- Grade Level: 4 and up
- Series: Saxon Math 5/4
- Publisher: SAXON PUBLISHERS; 3rd edition (April 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591413311
- ISBN-13: 978-1591413318
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 4 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #741,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saxon Math 5/4: Homeschool Set/Box 3rd Edition
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This year my fourth grader is doing his own lessons! Woohoo! That means more time for me to clean and maybe even pursue a hobby of my own! The first part of his work includes about 8 review questions from everything he has learned and then has a new concept that he reads. The example questions are very well explained thus far. Then he moves onto the new concept questions which are usually about 26. The workbook you will receive includes worksheet pages with printed problems review and tests. There is also a few daily worksheets you will need to photo copy for your child to write problems from the lesson book on. I've found printing everything on draft setting on my printer conserves my ink by about 50%. Sheet B (front side only), sheet C (front and back) and sheet E (front and back) We haven't used sheet E yet.
He is on lesson 16 now and everything so far has been review of last year. That's great for us since he didn't get that last year. For a child that has the concepts locked they can skip these first lessons. Just go through and look at the new concepts in each lesson to determine if your child needs the lesson/review from it. For a child who is a slower learner or one who forgets easily, this is a great way to lead into the more advanced concepts. If your child has difficulty reading you will probably still need to read the lessons with them, or help them understand what the text is teaching. I have a great reader and one who struggles a little. My fourth grader who struggles, tends to read the words but not process what was read. Since this first part has all been review it has gone very smooth. Once the work becomes new and more difficult I will most likely need to assist with this part. For us, that's OK! That's one of the luxuries of home schooling. I have the extra time to teach, tutor and encourage positive learning.
Note that Saxon has a great problem assessment to print out and give your child on their website. This will help you determine what grade to purchase for your child. I've found Amazon to be the best place cost wise to purchase my curriculum. Saxon is usually much more expensive on their website, especially once you add in the shipping cost.
Overall I am extremely pleased with my purchase and won't stray from the excellent math education my kids are receiving from Saxon again.
Also included are the pages to record the grades for each assignment, drill, or test.
The text itself divides the information up into 120 lessons. Every 5th lesson is a cumulative test, and every 10th lesson is an Investigation -- number lines, fractions, decimals, geometry, plotting/graphing... Each lesson gives your student one small, easy to digest bit of new information, plus 6-10 practice problems on the new lesson. Following each lesson are 25-30 problems based on cumulative knowledge.
The lessons are simple enough that doing more than one per day is by no means overwhelming. If your child simply can't get enough math in the day (describes one of my sons), this is a really nice system to encourage them to keep stretching their brains.
Great for summer reviews or working ahead, as well as great for homeschoolers (of course).
Reproducible answer sheets are provided with the books -- I did photocopy these, which cost an additional $35 or so for all 120 lessons. You could set up your own answer sheets, or your student could use plain paper. The reproducible sheets are nice because they are done on grids, which tends to lead to neater numbering and diagrams.
For me, the most difficult part of the system was trying to determine how many points each problem should be worth, and how many points each test should be worth. I decided each lesson problem should be worth 2 points, and each test problem should be worth 4 points. I take a point off for things like forgetting the dollar sign, forgetting the units (cm, degrees C, etc). You can score them as you wish, or not at all.
Best of all for my little Math Nut, at the back of the textbook are EVEN MORE practice problems. That's awesome.
For this level of math, I suggest getting just the Student book. I've never used the answer book and you could easily make your own worksheets for the lessons and create your own tests.