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  1. Hi Everyone, I have quite a large age gap between my youngest and my next youngest child. That means I have to go back and research all of the materials that have changed since I last taught this grade. So sorry for all of the questions today.... I used Singapore Primary math for my older children and loved it. I felt like it really set them up for sucess in middle school. It took me awhile to figure out that I MUCH prefer the standards version of primary math compared to the US version because of the built in reviews and layout of the teacher's manual. I now see that they have released a new Dimensions version of Singapore math. Can anyone tell me a bit about this new version and how it compares? Thanks!
  2. Hello all! Question about math curriculum for my 5 year old. Background: I began our HS journey when we were thrust into quarantine on March 17. I had already planned to HS for 2020-21, which would have been my first year of HS, but since I already had all the curriculum, I decided to get a head start. I had been a high school teacher for 8 years, and I was not scared, worried or apprehensive about teaching my own children, so I dove in. Not a good idea to start with next years' work, but we survived. Also background: a good math teacher friend of mine recommended Singapore math because it teaches the concepts behind everything. I opted for Singapore Math Dimensions when I was choosing curriculum back in February, mostly because I liked the illustrations better than Primary Math, and I figured it would all be about the same anyway. It's ok for DD (6), who had been in public kindergarten doing Common Core anyway, but DS (who was finishing up his Pre-4 year) ended up throwing a fit whenever we had to do math. Frankly, it was a struggle for the first 8 weeks of quarantine to try to get him to do anything, really...Long story short, I revamped our Language Arts and math to be a little more like preschool and less textbook oriented (aka, I pretty much threw Dimensions out for DS!). It was a whole lot more fun for all of us, and he doesn't fight me nearly as much to do "school" but it really seems to have to be hands on for him for anything. Except when I read to them. He just balks at writing, or doing anything he's unsure of, actually. Anyway, I'm looking towards the start of school and as I was looking up tools to help DD with addition, I discovered Kate Snow. I haven't actually tried her techniques, being on summer break and all. She's just come out with a Kindergarten Math curriculum (that they sell on WTM Press website, aka this one!), and it seems really lovely and gentle and hands-on. So different from the Dimensions book we were doing. I am highly tempted to get that curriculum for DS, and just sell my nearly brand new Dimensions Kindergarten books. Does anyone have any insight or experience with her new curriculum? Any advice about math for my little DS?
  3. Any thoughts on starting a first grader on RightStart B when he hasn't done A? He's fairly but not crazy strong in math (in the advanced math group in his public school, but not ahead grade levels or anything). And he had the good fortune of being in a public school that offered Singapore math, which I know focuses on mental math. He's still not as strong in this area though as I'd like. He is comfortable with the number line, and with addition and subtraction- but he brute forces it each time, counting each number up or down. If you were to ask him 30 minus 10, he would sometimes count down by ones, and he would definitely do that every time you asked him 30-9. His subitizing skills aren't very strong. And I think he'd benefit from manipulatives and a real focus on the power of 5s and 10s in calculation. But he likes math now, Singapore math is pretty rigorous and isn't *not* working for him- there will be curricular continuity when/if he does return to school. I could just get the next set of Singapore math books to work through at home. Thoughts? Other suggestions?
  4. Agreeing to be careful on defining terms here. My riser 3rd grader can: - read a chapter of Life of Fred, then answer the questions as I read out loud. - Complete her math worksheet from singapore math while I am sitting at the table, but not fully concentrated on her (possibly doing math with little brother, possibly also coaching older siblings in math) - read a chapter of a book slightly below her current reading level - listen to an audiobook I am actively involved in her math lesson, all language arts, reading lessons, and content subjects.
  5. I am having a really hard time deciding between Primary, Dimensions, or Math in Focus. (I'm not interested in Math Mammoth or the other 2 flavors of Primary.) This is for The Girl, btw. I need a good, well-laid out TM to teach me how to teach this. I have the procedure part down, pretty much. DImensions 5 isn't done yet. Not that it matters as she will need to start lower, anyway. Has the fewest books to juggle. Primary has difficult (to me) to use Home Instructor's Guides. Been around the longest, though. MiF is really expensive (and yes, I need the TM's). Does it add a bunch of stuff like the Common Core and Standards versions of Primary do? It seems to encourgae calculator use which I am NOT a fan of. Really public-schooly feeling. What says the Hive?
