Monday, February 15, 2010

Dollar Homeschool; Rays Arithmetic review

As a member of the TOs Homeschool Review Crew, I was sent a downloadable math curriculum called Rays Arithmetic from a company called Dollar Homeschool. I wasn't excited AT ALL to review ANOTHER math product, so I skeptically opened the math files and was surprised to see so many books. Then I opened the "Rays Primary Arithmetic" book and was a bit confused. the type was old fashioned and the words were not the typical words I am used to see while teaching math to my children. Confusion is not a new feeling for me, so I continued on through the series, scratching my head, but impressed with the scope, and sequence. For the sake of writing a well rounded review, I checked out the website to get a feel for the company as well as the teaching philosophy and see what other products the company offered.

Once I went to all the puzzle pieces fell into place, and then I started drooling. I even woke my husband up to show him the website and what I had learned. I LOVE when a company does more than just offer a good product. Dollar Homeschool has put together the "Eclectic Education Series" (EES) on CD. EES was a complete series of textbooks used in the US almost exclusively from 1865-1915. The Dollar Homeschool website explains how the EES series emphasised patriotism, traditional values, and the bible. A man named John Dewey pushed for "reform" in the public schools, declaring that they should be the "state established church"; and in case you didn't know, John Dewey was a socialist, a humanist and an atheist (all bad words in our home). Eventually Dewey was able to convince people of this and thus began the demise of quality education in the public school system.

The Dollar Homeschool website is worth a look, even if you are not considering purchasing any curriculum. There is a video on the site found here:

The EES contains all the textbooks on CD for K-12 including Rays Arithmetic, History, Science, McGuffey's Readers. and Grammar. It also contains teachers books as well as answer keys and tests. The CD, once purchased can be used for all your children, reproducing pages as needed. He also offers a 60 day money back guarantee as well as free shipping. The cost of the CD is $159.00 which is exceptional considering the scope and volume of the information contained in the CD. Needless to say I am impressed and I urge you to check out

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