I'm a home school Mom and my youngest has ADHD. We struggled with Algebra last year, and I wasn't satisfied with her progress. I decided to have her repeat the course. We like the workbook style textbooks. The text comes in short bursts, and there is plenty of practice. We also like the way basic math skills are incorporated to keep the skills sharp. She's doing so much better the second time around using this curriculum. I'm so glad I found it!
My son has had some experience with algebra in 7th grade public school. I bought Saxon Math Algebra 1/2 and found it to be extremely dry and hard for us to follow. I used a Spectrum Algebra workbook ($12 at B&N), which I found to be an effective temporary solution until we found LifePac math.
The LifePac math curriculum works well for my son. We use YouTube videos for instruction from time to time, but usually a quick glance of the newly introduced step is enough for him to grasp the lesson. Some sections have a lot of practice problems, so I let him do the odd number problems and only the even if he needs more practice. We started doing the first half (ex. 1-5 of 10 problems), but the problems sometimes increase in difficulty towards the end of the practice section. I love the teacher's manual because it shows all of the work. I am a humble mouthpiece when it comes to math instruction. With this teacher's manual, i can write out all the steps and let my son break them down for me.
My son doesnt like to 'show work,' so I bought a dry erase board at the dollar store and he'll show me his work on that without messing up his paper. He shows his work on chapter tests, but not on daily assignments. If he misses a practice question, i have him show his work on the dry erase board and he finds his mistake rather quickly.
Excellent as a primary math book, and the teacher's guide has all the ideas you would need for anything "extra", based on the student's needs. Combining the Grade 9 with the Grade 10 Lifepac Math is also an excellent idea, depending on your classes motivation and progress.
This is my first time to use the Lifepac curriculum and I must say I am very pleased with it. The lessons are very easy to understand. I have ordered this for a refresher for my daughter over the summer. I will most likely be using this curriculum for all of her subjects in the fall.