  6. Whether you’ve just pulled your child out of school or have been preparing to homeschool since they were babies, taking the first step toward homeschooling can be overwhelming. It’s completely normal to feel a little nervous about this. You are not alone! We’ve all at some point been pretty much where you are. Panicked and overwhelmed. Not to worry, the Hive Mind here at the Well-Trained Mind Forums have put together this letter and link fest to get you started on your path to homeschooling. So grab some coffee and your favorite snack and get ready to begin your adventures in homeschooling! The Well-Trained Mind, 4th Edition and Website The book provides step-by-step instruction to give your child an academically rigorous, comprehensive education from preschool through high school. Susan Wise Bauer lays out the plan for you and recommends curriculum to put that plan to action. The website gives you everything you need to get started on your homeschool journey. It includes articles, explanation videos, audio lectures, planning worksheets and anything else you might need to start this journey. If you can’t find it there, then you are already in the right spot to ask your question. The forum has some extremely knowledgeable veteran homeschoolers, who have been there, done that. Seriously, you could stop right here and click on those two links and you’ll find all of the information you need. Step One – What are your state’s homeschool laws? Every state’s laws are different. Some states have little to no regulation and some are a little more high maintenance. Getting to know your state’s homeschool laws will help you understand what is expected of you as the homeschool parent and may determine how you want to proceed with homeschooling. Where to find rules and regulations Find your State Department of Education website here Pro-Publica Homeschool Regulations by State What you’ll need to know to legally begin homeschooling: When your child reaches compulsory age, the age where school is required. You will not need to fill out any forms before that age. How to withdraw your child from school and your rights as a parent that wishes to homeschool. What forms (if any) are required to send to my State Department of Education to legally begin homeschooling. How to deliver them (certified or hand-delivered) and what proof they will provide that you are legally homeschooling. If there is time limit from withdrawing my child and sending in the forms. If there are any subject requirements or any sequence that needs to be followed, such as state history in 4th grade. What records (if any) will need to be kept; such as attendance, samples of work, grades, portfolios. Step Two – How do you see yourself homeschooling? Why are you considering homeschooling? Is this something that you plan to do long term or as a temporary emergency situation? What do you want for your child as a result of homeschooling? What are your goals? What is your educational philosophy? Does your child have any special needs for learning? Learning disabilities? Advanced/gifted? Mental health? Physical health? What method would work for both you and your kids? Reading lots of books together and discussing? Open and go, no prep? Video lessons? Scripted lessons that tell you exactly what to say? Multiple ages? Together or independent? What questions do you have? What worries you? What is your Worldview? In homeschooling, some parents want materials that reflect their faith. Many of the resources you'll encounter are Christian, written specifically for Christian families. Christian homeschool curricula and resources reflect a range of different Christian views about science, literature, religion, and more. You should ask yourself if you want Christian or secular resources or if you might be comfortable with either. If you're concerned about issues of faith in your materials, you can research or ask others what viewpoints they represent. Resources listed below are marked with an *. Neutral Science is science that isn't completely straightforward in it's religious views. Often, it is the result of religious authors secularizing their work to open up to a wider audience. The key topics of concern are The Big Bang and Evolution. They may omit the topics altogether, misrepresent or downplay them as theories. It's important to know what the worldview of the author is in order to ensure it's a match to your own. If you would like a quick summary of what to look for in a secular science curriculum, Pandia Press Presents: Why Neutral Science Isn't Neutral, which the podcast goes more in depth. The Homeschool Resource Roadmap lists all science and every other subject and categorizes it by worldview. With history it has to do with whether the stories of a certain religion are handled as historical fact, while others are handled as myths. A secular history program would discuss religion since it is a major part of history at many points, but would avoid ascribing fact status to any religion's stories. Determining your homeschool philosophy It’s perfectly normal to have no idea yet. This is a process. You may find yourself revisiting this idea over the years as your kids get older and you have more experience under your belt. This hard work will help you solidify