Help! I need to process this. I used CLE elementary math levels with my 2 older dd's and had success with it despite them not loving math. (They moved into MUS at the Pre-Algebra level, one eventually switched to VideoText.) Now I have a 4th grade ds, and I'm lost as to what direction to take with him.
Some background: While my dd's started CLE later, this ds started it in 1st grade. He has some mild behavior issues. Mostly he just gets easily stressed and defensive. I also suspect mild ADHD, but nothing diagnosed. By the end of 3rd grade, he was in tears every day over math. I feel like it was mostly because of the length of the lessons. Even though I would cross off problems, just seeing all the pages would overwhelm him and he would shut down.
I also wondered if some of his issues were due to the fact that so many topics were covered in each lesson. Maybe he was getting overwhelmed with switching gears so many times. So, I looked seriously into MUS, thinking it would be slightly shorter lessons without jumping around in topics. Plus, I tentatively plan to use the upper levels of MUS, and this would give him experience with the program before he gets there.
But at the last minute, I was swayed by Math Lessons for a Living Education. The scope and sequence is very similar to CLE, and he has thrived as far as his attitude goes since the lessons are so short! I do think it is a good program, in theory. But I think it works best for a mom with fewer kids who can put more time into it. I am not that mom. It's also not systematic enough for my brain at all! So, I'm regretting the decision.
Here are my 2 choices: Go back to CLE or switch to MUS, and really those are the only choices I want to consider. I have a plan for placing him in either program. But here are my 2 final concerns: 1) The length of lessons in CLE and whether I have the confidence to shorten them. But I'm very familiar and comfortable with the program. 2) Staying on one topic for a whole year in MUS and whether or not that will get monotonous...plus the program is fairly new to me at the elementary level.