Thursday, January 24, 2008

I like Saxon Math. I found this article about people not using Saxon math because there is objectionable content in it... I don't remember anything objectionable in them. Here is the article link to the questionable problems and here is the article link about these problems. I don't see what the big fuse is all about. I included a few of the questions people had problems with below. Comments? Does your family have problems mentioning gnomes, fairies, elves, or Greek gods? I always found the Greek god stories entertaining and I love fairy tales. They are good clean fun. Let kids use their imagination. What I love about Saxon is how it includes chemistry and physics problems without telling you. When I started taking real chemistry and physics I found that I already knew how to do some of the problems because I had done them as word problems in Saxon. Now, what is my problem with Saxon, I wish I had read the lessons and actually tried to understand them instead of just diving on in to the material. I think it would have been a lot better if I had learned to read textbooks way back then. But of course, that is my fault and not Saxon maths fault. I like math. I hope at least a few of my children like math someday. :)

Set 12, problem 2. Mickey saw 14 gnomes in the forest and 23 gnomes in the valley. How many gnomes did Mickey see?

Set 13.2. At first thirty-five fairies were flying about. Later twenty-seven more fairies began to fly about. In all, how many fairies were flying about?

Set 32.1. Just before high noon, Nancy saw seventy-eight elves playing in the valley. At high noon, there were only forty-two elves playing in the valley. How many elves had left the valley by high noon?

Set 32.2. According to the ancient Greeks, dryads were tree fairies. Penelope went one way and saw forty-six dryads. Perseus went the other way and saw some more dryads. Altogether they saw seventy-three dryads. How many dryads did Perseus see?

Set 41.3. When Linda looked the first time, she saw 211 elves frolicking in the glen. When she looked the second time, there were 272 elves frolicking in the glen. How many more elves did she see the second time?

Set 93.2. The shoemaker's wife made each of the 12 elves a pair of pants and 2 shirts. How many pieces of clothing did she make?

Set 102.12. The Fairy Queen flew 820 miles in 5 hours. How far did she fly in 1 hour?


riverrat said...

We must not have ever reached the book with gnomes and fairies-I don't remember such fun problems. Seems to me I don't remember normal names like Nancy, Linda, and Mickey. Can't think of them now but I remember a discussion in our household about made-up names in the math book.
(The complaints came from homeschoolers, I'm sure)

Luke said...

down with saxon