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January 18, 2012

Algebra Made Simple


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I meet many moms who are nervous about homeschooling based on one thing: higher math. Or others believe that because they are not good at math, they can only homeschool through elementary or junior high, but never through high school. I have living proof that children can learn math even without our help. I have two boys who learned algebra on their own at home, without me teaching them. They both had computer CDs that walked them through every math step because I couldn't. They then went on to take college algebra and both received an A.


If you are one of those moms who thinks you can't teach your children, believe me, you will do just fine. There are tons of resources available to help you with math and every other subject out there. We have had math products reviewed by moms just like you and have found hundreds of wonderful helps.


I believe that as you obey God and teach your children at home, He provides the wisdom, direction, and help you need. And I believe He rewards obedience with results. He truly is a rewarder of those who obey him, and He rewards those who diligently seek Him. May we be both, as we trust God with algebra and everything else that makes us anxious.

Is algebra too hard? Make it simple, by trusting God to lead you to the right tools, and then dig in.


Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7

~ Deborah



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Gena is taking a break to concentrate on magazine business. Veteran homeschool parents will be filling in for her from time to time. This week's article is by Tia Linschied who lives in Central Oregon with her husband and four children, two of whom are homeschool graduates. She enjoys writing, reading, camping in an RV, and studying God's Word.




The easiest way to do algebra is to first teach your children how to work on their own. By the time my two oldest reached seventh-grade math, I handed them the teacher's guide and said, "There you go. Have at it."


That may seem strange to some, but I'd been teaching from the textbook for a number of years, had taught my girls how to follow directions, to read, and to ask questions if you didn't understand those directions. I had also taught them that if you really want to learn something you will have to go at it yourself, because I don't know how to knit, ride a horse, or a great many other things they developed interest in-including algebra. Learning is their responsibility; my responsibility is to give them the tools.  


Now you may be thinking, "That's all fine and dandy for you, but I have a child who has some problems." I have children like that too, but that doesn't change the roles of responsibility. You can lead a child to the curriculum, but you can't make her learn from it if she doesn't want to. Obviously that's where knowing how your child learns is important, as well as finding curriculum and/or other fascinating books that totally draws them in and tricks them into enjoying learning. That's why homeschooling's cool! 


Take a look at these resources that can help your child look at math (algebra) differently.

Last, but not least, a tutor is a pretty simple solution. The only problem may be in finding one, and for cheap! Usually a friend, grandparent, uncle, or even one of your older children can help. They've all helped me! 






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Okay, I'm just going to say it. I've wanted to for a long time, but I knew I might unleash a firestorm of militant homeschool moms. But I don't care anymore. It's the way I feel, and it's a free country. So brace yourself . . . here it is:


I think algebra is DUMB!


There, I said it! Now, just to qualify my statement, I know there are some out there who use algebra every day and who have been gifted by God in mathematics. That's the minority. The vast majority don't get algebra and never use it (don't write me and tell me how we use it all the time to figure 

out . . . blah blah blah blah blah). Most of us don't use algebraic equations to find out unknown distances, weights, or measurements-we just use good old common sense.

To me, the question begs to be asked, "Then why does EVERYONE think they have to teach algebra to non-math-destined kids?"


The correct answer: BECAUSE*.


I think that's a DUMB answer and we as homeschoolers can decide for ourselves whether we want to teach our children algebra.


I took algebra, advanced algebra, and even advanced calculus in college, and I couldn't solve a simple algebra problem today to save my life. That's because algebra is DUMB (or maybe it's me who's dumb)!


That said, our kids have taken algebra with the magical aid of Teaching Textbooks. (What can I say? My wife is a math person.) My kids love it . . . but I still think algebra is dumb.


Be Real,




*I know some states require algebra.



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Famous Figures of Medieval Times


I am such a fan of homeschool product and curriculum providers who do things beautifully and well, providing quality materials for us and our students to learn from and enjoy. Cathy Diez-Luckie's Famous Figures of Medieval Times from is a resource that fits all of the above qualifications; at once educational and beautiful, it is put together of quality binding and has a lovely presentation. The book is recommended for ages 6 to 12, and I'd definitely agree with that recommendation; the figures appeal to a wide range.


I was first made aware of Cathy's Famous Figures books when I was perusing the vendor hall at a local homeschooling convention, and I was immediately drawn to her booth by what was obviously a quality product. Cathy was there, helpfully answering questions and demonstrating her other products, Famous Figures of Ancient Times,Famous Figures of the American Revolution, and Dinosaurs on the Move. In addition to her books, she provides the correct-sized hole punch you'll need as well as paper fasteners to do the projects right. Consider purchasing them from her to save yourself the headache of trying to find just the right one. (. . .)


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