Not too expensive. We don't need pictures. I do hands on.
Thanks so much.
Are you looking for something that will fit well with a hands-on approach? That's made to go together with the use of manipulatives? Do you already have a hands-on approach that will work for place value and fractions, or are you looking for something which will provide this? Does your child go to school? In other words, are you looking to this as a supplement to a curriculum, or to become the backbone of your child's math education? Does your child write easily and do well with a fair bit of repetition and reinforcement, or does s/he grasp things quickly and want to move on with a minimum of pencil-work?
And probably most important, in terms of suggesting a book that will fit your philosophy: what do you consider "math basics" for a 6- to 10-year-olds? Do you think of the basic foundation as being rote memory of addition and multiplication facts and fast reliable execution of computational algorithms, or do you think of it as have a deep understanding of the inter-relationship of numbers and operations?
At the early stages we enjoyed Miquon math as a guide to exploration of number sense and mathematical concepts linked to the use of particular manipulatives (cuisenaire rods, primarily). The workbooks are inexpensive and simple. However, the program does require the parent to buy the philosophy of using a "guided discovery" approach to math concepts, rather than focusing on rote memory and speedy computation. So whether you think it's the best thing since sliced bread or way too "out there" will depend on what you're looking for and what your priorities are.
For my boys, 8 and 5, Singapore math has been great. There are pictures (and lots of tropical fruit!), but the program is solid and mostly how I remember learning math, with more emphasis on concepts. The word problems are very cool. My 8yo is gifted with math but detests repetition. Singpore math is easy to fly through when the concepts come easily and does not make you repeat stuff that you've mastered. When we need to camp out on a more difficult concept the support is there with the parent books, textbook and "extra practice".
When we were doing math before we were officially homeschooling, we did Specrtum Workbooks which I really liked because they don't have pictures.