Let’s face it…
Saxon Math, while wonderfully rich with the math learning piece, can also be wicked boring with the actually working through the book piece!
One way that I’ve modified it for my 6th Grader is to have him work through his daily drills using BigIQ rather than the Saxon drills.
I love love love BigIQ!
He has 50 mixed operations problems to work out daily. Being timed helps keep him motivated. As does earning a game coin!
I love that I don’t have an extra paper to grade, that all the games are educational AND I get notified every time he achieves mastery!
Another funsie I’ve added is having him create a Math Notebook.
This is where I must insert – I LOVE PINTEREST!
Here is my Math Pin Board just in case you’d like to peek.
He’s using Ms. Smith’s online interactive notebook as his guide.
I have him add (we started right at the beginning) two pages daily.
He spends about 10 minutes on both BigIQ and his Math Notebook. This leaves him 40 minutes to work on his Saxon. We bumped him up to Saxon 1/2 this year and it’s been proving to be QUITE challenging for him! Although some of that is mental…because he keeps reminding me that he should be in 8/7.
The thing is, I found a super affordable Saxon 1/2 with the DIVE disc and the testing indicated he was (by the skin of his teeth) ready. Soooooo…
I added the Math Notebook to help lighten things up a bit. And he only has to work for the 40 minutes. I don’t make him do a whole lesson every day if it’s too much
Plus, Daddy tutors him in the evenings as needed. Learning AND bonding!
Since we started using BigIQ and doing the MathNotebook there has been WAY less complaining! I think just having a change of scenery helps.
Lastly, another thing I’ve been working with him on is keep his books NEAT! He’s a South Paw and a boy…soooooooo
this is how his notebook (we have him using a notebook rather than writing in the textbook) looks. The floating numbers make me positively cranky!
So then I had the brilliant idea (which may have been Pin-spired but I’m not sure) to have him use grid paper!
And look at the difference?!
My eyes are SO happy!
And the thing is…he thinks it’s cool to use grid paper too! It’s a win-win!