Thursday, September 1, 2016

Accelerate Your Homeschool High School Math


WHAT DOES YOUR CHILD PLAN TO DO AFTER HIGH SCHOOL?
Depending on what field of interest they have, math can play a major part in their success in college.

If they are pursing a Bachelor's of Arts Degree that supports fields in Business, Economics, Socialogy, Psychology then they would only require MATH up to ALG 2 and TRIG

If they are pursuing a Bachelor's in Engineering, Computers, Technology then MATH up to CALCULUS is necessary.

No College (like decide to go in the Military, work a non-technical job) then I'd say at least take them through Geometry and Algebra 1 which are both math's that we use in everyday thinking.

FIRST STEP: Look at the local colleges or universities and see what they require for each type of degree program as far as Math goes and that will give you an idea of what to have your child complete.

PRE-CALCULUS and CALCULUS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT in most majors.
However, ALGEBRA 1 and 2, TRIGONOMETRY and GEOMETRY are the least amount of math that 'most' college majors require.

OUR DISCOVERY

After graduating a Homeschool student and now having one doing Dual Enrollment, I finally feel comfortable sharing their MATH PATH to college.

Each child seemed to gravitate towards the sciences. However, when we began homeschooling I found they all had the below challenges.

CHALLENGES WITH MATH:

1) Forget accuracy, recall and math rules from Basic Math taken up to 8th Grade.
2) Solidification of Algebra and Geometry Facts
3) Having to take College Accuplacer Exam which is a College Entry Exam that reviews students Basic Math, Geometry, Algebra and Trigonometry - which most students forget the Basic Math, Geometry and some Trig by the time they take the test

SOLUTION:

1) Build in a curriculum of review
2) Once student knows the information - test out of the College course or take the College Class for that subject

OUR FAMILY MATH PATH and Curriculum that WORKED BEST FOR US
The Trick:
*Teach Each Math Topic Area In a Different Method/Curriculum
*Keep Math Review Lessons under 20 minutes
*Separate each Math Course for the Day with 2 Other Courses
 Only Go Up To Math that is required for your child's desired area for College Study


2 comments:

  1. Great post! What do you think about math for a future art school student or English major?

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  2. For an art student, I'd say go as far as Alg1 and Geometry. However, make sure they have a firm grasp on both. My daughter (the youngest) does a lot of art and it surprises me how much Geometry she actually uses.

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