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Carnival time again
Amidst all the shopping frenzy, hopefully you have time to stop by at Math Teachers at Play carnival - it is a small carnival this time, but enjoyable and with a nice variety of posts for all grade levels.
Here's an enjoyable math video for students and parents/teachers alike. It's about folding and cutting... but it still IS very much about math -- because the lady models the basics of mathematical thinking in a wonderful way as she goes on cutting shapes... 😊
I was just sent a link to this site; all it is, is a handy one-page printable conversion chart for various US measures, metric measures, and US vs. metric measures. Includes even a comparative Fahrenheit vs. Celsius thermometer.
People sometimes ask me of my opinion or review of Saxon math. What I've written here applies in particular to Saxon Math's high school courses and middle grade levels. (The grades K-3 are by a different author and are quite different; more on that below.)
Saxon Math uses an "incremental approach" where math concepts are studied in little pieces over several lessons, and those lessons are strawed over a long period of time, intermixed with lessons about other topics.
In other words, if one lesson is on some particular topic (say, percentages or inequalities), it's almost guaranteed that the NEXT lesson is NOT on that topic. It jumps around from topic to topic constantly, and this is by design.
Saxon's method also includes a feature where after a lesson is taught, there are very few practice problems about the topic of the lesson. Most of the problems are mixed review problems, and they practice concepts from earlier lessons, not the concept …