CTA Saxon Mathematics Curriculum
The CTA schools follow an advanced curriculum at each grade level. We use Saxon Math to teach, review and extend the students’ understanding of math concepts and to teach and strengthen arithmetic skills or fact knowledge. Saxon Math is structured to help students become more successful at math through structured, focused lessons. Each lesson has built in fact practice, a review of the prior lesson, a review of earlier skills that need to be maintained, teaching of new material, guided practice on the new skill, and a homework assignment to practice new skills and maintain old ones.
An important part of the CTA program is helping students to meet math fact mastery goals. Being able to perform math facts efficiently and accurately is an integral component of a successful math program and is supported by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).
The mathematics basic facts program shall be taught to the mastery level using drill, repetition, and memorization to achieve appropriate accuracy and speed. Grade level year-end goals/expectations are as follows:
Grade 1 (+,-) 30 problems in 1 ½ min.
Grade 2 (+,-,×) 100 problems in 4 min.
Grade 3 (+,-,×,÷) 100 problems in 3 ½ min.
Grade 4 (+,-,×,÷) 100 problems in 3 min.
Grade 5 (+,-,×,÷) 100 problems in 2 ½ min.
Grade 6 (+,-,×,÷) 100 problems in 2 min.
Students also use manipulatives to help them learn and develop math concepts. Classrooms are equipped with age-appropriate materials ranging from teddy bear counters, to protractors, to clocks, scales and balances, yard and meter sticks, pattern blocks and the like.