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  1. Hello, everyone. Here's just a little backstory to my question: I have two school-aged children plus a preschooler (3 yrs old) and an almost 2 year old. I am due with our fifth in about a month. I have been using RightStart Math with my daughter (levels A-D), until I finally switched to Saxon at the end of this school year. I started my son with RightStart A in kindergarten this year. I felt like RightStart was a great choice for my daughter since she has ADHD and really needed a hands-on, out of the box approach. She learned the concepts really well and her mental math was impressive to me. I finally stopped using it when her conceptual understanding became significantly better than her ability to "just do the math" so to speak. In other words, she could grasp concepts that were at a very high level, but any number of simple subtraction facts would stall her for hours. She could multiply by "figuring it out" but not by remembering any facts of any kind, so it would take a VERY long time. What finally did me in, though, was the intensity of teaching RightStart. I just don't have it in me! Not with the little ones all around demanding my attention, etc. Once we switched to Saxon, her ability to use her concepts to actually do the drills went up exponentially. She's filling in the gaps and doing really well in math overall. So that is the long version of my experience teaching math thus far. So my question is for my son. We are finishing up his kindergarten year, and I have not felt like RightStart was as good a fit for him. I already kind of hate teaching it (such strong words!), but it seems, if anything, too out of the box for him. He's a traditional sort of fellow and all the manipulatives and tally marks, etc. seem to round about for him. He just wants to get to the adding, subtracting, and using actual numbers already. He also enjoys sitting down and using workbooks (which my daughter couldn't do at his age). All that to say, I've looked at Abeka and Horizons which seem similar in their approach (is that right??), and I've looked at Singapore. Singapore seems to enjoy a great reputation that I'm not sure the others share, and all three seem to be a sit-down workbook type of program. Can anyone tell me anything more in detail about working with these programs? Singapore is pretty darn confusing with their myriad of textbook options. I feel like I should go with them since I keep hearing about it being better, but I'm not sure if it really is and if it is also a more "out of the box" kind of curriculum or not. My two goals are to find something that is really easy to use and something that doesn't re-invent the wheel but gives a rock solid math foundation. Since I'm just spinning in circles at this point, I would love it if someone could give me some advice from their own experience! Thank you so much!!!
  2. I would do lots and lots and lots of manipulative before ever thinking about "drilling facts". There is very little point in memorizing by rote something you still don't understand. We use base ten and c rods, and often for my current early learner, I draw a juggler on the white board. He has 8 balls tossed up with one hand, and 5 balls tossed up with the other. She knows she needs to draw a circle around all 8 and an additional 2 (We spent lots of time on "What makes ten?" games) to make a group of ten, then she can see there are 3 additional ones hanging out as well, so the juggler has 13 balls. She's the only kid I've drawn jugglers for, go figure. 😛 We are doing this right now, actually, and she is my slowest to really click with the concept. So we do a few examples with manipulatives or the juggler, then I write a new problem and ask her to mentally picture how many balls she needs to move from one number to the other to get a group of ten. Then how many would still be left in the ones pile? And so on. Today, she did a total of about 20 problems on the white board, and all of them were adding with 9. 9+1, 9+2, etc. In order, then out of order. She knew she needed to shift one ball in order to get her group of ten, and taking away one is something she can do mentally, so that let her get every problem correct. Tomorrow, we'll try 8s and maybe 8s and 9s mixed together. This particular child just needs a lot more hand-holding than the two older. I would much rather take the time NOW with the mental concept, rather than rush it to get to a carrying algorithm that becomes a sort of "magic trick" she may be able to do, but can't understand. We use manipulatives through Singapore Math 2b (the grade the child is in is irrelevant, I just mean that level of math) on a daily basis, then switch to "as needed" from then on. You might also consider the "Math Facts that Stick" book offered by WTM Press, it uses a 10 frame to help cement the base ten system, and that's another great method.
