As a work-at-home mom, I am constantly looking for tools that help my kids to be independent learners and to need my help less often, so I was excited to hear about a new online video math tutoring series made just for the middle-school grades of Saxon Math! Math Videos from Nicole the Math Lady will help you balance work and homeschool by giving you another tool to foster independence in your middle schooler and give them the tools to succeed in Math!
I received an all grades one year membership for free and was compensated for my time to write the review. All of the opinions expressed are my own, honest thoughts and I was not required to post a positive review.
Tools for Teaching Middle School Math when you are a work-at-home Mom
It can be difficult for me to take time from my work during the day to sit down and explain each math lesson to my middle-schooler. And as the problems get harder, it gets harder for me to remember how to do them! As my girls get closer to Algebra, I have been looking for something to help if they hit a concept they don’t understand. So I was excited to find Nicole the Math Lady Math videos!
Why I LOVE Saxon Math
A few years ago, I ripped open the test scores from our yearly required achievement tests, and my heart sank when I saw my daughter’s math score. She had scored in the 20th percentile of children her age, and she didn’t have mastery of any of the concepts tested. Whatever we were using wasn’t getting through to her brain. It was time for something better.
So, I started searching for something… anything that would make math click for my talented, smart girl. I remembered that we had used Saxon Math when I was homeschooled and that my brothers and I always did really well in math. (My younger brother is now a public school math teacher!)
Because I knew that she had some major gaps in her understanding, I took her all the way back to third grade math. I bought a used copy of Saxon Intermediate 3, and we moved very quickly through it to make sure she got all of the basics down, before we moved on to the next book. It took about two years to get through Intermediate 3, Saxon 5/4, Saxon 6/5, and Saxon 7/6 and actually get her to her grade level again. This past year, when we received her 7th grade test scores, she was place in the 98th percentile for math! That is a HUGE improvement from the dismal score a few years before!
Algebra doesn’t have to be scary
So obviously, Saxon Math is the right fit for her. She is absolutely excelling in her math and doesn’t complain about math homework. But we are getting really close to high school and ALGEBRA. Which I loved when I was in school, but let’s face it… It’s been a long time since I was in high school. I’m not a spring chicken anymore! <sob> Not only that, but there are times when I just can’t drop everything I am working on to help my junior high student work her way through a math lesson. Nicole the Math Lady takes the increasingly complex math lessons of middle school, and makes them fun with her quirky, memorable teaching style!
Online Saxon Math Videos
And that’s just one of the reasons I absolutely adore Nicole the Math Lady math videos. Her fun teaching style and “Nicole-isms” make it more fun to sit down and do math every day, and it helps my middle-schoolers be just a little more independent. Just one less thing for me to worry about getting done today.
I love that it goes along with the math curriculum I already know and love (and own!), but you can use it with any math curriculum out there by using the topic list. So if your student is struggling with Pythagorean’s theorum, she can help them, no matter what math program you use. Seriously, I watched that video and learned more than I remember forgetting!
She has the odd-numbered lessons on her YouTube channel, but for the price of a couple of tutoring sessions, you can have video tutoring for every lesson in the Saxon Math book, plus lots of practice problems and even fun, corny brain break videos. And it can fit right it with what you are already using. You can either use it as the main instruction or to supplement and get in some extra practice.
Nicole the Math Lady Membership
Sign up on the membership page and start enjoying Nicole’s amazing middle school math videos!
Yearly Membership Options
- Single Grade or By Topic Membership – $49 a year
- All Grades Membership – $79 a year (perfect for multiple students in your family!)
What Membership Includes
- Lesson Instruction Videos for each lesson – Short, lively lessons that make it fun to learn.
- Practice Problems for each lesson – She explains each practice problem step-by-step after the student completes the problem.
- Corny Brain Break Videos (this was my kids’ favorite part!)
- Saxon Math 7/6
- Saxon Math 8/7
- Saxon Algebra 1/2 (coming soon)
- Saxon Algebra 1 (coming soon)
- By Topic (if you don’t use Saxon)
Sign up for a free trial!
Nicole the Math Lady is offering a free one week trial of membership so that you can check out the math videos and see how it fits your family! Just enter the code Free1Week-nhi when you sign up.
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