Featuring an integrated approach to math that includes technology applications and real-world word problems, Shormann Math is a 21st Century curriculum that provides better preparation for the new, redesigned PSAT and SAT, as well as ACT and CLEP exams. Shormann Math is built on a biblical and historical foundation that teaches math as the language of science; a tool used to better understand God and His creation. An emphasis on math history gives students a clearer picture of the "why" behind the math they are learning, while shedding light on modern math's rich Christian heritage. Hosted in a state of the art eLearning Campus similar to the systems used in college math classes, students learn more efficiently, building fluency with less homework than traditional Saxon texts. Students learn how to use math as a tool to explore their world and enhance their own God-given creativity. Learn more about the differences in Saxon vs Shormann Math here.
Laying a firm foundation for upper level math, this course teaches all the concepts required for a 21st Century Algebra 1 course, including simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations (linear and quadratic) and linear systems. Standard geometry concepts include proof, logic, Euclidean geometry and perimeter/area/volume. Other topics include measurement, computer math, technology applications, statistics and a gentle introduction to basic calculus. Geometry is integrated throughout the course, developing long-term retention and fluency.
With 100 daily lessons, 28 weekly quizzes, and four quarterly exams, students can complete Shormann Algebra 1 in as little as 30 weeks. Designed as an honors course, it is easily modified for use as a standard or, even a remedial Algebra 1 course by spreading the course out over three or four semesters. See the Teacher Guide below for details.
All Shormann Math courses feature TruePracticeTM. What is TruePractice? Well, think about how you learn a sport. During practice, if you make a mistake, the mistake is discussed and, if you have a good coach, you immediately regroup and try again. That’s how the online homework is designed in Shormann Math. When a homework problem is attempted, immediate right/wrong feedback is provided. If the answer is wrong, a small penalty is assesed, and the student can re-learn and try again! Rather than “spoiling” them with an answer, TruePractice™ encourages students to stay engaged, developing mastery and fluency.
24 Month eCourse Subscription $129 per Course
- Setup on a 30 week schedule but can be stretched to 3 or 4 semesters
- 24 Month access to the eCourse for one student
- Self-paced; no due dates, parents can change grades and reset assignments
- Includes printable eTextbook, eSolutions Manual, & eTeacher’s Guide
- Use as an honors, standard, or remedial course
- Subscription FAQs: Student Email and Sibling FAQs
Discounted Sibling Subscription $39 per Course
- $39 Sibling enrolled concurrently
- $39 Sibling enrolled at a later time (no time limit between siblings)
- Purchase sibling subscription when sibling is ready to start
Integrated Geometry and Continual Review
- Based on John Saxon’s teaching methods of incremental bite-sized lessons, continual review, and cumulative assessments
- Updated with 21st Century technology applications, real world word problems, and computer math
Comprehensive Video Instruction for Every Lesson
- 100 Daily lessons with 1 video lecture each (avg 20 min)
- Students take notes and work example problems
- Video lectures can be accessed offline
Interactive Homework with Automated Grading
- 20 homework questions per lesson
- Work problems on paper first, then enter the answer for instant feedback
- Links to a similar practice problem and to the related video lecture make re-learning quick and easy
- Automated grading provides instant feedback
- Homework can also be completed offline using the eText, then enter answers into the eLearning system for grading or grade using the eSolutions Manual
Video Solutions Ensure Understanding
- Step-by-step explanation for each homework question
- Access is restricted until homework is completed and score is recorded
- eSolutions Manual is also available to parents
Interactive Quizzes and Exams with Automated Grading
- 30 weekly online quizzes and 4 online quarterly exams
- Automated grading and grade recording
- Parents can reset assignments and change grades
Q&A Email Support with Dr. Shormann
- Q&A email support with Dr. Shormann
- eTeacher’s Guide and eSolution’s Manual
Earn 14 College Credits via CLEP and AP Exams
- CLEP Professor for College Algebra is included with Shormann Algebra 2
- CLEP College Algebra earns 3 college credit
- Passing scores also validates high school trancripts
Excellent Preparation for the Newly Redesigned PSAT & SAT
- Written specifically to meet the new requirements of the 2015 redesigned PSAT and SAT
- Shormann Algebra 1 & 2 teach all the concepts required to excel on college entrance exams
- Continual review and integrated geometry develop fluency, raising standardized test scores
- Shormann Precalculus will continue to review these concepts to maintain fluency
- Browser based eLearning system- like a website
- Access from any computer or device with a browser and internet
- Speakers or headphones
1 Algebra 1 Credit
1/2 Geometry Credit
Pre-algebra (any publisher)
or Saxon Math 8/7, 2nd or 3rd Edition
or Saxon Algebra 1/2, 2nd or 3rd
This is a self-paced course. Instead of trying to complete one lesson per day, I recommend using a timed method to allow the student time to re-learn forgotten concepts, building mastery and, eventually, fluency. To do this, work on math four to five days per week for an hour to an hour and a half. At the end of this time, regardless of how much of the lesson has been completed, have the student stop and pickup where they left off the next day. Over time, as fluency develops, math will become faster and easier and the student will accomplish more and more during this time.