  3. I have read quite a few discussions about Singapore Math on this forum. Many have acronyms like MIF, CWP, HIG, etc. I have compiled an outline here. Hope it helps. The Singapore Math curriculum was conceptualized by the Ministry of Education in Singapore. It became popular worldwide due to its consistent top ranking on Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS). The early adopters are home school students. Currently Singapore Math is used in 100 over US school districts. The math learning process comprises three steps which are: concrete, pictorial, and abstract. The concrete step refers to students learning through manipulation of objects like pens, erasers or clips. In the next step, pictorial representations like bar models are used to represent the problem. The syllabus is about 1 year ahead of syllabus in other countries. For example primary 3 may be equivalent to elementary 4 in other countries. The most challenging word problems are those related to pre-algebra. Textbook titles with US Edition are listed here below. The titles not only have textbooks but they also have workbooks, home instructor guides and teacher’s guides. Dimension Math by Singapore Math Inc Math in Focus by Marshall Cavendish, reseller Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Challenging Word Problems by Marshall Cavendish Primary Math Marshall Cavendish In addition to workbooks, students/instructors can tap on worksheet question banks in free test papers -> Sg Math, for challenging word problems. Grades 4 to 6 are extremely challenging. About Marshall Cavendish is a Singapore-based textbook publisher whose publication are used in Singapore schools. Singapore Math Inc is an US publisher that adapted the curriculum to the American education market
  4. I found Horizon's to jump all over the place. I did not like it. I looks nice when you look at it, but did not like it. My oldest son stuck it out, but now tells me that he hated it but did not want to admit that to me after insisting he wanted it. He regrets ever using it. Abeka is okay. It is really based on mastering facts and procedures. This sounds like what you want. However, it slows down a lot compared to how quick it goes early on. With most math programs, you still need to have the student practice math facts. Maybe spend the summer drilling math facts. There are a variety of ways to do this. But, I do think Singapore Math would be a good compromise. I think you would like Singapore Math best with Abeka as a second choice. Mif is Math in Focus. It is an American made math program used in the public schools made based on the Singapore Math books. SM would generally refer to the Singapore Math US edition. CWP is challenging word problems. I have used it before but did not think it was a good use of time. It basically gives you the math problems, specifically word problems, but the kind that one would simply find in the next level. To me, it feels like the kind of things that would be given to an advanced student in a class who is forced to remain in a class working at that level. It would give more challenge. I prefer to just move a child on to a higher level when ready rather than supplement with higher level problems while continuing to do the lower level stuff. IF you choose to use SM, make sure you do the placement test. Students generally place about a grade level below where they were in another program. SM covers all of arithmetic in 6 levels rather than the 8 levels in most American programs. I am unsure how RS correlates.
  5. We will be doing pre K, K and 2nd grade math. Do I need the teacher's Manuals? Do I even need the textbook or can I get away with just the workbooks?
  6. I am looking for science for my middle two dds for next year. They will be in 7th and and 8th grades. I’d like to have them do the same science to simplify things for myself. I’d prefer Christian. Bonus points if it has an audio CD as my 7th grader is a struggling reader. She’s come a LONG way in the past year but my plan for next year already involves more reading than she’s used to and I don’t want to overwhelm her. Also, I need it to not be super teacher intensive. My DH and I are around and can be involved and help them but we have some other “stuff” that we’re dealing with right now so at least somewhat independent would be nice. I’m looking at the new Apologia General Science for them but would like to look at other options before I decide. I asked if there was a specific science topic they’d like to learn about this year but neither of them came up with anything. For reference, in the past we’ve enjoyed curricula like Story of the World, Notgrass, Apologia Young Explorers, Science in the Beginning, Logic of English, IEW, Singapore Math... Next year we’re trying some new things - MFW ECC (5th and 7th grades), and Ancient History and Literature (8th and 10th grades). The younger two will be doing LLATL for English. ....just to give you an idea of our “style”.
