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We just got Ben's order for 1st grade Rod & Staff math and it's WONDERFUL! We both love it. He kept squealing "thankyouthankyouthankyou" in my ear like a little girl and kissing me on the cheek. He never does that! I don't think we'll continue with later books, because this one has tons and tons of repetition (it's very slow), but for what we're doing right now (working intensely on fine motor skills and fact memorization/speed), this is what he needs. When we're doing conceptual math, we'll use Horizons.
Glad he likes it! I love their preschool books, but haven't really liked much of the higher level stuff... too much repetition, LOL. Hopefully it helps get him where he needs to be for Horizons 2 in the fall though!
Was just wondering... how does it work along with the whole 'visual-spatial learning' thing or whatever it was you found out he has? It seems like it would be a lot of writing and book work and not enough *doing it* work... but anyway... I'm curious!
Yes and no. The writing involved is practicing his numbers over and over, mainly. Like, today he wrote about 40 or so 0's. It does a number per day up to 10 before getting into addition. When the addition starts, you still have a lot of written repetition (for writing skills), but you also very slowly introduce families. So, he'll do a page that adds nothing but 0, 1, & 2 (meaning, the only numbers he'll practice writing are 0-1-2-3). The higher the family, the more numbers he'll be writing.
We'll still be doing the thinking part orally/visually, but then writing the answer. We'll also skip the stuff he clearly doesn't need (like a page full of counting pennies). He told me today that he wants to continue doing Abeka also (ok??). He likes both now that it's finally clicked. So, we'll do the addition/subtraction from day 1 using R&S, and we'll do "everything else" (time, temp, etc.) using Abeka, since he's already way ahead on that. We'll just finish out the year. KWIM?