BostonMom wrote:Hi-My 6th grade twins will be finishing up 5B in a few months and I'm looking ahead to what MFW recommends for 7th. I thought we would go to Singapore 6a and 6b, but it says in 7th they should move to Saxon 8/7. Has this worked well for all of you? Also, I have the opportunity to purchase Saxon Algebra 1/2 used from a friend, but not sure if we need that. Has anyone jumped from 5B to Algebra 1/2, or is 8/7 a better jump from 5b? With a strong Singapore background, will they likely need Algebra 1/2 after 8/7, or just a jump to Algebra 1? Thanks for any input!
My oldest daughter started Singapore 4B in the middle of 5th grade and ended up finishing Singapore 6B before the end of 6th grade! Eeek! I still had months to go! What to do? What to do? Well, I called MFW office and they were still evaluating the path.
So, not willing to wait (I mean... she's smart, and I thought , she must do math, right?), well uhm... She took the placement test and this is what happened from there. She placed into Saxon Algebra I. Bells went off in my head screaming at me "don't do it Crystal. don't. no don't."
I decided that it really was no need to start her in Algebra I in 7th grade.
So, I thought, ok. let's just buy Alg 1/2 then, start very very slowly at end of 6th grade,.....
Well, we started it, and after 20 lessons, I realized that having my advanced near the end of 6th grade daughter in an average 8th grade math program was not a very wise move on my part. you see, I ended up learning that with the edition of Saxon that MFW sells, SAxon 8/7 is the prealgebra, and Alg. 1/2 is students who complete 8/7 and really need one more year before starting Algebra. ah ha!
So, we put away the math for a while, and she did a lot of cross stitch and sold the crafts on an online auction to benefit a missionary.
Well, fall came around, and now she's 13 (due to a sept. birthday) and 7th grade. I sat down with myself and said "ok Saxon 8/7 is for advanced 7th graders. Let's use it."
Results: she wasn't stressed in math. well,,, there were some days was she was stressed in math, but usually that was just because of her age and emotions and hormones.
It got right immediately into the "gaps" between programs. Singapore Primary doesn't really do much with negative numbers, or prob/stats, and I think it was something with percentages. So, that was early in Saxon 8/7. She learned it, and also learned that she could do math the Singapore way as well as learning the other way in Saxon. I was glad to use 8/7 to help her learn to learn from DIVE and work on her own.
At end of 8/7, she was ready to do Alg I in Saxon in 8th grade, and in 9th is doing very well in Jacob's Geometry. I would evaluate the need for Alg 1/2 vs. Alg 1 near the end of 7th grade. If the student is easily getting 80% or higher on tests and homework without tons of do over's, more than likely they are the group who skips Alg 1/2.
so, that's my experience.
My middle gal is in 6th grade, and we hope to finish 5B before fall and she (even though she's average math kid) will go into Saxon 8/7. From using 6A and 6B with oldest, I know that there aren't tons of new concepts taught that aren't touched on in SAxon 8/7, and that 6A and 6B are plenty of "challenging word problems", so I'm comfortable making the jump even with my average student to Saxon 87
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