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If you have a few minutes, can you stop on by a little quiz I put together here:  http://homeschool-curriculum-reviews.com/math-curriculum-selector/  I created a little quiz that is supposed to identify math curriculum that is more likely to work for you in your homeschool.  If you are using one that works, can you tell me if this quiz identified your curriculum as one of your top choices?

 

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I got:

 

Score for Beast Academy: 15

Score for Math Mammoth: 6

Score for Math U See: 0

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 9

Score for Miquon: 11

Score for RightStart: 11

Score for Saxon: 3

Score for Shiller: 9

Score for Singapore: 11

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 0

 

 

We use Beast and it works well for us. We used Miquon prior to that and it worked too.

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Score for Beast Academy: 8 
Score for Math Mammoth: 11 
Score for Math U See: 0 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 5 
Score for Miquon: 13 
Score for RightStart: 5 
Score for Saxon: 0 
Score for Shiller: 8 
Score for Singapore: 7 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: -11 

 

We use Miquon which I love, love, love.  Tell everyone I know like a Miquon missionary.  Then, we move into Beast, which I like only slightly less.  BA is the exact way that I wish I had learned math.  It's fantastic.

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Score for Beast Academy: 11 
Score for Math Mammoth: 5 
Score for Math U See: -3 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 5 
Score for Miquon: 8 
Score for RightStart: 5 
Score for Saxon: 9 
Score for Shiller: -6 
Score for Singapore: 15 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 0 

 

We used Singapore before Beast Academy came out.  I would have tried BA if it had been available.  So--accurate in our case.

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For K-6: We use Math Mammoth and Math Essentials. MM wasn't the highest but it was close [2 were listed with higher numbers]. 

 

For 7-12 [though, on the secular page, it still says "Your Results for K-6 Secular Maths". I did the K-6 one first which may have something to do with it] , my eldest is using MEP which isn't listed though MM was listed highest which was interesting to me. 

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I couldn't figure out why teaching textbooks was rated so highly for me, and then I saw the negative in front of it :p

 

High scores for me were Singapore and AOPS, but we didn't use any program on your list. We would have definitely used AOPS as a spine, but my daughter was just ahead of where they were when they first started and we just used math competition things from them. I'm super happy to see they have beast academy now, just in case I ever homeschool again :D

 

Saxon kept scoring really high for me, as well, and I do so hates me some Saxon math. I think it was my love of reviewing concepts, though, not something wrong with the quiz ;)

 

I think this quiz would be a great place for people to start!

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Score for Beast Academy: 13
Score for Math Mammoth: 11
Score for Math U See: 0
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 8
Score for Miquon: 10
Score for RightStart: 8
Score for Saxon: 9
Score for Shiller: 5
Score for Singapore: 15
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 3

 

We currently use Math Mammoth and Beast Academy.  In the past we used Singapore, but I got overwhelmed by all the books.

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For K-6: We use Math Mammoth and Math Essentials. MM wasn't the highest but it was close [2 were listed with higher numbers]. 

 

For 7-12 [though, on the secular page, it still says "Your Results for K-6 Secular Maths". I did the K-6 one first which may have something to do with it] , my eldest is using MEP which isn't listed though MM was listed highest which was interesting to me. 

Thanks SporkUK,

 

The results for the 7-12 wouldn't have shown the K-6, but I did have the text wrong.  Thanks for pointing that out.  It is now fixed.

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Score for Art of Problem Solving: 3 
Score for Math Mammoth: 5 
Score for Math U See: -8 
Score for Saxon: -3 
Score for Singapore: 6 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 3 
Score for Videotext Interactive: 5

Score for Abeka: -3 

Score for Bob Jones: -3 
Score for CLE: 8 
Score for DIVE into Math: -6 
Score for Life of Fred: 0 
Score for Lifepac: 0 
Score for Rod and Staff: 0 
Score for Switched on Schoolhouse: 0

 

Using AoPS...

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For K-6, my highest rated were MM and Singapore. We use and like MM, so it worked for me!

