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  1. We're working through Singapore Math 2A, using the CC edition. There are mental math pages (slips, really) in the back of the teacher's guide, but I can't find guidance anywhere about how to use them. I was using them for "sprints" in the early, easier lessons, but now that we're adding three-digit numbers with renaming, I think they're too challenging to use that way. (My kiddo has anxiety as it is!) Is this specific to the CC edition? Does anyone know how these pages are meant to be used?
  2. Good afternoon, all. I am hoping someone will have some words of wisdom for me here. My rising second grade daughter professes to 'hate' math and I feel like a horrible teacher because of it, to be honest. She is actually quite good at math. But when she decides she does not want to do something, she will just fidget, whine, and profess to "I don't KNOWWWW" when asked to solve problems, that I know she very well can solve, because she did them fine the day before. The past school year we had some rough days, but over all pretty good. We follow Singapore math and I do like the curriculum. In the spring we did book 2A, so for the summer I got her Intensive Practice 2A. I wanted to keep the summers pretty light, and my plan was to just have her do like 15-20 minutes of work in the book a day. Since we had already done the curriculum, I thought these problems wold just make her think deeper, using skills she already had. It has been horrible getting her to do it, though. The first few days were fine. Then she started with the whining. I would come over to the book and it would be like a basic addition problem that she had done countless times before. There were several days where she did absolutely nothing during her math time. I discussed the problem with her and asked her what she thought might help. We decided that she might work better if I sat right with her. So we did that and it worked for maybe 2 weeks. Today, however, she did the same thing-- fidgeting with her pencil, whining "I don't knowwww" etc etc. In 30 minutes we got like one problem done. She then walked away saying, "I hate math!" and I am sitting here feeling defeated. I like the curriculum and want to keep following it-- I am just looking, I guess, for tips to inspire her to care? Or at least to try? What can you tell me here, homeschool vets?
  3. I am looking for some fun computer based options to reinforce Singapore Math. Any favorites? I have seen Dream Box mentioned quite a bit. Does this fit in well with Singapore Primary Math? Any recommendations? Apps or websites would be best. Thank you!!
  4. 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.
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  6. There is an old post on this topic but the question I have is not included there so here's a new thread! We just switched over from Singapore Math U.S. edition to the Standards Edition. After completing U.S. 3b we now have the 4a Standards Edition. My daughter is in 4th grade. It seems so much harder for my daughter. For example the US edition had her rounding up a little bit, while in the first few pages of the Standards Edition, she is asked to round up to the nearest ten thousands place. A bit more complex. We made it through though :) Just wondering if I should give it some more time and let the new concepts sink in, or should I go back to the US edition. Anyone go through something similar? Maybe I switched books too late in the game? Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you, Christine
  7. Singapore math also introduces order of operations very early. (But you probably already know that.) I can't remember what book they introduce it in. Maybe level 3 or 4? But then it is reviewed each year and practiced. (They just add decimal or fractions to the problems.) For you 10 year old son, I would NOT move him from Singapore just because he needs more practice. Especially if you are considering a STEM path for him. And especially because it is working well for him. :) And especially because you are almost finished with the primary math sequence...why not stick it through? (In full disclosure, i am a math snob, but I love Singapore math!) I agree with you that math mammoth is also a very strong math program, but sometimes the sheer amount of problems can kill a child's love for math. (Of course, you don't have to assign every problem in math mammoth. But I know from experience that it can sometimes be a lot of work to sort through and pick out your child's assignment each day. And I feel like the answer key in math mammoth makes grading more difficult than singapore.) So, let me ask you some questions (about the 10 year old specifically): Is he currently doing all of the textbook and workbook problems? (All of the reviews, practices, mental math for HIG, etc.) (If not, start doing both of those. That is the bare minimum.) Is he currently fixing his math each day and correcting missed problems until 100%? (That is an easy way to provide more practice, and from my experience a very useful tool in teaching math.) If he is currently doing both the textbook and workbook problems (and fixing his math each day), then it might be time to add in one of the extra Singapore books. The reason they have so many books is so you can completely customize the amount and type of practice your son needs and come up with a perfect math solution. Here are just a few of the most common "extra" books people order: Extra Practice books. These are going to be more problems just like the workbook. These are for kids who just need more practice of the same. Intensive practice / challenging word problems: These are for kids who don't find the regular workbook problems challenging enough. Process Skills: Does he need help with word problems or bar diagrams? Mental math books: self-explanatory Tests book: I know a lot of people who use the tests book for extra practice too. I feel like they are a bit easier than the regular workbook because many of the problems are multiple choice. But they are great, quick reviews. My kids also need a little bit of extra review and practice. I try my best to constantly keep sniffing out weak areas in their understanding. I use the cumulative textbook and workbook reviews (at the end of each unit in the standards version of Singapore) to snuff out any weak areas of understanding. If I notice that they are missing a lot of the same types of problems (or have forgotten how to do it and have to ask for a review)---then I re-teach the concept and start assigning 1-2 of those types of problems per day to practice. Another easy way to add in extra practice is Prodigy math. I don't know how you feel about screens, but it is a fun, online math video game that is actually pretty useful in reviewing math concepts. (It is NOT a good primary teaching tool.) It is free too. You can assign topics for targeted review (ex. order of operations, finding the area of different shapes, dividing fractions, etc.) or you can just have them work on grade specific spiral review.
