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  1. I'm hoping someone will have some suggestions for what to do with my five year old. He is showing himself to have a natural bent for math and loves it. He is always mentally calculating, and with little instruction is able to do mental math, knows multiplication up to 12's, division is coming along, basic addition and subtraction are easy for him. He needs a more accelerated curriculum and I'm not sure the best way to keep him going. If it's too easy, he's very bored, and starts making up ways to make the problems more difficult. That or starts making chicken sounds, arg! We started out with Right Start A, but quickly skipped halfway into B, but much of that is too easy. I don't want to skip too many steps and make sure all the bases are covered, but he doesn't need lengthy explanations or activities to help him understand the concepts, he just gets numbers and relationships. Any advice? Move to Right Start C? I feel that getting through all of the Right Start lessons can be so very slow. The explanations of concepts and games are great, and work really well for my other children, but I'm not sure if sticking with the curriculum is a good fit for him, or if it will be at the right level or accelerated pace. Some have said Singapore math is quicker in pace - any experience with that? We also do Life of Fred as a supplement (which we love!) Is it advisable to skip levels? Or just try to go through faster? Are there any curriculum choices out there that would work better? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
  2. We have been using RS math for 2 years, and I have a DS finishing Level B and a DD finishing level C. I really like lots of things about RS, and I do think the kids have done pretty well with it. But. I am really tired of feeling overwhelmed with math instruction. All the games/manipulatives/prep work area really just too much, and obviously those are the hallmarks of RS. Sigh. There's also the fact that I think the RS creator and I speak separate languages. Often I have to read things 3 times before I get what she wants me to say and do with the lessons. I am really considering switching to MUS, but I am holding back because of reviews I've read which say that it's a bit light, a bit too easy, not strong enough on math sense, word problems, or mental math. Can anyone offer some feedback? I don't want to put my kids at a disadvantage, but I'm feeling pretty anxious about continuing to manage two levels of RS. Really appreciate any thoughts you might have. Angela
  3. I am just interested in hearing your thoughts on whether, as Right Start claims, counting is not a good math strategy to teach young children. In reading the sample lessons with introduction to the program on the Right Start website, they say that counting is slow, inaccurate, & interferes with learning place value and developing number sense. How can this be, since many if not nearly all math programs use counting in the very beginning, and children do manage to learn number sense in other ways? Do you find it advantageous to teach counting at the very beginning, or the opposite, to avoid it as the RS program would have you doing? If you use and like Right Start, tell me a little bit more about it. Thanks!
  4. My DS who is 6.5 (1st grade) continues to amaze me with his math abilities. We are at the point in RightStart C where 4 digit subtraction is introduced, and he "got" it super fast. I remember DD taking days and days to really "get" this. We are on track to finish level C before the school year is out. I am starting to think about where to go from here. Level D has a lot of review -- enough that it even bothered my non-mathy DD. I don't think DS will will mind it, but it might be kind of a waste of time too. Even DD spent less than a year in D, so if the pace continues he would be in Level E as a second grader, and probably finish it sometime early 3rd grade...at which point we would be looking at completely switching programs anyway since I can't imagine him really being into the Geometry level at that point. DS likes RightStart, but he really just likes math in general, and I think he would like almost any program. He rarely wants to use the abacus, naturally comes up with mental math strategies, and while he likes some of the games, he doesn't seem to "need" them to learn the concepts -- often given the choice of working on worksheets or problem examples, he will pick that over most games. We already supplement with Fred (though we are only up to D, so we are not even caught up yet to his computational abilities in terms of what is presented in the text), and other random living math literature from the library. Probably the only real weakness I see in his math abilities are that he isn't super fast on all his facts yet - but he can always use strategies to figure out the ones he doesn't have instant recall on. I am looking at the main advantages of sticking with Right Start through two more levels being that I own the stuff for it already, and it IS working at least right now. But, perhaps something else would be a better fit due to all the review in D, and the fact that we would have to switch again anyway less than two years after the end of C (and maybe it would be better to just get the switch out of the way sooner rather than later). Any advice or suggestions?
