Kinetic Books - Algebra I

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Sandra Jost

  • Reviewed on Monday, April 4, 2011
  • Grades Used: Algebra 1
  • Dates used: 2011-2012
As a home school parent, I was very impressed with the advertisement of the KineticBooks program, however, I was concerned about its requirement for internet access. Here’s good news if you have the same concern: I found free software that can limit a computer’s internet access to as few as one website.

A company called Blue Coat has made its Internet filtering software available for free to parents. They’ve created a consumer-friendly parental-control solution called K9 Web Protection that’s based on their commercial technology. I have already installed it, and limited my daughter’s computer to just the KineticBooks website, however, you can make as many exceptions as you like. One caveat: each website you place on the allowed list must not permit other website links within its site, or the student could click onto the link and have access to the entire internet. Therefore, access to most chat rooms and e-mail systems would not work. I did check with KineticBooks, and they do not have any links outside of their own website, so it is a safe site.

Here is how I did it.
1) Log on to the internet.
2) Download program from http://www1.k9webprotection.com and install on the computer.
3) They will ask you to request a license – say yes – it is free, but you must request it.
4) Set to “high” filtering.
5) Under setup, select URL keywords
6) Add keywords, one at a time, such as com, net, gov, org, edu, tv, biz, xxx. This will block every website with these keywords.
7) Select Web Site Exceptions
8) Select Add to List under the Always Allow box
9) Add the website(s) you wish to allow access to (note the websites will be listed there with a red “x”. This is so that you will have a list of what you are allowing, and if you do not want to allow it in the future, you can click on the “x” and remove it.
10) You may modify the websites accessed at any time, however, you must have your password to do so. Note, the entire computer will be affected by these limitations, so this works best when the student has his/her own laptop.

Blessings, ~~Sandra in St. Louis

thealisongoo

  • Reviewed on Tuesday, March 22, 2011
  • Grades Used: 11th
  • Dates used: 2010-2011
I'm 16 years old and I have been struggling with math (specifically Algebra) for who knows how long. Which is the reason I'm doing Algebra 1 in my Junior year. I had been searching and searching for some sort of curriculum I could understand. Both of my parents work full time, so I teach myself all of my subjects. For some reason, I just couldn't get Algebra. I had been looking into online math courses, but couldn't find the one. Until I found Kinetic Books. WOW! You know those moments when it just makes sense? Like a lightbulb suddenly going off in your head? Well that's what happened, and it happens every day when I'm trying to figure out some sort of math problem. It all just makes sense! I'm not frustrated with math at all anymore.

Parents: Ever feel like you don't know what to do with trying to teach your child? Like you just can't help them? Does it frustrate you?
Then endless complaining is OVER!


It automatically grades all of your child's work, it has games, it has some step-by-step problems if after the lesson it still doesn't make sense, it has videos for each lesson to help explain it even MORE, it has a pacing guide, quizes, tests, it is just absolutely incredible!

I whole-heartedly recommend this product to any homeschool child that is struggling with Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, or Algebra 2 (They are working on Geometry). I tried Teaching Textbooks and Saxon, both didn't work out. Now, I'm not saying that those products aren't good, but they just didn't work for me, Kinetic Books DID.

Did I forget to mention that Kinetic Books is CHEAP?! 50 dollars for a year subscription?.... Wait.. what?! It's INSANE! The other leading homeschool math programs are around $200!

Go to http://homeschool.kineticbooks.com/index.php

For more information! Check it out for yourself.

Hopefully this helps.

RicheleMc

  • Reviewed on Wednesday, October 27, 2010
  • Grades Used: 7th
  • Dates used: 2010
I reviewed this product with my middle school child who had little or no background in Algebra 1 and is a tactile learner. In addition, I allowed my 6th grade child access to the program. He has a minimal background in Algebra 1 and is an auditory learner. I was quite surprised to see how this program appealed to both children equally. The mastery and multi sensory approach gives the child full understanding and confidence to move onto the next lesson. If your child has any difficulty on a lesson there are video and audio explanations that are like having a math teacher in your home.

My kids enjoyed the instant feedback and interactive abilities of the program. I appreciate the instant feedback because this prevents a child from making mistakes habitual. Before my children could learn it wrong or operate under an incorrect understanding they were immediately directed to the correct form and process. This increased their confidence, understanding and made the learning experience favorable. As a busy mom of four children, this also took some stress off of me. I was secure in the knowledge they were learning from a quality program while busy teaching my younger students. It did not take long to see my children were progressing further in math with this program than other curricula I have used in the past. The low cost and high quality make this program a must have for homeschooling parents.

ahandful

  • Reviewed on Wednesday, August 4, 2010
  • Grades Used: 9th, 10th
  • Dates used: 2009-20010
I have six kids and noticed that the higher my older children got in math the more help they were needing. Math comes easily for one of my sons and the other struggled and thought he was bad at math. So I really looked around, then I found Kinetic Math Algebra 1. Both of those sons now enjoy doing their math and rarely need my help, here is why.

Kinetic Math takes the best part of all the other math programs and rolls it into one. It is as if they have a personal tutor helping them every step of the way. You can read or listen to an explanation before you start, then it gives you a chance to try it.

Also when you are completing the problems you can choose "Step" which shows you what the next step is and you complete it, and continue on through until the problem is done. This helped my son who was always getting confused about what to do next. For example the lesson on "order of operations" in the beginning he was choosing "Step" but then as he got further down that option went away so that he had to show he learned and could do it without the helps. But there are other options as well, you can choose explanation or sample.

In between lessons there are Interactive Problems. Which are more like games where they have to use the information they have learned to complete. But this also shows them that there is a reason to learn it and how to use that knowledge in a practical way.

The immediate feedback is a great addition as well. I can't tell you how frustrating it was for my son to do a whole page of math equations only to come to me and find out he did them wrong. But now he knows right away if he understands it and is getting it right. This also trains him to do it right rather that reinforcing his mistakes.

My first son loves working on the computer so I knew this program would be good. But my 2nd son likes to have a book and just work through it. I asked him just to give it a try, but after 2 days he didn't want to go back to a paper textbook. He is learning and building in confidence day by day.

Kinetic Math is great. For the other mom's it keeps track of all the grades for you. It is an all around program that makes sense and it a good value.