  8. My 5th grader (11) and my 4th grader (9) are both using Singapore 5A for math. (Just the normal workbook. Not the IP or CWP.) Daily, they miss more than half of their problems on their math workbook assignments. I am wondering if this is normal? If not, what can I do to correct it? I always grade their math right away and have them fix any problems they miss. And they typically can always fix them. (Sometimes it takes a few attempts.) Additional Information: They understand the math. They are just making mistakes. (Example: Subtracting incorrectly. Forgetting to add the digits that they carried when multiplying. Writing too sloppy. Etc. etc. ) This is not a new problem. This has been ongoing for years. Looking back on their past workbooks, they are missing more than half the problems each day for YEARS. (And then then they go back and fix until 100%.) My fear is that I have done something inadvertently to cause (or allow) careless work in math. If they are both doing the same thing, that probably means it is an instructional problem....right? Where did I go wrong, and what can I do at this point considering we might have some deeply ingrained bad math habits. :) I don't think the problem is specific to Singapore math. I've tried giving them worksheets from math mammoth, and the same thing happens. They even do the same thing with easier problems. For example, I even had them go back and complete the 4th grade math mammoth review workbook just to try and get them used to not being careless with easier problems. Daily, they still missed about half the problems and would do their math assignments twice. My concerns: Wasted instructional time: Today, for example, my 11 year old spent about 60 minutes to do 8 long division problems (with remainder). He got 3 of them correct. My 9 year old got 4 of them correct. That is less than 50%. So we graded the page and I had them fix the incorrect problems. They spent about another 45 mins fixing the math problems. Because they are getting so many incorrect, they essentially have to do their math assignments twice every day. That makes for a LOOOOOONG day for them. (And I am only assigning 8 problems!) I was hoping that fixing their math everyday and redoing it would eventually teach them to be careful and try their best the fist time, but that doesn't seem to be working. (After years of trying this same approach, I think I need to try something new.) In the past my theory has been that they just need more practice. So I have assigned them more problems of the same type. But the same thing just keeps happening day after day after day. Future math classes: Someday, they might need to take an outside class for math. I am worried that poor math habits will effect their grade. Imagine if they get a 40% on every homework assignment? Any other ideas on things I can do?
  9. My 5th grader (11) and my 4th grader (9) are both using Singapore 5A for math. (Just the normal workbook. Not the IP or CWP.) Daily, they miss more than half of their problems on their math workbook assignments. I am wondering if this is normal? If not, what can I do to correct it? I always grade their math right away and have them fix any problems they miss. And they typically can always fix them. (Sometimes it takes a few attempts.) Additional Information: They understand the math. They are just making mistakes. (Example: Subtracting incorrectly. Forgetting to add the digits that they carried when multiplying. Writing too sloppy. Etc. etc. ) This is not a new problem. This has been ongoing for years. Looking back on their past workbooks, they are missing more than half the problems each day for YEARS. (And then then they go back and fix until 100%.) My fear is that I have done something inadvertently to cause (or allow) careless work in math. If they are both doing the same thing, that probably means it is an instructional problem....right? Where did I go wrong, and what can I do at this point considering we might have some deeply ingrained bad math habits. :) I don't think the problem is specific to Singapore math. I've tried giving them worksheets from math mammoth, and the same thing happens. They even do the same thing with easier problems. For example, I even had them go back and complete the 4th grade math mammoth review workbook just to try and get them used to not being careless with easier problems. Daily, they still missed about half the problems and would do their math assignments twice. My concerns: Wasted instructional time: Today, for example, my 11 year old spent about 60 minutes to do 8 long division problems (with remainder). He got 3 of them correct. My 9 year old got 4 of them correct. That is less than 50%. So we graded the page and I had them fix the incorrect problems. They spent about another 45 mins fixing the math problems. Because they are getting so many incorrect, they essentially have to do their math assignments twice every day. That makes for a LOOOOOONG day for them. (And I am only assigning 8 problems!) I was hoping that fixing their math everyday and redoing it would eventually teach them to be careful and try their best the fist time, but that doesn't seem to be working. (After years of trying this same approach, I think I need to try something new.) In the past my theory has been that they just need more practice. So I have assigned them more problems of the same type. But the same thing just keeps happening day after day after day. Future math classes: Someday, they might need to take an outside class for math. I am worried that poor math habits will effect their grade. Imagine if they get a 40% on every homework assignment? Any other ideas on things I can do?
