Study Time Arithmetic Set - Grade 4

Study Time Arithmetic Set - Grade 4


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Grades: 4

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 3-6 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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Rigorous, proven traditional math program with excellent family values.
Melissa B on Sep 13, 2021
Rigorous, proven traditional math program with excellent family values.
Melissa B on Sep 13, 2021
need to be prepared to begin saxon 54 next school year and this will prepare my dear child for that
Marla S on Feb 23, 2019
need to be prepared to begin saxon 54 next school year and this will prepare my dear child for that
Marla S on Feb 23, 2019
Is the scope and sequence similar to Rod and Staff grade 4?
A shopper on Jan 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I chose to use the 4th grade Study Time over 4th grade Rod and Staff because my child does better with a workbook format right now. As for the scope and sequence I would say they are about even at this level but the Study Time has a greater variety from day to day compared to the Rod and Staff. But after the 6th grade, the Study Time falls behind the Rod in Staff in as far as Study Time does not introduce as much pre-algebra and advanced concepts as Rod and Staff does. I personally have used both for most of the grade levels available and it is my preference to use Study Time for grades 1-5, then use Rod and Staff for 6-8. Hope this is helpful.
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Rated 5 out of 5
A Hidden Gem!
I am very surprised that I was not able to find more in the review world about this curriculum. It's a gem!!! Why aren't more people using it? Or if they are they aren't talking about it much.

We started using StudyTime 4. We had been using Rod and Staff, which is solid, however it left us feeling less than intrigued. I also started to notice that my child had no flexibility in using math. She was stuck in the systematic follow-these-steps-to-get-answer and couldn't tell me why she was doing the things she was doing. Note: R&S does teach some, not tons, but some of that from the teacher book, but the student book just didn't have her flexing outside of the box enough so she was stuck. I'm not one who believes math always has to be fun. But the only word that kept coming to mind is "intrigue". StudyTime has met that need while still maintaining the strong lessons with lots of review. Here are the reasons that I finally feel I have found the hidden gem I was looking for:

1) The student text is a "worktext" so it teaches them what they need to know AND they can write in the book.

2)The lessons in the book are written to the child. The teacher book suggests that they read the lesson and attempt to work the problems themselves before asking for help. It's been hard to find a program that has a good balance between having the student attempt to read and understand the material first and having the teacher explain every little thing first. This curriculum contains the perfect blend for us. I'm not "hands off" all the time, but I'm not "at the elbow" constantly. With 2 other students, this has been a must.

3) Intrigue! The word problems are real life and teach your child how to think. The math is interesting and sometimes like a puzzle without being weird.

4) Black and white without being boring. I'm not opposed to colour, but I find most math curricula so flashy that it's distracting or so blah you want to stick the pencil in your eyeball. StudyTime has lots of nice illustrations and ways of describing things, without drowning the child.

5) There is a great blend of teaching how to solve math problems systematically and also teaching the illusive "why" behind what they are doing and making them use the math in logical ways. Again, it feels like a perfect blend when other math programs swing so far one way or the other.

6)It's affordable! Yet another reason to use it. Now, the flashcards are not cheap, so I did not purchase those and we have not struggled with anything yet. There is so much review in each lesson that I think you can get away not using them, but that's each family to their own.

StudyTime starts in 3rd grade, so for my 3 kids coming up, I plan to use Miquon, which we are enjoying in the little grades, up to 3rd or 4th and then switch them to the appropriate StudyTime. I think it's a great transition from such an exploratory math into more structured, traditional math book.

The beginning chapters of this level are review from the most basic and can get someone up to speed. So if you need to catch a 4th grader up like I did, this is a great book to do that.

Overall, this math has been a fantastic fit for us and I highly recommend it. I'll be ordering the next level soon.

Side note: I had looked at StudyTime when I first started homeschooling and didn't like the look of it because it's was too this or too that and I had all sorts of ideals. But be encouraged, sometimes you need to float around a bit to find that good fit. But once you find it, stick with it and see it through so that your child can glean the most from it. We had switched because we felt so annoyed on so many levels at how math was going. I'm glad we switched because we are not annoyed anymore. Happy Homeschooling!
August 7, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5
Great Math
A straight forward, no nonsense math curriculum.
March 26, 2022
1 year ago
Rated 4 out of 5
This is a really great math book for basics. The only problem is that I feel it has a lot of unnecessary extra reviews.
March 10, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Solid and effective!
My fourth grader loves his new Study Time Arithmetic book. I would compare it to Rod & Staff arithmetic, but in workbook form. Unlike R & S, there is more white space on each page - making it less visually overwhelming. It is not colorful, but my son doesn't seem to mind that at all.
July 25, 2016
over 7 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Our second year using this program
We still love it! The results are constant and continue to stick with my son. This program is not flashy nor have tons of bells and whistles, but it does create results. In the end that is all that matters. I recommend using the flashcards with the program. Very effective and simple format. You do not have to keep supplementing, there is enough review without being too much. Very wonderful and simple program.
March 2, 2016

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