How does the self-paced eLearning course work?
This video provides an overview on how the eLearning course works. Parents retain control of grades by requesting grade changes and assignment resets as needed.
Samples for Lesson 1
Each lesson is made of three components, Rules and Definitions, Video Lecture, and the Practice Set (homework). Following is a sample of each of these components in the order the student would complete.
1. Read the Rules and Definitions using the Digital Flashcards.
2. Watch the video lecture, taking notes and working example problems with Dr. Shormann.
Most lectures average about twenty minutes. However, depending on the new concept, some lectures are longer. Again, use the timed method described under Schedule above to avoid frustrating or overwhelming the student.
3. Complete the Lesson Practice (homework).
Work every problem on paper, then enter the answer and select Submit for instant feedback. There are two links above each question (see graphic below). One is a link to a similar example problem and one is a link to the video lecture that teaches that concept. If your answer is wrong, or you don't know how to do a problem, use these links to quickly re-learn and try to solve the problem again. Because the homework is practice, up to four attempts are allowed for each problem. Points are deducted for each wrong attempt which keeps the student from guessing.
4. After completing all the homework, click Submit All and Finish at the bottom of the page. The system will calculate the score and store it in the online gradebook. Parents can request grade changes and assignment resets at any time.
5. The results page will appear with the correct answer and video solutions to every problem. Re-learn and correct missed problems by looking at the correct answer and watching the video solutions for each missed problem. Then re-work each missed problem on your Homework Notes.
Every fourth lesson there is a four question quiz over the past four new concepts. Notes can be used during the quiz. There is a time limit of twenty minutes. which is about twice as much as most students need. See the FAQs for a work around, if more time is needed.
Every twenty five lessons a quarterly exam is administered. This is a cumulative test covering all the material the student should have mastered to that point. Two to three practice exams are provided to prepare for the exam. Quarterly exams prepare students for college math exams that cover a large body of material.
Overview of Shormann Math
Standing on the shoulders of math giants like Euclid, Euler, Newton, together with John Saxon’s common sense teaching methods, we are pleased to present Shormann Math! Taught from a Christian foundation, this new curriculum by David Shormann builds on a firm foundation of time tested, proven methods, enhanced with 21st Century content delivery.
Because scholars consider mathematics to be “the language of science,” these courses teach math like a language. In a foreign language course, you don’t learn nouns for a year, verbs for another year, etc. You learn a little of each concept, combined with lots of practice and review, Then you combine the different concepts together to create more complex concepts. Fluency is achieved through patient practice and repetition.
While Algebra 1-level concepts will be the focus of our first course, our primary goal is to teach mathematics, not just algebra. For example, Algebra 1 and 2 will contain a full credit of geometry, including plenty of proofs, even some straight out of Euclid’s famous book, The Elements. But we’ll also introduce non-Euclidean geometry, and show students how the concept of proof applies to all of mathematics, not just geometry. In fact, all the algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc. that a student will find on the SAT (including the new SAT) or ACT will be covered in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2.