  10. Hi, The subject pretty much sums up my question: Can anyone compare the three math programs listed above? Is there anyone using Singapore math for the logic and middle-grade years? If so, could you please give me a review? I am curious why so few people stick with Singapore after Primary Math. Singapore Math's website is notoriously hard to understand (as always).....but if I understand correctly, it looks like they are phasing out New Elementary Math. Is that correct? But Dimensions will still be around? If that is the case, I guess I can cross NEM off my list of options to research. :) The samples of Dimension look good...although they only let you see a few pages. SO----I am wondering why I don't hear of more people using Dimensions. My original plan was to move to AOPS Precalc after Singapore 5B. However, for some reason, I have a bad feeling about the transition. We tried Beast academy and it didn't work out as well as Singapore math. The problems in BA were so challenging that my kids needed me there the entire time. So it felt very teacher intensive. With Singapore, I can teach a short lesson, work a few examples from the textbook , and then send them on their way with the workbook. It is a nice balance of teacher-taught-time and independent work. Plus, my kids have done really well with Singapore. They are not especially gifted in math. However, they test well in math.... and perhaps more importantly at this age, they enjoy math. I worry that AOPS will frustrate them. (I've heard the Prealgebra book is very difficult.)
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  12. Have you heard of such a thing? My friend went to a local homeschool store to buy Singapore math and was told they don't carry it. She was fuzzy on the explanation, but came away with the impression it was for personal moral reasons of the owner of the shop. I hadn't heard of this, so I came here to find out if this was in any way a widespread problem. As in, if she goes to a different store, will she likely run into the same thing? (Bible belt here, if that matters)
  13. With Beast, it's hard to say how a kid will react to it until you actually try it out. That being said, I did not use Beast 2 as it did not exist when we were doing it. Beast 3A, Chapter 1 Geometry is not easy. IME, it's the toughest chapter in Beast 3. In fact on their website, they suggest that if it is too difficult or frustrating to skip it and loop back later. Saxon never appealed to me personally because it is far too spiral for us and moves too incrementally. Singapore Math worked very well for us especially the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems books. Some families choose to only do the TB with the IP and/or CWP. I think that the best part of SM are the word problems. I actually used both SM and BA as I think there are weaknesses and strengths with both programs. DS wrapped up AOPS pre-A which he primarily self-taught himself with the book in about 7 months. Cleo Borac has a series of books called Competitive Math for Gifted Students which is pretty good. I sincerely hope that the revised edition does not have so many solution errors as the first edition. Zaccaro's Challenge Math series is another good resource. Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary for upper elementary students is excellent as well. Borenson's Hands On Equations will be good fit for your son if he responds so well to visual approach to word problems. The HOE book of word problems is really good. We also did a lot of logic type books as well. Maybe consider Math Kangaroo for a low key math competition? He could do it next year.
  14. I like the way word problems are done better with BJU than Singapore Math. Singapore Math relies on rod diagrams for everything where as BJU will use a variety of pictures. For example, one specific problem in Singapore Math has 6 children, each giving $5 for something. Then it makes a rod diagram with links marked off to show it is 5 parts, each equal to six. This is okay and fine. But I like how BJU shows six sets of five which could be counted. For teaching multiplication, BJU spends a fair amount of time on skip counting and showing how repeat adding is the same thing and also on showing the various properties, commutative and so on. I like a lot about Singapore Math. But then there are specifics I like a lot that I see in BJU. Like how it teaches long division. And the fact that it is pretty much all work book. As in, everything we use, I don't have to worry about copying problems from a textbook page like needs to be done with some of SM problems. I have also considered just using both programs. But that also seems like overkill. He is actually getting it with Singapore Math.
