is it possible to JUST use the guide (if you were using a different math program and using BA as a supplement?) Or do you need the workbook too?
No, you need the workbook if you want the "beef" (or maybe I should say, if you want "the beast", or maybe I should say "the beast of the beast"). That's where almost all the problems are, and all the hard problems.
I have suggested Marilyn Burns (Math for Smarty Pants
and The I Hate Mathematics!
book), Theoni Pappas (Penrose
books), and I've recommended taking a peek at the other resources on CIMT's website
, and my newest find, Exploring With Squares and Cubes
(OOP with a used price that's stable everywhere but Amazon.com -- don't buy there if it shoots back up to $500!). There are also some nice problems in various of Martin Gardner's books, and I've just found The Moscow Puzzles by Kardemsky
(also pub by Dover). I bought some of the Brain Math
books from Singapore, and they are mostly recycled, Asian-ified Martin Gardner problems (as in, Gardner's volumes are listed in the bibliography, so it's no secret), but these are apparently out of stock now at SingaporeMath.
You're right, Alte Veste Academy, that it's not the same as a curriculum to have supplements. But I think the first chapter of 3A in BA are the most interesting and "different," but I have managed to find other resources that get at these types of problems. The more I look at all of the Brown Paper School books, the more I love them. So for those who were planning to use BA as a supplement, and esp for those living outside the US, I think it may not be the best choice.
However, keep in mind that I have been a bit disappointed by BA. One of the reasons is that the scaffolding of skills is not, in my opinion, done nearly as well as in MEP, which is what I was using with my son as the main math program. I feel it is set up in a very clever way. My understanding of Jump math is that the progression of skill-building is very tight and carefully thought out. If that is what Jay3fer wants, I think she should be very cautious before spending big bucks on BA. I would suggest you rethink why you want to switch and how well Jump is working for you, and if you want to mix things up with some wacky problems, add in stuff from CIMT (either MEP
directly or elsewhere on their site
), nrich.org's math problems of the month
-- both are free, or buy one or more of the supplementary books. I see Math for Smarty Pants and other Brown Paper School Books all the time at my library's book sale.
Those who do want BA should keep their eyes peeled, though. It has gone up for sale used.