sbgrace Posted November 28, 2011 Share Posted November 28, 2011 (edited) Help me decide what to do about math...please! We finished RS A and B. Then I switched to Math In Focus (Singapore method). We went back to pick up 1st grade material not covered in RS and then began the 2nd grade level. I own Math Mammoth. I own RightStart Activities for the AlAbacus and Card Games. -------------- RightStart: RS was a terrific fit for child A (both boys are 7). He mastered the material, I love his mental math abilities, he enjoyed math, etc. RS was not a great fit for child B. The biggest issue is he would "check out" mentally after about four problems. Warm up was all I got some days. The switch gears often in the same lesson didn't work well for him. He doesn't like games. Math in Focus: I think I've lost child A somewhat. He's not where he was in RS in mastery of material. It just doesn't fit him as well as RS and I don't think it's nearly as strong on the mental math. Child B does well with the format and presentation of MIF. I still have an issue with the lack of mental math compared to RS presentation and pacing. I think I prefer RS. Math Mammoth: I tried it with child A. He was upset because it was "things he already knew". The presentation is too crowded/too much for child B I'm sure. Part of me thinks this might have the mental math I want along with the one topic at a time that works well for child B in Math in Focus. I could try to do a lot of whiteboard work with child B and just do chapter tests to place child A in the right spot perhaps? I may still "miss" what I saw as RS strengths in mental math. I keep thinking maybe I could use Activities for the AlAbacus to get what I love about RS (mental math) without what I don't (switching gears within the same lesson). But I'm afraid I'll have gaps trying to piece together math. I'm tempted to just buy RS C and try to make it work with child B this time around. I really love the basis we got from RS B and I feel what we're getting now isn't as solid. I hate to spend more math money though for something that I might regret! Edited November 28, 2011 by sbgrace Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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