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#1 of 11 Old 06-08-2010, 12:15 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm looking into what to use for homeschooling my oldest (who is currently 4.5) starting next year-ish. I'd like to use a math program that is strongly manipulative based, but I have no idea how to even start looking for it... so I thought I'd ask here. Are there good ones that focus on the use of manipulatives?

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RightStart Level A might be a good fit for you. It uses an abacus, cubes for patterns and such, tally sticks, etc. Lots of manipulatives.

There's also Shiller Math--which is a Montessori based plan.

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Miquon math is completely manipulative based, and seems to be one that a lot of kids like. We've been using it for a few months and really like it. It uses cuisenaire rods as its main manipulative, though does encourage the use of whatever manipulatives work best for your child.
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Growing up my mom used "math-u-see" for my siblings, it had cubes that you used and connected.

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McRuffy color math
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In addition to the previously mentioned Miquon and RightStart, I've also liked:

Hands-On Standards, Deluxe Edition

Math Their Way summary newsletter and blackline masters

almost anything by Marilyn Burns

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We are using Hands on Standards. The only disadvantage to this program is that you need to buy the manipulatives separately. I am adding in some worksheets and related activities to go with it, so there's a paper trail.

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RightStart RightStart RightStart! We loooooooooooove RightStart!!!

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We love RightStart and absolutely everything is hands on/manipulative based.
I used this site to look at reviews on various programs.
http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/rev...ult.aspx?id=93

I also searched on the Well Trained Mind forum for various things I was considering.

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RightStart math rocks! We tried 3 different programs before finding our perfect math match.

RightStart A starts you off with manipulatives that really make sense and help visualize - a special abacus, your fingers (5), tally sticks (sets of 5), math card games, tiles, etc... No boring drill, minimal worksheets, but lots of fun activities/games that really work.

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