I'm fascinated by your comments about MIF. That's Singapore based right? Are the "trick questions" like the Challenging Word Problems everybody on here raves about? I keep saying we're going to get into that but I have mixed feelings about what the role of teasing apart verbal explanations should be in math and how relevant that type of cleverness really is, at least in elementary.
Yeah, just for the record, I wanted to love MIF. I just can't.
If you are thinking of switching to MIF, I encourage you to buy some cheap materials from a reseller and see whether they are a fit for you / your child.
The "trick questions" from early grades involved very simple questions, but asked verbally in confusing ways. My kid wants to learn the "how to" and then do it. Yes, I KNOW this is not the path to astrophysics, but not every kid is going to be an astrophysicist.
It's been a long time, but let me see if I can remember a basic example.
Question 6: One more than 7 is ___.
Question 7: 7 is one more than ___.
And about half of the 1st grade work is like this. And the teacher refused to slow down so the slower processors could really think it through. Year after year, a substantial portion of the book is more about verbal comprehension than math. The actual acquisition of math skills in elementary is rather slow. They present stuff early, but they don't really teach it and they move on before it is learned. It's just frustrating for kids like mine.
You can say this lays the ground work for brilliant thinking later. But not if they move on before your kid can internalize the higher thought processes.
Another example was a multiplication exercise. They showed pictures in groups and the kids were supposed to complete __ x __ = ___ over and over. Fine and dandy. My kid wrote 7 x 5 = 35, 4 x 6 = 24, etc. I reviewed the homework and declared it correct. Nope! She got 0% on that part of the assignment because it was supposed to be 5 x 7 = 35, 6 x 4 = 24. And this was the chapter that taught the commutative property. So (to the authors) please don't tell me that this program is supposed to encourage kids to use different methods to solve problems bla bla bla.
In short, I am ecstatic to throw away all the MIF / Singapore materials I have around the house and never look at MIF again.
Edited by SKL, 28 May 2017 - 03:55 PM.