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  1. I'd love some advice from seasoned math curriculum users! I have three kids, 9, 6, and 6, (about to turn ages though..) who will be 4th/5th grade and 2nd grade next year. We've been using Right Start and Life of Fred from the beginning with all three. They all adore Life of Fred as a supplement, as do I, and so that is not a problem at all. The question is Right Start. My oldest is not a math lover, though she's competent and does ok. But it's so SLOW. We struggle to get through all the lessons and I feel we are falling behind. It just doesn't seem to be a curriculum that is easy to move through more rapidly, and I fear we will be bogged down in doing all the things and be more behind. She's very bright but math is not her strong point. She's also had some health issues that have set her back, affecting her concentration and work habits. I feel we've not made as much progress as we should have and that we're behind where we need to be. She has trouble getting things done independently too and she's still working on finishing level D. I love the approach, but wonder if we should continue with this program down the road. Advice? I don't want to have her get too far behind grade level and still feel like we're forever plugging away. It would make us feel better to have something achievable on a schedule front, where the amount of time spent seemed manageable. I know it may be considered a "mastery based curriculum" but I still feel like there is pressure to get through. I don't want her to be in 6th grade and still working on 4th grade math. We also have a part time tutor to help us implement some of the math, and I don't think she is too comfortable "skipping things" and I don't know exactly how to advise her. When we started with Right Start, the lessons in the old edition were three a week, and that was easier to accomplish, but the five a week plan isn't working schedule wise, especially since one lesson often seems to take her two days, sometimes three. Do we jump ship after this level and try something else? If we do, what? I have heard good things about Horizons Math, but don't know how it works and haven't seen it. Does anyone have experience with this? My twins are using different things and we separate for math due to different levels of instruction. For my son (6) who is naturally proficient in math, Right Start is way too slow and has too much repetition. He just gets math without effort. He does Life of Fred also, but also works in Beast Academy. He's worked through most of BA level 3 and is about to move into BA 4 and it has seemed the right level for him. But, as we jumped into BA at a higher level to give him something that would challenge him, we've been trying to spot check through R.S. quickly to make sure there were no holes, and do things we needed to work on. But I feel it's not easy to skip through RS quickly. I looked at Singapore, but didn't care for it. Any other suggestions? Should we abandon R.S with him and just keep going with BA and LOF alone? Or add something else as a supplement? Even though he can do the multiplication, division and pre-algebra things in BA 3 without much difficulty, I want to make sure he is super solid on the basics. He is unusually gifted in math, - he just gets numbers and relationships. He can do it all in his head, but I want to make sure he has more work on writing it down in the traditional way. Or do I need to worry so much about that? Is there a curriculum that goes at a really quick pace without much busy work to just spot check? For my twin daughter (6), R.S. works perfectly for. Suits her to a T. So I want to keep going with it - She adores the games, begs to play it, and it's really working for her. So no questions here. Do I invest in more math curriculum? Any suggestions that might be a good fit for my oldest daughter? At what point is a good point to move to something else? I have heard that in the older levels, Life of Fred can be used as the only curriculum, instead of a supplement. Does anyone do that? Or is it better as a supplement? Does it incorporate enough drills and repetition? I feel we'd have much more joy in our house with my oldest if Life of Fred was every day:) But we don't want to compromise a solid foundation. Any thoughts? So much for my plans of using the same curriculum with everyone, but that is the blessing of homeschooling anyway. Even if buying extra curriculum is not economically efficient, I don't mind spending to find the right fit for each child. I'd like to decide before I have to buy any more R.S. levels! Thank you for reading this long winded inquiry - I value your time and opinions and appreciate this community of fellow homeschooling parents!
  2. My son is almost done with Right Start Level C. I have really liked Right Start however it's feeling a bit slow paced (hard to explain I guess since it doesn't seem to be a matter of just doing more then a lesson per day- my son doesn't really go for that). My son does very well with math. I'm also looking for something that might be less teacher intensive (I actually like teaching it but finding it a challenge now that I'm needing more time with my 5 yr old). I'm thinking of trying Math Mammoth. However, I'm wondering for those of you that have done RS level D and liked it, are there any strategies or methods that you thought were just terrific and wouldn't have wanted to miss out on by switching programs?
