MATH CLASSES

Math for the Middle Grades

CLASS TITLE:

Math for the Middle Grades

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Fun and challenging classroom activities and worksheet based homework are combined to prepare fifth through eighth grade students for algebra, to use math in real life, and to succeed in high school math courses.

Topics in this course include basic math facts, fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, and algebraic thinking (pre-algebra).

Students who complete this class in 7th or 8th grade should be ready for Algebra ½. Math for the Middle Grades may be taken more than once as curriculum is on a three year rotation.

This course is an excellent choice for students who need a little more help in math before entering algebra, or who need a little more time before they are ready for algebra.

TUTOR:

Jan Sands

CLASS LENGTH:

One Full Year or One Semester – Fall/Spring

 

GRADE LEVEL:

5-9

TUITION:

$175/semester

CLASS SIZE:

Minimum of 5; Maximum of 20

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.

PREREQUISITE:

None

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.

REQUIRED:

None

 


Saxon Algebra 1/2

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.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Length: Full year

Grade Level: 7th-9th grade and at least 14 years old by the first day of class

Tuition: $175 per semester

Text: Saxon Algebra ½ Home Study Kit, third edition

Required Materials:

  • 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
  • Compass and Protractor
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite: Student must be 14 years old by the first day of class and pass Saxon placement test for Algebra ½.

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 30-60 minutes per day, four or five days per week.


Saxon Algebra I

Description:

Covers topics including signed numbers, exponents, and roots; absolute value; equations and inequalities; scientific notations; unit conversions; polynomials; graphs; factoring; quadratic equations; direct and inverse variations; exponential growth; statistics; and probability.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full year

Grade level: 8-12 and at least 14 years old by the first day of class

Tuition: $175 per semester

Text: Saxon Algebra 1 Home Study Kit, third edition.

Required Materials:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 1/2”)
  • 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
  • Compass and protractor
  • Texas Instruments® TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite: Pass Saxon placement test for Algebra I – OR– successful completion of Saxon Algebra 1/2

Homework: 30-60 minutes per day


Saxon Algebra II

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 functions like angles, perimeters, and proportional segments; negative exponents; quadratic equations; metric conversions; logarithms; and advanced factoring.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Length of class: full year

Grade level: 9-12 (for greatest success, I recommend that students be at least 15 years old by the first day of class)

Tuition: $175 per semester

Text: Saxon Algebra 2 Home Study Kit, third edition.

Required Materials:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 1/2”)
  • filler paper
  • quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • set of five tabbed dividers
  • pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga)
  • correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • ruler – 6 to 12 inches (Second semester: protractor and compass)
  • Texas Instruments® TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Prerequisite: Pass Saxon placement test for Algebra 2 – OR– successful completion of Saxon Algebra 1

Homework: 30-60 minutes per day


Saxon Geometry

Description:

Traditional geometry, including construction, triangle congruence, postulates and theorems, surface area and volume, two-column proofs, vector addition, equations of lines, trigonometry, and plenty of algebra.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full year

Grade level: 9th – 12th grade

Tuition: $175 per semester

Required Materials:

  • 3-ring binder (1 ½ – 2”)
  • 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
  • Compass and protractor
  • Texas Instruments® TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator

Text: Saxon Geometry Homeschool Kit

Prerequisite: Student must be at least 15 years old by the first day of class and have completed at least Saxon Algebra 1 or equivalent. Recommended after Algebra 2 or instead of Algebra 2.

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 45 to 75 minutes per day, four or five days a week.