Beast Academy 2A Math Guide

Beast Academy 2A Math Guide

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Item #: 069161
ISBN: 9781934124307
Grades: 2-4

Product Description:

Grade 2 chapters are: 2A Place Value, Comparing, Addition

Publisher Description:

Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. Unit 2A includes chapters on place value, comparing, and addition.

The Guide book is written in an engaging comic book style.

Category Description for Beast Academy Level 2:

Grade 2 chapters are: 2A Place Value, Comparing, Addition; 2B Subtraction, Expressions, Problem Solving; 2C Measurement, Strategies (+ & -), Odds & Evens; 2D Big Numbers, Algorithms (+ & -), Problem Solving.

The Art of Problem-Solving folks present: Beast Academy. Proving that any monster can do math, these comically monstrous beasts take you along with them as they face math challenges both inside and outside the Academy. Described as "rigorous, challenging, engaging, and fun" by the publisher, I would expect nothing less from a curriculum designed to ready your child for the demands of MATHCOUNTS and post-elementary AOPS curricula.

There are four parts for each grade level (A through D). Each part consists of two books: a Guide and a Practice Book, except for Level 1, which combines the Guide and Practice Book into an all-in-one resource for each part. Core instruction takes place in the Guide, which is written in colorful, comic-book style and stars a cast of not-quite-cute monsters. Each book is divided topically into three chapters. These chapters are further divided into sections (subtopics). For example, Chapter 1 of Grade 3A: Shapes contains sections labeled: Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Polyominoes. In our 3A Sample, parents will find activity sheets, notes, extensions, and games interspersed between the sections. Helpful, red rectangles at the end of some pages tell you when to break and do practice problems. Stop signs also appear in the corners of some panels. These contain questions for the student to answer before continuing to read. Guides are non-consumable. All written work is done in the corresponding Practice Book which contains 300-400 practice problems and puzzles that reinforce the Guides' instruction. Practice chapters each begin with a recommended sequence (like a lesson plan) correlating the reading (Guide) to specific practice pages. Problem sets generally begin with a recap of the concepts covered and a model problem with solution. Some problems have a pencil icon next to them, signaling the student to write an explanation in addition to their answer. "Very challenging" problems are starred. Doubly starred problems are, well, beastly. For students requiring a little help with these, each has a hint to get them started. These are found in a separate section in the back of the book, so students won't be tempted to use them unless necessary. Complete solutions to all problems in the book are also included. All pages in the Practice Book are perforated, so you can optionally tear out either the problem sets or solution keys if you desire.

So, how does this program compare to other math curriculums? Compared to Saxon Grade 3, they cover basically the same topics, though each cover a few that the other doesn't. Saxon follows a spiral approach and integrates review, whereas this program is very topical and by design includes neither tests nor chapter reviews. Saxon is a traditional math course whereas Beast Academy is not. It is innately more conceptual and interactive because of its unique lesson format. While Saxon is intended to be teacher-led, Beast Academy is written to the student. While manipulatives are an integral part of Saxon instruction, they would only be used here by choice as student problem-solving aids (though the characters use "real" objects in the context of the lessons). Students are encouraged to think and problem solve to a greater degree, as you might expect in a curriculum from this publisher. There is no shortage of practice problems, a shortcoming often found in less traditional programs. The math-oriented student would get the most mileage (and challenge) out of this program. It is probably NOT for the student that needs a lot of handholding. That said, my child that most disliked math would have loved this program because of its highly visual format and contextual presentation of concepts.

Beast Academy has its own support website which contains free pre-assessments (with solutions), selected printable practice pages, coloring pages, and errata. When your little beast is finished with grade 5, he or she can move on to AOPS (or any other demanding) middle-school math program.


