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Old 01-28-2013, 01:01 PM   #1
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Sell Me On Your Math Curriculum

I am just starting to look at math for next year and am overwhelmed by options. I have three VERY active boys. We are going to be a part of a CC group next year and I am starting my research for a math curriculum to go with it.

The two that I am looking at and liking so far are Saxon and Singapore. I would like them to be simple, hands on, and no pages with dozens and dozens of repetitive equations and all while being highly effective and challenging for them.

I would love to hear what you love and what you have used and hated!

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Old 01-28-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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We're using Math U See Primer. It does repeat itself, but repetition is good for a kindergarten age student, in my opinion It uses colorful blocks for counting, and has a simple, basic approach. We're planning on using this program for first grade, as well.
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DD1 will be 5 n April. She loves singapore math, we're on Kindergarten B now. It has lots of coloring, fun learning activities, rather than a page of facts. We also have 1 a/b and are looking forward to it. The text is in color, but the workbook is more coloring/fun. We haven't moved beyond Singapore 1, but I expect more of the same, with more fact memorization and problem sheets as we go/get more advanced.

And no, Kindergarten a/b is not necessarily not kindergarten level. My daughter is just advanced.
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We use Singapore and like it. My son used K Essentials last year and is about to finish 1a and start 1b. I have the Home Instructors Guide and do not feel I would be able to properly do the program without it. It explains the textbook and gives the hands on lessons. I would actually rather have the Guide than the textbook. We don't always use the text, but I always use the guide to teach the lessons. I know a lot of people say you don't need it. But, I do and I'm very glad I got it even though many said I didn't need to.

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Saxon is highly repetitive. We are using Singapore for third grade and have the textbook,workbook and home instructors guide. My biggest frustration is that I don't have the answers to the problems. Ther have been a few problems with measuring that I needed to know the answer because they worded it wrong but I don't. The instructors guide has a few answers, but not enough to make a difference!
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:48 PM   #6
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Saxon is highly repetitive. We are using Singapore for third grade and have the textbook,workbook and home instructors guide. My biggest frustration is that I don't have the answers to the problems. Ther have been a few problems with measuring that I needed to know the answer because they worded it wrong but I don't. The instructors guide has a few answers, but not enough to make a difference!
I thought it had all the answers. It does in 1a and b. This is good information to know. I think you can buy an answer key. Good to know I'll need that too.

ETA - I just looked. The site says the HIG has "most" of the answers. There is an answer key (it's $7.30) and on that page it says you don't need it if you have the instructors guide. In my 1a and 1b HIG it does have all the answers to both the text book and the workbook problems. So.... I guess I'll just cross that bridge if/when I come to it. I still appreciate the heads up though so I can look into it.
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You definitely need to look at McRuffy for math. They have science and phonics/language arts as well which are also great.

McRuffy is one of those little known gems. I'm not sure why it isn't more popular, but it's really an awesome program. The math is very very hands on without being overwhelming in it's time requirements. The workbook is colorful and fun for the kids. There isn't a ton of problems a day, so the pages are not overwhelming to little learners. It's spiral, so there is not drill and kill. It's great about teaching the how and why of math, which to me is the most important aspect of math.
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You may want to consider Rightstart math as well
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Singapore! Saxon is very redundant and teacher intensive.
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Re: Sell Me On Your Math Curriculum

If you're wanting hands on, Right Start and Math-U-See are the ones that come to mind. We have been using Math-U-See for 8 years and love it. It is explained clearly through the teacher's manual and the DVD, there is rarely too much practice or too little, and the blocks are very helpful for hands on learners to better visualize and understand the processes.
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