This is the other half of Parclan….mom. By way of further introduction, so you know where my experience comes from – we have seven kids, six boys and one girl. Ages 25 to 8. One is mildly dyslexic. One is severely dyslexic. One is ADD – this is a child who just now, at age 8, can attend to things that interest him for longer than 2 minutes – no exaggeration, and my daughter has Down Syndrome. The oldest 3 have graduated high school (home school). Our eldest received a congressional appointment to and was graduated from a federal academy. All 3 took dual credit college courses beginning in their junior year of high school and just sailed through (pun intended) college level work with no problems at all. You will be impressed at how many colleges today very actively seek home school kids.
I’ll put this response in 3 pieces since it is rather long. Here is part 1:
Teaching Textbooks is an excellent math program for us math challenged parents (or those who can’t remember that far back!) It is quite thorough, written specifically with home schooling families in mind (assumes NO prior knowledge or teacher present), and has the option of the student following the textbook for explanation, or ‘watching’ the lesson (it’s like watching a power point presentation) on the computer from a CD – no internet required.
My kids liked it, even my math averse son, because it is sort of light-hearted and unintimidating in presentation. That doesn’t mean it is not sound teaching, just presented in a friendly manner. Each practice problem and ‘homework’ problem, along with the test problems are worked out, in case the student needs to see where he went wrong.
We used Algebra I, II, and Geometry. Now they have multiple lower levels as well. It isn’t high-tech graphics by any stretch of the imagination – simple layout without much distracting stuff on the page. That was a plus for us.
Your middle son might like MathUSee, which uses manipulatives to teach concepts, along with an instructional DVD. It might be a bit of a challenge to start mid-stream with MUS, because it covers topics in a non-traditional order, but wiggly, active learners typically like it. We use this in the younger grades. Personally, I prefer a traditional textbook, but then, I’m not the student
MUS is out of my comfort zone, but I feel okay with it because of the DVD.