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  1. My 8yo son is currently using Horizons 3rd grade math. We both like the worksheets and that it has built in review. He's moving through it fine, but I feel like we're reaching a point where he is looking for more of the "why" not just the "how". I'm not looking to abandon the curriculum entirely, but I'm looking for something to add to round out the conceptual side of math that I feel is lacking. I've seen a lot of people talking positively about RightStart, Singapore (I see there are 2 options, Dimensions Math and Primary Math - happy to hear about both of these), and Math in Focus and
  2. I'm considering using Beast Academy to supplement our main math curriculum Saxon. We do every part of Saxon--every part of every lesson, test and investigation--and my boys, (using 5/4 and 8/7, next year) benefit from the spiral/repetition/practice problems. I really believe Saxon is a solid, thorough program but I'd like to supplement with something more conceptually based for my 2 very math-inclined boys. I'm thinking to just get the BA Guide books for their correct level and have them read through that once or twice a week. Has anyone used BA as supplement? How did you structure it
  3. I'm considering switching out of Saxon and into Math U See. After reading the new edition of TWTM and her emphasis on conceptual learning, I feel like in the area of place value (which almost all of math seems to hinge on), Saxon is really weak conceptually in how they teach it. My son is in 2nd grade and doing Saxon math 3. He is extremely bright when it comes to math so I never really worried about him conceptually, until I started reading more about it. He seems to be doing great with Saxon, but I'm just worried it's not enough conceptually. I know in TWTM it says Math U See is a good optio
  4. Would you consider Saxon at a lower level than other math programs? I'm just wondering because I've done Saxon Alg 1 & 2 and I have friends in public school doing similar level math but they cover many concepts I've never covered or even heard of. I just want to know where Saxon stands in the world of math books :P I want to know because I may have to do a little extra math prep before college (It's senior year for me). Thank you very much!
  5. Hi! We bought Saxon Math 1 Parts 1 and 2 for our first grader. Thought that the Home Study Teacher's Edition would be of help, so we got that too (used). Here's the question. We know we'll be buying several math books over the years. Is it possible to save money by reusing the books for the younger child(ren)? How? Is it worth the trouble to photocopy the workbook pages? Is it legal too? We've looked at the workbooks. Our 6 year old has been doing first grade math for a while now and knows a lot of the stuff. But we want a thorough and solid foundation for him, and we aren't
  6. I need help/feedback. A little background: We used Singapore for K-6, loved it, went great. Then I would switch them (my three kids) to Saxon in middle school using the placement test. All tested into pre-Algebra and on we went. My son struggled with the last half of Algebra 1 (8th) and by the end of 8th grade was ready to never do math again. So, we put it on the back burner until now (spring semester of 9th grade) to finish the last few lessons and tests of Algebra 1 as a review for entering Algebra 2, and to finish it. In the meantime, I let him do Teaching Textbooks Geometry this yea
  7. This is Mr. ElmerRex, please excuse my bad english. We are nearing the end of Saxon 54, maybe in New Years my son will finish. So I need to think a little about what we will do next so that Mama and I can agree for our sons next step.My son should finishing Math 54 around New Years and so far every thing is going very nice, we love it. We want to use Saxon 65 too, but mama says not to start at the beginning of 65 if he is having a strong finish in 54, but I know you are not to skip anything in Saxon. :huh: So we have a question: Do you go from one book to the next or do you wait a bit?
  8. Has anyone tried RightStart math? Who loves it? Why? I'm agonizing over whether to try RightStart C next year instead of Saxon 3. (I picked C instead of B based on the site's recommendation.) It's not that my DS7 has a big problem with Saxon. He does fine and doesn't complain most of the time. But he doesn't have that mythical "love of math" I've heard so much about. Maybe because I don't have that, it's hard for me to imagine, but if it's real, I'd like him to have a chance to develop it. And Saxon isn't really inspiring. I would describe it as thorough and adequate, but it's not making a
  9. Hello all, I'm trying to get a head start on some curriculum purchases for the upcoming fall. I'm happy with a lot of what we have been using, but it's been difficult to find a good fit for math for my oldest. He's a very bright 9-and-a-half-year-old, entering 4th grade. The first couple years I did a combo of Saxon and Singapore. Saxon is too easy and repetitive for the most part, but he still needed some reinforcement on arithmetic facts, which is why I included it. I wanted to switch math curricula this year for his younger brother, so I went ahead and switched my oldest, also, to
  10. Help! I am at my wit's end. We used Calvert Math for the past two years (2nd and 3rd grade) but decided to switch to Saxon for 4th grade. Why the switch in the first place? My son hated Calvert, and it was a daily battle to get him to finish his math assignments. I decided that we had better make a switch to a math curriculum he enjoyed. He used Saxon in first grade and did really well, so I thought we would switch back to Saxon. Well, things have not gone as planned! He is falling terribly behind, hates math, and battles with me daily about doing his math work. I have come to realize that thi
