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  #1  
September 16th, 2009, 09:02 PM
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Have you used both? What grades? What did you think of each? I'm kinda thinking about switching to Singapore next year. I don't know, though.
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September 16th, 2009, 10:13 PM
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I really like Singapore we've used 1a-4a. Miguel needs a review so we're using flashmaster and mathtascular this year and then going back to Singapore.
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September 17th, 2009, 06:47 AM
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I don't know a whole lot about Singapore Math, but I just looked at placement tests, and it looks like a child who has completed ABeka's gr.1 math (that's what Ben is doing, right?) would be able to enter into their 2b with very little difficulty. Personally, I'm a big fan of ABeka's program for K-4... but I know a lot of people like Singapore Math, so, anyway... :-)
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September 17th, 2009, 06:54 AM
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Yes, he's on Abeka 1 this year.

I *think* it was someone from here (maybe from church?) who said they liked Abeka up until like 3rd grade or so? Can't remember who. If you're out there, can you tell me why you thought the transition should be made then?
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September 17th, 2009, 07:43 AM
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I'm that person, lol. I like it to 3rd or 4th, because I find it becomes rather repetitive after that, and more of a "drill the same stuff over and over" than a spiral that keeps teaching new concepts. I like Saxon after 3rd or 4th depending on the child as to when the transition happens.
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September 17th, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Oh, ok! How do you think the grade levels match up? I mean, is a 3-4 grade Abeka the same as Saxon or Singapore? I haven't looked into Saxon.
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September 17th, 2009, 08:25 AM
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By the looks of it, ABeka is about a half grade ahead of Singapore in *most* areas (obviously, being a different program they will have some things that are covered at different times than the other). Saxon is a match almost perfectly for the transition between 3 to 5/4 or 4 to 6/5, but their early elementary isn't quite as advanced as ABeka's.
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