  3. I'm considering switching from RightStart to Math in Focus. My 8 yr old is almost done with RightStart level C. A friend loaned me Math in Focus 3A and B. I've started looking at 3A and see that my son has already learned the first several sections of the book "the RightStart way". I gave him a problem or two from the Math in Focus book that I knew he knows how to do in his own way (from RighStart) but he had a big reaction to it saying he had no idea and couldn't do it. When I explained a few things he was able to do it. But I' wondering... should he learn how to do it the Singapore way too? Or if he can do the math his way is that fine, and I shouldn't be concerned if he's not able to do it a different way? One example would be that Math in Focus uses number lines and in RightStart there has not been any use of number lines. Plenty of other examples too. also- if anyone happens to know how the two programs line up after completing Right Start level C I'd love to hear about it. Where to start in Math in Focus...
  4. My 8yo is very bright and often thinks up ways of doing math problems that hadn't occurred to me but work. She did Math Mammoth through 3B, but asked to switch to CLE this year (level 400) because she liked the idea of more varied topics (her older sister has used CLE for several years). She isn't happy with it, though, and complains every time. I'm wondering about switching her to something completely different and hands on. RightStart looks like it could be a good fit. She would start at Level E according to the placement test. We have the math games set. I wondered about just playing the games more but continuing with a workbook-based approach like MM or CLE, but my hunch is that the hands-on approach of RightStart would be better for her. I would love to hear about your experiences with RightStart. Has anyone done levels E and G? I'm thinking that if RS is good for her, she could do Foerster's Algebra after Level G and get into a few semesters of calculus before college. I see a math or engineering future for her and want to make sure she has a solid foundation.
  5. Is there a specific sequence for integrating the worksheets and lessons? I don't see any guide for matching up worksheets to lesson topics. I can't decide when do I assign the worksheets.
  6. I have an 11 year old starting 6th this fall. She will be starting D. I know - REALLY behind. Now, I completely understand not needing to "keep up" with PS kids, however, I have just this year planned to enroll her in a ALE parent partnership with the PS for various reasons. Here are my fears and questions. She is behind for the most part just because we took it REALLY slow and almost to the point of me being lazy her first few years of school. Now, I am trying to catch her up and I don't know how. Math is so not my thing!! My husband, on the other hand, was a Math major and he was the one to originally pick Right Start as a program to use. BUT, he is not around (except on weekends) to help teach, so it is mostly on my shoulders. She understands the concepts of multiplication and division fairly well, but I feel we really just need to get the facts (all of them add., sub. mult.) memorized solid in order to push her ahead quickly. Any thoughts on how to do that? I think if we could get those solid, I could probably move through the next few books quicker than 1 a year. She also sees a tutor for her Language Arts and she has offered to help with Math. I just hesitate because Right Start is so different from what I am sure the tutor is use to. I am really starting to freak out. I need the ALE program for many reasons and I'm just starting to worry about how they are going to react to how behind she is. I don't want to push her beyond what she is able to do, but I really believe that now, the only reason she is behind is because it took us so long to get going. I truly believe she can do it. I just need to find a way to speed things up. Ideas? Help! :) If you are in the Right Start Yahoo Group, I also posted the same thing over there. Thanks, Angel
  7. I just started Rightstart A with my almost 6 yr old son. The first few lessons were great! I still like it, but my son is having difficulty "seeing" the numbers. He really wants to count. He can recognize up to 5 pretty well, but he rarely gets 6-10 right. Since I have not allowed him to count, he thinks it is a guessing game. When he doesn't instantly know the number is, he starts guessing. When I ask him to stop guessing and think about it, he says, "but you won't let me count!" I'm not sure what to do to help him see the numbers as a quantity of 8 or 6 or 9 without thinking it is a guessing game. I really like the program, but I feel like we are stuck at recognizing numbers beyond 5. I did go ahead to lesson 11, because he gets tired of doing the same thing, but should I stop until he gets it?? Will the continual review help him to eventually see the quantities? Any input is appreciated!
