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Help and Hope for High School Math at Home

I chose to receive Mr. D Algebra for free, and I was compensated for the time I invested in this review. All opinions are mine and truthful; I was more than happy to review this product! 

Help and Hope for High School Math at Home; Mr D Math Algebra I Review from Walking by the Way

I am crossing over, friends. Crossing over into the world of high school homeschool math.

That statement should make me tremble a little. A few months ago that statement did make me tremble.

However, I can honestly say I'm not worried about high school math anymore. Elijah and I have spent the last month previewing Mr. D Algebra I in hopes of using it next year. The outcome? This program is a winner. We are both excited because we've found a solid, engaging program.

Mr. D Algebra I Overview

The course includes twelve chapters with multiple lessons. Each lesson consists of three components:

  • Video Instruction
     
  • Course Work 
     
  • Quiz

At the end of the chapter, students take a test. The course also includes two semester exams.

Mr. D Algebra I Course for Homeschool High School Math

Reasons We Love Mr. D Math

I have math problems, and Mr. D has solutions. He offers real help for homeschool moms who do not feel equipped for the math journey with their high school students.

Problem #1: Grading
I was constantly behind with grading Elijah's math homework and tests with his previous math program.

Solution: No More Grading!
With Mr. D Math students are responsible for grading their own daily assignments, calculating their grades, and entering grades in to the grade book. Do you feel the relief? I do! I know some of you are concerned that your student may cheat, but that is a bad idea because once the assignment is completed, your student is required to take a quiz. The computer will grade and record the quiz for you. More relief! 

An added bonus to Elijah grading his own work is that he will see his successes and failures and learn from both. 

Mr. D Algebra I Course for Homeschool High School Math

Problem #2: Lack of Study Skills
Even though Elijah has taken some outside classes, he hasn't had the opportunity to learn how to take notes.

Solution: Built in Study Skills!
Mr. D Algebra I offers you the opportunity to teach your student how to take notes.

At the beginning of each video some text flashes to remind the students to "Take great notes on what you see in this video section." Additionally, Mr. D offers printables lesson notes for the first few chapters. My suggestion is to print these pages and give your student a highlighter. Sit with him and teach him how to determine what information is valuable and needs to be recorded. Your student can use his notes to complete the course work pages. Once he has a good habit of finding the pertinent information, turn him loose with a pencil and a notebook.

He will have instant feedback about whether or not his notes were good enough because he will need the information to finish the course work pages.

Mr. D Algebra I Course for Homeschool High School Math

Problem #3: Limited Math Instruction
Elijah's previous math program offered limited weekly math instruction. Jason and I were both concerned that a mere fifteen minutes each week would not be enough instruction for higher level math for high school. 

Solution: Ample Math Instruction!
Every Mr. D Algebra I lesson includes video instruction. I took a look ahead and lessons in units 9 and 10 include as much as 35-40 minutes of instruction for ONE lesson. One day of Mr. D Math offers double (or even triple!) the amount of instruction our last math program provided in an entire week.

It's not just about quantity. Elijah told me, "Mr. D gives clear, quality instruction. And he keeps my interest." I agree with Elijah. Mr. D is a fantastic teacher; it is obvious he has a gift for teaching and a love for mathematics.

Mr. D Algebra I Course for Homeschool High School Math

Problem #4: I Am Not a Math Tutor
Sometimes Elijah has math questions, and we have a blind-leading-the-blind moment. Jason is better at being able to assist, but he is usually at work, and sometimes the math issue gets forgotten in the evening shuffle until the next day when it's the blind leading the blind again. Sound familiar?

Solution: Live Online Study Sessions!
Solution: Elijah can send Mr. D a message if he is stuck or having trouble understanding a concept. Elijah also has the opportunity to attend live study sessions twice a week. Elijah and I are both excited about these study sessions!

Mr. D Math Courses

Mr. D offers full year classes for junior high and high school as well as ACT and SAT preparation classes. If your student needs a readiness class this summer, he offers those as well. These classes are a worthwhile investment.

You can find out more at the Mr. D Math site.

Help and Hope for High School Math at Home; Mr D Math Algebra I Review from Walking by the Way

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Before Five in a Row
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Cooking Art
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Let's Make a Mess (art class)
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Letter of the Week
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Little Builders
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Little Green Thumbs
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Making Make-Believe
an introduction to storytelling and dramatic play
resource: Making Make-Believe by Mary Ann Kohl

Math Art
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Monkeys on the Move
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My Body
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Nature Detectives
resources: Summer Nature School, How to Start a Nature Study Co-op

Nursery Rhymes
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Paper Bag Books
resource used: Super Paper Bag Books
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Pet Pals
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Science Art
resource: Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art Experiences

Spanish for Fun
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Tiny Tumblers
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Wearables
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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?
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Aesop's Fables
resource: free Aesop's Fables Notebook at Homeschool Share

Ahoy Matey
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Around the World with Jan Brett
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Body Basics
Sample Syllabus for Body Basics
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Children Around the World
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Christmas Crafts and Gifts

Cook with Books
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Crazy Kid Concoctions
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Discovering Great Artists 
resource: Art Projects Inspired by Famous Artists Pinterest Board

Dr. Seuss on the Loose
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Fall Arts and Crafts

