... you are trying to lay a foundation for deeper mathematical understanding, which a kid isn't going to pick up by memorizing math facts. They need to understand place value. .... That does not actually come as an automatic understanding to most kids. You need to explain it to them. So if you're good at those sorts of things, go for the cheap workbooks. If you're not, then use a scripted curriculum like Math Mammoth or Rightstart or Singapore.
This is excellent advice, though as someone who learned math "the Asian way" and understands it in those terms, I still appreciated the help I got from Singapore and Miquon in presenting those concepts such that my kids could gradually build and then deepen their mathematical understanding. (I don't think of Singapore as at all scripted. Though I'm not one to purchase or use teacher's manuals, so maybe that's why?)
Mountain mama to three great kids and one great grown-up
Math Mammoth isn't really scripted, either, lol. It just has directions written to the student on the pages. I totally misspoke. I had an idea in my head, but it got lost on the way out. I guess I really meant go with a curriculum that has all the steps laid out for you. Thanks for catching that. :)
I would look into Math Mammoth. It's very affordable. There's also a bunch of free stuff you can download to see if you (and your DD) like it. http://www.mathmammoth.com/
DD 9 DS 7 yrs
Math U See is basic. But honestly, a lot of people who just want basic and to the point will make it up themselves. I have looked over the scope and sequence for programs and I know what I want to accomplish and I go for it. Main things for 1st grade....skip counting, counting backward, writing the numbers properly, adding basic math facts, shapes, measuring things with a ruler or tape measure. Oh, and the favorite..counting money. I also have tried to touch on basic reading of clocks, but that seems to be more on the 2nd grade scopes. I make sure he knows the days of the weak, the months of the year. He has a calendar he likes to keep track of the days on. I got his in Star Wars as he loves Star Wars. I just let them pick their calendars or pick one for them I know they will like.
I hope this helps!