your homeschooling vision and get the results you want to see for your family, but it takes time. Homeschooling: Which Model Is Right for You? What Kind of Homeschooler Are You? How to Write a Homeschooling Philosophy Statement But how will I know what to teach and when to teach it? Core Knowledge Sequence - Free downloadable sequence of topics to cover by grade (not Common Core) What Your __ Grader Needs to Know - by E.D. Hirsch Jr. - More detailed Core Knowledge sequence in book form World Book - Pre-Common Core Free Printables No Time for Step Two? – You just withdrew your kid from school and need to get something started right now! In most emergency cases, the best thing to do is take a break. I know that may seem counter-intuitive if your child is “behind”, generally speaking taking a break to fall in love with learning again is just what the student needs. This article is interesting because it documents the deschooling process without even realizing. He's initially anxious and stressed about all of the free time he suddenly has. That is a result of being over-regulated his entire life. It makes him feel pressured to squeeze in as much learning in as in as little time possible. Over the weeks, he realizes learning is happening in all sorts of ways and he's so much more relaxed by the end. Deschooling can be a bunch of books laying around they might like to read, watching science documentaries, narrowing the focus to one thing they really like and playing that up or finally getting to the one thing they always wanted to do, but never had the time or opportunity to do, for example learning to bake. Let them get bored, then give them plenty of options to find their way out of that boredom by keeping interesting books around, playing board games, creative play, and so on. It gives you time to spend with them and gives them time to learn how to be a kid again. The school mentality is really hard to shake. It takes time to reset. Open and Go Curriculum options to tide you over until you figure something out I’ve linked directly to the publishers to help give you a better understanding of the curriculum. You can find many of these at Rainbow Resource to get free shipping if your order is over $50 or Amazon. *non-secular Free - $25 The library – your library can become your refuge, your librarian can become your greatest resource. Check you library’s website for free resources. My library offers all of this for free with a library card: ABC Mouse, IXL, Rosetta Stone, Lynda, Great Courses, Muzzy, High School Courses, High School and College Admission Test Prep, Creative Bug (great for electives and extra-curriculars), literacy tutors, biography and cultural studies, Hoopla(digital downloads and streaming), Kanopy and Kanopy Kids (doc and video streaming), the local newspaper, The LA Times, The NY Times, National Geographic Kids, Overdrive (audiobooks), science reference center, World Book, and so much more. Copywork, narration, dictation– Choose sentences from books you are reading and have them copy them. Ask them to summarize the chapter that was just read. Dictate the copied sentences and summarizations to them and have them write it out with correct capitalization and punctuation. Works with all subjects. Teaches grammar, punctuation, spelling, memory-work, reading comprehension, and writing. Best to stick with the 3 R’s to start. If you have more than one child that might be using the same curriculum, look for PDFs and invest in a Black and White duplex laser printer. Also, Ebooks make it easier for everyone to read along. Shopping for Curriculum Rainbow Resource Sells just about everything your homeschool needs and usually at a little bit of a discount. Cathy Duffy Her website and book are extremely helpful when curriculum shopping. She provides a thorough review, with descriptions of strengths and weaknesses, the method/style and links to where to purchase it. Basically, Yelp for homeschoolers. Homeschool Buyers Co-Op Permanent and limited time discounts on homeschool curriculum The Homeschool Resource Roadmap This is the ultimate list of homeschool curriculum by subject, method, and worldview. Amazon There are many used books available. Language Arts English Lessons Through Literature by Barefoot Ragamuffin English Lessons Through Literature (ELTL) is a complete language arts program for elementary and middle school students. Each level has a textbook and an optional workbook which can be purchased separately. ELTL is a unique program which combines the gentleness of Charlotte Mason's methods with the thoroughness of classical methods. Each level of this program has three lessons per week for thirty-six weeks for a total of 108 lessons per year. Cottage Press Language Lessons for Children - Absolutely lovely Charlotte Mason style early elementary includes reading selections (included or free public domain downloadable or library), copywork, picture study, nature study, narration, and dictation. Core Knowledge Curriculum - Free downloadable for grades pre-K-8 Content-rich Language Arts, Science, History and Geography. Phonics Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading – Well-Trained Mind Press one book, used for for $2 Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons – one book, used go for $2 on Amazon Explode the Code – EPS – supplemental workbooks Bear Necessities and Dancing Bears – Sound Foundations Phonics and reading support for those who need additional work – dyslexic support Progressive Phonics- free online Writing Writing with Ease and Writing With Skill – Well-Trained Mind Press, grades 1-10 Wordsmith Series - Common Sense Press, grades 4-12 Killgallon Series grades 1-12 – check for used on Amazon Grammar First Language Lessons – Well-Trained Mind Press The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation Spelling Megawords – EPS – dyslexic support Math MEP (Mathematics Enhancement Programme) – Free Scripted printables, grades 1-6 Comprehensive School Mathematics Program (CSMP) – Free printables Key to Series inexpensive, topic-based workbooks for filling in skill gaps Key to Fractions, Key to Decimals, Key to Percents, Key to Measurements, Key to Algebra, Key to Geometry Math Mammoth grades 1-7 Light Blue – by grade Dark Blue – by topic/skill Math Facts That Stick - Well-Trained Mind Press Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division are individual books that solidify math facts. Singapore Math Dimensions (PK-5) or Primary Mathematics (1-5) Primary offers supplemental materials to customize to your child's needs Extra Practice: More practice on the same level as the workbook. Challenging Word Problems: Additional, more challenging multi-step word problems. Intensive Practice: More challenging, often multi-step or puzzle-like work covering the same concepts as the workbook. Khan Academy - free, online History Story of the World grades 1-6* can be done with multiple ages and levels Many secularize this series because of it's beloved storytelling style of history. can be done with just the books or can add more activity book includes questions, recommended reading, map and coloring work, projects Amazon has many used books Big History Project - Free, online grades 7-12 Writing integrated into work Covers multiple disciplines of science World History Highly adjustable by grade, content, length - Khan Academy, DK books have their own versions Science Earlybird Start-Up Science 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Singapore Math grades 1-2 - no teachers guide, answers in back Quark Chronicles – Barefoot Ragamuffin Lit-based science* The Story of Science by Joy Hakim 3 textbooks, many used available on Amazon, student/teacher guide not required More than $25 All-in-One/Boxed Curriculum Buying the whole year at once can be a frightening and expense proposition. They can be overkill at times. At the same time, a cohesively planned boxed kit, where everything is already done for you, is a good way to sort through works and what doesn’t. Oak Meadow Bookshark Christian Light Education * The Good and the Beautiful* Memoria Press* Sonlight* Rainbow Resource Starter Curriculum Kit *both secular and non-secular options All-in-One Language Arts (Literature, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Spelling) Logic of English – Foundations – ages 4-7 Lightning Literature Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) – packages Learning Language Arts through Literature (LLATL) Phonics Phonics & Reading Pathways – Dorbooks - workbooks All About Reading – All About Learning Press Spelling All About Spelling – All About Learning Press Apples and Pears – Sound Foundations - dyslexic support Writing Easy Writing – Easy Grammar Systems Works only on varied sentence structure, One book for grades 1-10 Michael Clay Thompson (MCT) Writing series Grammar Easy Grammar – Easy Grammar Systems – grades 1-12 Math - *most math is open and go Teaching Textbooks online grades 3-12 CTC Math Online video-based – K-12 MathUSee Saxon Math - K-Calculus History Beautiful Feet Books – grades 1-12 Literature-based history, requires purchasing or borrowing from the library Science Memoria Press* History of Science - Beautiful Feet Books, grades 3-7 Mystery Science - subscription model - video with linked lessons MPH Singapore Science - grades 1-6 Well-Trained Mind Forum Links You can often find the best threads pinned at the top of the forum. The Big Grade Planning Link List Link to threads that list by grade what curriculum everyone is using going back years. Super helpful when you are looking for ideas. Free Homeschool Curriculum & Resources Master list of on-line classes... High School motherlode #1 -- Starting High School / Tests + links to past threads! High School motherlode #2 -- Transcripts / Outsourcing + links to past threads! Inspiration and Motivation Susan Wise Bauer’s A Day at Our House Series
  7. I have used RightStart A, B, and C and plan on switching to Singapore 3A next year. It's a combination of many things but ultimately I felt we needed a change. Any advice from those of you who use Singapore as your main math program? Any manipulatives you suggest I purchase? Do I need the Extra Practice Workbooks or are the regular workbooks enough? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Should I expect to spend extra time each day prepping? I see the HIG has lots of prepping instructions and was wondering if these are necessary or more for extra help for certain topics that are hard for the child. Thank you in advance!
