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hmschooling
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hmschooling
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 Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject: Thanks for the reply Just to update from my recent research into this: Teaching Textbooks 5 is more along the lines of your typical 4th grade math. Not a problem for me, we just treat is as such and move on. The math we have been using truly IS advanced, introducing concepts quite early, and most using it would agree. DD has done very well. She can add and subtract multi-digit numbers with regrouping. She can multiply 1 digit by 1 digit and 1 digit by 2 digits. She can do simple division (10/2, 25/5, etc.), work with basic fractions, measure to a 1/4 inch, measure by cm, tell time to the minute, elapse time (sorta) compare basic measurements/times (1 day/24 hours, 1 hour/60 minutes, 3 feet/1 yard, 36in./3ft./1yd., etc.), does well with word problems with 2 steps, add/subt. money/decimals, count money and make simple change... So, after knowing this, does this sound like she's ready for 4th grade math? (AKA Teaching Textbooks Grade 5) I plan to supplement with a word problem book as well...I don't think TT has many. (Daily Word Problems Grade 3 by Evan-Moor).
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 Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 2:29 pm    Post subject: I would wait for the TT 4th grade. There are some concepts that are developmentally difficult for a child that age to understand. (Perimeter, Area, dividing fractions) I use Rod and Staff before we start Teaching Textbooks. The 4th and 5th grade Rod and Staff are very similar. We don't skip 4th, though, because the concepts are so important to grasp. They have to be reviewed and reviewed again. (Teaching Textbooks 5th is almost just like Rod and Staff 5th). I would continue to drill math facts so that she isn't bogged down with them while trying to learn concept and also do some of the word problem books with her that you were going to supplement. Waiting a little longer will not hold her back. Going too fast may discourage her. The only exception is if you use the 5th and decide you will let her go thru slowly and be ready to stop while she "catches up"and teach the underlying concept that she missed in the lower grades._________________Teresa L.
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 Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:39 pm    Post subject: I forgot to mention her placement test scores: she needed a 10 on part A and got 13; she needed an 8 on part B and got 10. Besides area and perimeter and dividing fractions, what other concepts differ between 4th and 5th? She already does area and perimeter in her Horizons 2 math. Also, Happy2bhome: I have heard over and over that TT 5th is like your average 4th grade, 6th like your avg. 5th, etc. So you really think it's right up there with R&S 5th? She distracts easily and gets very frustrated without a challenge...I do intend to go at her pace 100%. There are only 116 lessons (or was it 121) in the TT 5th grade table of contents so with a 180 day school year, we have plenty of time to slow down if needed. This seeing/hearing thing is really her style of learning too. I also let her watch a couple sample lectures and she picked up on a couple topics that she could have understood better from her 2nd grade Horizons workbook. It really just clicked for her! I'll go through the other samples with her to see how she does. In deciding if the concepts are beyond her comprehension level, should I consider that she is a child that can read a jr. novel and have extemely accurate and detailed comprehension or would that be irrelevant to the math decision?
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 Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Yes, R&S and TT are right on track with one another. I don't know how it compared with other math programs. Our experience was that my 5th grader was able to akip 6th and go up to math 7, my 6th grader went up to Pre-algebra, and my 8th grader went into Algebra 1 after completing half a year of 8th. They were all using R&S. That may be just how R&S works, though. I wqs saying that area, perimeter and dividing fractions might be difficult concepts to study at a 5th grade level. I was not comparing one program to another at that point. Sorry I was unclear. I still think that mentally she'll hit a road block at some point. There are some abstract concepts that may be more difficult for her. Giving her more time will not hurt her a bit and would probably be good for her not to push. If you want to try it, just watch for the mental road blocks and be willing to give her the time she needs to "grow" into the math program. Also, being able to fill in the blanks and follow a formula is not the same as understanding. It does sound like she is a very good student._________________Teresa L.
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happy2bhome
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 Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 10:19 am    Post subject: You are certainly welcome. Your daughter sounds a lot like my oldest, except my oldest is not so math oriented. She could understand and read much higher than her grade level at a young age. She was 7 and her favorite book was God's Word: His Story, a 7th grade text, for example. One problem is, at that age, they can comprehend the facts, sequences of events, who the characters are, etc in a book like Chronicles of Narnia but probably cannot pick up on the deeper, spiritual meaning. I am glad I could help!_________________Teresa L.
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 Posted: Tue May 27, 2008 4:08 pm    Post subject: Well, I just called TT to see if there was at least a table of contents for the Math 4 and she said it won't be out until at least DECEMBER!! I spoke with them for some time and she says that Math 5 is A LOT of review and teaches as if the child has no prior knowledge....SOOOOO, I guess we'll be going with Math 5. There are 114 lessons plus 16 tests/quizzes so that's only 130 days of work giving us plenty of time to slow down when needed. She says even though she's young, that if she passed the placement test and considering the review, she should be fine. If she had completed Horizons 3 already, she said Math 5 would be a definite. So, since we have the math 3 books, we'll just casually go over some through the summer maybe... They plan to complete about 1 new grade a year and intend to go all the way down to Kindergarten!
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