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LOL! Ok, so really, I think I've found *the* one this time. I talked to Ben's psychologist back in Feb, and she said he's a visual learner. Well, R&S definitely isn't visual. It's all old-school workbook stuff. Fine, I thought, because he liked ETC so much. It was very cut & dry, and with R&S he could learn all of his fact families quickly, and he'd get extra practice on writing (which has gone GREAT, by the way). The fact families are really the only thing holding him back. He's doing fractions at a 4th grade level. I mean, he "gets" math. He's really good at it conceptually. He just doesn't like seeing a daunting page full of numbers.
So... I found MUS, and thought, "Wow. This is perfect!" ... until I saw the price.
Then I ordered R&S 2nd and 3rd for next year so he could catch up to 2nd Horizons and move on to Horizons 3rd the following year. In the back of my mind, I knew he'd probably hate that, but it was within the budget, and he "says" (with his mouth) that he LOVES R&S (even though his actions tell me otherwise... it's not his style). I even let him try TT, but he didn't like it. He's not very good with the computer yet. He likes blocks, though, so I've been trying to figure out how to afford MUS. RightStart would probably be a great fit, but it's SO different and more expensive than R&S that I didn't want to try it only to have it backfire. I'd rather find it at a curriculum sale or something and take a look at it.
Now I'm ordering Miquon! I've looked at it before, but I didn't "get" it until I read this page. That's how he learns! He likes to dig into a subject (like fractions) without being bogged down by other things. I looked it up on Cathy Duffy's site and I looked at the samples on Sonlight's site. I think it's going to work well. Everything I've read says you're supposed to start over, even if you're wanting to order 2nd grade, so that's what we're doing. I'm ordering the whole set and starting over. We'll work at whatever pace he wants to finish in 2-3 years, and then we'll either brush up with Horizons or move directly into LoF. As much as he wants to do LoF, he'll probably zip through Miquon. Thankfully the entire set is the same price as only 2 years of R&S.
I've heard good things about it and thought about ordering it myself as many use it alongside Singapore (what we use). From what I understand, it's lots of discovery and out-of-the box stuff that really helps kids think mathematically.
Glad you've found a great math system! I'll have to look into Miquon. My 4 year old DD has a very natural grasp of math (like her daddy) but gets easily overwhelmed with a big page of words and numbers. I've been stressing out about which math to choose and was going to look into Singapore as well.