I have a 6th grader taking Pre-Algebra and an 8th grader taking Geometry. That is a daunting sentence to write.
For my sixth-grader I really considered a lot of options. I do not like most of the standard homeschool curricula when it comes to higher math and (for those not in the know) Pre-Algebra and beyond is considered higher math. But, I needed something that was a little bit less intense than straight Algebra. I settled on Understanding Pre-Algebra by the Critical Thinking Company. I also downloaded the “Detailed Solutions PDF.” We will supplement this curriculum with Khan Academy and additional worksheets that I find on the web.
For my eighth-grader we chose Harold Jacob’s Geometry: Seeing, Doing, Understanding 3rd Edition. There is a teacher’s edition and solutions manual. It is recommended that you purchase at least one of these when you purchase the textbook. They can be bought piecemeal in a a number of locations. He is a year ahead of his fellow students and this year, in school, he was going to be doing Edgenuity alone again (he did his sixth grade math this way in fifth grade). I don’t particularly like the kids getting used to doing math on a screen and I am happy that he will be using an actual book and working through the problems on paper.
It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride this week picking out the math books. I had a great used copy of the Geometry text on ebay that I sat on too long. I wish I had pulled the trigger right away or ordered it all from RainbowResource. My brain has been really scattery and it has been hard to focus.