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I would like to start using Singapore Math (Standards ed.) next year with my kids. Thing 1 absolutely absorbs math and is a year ahead according to Calvert Math, but I think we may work (or just fly through) Singapore 3A/3B anyway, just so I'm sure we haven't missed anything in the transition. Thing 2 is starting first grade, and her math skills are about average for her age, I'd say.

 

My question is about using multiple math programs. There seem to be a lot of people using more than just Singapore, and I'm curious why. Is there a lack of reinforcement in Singapore for some kids, or do some kids just learn better through supplementing with other systems (and if so, why keep using Singapore rather than just the second system for those kids?), or do some parents just really, really, love math? :001_smile:

 

I'm pretty well convinced that Singapore is the way to go, but I have to admit that I'm a little concerned that, after spending so much on Singapore, we'll have to buy something else in addition.

 

Thanks for the input!

--Pamela

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I can't speak for anybody else's reasons but for my dd, SM doesn't provide enough practice for her to grasp the concepts so I have to supplement with something else. Even with the EP book (we only do some of the IP as she's not especially mathy and struggles with the advanced IP concepts) she still needs more practice- as well as more review- I guess more of a spiral approach rather than mastery. I love SM and we'll keep using it but for my non-mathy dd, it's not very intuitive for her and she needs something extra.

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Sometimes Singapore doesn't have enough drill. I get tired of taking time to make my own which is why I use Rod Staff with it....lots and lots of drill plus some spiral review and it's simple, black and white and not workbook. If I let my kids have workbook style math all of the time, they'd never be careful of copying problems correctly or keeping straight columns so I like the copying out of a textbook for some of the work.

 

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Thanks for the feedback. Since there were so many different reasons, it looks like people are pretty much optimizing the program to suit their kids' needs, which makes sense. (One of the beauties of homeschooling!)

 

I'm still a little concerned that Thing 2 will not grasp the Singapore style very readily, but I'm hoping that maybe if we start with it in first grade she'll get off on the right foot. And, if need be, we can always change to something that suits her better the next year. It is only first grade, after all.

 

Also, Wendy, I bought Fred as a supplement for my son to use (in a little while) because it looked like so much fun -- he found it and I had to take it away from him because he still has a few more concepts to learn before he can get past the first couple of chapters! He didn't want to put it down. Frankly, I'm thinking that I may need to go re-learn calculus, just for the fun of Fred! :001_smile:

 

--Pamela

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