Our school uses the Saxon math program. I loved it in the younger grades when students had plenty of hands on experience with math concepts, but in the upper grades where we use the "Course" books students really struggle with number sense. There just doesn't seem to be enough emphasis on massed practice before moving on to the next day's topic. As a result, our students seem to be steam rolled with new concept after new concept, without much understanding behind what it is that they are learning. They memorize a "way" or a "shortcut" without having learned the meaning behind it, and it drives me INSANE!
I'm looking for resources to help my kids really understand decimal placement for +/-/X/div., why longer "numbers" aren't necessarily bigger, using a repented bar, turning decimals into percents and turning fractions into decimals. We have plant of worksheets. I'm looking for something concrete. They really need some sort of model since their number sense is so poor in this area. Please leave a comment if you know of something that would help in their understanding. I'm even thinking that I need to go back a grade or two to help them understand basic concepts before they will be able to master our objectives.
Thanks for the suggestions! I'm really needing some help thinking out of the box, or book!
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