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Ugg. I just want BASIC MATH for 1st grade.

post #1 of 64
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So I bought Right Start Math last year for my daughter for 1st grade.

We started in the Spring and it just seemed SO TEDIOUS. I set it aside and picked it back up for the Fall.

I can tell you now, this isn't going to work for us. It is too...waves hands around in the air and makes foofoo noises....not us.

I would like a VERY BASIC math curriculum. My daughter seems to catch on pretty fast. I actually had a Princess math book from the dollar store on the shelf and my daughter wanted to do it.

I didn't think she'd be able to do, but sure enough, she was doing addition. (ME: Where the heck did you learn that?) She's catching on very quickly. My husband has been writing simple math problems for her: 2+7 = or 4+6= and then he did 10+3=. When she was able to do that, I showed her how to do 100+3 and then 1000+20 and she got it.

I'm really ANNOYED that I paid all this money for a system that I personally find too foofoo and confusing. Does anyone have a good basic math program they can recommend?

She's a young 6 and can do basic addition with some minor subtraction thrown in.

Thanks!
post #2 of 64
Check out Math Mammoth: http://www.mathmammoth.com/

It's been a really good fit for us.
post #3 of 64
Singapore Math maybe? Or Horizons?
post #4 of 64
Miquon is a very straight forward program, and it move through a lot of topic quickly.
post #5 of 64
I was also going to suggest Singapore. My dd likes it because it is very "down-to-business."
post #6 of 64
We like math-u-see.
post #7 of 64
Instead of spending more money I would check out MEP first.
post #8 of 64
At this level, math is so basic I could never see the point of buying a curriculum. Why not just keep writing out subtraction and addition problems for her? Throw in some word problems eventually - you can just do them verbally if you want. Spend a little time on coins, time telling, and using a ruler, and you've got first grade math covered.
post #9 of 64
my favorite math curriculum (for the reasons you stated) are Christian Light Education and Rod & Staff. I prefer CLE personally. It is a huge hit with my daughter, and the layout of the book is so wonderful. For grade 1, we did not need the TM (or for grades 2 & 3 for that matter). My son is currently using Saxon, and I do love it actually...but I still prefer CLE, so we'll switch after this year (CLE is more advanced than Saxon, so we decided to hold off this year). Read reviews at homeschoolclassifieds for CLE they are awesome. hth.
post #10 of 64
Definitely Singapore math. It's colorful and basic and my kids have all liked it at that age. We are on Right Start B with my almost 6 yo right now and she loves it...but yes, it is quite tedious!
post #11 of 64
We love Singapore in our house. It's really simple and straightforward IMO.
post #12 of 64
I would look into Math Mammoth. It's very affordable. There's also a bunch of free stuff you can download to see if you (and your DD) like it. http://www.mathmammoth.com/
post #13 of 64
Kumon Books http://www.kumonbooks.com has a math program that is made up of four books - addition, subtraction, word problems, and geometry & measurement. My daughter really liked them. They are about $7 each and can be bought online @ amazon or we've found them locally at Barnes & Noble.

We are also using Verbal Math this year - http://www.timberdoodle.com/Verbal_M..._p/216-116.htm and http://www.timberdoodle.com/Verbal_M..._p/216-216.htm
post #14 of 64
I agree with pp..just print out math worksheets online.
My ds really enjoys Hilights magazine and they have a Puzzle Mania one for math.

I almost bought Right Start this year too, but didn't have a lot of money for just one subject.
post #15 of 64
Another vote for Singapore- just the workbook, which you can buy fairly inexpensively at a school/homeschool type bookstore, or if you want to spend more, Math U See is also straightforward.
post #16 of 64
I am using Singapore Math. I can tell you from comparing what the public schools are doing in 1st grade and what is in Singapore Math, only level 1A is what they would complete in 1st grade. My son, who is a 1st grader, tested in to 1B. So make sure you do the placement exam from the website if this is the program you want. I like it and used it with my olders. There are other programs I like too, but this is the one we are using.
post #17 of 64
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Originally Posted by elizawill View Post
my favorite math curriculum (for the reasons you stated) are Christian Light Education and Rod & Staff.
This really gave me a chuckle once I figured it out. I was thinking "Christian LIGHT???" Thought at first it was a watered down version such as Pepsi Light or Miller Lite. Lillian
post #18 of 64
I never did use a math curriculum with my son until he reached 3rd or 4th grade. I just wrote out his problems for him. It's such simple stuff at that stage, curriculum isn't absolutely necessary. This time though, I'm using Rod & Staff math. I like it. I think it's super basic & spells everything out for me. That's what I was looking for, since I have a whole pile of kids now.
post #19 of 64
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Originally Posted by Lillian J View Post


This really gave me a chuckle once I figured it out. I was thinking "Christian LIGHT???" Thought at first it was a watered down version such as Pepsi Light or Miller Lite. Lillian
lol. well, i'm sure miller light mixed with any curriculum would work too
post #20 of 64
We use MCP. Rod and Staff is very basic, too.
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