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Math Classes

Math FAQ’s
 
How do math classes at WEST work?
Each week in class we cover 3-5 lessons. Homework is assigned. Students spend time 4-5 days per week on homework and tests at home. Lessons are scored by parents or students. Students make corrections. Tests are completed at home and handed in without scoring.
What if I have a question?
 
Between classes, if a student is struggling with a lesson or a problem, he or she is encouraged to email Mrs. Sands for help. In general, students who frequently ask for help by email get better grades and learn more. Students are expected to email their questions. Parents, students who don’t have their own email accounts might need your help with emailing with questions.
 
What happens when I email for help?
Mrs. Sands sends help in one of the following forms:
  • Email: sometimes a quick answer is sufficient
  • PDF: Mrs. Sands will make a colorful pdf document showing how to solve the problem. The pdf will be emailed.
  • Educreations video: Mrs. Sands will make a whiteboard video demonstrating how to solve the problem that’s causing problems. A link to the video will be emailed.
How do I know what the homework is?
  • Most classes will have a syllabus that shows what the homework will be each week.
  • Students will be reminded of the homework each week in class.
  • Go to jansands.com on Thursday to find a post that lists the homework for each class. Subscribe and get blog posts delivered to your email inbox.
  • Follow Mrs. Sands on Facebook. Find “Jan Sands” with a profile picture of a calculator. Blog posts the list the week’s homework will show up on Facebook.
How’s my child doing in math?
About the time classes start in September, access information for my online grade book is sent to each parental email address. Go to trackmygrades.com, use the access information, and you’ll be able to see your child’s current grade and list of assignments.
 
What if I don’t know which class my child should take?
Contact WEST and they will forward your question to Mrs. Sands

Foundations in Math

Class Description:
 
Students will work toward instant recall of the basic facts of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Introductions to mental math, fractions, decimals, percents, and place value will also be covered. Flashcards, games, and continuous review will help students form a firm foundation for further studies in math. Older students who take this class will find that increased math skills will free up working memory for the more abstract concepts in algebra and geometry. This class can be used as a student’s math for the year, or it can be a supplement to any math class at any level.
 
Prerequisite: none
 
Tutor: Jan Sands
 
Class Length: Full Year
 
Grade Level: Grades 5-9
 
Class Size: 5 student minimum, 10 student maximum
 
Tuition: $160 per semester
 
Homework: Students can expect approximately 15-30 minutes of homework per day, depending on pace of student. Most homework will be independent. Sometimes a game will be assigned which will require the participation of a parent or sibling.
 
Textbook Requirements:  Instructor will provide all materials including homework sheets, flashcards, and pencils.
 

Math for the Middle Grades

Class Description:  

Fun and challenging classroom activities and worksheet based homework are combined to prepare fifth through seventh grade students for algebra, to use math in real life, and to succeed in high school math courses.
 
We’ll review basic multiplication and division facts, learn multi-digit multiplication and division, solve multi-step word problems that involve several operations, study fractions, decimals, geometry, and measuring.
 
Students who complete this class in 6th or 7th grade should be ready for Saxon Math 76. Math for the Middle Grades may be taken more than once as curriculum is on a two year rotation.
 
This course is an excellent choice for students who do better with a workbook than a textbook, need more practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, or who have gaps in their basic math skills.
 

Prerequisite: Students should know basic multiplication and division facts. Students who are not yet confident, fast, and accurate with basic facts should consider taking Foundations in Math.

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 5-7

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition:  $180 per semester

Homework:  Students can expect approximately 30-45 minutes of homework per day, depending on pace of student. Parents will spend 5-10 minutes on scoring each day.

Textbook Requirements:  

Worktext and all materials are provided EXCEPT a calculator.
Instructor will provide:

  • Curriculum and score key
  • 3-ring binder
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Ruler

Supplies: Students MUST have a Texas Instruments TI-30XA calculator.  Widely available for $12-15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands' WEST math classes.


Saxon Math 76

Class Description:

Lessons go beyond the topics of arithmetic (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimal fractions, common fractions, etc.) to include the higher foundational topics of mathematics.   Negative numbers, finding averages, changing percents to decimals, finding area and volume, geometry, measurement, algebra, scale and graph reading are among the topics covered. Four or five lessons will be covered in class each week. 

This class is perfect for students who are comfortable with long division, are ready to use a textbook, and will benefit from a more structured approach to math.

Prerequisite: Students should be familiar with long division and ready to use a textbook. A placement test is one piece of information that might be useful in determining placement. It is available here:

Please contact the tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 6-8

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180 per semester

Homework: 40-60 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook Requirements (provided by student):  Saxon Math 76 (3rd edition) student edition ISBN-10 1565771532, ISBN-13: 978-1565771536.  Students will need only the textbook.  Used copies can be found at amazon.com and other book resellers.

Supplies to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Scoring pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator.  Widely available for under $15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands' WEST math classes.