  8. Is there a place online where Singapore Math has a list of errors in their Teacher Manuals/Answer Keys? I know I've spotted a couple of errors over the years. We're using Extra Practice 5 this year and I cannot figure out how they arrived at the answer given in the Answer Key in the back of the book. I double checked our work, but we keep getting a different answer than the one given. Can anyone tell me if they know the answer, or what answer you get when you try to solve it? Curious if we are wrong or the book is wrong ;) It's Exercise 46 #9: In the rectangular tank shown below, the volume of the water only is 19.2 liters. When the iron ball is removed from the tank, the water level drops by 5 cm. Find the volume of the iron ball. (1 liter = 1,000 cm3). (The rectangle shown has a length of 40 cm and the water's height level (with the ball in the tank) is 20 cm.)
  9. Those are both great ideas. Another straight forward math program to teach at that age: - Horizons -- Cathy Duffy review And if wanting to go full-on Asian style math: - Math in Focus -- US edition of Singapore Math; Cathy Duffy review
  10. You can do it! I homeschooled HG-PG kids throughout, one is in college now. I recommend following their lead and interests. And don't invest money in elementary level curriculum. We had a few workbooky things like handwriting without tears and Singapore math. But otherwise used live books, documentaries, various science kits, nature programs and hikes, etc etc etc. Using sources like that was far more engaging to my kids. For us, getting school done before lunch just worked way better for everyone. You may find a different groove. With co-ops and my kids we looked for stuff more for social than academic. Or maybe covering some low interest level. I think for an 8 year old it matters less if she would enjoy herself in the community. The biggest thing I'm glad we did was not race through childhood with my kids. As tweens they both became much more socially engaged and engaged in extracurriculars that they wanted to pursue at a high level through high school. I was glad I hadn't called them grade skipped, etc. They have been homeschooled throughout and qualified high schoolers can do 2 free years of dual enrollment here though and we just are tied in with a lot of nerdy intense teens so that helps. I get people are often making the best decision with the options in their community though.
  11. If you did not continue Singapore Math through 6B, when did you stop and go on to something else, and what did you go on to? I know there was a thread on this a long time back, but I cannot seem to find it. Thanks!
  12. Good morning all, I have a quick question I am hoping you experienced mom's can help with. For kinder we decided to have my 6 YO go to a charter instead of homeschooling. (It has to do with heath insurance reasons). I loved their curriculum because they use Spalding and Math in Focus for Language arts and math and my son enjoys science and they have it every day. Well the school is shut down for a while and my son was doing really well in math and I was wondering if there are any good math workbooks/games that we could do while he is out. I am not looking for online learning and that is what I am seeing on Facebook. It's not that I am completely against it, it's just he already gets SO MUCH screen time. I have the teachers manuals for math in focus K but none of the workbooks and honestly they look complex since they are meant for school. For reading we will continue with basic phonics and just a bunch of reading. (I have Logic of English A and B so we might do some of that.) I purchased that before we got into the charter. But I have no idea about math. I don't want him to loose what he is learned. To give you some ideas where they are he has learned about shapes, just started recognizing numbers to 100, basic single digit addition (number stories), and counting by 10. Any good resources? TIA! I really appreciate it!
  13. Daughter did charter school which used what they called Singapore Math. It was Math in Focus. At home, we used Singapore Math, US edition. We started at level 2B. She basically knew the stuff from 2A, but, was not strong on it. So I decided to give her a test. On it, the things she could not answer were things she would have covered at the charter school. The stuff from 2B, she knew very well. So for example, she did great with a problem that said something like 3 children brought home 4 pieces of candy. They each ate one and gave the rest to their mom. But she could not do a problem like, Milo ate three Legos off the floor, then he ate 6 Legos, and then he ate 5 Legos (Milo is the dog). How many did he eat? The problems that were complex and multi step, like what was in 2B, she did great on. The stuff that had content she should have covered before 2B, she did not. I suspect it is largely a lack of being able to add quickly. All the addition problems were basically single digit so maybe all she needs is math fact review. It would be great if there were a fun math computer game that would get her inspired to learn more. She is really giving me grief whenever anything looks like school work so I am suspecting a workbook would not be the way to go. The other is maybe just make her sit and do math fact cards. I am not sure. I do feel like shouting "see!!!! all that excess homework that is killing the children's spirits did little for them academically!!!" on my FB page, but I suspect my several friends on my page who still have their children there might end their friendships with me. So I guess this post is also part vent. She had so much homework. That school was grueling. And it did not get her to be advanced. edited to add: I did find out she never used any sort of manipulatives in the second grade and they would get yelled and punished if they were caught counting on their fingers. I think this is part of the problem.
