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SRA Math Explorations & Applications

(previous printing under name Open Court Real Math)

"SRA Math Explorations and Applications is a comprehensive, research-based program that not only teaches essential skills, but also fosters a natural fluency in math, allowing smart decisions in all aspects of life. With extensive and intelligent use of games and manipulatives, this is a fun program that delivers serious results, including higher test scores.

  • Enhances mastery of basic math skills, understanding of math concepts, and success in problem solving.
  • Meets the individual needs of students of all ability levels and learning styles so every student can succeed.
  • Early introduction of concepts, including algebra, geometry, multiplication, division, and problem solving, helps students develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.
  • Games and manipulatives - central to the program - teach skills and  higher-order thinking.
  • Problem solving is integrated throughout, never taught in isolation."

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Prices: Fifth grade textbook is around $90, student practice workbooks $20-$30.


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Reviews of SRA Math Explorations & Applications

Grades: First grade Edition: 1998 Time: 2005 August thru October
I really enjoy teaching with this book and my son does also. He is a little advanced, but I am determined to keep him on the same grade level as his peers. This book keeps him thinking with the "Thinking Stories" and keep him interested also. He is always interested in doing a little extra, just so he can try a thinking story. The games are enjoyable for him, but the thinking stories challenge him.

This is a great curriculum for challenging children to think while having fun at the same time. My only negative, is the difficulty in getting supplemental materials for one student.

Jennifer Jensen
Review left October 13, 2010
Grades: First grade Edition: 1998 Time: 2005 August thru October
I really enjoy teaching with this book and my son does also. He is a little advanced, but I am determined to keep him on the same grade level as his peers. This book keeps him thinking with the "Thinking Stories" and keep him interested also. He is always interested in doing a little extra, just so he can try a thinking story. The games are enjoyable for him, but the thinking stories challenge him.

This is a great curriculum for challenging children to think while having fun at the same time. My only negative, is the difficulty in getting supplemental materials for one student.

Jennifer Jensen
Review left October 13, 2010
Time: for all 6 of my kids so many years over and over
Your situation:
homeschooler

My experience with real math is a good one. But I use the older editions, and they start multiplication in grade 2. So maybe if Robin got a hold of those she would find them more to her daughter's speed. I have learned from friends of mine with kids in the public and private school system, it is quite common to not start multipication until the 4th grade. Maybe Robin needs to talk to her school about advanced placement for her daughter in this course.

Any other helpful hints:
Get the older editions if you can

michelle
Review left September 12, 2010
Grade levels used:1st grade Edition:1998 Time: 2005 August thru October
I really enjoy teaching with this book and my son does also. He is a little advanced, but I am determined to keep him on the same grade level as his peers. This book keeps him thinking with the "Thinking Stories" and keep him interested also. He is always interested in doing a little extra, just so he can try a thinking story. The games are enjoyable for him, but the thinking stories challenge him.

This is a great curriculum for challenging children to think while having fun at the same time. My only negative, is the difficulty in getting supplemental materials for one student.

Jennifer Jensen
Grade levels used:4 Edition:1999 Time: 2004
I absolutely hate this book. My daughter is using it in a private school. We have used Connection Math Concepts and Calvert Homeschool carriculum and loved both. SRA Math Explorations and Applications in 4th grade does not do any multiplication until about lesson 39. Then it touches on it with a few short lessons and leaves the concept behind to move on to another math concept. The division chapter is hard to follow. I spent an hour with my daughter each night trying to re-teach the concepts. In 3rd grade she could do 20+ multiplication facts per minute. Ones through 10's. With this book we spent the first quarter just going over addition and subtraction. She forgot all her facts because this book does not revisit a concept once it is taught. Run away from this book.

Robin

Reviews of MacGraw-Hill SRA Explorations and Applications from HomeschoolReviews.com

Review of the 2nd grade book from Mathematicallycorrect.com
Another review from Mathematicallycorrect.com comparing Saxon, SRA, and Sadlier (grades K-6)

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