Saxon Math 5/4 3ED Homeschool KIT
This Homeschool Kit contains a non-consumable student edition textbook, consumable tests and worksheets for one student and a solutions manual. All three components are softbound. The Student Edition Text uses a two-color page layout. Tests and Worksheets include a significant amount of fact drill practice, course tests as well as various forms for recording student progress. The Solutions Manual contains solutions to all problems in the text and tests.
Teaching covers review of 4 basic math functions, estimating, 2- and 3-digit computation, decimals, fractions, rudimentary geometry and word problems.
Math 5/4 introduces new concepts your child will need for upper-level algebra and geometry. After every tenth lesson is an investigation - an extensive examination of a specific math topic, discussed at length to ensure solid understanding. Includes: Student Text (120 lessons, 627 perforated pages, softcover, 3rd Edition.), Tests and worksheets book (283 perforated pages, three-ring-punched), Solutions Manual (302 perforated pages, softcover).
For use by fourth graders who have completed Math 3 or who are doing well in math, or for average fifth graders. Covers review of 4 basic math functions, estimating, 2- and 3-digit computation, decimals, fractions, rudimentary geometry, word problems. 3rd edition.
Featuring the same methodology as previous editions plus enhanced mathematical content, Homeschool Kits contain a non-consumable student edition textbook, consumable tests and worksheets for one student, and a solutions manual. All three components of the Homeschool Kit come softbound. The Student Edition Text uses a two-color page layout, as opposed to the black and white pages of prior editions. Tests and Worksheets include a significant amount of fact drill practice, course tests, as well as various forms for recording student progress. Solutions Manual contains solutions to all problems in the text and tests.
Students like Saxon because they feel successful in math instead of overwhelmed.
The most popular homeschooling math program hands down! Highly recommended by both Mary Pride and Cathy Duffy, Saxon Math also wins our award for the "Most Requested Text." Saxon math is a "user-friendly" math program - even for Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus and other usually difficult math topics. Learning is incremental and each new concept is continuously reviewed, so the learning has time to "sink in" instead of being forgotten when the next topic is presented. Higher scores on standardized tests and increased enrollments in upper-level math and science classes have resulted where Saxon has been used in public schools. Students like Saxon because they feel successful in math instead of overwhelmed. Because of the format, children are able to work more independently.
He mostly self-teaches, asking me questions when the need arises. I don't assign the entire body of work every day, though: he completes 4 lessons per week, alternating even/odd number problems, with one day of only completing the "practice set" (which has usually around 10 problems directly from the lesson).
One last thing which is helpful to know...the next level of Saxon Math, the 6/5 level, begin approximately halfway through the 5/4 text. We plugged through the 5/4 until we were right at the end (there was a family move and some illness, so we got behind), then went right into 6/5, but skipped 50 lessons, and he had no problem. The lesson here is: don't be afraid to go slowly, because the foundation your child is building will serve them very well. Cheers!
Math 5/4 and Math Intermediate 4 as well as Math 6/5 and Math Intermediate 5 are similar in terms of scope and sequence and in terms of general format. All have 120 Lessons plus 12 Investigations.
Both provide Saxon’s incremental spiral approach plus lots of review and repetition. Intermediate goes more into detail with the 4-step problem-solving process: 1) understand the problem, 2) devise a plan, 3) carry out the plan, and 4) look back (evaluate).
Manipulatives are referenced throughout MI-4 and MI-5 (unlike 5/4 and 6/5), but they are optional. MI-4 and MI-5 are hardcover while 5/4 and 6/5 are softcover. MI-4 and MI-5 are topically aligned to Common Core while technically 5/4 and 6/5 are not.
Most of the differences in the two editions are in the area of supplementals available. Math 5/4 has Saxon Teacher support – as well as DIVE. MI-4 and MI-5 have some supplementary products which can be helpful in certain situations - Written Practice Workbook (consumable worksheets of the Written Practice problems) and the Adaptations Student Workbook (consumable workbook containing adapted versions of the practice problems from the student textbook).
MI-4 and MI-5 also have “Early Finisher Problems” which are enrichment problems that have a real world connection.
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