# Math Classes

**Math FAQ’s**

**How do math classes at WEST work?**

**What happens when I email for help?**- 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?**

**What if I don’t know which class my child should take?****Foundations in Math**

**Class Description:**

**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: **

**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: **

**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

**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:**

**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.

- Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Student Text
- http://www.daveramsey.com/store/kids-teens/home-school/foundations-homeschool-student-text/prodFOUHOMESTUTEXT.html

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