See Dr. Shormann's recommendations for your student's grade below:
7th Grade: What do you recommend for 7th Grade Math?
8th Grade: What do you recommend for 8th Grade Math?
6th Grade: ** If your student has completed 1&2 below, he is ready for Shormann Pre-Algebra**
- Student has memorized multiplication tables to 9 AND
- Student had earned an 80+ on any of the following texts*:
- Saxon 7/6, 3rd or 4th Edition
- Saxon Course 1
- Abeka 7th Grade Math
- Bob Jones 7th Grade Math
- Singapore 6A & 6B
- MathUSee Zeta
- Horizons Grade 6 Math
- Christian Light 7th Grade Math
- Teaching Textbooks Math 7
- Any publisher's math course that comes before pre-algebra in that curricula's recommended sequence.
* If your student earned less than an 80 on one of the texts above, follow the steps below:
- Earned 70-79 on one of the texts listed above, select an option below:
- Option 1: Take DIVE + Saxon 7/6 4th Edition as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Pre-Algebra.
- Option 2: Repeat the last quarter of the course, including the tests. If the student earns an average of 80 or higher on these assignments, they are ready for Shormann Prealgebra.
- Option 3: Take the Placement Test: Placement Test. See the guidelines at the bottom of page one. If your student correctly answers 14+ questions from #21-40 and 14+ correct from questions 41-60, and has memorized multiplication facts to 9, he is ready for Shormann Prealgebra. If not, either repeat the last quarter or take DIVE + Saxon 7/6 4th Edition as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Pre-Algebra.
- Student Failed any of the texts above. Dr. Shormann recommends these students either retake the curriculum they failed or take DIVE + Saxon 7/6 4th Edition as it does an excellent job of preparing students for Pre-Algebra.
Why is Pre-Algebra important?
Unlike other subjects like history and literature, math is a language. Shormann Math is one of the few curricula that teaches math as a language. Math is the language of science, an important tool required to understand God and the world He created. A pre-algebra course is a normal and recommended part of a child’s math education as they make the journey from a world of mostly numbers (arithmetic) to a world of mostly letters (algebra). First, it’s important to understand that most students who struggle in Algebra 1 do not struggle with algebraic concepts. Generally, there is a lack of fluency in basic arithmetic skills like division, ratios, reducing fractions, and converting between fractions, decimals, and percents.