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Old 01-05-2013, 04:39 PM   #1
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singapore earlybird vs. essential?

can anyone tell me the difference b/t these? having trouble finding a description on the website. both say for K
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Quickly....the Earlybird has both a text book and a workbook. You do the text book for the lessons and then the workbook for the practice. Essentials has just a workbook. On the bottom of each page is instructions and ideas for teaching the concept in a hands on way. The Earlybird text book is color (not sure about the workbook, but I think it may be color too). The Essentials is black and white. The Earlybird is more expensive.

We used the Essentials. We liked it. We liked that it was black and white because my son loved to color the pages. I definitely did not feel we needed a separate text book in K. The suggestions at the bottom of the page along with the work on the page were enough. We are now doing 1A and have the separate text. I still am not sure we need it at this level, but we are using it. (I also got the teacher's guide for 1A, not K)
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Re: singapore earlybird vs. essential?

thank you so much!

would you say they are the same level, earlybird just has the additional materials?
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Yes, they are both the same level. I've always heard that Earlybird had a lot more busywork and is more suited to schools. As already noted, Essential Math is cheaper, simpler, and perfectly sufficient.
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Re: singapore earlybird vs. essential?

thanks, ladies!
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Re: singapore earlybird vs. essential?

Just want to chime in that we love essentials. All the black and white pages means lots of coloring=fun for DD
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Just want to chime in that we love essentials. All the black and white pages means lots of coloring=fun for DD
good to know. I've been a bit overwhelmed w/ choosing math for my DD. I feel she is ready for *something* but I have been forced a bit to be more on the unschooling side of things b/c of having a very rambunctious 2yo who ambushes any well laid plans I have.

I've thought Right start looks good, but I am afraid that I won't be able to keep up w/ what it requires of me. Essentials is sounding more like something she can do more on her own while also not too heavy. does that sound about right?
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Re: singapore earlybird vs. essential?

We like Essentials. I think with both, the level A books are more of a preschool level - just something to keep in mind when you order.
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