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  1. My first grade son is struggling with math. I used MUS with my daughter very successfully and just assumed it would work for him in Alpha. BUT, tears were a constant part of math every day and the "I don't get it" look after watching the video a couple times and I explain it. Then he'd seem to get it, but the next day we'd have to do it all over again. No retention. So I took a break from MUS Alpha, printed off some MM workbooks in the same topic (simple addition) and he did okay for a little while but quickly got overwhelmed. We went back to the beginning of the workbook and got to about the same point we had in MUS and then the tears and stalling began. He just couldn't seem to get past addition of more than 5+6. I wondered if it was a maturity issue and he needed a break. So I took out an Evan-Moor workbook on coins, time and fractions. He's done splendidly with it. Loves it. It's very small incremental steps to the learning. He gets it sometimes without my explaining. He seems to enjoy math again. But now we're at the end of the book. From what I'm learning in observing him, I think he needs spiral approach (whereas both MUS and MM are mastery). I've been considering CLE Math. I like the idea of built in review and drills. I think he would like the sense of accomplishment of finishing the worktexts, instead of looking overwhelmed at a whole huge book to finish. I'm not mathy, so I have a hard to figuring out how to explain things to my kids in math. I can do it, but I'm not sure how I got the answer sometimes, even though it's right. So, I need something that will help the student understand and/or gives me very clear instructions on how to teach. I can't be expected to come up with it on my own. I've read tons of reviews of CLE Math. I've done the placement test. He places in the 100s. I've calculated how much. I've put it in the cart. And I just can't press the button. Does it sound like a good fit, from those who have experience? Did you have similar experiences with finding the right math? I've read so often that people wish they had turned to CLE earlier or that after trying many different curricula they're so glad they found this. Would I be happier with CLE if I added in MM for review or a different method approach? I already have MM and MUS Beta for 2nd grade too. Part of my reluctance is spending more money. Do I just sell MUS Beta? Just tell me what you would do in my situation, please.
  2. Hi all, This is my first question though I've been reading all your terrific answers for a long time:001_smile: My son is 5 in grade 1. We are using CLE for math. It's great and we are happy with it. My only concern is that my son has trouble applying the concepts that he learns (outside of the book that is.) I was wondering if anybody has experience using MUS with CLE. Will it help to reinforce the concepts in CLE? Can I use just the DVD with the Manipulatives or do I need the workbooks too? I just want it as a supplement (I think my son will like the visual explanations.) Can I use it as like a spare time thing? and of course, is it worth it? or does anybody have any better ideas to supplement CLE? Anybody? Thanks
  3. I'm a new homeschooler who will officially start next Monday with my 7 year old DS (and to a lesser degree with my 4 yo DS). This summer we've been going through MUS Alpha to revisit all the math facts he never learned in PS. We made it through the addition section with no problems; subtraction is a little more challenging in part because (as I mentioned in a earlier thread), I cannot wrap my mind around their explanation on how to subtract 9! My son was fine with thinking of subtraction problems as addition problems in reverse but then with the whole idea of "9 vacuuming 1" and adding 1 elsewhere, he was totally confused. He began solving 16-9= 6 and things like that. I have told him that if the way he thought of subtraction before worked better for him, to stick with it. Hopefully I'm not sending him down some ill-fated path for doing this, but I never learned subtraction the MUS way and I still did well in math in school. (Not that that means anything!!) Anyway, I digress. I'm thinking of switching at this point to Singapore as soon as we finish Alpha. We're doing MFW, they recommend Singapore and I keep hearing all these great things about it. But I'm a little fearful of changing approaches when we've just started. But then again I think that in some ways, now is a good time to change since we haven't gotten that far into MUS. I like aspects of MUS, but I can't figure out if it's a good fit for my DS or not. Does anyone have any thoughts about this? I'd love any and all advice! We'll finish up Alpha regardless, even if I can't understand the MUS way of subtracting 9 (and 8)!! But before I order Beta, I just wanted to get some feedback on whether it would be okay to switch to Singapore. Thanks in advance for any feedback you might have! These boards are my lifesaver!
  4. ...completely did not understand how MUS handles the -9 lesson (#21)??? The whole idea of making it two steps and figuring it out from 10 made no sense to me. I just abandoned that way of doing it and stuck with the basic concept of turning a subtraction into a reversed addition problem. I was just wondering if anyone else had issues with how MUS handled parts of subtraction or if it's just me!!! Thanks for letting me do a mini-vent. :) I feel better now. But would still love to hear from others!
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