Item description for Saxon Math Homeschool 4th Grade by Stephen Hake & John Saxon...
Overview Math 5/4 teaches students the way they learn best... through incremental development of new material and continual review of the old. Following Math 3, concepts such as addition, place value and other skills are reviewed, while new concepts such as fractions, decimals, Roman Numerals and working with triple-digit numbers are introduced. Lessons contain a warm-up, introduction to new material, lesson practice where the new skill is practiced, and mixed practice, which is comprised of new and old problems.This kit contains:
Student Textbook customized for homeschooling; 120 lessons, 627 pages, softcover.
Tests and Worksheets contains 23 tests, recording forms and student worksheets. 283 pages, three-hold-punched, softcover.
Solutions Manual with step-by-step solutions to every lesson, investigation and test problem. Answers to supplemental and facts practice problems. 302 pages, softcover.
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Studio: Steck-Vaughn Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.8" Width: 11.3" Height: 5" Weight: 5.95 lbs.
Binding Boxed Sets
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
Publisher Saxon Publishers
ISBN 1591413311 ISBN13 9781591413318
Reviews - What do customers think about Math 5 / 4: Homeschool Set?
This is ALL you need for one student Sep 28, 2008
The set includes the three items you should have for a complete package: a Student/Teacher manual, the Solutions manual and the (reproducible) Tests and Worksheets. If you have one student, buy the COMPLETE kit. If you have 2 or more students, you should buy one complete set and as many extra student/teacher books, as you may need. If you do not have the ability to copy the worksheets, which is LEGAL, then you should also order additional Tests and Worksheets books. However, for one child, this is ALL you need. You will end up paying A LOT more if you bought these items individually.
Having 2 kids, and this is my experience for the past 5 years, from 3d to 7th grade, I order the complete kit from an education bookseller or from this site if I can find it here and an extra textbook from this site or one of the alternative sellers supported by this site.
By the way, Saxon's Math works. I am not a home schooler because I have a full-time job but I've been using it with my kids since 3d grade as a Math booster and I am happy with their A's. Besides math, children acquire some discipline, study skills, test-taking skills and, me having 2 'students', they learn to compete as well. __________________________________ On the Saxon method:
A one-year Math cycle is comprised of 120 lessons, 12 investigations and 23 review tests.
Each lesson begins with a quick daily test where certain skills such as addition or multiplication are drilled. Following that, there are warm-up activities that ask the students to perform mental math and solve a problem. The body of the lesson follows, where one or sometimes 2 topics are discussed. The lesson practice that follows asks students to answer/solve a number of questions related to the subject matters covered by the lesson. Finally, the 'mixed practice' asks students to answer/solve 25-30 questions that could be on EVERYTHING covered by Saxon Math up to that point. Each individual question has references to the lesson(s) which the students may want to review if they are having trouble with the answer/solution.
After every 5 lessons, beginning with the 10th, there is a 20-question test that covers material covered up to 5 lessons prior to that test. For example, the test given after lesson 25 will cover everything up to lesson 20.
Every 10 lessons there is an Investigation. Investigations are in-depth and largely 'hands on' studies of specific and important topics such as 'calculating odds' or 'measuring liquids'.
The expectation is for each lesson to last for about one hour. In practice, with 2 kids, I found that we spend anything from 60 to 90 minutes per lesson. At this point - doing 7th grade math - the children are capable to work on their own and my role is limited to reviewing the tests, 'teaching' the new topics and helping them with whatever questions or clarifications they may need.
Excellent Math Curriculum Oct 20, 2007
This is our first year of homeschooling and we have been extremely pleased with this curriculum. What we like about it is that your student doesn't learn one thing and go on to the next, but there is constant review in the daily work so no concepts are forgotten. It's a great reinforcement. Plan on 45 minutes or so for math, though.
On Saxon's website, your child can take a test to determine which books to buy.