Most modern mathematics curricula ignore math history. But ideas have consequences, and studying history often reveals which ideas are worth repeating and which ones aren’t. There is a rich Christian heritage in math. Whether or not you are using a classical, trivium/quadrivium approach to your child’s education, understanding mathematics within a biblical, historical framework will help students make more sense out of what they are learning and why they are learning it.
“If I have seen a little further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”
Posted by Tara Strom on 12th Jan 2017
Very good program. Took a bit to figure out how to use it, but once my son figured it out, it has been a great program. Prior to using Shormann we used Saxon with Dive CD.
Posted by Unknown on 1st Oct 2016
Shormann Math has made my son more independent. He is learning and doing Algebra 1 without my assistance. I believe Shormann math is preparing my son for college. I am very pleased with his progress.
Posted by Jeff Jarrett on 25th Sep 2016
This curriculum has been helpful to us while our 9th grader is re-taking Algebra 1. He did Saxon last year, but needed more instructor-led introduction to the material. We like how it keeps with the Saxon 3rd edition approach, but is updated. We like that the number of problems is reduced (to 20) compared to Saxon (30). They have been flexible to change grades / scores when I determined that my son should have gotten credit for an answer (i.e. computer glitch, typo, etc...).
Posted by Susan Foster on 10th Feb 2016
Math was becoming a drudgery with my right brained gifted son who couldn't understand "why" math was purposeful. Now, with the guiding faithful voice of Mr. Shormann, my son experiences math daily the way God wants us to understand his world. A math tutor said it was the best curriculum he has seen.
Thank you Mr. Shormann
Posted by Yolanda Gutierrez on 12th Jan 2016
We have been homeschooling now for 10 years. After trying several math programs for years, we felt that our daughter needed the review that the saxon math offered, but we wanted a more updated program with video teaching instruction that would also help her see why she would get an incorrect answer if she needed assistance with a solution. Shormann Algebra I , has been an answer prayer!! She can do her lecture with video instruction, when she gets a problem wrong she is able to see a video presentation on the solution, after she has given an opportunity to solve it on her own with notes from lessons, this has been a great help, since she goes back and re-learns a concept on her own in an attempt to solve her answer before she can access the solution video. She has been progressing thru this curriculum in a satisfactory manner as she is self motivated to get a better grade. Her retention has been increasing as she gets to practice problems previously introduced!
If i could add something to the program it would be supplemental problems, so the students can get more practice on problems they may have some trouble with! Overall We are Glad we made the decision to make the change to Shormann Algebra I.
Posted by Emily on 5th Nov 2015
Thank you for this absolutely wonderful program!!! After many years of homeschooling, after many different math programs, and after endless hours of research for the perfect program for our family...we have found it! My boys are both taking Shormann Algebra and we all could not be happier!
As I write this, my boys are sitting with me at the kitchen table on their computers doing a DIVE ICP vocab game. I think it's called "Space Race". Never before in the history of their lives have they ever been so excited to learn any kind of vocabulary. Seriously...I am in awe watching them learn science with such enthusiasm. Our table is shaking from them tying in answers as fast as they can. I can't thank you enough!
Posted by Shannon C. on 8th Oct 2015
We are loving Shormann Algebra 1! We have tried 4 different Algebra 1 curriculums, and this one is THE BEST!!! Thanks so much!
Posted by Unknown on 26th Aug 2015
We love Shormann Algebra 1. It not only teaches the operations but also math history which is so important in learning math. We also love the digital format because it is easy to use and can go with us anywhere.
Posted by Bobbie on 1st Aug 2015
The Shormann Algebra 1 was great! My son grew so much. From the very beginning, Dr. Shormann presented the forefathers of mathematics. Then, giving God the glory for His creation, he proceeded to apply math to it. The process of review on every lesson was helpful and kept my son practicing the previous skills all through the year. The whole eLearning system was helpful, too. The student could flip back to previous lessons to quickly re-learn forgotten concepts, grades were posted to view. Having Dr. Shormann available via email was very helpful. Many thanks to Dr. Shormann for a terrific curriculum that is God honoring, well put together, full of test prep, user friendly, and prepares the student with confidence for more math in their future. I am very excited to see all that Shormann Algebra 2 has to offer.