Fitness Fun
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Flat Stanley
resource: Flat Stanley Study and Lapbook

Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
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Feathered Friends
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Finger Knitting

Introduction to Dance
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LEGO Building Club
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Master Gardeners
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Move It! Move It!
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Native Americans 
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Nature Crafts
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Printmaking

Regions of the U.S.A.
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Sign Language

Story Art: Art Projects Inspired by Picture Books
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Symphony in Color
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Taekwondo
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Weather Wonders
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What's Bugging You?
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American Girls
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Ancient Science
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Backyard Ballistics
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resource: Backyard Ballistics Project Book

Basket Weaving

Beginning Beading
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Bibliovores (for kids who devour books)
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Blood and Guts 
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Calligraphy

Camping Adventure
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Candymaking
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Careers with Animals
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Caring Quilts
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Collage Art
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Cook with Books
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Cooking Around the World
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Cooking for the Family
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Creative Writing
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Crochet

Curious Research
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Dare to Draw
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Detective Science
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Digital Photography
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Discovering Great Artists 
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Down the Nile
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Drama for Divas and Dudes Part 1
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Drama for Divas and Dudes Part 2
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Face Painting

Famous Battles

First Aid

Fun with Fitness and Games
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God's Smuggler(s)
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Greek Mythology
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Heroes of the Faith
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Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution
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Indiana History
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Into the Wardrobe Literature Class
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Introduction to German
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Inventors & Inventions
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Junk Box Wars
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Each team receives a box of junk and a challenge! This would be a great class to offer after students have already experienced Think! Team Building Challenge.

Knitwits (Knitting Class)
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Magic Science
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Missionary Heroes
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Mixed Media Art Class
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Paper Mache' Art

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Potions and Perfumes
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Reader's Theater

Rocket Science
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Scrapbooking & Card Making

Sign Language

Snap Circuits
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additional resource: FREE Snap Circuits Lapbook 

Speedometry
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Symphony in Color
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Tell Me a Story
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Trendy Treasures
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What's for Breakfast?
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Speech
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Help Your Child Sleep Well with Dreampad

As the parent of a child with special needs, I understand that sometimes you feel as if you are drowning in an alphabet soup of diagnoses: SPD, ADD, ASD, PTSD. And on it goes. Part of my son's soup includes SPD (sensory processing disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

I understand the soup. I also understand that the letters aren't what matters the most. What matters most is finding ways to help our kids grow. I am thrilled when I find a therapy that works for my son. I am equally excited when I find a new tool to help him. Dreampad offered that opportunity to me.

I chose to receive a free Dreampad Pillow, and I was compensated for the time I invested in this review. All opinions are mine and truthful; I was not required to post a positive review.

Help Your Child Sleep Well with Dreampad

An Overview of Dreampad

What is a Dreampad? 

Dreampad from Integrated Listening Systems is a unique pillow that helps my son sleep better at night. It is designed to deliver music that only he can hear, and it does not require him to wear earbuds. 

The pillow holds a small device and connects to our iPad. 

Help Your Child Sleep Well with Dreampad

Dreampad is super simple to use. My son connects the iPad to his pillow and chooses one of the five music programs and selects how long he wants it to play.

You can watch the two minute video below to see how easy it is to get started.

How Dreampad May Help with PTSD

Did you know our bones are conductors? Bones transport sounds throughout the body. Dreampad uses your body’s natural sound transportation system to carry vibrations to the inner ear. This area of the body is connected to the parasympathetic nervous system.

Our bodies also have what is known as the sympathetic nervous system. This system is responsible for activating flight or fight responses. When you have post-traumatic stress disorder, your sympathetic nervous system is often activated by sensory triggers (something that reminds your body of the traumatic event, even if you don’t realize it). For instance, my son can’t handle hearing young children scream and cry. A person with post-traumatic stress disorder tends to have an overactive sympathetic nervous system.

The parasympathetic nervous system facilitates our relaxation response. It helps us calm—it is like an antidote to the effects of stress on the body.

Early research is showing that the Dreampad is effective in stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system. This is awesome news for everyone, but it is extremely important news for people like my son who have a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. I believe engaging the parasympathetic nervous system is therapeutic for people with PTSD. 

Help Your Child Sleep Well with Dreampad

Benefits of Dreampad

My son has been using the Dreampad for about five weeks. He adores the pillow listening system and even insisted that we take it on our family trip to Niagara Falls!

He is definitely sleeping better. The three major differences I have noticed include:

  • My son falls asleep faster.
     
  • There were times before the Dreampad where he "slept" for many hours but looked groggy and was pretty grumpy and tired when he woke up. Now he wakes up feeling refreshed and rested!
     
  • He sleeps more soundly through the night and rarely wakes up. 

Help Your Child Rest Well with Dreampad

Dreampad Giveaway

One winner will receive the same Dreampad we own–the Dreampad 26 ($179 value). I would love for you to win! (Actually, I would love to win, too, but I think that would be called cheating.)

Dreampad Discount

You have nothing to lose if you decide to try a Dreampad because it comes with a 30 day money back guarantee. You can also use a 10% discount with coupon code MyDreampad at checkout.

Help Your Child Sleep Well with Dreampad


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