How necessary are the Home Instructor’s Guides for Singapore Math 5A-6B?

Dear Carrie

How necessary are the Home Instructor’s Guides for Singapore Primary Math levels 5A-6B?

I see Heart of Dakota (HOD) carries the Home Instructor’s Guides (HIG’s) for Singapore Math 5A-6B. Do you find most families need the optional teacher’s guides for levels 5A-6B? I was using a different math program. However, I am thinking about doing levels 5A-6B before moving my oldest daughter into Pre-Algebra. I noticed that HOD doesn’t carry the optional HIG’s for the younger levels. My daughter’s other math program teaches math similarly to Singapore. I think she is a bit young to put into Pre-Algebra, and I want to give her brain a little bit more time to develop. So, I am interested in Singapore Math Levels 5A-6B for her. One mother told me she is working all the problems out for her children in Singapore Math Levels 3 and 4 herself. I’d rather not do that! I’m wondering how necessary the HIG’s are? Thanks for your thoughts on this!

Sincerely,

“Ms. Please Help Explain How Necessary the HIG’s Are for Singapore Math Levels 5A-6B”

Dear “Ms. Please Help Explain How Necessary the HIG’s Are for Singapore Math Levels 5A-6B,”

I’d be glad to answer your question about the 5A-6B Home Instructor’s Guides (HIG’s)! With our own sons, we used the HIG’s only to refer to when we were stuck. I did not teach from the guide but continued to teach from the textbook. I believe I used the 5A HIG once and the 5B HIG just a couple of times. We referred to the 6A and 6B HIG’s a bit more than that, but still not terribly often. I will say I was grateful to refer to them when we needed them. I did use the Home Instructor’s guides for 5A on up as my answer key too. It was nice to have more fully worked solutions.

Further Thoughts on the Home Instructor’s Guides for Levels 5A-6B

We carry the Home Instructor’s guides for 5A, 5B, 6A, and 6B . Levels 5A-6B seem to be the levels at which they become more helpful. The Teacher’s Manual is not needed at any level, as it is very classroom oriented. So, whether you get the HIG’s for Levels 5A-6B or not comes down to more of a personal preference. In my experience, the HIG’s were nice to have for Levels 5A-5B because of the fully worked solutions, but not totally necessary. Most homeschool families like to have the HIG’s by the time their kiddos reach Levels 6A-6B. Very few families need the HIG’s for levels prior to 5A, which is why we don’t carry them. You can find all of the HIG’s for Levels 5A-6B that we carry by clicking here (just arrow down to the math section).

Helpful Advice for the Homeschool Mama Working Out the Problems in Levels 3 and 4 to Correct them 

On a side note, to the mama who is working out the problems in order to correct them in the younger levels, we do carry the answer keys for 1A-3B in one inexpensive booklet. The answer key for 1A-3B can be found by clicking here.  Likewise, the answer key for 4A-6B is also in one booklet, and that can be found by clicking here (just arrow down to the math section).

Blessings,
Carrie

Help with How to Correct the Total Health Chapter Reviews

Dear Carrie

Help with How to Correct the Total Health Chapter Reviews

We are using Heart of Dakota’s World History high school guide for 10th grade. My son is enjoying it – especially the Charlotte Mason living books for Living Library! We are both glad these are a part of my son’s high school years. I have a question about Total Health. The Chapter Reviews are part of the grading, but I don’t see an answer key. Am I looking the wrong place? Or, do you have tips for how to correct the chapter reviews? Thanks in advance.

Sincerely,

“Ms. Please Help Me Correct the Total Health Chapter Reviews”

Dear “Ms. Please Help Me Correct the Total Health Chapter Reviews,” 

When putting together the resources needed for each HOD High School guide, we try to be as mindful as possible of which resources are truly needed to complete each guide. If we included all available ancillary guides for each subject areas, the overall price tag for a year of high school would quickly spin out of control. The Total Health Teacher’s Guide does contain the answers to the chapter reviews, however with that being the only purpose we would need the guide for and with a price of over $70 for that guide, we found it easier and more economical to refer to the student text for the answers to the chapter reviews.

We scheduled only a few chapter review questions each day, and the answers are found in order in the short reading assignment that day.

Each Total Health chapter is broken up in our Heart of Dakota guide so that the answers for the few questions scheduled from the chapter review each day are actually found within the reading pages scheduled for that same day. We did this purposefully so that the parent must do very little searching to locate the answers.

Total Health also encourages personal application with open-ended questions.

Having done Total Health two different years now with two different students, I didn’t seem to have difficulty with that part of the correcting. Often, we were scheduled to discuss things within the chapter that I had the book in hand for anyway.   Plus, depending on the question, the boys’ answers weren’t always the same.

We do carry the Total Health: Test and Quiz Master Book, which includes answers for the cumulative chapter tests.

I did appreciate having the answers for the Total Health tests though, as those were cumulative for each chapter (and would require scouring the entire chapter for answers to correct without an answer key). This is why we do carry the Total Health: Test and Quiz Master Book within our packages, as it contains both tests and an answer key.

Blessings,
Carrie