  11. The son in question (out of four children, three being actively homeschooled) is going into 4th grade this year. We do dual curriculua (Jewish/Hebrew studies and secular subjects), but fit in most of TWTM suggestions. He is the least...motivated child I have. If it is hard or or takes time to master, he's going to run like heck to get away from it. If it is formulaic or easy, he doesn't mind doing it although not with great precision. That in itself is a problem that I have tried in different ways over the years. Honestly, I think about putting him in our local Jewish day school to give
  12. I've been using Saxon Math with my kids from the beginning. I recently read Art Reed's book on using Saxon Math. He says that the homework shouldn't be graded, because the curriculum was written to catch problem areas on the tests. He says the longest a child would go with an undiscovered problem would be five days, since the tests follow every five lessons. I would like to know if anyone else does this? I know that the Saxon books themselves suggest that the student check their homework, but I tried that and it was just too overwhelming for my oldest son (he is fabulous about doing h
  13. After two years I got tired of using the same B and C sheets for Saxon. They don't copy well, and even with heavy photoshopping, they still look terrible. So I started from scratch and made new sheets to use this year and I thought I'd share. The C sheet is essentially the same, just cleaned up. The B sheet I reorganized quite a bit. I simplified it, since we never use all those check boxes that were taking up space. They should print fine. The C Back sheet is meant to print on the back of the C Front sheet, so the margin for hole punches is on the opposite side. This is in Open Office Calc (
  14. I'd create a program where I could simply check off if the student successfully answered the question right or not the first time. Since each question has next to it the lesson # that the question relates too, I would have the program create a table showing me what Lessons the student needed to review. Of course, if I was really dreaming, I'd marry Saxon and Switched on Schoolhouse together so that the computer could mark the correct answers for me and then when a student continued to get questions from the same lesson wrong, the program would automatically require the student to review
  15. We are finishing up Saxon Math 5/4 and doing excellent. Has anyone skipped 6/5 or 7/6? Or Have done only portion of the book? i.e only 2nd half of the book & going to the next level?
  16. Most of the classical private schools in my area use Saxon...usually Saxon k in PreK, Saxon 1 in kindergarten and so forth. CC, Veritas, Good Books and most of the other programs (classical mostly) highly recommend Saxon math. When I look at this program, I think of it as a "slow death." I like scripted and some might think, boring programs (TYCR 100 ez lessons, OPGTR ...love it) so I wonder if I just misunderstand this program. I just do not want my preK daughter doing an hour of math....or even when she is in kindergarten. 1. Am I wrong? 2. Do so many homeschool and private sch
  17. Can someone comment about whether or not Saxon Math has been rewritten in recent years and "dumbed down" in order to be placed in mainstream public/private schools?
  18. My 6th grade son is currently in Saxon 8/7 and has done Saxon since K. I have Algebra 1/2 to go into next year, but just read something online that said usually students do 8/7 OR Algebra 1/2. I think he could use the practice of a semi-repeating year. He has no problems with the concepts and does well on the tests (generally 90 or above, sometimes 85). He does not do so well on the daily work, but that is mostly careless errors, not conceptual problems. What would you recommend? Should we try Algebra 1 or just do 1/2 for a year of semi-review? Thanks! Carly
  19. Saxon is the only math we've used. My 13 y.o. just finished Alg. 1, and we were planning on staying with Saxon for all high school maths. But, it's been suggested to me that Saxon's geometry, whether done through the algebra/adv. math, or the seperate course, is better just for reviewing geometry, but not strong enough to prepare a student for the SAT. So, now I'm wondering if I should stay with Saxon or do a seperate course for geometry, I'm researching and finding Jacob's is a popular curriculum? Anyone with experience of how either curriculum prepared their child for the
  20. I looked through the Virtual Sampling of Saxon Math Grade K today. My 4yo saw what I was doing and asked "What's that?" and then started answering the questions on the pages I read to him. He knew a lot of it, but there were still some new concepts, and he could always use the review. Then I looked at the teacher's guide, and it looked like it was all for classrooms. My question is: do I need the teacher's guide for this low a level? Have you bought both and then not used the teacher's guide? Or did you get just the workbooks and feel something was missing? Thank you in advance!
  21. Looking to add some DVD instruction to math next year. Any reviews for different programs? Likes and dislikes? Thanks :001_smile:
  22. If you had a choice between these Algebra programs, which would you pick and why? BJU Algebra w/DVDs Chalkdust Algebra w/Mosely DVDs (an Amazon 4th ed piecemeal version...not the 'official' Chalkdust one) Saxon Algebra w/DIVE I have them all at my disposal, and I am stumped on which one to use. This ds is an average math student who has great hopes of going to college. I need to make the right choice for him...and that 'right choice' is absolutely paralyzing me. :glare: A little history: He used mainly BJU from 4th grade until 7th. In 7th we moved to CLE and he has been usin
  23. I've posted about our switch to Sazon 7/6 from Singapore 4A many times. I just wanted to point out that now we are running into issues...in a good way, but all of a sudden mid-year, we're hitting all this stuff that he already knows solid. I've merged a bunch of lessons but I thought I'd point out that this caught me off guard, since the placement test definitely said 7/6 and the first 50 lessons were pretty appropriate, but 50-65 are too repetitive of singapore 4A for us. Brownie
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