fine Details- Part 2 Science by Lynn @ Ladybug Chronicles
Learning Math Block by Block by Laura O in AK @ Day by Day in Our World
Plugging Along with Math by Cindy Horton @ Fenced in Family
What's Working and What's Not: Math Edition by Leann @ Montessori Tidbits
Math Anyone? by Cindy @ For One Another
Ahh, Math. by Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Flying Without a Parachute: Math with no Curriculum by Pam @ Everyday Snapshots
Math in Our Homeschool by Christine T @ Our Homeschool Reviews
Math, Math, and More Math by Dawn Chandler @ tractors & tire swings
Thinking Mathematically- How I Choose Math Curriculum by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset
Discovering Patterns: Math, Logic, and Some Science by Christa Darr @ Fairfield Corner Academy
The Science of Math by Brenda Emmett @ Garden of Learning
"Mom, did we do math today?" by Chrissy at Learning is an Adventure
Math, Math, and More Math by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
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