We have been contemplating a Plan E for geometry for older son.
A. Thinkwell Geometry independent work, son was doing assignments out of order then getting confused on the content.
B. Do math with Dad. With Thinkwell Algebra in spring 2013 this failed so there is no use trying it again with any math topic or any curriculum.
C. Do geometry with Mom with Thinkwell. I worked alongside him in August. I feel the lessons teaching time is too short and even I cannot go on to do the exercises and worksheets with accuracy (showing mastery and understanding of content).
D. Key to Geometry workbooks. After buying these I realized they do not do proofs. Or if I have this wrong, the sequence of work is so different than Thinkwell that I cannot see how to use the two together in any way as a supplement.
E. I have hired a math tutor who is a homeschooling father math and science guy who also runs online math and science classes. They will work together face to face and come up with a plan. Going into consult one we are open to either staying with Thinkwell with tutor oversight or possibly quitting Thinkwell and joining his online twice weekly online class. We will see what happens.
As always I look for programs that work for the individual child. While some curriculums may be great, if their method of delivery does not work for a child, then they are useless.
I have been considering other options than Thinkwell for Geometry.
Saxon does not offer Geometry because it is mixed in with their Algebra course.
My son does not do well teaching himself math by reading words on a page, so anything completely independent and based on a paper textbook is out.
My son needs to see problems done out by a person step by step. It is difficult to ascertain which online classes have formats that show the math being done out step by step. For example after lookin at Apex I cannot determine this information.
Due to past dissatisfaction with Teaching Textbooks (last used grade 7) I hesitate to put my money into their product. If their program is different for this upper level then my suspicion is wrong. But that is a DVD only program with no human to talk to if confused.
My son cannot learn by audio only online classes (ie Art of Problem Solving).
My son cannot wait 1-3 days for an online bulletin board question to get answered in text writing, such as what happens with Art of Problem Solving (or Brave Writer English classes). He needs a more immediate response, especially with math.
My son needs a person to ask questions of. This whole thing, honestly, has me appreciating the value of human teaachers who teach in person. Thus when in a math crisis like this I keep thinking this is a perfect example of a kid who would do well in a traditional school environment, at least for math.