Math 2 Home School Kit 3ed
Digit, Cecilia/Matt and Paddy guide students through their math lessons. Children learn addition and subtraction facts up through 4 digits; place value of four-digits; introduction to division; fractions in measurement; a.m./p.m. and noon/midnight; more practice with elapsed time; introduction to circle graph; plane figures: pentagon, hexagon, oval; slides, flips & turns; edges, vertex and curves of solid figures; horizontal, vertical, parallel and intersecting lines; and includes extra problem-solving pages. The updated student worktext has a review section in each lesson, as well as chapter and cumulative reviews. The Teacher's Edition has a 2-page spread per lesson and an easy-to-follow, bulleted format with answers printed in magenta. A Toolkit CD is included in the Teacher's Edition which contains re-teaching pages (replacing "Spread Your Wings"); fact reviews; reproducible pages replacing the Home Teacher Packet; Teacher's visual packet which can be used on the computer screen or printed; and the answer key for Math 2 Reviews. Math 2 Reviews workbook has 2 pages per lesson, chapter reviews, and cumulative review. In lesson and chapter reviews, the front page reviews concepts from that day's lesson. The back page reviews a previous chapter concept and has a fact review, making a good study guide for tests. The front page of the cumulative review covers concepts from previous chapter concepts, and the back page reviews facts. Overall Bob Jones has made some appealing changes in this program. ~ Donna
Children learn addition and subtraction facts up through 4 digits; place value of four-digit numbers; introduction to division; fractions in measurement; a.m./p.m. and noon/midnight; more practice with elapsed time; introduction to circle graph; plane figures: pentagon, hexagon, oval; slides, flips & turns; edges, vertex and curves of solid figures; horizontal, vertical, parallel and intersecting lines. The Teacher's Edition has a 2-page spread per lesson and an easy-to-follow, bulleted format with answers printed in magenta. A Toolkit CD is included in the Teacher's Edition which contains: re-teaching pages, fact reviews, reproducible pages, teacher's visual packet, and the answer key for Math 2 Reviews. Math 2 Reviews workbook has 2 pages for each lesson, chapter reviews, and cumulative review.
Home School kits for both the 3rd and 4th edition include Teacher Edition with Toolkit CD, Student Worktext, Student Reviews, tests, test answer key, and manipulatives packet.
Teaching Charts contain visuals and charts important to the presentation of math concepts. Student Materials Packets contain inexpensive manipulatives to be used in the lessons. Optional activity books at some levels provide extra practice and review. The "Spread Your Wings" books are for reteaching and extra practice needed on concepts taught in the course. Useful if your student "just doesn't get it" and needs a little more exposure. "Spring Into Action" activity books provide additional practice or review beyond the problems presented in the text. "Stretch Your Mind" books require going a little beyond the textual presentation, helping students to become resourceful and explore alternate strategies to solving problems. Cumulative review pages review skills from previous lessons. Concept Review pages cover a specific concept from an earlier chapter. Fact review pages provide drill practice.
Required materials are listed first at each grade level. Optional support materials are identified with an asterisk (*) preceding the
A solid thorough curriculum at all levels. Concepts are taught at the concrete level, with heavy use of manipulatives in the early grades. Elementary program texts are particularly well done - colorful, good variety of skills, and on-grade-level. For those that want to use a more traditional, yet appealing, worktext series at the elementary level, this is perhaps the best.
Teacher editions have complete lesson plans and answers to text problems. If you are using Bob Jones as your basal math program, you will want to invest in them, as they provide the one-on-one instruction, manipulative instruction, and offer many suggestions for presenting and enriching the concepts covered in each lesson. If you are not using Bob Jones as the core of your math program, consider using the student workbooks as such. We have long used the Miquon Math series and find it very effective to use the Bob Jones workbooks alongside (plus some drill products for mastery of basic math facts). If you are planning to use a different program at upper levels, we have found the transition seamless. Bob Jones supplies student worktexts though the 4th grade. This is particularly welcome for those of us with students who are not ready for a hardbound, copy-and-work system this early. Starting in grade 5, texts are hardbound.
Many homeschoolers have opted to use Saxon Math at the upper levels, but, like any program, it doesn't satisfy everyone. If you are looking for an alternative, I suggest the Bob Jones texts. One of the strengths of the Bob Jones program is the teaching of concepts, rather than the rote how-to-solve-it approach. Also, Christian principles and character traits are assumed and integrated throughout the program. Each level is themed, providing a motivation learning context. Lessons are "spiraled", meaning topics are reviewed throughout each level, delving a little deeper each time. This is not the same as the "incremental" approach used by Saxon Math (see description). Lesson exercises consist mainly of practice for that lesson, not a review of previous lessons or chapters. However, topics are not covered, then left forever; they reappear in more complexity throughout the course, allowing the student continuing practice. The approach you prefer depends on your child. Some children may need more concentration on the topic at hand, and Bob Jones Math will appeal to this group. Like Saxon, the people at Bob Jones are ever-ready to assist you with any difficulties you may have, including access to textbook authors.
Relatively new is the revised Geometry book for grade 10. For those desiring to approach geometry as a separate course, this revised text will supply a solid option to the Jacobs text. For those students who are not interested in pursuing math beyond algebra or geometry, Bob Jones supplies a Consumer Math course that presents math required for practical living. While there is no separate calculus course, the Advanced Math text does introduce the college-bound student to calculus.
The variety in each lesson has saved math lessons for us. My 2nd grader no longer gets bogged down in endless repetition and too many math facts over and over.
The reason for 4 stars is the enormous amount of prep time for 1 subject area. The variety of concepts means much prep for mom. The teacher's manual makes it easy, just very time consuming. We have gone to new lessons every other day and the review worksheets on the off days. Has been good for both of us.
I recommend the program...with the caveat of be prepared for work on teacher's part.
over 6 years ago