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Focusing on algebraic reasoning and geometric concepts, Saxon Math Homeschool 5/4 teaches math with a spiral approach, which emphasizes incremental development of new material and continuous review of previously taught concepts.
Following Saxon Math 3 or Saxon Intermediate Math 3, the Saxon 54 textbook covers concepts such as number sense, numeration, numerical operations, measurement and geometry, patterns, relationships, math functions, and data manipulation are introduced. Students will specifically learn to add three-digit numbers, subtract numbers with re-grouping, read time, write numbers, estimate arithmetic answers, divide with two-digit answers, multiply three or more factors, simplify fraction answers, use a decimal number line, and more.
Lessons contain a warm-up (with facts practice, mental math, & problem-solving exercises); introduction to the new concept, lesson practice exercises where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice exercises, which includes 25-30 old and new problems. In-depth "Investigations" are provided every 10 lessons, and have their own set of questions. Math 5/4 also includes 8 in-lesson activities and 5 investigation activities.
The Tests and Worksheets book provides a "facts practice test" for each lesson as well as a test covering every 5-10 lessons. Investigations are also included.
The Solutions Manual provides answers for all problems in the lesson (including Warm-up, lesson practice, and mixed practice exercises), as well as solutions for the supplemental practice found in the back of the student text. It also includes answers for the facts practice tests, activity sheets, and tests in the separate tests & worksheets book.
Saxon Math 5/4 is designed for students in grade 4, or grade 5 students who are struggling with math.
This Saxon Homeschool Kit includes:
- Student Text; 120 lessons, 627 perforated pages, softcover, 3rd Edition.
- Tests and worksheets book; 283 perforated pages, three-ring-punched; selected pages may be reproduced by homeschooling families. 3rd Edition.
- Solutions Manual; 302 perforated pages, softcover. 3rd Edition.
Vendor: Saxon Publishing
Publication Date: 2004
Availability: In Stock
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Zachster5 Stars Out Of 5HomeschoolSeptember 4, 2015ZachsterQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My kids loves this. My daughter really hated math until I got this now she loves it. My son always liked math but now he can't get enough.
Homeschool Mom5 Stars Out Of 5Homeschool MomOctober 4, 2014Homeschool MomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Had to bring 5th grader from public school up to where he should be. Will be finished by December and will be ordering the 6-7th Saxton Math. Good product.
momof55 Stars Out Of 5September 23, 2013momof5Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amazing series. I will buy the series 7/6 for next year for sure !!!! There is a lot of repetition if that is what your child needs. Mine learned a lot and things really sunk in. There are some wrong answers in the parent answer book so just keep watch on that. I will use this again when my 4 year old is ready to do this concept of math as well.
SteveAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5July 5, 2013SteveAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Good work. I ordered my books. I got my books. End of story.
4kidletsOklahomaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent!!! Improved test scores!June 23, 20134kidletsOklahomaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I have been HSing for 12 years. My oldest, who will be in 12th grade this fall, has always been a math wiz. He used A Beka math up through 8th grade and then switched to Saxon for high school using Classical Conversations. For him, A Beka was great.
My daughters, now 13 & 11, were not so naturally gifted at math. I faithfully started them with A Beka because my plan all along was to buy the books once and only ever replace the student workbooks for my younger 3 children. They started alright, but struggled quite a bit. By the time my youngest took EOY tests after 3rd grade, she fell in the 16th percentile for math. Pretty low! Also, math time was a lot of tears and frustration. We started her 4th grade year with strong resolve to build her math skills, but by Christmas, I could see we weren't making the needed progress. In January, I chucked her 4th grade A Beka math and started her at the beginning of Saxon 5/4. I had her first read every lesson and then attempt the practice problems. If she got it, she moved on to the mixed practice problems. If she didn't, I went back through and explained the lesson to her. (I purposely try to have my children be as independant learners as possible. I don't want them to think they cannot learn without a teacher.) We also go back and rework mistakes. Yes... That can get old fast, but it works! (We still do it this way two years later.)
Well, she began to thrive. She began to believe she COULD do well at math. At the end of 4th grade she was only halfway through the 5/4 book, but her math test score went up to 38th percentile. By the end of this year (5th grade) we had made it almost completely through Saxon 6/5, and I just got her test scores. In math she scored in the 51st percentile!! I know that's not super high yet, but in 2 years she gained 35 percentile points!!! I expect this growth to continue! Rome wasn't built in a day, after all! :-) Now, the math outlook is much brighter to both of us!!
Regarding my older daughter, without going into as many details, from last year to this year, (this year she completed 8/7) she has gone from 32nd to 75th percentile. An even bigger gain!! (I am super pleased! I only gave more details for my younger daughter because I feel like she and I have been in the math trenches together. Though the numbers are smaller, the gain feels SO much bigger.)
I do NOT by any means think that standardized test scores are the "be all and end all" of math proficiency. For me, they are a window into long-term progress (or failure to progress), and they are practice for the bigger tests (ACT/SAT) that they will one day take. This is just one of the many ways I assess our progress.
I also tutor a class of HSing high schoolers in algebra using Saxon. I know people complain about the repetition, but I find that to be a large part of what makes Saxon excellent. I'm a firm believer that repetition is the mother of skill. My girls' test scores confirm what I've been witnessing at our dining room table for the last 2 years... Saxon works!! (but only if you work it). ;-)
Q: Are the problems on the worksheets the same as those in the text? with more space to work the problem? If the problems on the worksheet are additional problems, does the student just use blank paper to work the text problems on? Thanks!
No, the forms included in the worksheets book are the facts practices, activity sheets and a reproducible master sheet for recording your mixed practice solutions.
Q: How long does each lesson take? How long should each lesson take from beginning of new learning to completion of assignments?
Each lesson is comprised of four components; Warm-Up (10-15 minutes), New Concept (5-15 minutes), Lesson Practice (5-10 minutes), and Mixed Practice (20-40 minutes). Average lesson time is about 1 hour.
Q: Why is there no teachers manual available for this program? I have been using saxon since the kinder grade level now at Saxon math 4/5 there is no teachers manual..It is a wonderful resource to have in the teaching of the lesson to the children..am I missing something here?
Saxon Math levels 5/4 and higher are designed for independent student use, so all teaching material is contained in the student text. You can use the student text to teach from, but it is not necessary.