  7. Just throwing it out there that Singapore's DImensions math series is visually pretty appealing. 6 to 8 cover pre-algebra through algebra. So you could do a placement and she where she lands. Singapore Math Live is adding DM 7 & 8 to their offerings so there are lectures and solution recordings. https://www.singaporemath.com/Dimensions_Math_s/339.htm https://www.singaporemathlive.com/dimensions-math.html
  8. 1) switching around a lot is not a good idea, especially in math. It is possible that he simply does not wish to do math than the actual curriculum. 2) I notice that you went from Rod and Staff to CLE, which are quite similar. IF you feel it might not be a fit, then consider a complete change. Since you said your son is gifted, and I am assuming he is advanced if you are working on 3rd grade level and he is 6 yrs old, then perhaps try Beast Academy. You could easily order one set, which covers only a quarter of a year, and let him try. And if he likes it, buy more. If he does not, then consider Singapore Math.
  9. I have never heard of Singapore Math Live--mind blown. I may need that in the next year or two.
  10. I just have a question about this. I have always used the Primary Edition (US Edition, but do have some 3rd editions). My daughter is in 1st grade at a school that uses Math In Focus. She is bringing home work such as...middle of the school year, first grade... 528+257. She had regrouping in subtraction and addition, up to three digits, in mid first grade. Now, a couple weeks ago, she was bringing home mental math to the effect of 34+56. In my Singapore Math 1B book..the mental math was more along the lines of adding 9's and 8's and kept to adding in single digits. There were no charts that showed to add the tens first and then the ones like in the Singapore Math book. The 34+56 type problems were in 3A and beginning of 3B. I am wondering if it is possible that the teacher has made her own worksheets and maybe did not realize the progression? I know the teacher told me that she used Saxon math when she was growing up and preferred. Honestly, based on what I am seeing, I think I might prefer Saxon over MIF.
  11. For children that young, I didn’t need curriculum. Just lots of living books. TWTM has great book lists for each grade. We read, narrated and sometimes drew pictures. We did lots of hands on math and science. The only texts I used before grade five were math books. I personally liked Singapore Math.
  12. Hits Abeka Phonics K5 (Each year I do it, I streamline it a bit more. I know what to include and what to leave out) Zaner Bloser Handwriting- My boys prefer this to anything we try. You can scan a QR code to see a short video of how to form the letter and this tiny detail has made my boys not mind handwriting. BJU Math Grade 2 (Singapore math just stressed me out completely. I am so glad to have found something that feels right to me. DS loves it too. He loves the stories for each chapter. I worry he is missing out not having Singapore math, but my sanity is more important. sorry. Veritas Press Self Paced History Old Testament & Ancient Egypt - DS LOVE this, looking back I may for the future save this for 3rd grade for my kids rather than 2nd, but still, we enjoyed it. I HATE history, so not teaching it is a plus. PLUS I'm learning things with him I never did. Don't remember a thing about history from my education. MIsses Abeka Grade 2 Phonics - It wasn't bad or anything, but to us it seems completely a review from first and it was not needed for ds. We did the lesson for a while, then we went to just the seat work, then we dropped.
  13. Where does SM teach this concept? This picture shows questions from placement test 5a. I can’t find a lesson about this in 5a...or any of the other books. Any ideas?
  14. Hits: Logic of English Foundations A for my youngest. He loves this. So fun and yet includes so much review and practice that he needs. Right Start Math, also for my youngest. He's very social, wiggly, and hands on. Singapore math 2. In the middle of the year I switched my 2nd grader to RS so that he could play with all the manipulatives and games that his younger brother was doing. But after a couple weeks he asked to go back. Bookshark, mostly. K science and history and LA2 were pretty good. The read alouds were a huge hit with both my 8&5yo boys. Science 3 was a hit, but history 3 was a miss for my daughter. Science 6 was not a hit as far as my son is concerned, but I consider it a hit. Lol. It got done and my son learned how to dig for information to answer questions. We will be using Bookshark again next year. It gets done, is mostly what I want, and I don't have to plan it. I'm tired of planning. CLE math was a hit for my daughter for the second year in a row. AAS- my daughter hates it, but I see her spelling improving. Girls of American History- unit studies using American Girl doll books. My daughter LOVES this. English From the Roots Up with notebook. My son liked this, probably cause he got to draw pictures. Lol Misses: Bookshark history 3, my daughter couldn't keep up with all the reading on her own and I couldn't read to her as it's intended. Write@Home online classes. I felt like this was just assignments with no teaching. Winning with Writing. I don't know, this just didn't work. I guess cause I expected it to be independent and it just wasn't. Growing with Grammar. IDK it just didn't get done.
