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How Mr D Math Restored My Homeschool Sanity

Last year, math became the one subject I couldn’t keep up with in our homeschool.

As a former middle school math teacher, I wasn’t prepared for this reality. I love teaching math, especially Algebra. I was thrilled when it was finally time to teach the slope of a line to my homeschooled kiddos.

It meant that we were finally getting to the good stuff.

But then the next kid hit pre-algebra and the third was not far behind. I quickly realized that I could not manage three individual math lessons for three kids every day AND teach all of the other subjects.

I was losing my mind trying to handle it all so I did what all good homeschool moms do

I asked everyone I knew in all of my homeschooling circles and I googled like a crazy lady.

Thankfully, I discovered Mr. D math and we decided to give it a try.

Mr D math restored my homeschool sanity when it came to teaching upper level math.

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Mr D Math: Our Journey

This wasn’t my first rodeo with math curriculums, so I knew what I was looking for. I wanted a thorough curriculum that would build a solid foundation for my kids but would also challenge them as their understanding grew.

I did my research and Mr. D Math seemed to fit the bill so I enrolled three of my children in self-paced math courses.

It’s been 7 months since we began our journey with Mr. D math and I am happy to say that it has completely changed our homeschool environment. Our homeschool frustrations when it comes to math class have completely disappeared.

Mr D math makes learning fun.

I am happy because no one is fighting for my time anymore. Mr. D has it covered. Most importantly, he covers it so well that my kids rarely need me, which makes them feel successful. Yet they know I am here when they need a little extra help understanding a problem or concept.

They are happy because they can complete their math lessons on their own timeline. No more waiting for mom to be available. If they want to get math done the night before, they can. If they want to do it while eating breakfast, they can. If they want to sit outside on the trampoline and watch their math video, they can. They control the timing now.

In addition, they are happier because they feel confident about their ability to understand math. This has been a huge change. My 8th grader hated math and partway through this year, she announced, “Math isn’t so bad. I kinda like it.”

I could have cried. And these would have been the first tears shed over math the entire year. HA!

Overall, because of Mr D math, my kids approach math with more confidence which is a HUGE win for this former math teacher.

Mr. D Math: The Basics

Dennis DiNoia (Mr. D) is a secondary education math teacher who left the public school classroom to develop his own online curriculum. His goal was to help students understand math as a language and to incorporate problem-solving skills they could transfer to their own lives.

He offers the following courses:

SIDE NOTE: I was thrilled when I noticed the Test Taking Boot Camps. The SAT boot camp is on my list for my high schooler this spring.

These courses are offered as live classes that meet at a regular time each week or as self-paced courses that you can work through on your own schedule. Our family made the choice to use the self-paced courses this year.

We love Mr D math.

My oldest wanted to try to get ahead in math while my younger two often require more time. The self-paced courses seemed to be the best fit for our family this year.

I do hope to register my children for a live course in the future. I think they would appreciate the interaction in a classroom at this point in their homeschool journey. It’s nice to know that the live classes are recorded, so if they have to miss a lesson then they can still watch it in their own time.

Mr D Math: The Classroom

As previously stated, Mr D Math offers the option of taking live math classes or purchasing a self-paced pre-recorded curriculum.

A live classroom offers the schedule and accountability that works well for many families. Your child attends regularly scheduled weekly class and their assignments are assigned so they know what to expect. They can interact and ask questions during the lesson, which many students find helpful. In addition, students have access to live help sessions each week.

The self-paced courses allow flexibility for students who wish to move at their own pace. If your students prefer to move more quickly or need more time, then this option might be the best fit. Students enrolled in a self-paced course have access to the live help sessions each week as well.

NOTE: Our experience has been with the self-paced courses.

The classroom has been easy to navigate and user-friendly. My children simply log on and pick up right where they left off.

Mr D math courses have transformed our homeschool math lessons.

Once you select your chapter, you’ll notice that each chapter is broken down into subsections by topic. Each subsection contains the video lesson, coursework, solutions, and extra practice problems. At the end of each subsection, there is a quiz for students to test their mastery before moving on to the next topic.

Your child begins the lesson by watching the online video and completing the course work. Mr D teaches the lesson and walks the student through the necessary examples step by step.

The course work must be printed ahead of time from your home printer. I like to block out 15 minutes and print 2-3 chapters at a time for each kid.

After your child watches the video and completes the required course work, they should check their answers using the course work solutions.

One of my favorite things about Mr. D math is that his course solutions are step-by-step solutions. This is a huge improvement over every other math curriculum we have tried. Upper-level math problems require multi-step solutions, yet solution manuals typically contain only the final answer. Nothing is more frustrating for a kid who is trying to check their work or a homeschool mom attempting to figure out where their child went wrong.

Thank you for complete solutions, Mr D! Now my kids can confidently check their own work and find their mistakes.

After the course work is corrected and your child feels confident, there is an online quiz available at the end of each subsection. The quizzes are automatically graded and students have the option to retake the quiz if they aren’t satisfied with their score.

Sidenote: If my children complete the coursework successfully, they often skip the quizzes. After all, the point is to understand the material so if we are certain that they do, then they move on.

If you want to keep pace with the live courses and a typical school year timeline, then your child should completely approximately 3 subtopics each week.

Mr D Math: Final Thoughts

I enjoy teaching my children math, but I can not invest the time upper-level math requires with more than one child. Mr D Math has been the perfect solution for a solid math curriculum that allows me to act in the role of support only.

I had truly given up finding a math program that didn’t cause tears and frustration in our homeschool. I just assumed that somehow I had “non-mathy” kids who would fight me on completely math regardless of what we did.

I was wrong.

None of my children complain about math anymore. NONE.

My 10th grader doesn’t enjoy math, but has appreciated the freedom to work on her math any time of day since I no longer have to be available to teach.

My 8th grader, who never felt confident in math, has reported that she “even kind of likes it now” and that Mr D “makes math easier.”

My 6th grader appreciates how “he [Mr D] goes over every last little bit to make sure you understand the problem.”

And honestly, in the end, my happiness with the content of the math curriculum and their newly gained confidence in their abilities is the best review I could offer anyone.

Are you ready to give it a try?

Check out Mr D homeschool math courses today.

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Mary Wilson

Mary is a writer and mother to four kids ranging from elementary to high school.

She believes that creativity, laughter, and fun are the backbone for engaging and inspiring homeschools. You can find her encouragement and tips on this blog, Mary Hanna Wilson.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Daksina January 28, 2019 at

    Thank you for this review Mary. I was just wondering if you knew how the self-paced courses are different from Khan Academy (if you have ever used that)? We have been successfully using KA for the past few years now but you know what homeschool mums are like when they see another Maths program lol.

    • Reply Mary Wilson February 20, 2019 at

      Hi Daksina. I have never used Kahn for math before, but I do know that if it isn’t broke, then don’t fix it 😉 But I do understand the temptation!

  • Reply tracie January 29, 2019 at

    How does Mr. D math compare to teaching textbooks algebra?

    • Reply Mary Wilson February 20, 2019 at

      HI Tracie, I am not really able to give you a full comparison. I was not happy with aspects of TT and it has been a good move for us. I’d have to go back to TT and look through the book to do a more thorough comparison. I know TT works for many families though so it is a solid choice as well.

  • Reply Christen June 12, 2019 at

    Hi, thanks for the review! My son would be in Algebra next year, and he seems to be pretty strong in math. Do you think this is rigorous enough for a “mathy” kid as well and would prepare adequately if they were to pursue something math-related later on? Thanks!

    • Reply Mary Wilson June 19, 2019 at

      In my opinion, yes. I think it is for sure.

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