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Beginning and Intermediate Algebra: textbook, workbook and solutions manual; there are also videos by topic
Algebra 1: SAS Curriculum Pathways
Beginning Algebra: Saylor Academy.
Algebra and Geometry: Hippocampus
Algebra 1 Modules: From NY State Education Dept.
Algebra 1 Online: Henrico County Public Schools
Algebra 2 Online: Henrico County Public Schools
Geometry Online: Henrico County Public Schools
Algebra 1, 2, Geometry: Math Planet
Algebra 1 and 2: Open High School of Utah
Calculus 1: Mooculus.
Georgia Virtual Learning: This site has a number of online high school math courses that can be accessed for free.
Curriki Courses:
Algebra 1: This is a full course, broken into modules, so you can use it in its entirety, or just the parts you want. The course includes lesson plans, with links to related Khan Academy videos, worksheets and assessments with their answer keys, and each unit ends with a realworld project.
Geometry: The course is modular, so it can be used to supplement an existing Geometry program, or serve as the main curriculum. It's projectbased, emphasizing realworld examples, such as using Geometry to create architectural designs for an apartment or house, or designing a floor plan that maximizes open space and natural light.
Calculus: Covers Limits & Continuity, Derivatives, Applications of Derivatives, Integrals, and Applications of Integrals. Includes links to workbooks and videos.
Math Video Library: Visit Mathispower4u.com for video tutorials in Algebra 1 and 2, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus.
(If you know of any other free math courses, please list in the comment section).



Hope you are having a swell summer. After a grueling week in Orlando, I'm happy to get back to the more relaxing (and definitely less taxing) resource planning for the upcoming school year.
For those of you also in planning mode, here are some high school materials you may find useful:
Prentice Hall Algebra 2: So far, I've homeschooled two children at the high school level, and have used a variety of math resource types, including textbookbased (with a hodgepodge of videos not specifically correlated to the text); CDROMbased lessons with textbook from a homeschool academy; and totally online courses with no textbook at all. I have found that my high schoolers, although typical "cybergeneration," actually prefer hardcopy when it comes to certain things, math being one of them. So, I'm thinking of using the Prentice Hall Algebra 2 textbook, which appears comprehensive, and has a companion website with projects and realworld applications, and computerscored lesson quiz.zes, and chapter tests. In addition, here are three sites with video lessons that correlate specifically to each chapter of the Prentice Hall text.
Other Math Textbook/Video Correlations: If you are looking for teaching videos related to specific textbooks for other maths, try HippoCampus. The site has also just added an Art of Problem Solving collection with videos that break down how to solve problems.
Saylor's K12 Section: Not sure if I mentioned this before, but Saylor.org, which has hundreds of free, online, selfpaced collegelevel courses, also offers some middle and highschool courses. Currently, there are 9 of them in the areas of English Language Arts, high school math, and two "electives" (one on the Common Core and one on SAT prep).
Enjoy your summer.



It's a valid question educators are asking themselves more and more in the face of dismal test scores and the fact that many high school students have never gotten a good handle on basic math, the stuff we use everyday.
Yet despite the fact that most people will not go into engineering or use higher math in any way in their lives, it continues to be forced on students and hinders many from pursuing their true interests. Why should passing Algebra be such a determining factor in a person's future? (Homeschoolers, too, are affected by this either through state graduation requirements, or via college entrance exams).
This math teacher for the middle and high school grades doesn't think that makes any sense:
"Too many of the nation’s 14yearolds inadvertently narrow their college options before they’ve even settled into high school." The reason? They can't get past the "gateway" course, Algebra 1. Many fail a second time and never become proficient at it.
Some argue that the reason students are unsuccessful is because the course as it is generally taught is badly designed.
"Algebra, as we teach it, is a death march through endless disconnected technical tools and tips, out of context....The course has no big ideas, no direction, no purpose. And when was the last time you had to graph inequalities?"
Others argue Algebra must be taught because it is necessary for developing critical thinking. But there are alternatives, both to the way Algebra is taught, (relate it more to realworld problem solving), and for the course itself (rigorous courses in statistics and probability, or philosophy and logic to develop reasoning and analytical skills).
And wouldn't we be serving students better if we made sure they had a good, working understanding of things like decimals and percents, how to measure square footage, budgeting and personal finance, how loan amortization works  you know, some practical stuff?
I don't think Algebra and other higher maths should be scrapped completely from high school courses of study. I just don't understand why these courses are a requirement for everyone. Hopefully, this will change.
In the meantime, the next time one of your kids asks, "Why do I have to learn this?" or "What am I ever going to use this for?", here are two sites that attempt to provide some answers:
Math Apprentice
Get the Math