 

For 7-12, it's a little less clear. Here's what I scored:

Score for Art of Problem Solving: 6 
Score for Math Mammoth: 11 
Score for Math U See: 1 
Score for Saxon: 5 
Score for Singapore: 15 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 6 
Score for Videotext Interactive: 8 

 

Still highest for Singapore, which I've never seriously considered using because I don't want to shuffle books around, and there have been a lot of changes in the upper level materials over the past few years that has been off-puttingly confusing. Of course there is no high school level MM, not was there even a MM7 when we would have used it.  AoPS is not a good fit for us, I'm not interested in TT (I have tried the elementary levels), and we are currently using Videotext Interactive and liking it very much.  (I've never looked at Saxon or MathUSee).  

 

I don't think that the high school results would have helped me zero in on a good fit, partly because it's missing a lot of options that are out there - standard textbooks, online classes/materials, and some kind of prominent high school options.

 

 Other things we've used and liked since 7th grade that aren't on there are Jacobs Algebra, and the Arbor Math books (based loosely on Jacobs).  I've looked closely at the Fresh Approach books and I think they might be an excellent fit for kids who have worked well with MM. There's a similar tone and feel to them.  We use Khan Academy for review as well.

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There is also learning from public school textbooks though which is not a choice in your quiz.

 

Your Results for 7-12 Secular Math Curriculum:

 

Score for Art of Problem Solving: 8

Score for Math Mammoth: 5

Score for Math U See: -3

Score for Saxon: 10

Score for Singapore: 10

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 10

Score for Videotext Interactive: 5

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Your Results for 7-12 Secular Math Curriculum:

 

 

Score for Art of Problem Solving: 0

Score for Math Mammoth: 10

Score for Math U See: 5

Score for Saxon: 5

Score for Singapore: 10

Score for Teaching Textbooks: -3

Score for Videotext Interactive: 7

 

We used and liked Math U See.

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It worked for me . . .we use Saxon and Saxon outscored all the other by a lot . . .scored 15 on Saxon but I'm not sure I answered the questions exactly honestly because I could tell which answers were favoring which curriculum.  

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I got:

 

Score for Beast Academy: 5 
Score for Math Mammoth: 2 
Score for Math U See: -5 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 5 
Score for Miquon: 8 
Score for RightStart: 2 
Score for Saxon: -8 
Score for Shiller: 0 
Score for Singapore: 11 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: -6 

 

We used Miquon all the way through and loved it and now use MEP. We use Singapore CWP as a supplement.

 

Questions that would distinguish our preference for Miquon/MEP over Singapore would be:

 

I prefer math concepts and operations to be introduced as early as possible.

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I prefer math concepts to be introduced and mastered in  a logical progression.

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We've been using Math Mammoth and have just switched to Beast Academy. Here are my results:

 

Score for Beast Academy: 15 
Score for Math Mammoth: 10 
Score for Math U See: 0 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 11 
Score for Miquon: 8 
Score for RightStart: 5 
Score for Saxon: 8 
Score for Shiller: 10 
Score for Singapore: 15 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 1

 

Interestingly, I have used (and liked) A Beka for K4, K5, and 1st grade before switching to MM 2A. Here are my results for the K-6 Christian materials:

 

Score for Abeka: -8 
Score for Bob Jones: 15 
Score for Christian Light Education: -3 
Score for Horizons: 8 
Score for Life of Fred: 3 
Score for Lifepac: 8 
Score for Rod and Staff: 0 
Score for Switched on Schoolhouse: -2 

 

So either I have very different preferences for the foundational stuff, or I really should not be an A Beka user, lol! Most of the others on that list, I haven't even looked at.

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Looks right to me- we started with MM and moved to Beast Academy this year. DS loved both.   Your Results for K-6 Secular Math Curriculum:

Score for Beast Academy: 15 

Score for Math Mammoth: 11 

Score for Math U See: -3 

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 11 

Score for Miquon: 8 

Score for RightStart: 8 

Score for Saxon: 0 

Score for Shiller: 8 

Score for Singapore: 13 

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 0 

 

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Score for Art of Problem Solving: 15

Score for Math Mammoth: 15

Score for Math U See: 2

Score for Saxon: 5

Score for Singapore: 15

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 5

Score for Videotext Interactive: 10

 

Two of my children have each completed five online classes with AoPS so far these last two years.

