Beast Academy 4A Math Practice

Beast Academy 4A Math Practice

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ISBN: 9781934124512
Grades: 4

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Recommended for students ages 10 12.

Beast Academy provides a fun, rigorous, challenging, complete curriculum for aspiring math beasts. BA Level 4A includes chapters on shapes, multiplication, and exponents.

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 though the series is not all available as of this writing. Each part consists of two books: a Guide and a Practice book. 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. Grade 3 chapters are: 3A - Shapes, Skip-Counting, Perimeter and Area; 3B - Multiplication, Perfect Squares, Distributive Property; 3C - Variables, Division, Measurement; 3D - Fractions, Estimation, Area. Grade 4 topics (so far) are: 4A - Shapes, Multiplication, Exponents; 4B - Counting, Division, Logic; and 4C - Factors, Fractions and Integers. These chapters are further divided into sections (subtopics). For example, Chapter 1 of Grade 3A: Shapes contains sections labeled: Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, and Polyominoes. Activity sheets, asides, notes, extensions, and games are often 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 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 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 covers a few that the other doesn't. Saxon follows a spiral approach and integrates review whereas this program is very topical and by the strand with 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 hand-holding. 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 www.beastacademy.com 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.


Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ELEMENTARY:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
Grade
4
ISBN
9781934124512
Format
Paperback
Brand Name
Art of Problem Solving
Weight
0.9 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.88" x 8.38" x 0.44"
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We love Beast Academy - 3rd kid to use it!
Amanda A on Aug 4, 2021
We love beast academy. It is not a tradition US way of doing math and is more "thinking" math than repetition math. For my math loving son this is such a great fit!
cathy r on Jun 7, 2021
We love Beast Academy - 3rd kid to use it!
Amanda A on Aug 4, 2021
Having trouble with Saxon math with younger child who is pretty gifted at math and this was a recommendation from a friend and reviews were great. First quarter very affordable on it's own so decided to try it.
Alisa R on Jun 21, 2021
We love beast academy. It is not a tradition US way of doing math and is more "thinking" math than repetition math. For my math loving son this is such a great fit!
cathy r on Jun 7, 2021
I have been really impressed with the related TAoPS Prealgebra book for my 6th grader, so thought we'd give Beast Academy a try for my 4th grader.
Juliana F on Aug 31, 2020
Beast Academy books are a great resource for learning maths
Shakeel A on Jul 23, 2020
friend recommendation
Debby B on Jul 6, 2020
interesting
ying m on Feb 22, 2020
We love Beast Academy! This will be out 3rd year using this curriculum.
Lisa Krentz on Sep 6, 2019
The Beast Academy curriculum is by far the most creative and challenging math curriculum that I have found. My son typically wants to start the day with math, and if I do not have one of the stories in the Math Guide scheduled to read for that day, he will find an old one so we can spend time reading the visually enticing, cleverly crafted stories. We have also created voices for each of the characters to add to the fun! The Math Practice book builds upon the concepts introduced in the Guide.
Abigail C on Feb 14, 2019
Interested in these books for my gifted kid, who needs to be challenged.
Jacqueline M on Oct 30, 2018
My son really enjoys this math program. He loves comics and he loves to be challenged in math.
MARGUERITE C on Aug 17, 2018
These books really stretch kids to think in new ways.
Catherine R on Aug 15, 2018
My son loves the fun stories and the challenging problems in the Beast Academy series.
Jessica W on Aug 2, 2018
need to go with 4A guide
Rebecca W on Aug 1, 2018
Trying it out for my daughter
Christine G on Jul 18, 2018
My son loves Beast Academy. After doing Saxon for a couple years he dreaded doing his math worksheets. He needed more challenging problems and less of the same thing over and over (which is what Saxon is). He excelled in Beast Academy 3.
User on Jul 10, 2018
We've always used BJU Math but my youngest is a little overwhelmed with the textbook format. We've read the reviews and are hoping the comic book style will help maintain his attention.
Elizabeth Q on Jun 26, 2018
We have the 4A guide out from the library - my daughter's reading it like a comic - and she'd like to do the suggested workbook pages!
Caroline G on May 18, 2018
As a Homeschool looks like a great way to make math fun and not boring.
Lori M on May 18, 2018
Recommended by my daughter for my grandsons. Actually all of my grandsons study math using Beast Academy for more than 4 years and achieve extraordinary results.
Helena P on Apr 12, 2018
We love to supplement our traditional math program with this program to teach the deeper why concepts of problem solving in a fun and creative way.
Michael L on Apr 3, 2018
Fun, Challenging Math Program!
Angela B on Mar 30, 2018
My son loves this curriculum.
Julissa J on Mar 28, 2018
daily math practice
Catherine L on Mar 27, 2018
Same
Timothy S on Jan 19, 2018
free shipping
tracey t on Dec 15, 2017
It is a great math supplement. The questions challenge you to apply the concept in a way that most math curriculums don't. It is not a very deep curriculum so that is why we use it as a supplement.
Samina Y on Oct 28, 2017
need enrichment for gifted student
GILDA O. on Oct 9, 2017
Practical application in real life which my daughter desires to understand with math
Cory K on Aug 25, 2017
My son loves the Beast Academy books. He enjoyed all the challenges and puzzles in the level 3 books. I'm sure this one will be just as awesome.
Rebecca E on Apr 25, 2017
Saw this curriculum at a Home School Fair and my son and I were intrigued.
Danielle Z on Mar 25, 2017
It's more challenging for my math-y kid.
Wendy C on Mar 6, 2017
"My boys love Beast Academy. Even the 12yo will come and listen to the Guide when I read it to the younger kids. "
Zach on Nov 10, 2016
Recommended to me and kids grabbed one I borrowed, and began reading it!
Marisa B on Sep 5, 2016
We needed something more rigorous, challenging, and interesting than Saxon...
Nathan P on Mar 19, 2016
"Excellent product for classical education"
Ecaterina C on Feb 18, 2016
Research is showing that students do not do enough problem solving in math... Too much rote work. Beast is a good curr focusing on problem solving.
Dawn B on Feb 7, 2016
Needed something different for math. Recommended by a friend. Trying this approach. Looks fun!
James P on Jan 21, 2016
Amazing math curriculum! Well-illustrated, colourful artwork, appealing to a younger learner. In-depth math concepts and interesting practice problems.
Arwen L on Jan 8, 2016
Having trouble with Saxon math with younger child who is pretty gifted at math and this was a recommendation from a friend and reviews were great. First quarter very affordable on it's own so decided to try it.
Alisa R on Jun 21, 2021
I have been really impressed with the related TAoPS Prealgebra book for my 6th grader, so thought we'd give Beast Academy a try for my 4th grader.
Juliana F on Aug 31, 2020
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Math that encourages thinking
We love Beast Academy! It encourages the math student to think. We like to use this as a stand alone curriculum or paired with Saxon Math.
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Very entertaining and challenging. Love it!
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