I ended up ordering most of it - I know I probably won't need it. But I am struggling to figure out a way to make math more enticing for him. He asked for the textbook when he saw me looking at the site - so maybe that means he'll be willing to use it. And I could use a few more ideas, so I ordered the HIG.
Originally we'd gotten the MUS alpha and he was LOVING it. He begged for me to leave him homework to do while Daddy was studying for his classes. First few weeks, he watched the videos and played the games I left but didn't do any of the worksheets. I didn't care - but one day I was running late for work and didnt make a point of leaving specific homework. Dh was asking why I wasn't leaving more for them and I made a flippant comment about the homework folder has sat untouched for 3 weeks, and they could figure out by themselves which video would fit with the week's studies. DH took it personally and forced DS to complete a math worksheet before he let him watch the video or play any cool school games (or do anything else from what I gathered from DS after the fact). It totally soured DS on math and especially on MUS. The next day I got out his math stuff, and he refused to even come to the table. Such a huge change, finally he came to the table and cried and told me about the night before.... We have gotten to the point, almost 2 months later, that he will play and build iwth his math blocks but he still totally shuts down if he sees a MUS sheet or book. I ordered a Singapore workbook and it was a hit. I just got the Miquon book too and that seems to be a hit.
I just don't know what to do... We took time off, we just played. He still can't get over the MUS aversion though. I like the Miquon, and just bought a bunch of C. rods today to go with it. And some Unifix cube suduku boards. And a pattern block set I have been meaning to get anyways... Already have unifix cubes, "gem" counters, dice, dominoes, cards, etc.
Thinking I will intro the topic with some Miquon self discovery to break the ice and then follow it up with Singapore. They should work together well right? I hear that alot of people supplement with Miquon, but I think the self discovery makes more sense as an opener than as a supplement after the fact for practice. I'd rather use the Singapore as practice I think.... Anyone use the both together??