Unlocking Math Success for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with the Blackwoods

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Unlocking Math Success for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with the Blackwoods.

Unlocking Math Success for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with the Blackwoods

Unlocking Math Success for Homeschool High Schoolers, Interview with the Blackwoods

Many teens do not know that they can like math. In fact, they think they are supposed to hate math. This makes learning high school level math difficult. That is why we were so excited when we met the Blackwoods of Unlock Math! They have found ways to help teens unlock math success…and even like math!

Vicki met the Blackwoods online in the It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School Facebook group. (You should join that group, as well as 7SistersHomeschool Facebook group because there are so many folks there who are there to support homeschooling parents…and besides, it’s fun!) Unlock Math was sponsoring the group that month and Vicki was impressed with their neighborliness and their user-friendly curriculum. (As you know, we 7Sisters are all about user-friendly curriculum!)

Matthew and Alesia Blackwood teach teens how to like math at UnlockMath.com.

As you know, each state has different requirements for high school graduation. However, many states require at least three credits of Math. They usually include:

  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry

However, you also know that there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school, so teens may need to count other courses as part of their math credits. For instance, if a high schooler has special needs they might need:

  • Math Foundations
  • Practical Math
  • Pre-Algebra

On the other hand, if teens are college bound, they might need to add extra math courses like:

  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics

The Blackwoods are here to help!

Alesia and Matthew are both second generation homeschoolers, so they started talking about homeschooling before they were married.

Thus, they have been homeschooling their kids since they were born. One of the most important gifts they gave their kids, was to make math part of life and fun.

Alesia’s love of math started in her childhood. Also, she always wanted to be a teacher. As a high schooler she volunteered helping teach kids with special needs. Even when she thought briefly in college about being an engineer, her engineering professor suggested that she become a teacher- that her gifting for teaching was evident!

Alesia became a high school math teacher: from special needs through gifted. She helping teens enjoy getting from where they were to where they needed to be in their math skills.

After starting to homeschool their own children, Matthew and Alesia started Unlock Math to teach math in the ways that actually help teens learn and like math. They believe in a step-by-step, understandable way. They concentrate on helping teens truly know that they CAN do math.

Unlock Math really got started when Matthew and Alesia were a young married couple. Matthew would sometimes drop by her classes and was astonished at how engaged and excited her students were in Alesia’s math classes. He said, “I wish we could bottle your teaching and share with others.” And then came the opportunity to start a website!

What is special about Unlock Math?

Now, homeschool high schoolers can learn math in Unlock Math’s multi-sensory platform with virtual manipulatives and lots with of confidence-building practice and support. They learn in bite-sized chunks in a not-overwhelming process that helps them feel empowered to keep working and learning. They also make sure that they provide detailed solutions to questions so that teens can truly learn from their math lessons.

Not only that, but Matthew and Alesia make themselves available for personal online chat, emails or phone calls if a student gets stuck with a concept!

Unlock Math covers:

  • Math Foundations
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Algebra II
  • Geometry
  • Pre-Calculus

They have found that as teens feel more confidence in their high-school level maths, they are less stressed (and more positive) in other areas.

Would your teens like to try Unlock Math? Click here for a free fourteen-day trial!

BTW- We have also interviewed Mr D Math and David Irving with College Ready Math. And don’t forget that one important math for all homeschool high schoolers is Financial Literacy- and, shameless plug, teens love learning true life-preparation, financial math skills in our interactive course.


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