  14. We are finishing up Singapore Math 4B this week. We might take another week to review. I have a BJU Math 5 on my shelf. This is only because last child was doing it but we never went past the first chapter. That child just struggled with math and needed us to back up. The current child is good at math and whizzes right through it. I cannot help but feel like the BJU math should get used rather than purchasing a new book. The topics look appropriate. On the other hand, it seems like a bad idea to switch programs just because I already have something.
  15. Some people say Singapore Math these days and they can mean anything from one of the Singapore Math series that have come out since the original one, or they could mean the original one. It used to be that if someone was using anything other than the original version, they would say so. And these days, people often call Math In Focus Singapore Math. It is actually an American math program based on a Singapore Math series that was put out after the Singapore Math series that used to be the standards. So it really is just an American program. Here is a comparison. Also, I do not have the other books in hand to compare, but the original series is ahead, in scope and sequence, than most other programs. (Beast Academy is quite advanced)
  16. We are using Singapore Math for my 2nd grader. She was using Math In Focus at the school she had been attending. Her teacher was awful and I can tell did an awful job teaching math. It was apparent even back when daughter was in school. Now, my daughter acts like she is struggling through math completely. She makes mistakes such as $15 plus $1.45, she will answer as $15.60. We are using Singapore Math 2B. She did place in 2B with no problem. But she hates and dreads math and I think it is because of the environment she had at her old school. I would not be exaggerating to say it was an abusive environment. (teacher banging on desks, yelling at kids so much that parents in other classrooms were reporting back about it, calling some kids dumb or sloppy, in my daughter's case, told my daughter she could do something and then giving her detention for it, saying it was against the rules. She admitted she gave my daughter permission but said my daughter never should have asked, etc). My daughter has been out of that place since Thanksgiving. She left at Thanksgiving and never went back. My daughter never struggled academically before that place. I am unsure if I need to find something completely different or figure that maybe after the summer off, and level 3A being so different from 2B, things will go better so don't worry about it. Overall, she is rejecting work, so I am not thinking she necessarily does not know how to do the work but rather is purposefully making no effort and getting problems wrong as a result. This has been proven by when her dad comes down on her and sits with her, she shapes up and just does it and gets it all correct.
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  18. Thank you Lori. Miquon looks very intriguing. I read that Singapore math introduces multiplication in grade 2. So I'm wondering if maybe it would be a good idea to try Miquon for grade 1 and then plan to move into Singapore 2A for grade 2? If I go this route, should I just aim to get through the first two Miquon books during grade one? Or should I try and get through all six Miquon books before beginning with Singapore 3A? From reading previous threads it seems a lot of people begin Singapore with 3A. Did you get through all six Miquon books before beginning Singapore with your DS1? I don't know if I'm overthinking this but I feel more pressure to get the math right from the beginning with DS 6. With his older sisters, I was pulling them out of public school so I wasn't the one to lay the math foundations down from the very beginning. I also seem to have a problem with wanting to do them all!
  19. I always work through the workbook and then the stuff in the workbook, but as far as the reviews in the textbooks go, I usually copy them off (xerox the page) and then put them in a folder and on days I don't have the time to teach, I will pull them out for review. In other words, I keep on moving in lessons and pull the reviews out when I need something I can just pull out. Or if we are having a particularly struggling topic we are moving slower on, it can be nice to just have a day with review. I do not save the workbook reviews for later. We do those as we go. I am wondering if others do all the reviews or if anyone skips them or skips some of them? We finished 4B today, except for some reviews in the textbook. There are still some pages in the workbook so we will be done by the end of the week. My question is, I still need to copy off the last pages of the textbook to put up for review later. Should I do that? I am the kind of person where once it is copied (used paper and ink) it has to be done. I cannot just toss it later, undone.
