Class Information

  Algebra 1 8th-10th

Grades 8, 9 & 10

Judith Kaster just graduated her third and last homeschool student, this year.

With her as their sole math teacher, all three of her children have achieved a solid understanding of Algebra 1 and 2 and ACT scores in the low 30s and 29. 

Her older students have been employed as Math tutors at Oakland University starting their freshman year.

With a Masters degree in engineering from UofM, Ann Arbor, some tutoring experience, homeschool experience, and enthusiasm for the subject,  I would like to take your student through Saxon Algebra 1, this year.

We will cover all of Saxon Algebra 1, 4th edition.

The curriculum requires a  TI-83 Plus graphing calculator; students will get quite proficient in its use.


We will meet on Fridays during Palaestra in person and once during the week (preferably Tuesdays a.m.) on Skype.

Quizzes and exams will be taken at home, then brought to class for me to grade them (outside of class).

To achieve excellence, I am estimating that this class requires 2+ hours of work per day, 5 days per week.

Students will earn 1 Carnegie high school credit unit for this class.

(For a few of the lessons I will bring in and draw on Math-U-See manipulatives lessons.  Students do not need to have these.)

Required: Algebra 1 student manual

                Quizzes and tests booklet

                2” ringbinder & math filler paper

                12 page dividers with tabs to write on

                Pencils, eraser

                Set of (8-10) colored pencils (red, blue, green, purple, orange, brown, ...

                Set of (8-10) thin colored markers (red, blue, green, purple, orange, brown,

                Graphing calculator (borrow/rent one for the year, as these can be pricey) 

Optional, but very helpful: Algebra 1 solutions manual   



  Instructor: Kaster, Judith
  Instructor Bio:
  Judith Kaster is in her third year as a Palaestra parent and her final two years of homeschooling her youngest daughter. This adventure started 14 years ago, when her twins were ready for first grade. Both she and her husband (Bob Kaster, the electronics teacher) graduated with engineering Masterís degrees from the University of Michigan, where they also first encountered homeschooling families and thus, not afraid of math and science and oblivious to unforeseen challenges, they embarked on the journey. Both volunteered and taught/tutored off and on through the years, Judith mostly Math, Chemistry (undergraduate major) German (native language) and Guitar (hobby). Lego simple machines is a first for Judith - she plans to rely on her understanding of simple machines and the joy of teaching young children to make it a fun and challenging class. The Kasters are members of Woodside Church in White Lake.
  Fee: $100
  Material Fee: $0
  Minimum Age: 13
  Maximum Age: 16
Day:FridayTime:12:30 pmLength:1 Hours
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