momma2owen29 Posted August 16, 2012 Share Posted August 16, 2012 (edited) Hi there! I'm new to this forum and will be homeschooling for the first time this fall. My son is 5.5 years old and is ready to start kindergarten math. After much research + deliberation, i've decided that I'd like to use Singapore essentials for our workbooks (really like the idea of number bonds!), but with the math-u-see manipulatives. I've searched to find another thread where members were using this same approach, but have come up empty handed. This leads me to believe one of two things... Either I'm missing something and shouldn't be using these two together for our math curriculum after all. Or, this is much too elementary to deserve a thread. ;) Please forgive me if this has already been covered. I know that I can purchase a base ten set of manipulatives through Sonlight and i can definitely see the merit in using those to teach place value with a ones/tens/hundreds chart. But- if I go that route, I wouldn't receive any 2, 3, 4, 5, etc blocks. I guess one of the main ideas that I like about the math-u-see manipulatives is that they seem like a fantastic way to introduce the idea of whole + part or number bonds. For instance, with the math-u-see blocks, I can easily demonstrate to my son the idea that the number 5 can be made with several different parts or combinations... 4 and 1 or 2 and 3, etc. Am I thinking of this correctly? Anyone else use Singapore essentials with math-u-see blocks? Do you see any cons with using this approach? Is there a better manipulative that I should be using to teach the Singapore method? I am aware of the c rods, but like the idea of the notched math-u-see manipulatives instead... Unless, of course, someone could change my mind. :) Thanks in advance! Any help would be much appreciated!! Edited August 16, 2012 by momma2owen29 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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