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What is a great program for Kindergarten math? It doesn't really matter to me if it's daily plans, just a "text book", or what, I don't mind putting the time into planning it since I plan most of the rest of our curriculum anyway.
Ady went to public school for kindergarten and they used everyday Math. As a teacher and a parent I can suggest you don't use that. It's terrible. It never really teaches anything, it just reviews a bunch of things at the same time. And the algorithms that they use are different than any other math. They have their own way of teaching things, which makes it really hard to switch to a different curriculum later. We started homeschooling last year for first grade and we used Singapore Math. I loved that teaches the basics and it is really logical.
Yes, I'd also avoid "everyday math"! At the K level, there are a gazillion curricula options. You can really use whatever you want (or nothing at all), and start figuring out what learning style you'll want to use in the future. Some options:
Horizons - already mentioned, this is a rigorous/quick curriculum with a spiral approach... probably one of the top 2-3 most difficult options out there... good for kids who are naturals at math but prefer a workbook approach
Singapore - there are a couple of varieties of this that I'm not familiar with, but it's a very popular spiral choice and works well with kids who are naturally good with math
Rod & Staff - Very old school with tons and tons of practice built in, all one color, few pictures... it's a spiral approach that starts extremely simple/slow, but catches up after about 5th grade or so... begins at "1st grade", but it's really a K curriculum at first
Abeka - not quite as advanced as Horizons, but definitely one of the most challenging/fast-paced ones out there... colorful, workbook style, spiral
Life of Fred- completely different approach than most are used to... uses stories to teach math (and other random concepts)... great for kids who are naturals at math and/or who are visual learners... the drawback is that it doesn't have tons of practice built in like worksheets do, so you might need to add a free website practice or printable worksheets for one who doesn't pick up facts quickly
RightStart - Hands on math using a variety of the abacus... great for hands on or visual learners
Miquon - a hands on mastery approach that isn't graded... it's for approximately 1st to 3rd grades, but many K'ers can handle the orange workbook with no trouble... uses a colored rod system - if you like Miquon, but want an easier introduction to it, you can use this (free) http://www.nurturedbylove.ca/resourc...enairebook.pdf
IXL.com - a computer based math for Preschool thru early high school (more being added)... it teaches using a skill-by-skill approach, and children learn through making mistakes rather than by first hearing a lesson and then following it with practice problems
MEP - don't know much about this other than it's free, and that it's from the UK, so some of the money, etc. might need to be tweaked
CSMP - again... free, but I don't know much about it.
Saxon - spiral approach, teacher's manual is scripted, tons of practice built in... most people that I know don't like Saxon until about 4th grade or so (self included)... good curriculum for kids who aren't naturals at math and need plenty of instruction/practice
I'm sure I left some out. All the boxed curricula choices and complete computer-based choices also have math options. The choices are overwhelming at first.
I was leaning towards Horizons, she is very good with math concepts and it seemed like the best fit for her. But then I found a copy of Spectrum grade 1 math (which for some reason covers everything that is covered in K in other curriculum I've looked at)- has anyone tried it?
Spectrum is a great company. Those books are actually meant to be extra practice or gap-fillers rather than a complete curricula, though. The higher you get, the more you'll find missing in them. I've used them for reading and geography and loved them.
We supplement the math on time4learning with Dreambox. When I see the kids struggling with something, I make up my own lesson plans for them based on their learning style. A lot of times we use manipulative, like the ten blocks and an abacus. We also use a number line and number chart when needed.
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The above is a great list of websites/workbooks that can used with homeschooling. Another website I would look into is Beestar. Although it does start from Grade 1 I think that with the current trend some incorporation of higher level math seems to be a given (sad but true). Beestar also recently added a new component for GT students and it has been a great tool I've been using for some of my new students. I think in the end it depends on the learning style but Beestar is interactive and cost efficient for both students and parents.