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Well, I couldn't say what you should use, but I can tell you that Saxon K would drive her nuts. She already knows most of it! But you could get away with Saxon 1, if you did it all orally, because the worksheets would give her trouble. Of course, you could have her work the problems and help her write the answers.

 

Of course, you might have a math prodigy by six---

You might cross post this over in the Accelerated Learners forum.

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You can see the programs we dabble with in my siggie. Hands down the best math for DS3 (will be four in August) is Singapore Essentials K. He loves it! He also *really* likes playing with the cuisennaire rods for Miquon but we're not fully implementing the Miquon program with him yet. It looks GREAT for the K-1st age group though. :)

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MEP reception year. My little one loved it. And it is free!

 

It is meant to be done every couple days. If you do it 5 days a week, you will blow through it in a couple months. You could do it and then move on to Singapore early math.

 

Maybe some Kumon books for the littles. Stuff like the folding book, the cutting book, first mazes..stuff like that.

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You could try Family Math. It is a more relaxed way of doing math with younger children. But it might be fun.

 

We use CSMP for math. I have not used the K level, but I would bet that it would be perfect for a bright 3yo. The only thing is there are not a lot of worksheets.

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My 3yo DD is like that and I'll be starting Shiller with her when I'm finished unpacking. I think it will be just right. She also sits in on her sisters' lessons and I give her a turn on her level when we are doing something that involves turn taking.

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Miquon could be fun and would still have a lot of content in it for a kid who sounds like she's way ahead of the game already...

 

DS surprised me around that age by really enjoying Singapore Earlybird, although I have no idea what they look like these days -- it's been a while!! LOL

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My DD also loved Singapore earlybird at that age. I haven't seen SM Essentials but have read it's better.

 

I am going to use Singapore EB as a guide mostly for my little guy and supplement with Essentials when he is ready. I am getting Essentials for next year to have on hand. I will get MUS Primer for him for the following year.

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Let's say, just for fun, that cost is no object, but I'm really hoping for open-and-go.

 

The Critical Thinking Company's Mathematical Reasoning books are expensive but great. The "green" book (which is now out of print and they broke it into 2 books - one for 3 year olds and the other for 4 year olds) was GREAT! Oh wait..I just looked on their site and it seems some are still available!

 

http://www.criticalthinking.com/getProductDetails.do?code=p&id=06905

 

My big girl LOVED this book and whizzed right through it when she turned 3.

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I think Singapore EM is great for this! My 4 year old is going through it now, and he did 31 pages in the first 3 days, so I think it'd be doable for a bright 3 year old. Book A is a lot of work with same/different, sets (some really neat ones that have multiple possible answers!), counting... Book B gets into some basic addition. She might have done a lot of it, but at that age, kids often love doing workbooks that they already know how to do. :D

 

Another one I've used, that's cheap, was Rod & Staff's Counting With Numbers, but that is preK-ish counting. It's fun and cheap, but it'd be easier than EM.

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You can see the programs we dabble with in my siggie. Hands down the best math for DS3 (will be four in August) is Singapore Essentials K. He loves it! He also *really* likes playing with the cuisennaire rods for Miquon but we're not fully implementing the Miquon program with him yet. It looks GREAT for the K-1st age group though. :)

 

:iagree: this worked really well for us with my 2nd ds.

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We've thoroughly enjoyed Saxon K in our home at that age. Some of it they already know, but they don't care because they get to play with manipulatives and spend time with me. The lesson is over in 5-10 minutes and then they play with the manipulatives for a little while longer.

 

Bit of a transition to Saxon 1 though, with the worksheets. I wouldn't think of doing Saxon 1 with a 3yo. My 5yo will transition into Saxon 1 this next year in K after she finishes Saxon K...I think it's incredibly important to get a child's handwriting into a comfortable range before going in for the worksheets, so we put a lot of focus on penmanship in Pre-K and K so they can transition easier.

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We've thoroughly enjoyed Saxon K in our home at that age. Some of it they already know, but they don't care because they get to play with manipulatives and spend time with me. The lesson is over in 5-10 minutes and then they play with the manipulatives for a little while longer.

 

Bit of a transition to Saxon 1 though, with the worksheets. I wouldn't think of doing Saxon 1 with a 3yo.

 

I completely agree with this. Saxon K was a nice daily lesson for my 3yo who was at a similar stage to yours - it didn't really teach her anything new, but she enjoyed it all the same. However, we finished it up in about half of the time because of her math appetite.

 

She turned 4 a couple of months ago, at which point I switched to using Miquon Math. I love Miquon Math with her because she doesn't have to write numbers if she doesn't want to (she can use cards or rods) but she gets that "workbook fix" that she seems to need. Go figure. :) There is a pre-K Miquon Math workbook that some use for 3/4 yo children. I used this a bit with my daughter and we enjoyed it.

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My little ones *love* the Singapore Kindergarten Readers set. They don't even know they are learning math!

 

They also sing along to the CC Math Memory Work songs with their older siblings. (We don't do CC as a co-op, but I like this CD.)

 

Lastly, they have enjoyed NumberTales by Scholastic as an early way to master the context of numbers, etc. The teaching guide has reproducibles and lessons that you can do if you so desire.

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I have a two year old that is on the same path as your three year old. We are playing with the Rightstart Abacus right now. We'll start Level A pretty quickly, though I'm mostly doing it already while she is "playing" with the abacus.

 

Take it easy and gently, and don't frustrate her if you can.

 

Susie

momma to 6 daughters (16, 13, 10, 7, 2, and 5 months)

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