Math

Saxon Elementary School Math is a core curriculum for students in kindergarten through Grade 5 (Intermediate). A distinguishing feature of Saxon Math is its use of a distributed approach, as opposed to a chapter - bsaed approach, for instruction and assessment. The program is built on the premise that students learn best when instruction is incremental and explicit, previously learned concepts are continually reviewed, and assessment is frequent and cumulative. At each level, math concepts are introduced, reviewed, and practiced over time in order to move students from understanding to mastery. For grades K-4, the Saxon Elementary School Math curriculum emphasizes hands - on activities and teacher- directed math conversations that engage students in learning. The curriculum for Intermediate also uses conversations to introduce new concepts, but shifts the focus to student - directed learning.

Daily lessons in grades 1 - 4 consist of three components: 1) the meeting, 2 )the math lesson, and 3) the written practice, which includes guided class practice and homework. A typical lesson begins with the meeting where students engage in various practical activities (for example, reading a calendar) and enter into math conversations and dialogue with the class and teacher to communicate their understanding of math concepts. Following the meeting, the teacher begins the math lesson, in which new concepts are introduced. Hands - on activities are incorporated into the lesson to encourage student involvement and further the learning of new concepts. The math lesson is followed by written practice, which includes teacher - facilitated guided class practice of newly and previously learned concepts. The students complete the day's homework independently. Cumulative and written assignments occur every five lessons.

At the Intermediate level, a daily lesson consists of four components: 1) warm up, 2) lesson introducing new math concept, 3)practice on new concept, and 4) mixed practice including new and previously learned concepts. Students are introduced to concepts incrementally, given opportunities for continual review and practice, and assessed cumulatively and frequently.

 

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