Art of Problem Solving, High School
Math / February 7, 2011

Art of Problem Solving Content: Math Grade(s): 9th and up Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Solutions Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.artofproblemsolving.com Updated Review: May 26, 2015 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Looking for other Art of Problem Solving reviews? Find them here: Beast Academy for grade 3-4 Art of Problem Solving Basics and Beyond for grades 7-10 AoPS Pre-Algebra and Algebra for grades 7-9 We’re just going to say it like it is: Art of Problem Solving is a math curriculum designed for kids who LOVE math and are really, really good at it. We’re talking about the kiddos who may be starting Algebra 1 at the age of 10. That’s not to say that other students would not benefit from AoPS. But, if your teen enjoys math textbooks with the visual appeal of lots of bright pictures and sideboxes filled full of random fun facts and real world applications of math skills, then AoPS will probably not be a good fit. AoPS textbooks are highly regarded for their rigor and depth, but they are dense and intense – which is not a bad thing, if you love math….

Art of Problem Solving, Pre-Algebra and Algebra
Math / February 7, 2011

Art of Problem Solving Content: Math Grade(s): 7th – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Solutions Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 600+ Publication Date: 2011 Publisher: www.artofproblemsolving.com Updated Review: May 26, 2015 Reviewer: Alessa Giampaolo Keener, M.Ed. Looking for other Art of Problem Solving reviews? Find them here: Beast Academy for grade 3-4 Art of Problem Solving Basics and Beyond for grades 7-10 AoPS for High School and Beyond, include Number Theory and more If your student has completed a 6th grade math program and you’re looking for something more rigorous, the Art of Problem Solving Pre-Algebra and Introduction to Algebra could be a good fit. Be warned, though. AoPS unapologetically states: The text is written to challenge students at a much deeper level than a traditional middle school prealgebra course. Developed by the mathematicians who created the placement tests for each textbook. If you’re still stuck, you can contact AoPS staff and they’ll help you decide. About the Authors: Richard Rusczyk is the founder of the Art of Problem Solving website. He was a national MATHCOUNTS participant in 1985, a three-time participant in the Math Olympiad Summer Program, a perfect AIME scorer in 1989,…

RightStart Mathematics K-8
Math / February 5, 2011

RightStart Mathematics K-8 Content: Math Grade(s): K – 8th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$ || ? Pages: 153 Publication Date: 2013 (2nd Edition) Publisher: www.alabacus.com Updated Review: May 6, 2014 From RightStart Mathematics’ website: This unique hands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies (visual pictures) for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum. The primary learning tool is the AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL Abacus is grouped in fives and tens for quick recognition of quantities. Children develop visual strategies as they use this manipulative. The back side of the AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands. Practice is provided with math card games, minimizing review worksheets and eliminating stressful flash cards. These games provide interesting and varied repetition that is needed for the automatic responses to the facts. More importantly, these games provide an application for new information and create hours of fun learning math facts and concepts. The RightStart™ Mathematics homeschool program is set up with levels, rather than grades, so that your child can begin at the proper level…

Key To Math
Math / February 2, 2011

Key To . . . math series Content: Mathematics Grade(s): 2nd – 8th Religious Perspective: Secular Prep Time: None Teacher Manual: None Teacher Involvement: Not needed Cost: $ || ? Pages: Varies Publication Date: 1993 Publisher: www.mheducation.com Updated Review: July 6, 2016 Common Core Aligned: No Review of Key to Math series Key To are self-paced, self-guided workbooks—covering topics from fractions and decimals to algebra and geometry. The workbooks offer bite-size, easy-to-follow lessons. Simple language and clear visual models help students grasp concepts quickly. The large number of problems ensures complete mastery. Key to Fractions covers topics from basic concepts to mixed numbers. Handwritten examples provide a non-threatening model, and exercises are structured to ensure student success. Minimal reading is required. Book 1: Fraction Concepts. Book 2: Multiplying and Dividing. Book 3: Adding and Subtracting. Book 4: Mixed Numbers. Key to Decimals begins with basic concepts and operations on decimals. Then it covers real-world uses of decimals in pricing, sports, metrics, calculators, and science. Book 1: Decimal Concepts. Book 2: Adding, Subtracting, and Multiplying. Book 3: Dividing. Book 4: Using Decimals. Key to Percents emphasizes mental computation and estimation skills—because most work with percents is done without pencil and paper….

