Samiam Posted June 16, 2009 Share Posted June 16, 2009 Hmm, looking at Singapore math now that I saw many people were using in it in another post. I have looked at this in the past many moons ago for older DS, when he was younger, but never actually used it. He tends to be a math whiz and it takes very little "teaching" on my part for him to get it. I think I could have used anything for him, and it would have been fine. As it was, we used Calvert Math for most of elementary. Now I have DS6, who is a different student altogether. He's the kind of guy where things need to be repeated a few times before it sinks in. If we talked about something today, he will probably look at me tomorrow with a completely blank look as if we have never talked about it before. He takes a little effort, okay ALOT of effort, on my part. We started our K5 year with Saxon, with him having hardly any math background at all, I mean nil. I don't think he got ANYTHING from that, not to mention my eyes glazed over on a daily basis using it. So January, we started BJU. I can't say I dislike it, actually I do like it quite a bit. My son has retained quite alot, and there aren't any struggles to get him to sit and do the daily worksheet. The worksheets are simple enough, don't require alot of writing, and are very vibrant. The themed material keeps it interesting for my DS. The TM explains everything to me, which I kind of like. I need that, the "how to explain this concept" hand-holding that the TM's gives. BUT all of that being said, I almost wonder if BJU is a little bit of over-kill as far as the TM, which is the bulk of the cost. Each lesson has several different activities, which are reviews, plus activities that are new material for that lesson. We skip the Christian content, I pick and choose the review activities and definately cut to the chase for the new material. The theme, which is a good point, tends to take a back burner in our daily lives, just because we often need to just get to the meat while I still have his attention and his rear-end next to me. So the fact that every worksheet is based on the farm, well, it makes for a colorful worksheet, but isn't necessarily essential to getting the point of the lesson. I never use the manipulative's from BJU, because you have to print and cut...I just use our Saxon kit manipulatives, which are generic enough to be used with any curriculum. Soo, I am sitting here thinking if I need to spend that $$$, and maybe I could find a program that does just as well for DS6, but isn't so costly. I see many people using Singapore. Do you think Singapore would work for a wriggly boy, one who would prefer to engage in lightsaber battles then do anything that is related to school-work, one who needs a bit of a slower pace with repetition? Does the Singapore teacher material give me, the parent, enough guidelines and suggestions of how to teach the material. I know the workbooks are not in color, but I think we can handle that, because the textbooks are, right? thanks for any suggestions. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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