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August 6th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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that JM's search function doesn't work. It has been down for months, hasn't it? I want to look up "math" but no results were found. Ha! I find that hard to believe with this group. In fact I feel like I asked this exact same question a few months ago, but I can't find it now. So one more time please!

Any math recommendations for grades 2 & 3? So far I like Singapore, but I'm still looking around.
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August 6th, 2012, 07:11 AM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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There are tons of math options for 2-3 grades! Depends on what style you're looking for, I suppose. How about if I rattle of a list and you can look them up here for reviews: Cathy Duffy Homeschooling Curriculum reviews

* Horizons (workbook, ahead of most, spiral)
* Abeka (workbook, ahead of most, spiral)
Teaching Textbooks (computer, starts out behind but catches up)
Rod & Staff (dry & old school workbook, starts out behind but catches up)
* Miquon (hands on, challenging, mastery)
Math-U-See (hands on, mastery)
* RightStart (hands on, challenging, mastery... I think)
* Life of Fred Elementary (in storybook form like the higher series is)
Saxon (workbook, usually right on target, spiral)
IXL.com (computer, supplement mostly, mastery)
* Primary Grade Challenge Math (workbook, supplement, challenging)

Those with astrisks are ones I'd recommend for kids who are naturally good at math. The others are ones I'd recommend for kids who need a lot of instruction and/or practice.
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August 7th, 2012, 01:54 PM
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It's only been a couple of weeks but we're really liking Horizons so far. It does seem advanced compared to some of the other kindergarten curriccula I looked at, but the spiral approach is really working for us.

I looked at singapore because that's what our core curriculum reccomends but I couldn't figure it out. But I'm terrible at math so I might not be the best person to ask. Singapore does get really good reviews though. People really seem to like it and it's cheaper than Horizons I think. It's definitely a different way of teaching the material than what I remember in school.

Just thought I'd thow in my 2 cents. Hope it helps. Good luck making a desicion.
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August 7th, 2012, 01:57 PM
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Hmm...I'll have to chack out Horizons. I don't want anything like Math U See with a bunch of little pieces. All we would "see" is little Katy flinging them all over the floor. I am looking at programs for the computer too. The kids enjoy starfall for reading, although B is getting a little bit too old.
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August 7th, 2012, 02:23 PM
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My kids really enjoy using the computer. If you decide to go with TT, be sure to use the entrance exams to get the right fit, because 3rd grade is way lower than pretty much everything else out there (state standards, other publishers, etc. ... Ben tested easily into 3rd when he was 5, and math is his weakest subject). It catches up when you get to high school, though. If you use IXL, you're free to move between all grades, so it's great for picking up skills here and there that perhaps were missed when transferring between other types of curricula.
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