  8. are there any families that have found Beast Academy to fit well into a particular level of RS Math? i tried to schlog through the 50-some-odd pages of posts about beast academy guinea pigs and .... well, here i am just starting a new thread :tongue_smilie:
  9. For those of you who have used Right Start..... We are finishing C with my daughter right now and just starting C with my son. We have purposely (and sometimes lazily) taken the slow route with my daughter, but she seems to solidly understand and we have no doubt she can be up to speed by the time she hits high school. The one area she really struggles in is knowing the math facts. We did not play the games as much as we should, but I just don't have the time to devote to that. Even though I only have two kids they both still require almost all subjects be done with me. So, I am wondering what you who have used the program would suggest for getting her facts down. We do Xtra Math once a day, but I know she needs more. She also really struggles with subtraction. Any ideas to help with that. I appreciate any ideas you may have. Thanks, Angel
  10. My son is 6 and we started RightStart A in August for Kindy math. He is good in math and more advanced than a younger K student, but he does not like RightStart. He is a wiggly/active boy and enjoys hands-on activities, but not when it comes to this math program. It's funny because many people say to use this program with a kid like him. He understands the concepts and does not mind using the abacus, but does not get into the card games, using tiles, etc. It's more of a drudgery to him. He does not act like this with his other subjects. He actually likes his LA Lifepacs and Rod and Staff workbooks. I'm thinking I may have to actually go for a workbook based math for him. Any thoughts?
  11. Scenario: bright, mathy 6 yo girl. Learns quickly, loves math, loves games. According to Right Start's Starting Level Questionnaire she belongs in Level C. Is there any advantage to putting her into Level B instead? Are the transition lessons really enough to get her up to speed to the RS way of approaching math? I'm feeling intimidated by how different RS is! I don't want there to be gaps. But, I've heard that it's very difficult to accelerate through RS levels. I don't want to spend a year reviewing what she knows - but with a RS twist. But, on the other hand, I don't want her to be confused with Level C. WWYD?
  12. I believe this may be my very first post even though I've been reading this board since last October. You all have added so much wisdom and insight, and have helped me make so many of my decisions. Thank you so much for that! The problem with these board is that it is at times TOO helpful :) So here's the deal: I have a near 6 y/o ds who I pulled out of pre-school last year mainly because we were down to one car, and not because I ever had any intention of homeschooling. The problem was I began reading about homeschooling (that's usually where I get myself in trouble:) I also have a rising 3rd grader that does not want to homeschool. I've been telling him all summer how fun it would be. I'm hoping to convince him soon, but in the meantime I'm just at home with the little guy. I ended up doing a very relaxed preschool curriculum last year with my younger consisting mostly of FIAR, OPGTR, ETC, HWT and a little MEP. He's been reading since he was 4 which just happened naturally rather than my intentionally setting out to teach him. He's super bright and very eager to learn. Even though he would be in PS as a Kindergartener, I've decided to place him mostly in 1st grade curriculum. Anyway, would you kindly look over my choices? I'm obviously going a little overboard, and wondered if I'm out of my mind to have so many choices. I think that most of this can be accomplished in 2-3 hour days with short lessons. My glass is obviously half full :) FLL 1 WWE 1 AAS 1 HWT - My Printing Book ETC 1 and 2 (or however far we get) SOTW and Activity Book RSO Life Artistic Pursuits BSGFAA - I'll do this at night with both kiddos Some Music Appreciation too :) Here's where it gets bonkers: I could not for the life of me decide on math. It isn't my strength, so I'm paranoid that I'll mess up my sweet kiddo. I have the following: SM 1a and 1b This was delivered to my door just today. I love this after all the research I have done. Who knows if I will still love it in day to day reality though. RS B Yeah, I'm feeling like a total weirdo for buying this too. But all the little doo-da manipulatives look so FUN! MM 1a and 1b. I bought this when it was on sale for the heck of it a few months back. I had it printed at Best Value Copy, and they sent me 2 copies for some reason. Now I have 2 copies of a math I may very likely not use. What in the world would you do if you had all 3 of the above? Return, Sell, keep, use 2? I'm leaning more towards SM, but am wondering if I can incorporate RS somehow. I know a lot of people love MM too. What's a girl to do!? Anyway, is all the above way too ambitious? Am I going to freak my kiddo and myself out with all this, or is it going to be so much fun?! Hopefully the latter. Thanks for reading. Hopefully I'll have more to offer the boards after I put some of this stuff into practice on my own :)
  13. What are your experiences with these two programs for Kindergarten? I thought I was all set with Math-U-See..but I haven't ordered anything and I am drawn to Right Start. My son will be 5 when we start. He often blows me away with math concepts that he seems to understand. Today he told me that when he turns six (not 5 yet), Daddy will be 32. He was correct! And he does this type of thing on a regular basis. He also seems to understand addition concepts "in his head". We were talking about two weeks time and he figured out that he should add the 7 days in the first week to the 7 days in the second week to come up with the number of days in two weeks. Then proceeded to add it up. He recognizes double digit numbers and can count well up into double digits. He seems to be somewhat of an auditory learner. What would you choose? Thanks!
