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Re: Pre-Algebra in 9th Grade

Originally Posted by

**Cindy in Indy**
It is best to complete algebra2 *before* taking chemistry.

Yes. This.

Cindy, everything you said was gold, but especially the above. And Jen? Completing though chemistry as a 12 grader is a very substantial outcome in my opinion, especially with physics early in the sequence. Just saying.

Cindy's advice is great, and probably the way you are going to go. I can think of another way to do it, but it will take effort on your part and some nerves of steel. It's the way I would have solved the situation myself, since I am daring with non-standard solutions. IF you were to hire a tutor/intensively tutor the students (you or your husband) on your own, it would be possible to "review" prealgebra for some part of the SY, then move the students into Alg I even in this year, working a bit intensively to make good progress in this SY. THEN, the following year, the students could move from completing Alg I into Alg II, thereby completing algebra in two school years (spring of 2020). Here's why that might work:

1. Pre-algebra is a made up term. There is no scope and sequence for this course, it is an idea. *Generally* it covers fractions, percents, and decimals. It covers word problems (distance/rate/time, etc) of the simpler variety and introduces "X". Depending on which text you are using, it can include MORE since it is a made-up term, but it is at the bottom, a review of arithmetic while moving the student toward actual mental problem solving (and introducing the idea of X). Your kids wouldn't *have* to complete the entire pre-algebra text in order to move to Alg I.

2. Algebra itself is only a 1.5 year study. Yep, it's true. Basically, algebra is "too big" for one year of study, but it also doesn't have to take two full years to cover algebra concepts. Alg II usually contains a nice, long review of Alg I, then moves into new content, then heads toward Trig. So, it's entirely possible to segue a student, if necessary, through the approximately 1.5 years that algebra actually takes if you are willing to keep your eyes on the prize. BTW, it was my MIT kid who pointed all this out to me back in the day (his email was "allofthemaths" for many years, ha, ha).

Undoubtedly,if you get out your Occam's Razor, Cindy's solution is the more straightforward and simplest for you. The above is a bit higher-risk-higher-reward. I don't think you can go wrong with either, although in the above MPOA can't take over until the students get to Alg II.

Isn't homeschooling fun?!

Jen

Last edited by Jen (formerly) in Japan; 08-21-2018 at 07:24 AM.

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