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From: Julie in MN (
Subject:         Big fans here!
Date: August 3, 2009 at 10:33 am PST

In Reply to: Math Relief posted by Lisa on August 1, 2009 at 8:32 pm:

We're big fans of Math Relief here! My older dd had a breakthrough like the PP described. My youngest ds is going to do it this year in 8th grade.

Here is a review I wrote for someone else a couple years ago, when everything was fresh in my mind:

Yes, MathRelief is a ma-and-pa operation & they don't have fancy samples. Here is something I wrote about it for someone else:

Mr. Firebaugh is very basic, sort of a Mr. Rogers type. And if everyone on the planet is gifted in just one area, then Mr. Firebaugh is gifted in making sense of Algebra!

Here is what you get with Math Relief:

1. Complete lessons on video for every day of the week. It starts out about 15 minutes per day, and some of the later ones are longer. Video is nice because you can back up, repeat, put on hold, etc.

2. Worksheets. There are on average 2-3 pages per lesson (per day). The problems are already written out, so the student doesn't have to copy them down. They can just go straight to *solving* them. The problems are written in the same handwriting as the teacher writing on the video.

3. Answer key. This is the exact same pages as the worksheets, with all the problems worked out completely from start to finish. Occasionally there are extra "helpful hints" added in the margins as well.

Math Relief makes algebra so understandable. He begins by explaining all the components of a complete term. Every term has a +/- sign (even if it's assumed +), etc. Then he just shows how you can move your terms around the equation. He always teaches beyond the test so the test seems easy. He teaches from the basics (pre-algebra) & on into very high algebra skills.

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