This is our first year HS’ing. My children are 9yo and in 4th grade. I purchased the Life of Fred Elementary series and we started with the first book in the elementary series. My children like LOF but I think I need to add a more traditional math curriculum. They’ve been doing random worksheets every once in a while but I am afraid I will not cover everything. They also go to a Montessori teacher’s house 1x/week and often work on math. She has them play math games and use Montessori materials. (If I knew we were going to continue to HS I wouldn’t be so worried about their possibly being behind. My son is considering PS next year for 5th grade and he wants to be prepared.)
The background…My children went to PS for 1st grade and used Everyday Math. They were in Montessori for 2nd and 3rd grades. They are very comfortable with the Montessori manipulatives but I think they w/b considered ‘behind’ in math if they were to go to PS. e.g. They can divide and carry into the millions using test tubes but cannot divide at all on paper. They can do simple division in their head and understand the concept. I was shocked that, on paper, they could not add or subtract with carrying. I showed them once and they are doing it fine now. They need a little work on their multiplication facts (7’s, 8’s, 9’s and 12’s).
So…I considered the Key To books (which is what they would be using this year, along with Mortensen Math for algebra, if they w/h stayed in Montessori). I also looked into Math Mammoth and Beast Academy. A friend of mine suggested Saxon and loaned me her 3rd grade books to review. Saxon seems overwhelming/cumbersome to me but maybe that is just the size and number of books. Maybe LOF is enough?
Any advice? I think I might need to start with a 3rd grade level to fill in any gaps. I printed the Math Mammoth assessment test for third grade but haven’t had them take it yet.