  5. I'm currently using Saxon Math 2 for my ds7. He doesn't love it, he doesn't hate it. He says he wants to be an engineer and build things when he grows up, and I've read that Saxon is not good for that path. I recently took a few learning type quizzes and they reported that he is primarily an auditory learner, and secondarily a kinesthetic learner. So I've been investigating different math curriculums, and Math U See and Rightstart seemed like something my son might like. Math U See seems similar to Saxon but with more manipulatives, which I like. Rightstart seems to come from left field with its abacus and subitizing... But I feel like it might be more mathematically minded, just confusing to me because I didn't learn it that way. Does anyone have input on these two math curriculums, or on what would be good for and auditory kinesthetic learner?
  6. If you were using Right Start Math, what do you think would be a good place to move into the AoPS genre? Where would you part ways with Right Start and where would you begin in AoPS? Would you do Beast Academy? Any thoughts for those who are familiar with both? Thanks!
  7. Is there anyone here who has ever used the right start math card games as review/reinforcement? How did you like them?? I'm thinking they might be a great solution for my 8yo who is very kinesthetic and loves games!
  8. I just finished my first year of homeschooling. I have a son, who will be in first grade this fall, and I also teach math to my nephew, who will be in fourth grade. I used mostly MEP with both kids, and my kindergartner did Miquon orange some too. I also used the Right Start games and a few of the abacus activities and used some Math Mammoth toward the end of the year with my nephew. MEP was our consistent, almost every day curriculum though. When I taught in public and private schools, I never used one curriculum exclusively and almost always pieced things together and made up my own things. I am thinking about piecing together their math curriculum this year, using a combination of all of the above for several reasons. I love MEP for so many reasons, but there are so many lessons that I feel like we will never finish unless we do one a day. My nephew really struggles with math, and it takes us forever to go through one MEP lesson. I would really like to shorten his math to 30-45 minutes a day because after that, it really becomes pointless with him. I would just pick and choose from MEP and skip things, but I feel like there is a reason for every single activity in MEP and that he will struggle with something later if we skip around too much. Also, since I also have a 4 year old and 2 year old, MEP was just becoming too teacher intensive. I was doing MEP 1 with my kindergartner, and that wasn't taking so much time, but I was working on MEP 2 with my third grade nephew, which was taking way too long. My son, who will be in first grade this year, really picks up on math quickly. I want to keep him enjoying math, and doing the same type of thing everyday is not going to achieve this for him. He and I both need variety! And he would be fine with only about 20 minutes of math a day. So this is what I am thinking about doing. I would like to make a list of what I want to accomplish with them in math for the year. Then, every week, I will decide what we will focus on that week and just use whatever resources I think will accomplish that best. For my nephew, I will probably use Math Mammoth as a spine and use some of the Right Start abacus activities (we have the abacus activities book) to introduce some of the concepts. Then, I will add in maybe one MEP sheet a week because I love the problem solving required in those. I will also use the Right Start games. I think this will be good for him because he struggles in math, and I need to be able to skip around because a curriculum that is below his grade level will contain some things that he already knows. For my son, the first grader, I will probably not use any particular spine but just a list of what I want him to accomplish, and use a mix of all of the resources I have. I will let him choose pages from Miquon to work on and follow his interests with that. I have also ordered Primary Grades Challenge Math to use with him some. Does anyone else do something similar to this? I am just starting to feel like once I start using a curriculum exclusively, for me it becomes more about finishing the curriculum than what I really want them to accomplish. I know this will be more work, but I think it will help to use Math Mammoth as a spine for my nephew. Any thoughts, opinions, or experiences with this are welcome! Thanks, Anna-Maria
  9. Is Right Start C similar to Right Start B? RSB has taken us f.o.r.e.v.e.r. but I still think the end results have been good. Trying to decide whether to stick with RS or go to Singapore. Does RSC have more practice worksheets? Is it as intense? (we got to a standstill around lessons 65+) Does it still jump back and forth from basic arithmetic to geometry? Any insight is greatly appreciated.
