Originally Posted by tammyw
I need to get something for K also, and feel so confused by this subject the most. I wouldn't mind spending the money on MUS, but how do I know if it will work best for us? How do we know if Mammoth or Miquon aren't better suited for us?
I want it to be fun and not worksheet focused - I've learned whenever something seems like work she fights tooth and nail against doing it. When it's something like a game, she enjoys. So I need to find a program that incorporate that style of learning. I have the book Family Math and it has some good ideas, but I really need something a little more structured so that it's easier for me to present to her. My brain gets too bogged down by my screaming 2 year old to focus on putting it together myself.
I'd also like to get some games that have been recommended here in the past. We did get Sum Swamp recently and that was fun. Is it "okay" that she counts on her fingers? I did bring out some manipulatives so she could add and subtract with those.
If your dd doesn't like worksheets, she will hate MUS. My ds loves it, but he hates anything that tries "to make math fun!" He wanted, and enjoys, a very basic, no games, no colour, no fun kind of program. It's worked great for him, he HATED Singapore with a vengeance, and wouldn't even look
at Miquon because of the "fun and games" element. MUS is very plain and straight forward.
MUS does have a dvd they'll send you for free that demonstrates the program and how it works, I found that very helpful, and this site has lots of stuff you could print out and try out on your own before buying.