Math
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MATH  
COURSE TITLE  GRADE  TUTOR  TERM  TUITION 
FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 1  57  Love  Full Year  $375 
FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 2  57  Love  Full Year  $375 
Personal Finance  912  Berg  Fall  $185 
Middle School Math Success see below for FAQs 
69  Sands  Full Year  $380 
PreAlgebra 1 see below for FAQs 
710  Sands  Full Year  $380 
PreAlgebra 2 see below for FAQs 
710  Sands  Full Year  $380 
Algebra 1 IN PERSON or ONLINE see below for FAQs 
812  Sands  Full Year Plus 3 Zoom Wks 
$400 
Algebra 2 IN PERSON or ONLINE see below for FAQs 
912  Sands 
Full Year 
$400 
Geometry see below for FAQs 
912  Sands  Full Year  $380 
Geometry without a Net see below for FAQs 
1012  Sands  Full Year  $380 
PreCalculus  1012  Leibig  Full Year  $380 
PSEO Calculus Tutoring  NEW  1112  Leibig 
10 Weeks 
$100 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 1
This course is an excellent choice for students who need more practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, or who have gaps in their basic math skills. We will combine fun, challenging, and handson classroom activities with workbook based homework to prepare fifth through seventh grade students to become fluid with multidigit multiplication and division. This is year one of a standalone math program offered at two levels over two years. We will incorporate games, practice, puzzles, mental math, and regular concept review to gain mastery of math skills. Everything your student needs for the class will be provided by the tutor.
Prerequisite: Students should have mastered all addition and subtraction facts, plus be familiar with basic multiplication and division facts
Placement Test: To be sure of correct placement, please have your student complete the Saxon placement test labeled Saxon 5/4Algebra 1/2. Email scans of the completed test (including paper that shows the student's work) to the tutor (LoleneLove@gmail.com). It is available here: https://www.christianbook.com/page/homeschool/math/saxonmath?search=saxon%20math%2076
If the test recommends Saxon 5/4, your student would likely best fit in FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 1.
If the test recommends Saxon 6/5, your student would best fit in FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 2.
FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 2
This course will cover the topics of fractions, decimals, percent, ratio, factors, mean, median, mode, measurement, volume, and solving for the unknown. We will review multidigit multiplication and division, and solve multistep word problems that involve several operations. This is year two of a standalone math program offered at two levels over two years. Mrs. Love will incorporate games, practice, puzzles, mental math, and regular concept review to gain mastery of math skills. We will combine fun, challenging, and handson classroom activities with workbook based homework to prepare fifth through eighth grade students for algebra, to use math in real life, and to succeed in high school math courses. Students who complete this class in 5th, 6th, or 7th grade should be ready for Saxon Math 7/6. This course is an excellent choice for students who need more practice with multidigit multiplication and division, or who have gaps in their basic math skills. Everything your student needs for the class will be provided by the tutor.
Prerequisite: FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 1 is NOT required, but students should have mastered basic multiplication and division facts
Placement Test: To be sure of correct placement, please have your student complete the Saxon placement test labeled Saxon 5/4Algebra 1/2. Email scans of the completed test (including paper that shows the student's work) to the tutor (LoleneLove@gmail.com). It is available here: https://www.christianbook.com/page/homeschool/math/saxonmath?search=saxon%20math%2076
If the test recommends Saxon 5/4, your student would best fit in FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 1.
If the test recommends Saxon 6/5, your student would best fit in FUNctional Middle School Math  Level 2.
Personal Finance
Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance curriculum will guide the content of the class.This curriculum emphasizes life application while teaching money principles that will change students' lives forever. They'll learn how to pay cash for their first car, gradute from college debtfree, and give in generous and meaningful ways. Saving, budgeting, debt, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, investing, retirement, insurance, money and relationships, careers, and taxes are presented in ways that are both practical and entertaining.
Grades will be based on classroom participation and completion of homework.
 Personal Finance is an elective, not a math course.
PreCalculus
This class is designed to teach the concepts and skills necessary for students to succeed in calculus and in disciplines that are mathematically based, such as chemistry and physics. Topics include trigonometry, logarithms, analytic geometry, matrix algebra and upperlevel algebraic concepts. PreCalculus is a solid foundation for further math classes in higher education.
The first three weeks will provide a review of important concepts from Algebra II and will ensure that all students start on an equal footing.
Class time will be spent reviewing graded homework material, and a discussion of new material for the next week’s homework assignment. While there is no participation grade, students are encouraged to ask questions and give answers to questions posed in class.
The Saxon placement test can be used to determine if a student is ready for this class. The test can be found at the following link:
Scroll down until you come to the correct placement test. Successful completion of the Algebra II test means that a student is ready for this course.
PSEO Calculus Tutoring
This class is intended to serve as a tutoring session for students who feel they need additional help with their PSEO calculus class. It is designed for those taking any PSEO calculus class, regardless of where it is offered. All Calculus classes are similar because of the way that the material in Calculus I builds on itself. Students can come to class with their questions about the material and any homework problems that they are struggling with. We will also go over any quiz or test problems that they couldn’t figure out.
This is a ten week course, with no homework, quizzes or tests. It is really just a place for students to get extra help in what can be a challenging college level course that they are taking.
