Saxon math 3, 5/4, and 6/5 question
Posted 04 December 2008 - 03:02 PM
Posted 04 December 2008 - 04:39 PM
So, my long-winded point is twofold. First, I would finish Math 3 if your son is doing well with it. The worksheets are helpful for a younger child. Then if you want to continue with Saxon, I would go to 5/4 because of the format change. Some people have their children test through the first part of the book so there isn't so much review initially. Then at the end of 5/4 you could consider skipping 6/5, or simply testing through again.
The other thing about this is that Saxon is not always the best choice for a mathematically accelerated child. Singapore, for example, has more challenging problems and has a workbook format, which younger children usually prefer. I think when you start skipping too much in Saxon, it loses what makes it a strong program, namely, gentle development of concepts with lots of review.
Posted 04 December 2008 - 08:52 PM
With Saxon I would never skip the second half of the book. I would finish one level and then test out of the beginning of the next level. However, like Kai said, there is an adjustment to the fomat change at the beginning of 54, so that may not be the time to skip lessons.
I'm afraid that I am not much help:001_huh:-
Posted 04 December 2008 - 11:45 PM
Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:12 AM
The format wouldn't be a problem for my son. His English text is so that he has to write everything out, so he is use to not having a workbook.
I don't know what I am going to do. I guess I will continue with 3 for right now unless I find something that fits us.
Posted 05 December 2008 - 10:56 AM
I have not looked at a Saxon text, but this was the approach I took with Singapore. My GS9 gets the concepts quickly but got balky when it came to getting the facts mastered. Going to a higher level, he saw the reason for getting the facts memorized. Doing a multi-step mathematical computation was challenging, but it got very rewarding when he could zip through them after getting fluent with his facts.
Posted 09 December 2008 - 10:14 PM
Posted 10 December 2008 - 11:50 AM
I don't recommend Saxon for mathy dc. I don't like teaching it, but since my eldest learns math by reading the text, that was okay. I did Saxon K and some of Saxon 1 with my now 10 yo. Not a great fit, so we tried MUS because she's so visual spatial. Not mathy enough, so we combined it with SM. SM is our main math now.
Posted 10 December 2008 - 04:06 PM
My DS7 took the placement test for Saxon at the beginning of the year. He placed into Saxon 5/4. A friend gave me Saxon 3 to see if Saxon was a good fit for us. So, we started there b/c there was enough in it that he hadn't covered. Now i'm trying to make a decision. In Jan. we will begin several new grade level subjects like Spelling, Science, Writing, Latin, and English grammar. I have been thinking that we could treat Jan. like the starting of a new school year and switch our math. But, i'm not too sure. There are still a lot in Saxon 3 that my son hasn't covered but would still be covered in the upper levels. However, looking at Saxon 5/4 and 6/5 these look like the same materials with 6/5 adding more. So, would you finish 3 and then skip 5/4 and start 6/5 or start 5/4 in Jan. and finish it and more into 6/5 or 7/6? Any suggest on math would be appreciated.
I agree with others who recommend doing 5/4 but skipping the first part of review. What I did with my daughter (who also does Singapore Math) was to group 3 to 4 lessons together at a time, and then have her do the Lesson Practice only for the first 3 lessons and on the fourth lesson have her do both the Lesson Practice AND Mixed Practice. The review is so much that it reinforces what was done on the previous four lessons.
Caution: this is not what the authors recommend doing...but I make curriculums work for me and tailor them to the ability of the child, not vice versa.
I do think Saxon provided a strong base for her however, and I am glad that we have used it for her younger years (combined with Singapore).
I come back to Saxon (when taking a break from Singapore) and have her take the Saxon Tests at the end of the book to make sure she is retaining and covering all the American bases (as well as the Singapore Math bases).
Edited by fractalgal, 10 December 2008 - 04:12 PM.
Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:38 PM
He picks up the lessons quickly.
Last fall he tested out of over 1/2 of Saxon 3 so I started him closer to the end of the book. He hated it! He really likes the gentle gradual approach because everything is easy for him. I did the whole book in Saxon 3. Saxon pre-introduces math ideas.
Sometimes the only way to know is trial and error.
I did try Singapore in the early days. He hated the big changes in subject.
Posted 15 December 2008 - 01:46 PM
You could use Singapore, and add some problems each day from the Intensive Practice workbook a chapter or so behind the current topic.
Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:56 PM