Monday, February 15, 2010

Review: Dollar Homeschool/Ray's Arithmetic

Do you ever wonder what it would have been like to learn in a one-room schoolhouse? Do you enjoy using books from days gone by to teach? Dollar Homeschool has taken many of those types of resources and put them together on to CD's for ease of use. Some members of the TOS Homeschool Crew were given a copy of the Ray's Arithmetic CD to check out and use.

Included on the CD are enough resources to teach your child from kindergarten all the way through grade twelve. There are 38 different books (and teacher editions) varying from Ray's Primary Arithmetic to Ray's Differential and Integral Calculus to Ray's Surveying and Navigation. Geometry and physics courses are also included. A "manual of methods" is also available on the CD which explains how the Ray's program works and the recommended order of the programs. To see the entire list of programs included on the CD, please click HERE.

The CD can be purchased for $59 by clicking HERE (scroll to the bottom). You can see samples from Ray's Elementary Mathematics (the third book in the series) by clicking HERE.

As a side note, I do feel that I need to note that this is a public domain book which means it is available for free on some sites on the internet (Google Books for one). However, Dollar Homeschool has done a most excellent job of formatting ALL the Ray's books on to one CD. I do feel that it is a good value and it would make it vastly easier to use.

While old-fashioned resources like this always intrigue me, I do have a hard time utilizing the resources. I am amazed at how much more was taught at younger ages back in the 1800s. Of course, most students only went to eighth grade. Although, my grandmother was such a student and I never met a more intelligent and self-educated lady than her. I find that many times the older resources take out the fluff and get down to the business of learning. This is all, of course, good things!

If you enjoy the wealth of information included in older resources, than Ray's Arithmetic would probably be a good fit for you and your students. 

*Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. All opinions shared are my own. TOS Crew Members are given the product free of charge in exchange for our unbiased opinion of the product.

1 comment:

  1. No, I don't wonder what it's like to go to school in a one room school, up until 6th grade I was taught in a one room school! No, I wasn't homeschooled either. Just gotta love a small town. In fact our entire school had like 12 or so kids and that was 3 grades!


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