Math Resources for New Students

In order to appropriately prepare your child for the coming year’s mathematics curriculum, we have signed him or her up for an ALEKS account. ALEKS is an individualized learning software program that helps students review, practice, and learn mathematical concepts and skills.

Each child should already have received an individual username and password with instructions on how to log onto his or her account (emailed to you separately from Libby Miles, one of our upper division math teachers). Once your child logs in, he or she will take a short assessment and then see a “learning pie” (at right) made up of topic pieces, each with a darkly shaded portion representing skills your child has already mastered. All of the topics are review; we don’t expect your child to learn new topics on his or her own over the summer.
We recommend that rising fourth and fifth graders work on ALEKS for at least 30 minutes per week over the summer. We recommend rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders to work on ALEKS for at least 45 minutes per week over the summer, for a total of nine hours. ALEKS will continually reassess your child’s mastery throughout the summer and add topics to his or her pie as they are learned. Students will have their ALEKS subscription for an entire calendar year.
You should have already received an email from ALEKS that gives you instructions on how to monitor your child’s learning progress if you so choose. If you have questions about ALEKS over the summer, please direct them to Libby Miles, lmiles@sthildas.org, who is coordinating our ALEKS program.
Please note that we understand that many of your summer plans might include plans for a technology­-free summer, which is wonderful. Over the summer, it is not required to work on ALEKS, though it is recommended. For those looking for a technology­-free math solution, we recommend the additional resources listed below.
Workbooks:
Entering grades 4­-6: Math Made Easy series by DK
Entering grade 7: Spectrum Enrichment Math Grade 6
Entering grade 8: How to Prepare for the ISEE/SSAT book to help prepare them for the test preparation techniques they will learn in their math classes in the coming year.
Grade-­specific Recommendations:
Entering grade 4: Please focus on basic addition and multiplication facts, mental math skills, and estimation skills. Spend 30 minutes a week on this review in ALEKS or in a workbook, unless more time is needed to make sure facts are securely­memorized.
Entering grade 5: Please review basic addition and multiplication facts, place value, fractions, and general problem­solving skills (especially word problems). Spend about 30 minutes per week on this review in ALEKS or in a workbook.
Entering grade 6: Please review fractions and decimals (basic concepts as well as operations and computation for both), geometry, and general problem­solving skills (especially word problems). Spend 45 minutes per week on this review in ALEKS or in a workbook.
Entering grade 7: Please review integers, percents, fractions (basic concepts as well as operations and computation), geometry, and general problem­solving skills (especially word problems). Spend at least 45 minutes per week on this review in ALEKS. The following website is a useful resource to students entering grade 7: http://www.sweethaven.com/free­ed/Math/PreAlg01/default.asp
Entering grade 8: Please review proportions, solving algebraic equations, and general problem­solving skills (especially word problems). Spend at least 45 minutes per week on this review in ALEKS.