Instruction…Algebra I is described below
…Algebra II is organized in a similar fashion
…Geometry is organized in a single phase
…Trigonometry is organized in textbook-type instruction as a 1-Semester course
THREE PHASES = ONE FULL YEAR FOR OUR ALGEBRA I COURSE
Normally, we include printed worksheets and solution keys (800 pages), but with the Budget Plan, those are placed on CDs to view on your computer. The full course contains 23 DVDs for both plans.
Solution Keys include every step of every exercise, making it easy for students and supervisors to trace the solutions.
Each course contains algebra equations, algebra math applications, and algebra problems with numerous algebra examples and algebra worksheets that have step-by-step answers.
Each phase of the Algebra I course constitutes about 10-12 weeks of study, or roughly 1/3 of the school year. Each phase comes complete with nearly 50 video lessons, 50 assignments and tests, and 50 answer and solutions keys-approximately 250 pages of instructional material– everything you need for a stand-alone curriculum.
1) Phase 1 – The Basics of Algebra
This covers the major topics needed to understand algebra. Many schools do not cover material beyond this level in an entire year. This phase can be used in a pre-algebra situation and is currently used as early as 6th-grade level.
2) Phase 2 – Continuation of the Basics
Additional concepts are presented to supplement the basics, topics which are valuable for success in future math courses and are needed to fully understand the subject of algebra. For students who work slowly, Phases 1 and 2 could constitute a full year of credit in Algebra I. However, the next phase, Phase 3, contains “Coordinate Geometry”, a topic which is heavily emphasized on SAT/ACT and College Entrance testing.
3) Phase 3 – Advanced Topics
This phase provides material which prepares the student for additional work in mathematical subjects, including “Completing the Square,” “the Quadratic Formula,” “Simultaneous Equations,” and “Coordinate Geometry.” For students who do not purchase Phase 3, the lessons which are related to “Coordinate Geometry” have been extracted and placed in a special course in the Geometry section.
FIVE WAYS TO USE EACH PHASE
1) As a core curriculum
The DVD’s can be used either with or without a teacher; the course is comprehensive, without need for additional instruction. However, we strongly recommend supervision as a source of motivation (most students tend to require encouragement to study mathematics, as well as other academic subjects).
2) As a curriculum supplement
There are many good programs of study available from Christian suppliers. But, sometimes students have difficulty reading a textbook and understanding mathematical concepts. Students can then locate corresponding subject matter on the DVD’s to receive verbal explanation of the topic.
3) As a tutoring tool
When a student becomes confused and seems “lost”, these DVD’s are an excellent resource for the comprehension of algebra concepts.
4) As a means of variety
This is particularly needed for students who use individualized curriculums. Boredom and lack of self-motivation are probably the greatest enemies which stand in the path of success for these students.
5) As additional practice exercises
There are thousands of sample problems, covering every type of situation which arises for any given concept. And every exercise is accompanied by a detailed solution, helping the student to trace the steps that are required to get the answer.
FOR ALGEBRA II, GEOMETRY & TRIGONOMETRY COURSES, GO TO “COURSE CONTENT” ON THE MENU
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