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  1. Yes, kids memorize. As early as possible for each child, we begin around 4.5 and so far kids are done by about 6 or 6.5.
  2. I do not understand. Is she missing questions in the lessons and practice because of math facts? If your student is doing well in math lessons with Saxon, but not doing well on drill sheets then I would deviate from HOW we do drill. I would focus on learning maybe 3 or 4 math facts at a time and doing drills on just those, using both multiplication and division.
  3. HOW are you using Saxon? Are you working the program as prescribed and going over the corrections each day? How is she doing with the lessons? Is she making a 85% or better on each lesson the first time around? I would change the way that I do math, but I don't think that I would make completing TWO lessons a day my immediate goal, but I would put changes in place to try and get her to point where she can do that, if she so chooses. Do you sit with her during the lesson to ensure that she understands everything before she begins the problem sets? Is she focused while working the l
  4. Many seem to think that Beast Academy is best as a supplement, not the main program, because it doesn't include enough practice. In my opinion Saxon Math is NOT a supplement. In my opinion, success with Saxon Math means accepting it as "all or nothing" method.
  5. I wrote a review of Hard Maths for Elementary. It is on this site some where, but I can't link. Use Google and search "Hard Math for Elementary Review elmerRex" and you should find it. If you want to have more practice for material in the HMfE book, then get the workbook that goes with the textbook. That is probably easiest way to add in more practice. There is a series called Process Skills in Problem Solving that is very good for helping students to learn problem solving strategies and builds up word-problem solving skills bit by bit. I have not used them before, but have read many r
  6. Is the child allowed to see the problems while they work them? Or must they go by hearing only? When they are not mastered with the technique, my children find it easier to look at the problem while they figure it in their head until they gain more fluency with the technique. Only my oldest can do these problems by ear only and that is after a couple of years of regular learning and practice. Here is how I would be coaching a child to do each of those problems mentally. Always find tidy numbers where you can. 158+93+42 becomes 158 + 93 + 40 + 2 becomes 160 + 40 + 93 becomes 200 + 9
  7. I also think that using a video to teach maths is not ideal. Certainly not at that level. Our family is ESL so we read the texts and teach our children, from the texts for Math 54 and Math 65. My opinion is that the parent READING and TEACHING the material is just superior instruction. The books are not hard to understand. We used 3rd edition.
  8. What was the problem? Was it meant to have child use simplification/estimation or where they asked to be exact when they answered? ? We do some years of training with the mentals maths with the goal of having children capable of doing flash anzan competition, but I don't feel it's necessary. But for our children its useful. For us, advanced mental maths comes to be useful in that it gives the child tremendous confidence and training them to juggle numbers in their head helps them. Also it teaches them good habits to organize numbers mentally in their mind. However I would not slow
  9. We use the eBook version of Saxon Math 54 and Math 65 with all of our children. I highly recommend it. We do not skip problems, but I feel experienced enough now that I could skip if I needed to now. Though you may not need to skip anything. You can read my review of Saxon Math 54 here. Just completing 1 lesson a day and all of the investigations, Math 54 can be done in 136 days. If you start now and work diligently through the summer, you will be done with the book right by the time that school starts in the fall. Since he tested into Math 54, you could begin that book with him now. T
  10. Opportunity to lay infinitely stronger foundation, with less stress. At first we kept them out because our oldest son was immature for his age at K and we wanted him to be successful when he started, but now seeing his progress in relation to his peers, I do not trust the local public schools at all to teach my children well during the vulnerable time so we make sure that all my children master all the basics at home. Academics are very important to us and at home we can and do lay strong foundation. My children may go to English speaking public school in later grades, but locally, gra
  11. We start with Saxon Math 54, but a friend wants to know about the lower grades books. Can anyone give a review? How does the child like the program? How did they learn the materials? What are the best ways to tweak it for success? Etc. Thank you.
  12. I do not think it's important for primary age children to train like professional mathematicians, but I do want my children to be able to be on competitive level with other children in our home country by end of year 3. Yes, we are in the US and year 3 is 8 years old. His English grammar is better than mine. Has good reading and vocabulary but not good with comprehending long sentences of explanation in a book.
  13. Thank you for helpful links. Our math programme looks like this: Eldest is in Year 3 now and others are in Year 2 and Year 1. Year 1: We do Math 54 and Math 65 in one year. We do Math 54 and 65 this way--parent explains the section and goes over lesson problems with the students then the kids do the Saxon work --every problem, every time, every day. Parent checks and student corrections are made write away. Student writes answers in notebook and grows a math book. We give 1-3 word problems a day also and include more topics from Hard Math for Elementary Students for interests. Kid
  14. Someone asked me to make this question here in this section also so I did.
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