  20. This is not my only experience with math curriculum. I have taught for over 20 years in private classical schools. They have mostly used Singapore and Saxon. I also dabbled in Right Start and despised how slow it went. A lot of lower levels of math instruction are very basic at the younger grades- I would include Saxon in this. Is TGTB as rigorous as I would like- No. Neither is Saxon or Singapore Math. Is it a solid program similar to Math Mammoth and Singapore in that they don't spiral and cover all the 1st/2nd grade basics- yes! I am especially impressed with the mixed review and some higher level thinking skills sprinkled throughout. Like I said above- I very much adore Beast Academy for brightish kids, but 2B is a bit much for my young 7 year olds. However 2A was perfect. If you want to see TGTB feel free to download their pages. If you don't fine. Where you should place your individual kiddo is up to you. Look at the pages and make a good decision for your family.
  21. Thanks for your help. A problem solving supplement is probably what we need for this year. I need to figure out the best way to help her struggle a bit through the problems. For both of my kids I think I'm too quick to help or show them how to solve the problems. The FAN books seem to show the process for figuring out how to do the problems. Have you also used the Challenging Problems sets from Singapore Math (are they similar to the FAN books)? Do they teach the process or just provide problems? Is it really ok to not have done much geometry before high school? She doesn't even know what a protractor or compass is. I think I might supplement some geometry for my own peace of mind. Also, jumping in at level 3 is best for Singapore? I might have to consider that for my DD7 going into grade three this year so I don't have the same problem as with her older sister. She has completed Beta MUS and I have her working on BA 2A right now. What are the best methods for helping kids learn problem-solving in math? My daughter has never had to struggle through school and it seems we always waiver between too easy or too hard. How do I help my kids learn this very important skill? Does it come with age (logic vs grammar stage)? Can someone walk me through how they help their kids figure out a challenging/multi-step word problem?
  22. Thanks so much for all your thoughtful responses. I am considering all your advice. I've gone down a bit of a math wormhole now. I think I will stick with the Math-U-See/Beast combo for my girls as they are doing well with it. For my upcoming first grader, I am wondering what your thoughts are on Singapore math? My son seems to be very intuitive with math so I'm wondering if I should start him on a more challenging curriculum. Would this be a good option for him? Should I stick with Math-U-See since I'm already using it? My concern with Singapore math is that I won't be able to effectively teach it to my son. As far as I know, this curriculum presents math in a way that is very different from how we are used to learning it in the west. Is there a steep learning curve to teaching this curriculum? Also, which of their editions is best?
  23. If I wanted to teach a 4th and 7th grader at home for a few months using this program, what would I need to buy?
  24. My vote would be to use Mathematical Reasoning, and just skip the Brain Puzzler pages for the student that doesn't like them. It keeps things fun, and it's colorful. Mathusee is a bit of a slog, and no color although manipulatives. But I actually was sad that I used MUS in elementary because when we hit a wall (rounding), we switched and placed way way back in another curriculum. I also really liked Singapore Math, just the textbook and workbook and no teacher guide. US edition not Standards. But Mathematical Reasoning is good and colorful and not too cumbersome for assignments. Since you are familiar with it and it mostly worked for one student, I would give it a try for both.
  25. Hi there, it's been years since I used Singapore math (my kids who used it are in their 20's now), but we switched over at that same level. I really liked it, and my kids did too. We had the main text which had some math problems for them to do, plus their main workbook. We also used an extra workbook on top of that at some point -- I can't remember what it was, but possibly story problems only? And I think we didn't add that "extra" workbook until I worked with only the text and main workbook for a semester to decide what else I wanted. We didn't necessarily do all the problems. Maybe all the odd numbers, or the odd numbers in one and as needed in the other(s). I think there are a lot more supplements now, if I remember correctly. I'm sorry I can't give a lot of information, as I'm sure everything has changed a lot. But my kids who before then didn't really care for math, liked the way Singapore math was explained. We got the non-US version so that they could learn the metric system. We did need to allow a little extra time at first because it teaches differently... you'll see. But once you get that down, it didn't take any longer than the other math programs we used. At that age, I didn't feel that I needed a load of prep. In fact, it was pretty simple to understand their explanations in the student texts at that level. (Sorry, I can't remember if I had a teacher's edition or answer key or what ... I felt like I had a minimal amount and eased into it fine that way. You kind of learn what else you might need after you work with it a bit.)
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