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  1. My 8yo son is currently using Horizons 3rd grade math. We both like the worksheets and that it has built in review. He's moving through it fine, but I feel like we're reaching a point where he is looking for more of the "why" not just the "how". I'm not looking to abandon the curriculum entirely, but I'm looking for something to add to round out the conceptual side of math that I feel is lacking. I've seen a lot of people talking positively about RightStart, Singapore (I see there are 2 options, Dimensions Math and Primary Math - happy to hear about both of these), and Math in Focus and would love some feedback. In my mind, the ideal situation would be for him to complete 1 page of Horizons a day as review work (he really goes through them quickly) along with 1 lesson from something more in depth. I don't mind spending 30 or so minutes a day of active teaching time on math, so if something is more teacher-centric that's not a deal breaker. We tried Beast Academy and he was luke warm about it, and to be honest I was too. I think it's a great program, just not a good fit for us. I had seen in another post that someone was using a RightStart/Horizons/Singapore Challenging Word Problems combination which (without actually doing it) seems very well rounded. I'm open to any thoughts and suggestions! Thanks!
  2. My10yo DD has been taking 1 1/2 hours (or more) to get her (Singapore) math done. Part of her problem is attentiveness; this year she seems to be getting distracted much more easily than normal. I think we're going to send her to DH's home office to do some work to help with that. I think we're also going to try getting her up before breakfast to get math done before anything else. She has been reading the MIF 5B lesson herself and then doing the workbook. She has always wanted me sit beside her while she does her math, but at the end of 4th grade we transitioned her to doing it on her own. Math has been harder for her this year, so I still am helping often. I waffle back and forth between thinking my expectations are too high for her to do most of it on her own (because she could six months ago) to thinking this is more on her end and she is flaking out on me. Okay, enough with that. How long does your 10yo/5th grader spend on math?
  3. I'm going to be switching my 2nd and 4th grader over and need some advice. Looking at the TOC, I think it'll be fine to just pick up midyear at grade level for them. We can slow down if necessary and go over concepts that are expected to have been learned before progressing though. Advice there? I'm also thinking about starting my 6th grader in MiF Course 1 while he continues with TT. What do you think? I'm not sure which will end up being the supplement, but I'm thinking he can just do every other problem in TT or whatever if it's overkill. About my 7th grader, I'm thinking it's to late to jump into MiF? Should I start him in Course 1 too or just forget it? He's not doing prealgerba this year but is doing TT7. Thoughts?
  4. I am looking for more review to do with Singapore style math. Any suggestions? Has anyone used Math Express or Math Sprints? My DD10 just finished MIF 5A/5B 4A/4B, but didn't score very well on the End of the Year Review/Test. We never moved past a chapter unless she scored 90% or more at the end of each chapter. She had to go back and do some review or extra practice for about half of the chapters before moving on. Unfortunately, she is not very detail oriented and that is often more of a problem than mastering the concepts. I think she would benefit from some daily review of a variety of concepts. I started off the year pulling together some review problems for her, but that didn't last very long. We need something already put together. I'd appreciate any suggestions!
  5. I just stumbled upon some information about Math in Focus. Has anyone ever used it? I know it uses the Singapore model, but is it better than the materials directly from Singapore Math? My ds and dd are using Singapore Math 2B and 1B, respectively. I find that my daughter is flying through the material, but my son has become bogged down with what we are doing. (We have just really started to delve into regrouping and he seems to be struggling with the concept.) I was wondering if Math in Focus might be a better fit for him. Any opinions and thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thank you! Gayle
  6. Singapore Math in Focus and Primary Math Standard Edition and Math Mammoth A Comparison of 1st Grade I was able to take a long and (relatively) uninterrupted look at Singapore Math in Focus Grade 1. I had the Teachers Guides, Textbook, and Workbook. I own the Singapore Math Standards edition with HIGs of first grade and Math Mammoth Light Blue 1A and 1B so I compared the programs. Here are my observations. Scope and Sequence MIF and Singapore Primary Standards cover basically the same material. They both start out with counting to 10 and cover addition and subtraction facts to 10, shapes, ordinal numbers and position. They move onto numbers to 20 and addition and subtraction facts to 20. The later half of the year they cover graphs, numbers to 100, and addition and subtraction facts to 100. Math Mammoth has a more narrow focus and starts at a more advanced place. It covers addition and subtraction facts within 10 in the first book. In 1B it covers place value, skip counting, clocks, measuring, money, and +/- facts within 100. Some differences are that MIF covers mental math strategies explicitly in a separate chapter while these techniques are folded into the addition and subtraction chapters in Primary Math Standards Edition. Primary math includes capacity while MIF does not. Also, Primary Math covers halves and fourths and I didn’t find that in MIF. Terminology They both cover the fundamental concepts of multiplication as repeated addition and division as sharing equally. However, Primary Math actually uses the word multiplication whereas MIF does not. It emphasizes 5 fours =20. It would say 2+2+2= 3 twos = 3 groups of 2 = 6. Also in MIF they compare numbers with words but don’t use >, or < signs that I could find. There is no multiplication or division in Math Mammoth 1 that I could find. Singapore Primary Math doesn’t include as much terminology as you would see in Math Mammoth or MIF. In Math Mammoth they use terms like addend, minuend and subtrahend in the text. In MIF these terms as well as