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#1 emesszee

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:04 PM

Hi all, 
For my son, we meandered around from K-2 without a formal math curriculum but he was math-oriented and finished drill books and did flashcards for fun.. we started Saxon 5/4 in grade 3 and he went through it nicely. 
My daughter is the opposite.. she's almost 7 and in grade 2 and isn't very strong in anything past simple addition up to 20 and subtraction. I'm looking for suggestions for a program or programs that assist in laying a strong foundation for the basics. Thank you so much in advance! 



#2 Kiara.I

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:23 PM

Rightstart?


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:37 PM

My first choice would be Horizons 2 or Rod and Staff 3.

Horizons is a colorful workbook that covers small bites of several concepts within each lesson. The concepts grow stealthily so the kids don't notice them getting harder.

Rod and Staff is simple and plain in appearance, and it camps out on one topic until it's well explored, while keeping review of old concepts rotated through. Level 3 is a textbook, but my kids wrote directly in the book. There's plenty of room for writing and it's inexpensive. (Somewhere in 4 you'll need top transition to writing it out on paper because this doesn't work in 5+.)
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 01:52 PM

I like CLE or Rod & Staff for an almost 7 year old.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 06:05 PM

I would also say Rod and Staff 2 or 3. Look at samples on http://www.milestonebooks.com
You can often find the teachers manuals used for not much. This is a solid traditional arithmetic option. It appears "slow" in 1-3 but builds a very solid foundation for higher math and catches up in 4-7. The student is ready for Algebra in 8th. You can read more about it and get lesson plans for it from Memoria Press. They use it for K-6. Martin coffrin wrote an article about it on the site https://www.memoriap...ohnny-cant-add/

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#6 emesszee

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:35 PM

Thank so much for all the great responses!! I'll be researching these programs tonight..

 



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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:38 PM

Have you considered Saxon K-3? I'm generally not a fan of it, but it is a more gentle math curriculum that is supposed to prepare students for 5/4 after Saxon 3. Just be aware that the K-3 books are completely different than the 5/4 & up books.
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Posted 08 September 2017 - 07:44 PM

My go-to recommendation is CLE. I love CLE for thorough, solid elementary math. I have used R&S with one child, and that might fit the bill too.

 

It sounds like your ds is a bit accelerated in math. I think that can throw off a person's perspective sometimes. If your dd is still 6, she would be considered a first grader in 45(ish?) states. Maybe not in your state, but she is definitely young for her grade if you consider her 2nd. She sounds like she is doing really well!

 

Maybe you have other reasons for looking for a math program, but it might help to keep that in mind as you make your decision. :)


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Posted 08 September 2017 - 10:40 PM

Hi all, 
For my son, we meandered around from K-2 without a formal math curriculum but he was math-oriented and finished drill books and did flashcards for fun.. we started Saxon 5/4 in grade 3 and he went through it nicely. 
My daughter is the opposite.. she's almost 7 and in grade 2 and isn't very strong in anything past simple addition up to 20 and subtraction. I'm looking for suggestions for a program or programs that assist in laying a strong foundation for the basics. Thank you so much in advance! 

 

Rod and Staff Publishers' "Working Arithmetic." You're going to spend about 10 minutes teaching, using the scripted oral class time lessons in the excellent teacher edition, and then she will do her seat work, which reinforces what you just taught. I would also recommend getting the blacklines and using those.


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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:22 AM

McRuffy Color Math is fabulous! Lots of hands on, lots of games built in, very solid but not overwhelming each day.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:48 AM

Ray''s Arithmetic it's free online and it contain the 4 basic operations in one book.
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Posted 09 September 2017 - 09:04 AM

My go-to recommendation is CLE. I love CLE for thorough, solid elementary math. I have used R&S with one child, and that might fit the bill too.

 

It sounds like your ds is a bit accelerated in math. I think that can throw off a person's perspective sometimes. If your dd is still 6, she would be considered a first grader in 45(ish?) states. Maybe not in your state, but she is definitely young for her grade if you consider her 2nd. She sounds like she is doing really well!

 

Maybe you have other reasons for looking for a math program, but it might help to keep that in mind as you make your decision. :)

 

I really needed to hear this, thanks! We are in Ontario, Canada, where my DD is always one of the youngest in her "grade" (this doesn't mean much because we HS, but the kids still love talking about what grade they're in anyway, lol). I went to school in the US though and I know that 6 was always considered a 1st grader! 

And thanks so much everyone for the suggestions again. I only really knew Saxon/Singapore/Math Mammoth as options, so glad to know there's a lot of good curriculum out there. 


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 12:40 AM

I really needed to hear this, thanks! We are in Ontario, Canada, where my DD is always one of the youngest in her "grade" (this doesn't mean much because we HS, but the kids still love talking about what grade they're in anyway, lol). I went to school in the US though and I know that 6 was always considered a 1st grader!
And thanks so much everyone for the suggestions again. I only really knew Saxon/Singapore/Math Mammoth as options, so glad to know there's a lot of good curriculum out there.

When is her birthday? I think Ontario has a Dec31 cutoff like many provinces? If her Birthday is still coming up for the year, then yes, she is 2nd grade....


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Posted 11 September 2017 - 11:09 AM

MEP, which is also free, is another option.



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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:27 AM

CLE - gentle but thorough and easy to teach.


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Posted 12 September 2017 - 07:49 AM

I agree with CLE. Last year in second grade my Dd finished the second grade material for MIF in January, but I didn't think she was strong enough or confident enough to move directly in to MIF 3. So I bought her the second semester of CLE 2 and it was great. It was the right decision for this child, did wonders for her confidence.


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Posted 15 September 2017 - 02:46 AM

We're doing Horizons this year for the first time. It's colorful and bright. My son says that it is fun and he looks forward to doing a lesson every day, which is a HUGE and wonderful change from the PACE program we got stuck with for 1st grade.

 

I'm told Horizons is a pretty rigorous program that is actually a grade level ahead, but that it builds up slowly so as not to overwhelm the student (and math hating teachers). A spiral method math is a must-have for us, though. So far so good! :)