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Last week, I started a series of posts that will focus on our homeschool curriculum choices for this year. I’ll be talking about our choices for Gracie’s Senior Year as well; but today, again, I’m going to be sharing about Ian’s 5th Grade curriculum through Abeka Academy.
Unlike the Bible class, which came with no books or curriculum, we got plenty of books for math (or Arithmetic, as they call it).
- Textbook – this book is consumable, meaning that you can write right in the book
- Quizzes, Tests, and Speed Drills – I actually keep this with my Teacher materials and just hand him each page, as needed, but the quizzes, tests, and speed drills tear out and you write on them as well
- Arithmetic Answer Key – this spiral-bound book is exactly like Ian’s textbook, only smaller (each 2-page lesson spread is on 1 page in this book). It includes all the answers and shows the work.
- Quizzes, Tests, and Speed Drills Key
What’s covered in 5th grade math?
Dive into decimals and dividing fractions and many more mathematic concepts with Arithmetic 5. Challenge the student with more advanced word problems, pre-algebra concepts, and basic geometry. Continue work with estimating, rounding, and applying all of these concepts to daily life. Supplemental problems, homework assignments, and a handbook for terms and definitions in the back of the book provide for ample review and added implementation.
Ian has ALWAYS complained about doing math, even though he is good at it. He’s been doing his own made-up story problems since he was very young and has amazed us many times with the concepts that he understood, having never really been taught them (things like division for a 5 year old, etc.) However, he has always resisted me when I’m tried to teach him or get him to learn the basic facts (such as the times tables, etc.)
I really wasn’t sure how he was going to do with math because I know that Abeka’s math program is accelerated quite a bit. Honestly, I thought he might struggle.
He was slightly intimidated by the Speed Drills the first few weeks of school. Ashley was always intimidated by anything that was timed, so I started out flexible with him and told him that he had to do them, but he could turn off the timer. Now, starting week 7 of school, he is doing them with the timing and he’s doing them well! Even though he maybe didn’t try to or mean to, he’s memorized those math facts that he resisted me on for the past several years!
5th grade math is taught by Mr. Howe
Math is the only class that is taught by Mr. Howe, but Ian loves him – he says he’s his favorite teacher and I can see why. He’s lots of fun. I sit at my desk across the room working and listening in, and I find myself chuckling at him many times! He makes learning fun for the kids.
Final Thoughts on Abeka’s Math Class
Once again, I’m quite pleased. Honestly, math isn’t my favorite subject to teach, so I’m so glad for Abeka Academy and great teachers who enjoy their jobs (it’s obvious!) Mr. Howe is a very effective math teacher and all I have to do is grade Ian’s work. It’s definitely a win-win for both Ian and me!
I’ll post updates on the curriculum throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask, or view sample videos and get more information on Abeka’s website.
Again, I am in no way affiliated with Abeka or Abeka Academy. I am just a homeschooling mom using this curriculum successfully in our homeschool and wanted to share.