Homeschool Bundle includes Digital Access Card to the Pearson Realize platform, two student editions (Volume 1 and 2), and a Teacher Resource Masters Package.
Grade 1, is the next step in advancing your child's math education. At this stage, you should be developing lesson plans that lay the foundation for your child's future learning, and enVisionMATH: Grade 1 will help you do so. Filled with hands-on activities, interactive lesson ideas and visual aids, this curriculum for homeschooling will keep your child interested as he or she learns.
Grade 1 picks up right where the Kindergarten material ends, giving you and your child a seamless transition into the next phase of his or her education. Your child will love the bright colors used in the enVisionMATH materials, and you'll enjoy how comprehensive and supportive the system is. In fact, enVisionMATH: Grade 1 comes with a workbook that includes engaging math activities, a CD that provides game-style math quizzes and a CD designed to help you, the teacher.
With all these great materials, you're sure to help your child achieve a strong math foundation by the completion of the 12-week series.
nVisionMATH: Grade 1 is structured intelligently so your child feels like he or she is working on math and subject goals rather than tackling random questions. Between the interactive problems, the dynamic lessons you design using enVisionMATH and the colorful image guides, your child is sure to develop a strong foundation in math.
How do you pick the BEST first grade math program?
When it comes to choosing a math curriculum, we encourage parents to consider some basic factors-we call them the FAMILY factors. The FAMILY acronym stands for Faith, Approach, Money, Individual, Life and You. These factors apply to all of your curriculum choices, but let’s take a few moments and look them in the context of choosing a math curriculum.
Do you prefer a religious, a neutral or a secular math program? Religious or Christian programs contain faith-based or instructional content from a religious perspective. Neutral programs avoid religious topics or present multiple viewpoints without preference. Secular programs contain content contrary to Christian beliefs.
In other subject areas, we talk about Classical, Charlotte Mason, Traditional, or more. Most math curriculum would be considered Traditional like you find in schools. They often include a text, teacher manual, tests and more. Another consideration in math is the teaching methodology. The majority of math curriculum will be either Spiral or Sequential.
- Spiral learning means topics and concepts are repeated from level to level, adding more depth at each pass and connecting with review. Examples include Saxon and Abeka Math curriculum.
- Sequential learning means the curriculum progresses through well-defined learning objectives, with an emphasis on mastery before moving to the next topic. Examples include Math U See and the Singapore Math methodology.
What is your curriculum budget? When comparing costs of curriculum, make sure all factors are considered. Is the program sold in a complete package or are there additional items to purchase? What about consumable components? This is an important consideration if you plan to use the program with more than one child. Consumable means that the student writes in the book, using it up. Non-consumables, on the other hand, are reusable.
Does a program fit the learning style and abilities of your child? Common learning styles include the auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learners. Use of manipulatives may be helpful for students with visual or kinesthetic learning styles. Another consideration is the pacing of the program-which is how fast the instruction moves. Depending on your child, a slower pace with more review and repetition may be necessary, or alternatively, the child may need the challenge of a faster pace.
Every family situation is different. Are you balancing part-time or full-time employment? Will a grandparent or friend be co-teaching and need ready to go lessons? Are there other family dynamics involved like a new baby, or health issue in a family member? All of these will impact your decision.
Often the most overlooked, but one of great importance that extends from the LIFE factor. What are your needs? How confident do you feel about teaching math? Some publishers provide scripted lessons—especially in the elementary years. Scripting means that every word the teacher needs to say is right there in the teacher’s manual. Some programs also provide video teaching aids. When considering your needs, consider whether the program requires low, medium, or high teacher involvement. Low Teacher Involvement programs often feature student-led materials that allow the student to work independently. Parents act more as a facilitator. Medium Teacher Involvement programs provide a mix of teacher-led time and independent student work. High Teacher Involvement programs typically have teacher led lessons, hands-on activities, teacher-student discussions and more, which require more one-on-one time.
Along with the FAMILY factors, here are a few additional considerations.
- Does the program use hands on manipulatives? While tactile learners thrive with manipulatives, it is common for elementary children who show signs of other learning styles, to excel with the concrete learning that manipulatives provide. If you don’t feel manipulatives are valuable for your learner or fit in your budget, consider picking a program with ample pictures or graphics that teach the concepts, to help solidify concepts for children in the concrete stage of learning.
- Remember, YOU are the teacher, and the math program is simply a tool. The program that feels right today, may not feel that way in a few weeks. Whether you need to repeat lessons in a mastery- based program or move faster through a slower paced, spiral program, you are in control. If you are unsure how to do this, reach out to one of our curriculum consultants. We would be happy to help you.
Our Rainbow consultant team has put together a Math Curriculum Comparison Chart that can be downloaded here . This is designed to show how the various math programs provide for the needs of your family along the lines of the FAMILY factors.
Freshly updated, the EnVisionMath 2.0 (©2017/2018) aligns with current math standards and offers a tech-rich learning experience. Engaging with easy-to-follow instructions, an emphasis on problem solving skill is evident. Additionally, the upper grade (6-8 and the high school Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2) courses integrate STEM Projects and 3-Act Mathematical Modeling. Envision Math 2.0 offers two pathways at the middle school (grades 7-8) level. Families can choose either the traditional grade 7 and grade 8 tracks or the Accelerated Grade 7 track which covers all the essential topics of grade 7 and 8 in one year.
Sold only in grade level bundles, which include the printed resources plus access to the Savvasrealize.com digital platform for one year. Print materials may include colorfully illustrated Student Texts, Teacher Resource Masters, and the Assessment Sourcebooks (answers online). Teacher Resource Masters vary and provide reteaching and enrichment supplemental resources. Additionally, the upper levels include the Extra Practice or Companion Workbook and the high school Assessment Readiness Workbook. There is duplication of resources in the print and online materials. We anticipate some print resources may be discontinued in the future. Please check our website for current packages.
Student books for K-8 are consumable softcovers, while the high school student textbooks are non-consumable hardcovers. The digital platform from Savvas provides copious teacher and student resources. Here is a sampling of online resources: interactive placement and topical benchmark assessments, games, animations, leveled math readers with teaching guides (K-6), online math tools (manipulatives and calculators), Student and Teacher E-textbooks plus much more. Currently, grades K-5 and the Algebra 1 include the Student E-textbook in Spanish. All Answers are found in the online Teacher E-Text. With the wealth of included digital resources, parents may wish to spend time exploring the online portal to determine the best options for their learner. Homeschool Bundles include print Student and Teacher Resources, and the information to register for the one-year access to the digital platform. Please allow 1-3 business days to receive the digital access.
K-5 Bundles include two consumable student editions (Volume 1 and 2, softcover), a card for 1-year access to SavvasRealize and Teacher Resource Masters with math stories, science activities, daily review, reteaching, hands-on activities and assessments.
Middle Grade Bundles (6-8)include two consumable student editions (Volume 1 and 2, softcover), a card for 1-year access to SavvasRealize, Additional Practice Workbook, Assessment Sourcebook (readiness, lesson quizzes, topical, end-of-year, NextGen, cumulative/benchmark, answers are online) and Teacher Resource Masters with reteaching, vocabulary and enrichment.
High School bundles include a hardcover student text (not consumable), a card for 1-year access to SavvasRealize, Student Companion (consumable, additional practice), Assessment Resources (lesson quizzes, readiness, topical, answers are online), and an Assessment Readiness Workbook (weekly standards practice).