Math 2 Home School Kit 4th Edition (updated)
Math 2 (4th ed.) continues to build foundational number sense and place value through 2- and 3- digit addition and subtraction while exploring fractions, geometry, measurement, and thought-provoking word problems. Theme characters Hal and his pet beaver, Horatio, encourage students to actively participate in the learning process. Students are introduced to foundational multiplication and division skills.
New mascots, Hal and his pet beaver Horatio, will escort your 2nd grader on their math journey. The content is basically the same in the 4th edition of this curriculum, but chapters are presented in a slightly different order from the 3rd edition. Students will learn about – addition facts, subtraction facts, place value and 2-digit numbers, time & calendars, addition with 2-digit numbers, subtraction with 2-digit numbers, data, customary measurement, place value and 3-digit numbers, addition with 3-digit numbers, money, introduction to multiplication, subtraction with 3-digit numbers, multiplication facts, fractions, geometry, introduction to place value and 4-digit numbers, metric measurement, introduction to division, division facts, and a final chapter of Math Review.
The chapter on data is new in this edition, along with the final Math Review chapter – there are a total of 21 chapters in the 4th edition (3rd edition had only 20 chapters). The graphics and layout have been updated, but the materials are still colorful and engaging and include the solid Bob Jones teaching you expect.
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.
A solid, thorough math curriculum at all levels. Concepts are taught at the concrete level in the elementary grades, with heavy use of manipulatives in the early grades (card stock manipulatives included).
Teacher editions have complete lesson plans, answers to text problems, manipulative instruction, and many suggestions for presenting and enriching the concepts covered in each lesson. Bob Jones supplies student worktexts through the 5th grade level. This is welcome news for those who have students who like color pages and are not ready to transfer work to their own paper. Starting in grade 6, softcover texts offer minimal space for writing. Students will need a separate notebook at these levels. One of the strengths of the BJU Press program is the teaching of concepts, rather than the rote approach. Christian principles, character traits, and practical application of math concepts are integrated throughout the program. Lessons are “spiraled”, meaning topics are reviewed throughout each level, delving a little deeper each time. Lesson exercises consist of practice for that lesson, not a review of previous lessons or chapters; they reappear in more complexity throughout the course, allowing the student ongoing practice.
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.