Yes. We know, we homeschool too. Parent overload is common. We have designed all of our courses so that you can either do it with them or have them do it on their own.
At our home we teach our children to do everything on their own. We help them plan out a schedule for the term at first using the syllabus. Then each week we review progress. They work on their own except when they have questions, need group interaction, or need to have a test graded.
Our view is that we are preparing our kids for college and life, and we want to teach them to learn on their own, to have a love for learning, and to develop personal responsibility.
Texas Instruments (TI) are our calculators of choice. There are many other great companies – so this is a personal preference.
- Algebra, Geometry, Biology, Chemistry – For these courses, the TI-30 Scientific Calculator is perfect. It is inexpensive and does all you need.
- Algebra 2 with Trig, Calculus, Physics, Statistics, and beyond – These courses require a bit more horsepower as well as some graphical tools. Our choice is the TI-84 Plus CE.
Note: The TI-84 Plus CE is approved for use on the following exams: PSAT, SAT, and ACT college entrance exams and AP Exams that allow or require a graphing calculator.
Web Base Calculators
Scientists and engineers are using more powerful tools today. One such tool that is free to use is Wolfram Alpha. It has APPS and extensions for web browsers etc. If you ask us a question on support, this is the tool we use. But, you cannot take it into the ACT/SAT or other tests – so you need to be able to use your calculator also.
Emulators are software programs that operate like the calculator. For the TI graphing calculators you can find some here. You may find others by searching You can also find some apps for these and even so a search “TI Emulators”
Question from Joe: The DVDs do not seem to play on Windows 8. Any suggestions?
Answer from Dr. Callahan:
How to Play DVDs on Windows 8