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  #1  
May 21st, 2010, 06:53 AM
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I am really undecided about what math program to use for both of my kids. I used saxon last year and we all hated it. I have a 4th and a 6th grader but they are on about the same level. I have thought about TT but just cannot decide. Both kids are fairly quick learners and understand math well. I really do not want a program where we have to use manipulatives everyday. Any suggestions?
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May 21st, 2010, 07:30 AM
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You said they're both on the same level... what's that? 4th or 6th? Do they both understand = - x / with multiple digits? You could do Life of Fred.
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May 21st, 2010, 12:20 PM
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Thinkwell! Im not sure if there is anything for 4th grade, but there should be something for your 6th grader at least. The teacher is very engaging and there is also some class pariticipation. If you're interested, homeschool buyers coop is the place to buy it cheap!
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May 21st, 2010, 12:24 PM
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we have done Saxon- blah not again! Horizons is ok but I just don't think there is enough explanation with some of the new concepts. Abeka is similar to Horizons but with more explanations on new concepts. My older 2 will be doing TT and my 4th grader we are going to try Abeka.
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May 21st, 2010, 12:45 PM
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I would also look into TT (teaching textbooks) and thinkwell. I think my oldest would probably do better with thinkwell than TT, but everyone's different. I let him try TT 3rd, and he didn't like it. It may be because it teaches concepts slightly different than the way he's learned them in the past (like me, he hates "different" or "change"), but I think it's because he's not all that great with a computer yet. I bet if he gave it a real chance, he'd like it. He likes video formats, though. I think he'd love thinkwell, but he's not to that level yet. Life of Fred is what I plan to use in the long run. It's more of a storybook format than a textbook format.
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May 21st, 2010, 02:48 PM
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A friend of mine used Life of Fred for her daughter that really struggles with math. She is in 8th grade and while she started out doing great with Life of Fred it wore off. They switched to TT the 2nd 1/2 of this school year and they all love it!
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May 22nd, 2010, 09:39 PM
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Sorry I wasn't clear on the level. They are both on about a 6th or 7th grade level depending on the curriculum. I really think I want to try TT but I think I am letting the price scare me away. Guess I need to just jump ion there and see.
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May 23rd, 2010, 07:48 AM
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Have you looked at math mammoth?
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May 23rd, 2010, 12:49 PM
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(I thought MM only went through the Junior High level? Maybe 7th max? Or a little pre-algebra? Maybe I'm thinking of something else.)

Have you tried the samples for TT online? LoF works well for quick learners usually. There isn't as much repetition as traditional math programs, and it teaches math conceptually before introducing the numbers behind it. I'd take a closer look at both if you have any sort of curriculum fairs in the area (or places where you're able to order and return materials you don't like).

For fast learners, also look at https://smartmall.net-smart.net/chal...fm?ID=20&cat=8. It's a supplement, not a full curriculum. We have the primary level of this book (for 1-4 grades). I like it.

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May 23rd, 2010, 03:35 PM
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I haven't tried it yet, but I've heard good things about Right Start Math
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May 23rd, 2010, 05:36 PM
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We have only used Math Mammoth and I am very happy with the results we have gotten with using it. I do not know much about the other programs that others have mentioned.
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May 23rd, 2010, 08:19 PM
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I have to say that I used and loved Teaching Text Books. I highly recommend that curriculum. I used with my older two children and will hopefully use it with my little one...If the Lord allows.
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