This is my first post. My son is starting "kindergarten" in a few months, and I have been visiting this forum every now and then as I have been researching. After doing a lot of reading, the Well-Trained Mind mindset (from the articles I've read) seems to be really fitting with our style.
In any case, my son is turning 5 in July. He is somewhat advanced because he is an only child (well, until now...I am 20 weeks pregnant after thinking we couldn't have anymore). He definitely has asynchronous development which I'm trying to really take into consideration as I plan his upcoming Kindergarten...very hyper, reading at an early 2nd grade level, impulse control problems, etc.
We started Math-U-See Primer last fall and got through that by Christmas. We then started Rod & Staff Math 1, which he said was "too easy" and I couldn't get him to focus on it. So then we switched to Horizons Grade 1 but that was too spiral and within the first 20 lessons, the book called for kids to start memorizing math facts through 20, which I didn't feel comfortable doing with my son while technically in "preschool." So, then I got Mammoth Math Level 1 which has rave reviews. My son, who loved math, started really not liking most of it. It was like he dreaded it most days (except for the fun stuff likes clocks, measuring, shapes, etc.) It seems like over half of the addition problems are solving for the unknown before the child gets to become familiar with the math fact at all...which did not work well for my son. I started going back to Rod & Staff for review work over the last couple of weeks and finally told my son today, "Well, you didn't want to do Rod & Staff because it was too easy, but now you have seen a really hard curriculum..would you like to just go back to Rod & Staff now and we can work through our Horizons and Mammoth Math curriculum when you are ready and they will be more fun?" He said yes...I hope this works!
Is it just our family or has the Mammoth Math style curriculum not worked for anyone else? Is it because my son is just too immature for it, even though he should be prepared having been through Math-U-See Primer? Any other math curriculums you can recommend or similar stories? I'm a little worried because people comment Rod & Staff is too easy and doesn't prepare for tests, etc. That doesn't matter now but we could move states.
(BTW, at this time we only do school about 3 to 4 times a week for an hour and Classical Conversations. We started "formal school" early because it was the right fit for our family, but I know its not for everyone.)