Prentice- Hall High School Math
Saxon is a great program but not a good fit for everyone. If that describes you, then take a look at this quality math series. The concept presentation is meaty, it is aligned to standards, and comes from a secular publisher if you need or prefer that. Each 2011 edition Homeschool Bundle includes a student text, teachers edition, Practice and Problem Solving Workbook, Practice and Problem Solving Workbook Teachers Guide, Teaching Resources DVD, and Answers and Solutions CD-ROM.
The two-volume Teacher Edition is what you might expect in a classroom edition. It includes a sequence chart, pacing chart, entry level assessments, pacing and assessment guide, small format student pages with answers, and teaching notes (interactive learning, guided instruction and lesson check). Most lessons include three options for remediation recommendations: online at Math XL or PowerGeometry.com (these are not available to homeschoolers), reteaching lessons from the All in One Teaching Resources DVD (included) and Practice Problems in the All in One Teaching Resources DVD (included). Lesson Resource Charts direct teachers to the Answers and Solutions CD-ROM or the All in One Teaching Resource (included) as well as the online support that is not available to homeschoolers. The Lesson resources also offer differentiated remediation exercises and standardized test prep (found on the All in One Teaching Resource). Although the Teacher Edition refers frequently to the Math XL and other websites, this content is unfortunately not available to homeschoolers, so please be aware that you will not be able to utilize that content if you use one of these courses.
The Student Text includes lessons directed to the student with examples and exercises. Lessons begin with a quick "Solve it" puzzle that incorporates review and new topic, followed by key concepts, and explanations of new concepts. Step-by-step practice problems and lesson checks follow prior to the practice and problem solving exercise. Lessons also incorporate standardized test prep questions for ACT/SAT tests and mixed review. Vocabulary is included, although the audio vocabulary review is part of the unavailable online component. The student book also references the Math XL websites, which are not available in a homeschool setting. Both student text and Teacher Edition include a skills handbook, visual glossary (English and Spanish), Reference pages, selected answers and index.
The Practice and Problem Solving Workbook offers adapted lessons that correlate to the student book. Adapted lessons offer more step by step problem solving support to analyze the exercises and adapted test prep. (They do not include the note taking pages or vocabulary review as referenced in the old ed workbook) There is room to solve problems but not excessive or plentiful. The Practice and Problem Solving Workbook Teacher Guide contains reduced student pages with answers. No solutions and no additional teaching notes are included.
Youll find all of the textbook answers and solutions in the Answers and Solutions CD-ROM. System requirements for CD-ROM: Windows 2000/XP/7; CD-ROM Drive; 750 MB Hard Drive Space; 256 MB RAM. Macintosh: MAC OS 10.2/10.3/10.4; CD-ROM Drive, 750 MB Hard Drive Space; 256 MB RAM.
The Teaching Resource DVD includes printable (and some editable) worksheets, assessments, answers, homework video tutorials, and ELL Support. Computer Requirements: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, DVD drive, 100MB disc space, 32 MB RAM. MAC: OSX 10.2/10.3/10.4, DVD drive, 100 MB disc space, 32MB RAM (64MB recommended). The Parent Guide pamphlet is a short brochure with general teaching information.
The content of this series ranks right up there with the Bob Jones and Saxon courses and covers the same topics in a very comprehensive way. If you are looking for a course that will teach the same content with the same format as courses for the classroom, this series is solid with a good amount of teacher support, although you may feel that you are missing out on some of the online support that is available in school systems.
The sequence for the Prentice Hall High School Math series is intertwined and interchangeable with some elements of the Middle School courses. Students using the Prentice Hall Middle School Math Courses can choose to do Course 1 and Course 2, and then they have the option of doing Course 3 or Algebra Readiness. After that, students will then do Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2. ~ Donna