the properties (like commutative or identity properties) are present in the teachers text but not in the student text or workbook. One interesting thing I notes was that Primary Math HIGs say renaming, MIF says regrouping, and MM uses terms like making 10s, within 10s, or make 10s. I grew up with borrowing and carrying so I have no idea what I am going to use. I used regrouping with my older ds and that worked well so I will probably stick with that. Specifics I picked the topic of subtraction with 10s to compare how each program presents the lesson. For MIF the teacher guide has the fundamentals. They start in the TG with emphasizing how subtraction is related to the part-whole concept taught in addition. It goes on the list the strategies they use to teach subtraction – taking away, counting back, counting on, and using number bonds. The chapter planning guide breaks down the chapter into 45 minute instructional blocks(days) and tells you what resources to use each day. Each lesson starts with a 5 minute warm up and then moves to guided practice. Frequent use of manipulatives and/or pictoral representations is provided. They focus on manipulatives that directly assists with the lesson like the 10-frame, linking cubes, and place value charts. One or two games are included in the student text but they would be more fun with more than one kid participating. The lessons proceed logically and clearly and no leaps are made or expected of the student. The concept is taught, reinforced in the text, and finally workbook exercises that coincide directly with what was taught are assigned. Answers are provided to everything in the TG. Problems with missing subtrahends and minuends are provided and a challenging problem or two are presented in the text and workbook for every lesson. The chapter ends with a two page summary of what you have learned explicitly written out to the student in the text and very helpful. In the Singapore US Standards edition the text isn’t as helpful if you are having problems. There is little explicitly stated and the pictures are large and cartoon like. The HIG emphasizes taking away and part to whole but other strategies aren’t explored explicitly. Fact families are emphasized as the most important concept. The HIG explicitly states to commit facts to memory and this isn’t found in MIF. The teaching in the HIG is fairly unconnected to the text. That being said, I think Singapore is a strong program and for a math intuitive mom and/or kids this program would be easy to accelerate. In Math Mammoth 1A subtraction is presented as taking away with pictoral representations emphasizing that. Counting back is presented in the context of a number line an explicit work with jumping back on the number line is illustrated multiple times with many opportunities for the student to practice this. MM works with number before for example ____,55 and ___,___,55. Counting back is taught and missing subtrahend and minuend problems are presented. Fact families are taught and comparing with > and < are explicitly asked of the student. For example 3-2 ____ 5 or compare 8-5___2+1. Math Mammoth also explicitly teaches the student that you can’t subtract a bigger number from a smaller number without going into debt. Of the three MIF seems the clearest with the best presentation. It is visually very clean and the TG is excellent. It isn’t as challenging as Math Mammoth and some of the problems seen in the Singapore Editions of IP and CWP are a good deal more difficult to do. Math Mammoth is easy to implement and covers things well but the presentation is more appropriate to a more mature student. The text and pictures are small and there are a lot of problems on the page, which appears very overwhelming. MIF is more thorough and explicit in its’ instruction and it would be easy to teach from just the text and workbook with a mathy dc in first grade. I am going to look over the regrouping lessons when I get a chance so I might have more comparisons to post later. HTH
  7. We're doing 1AB and 3AB. Its an armful of books! wow! Its labled "The Singapore Approach" and my local homeschool store I bought it from calls it the "Saxon/Singapore math". lol So far, just a super quick look through - I really like what I see. The workbook page are graphic and "fun". Their are not too many problems crammed on one page (which intimidates my 8 yr old). The teacher manual looks very thorough, and even has fun math game ideas for each chapter. I hope this is the ticket for our math this year!
  8. For those of you using Math in Focus, do you find that it has enough drill built in or do you feel a need to supplement? If you are supplementing, what are you using? Also, do you feel the teacher guides provide enough explanation for how to teach concepts, or do you sometimes find it lacking? Do you find it difficult to use the materials for homeschooling since they were written for a classroom? Overall, what is your impression of the curriculum so far? Since it is pretty expensive and a pretty new curriclum, I'd like to get some more feedback on it before I purchase it. Thanks!
  9. Has anyone used this or know anything about it? I just got my new RR catalog and this was in there and looked interesting. They have a really long review in their catalog but I can't find one on their website to link to but I did find some info on the publisher's website: http://www.greatsource.com/singaporemath/index.html Thanks!
  10. We use Saxon Math right now for my 3rd grader and 1st grader and have since they both were in Kindergarten. We have another child about to be in Kindergarten this fall. I was looking at the Math in Focus that Saxon publishes and was wondering if anyone out there uses it and what they think. It is supposed to be a Singapore approach. Thanks
  11. Singapore users- I'd love your opinion on whether the S&S for the new Math in Focus series strikes you as being a bit behind the Primary Math one. I was focused on 4th grade as my DD is currently finishing up 3B. Am I crazy in thinking that a number of the topics in 4th grade MIF were covered in 3A/3B of PM?
  12. So is anyone considering using this INSTEAD of Singapore workbooks and still using the Singapore HIG's for teacher helps based on the concepts? And, does anybody know if a child is in 1A Singapore math, will they all also be in the 1st Semester MIF book? IS there a placement test that a child could take?? THANKS
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