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    Default Have to start out at 3rd grade math for my 6th grader!

    My son is super smart. I don't need him tested. He just is. However, this just reinforces my choosing to homeschool!

    I am trying to figure out our curriculum for 6th grade.
    I am waiting on a book but until then I can browse around.

    I was checking out Mathmammoth which BTW is so very affordable looking!

    I am checking out there placement tests (we will not be grading but I still need to have an idea of what he knows)

    Poor kid knows NOTHING in the 5th grade test. He is like I can not do division. Now I knew multiplication needed to be retaught and re-enforced already but I did not know how much he was not learning in school and they just keep teaching testing. Then I go down to 4th grade math placement test and yeah NO GO... then I hit 3rd grade and he is like I don't know division well or how to tell time well! Now remember in Texas 3rd and 5th grade have to pass Taks test to move up. So they literally teach the test the whole year and benchmark tests EVERY 6 weeks...

    I am like wow you are so behind!
    WHOOOPS that totally slipped out.

    Then i am like you are behind where I believe you should be and how smart you are IF you were taught and clearly this is not a reflection on you but a reflections on the school..
    So yes we have to start out in 3rd grade math. This boggles my mind. He is very bookwormish. No offense to my child but he is school smart not street smart. Always loved school, I am just frusterated but glad I caught this now before I bought a curriculum he can not do and wondering what the heck is going on...

    So I told him we are going to start in 3rd grade math, if he breezes through that then we will move on up at his own pace..

    BTW I can not do math for nothing so he has to have a curriculum so I know what the heck we are both doing lol

    Otherwise the boy is smart as a whip..but hey you can't know what you are not taught..sheesh

    (he is in PS a straight A student every single grading period, he was in student council everything..so those straight A's basically mean nothing if they are just pushing these kids through like they are cattle.. BTW we are in a very bad area too..)

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    This is probably the biggest frustration I hear about from parents whose children are coming from public schools. Part of it I think is that many homeschool math programs are different than public schools in the way they are taught and presented. Math Mammoth is very big in teaching the thinking behind the math and teaching mental math. It is a really good program and I use it with some of my children.

    Math Mammoth has two types of books. The first is the grade-level, full-year curriculum. The other option are topic books for mastery. If your son has certain math topics it is having problems with, division and multiplication for example, then you could work through those specific booklets first and then re-test into a grade-level. Either way, Math Mammoth is a complete program. Just something to think about.

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    I may just have him take the full test to see if I can just do some booklets..

    I guess I am frustrated to because I remember learning about all that stuff in 3rd grade.. But now it is just they shuffle them through for the money at least around here they do.. I am sure not all public schools are bad.. it is just the testing.. argh.. but better figuring it out now then later.

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    Gotta love the TAKS! When I was in school it was the TAAS & everything revolved around it. It must be quite frustrating to be a caring teacher here in Texas.

    I followed a link in someone's signature to Math Mammoth. Wow! I'm loving it! My girl is a couple of grade levels behind her PS peers in math (something I, too, blame PS for) & it's been a challenge trying to build her confidence back up. I purchased the Math Mammoth Clocks book & she's really doing well with it. I've totally found our math curriculum, I think. I haven't seen the placement tests you mentioned; I'll have to go look those up & see where she really does fit in.

    If you don't mind my asking, where in Texas are you?
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    There is a big old blue button that says placements at the top of the site.

    I am in Arlington, Texas in the worst area in all of Tarrant County.. Who knew? LOL I am not from Texas. If you are football people then we are about 5 mins from the new stadium!

    I love half price books..

    I am really liking the look of math mammoth. I am completely intrigued with there 50 state math booklets. That is right up my sons ally.

    He will be taking the 3rd year placement test, and 4th and I shall see where he is at..
    Just all around frustration with testing.. I don't think it is needed..

    Of course here every time the test for benchmarks or Taks.. The WHOLE SCHOOL is completely SILENT.. They get no electives for 2 days and no recess.. They have to sit and be quiet or if their test is done sit and read.. My son loves to read but he is so grumpy on those days

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    UGH I hate that you and your son are in this position !! HUGS !!

    He will get caught up in no time. Take a deep, it will be ok !! Just work at his pace. I think any of the choices below would be great and inexpensive !

    Math Mammoth is very affordable. I love it and use it often.

    There is also MEP math that is free and you just print it out. There are no placement tests but you could just look through it to see where he would be. http://www.cimt.plymouth.ac.uk/projects/mep/default.htm . I use both with my children, although I have just started checking out MEP and I really like it. There are tons of people who use it, there are guides for it also.

    I move to Saxon at 5/4, but will continue to use both Math Mammoth and MEP for some things.
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    Catholic school math isn't much better where they teach 1 + 1 + 1 = 1 !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SherryZoned View Post
    I am in Arlington, Texas in the worst area in all of Tarrant County.. Who knew? LOL I am not from Texas. If you are football people then we are about 5 mins from the new stadium!
    Ah the reason I started homeschooling in the first place. Good ole Arlington. LOL Shitty memories there !!!! HUGS !!!!
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    Thanks alatexan.. He will catch up quickly at least.. I will check out the free website too. Thanks i had not seen that one.

    LOLOL mommykicksbutt!

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    Arlington makes me want to leave Texas COMPLETELY I am really over it!

    The politics, the schools..I could survive without Arlington lol

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Have to start out at 3rd grade math for my 6th grader!