  15. If you use Singapore how to you schedule IP, CWP, workbook, and the textbook? My oldest is in 5 now, I have always bought the CWP but we have never completed the book, not even half the book. I always feel guilty, we just have a hard time finishing all of it. We have used the textbook, workbook, the mental math in the back of the HIG and a lot of the suggested activities on the HIG. Do you think this is enough? He does pretty good with math. Sometimes it takes him a while to get a topic. Fractions and decimals are harder for him, sometimes he needs a lot of repetition other times he does great. He has done well on the CAT test every year he has taken it, math is always his highest score, last year he was in the 96th percentile. I just wondered have I failed by not getting to the CWP or IP. I only bought IP one year and I think it's still on the shelf. Thank you.
  16. We finished Singapore Math 2A and 2B (Standards) during 2nd grade, pretty much right on the money. We started 3A at the beginning of this school year and we are just now ready to start 3B. I wouldn't say it's been difficult for DS, but because it covered so many new concepts (all the mutiplication facts! long division!) we had to go slowly. I am absolutely not panicking about being "behind." But I am wondering: Have others had this experience? Were you able to pick up the pace in 3B? Am I understanding correctly that students should finish 6A/6B (Standards) in 6th grade?
  17. My oldest is finishing up 5B Standard Edition. I will probably do 6A and 6B but then what? I very much like Singapore and would like to find a curriculum that is similar - spiral and builds great foundation for further math. Would love to hear suggestions, opinions, experiences. thank you
  18. Son seems to grasp math quickly. In the past, I have preferred doing math fact review and hands on activities to add to the math program. In the book we are in now, 3A, we have been skipping the reviews from the textbook but doing everything from the workbook. Would it be overkill to add in BJU math as a supplement? I don't mean doing all the activities and such. I mean teaching from the Singapore Math as our main math course, but then having the workbook to pull sheets from to use for extra review or reinforcement? I really like BJU but already own the books and workbooks and such for Singapore Math through 3B. Plus, BJU has a bit wider of a scope than Singapore Math. I am thinking I am likely to use BJU for prealgebra at the minimum. edited to add: I usually supplement with the Key's To series....but I kind of want to find a different direction this time. edited to add again : would CLE have way too much content to do along side Singapore Math?
  19. My oldest is finishing up 5B Standard Edition. I will probably do 6A and 6B but then what? I very much like Singapore and would like to find a curriculum that is similar - spiral and builds great foundation for further math. Would love to hear suggestions, opinions, experiences. thank you
  20. You need to know how to teach the "Singapore way." This is provided in the Home Instructor's Guides. You can also get this from reading Elementary Mathematics for Teachers. If you want the benefit of a Singapore math education for your children, it won't work to teach them the math the way you learned it (unless you learned with a Singapore-style program) and then have them do the Singapore problems. The textbook and workbook go together. The problems in the textbook are to work on during instruction, and the workbook is for independent practice. Both are important. But if you absolutely must choose one or the other, choose the textbook. There are usually more problems, and they will include more difficult ones. (Another thing that I liked about the HIGs was that they had the mental math problems in them so I didn't have to go to an outside source.)
  21. This will be my first time teaching algebra, but my plan for fall for my son who is finishing up beast 5 now is Singapore 6 using Singapore math live. https://www.singaporemathlive.com I showed him AOPS prealgebra and Singapore 6 (well actually he just knew what it was like from doing Singapore 1-3 when he was younger) and he picked Singapore.
