Study Time Arithmetic Set - Grade 3

Study Time Arithmetic Set - Grade 3

# STASG3

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Category Description for Study Time Arithmetic (Gr. 3-8):

For the families that use Conventional Arithmetic with Spunky the Donkey, this is the recommended next step. Study Time Arithmetic is printed in black & white and takes a no-nonsense, straightforward approach to math, using real-world themes from a simpler lifestyle and application.

The content of the curriculum is solid and moves at a brisk pace. The lesson sequence is similar to the Saxon methodology in which each lesson presents a different topic and builds on previous lessons. Review is ongoing and found in daily lessons, weekly practice pages, weekly check-ups, and unit reviews - students don't run the risk of forgetting previously learned concepts. Along with math concepts that you would typically expect from your curriculum, students are introduced to math application skills like checking and savings, finding original prices and discounts, record keeping, taxes, and more. When learning about money, the curriculum includes both U.S. and Canadian coins. This curriculum does a nice job of including word problems to develop math thinking skills, but when compared to the scope and sequence of other math programs, some topics seem delayed. For example, cubic measure and exponents are introduced at the 7th grade level, and mean/median/mode and metric/English conversion are introduced in 8th grade. If you're wondering where to go for high school math after completing this program, one source suggests Videotext Interactive for Algebra and Geometry, which means that students are prepared by Study Time Arithmetic to enter a pre-algebra course.

There are 6 units at every grade level, and every unit is divided into lessons. Each unit should take 6 weeks to complete and is theme-based - farm, stars, blacksmith shop, etc. Poems are found throughout the student book that correspond to the theme and can be used as copywork or memorization (an added bonus). The consistency of the lesson presentation makes it easy for the parent and the student to know what is expected of them. Every lesson is 2 pages in length, and the student is to read the lesson, attempt to do the exercises in the lesson, then discuss the lesson and ask any questions that might need answers from the parent or just go over the high points of the lesson if the student seems to have an understanding of the topic. Students complete 4 lessons per week (except at the end of the unit) with an additional practice page in the middle of the week and a "weekly check-up" at the end of the week. The last week of every unit includes only 2 or 3 lessons, a 2-page unit review, and a unit test.

The student portion in grades 3-5 is a consumable worktext and grades 6-8 is a hardcover text. Student books include the lessons and consist of explanations and examples, practice of the new concept, "bell boxes" which include important information about the concept, review exercises of previously learned concepts, "Check It Out" which is used to create more interest and further thinking, and an occasional dictation or oral exercise at the younger levels. Timed drills are marked with an hourglass symbol found next to the page number.

The Teacher Manual at every grade level includes a unit overview, teacher tips, oral review, lesson preparation (very minimal), and corresponding student pages for every lesson. Small format student pages with answers are included for all student worktext or textbook pages, timed drills, reviews, and tests.

A separate test packet for each grade level includes 6 unit tests and timed drills that are numbered for the specific lessons with which to use them. The answers for these are found in the teacher manual.

Flashcards are available for grades 3 and 4 and are specific to the lessons at those levels. There are over 700 cards at each level and are referenced in the teacher manual. If you choose not to use them, you will need to make your own or adapt the lessons for use without them.

Overall, this is a very nice program to round out your elementary/junior high math education incorporating practical math skills and application. Components of the program are available separately or in a complete kit, which includes the student worktext or textbook, tests & drills, and teacher manual (flashcards are not included in the sets). ~ Donna




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Mathematics
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Like the way the math is taught. Lots of math practice and constant review of items learn and good progression of new material.
Louise A on Aug 20, 2018
I was looking for a curriculum that meets the needs of my child in her learning.
Larry S on Oct 12, 2015
Like the way the math is taught. Lots of math practice and constant review of items learn and good progression of new material.
Louise A on Aug 20, 2018
Thorough program without the distracting colors and graphics.
Karen M on Jul 28, 2016
I was looking for a curriculum that meets the needs of my child in her learning.
Larry S on Oct 12, 2015
Thorough program without the distracting colors and graphics.
Karen M on Jul 28, 2016
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Love these books
Study time math is wonderful. It For new concepts it introduces the problem then slowly builds on that . Lots of repetition , especially in addition ,subtraction.ect. facts. Would recommend these books .
October 9, 2016
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over 4 years ago
Simple but thorough
This curriculum keeps it simple- short, clear lessons in the workbook that can be learned independently (or can at least help them work towards this goal). The book emphasizes fact practice, which is essential at this stage of mathematics learning. I like that everything is contained in one place and that there are weekly check-in quizzes.
August 29, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
This is one of the best programs we have found
We have tried a lot of programs over our last 10 years of homeschooling and this is by far in the top two of them. If not the top one. It is very straight forward, easy to use and easy to understand for the parent and child. This is how math started this is how we all know math to be and the results are amazing. My son was not struggling horribly with math when we started, as though I thought. To my surprise there was so much he did not know, but thanks to this program he now knows. He is very confident in his studies and has a much better understanding of why. This program has made his math foundation very solid. We are continuing with this program.
March 2, 2016
We really liked this math program and we've tried a lot in our 17 years of homeschooling! Having adopted our three littlest ones who are VERY close in age one reason the program fit us so well was the "one room schoolhouse" set-up It is expected that the student will be able to work much on his/her own Review is significant price is great and it is easy to add manipulatives It is a very traditional approach I use the teacher's edition mostly for speeding up the checking process (have found some errors) though I'm sure I could get more out of it and we've used our own flashcards I don't think it would have been a good fit for two of our older children who struggled significantly with math but for the average student I'd encourage it It's a good alternative to other more expensive flashy traditional programs I also love the practical side - down to earth examples of measuring food preparation and other home skills
July 28, 2015


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