7 Oct 2008

Another maths hurdle

A proud Jemimah started a new maths book today, moving up to Book 2B in her MEP maths curriculum.

MEP is a free maths curriculum designed for use in the British school system. It was not designed for home school use, however, the staff at the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching located at the University of Plymouth in England allows home schoolers the opportunity to download and use their curriculum materials...all for the cost of the printer cartridges and paper!

You can visit the MEP website to learn more about the project or to download the curriculum.

MEP is a cyclical maths course, meaning that students revisit each concept several times before mastery is achieved. Some people don't like this concept, but it has worked for us. The course is teacher intensive. Unlike many programmes you can't just assign the worksheet to a student to work independently. It takes 20-30 minutes for us to complete our maths Monday-Thursday. On Friday Jemimah completes a revision worksheet, taking about 15-20 minutes. Much of this is independent work.

There is a fantastic yahoo group for users of MEP - and those who are interested in discovering more about it. Both of the moderators of the group use AO to educate their children. There is a wealth of knowledge on this site, including a marvellous UK mathematics teacher who patiently explains difficult concepts so that we, the mums (and dads!) can teach our kids.

Click here to watch a video of the programme in use in Hungary where the programme was first developed.

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