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R&S math ... is the grade 8 math different than earlier years? Can't decide we should switch or continue until grade 8.

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We love Rod and Staff math. I'm sad it finishes at the end of grade 8.

 

I'm not sure whether we will do the grade 8 math next year or whether I should be planning on making the switch at the end of grade 7. 

 

What's the grade 8 math like? Does it still have the clear instructions in the TM and the same type and number or word problems? 

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We love Rod and Staff math. I'm sad it finishes at the end of grade 8.

 

I'm not sure whether we will do the grade 8 math next year or whether I should be planning on making the switch at the end of grade 7. 

 

What's the grade 8 math like? Does it still have the clear instructions in the TM and the same type and number or word problems? 

 

I haven't held "Applying Mathematics" in my hands so I can't really say, except that I have no doubt it has clear instructions in the TM. :-)

 

I like Saxon, so if I were in your position, I would have my dc take the placement test now and do that. Eventually, R&S will have algebra, but I haven't read any thing from them that suggests it will be finished any time soon.

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7 is just like 8 in appearance and method. :)

 

Deciding what you want to use for algebra and working backward might help you decide now or later.

 

 

I switched mine early. He stunk at change and I wanted to get the newness battle over with, but in hindsight I would have just left him there until R&S ran out. It's probably dependent on the individual kid.

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Like previous posters, the Grade 8 book is set up just as the previous books are. It has a very explicit TM and the full set includes tests and quizzes. I do not have the 7th grade book, since we tried different books that year, but then did go back to R&S. My older daughter completed the Grade 8 book and from there went on to Jacob's Algebra I. She worked through about 1/3 of that book and switched to the Dolciani Algebra book, which is the one she finished. 

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