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Math-U-See Geometry Review by Sarah Van Der Linden

Steve Demme

Geometry, by Steve Demme, is a competent, easy-to-use math program. The curriculum includes a student workbook, instruction manual, teaching DVD, and test booklet. Conveniently broken down into incremental lessons, this program is ideal for any student who has completed algebra. This program makes it easy for any child to learn. Merely watch the DVD instruction and proceed on to the workbook. The DVD teaching format makes learning convenient for a single child or a group--homeschooled or otherwise.

A typical lesson is as follows. First, watch the instructional DVD and/or read the instruction booklet. Then proceed to the workbook. The book contains five sections (labeled A-E) per lesson, as well as an optional Honors lesson. Sections A and B focus on sharpening the student's ability to perform the math procedures presented in the lesson, and C, D, and E are cumulative review lessons. After the student completes all lessons with ease, he or she may take the test and move on. Steve Demme reminds the user that this is a self-paced course. A student should not proceed until he demonstrates knowledge of the particular skill. This ensures that the student will score high and learn solidly.

Mr. Demme is very thorough in his explanations and clear in his drawings to ensure understanding of the skill at hand. This course covers everything from the concept of a point, line, and ray to area, volume and the Pythagorean Theorem. Toward the end of the book, Mr. Demme is introducing Trigonometry problems. He works quite extensively on corresponding and congruent angles and lines. The Honors sections seek to apply all this knowledge in a practical, everyday manner. These can be quite challenging (similar to logic problems).

Most students would use this curriculum over the course of a year (or however long mastery takes), using the Honors sections as a bridge to the next level. Some math-inclined students would be able to use this course more rapidly as a bridge between Algebra 2 and Trigonometry.

I enjoyed this math program. Concise and compact, the DVD lessons and workbook practices fit easily into my busy schedule. Also, Steve Demme has a natural talent for explaining things in a simple, straightforward manner. Unfortunately, he tries to add humor to some of the lessons, which may leave the student distracted. In closing, I wholeheartedly recommend this product. It is well written, easy to use, and student friendly.

Product review by Sarah Van Der Linden, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2010