Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:17 PM
Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:30 PM
I'm wondering if 6th grade is too young to start pre algebra. I know it's a question for the K-8 boards, but I'm really looking for answers from those of you who have "been there done that". My ds is 10 and doing well in Saxon 7/6. I've read a lot on this board about Lials BCM, and I'm really tempted to start that with him next year instead of continuing with Saxon. On the other hand, I don't want to push him into something he's not ready for. Any advice?? Thanks so much!!
Well we are there, doing it right now. DS had completed Singapore through 5A, LOF fractions and LOF decimals and percents. We started the year with Dolciani pre-algebra and are mixing in LOF pre-algebra starting in a few weeks. He doesn't love math, but hasn't had issue with the concepts. He is also an older 6th grader, he turned 12 in September and that may play a role in his maturity.
He's doing good in pre-algebra, my only concern is pushing into the higher maths at a younger grade. Our current plan is to do algebra I next year, 7th grade. Depending on his ability we will do another year of algebra in 8th or AoPs probability. Then we'll move into geometry in 9th, algebra II in 10th and I'm undecided beyond that.
Posted 27 January 2010 - 10:48 PM
Like Paula above, my son is an older 6th grader (12), so that helps.
If he struggles along the way, we will definitely slow down. But if he's handling it well, we will just keep moving forward. He is planning on pursuing a STEM career, and many students on the same track follow the same advanced math progression.
Edited by Handmaiden, 27 January 2010 - 10:50 PM.
Posted 27 January 2010 - 11:08 PM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 12:46 AM
Posted 28 January 2010 - 04:46 AM
What I'm planning on doing is having him complete the course over 2 years. It's a very large book, and as another poster mentioned, a college level text, so he'll be doing Chapters 1-5 in 6th and Chapters 6-10 in 7th.
That way, he'll move into Algebra I in 8th grade.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 06:35 AM
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Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:08 AM
I'll tell you that I really like the look of Zaccarro's Challenge Math or Real World Math and/or Life of Fred's various algebra books for younger kids to keep it fun while they are learning.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 10:09 AM
I agree with the previous comments about taking it one year at a time and not locking yourself into Alg 1 in 7th, Alg 2 in 8th...you might find you need to slow down a little after Pre-Alg.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 11:25 AM
I say give it a go and adjust as needed. Chalkdust also has a placement exam for a fee. You have "cushion" if you need it, but if you don't, there is no reason to slow down, imo.
Haven't used Lial's but know it is well-liked by many on this board.
Posted 28 January 2010 - 02:43 PM
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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:58 PM
Ds did MUS Pre-Algebra in 6th, then MUS Algebra and LoF Algebra in 7th. However, his brain fell out of his head that year, so we are doing another year of Algebra with Foerster's in 8th grade. It's going much better.
I would say that while 6th grade is not too young for pre-algebra, PLEASE don't feel that your ds is necessarily locked into completing each subsequent math class in the following years. I have tutored way too many students who were locked into the math sequence when they should have been stalled when it became obvious they just weren't ready to keep moving ahead. In other words, don't consider it a failure if your ds needs three (or four) semesters to get thru Algebra I. It is SO much more important that he really understand what he's doing than that he does it in one year.
Posted 30 January 2010 - 09:56 AM
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I also think it's nice to have the time to go through a curriculum slowly and thoroughly.
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