The comprehensive content and varied real-life applications covered give students a strong mathematical foundation. This series introduces students to theory and application of formal and informal reasoning, as well as to synthetic, coordinate, and transformational approaches.
Jurgensen Geometry Student Edition
The Student Edition begins with an explanation of the book and its content and a reference page for customary and metric measures. Each chapter begins by a statement of objectives, explanation of the concept being covered with examples, classroom exercises and written exercises. Self-tests are found mid-chapter, and algebra and mixed reviews prepare you for the next lesson or chapter. A chapter review and chapter test are found at the end of each chapter; these are different from those found in the Teacher Edition and are not reproducible. The chapter reviews have reference numbers for each section, for the lesson in which that concept was presented. Even numbered chapters are followed by a section titled, "Preparing for College Entrance Exams," which is a multiple-choice test with questions like those found in some college entrance exams. Answers are provided for all mixed reviews, self-tests, "Preparing for College Entrance Exams," odd-numbered problems for written exercises, chapter reviews, and cumulative reviews. A section of reference pages is also found at the back of the book that includes multiple-choice chapter examinations, lists of postulates, theorems, constructions, glossary, Handbook for Integrating Coordinate and Transformational Geometry, and more. 740 pg, hc.
Memoria Press has incorporated this hearty geometry course at the 10th grade level. College prep and comparable content to Prentice Hall and Bob Jones geometry courses with plenty of additional resources. This comprehensive course has 14 chapters - Points/Lines/Planes/Angles, Deductive Reasoning, Parallel Lines and Planes, Congruent Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Inequalities in Geometry, Similar Polygons, Right Triangles, Circles, Constructions and Loci, Areas of Plane Figures, Areas and Volumes of Solids, Coordinate Geometry, and Transformations. The course emphasizes logic and offers a good amount of worked-out examples, hands-on activities, real-world applications, exercises, chapter and mixed reviews, and a technology strand that includes calculator and computer applications for geometry.
The Student Edition begins with an explanation of the book and its content and a reference page for customary and metric measures. Each chapter begins by a statement of objectives, explanation of the concept being covered with examples, classroom exercises and written exercises. Self-tests are found mid-chapter, and algebra and mixed reviews prepare you for the next lesson or chapter. A chapter review and chapter test are found at the end of each chapter; these are different from those found in the Teacher Edition and are not reproducible. The chapter reviews have reference numbers for each section, for the lesson in which that concept was presented. Even numbered chapters are followed by a section
Memoria Press now offers complete Curriculum Manuals and grade-level curriculum packages for PK-10 using the classical methodology. Recitation is used in every level for memorization of basic facts, systematic phonics and good books are used for reading education, copywork is used for teaching Bible truths, and music and art are included for enrichment in the early (K-3) levels. Each Curriculum Manual contains complete lesson plans for a one-year course of study.
The Curriculum Manuals are well-formatted and easy to use. In the front of each book you will find a checklist of the materials needed at that level, an explanation of this curriculum, instructions for lesson implementation, a recommended schedule and blank schedule for your own planning purposes, and 33 weeks of detailed lesson plans. Lessons include assignments from the books used at each grade level, as well as activity suggestions. The appendices include a variety of material for that grade level, and may include: prayers, letter activities, recitation, memory verses, read-aloud book list, poetry list and selections, and a paintings/music list for kindergarten and first grade. These pages are reproducible for family or classroom use.
Although most of the guides have been available for several years, the curriculum was restructured in 2015, with many of the programs originally included in 3rd grade now with a slower pacing to span 3rd and 4th grade. Guides for grades 3 and up have been modified to reflect this change, while the lower-level guides have only had minor changes. If you are already midway into the program with the original guides, you can still continue in that track with the older guides, now titled Acclerated Classical Core Curriculum Manual. You can find these along with the complete list of curriculum resources used with them on our website.
We have complete grade-level resource packages, consumable packages for “refill,” new user packages for levels that reuse resources from a previous level, read-aloud packages for each level and science and enrichment packages for the early levels. Curriculum resources are also listed individually (see website for specific contents of consumables and read-aloud packages). Please note that several of the programs include First Form Latin and Classical Composition, which should be completed in order, regardless of what is in the grade level package.If you have a student entering the program after fourth grade, you will need to start them in Classical Composition: Fable Stage and/or First Form Latin instead of what might be in the package.
This series is for the parent who wants a good classical curriculum which is outlined and ready to use. Simply open the book and follow the instructions. You will be well on your way to a quality education for your young ones. ~ Donna
or this geometry-explanatory supplement - http://www.rainbowresource.com/proddtl.php?id=028310.
I would recommend it for use by a home teacher who already likes geometry and knows it well (I have an engineering degree.) It is not self-instructional like Saxon, so requires a competent tutor/instructor.
The support materials are a bit expensive, as this was developed for schools, but it is solid and NOT the watered-down fake geometry often used in public schools.
I think the book needs to show many more sample proofs in two-column format to teach students HOW to write proofs. It would be great to show different ways to prove the same thing.
I also think the chapter sections are too brief. Some more sample exercises for all types of problems would be helpful. I was so confused about the constructions that I just had the student watch Youtube videos.
Some may complain that including summarized information would be dumbing the material down or adding bells and whistles. I disagree. AOPS had summary boxes and pointers in algebra, such as "Don't forget xyz." At the same time, they did a beautiful job explaining the math concepts and included challenging problems (which were helpfully marked with a start so you wouldn't tear your hair out if it took you a while). As I was trying to help this child get started on proofs (which the child is doing pretty well at now), I checked the back of Jurgensen's for a list of theorems, postulates, or definitions so the child would have at least the whole bucket of options to try. That list was not complete (no definitions). Thankfully, Google is awesome, so I downloaded many summary charts to use as reference to help this child construct proofs. I compiled them into one that works for us. I've been on the dummies website and watched Youtube videos, which help to explain the difference between the transitive property and substitution and the difference between the bisector definition and the bisector theorem. I guess I am showing my student how to make lemonade out of lemons, because I am reorganizing the presentation of the material, which is what this child will have to do in college if the professor uses a bad book.
Finally, the book does have a chapter review and a practice test for each chapter. However, doing well on those does not guarantee doing well on tests in the class we're in. Then should those practice assessments be more difficult?
I am glad that I didn't decide to teach using this book. Even though Jacob's is super expensive and it's almost the end of fall term, I think I'm going to purchase it. It's so important to have a positive experience in math, so it's another year down the drain for this child. Use AOPS or go with Maria Miller's geometry recommendations instead of this one.