  14. Hey there! I am brand new here. My friend recommended that I direct my questions about the Right Start Math Curriculum here. I am planning to purchase Level A. I have some of the manipulatives already and would love to make a few of them as well. 1. My dad is going to make the colored tiles out of wood for us. He is only able to make 160 tiles with the wood he has on hand - instead of 200 tiles. Will this be a problem? 2. I have the Melissa and Doug abacus - can I use that? I remember coming across a blog post once about modifying the Melissa and Doug abacus to suit your needs. I think it was in order to make it more like the Montessori abacus. Could I use the Montessori abacus? I can't find the blog post now of course, anyone know where it is? 3. Is Right Start Math a good foundation for Singapore Math? I like Right Start because it has alot of hands on stuff and covers a variety of areas. Ultimately I would like to switch to Singapore Math. When would be a good time to do that? first grade?
  15. I've searched the board but can't find this specific comparison. Anybody out there who has used both? If so, please compare in terms of daily time, rigor, retention, student's interest, etc. I am still planning my daughter's kindergarten curriculum, and really need to make some decisions soon. ;) Sadly, I actually found it easier and less stressful to plan my daughter's Grade 12 year than her sister's kindergarten year! I do so badly want to get started "well", if you know what I mean! :) Thanks so much for any help you can give!
  16. I just looked at this sight and YIKES!!!! That is some expensive game ther! Does anyone know if there is a site online for math games that are similar to right start? I already have tons of manipulatives, rods, clocks, geo-boards, pattern blocks...you name it! Now I would like some games to use with these fun things that isn't going to cost me a weeks pay! Thanks! Faithe
  17. I love RightStart math. I own all of the levels and have been through levels B-D with 2 children. 1 finished level E and another went through part of Level E. However, I need to be doing math with my 8 yo, almost 9 yo, and I'm not doing it. Math does not come easily to her, and she struggles. She's finally reading fluently, so I expect that math will go better. I'm not doing math with her, though, because I just can't bring myself to do the RightStart lessons. It's a chore to find time to do discussions with my older children for TOG, do phonics and handwriting with the 8 and 6 yo's, nurse the baby, etc. as it is. My 8 yo started Singapore 1A a while ago. We haven't touched it in a long time. I just don't know what to do. Somehow find a way to do the RightStart? I am clueless as to how to make this happen. It's been on the schedule for weeks and I'm just not getting to it. Try Singapore again? Something else? I love the way RightStart teaches math. The manipulatives make math come to life for my kids. My older children are doing well because of how they learned math as younger children. Math Mammoth is pretty inexpensive and I am using the Division sheets for one of my olders. It's the time that is so hard. I am just not making the time to work with my girls on the RightStart and, at the very least, my 8 yo needs to be doing something. Words of wisdom?
  18. Help! My daughter will be 6 next month and we are working at the 1st grade level. This is our first year of homeschooling. We are currently using Singapore math but she hates it. Although she understands the material, she is bored with the workbooks. I am not sure what to do.... I had originally thought about going with right start math as they use lots of manipulatives and math games... or a friend uses Saxon and she likes that. Anyone out there have a similar situation and wisdom to share? thanks so much, :) Lindsey
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