Your sixth grader is on the cusp of upper level math, so how do you make sure that young mind is solidly prepared for the coming algebra, geometry, and more? If your child has spent the grammar years studying with Saxon and has mastered the concepts in Saxon 7/6, we recommend heading right to Saxon Algebra 1/2. This pre-algebra course effectively bridges to the secondary subject of algebra by providing an introduction to geometry and discrete mathematics (used in engineering and computer sciences), as well as a rock solid review of foundational math skills.
The 3rd edition of Saxon Algebra 1/2: An Incremental Development Student Text continues to employ Saxon's signature incremental learning approach and continual review for mastery. Topics your student will learn include fractions, decimals, mixed number operations, scientific notation, prime and composite numbers, order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic expressions, solving equations with one variable, working with signed numbers, geometry fundamentals, probability, and the Pythagorean Theorem.
If your student is a newcomer to classical education or needs to shore up the math foundation—especially arithmetic concepts—choose Saxon 8/7 for a pre-algebra course instead. In either case, we strongly believe young minds are far more capable than many people think, and that's why we recommend using these pre-algebra programs ahead of the stated grade level. With the help of incremental advances and practice, practice, practice, your budding scholar will rise to the challenge of grasping concepts and experience the triumph of ever-improving mastery.