  15. Still trying to decide between Singapore primary mathematics and bju math for grade 1 for next year. We did Singapore this year for K and ds did great. I would love to do it for first, but I have 2 things holding me back and making me want something more traditional. 1. I worry I will struggle teaching the Singapore methods I'm not familiar with 2. I worry if/when he attends public school someday, he will be told the Singapore way is not right and he'll have to relearn the traditional way What are your thoughts on these things? Also, if I do attempt Singapore for first what happens if I don't love it and want to try something new for next year? Do you think a transition from Singapore to bju would be an easy one? Also, it seems there may only be a few "new weird math" instances for first grade, so assuming I just HATE the new method, could I just teach the traditional way I know and then move to a traditional math for next year? I know I can do anything I want, but you know what I'm saying. I'm asking would this be a good idea or not. I'd love to stick to one thing all the way through to avoid as many gaps as possible. I just like the look of primary mathematics better than bju. BJU just looks super busy and unnecessary to me. Primary Mathematics looks more to the point and I think ds and I would be fine with that.
  16. I have been reading posts from this forum, but this is the first time that I have posted. If anyone is searching for a math program, I just wanted to share this. I started with RightStart and Singapore Math. Later, by accident, I discovered Mortensen Math which is more tangible and fun, covering many math operations simultaneously. I hope that this review helps others in choosing a math program.
  17. I’m afraid that I don’t like Saxon. Or really anything too textbooky for kids under fifth grade. I like Singapore math even though it didn’t work for dd (though I think that it could have if she hadn’t set her mind against it). I did a lot of my own stuff with her. As well as actually teaching using Kahn Academy.
  18. Looking for suggestions for my DD (6th) - math seems to come naturally to her. I'm wondering what to do for 6th grade - last year she did Singapore 6 and Saxon 7/6. For this coming year I'm considering jumping her right into Jacobs Algebra w Dr Callahan. Has anyone else done this without doing Saxon 8/7 or some other pre-algebra course first? Thanks!
  19. My older ds finished AoPS PreAlgebra this past school year. He and I worked on it together with the videos (which we loved!) I’ve been considering putting him in an online class to free me up for my younger kids and a new baby coming this fall. I looked into AoPS online classes for Algebra 1, but didn’t care for the setup and thought the pace would be too much for my ds. I’ve since looked into other options and am wondering if anyone here has advice on which direction to take. 1) Dolciani Algebra 1 through Wilson Hill. Is Dolciani a decent choice for Algebra 1? I have heard Foersters get good reviews, as well as Jacobs. Any feedback on WHA Algebra 1? Is the digital writing tablet and the graphing calculator really necessary? 2) WTMA Algebra 1. Haven’t looked into this a lot, but they do offer an AoPS Algebra 1, I believe. 3) Do AoPS Algebra 1 ourselves. With the videos only covering through ch. 13, I believe. This makes me a little hesitant. We enjoyed AoPS a bunch, but it also took a lot of time. 4) Do Foersters or Jacobs Algebra 1 ourselves. Not familiar with these texts, but doubt they’d take as much time as AoPS. Or take the Jacobs course through Veritas Press Academy online school. Thoughts? Also, another thread got me thinking of my ds2. Regentrude mentioned making sure students write out their math work. I’m waffling on whether or not to do PreA with my ds2, and it’s precisely because of this issue. He is very intelligent and does so much math in his head. But he hates to write things down, which of course leads to silly mistakes. (Side note: he’s always struggled with the act of writing, and was “unofficially” diagnosed with dysgraphia by a special ed evaluator.) And when he does write things down, it doesn’t make sense to me. He likes to erase work he wrote, as if it’s clutter he doesn’t need anymore. It also is difficult sometimes in trying to follow his line of thinking- which is usually different, but nonetheless correct and rather creative. He has done Singapore Math Standards Ed. and Beast Academy and done very well in both. I’ve debated entering him in an online class for the same reasons for ds1, but the “won’t write things down” issue is making me think twice. Would an online class help him in this area?
