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(1) Those silly little workbooks at walmart (not Kumon, though... those are good). Fine for brushing up on skills during a road trip, but not something to be used for actual teaching (even the ones that say "everything" your kids needs to know). We use them for the games and puzzles you find on a few pages.
(2) Kits - pretty much anything that has "kit" or "pack" or whatever in the name. If it comes with a whole bunch of stuff, it's probably way overpriced. Buy what you need and get the rest at walmart, craft stores, book stores, etc., or make your own.
It's just too simplistic, which I understand is the point, but it didn't do anything for us and I think there are much better programs out there as it's rather weak in several areas. I've heard of quite a few people who have reached the third or fourth book and have to switch programs when they find that their students aren't truly understanding what is going on and aren't applying what they've learned to other types of problems. I can definitely see that happening.
Of course that's just my opinion and it isn't to say that it isn't a good fit for some...it just means I personally would never use it again or recommend it.
Last edited by AmAnDaMo; February 11th, 2010 at 09:27 PM.
I've looked at MUS, and while I like the concept, it just didn't look like something I wanted to try. Everyone has their own style. MUS is a great program and works for some people. I wouldn't necessarily knock it.
Going to agree with the "everything" books at the various stores..I think they are meant more for the over zealous PS parents anyway...
MUS.. well I can't say i would never buy it again because my 2nd oldest uses and thrives on it..but my youngest 2 faltered on it for sure..different learning styles..We use MUS with Declan but we supplement ..
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Noah 17,Declan 10, Jadziah 8, Taejan 6