Melinda Posted January 27, 2011 Share Posted January 27, 2011 (edited) I had Hannah (6yo) in SM up until a couple weeks ago. She was in 1B and hit a wall, where I just could not get through to her. She was doing great until she got to exercise 23 (problems like 7+8, 9+9, 8+5, etc). When we got to that point, she sort of shut down and was not able to move forward. I know the level of math Hannah is working at is not accelerated at this point, but I felt more comfortable posting something like this here than the K-8 board. We cycled through the math programs we own and have access to (SM, Right Start, Saxon) and nothing seemed to be a good fit for her. Three weeks ago, I decided to try MUS with her (we had the primer level and the blocks from trying it with Jared). She was able to go through the primer level in maybe 4 days (watched the DVD for a couple lessons and then did the rest of the level without help). When I saw that MUS was really working for her, I went ahead and ordered Alpha through Zeta. As soon as all of the new stuff got here, she could not wait to start. So we did. She went through the entire Alpha level in two weeks. I had her watch the DVD for about half of the lessons, but she did the entire thing without help (including the "extra fun" pages and tests) and finished yesterday. She begged me to let her start on Beta, so I did, at which point she completed the first 2 lessons and tests. She said she wanted to be done, and I told her I thought it was a good idea to stop for the day. Last night, she found the SM book that gave her such fits 3 (!) weeks ago and asked if she could try it. I said that of course she could. I doubted that she would be successful with it at this point, but asked if she wanted help. Nope, she wanted to figure it out alone. She sat there for maybe 10 min and did exercises 22-25 (and got every question right -- color me shocked). So now I sort of feel like if she can handle SM, maybe I should just put her back there. Anyhow, on to my questions... Is it really as simple as just getting her over a tough spot? Is it just because she has more confidence with her math skills? Do you think this is a permanent change? Should I stick with the MUS and just be happy it's working so well for her? Edited January 27, 2011 by Melinda typo Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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