Intended Audience: ALL homeschoolers taking PSEO College Calculus ANYWHERE
Middle School Math Success
Lessons of Middle School Math Success (Math 76) 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. Five lessons will be covered in class each week. Tests will be assigned about every other week.
If your student was successful in FUNctional Middle School Math Level 2, consider this as their next math course.
PreAlgebra 1
PreAlgebra 1 builds upon the principles taught in Middle School Math Success. Using Math 87, students will review arithmetic, measurements, geometry, ratios, probability, and statistics. Students will specifically learn about operations with fractions, equivalent fractions, the metric system, repeating decimals, scientific notation, pi, graphing inequalities, multiplying algebraic terms, the Pythagorean Theorem, the slopeintercept form of linear equations, and more.
PreAlgebra 1 (Math 87) and PreAlgebra 2 (Algebra ½) are both prealgebra courses. Students who complete PreAlgebra 1 with scores of 80% or greater on the first attempt on the last few tests, and are at least 14 years old, are probably ready for Algebra 1. If a student needs another year of math before Algebra 1, PreAlgebra 2 can be taken between PreAlgebra 1 and Algebra 1.
PreAlgebra 2
An introduction to algebra that includes 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.
Algebra 1
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 notation, unit conversion, polynomials, graphs, factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, direct and inverse variation, exponential growth, statistics, and probability. For most students, success in Algebra 1 requires a significant time commitment.
NOTE: Full Year, Plus 3 additional weeks via zoom
Algebra 2
Traditional, secondyear algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both realworld, 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.
NOTE: Full Year, Plus 3 additional weeks via zoom
Geometry
A complete course of high school geometry including proofs, angles, parallels, congruency, similarity, circles, construction, area, volume, logic, and an introduction to trigonometry. Students will also be required to memorize vocabulary, theorems, and postulates.
Since the only key available is also a solutions manual which includes the test keys, parents should plan to score student work on a daily basis.
Do you enjoy thinking through problems? Are you comfortable with working on a problem without reaching a solution, or without knowing what the “right” answer is? Do you have strong study habits? Do you exercise curiosity and perseverance? If you answered yes to these questions, this class might be for you!
Geometry without a Net is a complete course of high school geometry including proofs, angles, parallels, congruency, similarity, circles, construction, area, volume, logic, and an introduction to trigonometry. Besides solving problems, students will also be required to read and study the textbook, and memorize vocabulary, theorems, and postulates.
In Geometry without a Net, we will be working through Modern School Mathematics Geometry without a full answer key. The focus will be on learning the concepts of geometry and thinking through problems and proofs. This class will be more about the process of geometry and less about getting the right answer.
Some instruction will be in class and some instruction will be provided by video. In class we will spend much of our time discussing concepts and working through problems. Students will be encouraged to use the internet to further explore topics and to find solutions.
Geometry without a Net and Geometry are each a full year of high school geometry. Geometry without a Net is more exploratory and Geometry provides a more straightforward presentation of the material.
What are the three most important things to consider in ensuring student success in math?
Placement. Placement. Placement. Please consider carefully which class will fit your student’s needs the best. Class descriptions include prerequisites and a link to a placement test. If you have any questions about placement, please contact the tutor through the WEST website. Use the contact button at the top right corner to email any member of the WEST Team who will forward your message to the tutor.
How important are basic math facts?
For all of Jan Sands’ math classes, mastery of basic math facts is a prerequisite. Since classes include more advanced concepts and skills, knowing basic facts is a must. When students have mastered basic facts, they can focus on solving more complicated problems. If they have not mastered the basic facts, brain power is used to find answers to basic facts and is not available for solving the problem at hand.
How do Jan Sands’ math classes at WEST work?
Each week classes cover 35 lessons. Most lessons will be covered in class. Some lessons will be presented by recorded video. Homework is assigned. Students spend time 56 days per week on homework and tests at home. Lessons are scored by students or parents. Students make corrections. Tests are completed at home and handed in without scoring.
What is my role in math success?
Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, time management, and communication with Mrs. Sands. Parents should check with their student and with Mrs. Sands as often as needed to help students stay on track.
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. If necessary, parents should email on behalf of their students.
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 problematic problem. A link to the video will be emailed.
How do I know what the homework is?

Each class has an assignment list that shows when lessons, tests, and other assignments with the date each assignment is due.

Students will be reminded of the homework each week in class. Usually, lessons started in class are the lessons due the following week.
What if my student misses a class?
For Middle School Math Success, PreAlgebra 1, PreAlgebra 2, Algebra 1, and Algebra 2, video lessons are available in the student’s class on the WEST website. Students may use these videos for instruction if a class meeting is missed. The videos may also be used for review. For Geometry and Geometry without a Net, some videos will be available.
How’s my child doing in math?
Student progress is recorded in his or her class on the WEST website. If you have any questions, feel free to email the tutor.
Where can I find the textbook my student needs?
Saxon textbooks and keys and Modern School Mathematics Geometry can be purchased from many online book sellers. If you have trouble finding the book(s) you need, Jan Sands sometimes has a small number of Saxon textbooks and Modern School Mathematics Geometry textbooks for sale. Contact Jan Sands through WEST for more information. Alpha Omega Geometry is consumable and must be purchased new.