  10. We have math issues at our house & I'm not sure what to do. #1: Oldest child is in 3rd grade, dyslexic, very social, loves math. She started with Math U See in Kindy but hated it- tears every day, so we quickly switched to Horizons & stayed there through the end of first grade. She was happy with Horizons but I felt that her conceptual knowledge was lacking. For second & third grade we have used Right Start B & C. She loves Right Start. I believe that this is a much better way to learn Math than the traditional workbook approach. The problem? There are several- -I don't intuitively understand the Right Start way/method. I don't understand what I am doing a lot of the time. I am often unsure of how to do something in the lesson or why we are doing something. I just don't get it. -I don't feel there is enough review. They introduce concepts but don't seem to revisit them often enough. -It is very teacher intensive and each lesson takes a looong time- we often end up skipping parts of the lesson because I simply do NOT have almost an hour to do one lesson of math. In addition to this child I also have a high maintenance 2nd grader, a kindergartener & a very busy 3yo. I can barely keep my head above water- I certainly cannot teach Right Start to the other kids- I am having a hard enough time getting through one lesson a day, much less 3. Question: Thoughts on what to do for next year? I do NOT want to keep skipping around. i haven't done that with any of our other curriculums as I believe it is unwise. However, I'm not sure it's wise to stick with something that doesn't seem to be working either. I don't know where to go from here or if I should even look somewhere else. I have strongly considered moving her to Christian Light's math but am willing to entertain other thoughts. #2: Second child is in 2nd grade, strong reader, very very smart but under-performs and is often contrary. Very social. Says that he "hates math" but yet often plays math during the day. Started with Horizons in Kindergarten but switched to Horizons when older child did- lots & lots of tears over Horizon- it's "too long". Switched to Right Start when I made the change for older daughter. He hated, hated, hated it, lots more tears, stalling, etc. So this year we moved him to Math U See. Same story. Hates MUS. He'll often spend 60-90 minutes completing ONE page of Math U See Beta- about 12-15 problems. It is utterly ridiculous. This is the same kid who, at age 4 & with no formal math training, would say things like this "Mom, do you know that 3+2 equals 4+1 and that they both are 5?" He will make his own math books on occasion, will tell you he "hates science" but yet plays science- chemistry sets, snap circuits, etc. all day & tells me he loves chemistry & physics. Ability is not the issue yet he under-performs. Question: Essentially the same question as above- stick with Math U See? Every day is a math battle & it is awful for me. Am also considering switching him to CLE's math but am willing to consider anything else that is offered...
  11. I have read on this forum that a lot of people like the way that Right Start teaches multiplication, and that they wait until after multiplication before switching to other curricula. Can anyone give me the brief run down on how they teach you to multiply? Do they still teach the traditional long hand way of doing a mulit-digit multiplication problem, like 367 x 128? Or do they teach something different, like they way they teach you to go from left to right when doing addition? Can anyone just give me a brief few sentences on what they do? Many thanks!
  12. We started Right Start level A at age 5. He did super well with it. Ended up skipping to level B after a while which reviews level A in the beginning. He did great with level B too. He liked it and was proud of his math ability. He liked doing math. He was excited to finish level B and move on to C. We had a long summer break from math (won't do that again I think) and have had a really slow start to level C. I'm surprised at how much review or repition from level B there is. I'm sure it is great for many students. Mine does not seem to need it. He is rigid an "knows what he knows the way he knows it". In other words, he is resistant to doing lessons on topics he feels he knows, even if he could be solving the problems a different way. It seems to slow for him. I've skipped what I know he just does no need to go over again. What I"m wondering is.... could it be time for a change? Switch to Singapore? He doesn't seem to need the abacus (is now resistant to using it). I'm not even sure what level of Singapore he'd need to start with. Or what other programs might be a good fit for him. or... maybe we should stick it out with right start and try to speed things up. sometimes it's hard to tell whether he needs more of a challenge or if he just has a poor attitude! And yet he bursts into tears if he makes a mistake or it something seems hard. ??? (he has perfectionist tendencies) Advice?
  13. 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!
  14. These are my choice of math curriculums this year, boiled down. Anyone have experience with or like either one in particular? These will be for a 5 and 7 year old.