Math U See, K-8
Math , Most Popular / February 1, 2011

Content: Math Grade(s): K-8 Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Video and Text Publication Date: 2009 Publisher: www.mathusee.com Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Math-U-See is a mastery approach designed to teach students specific skills that build as the student progresses. This systematic and cumulative approach uses a definite, logical sequence of concept instruction. The Math-U-See system is structured with step-by-step procedures for introducing, reviewing, practicing, and mastering concepts. Each lesson teaches using multi-sensory tools such as videos, manipulatives, and other resources, designed to appeal to any type of learner. Math-U-See teaches more than just how to solve a math problem; it also teaches why the problem is solved in this manner, and when to apply the concept. It is essential for a student to memorize basic facts and formulas, but the actual understanding comes from learning the concepts first, memorizing facts and formulas, and applying this to solving everyday life situations or word problems. Visit the Math-U-See website to preview actual videos. Math-U-See Levels: Primer: Gentle intro to math Alpha: Addition & subtraction for single-digit numbers and other topics Beta: Addition & subtraction for multi-digit…

Singapore Math K-8
Math , Most Popular / February 1, 2011

Singapore Math Content: Mathematics Grade(s): K-8 Religious Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $ || ? Pages: Publication Date: Publisher: www.singaporemath.com Last Upated: May 26, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Available as separate edition From Singapore Math’s website:

Saxon Math
High School , Math / February 1, 2011

Saxon Math Content: Math Grade(s): K – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Minimal Teacher Manual: Yes Teacher Involvement: Essential Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: 200+ Publication Date: 2004 Publisher: Saxon Math series Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Saxon Math is designed to support the long-term mastery and applications that will make a difference during testing and in students’ future education and careers. According to the pedagogy * Incremental Concepts are taught in small, approachable progressions * Distributed Increments are spread throughout the year, building in complexity, so that by the end of the year students have reached deep understanding and fluency * Cumulative Practice and assessments include concepts from the most recent lessons as well as from earlier in the year, ensuring students retain all concepts and can make connections between them Saxon Math K-3 program is designed to teach basic arithmetic concepts as well as geometry, patterns, time, and more. Each lesson is scripted for the parent, which takes the guesswork out of teaching young learners. Manipulatives accelerate understanding of abstract math concepts, and worksheets provide cumulative review. Saxon Math for middle grades transitions students from manipulatives and worksheets to a textbook approach. The…

Calvert Education

Calvert Education Content: Full Grade(s): PreK – 12th Perspective: Secular Prep Time: Moderate Teacher Manual: Available Teacher Involvement: Moderate Cost: $$$$ || ? Pages: Online & Book Publisher: www.calverteducation.com Review Last Updated: May 28, 2017 Common Core Aligned: Yes ** From the Publisher’s Website: ** Calvert Education’s inquiry-based method of learning allows students to absorb subject matter and apply knowledge in vibrant, expressive ways. In sharing their own knowledge and techniques with their peers, individual students collaborate in a bright, open world of learning with endless possibilities. Elementary and Middle Schol Programs focus on the four core subject areas: Language Arts, Math, Science, and History. Students develop strong reading comprehension skills, write original composition pieces, develop critical thinking skills, learn fundamental math concepts, read classic literature, explore a variety of science topics, and learn about the world around them. The programs also include integrated technology lessons that coincide with subjects and lessons. Calvert Education is Available As: Complete Homeschool Program: Everything you need to teach your children at home is provided to you, including materials, step-by-step Lesson Manuals, access to the online planning tool – Calvert Teaching Navigator, and engaging online resources. Individual Calvert Classes: Supplement your existing homeschool program…