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Old 08-02-2014, 11:03 AM   #11
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I don't even have the foggiest idea what discovery based means. Fill me in?
it means the child is figuring things out (with your guidance) as they are given a new concept versus the traditional model of you giving them information to process and then complete a number of examples for practice or drill. For example, they use the rods to learn the concept of numerals. Instead of just memorizing that the word "one" stands for the symbol "1" they learn that the 1 cm. rod (the smallest one) is "1". So as they learn to count, add, subtract, etc...there is more of a conceptual understanding of things. To me, it feels more like playing games and or working on puzzles with the kids. My kids love building, making patterns, and generally playing w/ the rods, so they see it as a fun thing to do. If you are looking for something traditional though, this would not be it. Some people find it too out of the box.

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Old 08-02-2014, 01:28 PM   #12
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Re: Can't decide on math curriculum!

I will be using math on the level. It is a complete curriculum for kindergarten through 8th grade, and children of various ages/maturity can be taught together. But I am going to buy the math u see manipulatives to make it more hands on. I am not buying the MUS curriculum because they are aligning with the common core. I might also pick up some extra practice books from Barnes and Noble if I see the kids needing extra practice in any area. Math on the Level only does 5 problems a day.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:30 PM   #13
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We used Singapore standards edition and my son scored the highest on his standardized testing in his class on his first semester back in private school. We home schooled for 5 years. I am very happy with the foundation he got with Singapore math. He is at the top of his class now. When I started homeschooling he struggled with math at first, but it totally paid off.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:53 PM   #14
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I love Singapore, but Miquon is by far my favorite. Here are a few videos to give you an idea about discovery based learning and math labs. The whole Education Unboxed website is great.
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Old 08-18-2014, 03:07 PM   #16
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We've done math u see from pre-K with my oldest and he is in sixth now. I cannot say enough good about it! Love it.
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MUS has aligned with CCSS. I personally wouldn't choose MUS as I know of many who have said that their child had gaps in their knowledge in later years. Others beg to differ, I don't know though, I haven't used it!

We use Singapore and love it. I wish I had learned that way!

Singapore is as hands on as you want to make it. The HIG has a ton of ideas for hands on learning.
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Math for a loving education is also great fun!
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I used Singapore for Kindergarten and 1st grade. Switched to MathUSee Alpha for 2nd grade. 7 year old DS is doing great with MUS. He was getting frustrated with Singapore. We do watch the videos, they are super short. We will be finishing up Alpha this month and starting Beta. Because he had already learned some addition and subtraction we were able to get through some of the lessons in just a day or 2. Great thing about MUS is that you can stay on a lesson as long as you need to for your child to get it. They provide plenty of practice pages and you can print more from their website if needed, so there is no reason to force your child to the next lesson before they are ready.
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