  15. We have been using Right Start for 2 years now with both boys (7,9). My younger son is very math minded and he really gets the Right Start and has learned so much. He is very much an independent learner too and I was thinking of switching him to Teaching Textbooks so he can go a little faster if he wants but I am a little concerned about the reviews I have read about it not being challenging enough. I want to keep challenging him and I feel like RS does that - anyone with experience with TT have any ideas on that? I think I might keep my older son in RS because I like to be able to see hands on exactly what he is thinking and I am afraid that if I put him in front of a computer he would totally lose focus. I guess my question is has anyone switched from RS to TT and what are your thoughts on it?
  16. Hello all...I have been a sporadic lurker for a couple of years and last October decided to take the homeschooling plunge. I have a 13 dd, 10 dd, 6 ds, & 2 dd. My question today is in regards to my 10 dd and math. She has done first thru 3rd grade Saxon in PS. Before beginning PS she used to think very logically about numbers. However after doing 3 years of Saxon no longer thinks logically but rotely plugs away at the formula. She was beginning to dislike math. I wanted to recapture her mathematical instincts and love of numbers. My sister, who homeschools her children suggested Singapore. I researched it along with Right Start. I liked what I saw in both programs. I chose to go with Singapore 2B because it was less expensive and from what I read was under the impression many feel RS is week in levels C-E. It has been going barely okay. I purchsed the RS Games in hoping to supplement. However I struggle determining which games to use when in order to help. In addition she already spends 20 min at least with mom instructing and then another 30 minutes on the independant work and finishes only half the lesson, so spending more time on than that on math doesn't sound appealing to her or I. We finished 2B and have moved on to 3A. While I see her kind of getting this different thinking in math, she still struggles. Overall she is happier than with Saxon but at times is till frustrated to tears. I can't help but think it should be better than this. She's a very bright kid who used to think this way naturally. I feel I am very patient with her and that is not an issue. But I have always easily excelled in and understood math. However until trying to teach it, I didn't realize what a horrible math teacher I am. When I read through and prepare the lessons it makes sense to me but when it comes out of my mouth I think I complicate it. So any thoughts on switching to RS? I hear some use RS as spine and supplement with Singapore. If so any thoughts on a simple way to do it? She loves games and that is a huge appeal. Do you feel RS is lacking in the upper levels? If so in what way? How do I assess if there are any gaps? And how would I fill them? My oldest has only done Saxon as well and is currently doing Algebra with the D.I.V.E. CDROMs. She has always struggled and is struggling horribly now. She too is in tears spending two hours a day on math and only completing 1/3 of the problems. I have decided to switch to Video Text Algebra for her and hope this 10 dd will use it as well. Any thoughts or recommendations would be greatly appreciated! Thanks Jen
  17. Or, as my ds calls it, Wooly Mammoth Math. :D We are using the MM blue topic books this summer to get some extra practice on certain concepts. I have to say that as much as I have always been a Right Start junkie, I am loving MM! The explanations are so clear, and I feel like my kids are covering more in 20 minutes than they would in 45 minutes of RS. I have loved RS, but I am starting to weary of the amount of time it takes (I read about people who get an entire RS C lesson done in 20 minutes, and I am always left scratching my head ...), and MM is starting to look more and more attractive ... I'm thinking switching ds7, who just finished RS B, over to MM light blue in the fall, and switching dd8, who is halfway through RS C, to MM light blue after she finishes RS C. Tara
  18. I have many friends using MUS, but at first glance RS seems to have great examples and lessons for a 5 year old. Could you please share your thoughts on why you would choose RS over MUS. Thanks, Karen
  19. I'm just getting started home schooling my 5 yo ds in the fall and I really like both of these programs. I'm wondering how I might go about combining them? Is this even doable or totally unrealistic? Thank you in advance for any input!
  20. 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
  21. I have a friend who read some reviews that said it is a bad program for ADD students. I just can't figure out why, so I figured I would ask the hive and see if you all couldn't come up with a reason one way or the other. Of course I would LOVE to hear form anyone who is using it with an ADD child, or who used to. Heather
  22. We're almost done with RS A and I've been eyeing the card games book for a while now. I know it comes with the B-to-C transition package, but I didn't want to wait that long. Well, I took the plunge and bought it and I can heartily recommend it to RSers! Becca's already learned the tens solitaire game, and I found some very simple games to play with Sylvia. And I've barely scratched the surface of it. So if you love RS, go for the games book.
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