Saxon Algebra 1/2

Class Description:

A full pre-algebra course and an introduction to geometry. Topics covered include prime and composite numbers, fractions and decimals, order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, the Pythagorean Theorem, and more.

Prerequisite:  Student should be 14 years old by the first day of class. Saxon Math 76 is not a prerequisite for this class, but successful completion of Saxon Math 76 is a good sign of readiness for Algebra ½. A placement test is one piece of information that might be useful in determining placement. It is available here:

Please contact the tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 7-10

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180 per semester

Homework: 40-60 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook Requirements (provided by student):  Saxon Algebra ½, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator.  Widely available for under $15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands' WEST math classes.

Saxon Algebra I

Class Description:

Algebra 1 is a formal treatment of algebra forming the foundation for future math study. Topics include signed numbers, exponents and roots, absolute value, area and volume, equations and inequalities, scientific notations, unit conversions, polynomials, graphs, factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, direct and inverse variations, exponential growth, statistics, and probability.  For most students success in Algebra 1 requires a significant time commitment. 

Prerequisite: Student should be 14 years old by the first day of class. Saxon Algebra ½ is not a prerequisite for this class, but successful completion of Saxon Algebra ½ is a good sign of readiness for Algebra 1. A placement test is one piece of information that might be useful in determining placement. It is available here:

Please contact the tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full year

Grade level:  Grades 8-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180 per semester

Homework:  45-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook Requirements (provided by students):  Saxon Algebra 1, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator.  Widely available for under $15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands' WEST math classes.

Saxon Algebra II

Class Description:

Traditional, second-year algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both real-world, abstract, and interdisciplinary applications. Topics include geometric concepts, negative exponents, quadratic equations, metric conversions, logarithms, and advanced factoring.  For most students success in Algebra 2 requires a significant time commitment.

Prerequisite:  

Student should be 15 years old by the first day of class. Students should also have successfully completed Algebra 1 or passed Saxon placement test for Algebra 2. A placement test is one piece of information that might be useful in determining placement. It is available here:
 
Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180 per semester

Homework:  60-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook Requirements (provided by students):  Saxon Algebra 2, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator.  Widely available for under $15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands' WEST math classes.

 


Alpha Omega Geometry (fall semester 2017)

Class Description:

A complete course of high school geometry including proofs, angles, parallels, congruency, similarity, circles, construction, area, volume, logic, and an introduction to trigonometry.  Students should be prepared for a heavy load of homework including problems and tests.  Students will also be required to memorize vocabulary, theorems, and postulates.

The pace of the class requires all classroom time to be spent on teaching and learning.  Parents should be prepared to assist by scoring and tracking homework.  Depending on ability and availability, some students might be able to score their own homework.

Grades will be based on tests, homework, and classroom participation.

Prerequisite:  At a minimum, students must have successfully completed Algebra 1.  However, students would benefit from taking Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and then Geometry.  Having a year without algebra between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 can make  Algebra 2 unnecessarily challenging.

Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: One Semester, Fall 2017

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $180 per semester

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be at least 75-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week.

Textbook (provided by student):

Alpha-Omega Lifepac Math 10, LIFEPAC Geometry Set

This set includes 10 lifepacs and teacher's guide.

Alpha Omega Product ID MAT1015;

Rainbow Resources Item #: 013621;

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student

  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Printer paper (plain 8 1/2 x 11")  (Note about paper:  Most work will be done in Lifepacs, but occasionally a sheet of paper will be needed.  Students should be sure to have a few sheets of each kind of paper with them for each class.)
  • 200 Index cards, 3 x 5" or 5 x 7"
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scoring pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • highlighters and/or colored pencils - just find 3-6 colors, no need to buy any
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator.  This is widely available for less than $15.

Supplies provided by tutor:

  • protractor
  • compass

Personal Finance (spring semester 2018)
 
Class Description:
 
Saving, budgeting, debt, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, investing, retirement, insurance, money and relationships, careers, taxes, and giving are among the subjects of this class.
 
Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool will guide the content of the class.
 
Grades will be based on classroom participation and completion of homework.
 
Prerequisite: None
 
Tutor: Jan Sands
 
Class Length: One Semester
 
Grade Level: Grades 9-12
 
Class Size: 5 student minimum, 18 student maximum
 
Tuition: $170 per semester
 
Homework: Homework will vary, but will be about 2-4 hours per week
 
Textbook Requirement:  Each student will need his or her own copy of the following worktext.  There are other editions available, so be sure you are getting the book shown in the following link.
Each student will also be required to read and report on one book during the first half of the semester. All of the suggested books should be available at your public library. Choose from among the following:
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  • The Millionaire Next Door by Dr. Thomas J. Stanley & Dr. William D. Danko
  • Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup
  • The Legacy Journey: A Radical View of Biblical Wealth and Generosity by Dave Ramsey
  • Giving It All Away...and Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously by David Green