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Geometry: Fresh Approach Review by Tina Rice

Christy Walters
505 Corporate Center Dr, Suite 103
Stockbridge, GA 30281

Geometry: A Fresh Approach (called Geometry from here on) is a complete high-school geometry course. The student book includes solutions to odd-numbered problems. Geometry is intended to be a consumable worktext, but you could write your answers on lined or graph paper to use the book for future students. An even-numbered problem solution guide is also available. With these two books, paper, and a pencil, your student will be ready to tackle geometry. Algebra 1 is a prerequisite.

Geometry consists of 13 chapters and two appendices. Lessons are written directly to the student; consequently, a parent does not need to teach the lessons. Every chapter is made up of several parts, and beginning in chapter 2 each chapter ends with a mixed review. The mixed review could be used as a chapter test. Geometry does not contain tests or final exams.

Appendix A reviews algebraic concepts and is a good starting point for most students. Appendix B includes answers to the odd-numbered problems.

Ms. Walters wrote Geometry, as well as Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, after years of providing one-on-one tutoring to students. She used her knowledge of what students struggled with to write an easy-to-use curriculum that will instruct students in what they need to know. You won't find flashy colors, comics, or off-topic word problems in Geometry - Ms. Walters does not ask your student how he feels about the hypotenuse of triangle B or any other unrelated questions. She sticks to the subject at hand -- geometry.

I found the author's explanations to be thorough and complete, making Geometry an excellent text for students who learn well on their own. However, students who need more instruction (i.e., video or direct teacher involvement) or who are easily frustrated may not find this text is for them.

I like how Ms. Walters presents each lesson and how she starts students using proofs in Chapter 1. Her "Direct and Indirect Proofs" lesson contained enough explanation so that even I could understand it (math is NOT my strong subject).

For future revisions, I hope that Ms. Walters will put all answers into one solutions guide. I don't mind the odd problem solutions remaining in the student book, but I really dislike having to go back and forth to correct a lesson. This edition lacks a glossary and an index, which are also things I'd like to see added into future revision.

I wish I could say that my children loved this course. I don't think that any geometry course would get that recommendation from them. I think Geometry is a worthy addition to the selection of curricula available to homeschoolers, and I think that it will benefit many families.

Product review by Tina Rice, Contributing Writer, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2011