Math Classes

Math for the Middle Grades

Class Description:  

Fun and challenging classroom activities and worksheet based homework are combined to prepare fifth through eighth grade students for algebra, to use math in real life, and to succeed in high school math courses.

Topics in this course include basic math facts, fractions, decimals, percents, geometry, and algebraic thinking (pre-algebra).

Students who complete this class in 7th or 8th grade should be ready for Algebra ½. Math for the Middle Grades may be taken more than once as curriculum is on a three-year rotation.

This course is an excellent choice for students who need a little more help in math before entering algebra, or who need a little more time before they are ready for algebra.

Prerequisite: None

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length:  Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 5-9

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition:  $175 per semester

Homework:  Students can expect approximately 30-45 minutes of homework per day, depending on pace of student. Parents will spend 5-10 minutes on scoring each day.

Textbook Requirements:  

Worktext and all materials are provided EXCEPT a calculator.
Instructor will provide:

  • Curriculum and score key
  • 3-ring binder
  • Paper
  • Pencils

Supplies: Students MUST have a Texas Instruments TI-30XA calculator.  Widely available for $12-15, this calculator is the one used in all of Mrs. Sands' WEST math classes.


Saxon Algebra 1/2

Class Description:

A full pre-algebra course and an introduction to geometry. Topics covered include prime and composite numbers, fractions and decimals, order of operations, coordinates, exponents, square roots, ratios, algebraic phrases, probability, the Pythagorean Theorem, and more.

Prerequisite: Student should be 14 years old by the first day of class and pass Saxon placement test for Algebra ½.  Please contact through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor:  Jan Sands

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level: Grades 7-10

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 30-60 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook Requirements:  Provided by student:  Saxon Algebra ½, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches

Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator


Saxon Algebra I

Class Description:

Covers topics including signed numbers, exponents and roots, absolute value, equations and inequalities, scientific notations, unit conversions, polynomials, graphs, factoring, quadratic equations, direct and inverse variations, exponential growth, statistics, and probability.

Prerequisite: Student should be 14 years old by the first day of class and pass Saxon placement for Algebra.

1. Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full year

Grade level:  Grades 8-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 45-75 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook Requirements:   Provided by student:  Saxon Algebra 1, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches

Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator


Saxon Algebra II

Class Description:

Traditional, second-year algebra topics, as well as a full semester of informal geometry, are included with both real-world, abstract, and interdisciplinary applications. Topics include geometric functions like angles, perimeters and proportional segments, negative exponents, quadratic equations, metric conversions, logarithms, and advanced factoring.

Prerequisite: Student should be 15 years old by the first day of class.  Students should also have successfully completed Algebra 1 or passed Saxon placement test for Algebra 2.  Please contact tutor through WEST with any placement questions.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: Full Year

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 60-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week

Textbook RequirementsProvided by student:  Saxon Algebra 2, THIRD EDITION, textbook only

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student:

  • 3-ring binder (1 to 1 ½”)
  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Set of five tabbed dividers
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Correction pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches

Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator


Alpha Omega Geometry (spring semester only)

Class Description:

A complete course of high school geometry including proofs, angles, parallels, congruency,
similarity, circles, construction, area, volume, logic, and an introduction to trigonometry.
 
Students should be prepared for lots of homework including problems and tests.  Students will
also be required to memorize vocabulary, theorems, and postulates.
 
The pace of the class requires all classroom time to be spent on teaching and learning.  Parents should be prepared to assist by scoring and tracking homework.  Depending on ability and availability, some students might be able to score their own homework.
 
Grades will be based on tests and classroom participation.
 
Prerequisite:  At a minimum, students must have successfully completed Algebra 1.  However,
students would benefit from taking Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and then Geometry.  Having a year without algebra between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 can make  Algebra 2 unnecessarily challenging.
 
Mrs. Sands wants all students to succeed.  Please contact her if you have questions, especially about placement.

Tutor: Jan Sands

Class Length: One Semester, Spring 2016

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be 60-90 minutes per day, four or five days per week.

Textbook RequirementProvided by student

Alpha-Omega Lifepac Math 10, LIFEPAC Geometry Set

This set includes 10 lifepacs and teacher's guide.
Alpha Omega Product ID MAT1015;
Rainbow Resources Item #: 013621;
CBD.com Stock No: WW72339;
ISBN 978086717

Supplies:  Required Materials to be provided by student

  • Filler paper
  • Quadrille filler paper (graph paper)
  • Printer paper (plain 8 1/2 x 11")  (Note about paper:  Most work will be done in Lifepacs, but occasionally a sheet of paper will be needed.  Students should be sure to have a few sheets of each kind of paper with them for each class.)
  • 200 Index cards, 3 x 5" or 5 x 7", 
  • Pencils (preferably Dixon Ticonderoga) with erasers
  • Portable pencil sharpener
  • Scoring pen or pencil (red or other highly visible color)
  • highlighters and/or colored pencils - just find 3-6 colors, no need to buy any
  • Ruler – 6 to 12 inches
  • Texas Instruments®TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator
Supplies provided by tutor:
  • protractor
  • compass

Personal Finance (fall semester only)

Class Description:

Saving, budgeting, debt, consumer awareness, bargain shopping, investing, retirement, insurance, 
money and relationships, careers, taxes, and giving are among the subjects of this class.
 
Dave Ramsey's Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool will guide the content of the class.
 
Grades will be based on classroom participation and completion of homework.
 
Prerequisite:  None
 
Tutor: Jan Sands
 
Class Length: One Semester, Fall 2015

Grade Level:  Grades 9-12

Class Size: 5 student minimum, 20 student maximum

Tuition: $175 per semester 

Homework: Homework will vary, but will be about 2-4 hours per week

Textbook Requirement:

Each student will need his or her own copy of  the following worktext. 

There are other editions available, so be sure you are getting the book shown in the following link.

Foundations in Personal Finance for Homeschool Student Text