# Do I need a different math curriculum?

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We're using Singapore Math, Std Ed. for my dd 9 and ds7.

My son is doing great with the format. He's a math whiz.

My dd is struggling. I suspect it's the format that makes it hard for her, but I'm not sure. It could be that math is just harder for her, or it could be my teaching.

How can I know if her struggle is OK, or if I need a new approach, or if I need to put her on a more traditional curriculum?

Thanks,

Melissa

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If found Cathy Duffy's books helpful when I first started hs'ing. She helps you determine your child's learning style, then says which programs are better/worse for each learning style. You might want to see if your library has any of her books.

Good luck!

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Singapore is a great program, but it assumes the child can make certain conceptual leaps. If you want something that's similar to Singapore but walks the child through the concept step-by-step-by-step, look into Math Mammoth.

I'm using some of the MM single-topic "blue" worktexts to supplement certain of the chapters in Singapore. Most of the time my DD is fine making the conceptual leaps that Singapore requires, but sometimes she needs a more incremental treatment.

What level Singapore are you using? My DD needed supplementation with MM in 3A chapter 3 (multi-digit multiplication and long division) and 3B chapter 6 (fractions).

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What level Singapore are you using? My DD needed supplementation with MM in 3A chapter 3 (multi-digit multiplication and long division) and 3B chapter 6 (fractions).

We're starting off with 3B. In the last 7 days of school we've only just made it through the first chapter, on length (km, m, cm & yd, ft, in.).

I'm finding in teaching her that I end up reverting to the old tried&true methods I learned in school, to help her understand better than the book explains, which helps her, but SM teaches other ways to get the same answer so I have to explain the process of the old ways to her first, but then she gets it just fine.

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I'm finding in teaching her that I end up reverting to the old tried&true methods I learned in school, to help her understand better than the book explains, which helps her, but SM teaches other ways to get the same answer so I have to explain the process of the old ways to her first, but then she gets it just fine.
Are you using the HIG?
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Singapore is a great program, but it assumes the child can make certain conceptual leaps. If you want something that's similar to Singapore but walks the child through the concept step-by-step-by-step, look into Math Mammoth.

:iagree:

Jackie

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Are you using the HIG?

Yes....kind of. I'm trying to use it, but I am just starting out home school for the first time, and I'm teaching two kids, plus our little toddler is a distraction, too.

So, my usage of the HIG is probably lacking something...:tongue_smilie:

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