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Another child of mine uses Beast Academy online and loves it! I thought that my younger children might enjoy the print, easier levels.
Timothy H on Jun 20, 2022
Looks like high interest text for our son.
C J on Oct 2, 2020
Another child of mine uses Beast Academy online and loves it! I thought that my younger children might enjoy the print, easier levels.
Timothy H on Jun 20, 2022
I use Saxon Math with my special needs (ADHD, Tourette's) first grader. It's amazing for her, but pretty boring. I'm planning to supplement with Beast Academy for second grade, in the hopes of bringing some fun into our math lessons!
Bridget N on May 27, 2021
Looks like high interest text for our son.
C J on Oct 2, 2020
Excited to see if my son who loves graphic novels will enjoy learning math in this way.
Beccy P on Aug 14, 2020
We love Beast Academy. I started using it with my older two in the 4th grade and continuing with my younger two now!
User on Jul 10, 2020
engaging and challenging for kids.
Amy L on Jul 8, 2020
I have used Beast Academy with an older child and he loved it. His younger brother wants to try it too. The cartoon format is enticing, but the content is meaty and clear.
Toni G on Aug 9, 2019
I'm looking for a math program that will help my son who already loves math learn how to problem solve instead of just memorizing math facts.
User on Jul 29, 2019
My daughter needed more challenging math.
Rachel A on Mar 13, 2019
I picked Beast Academy because the format engages my six year old, and I hear that is moves at a faster pace. Since this is his first year with actual lessons, and he skipped Kindergarten math and already finished his 1st grade book, I thought the extra challenge will be good for him.
Sara T on Jan 17, 2019
We subscribe monthly to the online curriculum, and I want to see the actual books. The online curriculum does have an option to purchase books alongside the online practice when you purchase a full year subscription.
Christie B on Dec 4, 2018
I've heard great things about Beast Academy Math from multiple families, so I'm going to give it a try with my youngest. I think he'll really enjoy it.
Julianne D on Nov 27, 2018
Great price, easy site, clear description
gretchen k on Nov 7, 2018
I have a 7 year old who struggles with Math but LOVES comic books. I thought these guide books would be fun for him.
Megan W on Sep 23, 2018
Challenging curriculum and fun presentation
Breanne S on Sep 9, 2018
For fun reading. We love the series and want to see the little monsters when they were in 2nd grade.
User on Aug 14, 2018
We tried a friend's copy and my children love it. Some of the problems are challenging but it keeps them engaged.
Charity H on Aug 5, 2018
I need a new approach to help my daughter learn math. This seems totally different from anything we've tried in the past.
Melanie D on Aug 5, 2018
I'm intrigued! My son is good at math but does not enjoy it, so I thought we'd try something that looks fun and challenging.
Jessica M on Aug 2, 2018
I am hoping it will be an engaging math program for my son.
Renee T on Jul 31, 2018
My son like mathematic . I wanted to keeping his interest with this book.
Sophia J on Jul 31, 2018
We liked the look of the comic/graphic text and wanted some challenging problems added into our math curriculum.
Julie K on Jul 26, 2018
Chose this series because I think it shows foundational math (addition/subtraction/number comparison) in more novel ways.
Sonal D on May 29, 2018
My son loves graphic novels and comics but is not a huge fan of math. Hoping to add some appeal.
Jennie on May 25, 2018
I read good reviews on Beast Academy and I thought I would give it a try as I have a very visual learner at home that loves to read.
User on Apr 27, 2018
provide more in-depth knowledge of math topics
Daniel T on Apr 27, 2018
Fun, Challenging Math Program!
Angela B on Mar 30, 2018
I like the story format of the lessons for math
Adrienne J on Mar 25, 2018
I think this could help my 8 year old relate to math more. We have been using Math Mammoth which is great, but my daughter loves comics and silly characters and could use some inspiration.
Fouad J on Mar 21, 2018
"I have heard several people recommend this curriculum and my daughter likes comic books"
Pamela S on Mar 1, 2018
We love Beast Academy's challenging problems.
Timothy S on Feb 19, 2018
curriculum for homeschooling recommend by friend
Karen A on Feb 5, 2018
A homeschooling friend recommended this math curriculum. My son loves to read. We love Life of Fred, but it is not providing the rigorous practice work he needs. This seems like an excellent solution.
Jennifer P on Feb 2, 2018
My son is in 2nd grade and this seems like a good book to revise his concepts and for practice.
homeowner on Feb 1, 2018
I needed a more challenging math program for my daughter, and this one is fun, too!
Cindy G on Jan 26, 2018
Recommendation of a friend, like the approach, pretest suggested this level for my student
Amanda R on Jan 24, 2018
After researching a lot both online, and with local Homeshool groups, I believe that this math curriculum will engage my 7 y/o son, and teach him at his level (he was ahead in his ps class), and still be engaging with the guidebook layout.
Pati D on Nov 27, 2017
recommended by friend
Julie W on Nov 6, 2017
"My 10 year old on theAutism Spectrum loves the 4th grade book we received to review (to access the 4th grade circ.). He absolutely loves the comic book approach and so engaged!"
Samantha M on Nov 1, 2017
Interested in a math curriculum that will go deeper and challenge my child (doing work that is above level in math)
Jeanette B on Oct 30, 2017
My oldest daughter has loved Beast Academy 3 so I decided to try it with her younger sister. It's a fun way to reinforce and stretch topics from Singapore Math.
Joan S on Oct 29, 2017
friend's recommendation
Penelope B on Sep 18, 2017
Hands-down best math resource for diving deep into math concepts.
Toni F on Sep 5, 2017
I use Saxon Math with my special needs (ADHD, Tourette's) first grader. It's amazing for her, but pretty boring. I'm planning to supplement with Beast Academy for second grade, in the hopes of bringing some fun into our math lessons!
Bridget N on May 27, 2021
Excited to see if my son who loves graphic novels will enjoy learning math in this way.
Beccy P on Aug 14, 2020
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Rated 5 out of 5
Love it!
My son and I work on this a little bit each day, he LOVES it. Beast Academy does challenge him and I wouldn't assign it to him alone but it has been so fun to see his face light up as he understands the new concepts.
October 10, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Fun, engaging and what math should be
The graphic novel style of the math guide and full color is wonderful. It grabbed my little one’s attention and is engaging. And despite the styling, the content so far has been clear and truly explains each concept. It tells you when to stop in order to do workbook pages(although you do have to get use to this. We missed a stop sign or two along the way).

