VideoText Interactive tackles algebra through a different lens! With Algebra: A Complete Course, your homeschool student will save time and frustration by completing Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, & Algebra 2 consecutively in short, easy-to-manage lessons.
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The following post and video were made as a collaboration between VideoText Interactive and It’s a Joyous Journey. We received Algebra: A Complete Course in return for providing this honest content related to our personal experiences with the product.
Can I make a confession? Nobody in my house likes algebra!
We’ve always used a mastery approach in our homeschool, so with my two older kids, we just worked through it until they got it. And, honestly, they did a lot better than they thought they did. It just doesn’t come easily to any of us.
For my youngest child, though, math has always been particularly difficult. Her brain just doesn’t make those mathematical connections naturally. We’ve tried all the tricks. We’ve changed curriculum multiple times. Nothing has helped.
More often than not, math time has turned into a time of tears and frustration for her and for me.
We were both so nervous about algebra as she was heading into high school this year. I started searching for something…anything…that might help her be able to find success and not feel defeated every day.
I saw some positive comments about VideoText Interactive in a Facebook group, so I started researching it. It was a non-traditional approach, but we needed something different. Traditional wasn’t working for us.
After reading through all the information on their website and feeling like maybe I’d found something that my daughter could click with, I had her look at it with me.
You know what?
She was actually cautiously excited that there could be a homeschool algebra curriculum that would be a good fit for her!
That in itself was a huge win for us!
She liked that it covers all of Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2 continuously without taking a break for geometry. She had already taken Pre-Algebra, but she really couldn’t remember how to do most of it. She would definitely need a refresher. And then being able to go straight into Algebra 2 from Algebra 1 would give her a better chance at keeping the momentum going and not having to spend time re-learning things later in high school.
With that little bit of excitement brewing, I knew I had to take the leap and try VideoText Interactive!
Here in the middle of November of my daughter’s freshman year, she has finished Module A and is making good progress on Module B (of Modules A-F).
Here’s what I can tell you:
Math doesn’t ruin our day anymore.
We’ve only had one day this whole school year that she has been frustrated to the point of tears. One day! Remember…this had been an almost daily occurrence in the past! What a huge stress-reliever!
She’s finally starting to make those mathematical connections.
Algebra: A Complete Course starts from the beginning and explains the “why” of algebra, not just the “how”. It’s about learning concepts, not just memorizing procedures.
Mathematical operations are compared to the functions of grammatical elements, like nouns and verbs. So, my kid whose brain doesn’t make those mathematical connections naturally, she can understand numbers better when she relates them to the way words work to make sentences. Game changer!
She’s doing math on her own.
In the past, we both dreaded math time so much. She’d put it off until the end of the day and wouldn’t even attempt to do it on her own. I would sit with her, and we’d do every problem together. No matter how many ways I tried to explain it, it just didn’t make sense to her.
Sometimes it would take days to get through a lesson, because we could only get through a little at a time before there was an emotional breakdown. Honestly, it was causing way too much contention between us.
Now, with Algebra: A Complete Course, she is choosing to do math early in the day. She does it mostly on her own and comes to me if she needs help, which is usually only a couple of times a week. When she does ask for help, she is calm and doesn’t have that wall that seemed to always be up before when I would try to explain things to her.
We can have conversations about what she is learning, and it is very apparent to me that she’s getting it!
The short lessons make it more manageable.
As an educational psychologist, I can tell you that small chunks of information are easier for anybody to digest. If a person has learning challenges in a particular area, like my daughter does with math, it’s even more important not to overwhelm them with more information than they can process in one sitting.
The instructional videos for each lesson are short (I think they’re typically 5-7 minutes). They introduce one new concept and then the student puts that concept into practice.
There aren’t as many problems in the daily lessons as you will find in most high school math curricula, and it is only recommended that the student do either the odd or the even problems in one day. They should, however, write out all of their work for each problem.
This gives the opportunity to catch and correct mistakes early on, so the student is not working out loads of problems without ever knowing they’re doing something wrong until it’s too late to correct it. My daughter checks her own work each day, so she can see where she made mistakes and how to correct them.
Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of options for more practice, if it’s needed. I’m sure we’ll be utilizing more of the practice sheets as my daughter moves into the more advanced modules.
She loves the Course Notes!
Traditionally, a student would be expected to take notes during a lecture to use later when they’re doing their independen