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For the secular K-6 it gave me Saxon (11) as my first choice and Beast Academy (6) as my second choice (one of three second places.) Those are the two that we use so it worked for me.  

 

 

I did the secular 7-12 twice, once for each child. It chose Art of Problem Solving for my strong math student, which is what we will be using and Saxon second which is a good fit for me and what I will be using to teach her if the online AOPS class doesn't work out. For my weaker math student it chose Saxon, which again is good for me but not for her. We switched from Saxon two years ago as it was too difficult for dd. The second choice was Teaching Textbooks. Maybe that would work, but she doesn't want any computer based math. We use MUS (which scored a 0) with success.

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For secular K-6:

Score for Beast Academy: 6

Score for Math Mammoth: 5

Score for Math U See: 3

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 3

Score for Miquon: 3

Score for RightStart: 3

Score for Saxon: 8

Score for Shiller: 6

Score for Singapore: 9

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 3

 

We use Math Mammoth. But I'm comfortable with math myself, so I could probably make anything work. I'm surprised I didn't get a higher score for MM. Oh well.

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I had different kids use different things, but I tried to select for a particular kid. He was a Miquon lover, but that came out in 4th place. He also used Beast, but that came in 3rd place. The top two - Singapore and Right Start were two he never used (well, we used the RS games).

 

 

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My results:

 

Score for Art of Problem Solving: 9
Score for Math Mammoth: 8
Score for Math U See: 3
Score for Saxon: 3
Score for Singapore: 9
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 3
Score for Videotext Interactive: 9

 

We used Math Mammoth (old version) through level 6, took a side trip to Lial's Pre-Algebra, and are using AoPS currently.  My results might be somewhat tempered by being unsure whether to answer for myself or for my student (we are completely opposite.) 

 

All-in-all, I would say it was a very good tool.  Good job, OP!

 

 

ETA:  My results were for a secular 7-12 math curriculum.  I thought the distinction between Christian and secular math curricula to be a bit odd, honestly, and we're Christian.

 

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Score for Beast Academy: 9

Score for Math Mammoth: 3

Score for Math U See: -7

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 10

Score for Miquon: 2

Score for RightStart: 13

Score for Saxon: 8

Score for Shiller: 9

Score for Singapore: 13

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 5

 

We use RightStart and Beast Academy, and will be switching to Saxon for the oldest in the fall. So this is fairly right on. The thing is, I think our ideas about programs get reinforced through using them, so I'd expect a strong bias toward the programs we are familiar with (as the thread demonstrates). For a new homeschooler with no experience I think this could be very valuable, but not so much for someone who is already immersed.

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I took the K-6 Secular quiz.  We use Singapore with the Standards edition HIG, which involves more manipulatives and games than I think Singapore has a reputation for.  I don't know how much that factors into your computations.

 

We used to use Miquon, but as a teacher I needed better lesson plans.

 

Score for Beast Academy: 8 
Score for Math Mammoth: 2 
Score for Math U See: -3 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 5 
Score for Miquon: 13 
Score for RightStart: 13 
Score for Saxon: -3 
Score for Shiller: 13 
Score for Singapore: 11 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: -3

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Your Results for K-6 Secular Math Curriculum:

 

 

Score for Beast Academy: 13

Score for Math Mammoth: 5

Score for Math U See: -5

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 5

Score for Miquon: 8

Score for RightStart: 5

Score for Saxon: -3

Score for Shiller: 11

Score for Singapore: 11

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 0

 

 

 

My DS uses and loves BA, it's perfect for him. Dd used SM for most of elementary and it was mostly good for her. We dabbled in miquon and DS did RS A and liked it but it was too teacher intensive for me.

 

On the low end, I tried TT for DD this year and it was a disaster for her. I don't know what I was thinking. For one thing, I didn't realize that 3/4 of every lesson was going to be review.

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Score for Beast Academy: 11

Score for Math Mammoth: 0

Score for Math U See: 1

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 11

Score for Miquon: 8

Score for RightStart: 8

Score for Saxon: 5

Score for Shiller: 11

Score for Singapore: 13

Score for Teaching Textbooks: -3

 

We use Singapore and are very happy with it. We also have used some of beast academy.

