Classes are held twice a week and cover three or four lessons (depending on whether there is a test for that week).
Classes will be held using Zoom.
SIXTH GRADE classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. (Pacific time). SEVENTH GRADE classes will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (Pacific time).
Follows Saxon* Math's model of incremental and distributed instruction. Each concept is broken down into parts which are introduced incrementally and mastered before students are expected to master the entire concept. There are no chapters in the curriculum. Concepts from the five math strands (Ratios and Proportional Relationships, the Number System, Expressions and Equations, Geometry, and Statistics and Probability) are distributed throughout the school year.
Approximately 85% of the daily assignment problems are review of previously learned material. It's drill and THRILL as students experience consistent success.
Each problem indicates from which lesson the material comes. If a student can't remember the steps, they can quickly access the corresponding notes.
Uses humor, memory devices, color-coding**, and numbered steps for maximum retention of material.
Fill-in-the-blank notes provided for use during instruction so students can focus of the learning and not the note-taking.
Aligned with the Common Core State Standards There are concerns that parents and educators have with the Common Core and this curriculum addresses those concerns head-on. The primary benefit of using a curriculum aligned with the CCSS is that the state-mandated testing will cover what your child is being taught.
* If Saxon is so great, why reinvent the wheel? Unfortunately, it appears that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the publishing company that purchased Saxon Math, has no intention of reworking the program to align with Common Core State Standards. It's not that I care so much for Common Core, but in America's culture of testing, I DO care about my students' success on the standardized tests. Those exams are aligned with the CCSS. I freely admit that I have an agenda: prove that choice in education, particularly the choice to homeschool, is the key to successful education in America. To prove it to the educational establishment requires good scores on standardized tests.
**Please notify me if your child is color-blind. I make every attempt to avoid using pink/red with green in a lesson to avoid confusion.
Why Not Eighth Grade?
When I was a classroom teacher, I created nearly all of my students' assignments. It was time-consuming, but manageable, because each assignment was essentially on just one concept. Writing an entire curriculum based on the Saxon Math model is a monumental undertaking. Fortunately, it's something I thoroughly and completely enjoy (yes, I know I'm weird).
I began with sixth grade in the 2018/2019 school year. Seventh grade has been added for the 2019/2020 school year. In the 2020/2021 schooI year, eighth grade will be added.
The Parent Part
YOU HAVE A ROLE! If there is one thing I've learned about middle-schoolers from all of my years of teaching, it's that they don't do what you expect, they do what you inspect. This is the age at which we have our children taking on more and more responsibility for their own learning and it can be very easy to trust them a little too much. The unfortunate thing about math is that falling behind can cause big problems very quickly, like that cartoon snowball that grows bigger and bigger on its way downhill. We have to work together to stop the snowball while it's still marble-sized. HERE ARE MY EXPECTATIONS OF YOU, THE PARENT...
Correcting daily work: I think it's valuable for a student to correct their own work, especially if it is supervised by the parents for the first couple of weeks. After that, I highly recommend irregular (unpredictable) spot-checking by the parents to keep 'em honest.
Correcting tests: In public school, my students had to have their parents sign their graded tests and return them to me. In the homeschooling context, it's ideal if the parents correct the tests. Because of the constant review of previously-taught concepts in their daily work, and the amount of practice they get before being tested on a concept, students should NEVER fail a test. Which leads me to the MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I ASK OF PARENTS...
Tracking Mastery: The TYPES of mistakes your child makes on an assignment should be tracked DAILY. Are they careless mistakes? Or is there a breakdown in the understanding of a concept? Each problem on the daily assignments has the Lesson Number next to it, so parent and child can look for patterns in the mistakes.
YOU assign the class grade. You know your child best. With guidance from Mrs. Fish, you will determine the weight of tests and daily assignments towards the final grade.
This is a 14.5 minute video showing a lesson on how to read large numbers. You can get an idea of how I teach and what makes me unique.
Math with Mrs. Fish is a year-long course broken into two semesters of fifteen weeks each. The cost is $300 per semester for the online instruction and $50 for the curriculum (one-time purchase, delivered digitally), which includes lesson notes, assignments, and tests.
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It’s challenging, but my son who is only in 5th grade seems to really enjoy the class. The fact that we can review videos at home during the week really helps him. Also, being allowed to go at his own pace is great! ~Parent
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