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post #21 of 28
I used Miquon and Singapore for my son at first (because I got the Miquon for free!), and we liked it pretty well for him; he has good math ability. My daughter is more visual, so we are trying RightStart math, but skipping around. It is more time-consuming for me, so I also have her do some Singapore math (bought the workbook at a discount from someone who changed their mind) when I want her to do some practice in division, etc. when I am busy.

BTW, I have seen some used RightStart, etc. curriculum on http://www.HomeschoolClassifieds.com .

ETA: The manipulatives in RightStart are very good quality, and they can be used from year to year. It also includes a book of math games. You can find more reviews of curricula at http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/ .
post #22 of 28
Originally Posted by zeldamomma View Post
We recently switched to Math U See.

So far we like it. It's very much a back-to-basics arithmetic program where first you and your child watch a short lesson on video, and then the child works through some worksheets with the help of the math-u-see blocks (which I like better than any of the other math manipulatives we've tried.)

It's on the pricey side, that's the big downside IMO.

I Second MUS. I don't worry about the price b/c you use the same materials for almost all the courses, so it ends up not being so much. Buy it used and sell it when you are done and you'll might even make money on the manipulatives and teacher's manuals. They resale pretty high. I've gotten a lot of stuff used from the yahoo MUS board and wished I'd started out that way. I like it b/c it lays a good foundation. As a former math teacher, I really am picky about programs. You'll spend more money if you end up switching around. I really think they have the best method of teaching out there.
post #23 of 28
Yet another Right Start Math user. I am using it with my two DS5; they couldn't be more different in their personalities and learning styles and yet it is working for both of them. It is very hands-on for the parent during the lesson, but it requires very little prep - you can just open the book and go. I skip over a lot of the warm-up and review, and we're not working at all on the number writing, but it's flexible that way. One of my sons will not participate in anything like a lesson, so I just adapt the concept that I've gone over with my other son into some sort of a game for my reluctant son - its easy with this program because it is based on playing lots of games with various types of cards. Otherwise, my likes and dislikes regarding this program math the PPs pretty well. I was unsure about this program for a while, but now I'm convinced that its working very well for our family.
post #24 of 28
Originally Posted by tammyw View Post
Zoiks. Well I'm still so confused on where to start! DD (just turned 5) has various learning styles. She LOVES being read to - anything I read to her, she is happy. She loves listening to audio cds. She loves watching videos. She loves playing games. She really doesn't seem to like doing workbooks. She does like playing with manipulatives (a lot actually).

So I'm thinking from the above, we might do best with something like Right Start or Math U See? But still, I don't even know if that's accurate. I really feel like I need to figure this out since I don't want to buy five different programs trying to figure it all out, as I'm sure that would put me in the poor house! And I'm afraid Dd is the kind of kid who would be totally put off on math if we start working with the wrong program.

I choose MUS instead of RightStart b/c of MY likes and philosophy. I would go crazy always teaching a different game. I like things short and straight forward. My philosophy is to keep math very simple and very short. Then dd has time for free exploration and playing her own games. We used it for K and 1st so far (dd is in 1st now). She knows all her addition facts (without counting). I made up a game to help her drill facts She loves to hop, so I gave her a starting line and an end goal and told her to hop whenever she got one right and take a step back when it's wrong. I just noticed she needed a bit more drill.

Other than that we just do a quick page everyday. But we have blocks and a weekly video to go with it, so that's the fun part. Oh, and there is a music CD to learn the facts. If your child wouldn't be resistant to WS, I don't think she would mind. Sometimes, I fill them in for her as she answers out loud. Since we do a literature based curriculum this is the ONLY WS we do, so that helps to.

I think my dd might like the RS a bit more as far as math approaches, but she loves her free time too. We spend about 10 min. a day on math. And she can tell time and add numbers and pretty much on her own figures out that a "katrillion plus a katrillion is 2 katrillion". They do a real good job of place value too.

Right Start is also a very solid program, but it is a bunch of different games. Also, MUS goes up thru Pre-Calculus. I would definitely say no to Saxon or any typical school texts. Miquon is ok for kids that are geared toward discovering on their own. I may use it for my youngest dd to supplement b/c she would love doing it, but MUS will be my base for all my kids if I have my way.

I also use it to tutor. I have a homeschool junior who I'm tutoring about fractions and decimals and pre-algebra. He has done it all but with no understanding, so he can't do algebra. The MUS makes it all click for him. He is a completely different type learner than my daughter (I'm talking from professional learning style evaluation, not just a hunch.) So, I think it can work pretty well for any child. I hear tons of good things about, that occasionally somebody doesn't like it. Sometimes it's b/c they used the old program instead of the updated one.

I really think RightStart does help kids good the same solid foundation as MUS, but it seems to be more work. But if you like the games and don't mind more time and your dd would like the games, then RightStart might be a good choice. If you want something really simple, but that gives a good foundation and is hands on, use MUS. Don't do Saxon, Singapore is ok, and Miquon is for the bright self-discovering kind of learner.

By the way if you really want to understand how kids learn, I would not look at the visual, auditory, kinesethic approach. I would read the Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias AND Nuture by Nature by Tieger and (something)-Tieger (married couple). B/c of the second book, I've had an easy type knowing how to adapt my dd's homeschool to her needs. But I pick curriculum based on my philosophy and desires for her education.

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask lots of questions. And look at company websites for samples so you can see for yourself.
post #25 of 28
We use Math U see and like it so far. Second year using it.
post #26 of 28
Just to clarify, RightStart includes some games, which you can use to reinforce concepts or not use, but it is much more than that. It is a sequential, Montessori-based curriculum using multi-sensory learning. It is not just a bunch of games. We started at Level D, so I don't have experience with the earlier levels.

Originally Posted by Lymeade Lady View Post
Right Start is also a very solid program, but it is a bunch of different games.
post #27 of 28
We really loved Miquon, but my ds has moved out of it. We're now working in RS C level and he HATES it, although he does think some of the games are fun. Maybe I didn't get him in the right level, but really, IMO, the issue is that RS is not a curr that you can pop into or out of. I would say that you should only consider it for your K level kiddo, because she will be starting with the RS way of thinking right off the bat. DS has spent so much time trying to understand 'the RS way' that he feels he's going backwards (and I tend to agree with him!) Many many people love RS, and I can definitely see the strengths of it, but in my opinion it is NOT a program you can just jump into in the middle.
post #28 of 28
Originally Posted by obiandelismom View Post
IMO, the issue is that RS is not a curr that you can pop into or out of.
If you start with a level after Level B you need to do the Transitions lessons first, which are in a separate book. My older dd did Transitions (which doesn't take very long) then started at Level D.

My younger dd tried Level A, but decided she didn't want to do much math yet. No problem -- Level A and Level B are pretty much the same thing, but Level B does it all in more depth. Level B is the "real" start of the program. It's roughly comparable to 1st grade. You don't have to use Level A if you don't want to. So, for younger dd we started in Level B.
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