Be prepared to spend sometime with kids doing the workbook pages. Some problems they will be able to do easily after going through the guide. Others will take some time. This is expected as the program is teaching the student to apply knowledge and think critically. This also means that it takes longer to get through the workbook pages before moving onto the next section. Just have patience and keep encouraging your kid. Before long they’ll be onto loving math and anxiously awaiting story time with the Beast Academy monsters.
June 8, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent math book for 2nd grade
Wonderful book. Strech the kid’s thinking. Excellent
November 27, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Fun Guide!
I love the colorful comics, and my boys do too! This guide definitely makes math fun!
August 15, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Engaging and complete.
We are only 2 weeks into this curriculum but so far we love it. My son is engaged with the storyline and wants to continue reading ahead. The concepts are explained in a way that don’t seem abstract or foreign to him.
One thing I particularly like about the problems is that there are a variety of challenges that encourage my son to think “outside the box”. Which I feel cement the concept even better.

I should probably mention that my son is mathematically inclined. He tends to get concepts easily and likes to move quickly through. So far he amount of exercises have been just right. There are enough that he doesn’t get bored of tired of the repetition but there’s enough that he has a good grasp of the concepts before moving on.
August 5, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Best math curriculum story style.
This is perfect to break up the monotonous routine of kahn academy and Singapore math. The story is great the pictures vibrate with color.
May 7, 2018
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
The way they go about teaching concepts to kids is brilliant. My kids and I love Beast Academy!
October 19, 2017
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My daughter loves the stories and is learning well.
October 14, 2017
over 5 years ago

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