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  1. Hi! We've been using Math-U-See (alpha level) for my dd5 for Kindergarten. I'm not really pleased with it, so I decided we need to switch to something else. My short list is: Right Start Miquon Singapore (I'm open to other programs too) Here's why I'm not happy with MUS: 1) I had thought that since it uses manipulatives, it would be more fun than doing endless worksheets. As it happens, it's endless worksheets that you're supposed to figure out using the manipulatives. (boring, and not concrete enough IMO) So I've been supplementing with games and other activites that I find in various places, with an emphasis on counting, adding, and subtracting objects, not just working with symbols on a page. 2) MUS has a rather slow schedule. Multiplication is not even introduced until 3rd grade, and division not until 4th grade. I learned to multiply when I was five, and I'm supposed to wait three more years to teach my daughter? (It's also a problem relative to standardized tests.) 3) MUS uses a mastery approach, with a spiral aspect included in the review pages. I think this makes sense for kids to whom math does not come naturally, because it's just mean to make them go on before they truly understand something. But for us, I think it would be better to learn the concepts involved in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as early as possible, and then practice them all together, preferably with real objects, and in a fun way. Given all that, I would welcome any thoughts on what math program would be a good fit for us. Thank you! Heidi
  2. We have been using Math U See since the beginning. My son is finishing 7th grade now, and about to complete the MUS pre-algebra book. Should I stick with MUS for Algebra and beyond, or switch to something else for high school? MUS is working fine for us. He gets mostly A's and B's in spite of not being a math-lover. My son is definitely college bound and he is an excellent student. He does well on his standardized testing. He will NOT be studying math or science in college beyond the normal requirements....he will probably be studying English or History or foreign languages. Will MUS be enough to prepare him to do well on SAT/ACT and to be prepared for college level math? If you think it won't, what would you suggest instead? Thanks in advance, Molly@Countercultural School
  3. My oldest two went to K and half of 1st grade. I started them on MUS Alpha when they came home. (No they weren't in school at the same time;). It just seems our boys don't last too long in public school.) I now have my 5 (turning 6 in April) son. I'm not really able to get Primer right now and I've been told by others it's not worth it. Just start at Alpha. So, if you just started with Alpha in 1st grade...how did you prepare them? He can count to 10. I know the MUS website has what they do in Primer. But, I was just curious what others did to prepare.
  4. I am using MUS and she has competed all of the practice sheets for 0,1,2... but could not do the test without counting on her fingers. Should I move on to solving for an unknown before I worry about it? What if she still doesn't have it down? Are there free resources to help learn the facts?
  5. I'm curious how many pages you have your kids do each day. Right now my kids do 2 pages/day but I'm wondering if life would be smoother if they only had to do one.
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