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Math seems to be the subject where I second-guess our curriculum choices the most. I'm pretty happy with what we're working on in other subjects and I was happy with math for awhile, but I'm beginning to rethink it now.
We started out using Math-U-See with the little one, and I didn't like it (I didn't feel that it dug deeply enough into concepts). That didn't matter, though, because she enjoyed it, so we went with it since she was so young and it was mostly for fun anyway. It quickly became boring for her, however, even without doing all the review, so we moved on to Singapore Earlybird. She loves math and wanted something. She flew through that and loved it. We revisited MUS when we hit a place value roadblock, but we mostly used Singapore and would just go back to MUS if she was having trouble with a concept. She's in the middle of 1B right now, and I'm starting to wonder if we should continue with it.
I like that there isn't much review...she doesn't need it. I also like how it really goes into the "whys" of math. What I don't like about it is how much it jumps around and how there really doesn't seem to be much connection from one lesson to another.
What do you use for math and what do you like about it? I'm looking for something that makes you think mathematically, requires some mental math along with some drill of facts, and that makes you apply the same concepts in lots of different ways.
I've actually thought about Miquon for her, but I don't think it's enough to be the only thing we use. I've never heard of Primary Grade Challenge Math...I'll have to check it out. I've heard good things about RightStart, but I haven't looked too much into it. I'll have to do that. Thanks for the suggestions!
Last edited by AmAnDaMo; June 9th, 2010 at 10:30 AM.
Math Mammoth might be a good fit. It covers math conceptually like Singapore, but has more drill of the facts. There are two ways of buying it--the Blue series, which is by concept and the Light Blue series, which is by grade. If you got the Blue series, you wouldn't have to jump around.
Mama to a lower elementary school boy, preschool girl, and my miracle baby girl.
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