ElizaG Posted June 20, 2009 Share Posted June 20, 2009 I'd like to start doing combined math lessons for my daughter, who's five, and my son, who's almost four. They're both advanced readers; DD is around a 4th/5th grade level, and DS is around late K/1st. They also seem to have an affinity for math (DS especially), though they haven't learned a lot yet, as I've had trouble finding a teaching method that works for our family. We also have a 21 month old and a newborn, so time and sanity are at a premium around here. :tongue_smilie: Here's our math curriculum saga so far (starting when DD was 3): 1) Montessori -- my favorite, but we just don't have the space to display and use a good selection of the materials, especially with toddlers in the house. 2) Right Start -- the scripted lessons and spiral approach didn't seem to work for us. I couldn't seem to figure out how to adapt the lessons to get the pace right for DD alone, and it's no easier to manage with two children. 3) Singapore -- this is working well for DD right now, but DS doesn't have the fine motor skills for all the writing, coloring, pasting, etc. I can see us coming back to it in a year or two, but at this age, he'd do much better with oral work or manipulatives. 4) Professor B -- this is a great program, and seemed as if it would be perfect for us, but DS is finding it slow and difficult to make the numbers in a variety of ways with his chubby little fingers. I know they don't have to make all of the combinations, but he's really pretty limited in what he can do, so he tends to get focused on his fingers and distracted from the actual math part. He's been getting frustrated by not being able to match what DD and I are doing. So... now what? Other than wanting to avoid a spiral approach, and not wanting anything workbook-based for DS, I don't really have a strong preference for a particular teaching method. DH and I were both very strong math students, and we were raised on plain old public school textbooks, with the teacher explaining things at the chalkboard. In hindsight, our math classes weren't challenging enough, but that wasn't the fault of the curriculum itself -- more the fact that we weren't able to work at our own pace. So I sort of wonder if the choice of curriculum is all that important for advanced learners. In theory, I'd prefer to emphasize understanding rather than rote learning, but even if we went for the latter approach, I think my children would be able to get the big picture on their own, as my husband and I did at their age. I've been considering Math-U-See and Ray's Arithmetic (how's that for diverse?), and would also appreciate other suggestions. Of course, as a math lover myself, I'd be very happy to supplement our chosen program with Montessori manipulatives, "fun math" books, RS games, etc. But we do need some basic structure for our lessons, or I know from experience that they won't get done. With four young children, spontaneity doesn't work without a lot of advance planning. ;) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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