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For K-6 secular, I got

Score for Beast Academy: 8 
Score for Math Mammoth: 3 
Score for Math U See: 0 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 6 
Score for Miquon: 5 
Score for RightStart: 11 
Score for Saxon: 9 
Score for Shiller: 15 
Score for Singapore: 11 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 0 

 

For my oldest daughter (now 16), I used Shiller first, then Singapore. For my youngest (now K), I'll be using some Shiller, but mostly MEP.

 

 

 

The results for 7-12 secular:

Score for Art of Problem Solving: 0 
Score for Math Mammoth: 9 
Score for Math U See: 3 
Score for Saxon: 13 
Score for Singapore: 6 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 15 
Score for Videotext Interactive: 11 

 

We floundered a bit after 5th grade math, used MUS which she liked and understood until a certain point, some Saxon which worked but she didn't like, and then settled with Teaching Textbooks which she works really well with and likes.

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I took both assessments for K-6 and my top scores were:

 

Saxon 13

Rod & Staff 11

Singapore 9

 

I currently use R&S with dd. Ds1 did a combo Abeka/Singapore; ds2 did R&S/Singapore. Dd just couldn't manage Singapore. The slow and repeating style of R&S works well for her. And that it's B/W--she's distracted by too many colorful pictures.

 

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Score for Beast Academy: 5 
Score for Math Mammoth: 10 
Score for Math U See: 0 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 10 
Score for Miquon: 5 
Score for RightStart: 8 
Score for Saxon: 11 
Score for Shiller: 0 
Score for Singapore: 10 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: 7 

 

We use Math Mammoth and Beast Academy. I hated Saxon. 

 

Some questions weren't as straight-forward to answer. I think manipulatives and  hands-on styles are very helpful, but I have have one child who refuses to use them, and she is excellent at math. My other child uses them as much as she can. I answered neither/nor for those questions.

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I was so excited to see my results.  I've used Singapore with all three of my kids, and I supplemented with AOPS Challenge Math with my GT 5th grader this year.  Your survey questions must be very accurate, because Singapore scored first, and AOPS second for us!  Good job in your analysis.  I am going to save this link, so I can refer parents to your quiz.

 

Your Results for K-6 Secular Math Curriculum:

Score for Beast Academy: 8 
Score for Math Mammoth: 3 
Score for Math U See: 6 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 7 
Score for Miquon: 3 
Score for RightStart: 0 
Score for Saxon: 2 
Score for Shiller: 2 
Score for Singapore: 11 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: -5

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No, it  did not identify mine at all.  We use and really like Math U See.  I think that having it divided by Secular and Christian is a problem.  For example Math U See is written by a Christian man, but is listed as secular.    I love the idea of this, but looks like it needs some tweaking.

 

Score for Abeka: 0
Score for Bob Jones: 3
Score for CLE: 3
Score for Horizons: 3
Score for Life of Fred: -6
Score for Lifepac: 6
Score for Rod and Staff: 6
Score for Switched on Schoolhouse: -6

 

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It worked for me, I guess, as BA was one of the curriculums that we used.

Score for Beast Academy: 13

Score for Math Mammoth: 3

Score for Math U See: -3

Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 5

Score for Miquon: 10

Score for RightStart: 8

Score for Saxon: -6

Score for Shiller: 8

Score for Singapore: 9

Score for Teaching Textbooks: 3

 

 

"I don't want to juggle multiple books and prefer to have the instruction written directly to the student."

For this question, or thought it combined what are contradictory preferences for me. I prefer instruction written to the student, but we constantly juggled math books, and I did not mind at all.

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Score for Beast Academy: 10 
Score for Math Mammoth: 5 
Score for Math U See: -5 
Score for Mathematical Reasoning: 8 
Score for Miquon: 13 
Score for RightStart: 8 
Score for Saxon: 6 
Score for Shiller: 0 
Score for Singapore: 13 
Score for Teaching Textbooks: -5

 

I use RightStart and love it, liked Singapore word problems but not the books, and like MEP now. I did not like Miquon and sold it.

 

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