  20. My son would be in fourth grade if he were in school. However, none of our math curriculum is fourth grade math. We used Miquon math up through second grade, then switched over to Beast Academy about half way through his third grade year. At the beginning of his third grade year I also bought Singapore Challenging Word Problems, to do occasionally, to make sure he understood how to use numbers in real world examples. However, I thought the third grade book was too hard, so I bought second grade. At times we can move through math slowly, because I will stop our regular curriculum occasionally and teach him about binary numbers or the Fibonacci sequence. Just to show him that not all math is just arithmetic. There is a whole world awaiting him once he learns his basic math facts. We also stop sometimes just to play games to reinforce fractions or multiplication facts. Anyway, because of the way we've been moving through math, we just recently started the third grade Singapore Challenging Word Problems and we are still in third grade Beast Academy. For the past several months he has been calling himself stupid and thinks he's terrible at math because he is so "behind." I feel terrible because part of the reason we are "behind" is because we stop here and there to do other things and because we have moved twice during the summer/fall and school just didn't always happen as often as it should have. I don't feel behind at all, because I see him progressing and learning all the time. I think he's doing great. However, in an effort to build his self confidence, I decided to get him Teaching Textbooks, because I had heard they were usually a year or two behind other math programs. I looked through the grade levels and picked out sixth grade. I looked through the whole book and he already knows how to do everything in the book. Not all of it is necessarily easy, but he can do everything in there. I thought about going to a lower level, but I don't want his math to be all busy work. At first the plan seemed to be going well. Teaching Textbooks was super easy for him and he seemed to be gaining confidence. But the last several lessons have been causing stress again. Not because he's getting very many things wrong. He always gets a 95 or a 100 percent. But he's doing it on the computer and I hear screaming coming from the computer every day as he get's upset if he misses something (it gives you two tries on every problem). He rarely needs two tries, but when it does happen he becomes irrationally upset. Sometimes he will even storm out of the computer room and into his bedroom, slamming the door and talking about how stupid he is. So now I am at a loss. I personally prefer Singapore Math because it is a challenging program that really makes you think. I think in the end, after completing it, he will be able to approach problems more creatively than if he didn't do the program. I only switched because I don't want him to hate math. He is really very smart and I hate to hear him get down on himself. So what does everyone think? I hate to jump around from program to program too much. But I want him to regain his confidence and at least not hate math.
  21. then what? Anyone done Dimensions Math all the way through 8B? What subject course do you do after that? I'm looking ahead in trying to decide whether to stick with Singapore or go to AoPS after 5B...
  22. So, for 1A it is saying he needs to memorize number bonds through 10. So, how do you know they have them memorized? I know that sounds dumb. Ds understands and can write them all out from memory. Is this good? I mean he thinks about it, he doesnt know it instantly. How do I make sure he realky has them down? I hope that makes sense what I am asking.
  23. I always feel like 3rd grade is the year that I need to "get more serious" with curriculum choices, lol. For my DD (my 3rd, 3rd grader) we'll likely be continuing on with most things and starting new with others. Language Arts: Phonics/Spelling: Finish the Explode the Code series through book 8 (we're on book 6 now). Assorted phonics workbooks (she loves workbooks) Grammar: Possibly Easy Grammar, not sure yet. This is the first year I start "formal" grammar. Reading/Literature: Chapter Books with some basic book reports maybe some units from Moving Beyond the Page or Progeny Press; Core Knowledge Reading Skills Readers (free for download); the old Steck Vaughn Reading workbooks--we're finishing up Swells and Shells (grade 4) now. She loves these! Also listening in on poetry study with older siblings. Composition: She's been working on IEW's All Things Fun and Fascinating and also Bible Heroes. We'll continue with that and add in IEW SWI A, and possibly CAP Writing and Rhetoric Fable I. She already writes a lot of stories, keeps a journal/diary, and writes personal letters (for mailing) to friends. Handwriting: Zaner Bloser cursive Mathematics: Singapore Math Primary Standards 3 A and 3 B Finish Beast Academy 2 and start BA 3 Fan Math for additional problem solving (bar models & strategies); Math Detective (Critical Thinking Company) History: American Girl class at homeschool co-op; tagging along with big sister's history (ancients); Story of the World audio books Science: Stem Engineering class at homeschool co-op; tagging along with big sister's online chemistry and physics classes Religion: Devotions; reading and discussion of various books I have such as Wise Up! and books of parables, etc.; Sunday school class. Trying to decide if I want to start anything more formal at this point. Logic: Verbal and pictorial analogies (Critical Thinking Company books mostly); deductive reasoning puzzles. She loves logic!!!! Fine Arts: Art class at homeschool co-op; weekly piano lessons; audition community choir; ballet and tap dance Physical Education: Ballet and tap dance, swimming, horseback riding, general playing around........
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