  22. The kids that I volunteer with are elementary age, but some are older elementary. I have found myself doing long division with kids who have to figure out how many times 6 goes into 40 by counting by 6s...which would be fine if they could skip count, but they count each group of 6 on their fingers, leaving them no fingers to keep track of how many 6s they've counted. Painful does not begin to describe it. My own kids did use fingers when learning to count, but once they got into their school math they would sometimes use their hands to see the numbers but didn't seem to need to count them. I think once they got that there were 5 on one hand maybe they'd mentally count to get to 7, but they didn't really need to count them. Likewise, if they were thinking '10-3' they'd just put down 3 fingers and could 'see' 7. They may have counted at some point, but it was just a matter of days, maybe weeks, before they understood the numbers from 6-10 that would necessitate counting the second hand. The kids that I volunteer with don't really understand regrouping at all. By the end of K-1 I had coached them to start with 5 and just add the other fingers, but their curriculum the next year required them to draw sticks and count them, so they went from 'being able to hold the bigger number in their head' when adding 8+5 (start with the 8 and count up on 5 fingers) to having to draw 8 sticks and then 5 sticks and then start at 1 to count them all. I was ready to weep when, by spring of first grade, they had regressed and were no longer able to do what we were doing at the end of K. Constantly changing methods (and, for all I know, changing teachers), random worksheets with different requirements (much of it Eureka math), and the students' knowledge that everything would be marked wrong if they didn't draw...having done singapore math with my kids, I felt like they took random parts of it, made them as unwieldy as possible, and then stuck them back together in a nonsensical way such that the kids had neither the algorithms of traditional math teaching nor the concepts taught in singapore. It's worse than what I had in early elementary, which was 'traditional algorithm with no fact teaching so that you had to keep counting' - I remember a teacher saying that that's what those things on the end of our hands were for. 2 weeks of my kids using unit cube blocks to regroup into 10s and the mental math of all of us was better than what I had when I finished middle school. It's not the only way, obviously, but I remember watching them and thinking 'why did nobody do this with us...why did we keep counting?'.
  23. DD is finishing up Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 5A (Standards edition) Textbook + Workbook. Occasionally we supplement with Intensive Practice. Textbook+Workbook alone are too easy for DD, and we do not have time to work out all the problems in Intensive Practice on a regular basis. I am wondering if in the future we could replace the workbook with Intensive Practice; i.e., work through Textbook+Intensive Practice in entirety, and use the workbook only as a supplement for chapter reviews. Any opinions or advice? Many thanks in advance.
  24. I am struggling with the thought that my oldest will be 10 in the summer and "5th" grade level in the coming "school year". This last year we have had several changes and I've been really lax since Nov/Dec. Our boys all started the school year and a small private school in our old home town. We moved about 30 mins away at the end of Sept and pulled them out. We tried one of the K12 styled online programs in our state but by Thanksgiving I was fed up with their approach. We dropped that and took a small break. ODS has been doing B.A. online 3A and has finished all Singapore Math 3A & 3B and we are reviewing throuth 4A currently. We had started MCT back in 2 grade when we brought him home for that year and so we picked back up in January where we had left off. He's finished Grammar Island and we are half way through Sentence Island and he's about half way through practice Island. I'm just not sure if we want to move on to the Town Levels in the fall. I kinda feel like I need something more structured and something that my husband can see that we are actively working through. I will have a "2nd" 7 yr old and a 5 yr old that's starting to do some work, mostly we will be doing AAR level 1 with him and Singapore Math. I am also at a complete loss on how to approach history and science. I tend to enjoy more of a relaxed approach (we mostly be watching Liberty's Kids and reading Rush Revere) but my husband is more of a "schedule and check list" personality. So any suggestions on L.A., History and Science to look at that would be good for a super distract-able 5th grade boy that will be traveling the country with his family this next year would be hightly appreciated!
  25. It supposedly adheres to the Common Core Standards, which may be good to get into if I plan to have my ds enter regular school next year. I'm curious about it and have the chance to use it with my ds13 (grade 8 level) in a program now, but know nothing about it. I can't even find samples of the TOC online. I haven't heard of anyone using it in the upper grades. So, if you have used it, I'd love to hear more about it. Is it directed to the student or do you teach it? Is it algebra level or more of a pre-algebra? Any comments will be appreciated!
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