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So I bought Right Start Math last year for my daughter for 1st grade.

We started in the Spring and it just seemed SO TEDIOUS. I set it aside and picked it back up for the Fall.

I can tell you now, this isn't going to work for us. It is too...waves hands around in the air and makes foofoo noises....not us.

I would like a VERY BASIC math curriculum. My daughter seems to catch on pretty fast. I actually had a Princess math book from the dollar store on the shelf and my daughter wanted to do it.

I didn't think she'd be able to do, but sure enough, she was doing addition. (ME: Where the heck did you learn that?) She's catching on very quickly. My husband has been writing simple math problems for her: 2+7 = or 4+6= and then he did 10+3=. When she was able to do that, I showed her how to do 100+3 and then 1000+20 and she got it.

I'm really ANNOYED that I paid all this money for a system that I personally find too foofoo and confusing. Does anyone have a good basic math program they can recommend?

She's a young 6 and can do basic addition with some minor subtraction thrown in.

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Check out Math Mammoth: http://www.mathmammoth.com/

It's been a really good fit for us.

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Singapore Math maybe? Or Horizons?

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Miquon is a very straight forward program, and it move through a lot of topic quickly.

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I was also going to suggest Singapore. My dd likes it because it is very "down-to-business."
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We like math-u-see.
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Instead of spending more money I would check out MEP first.

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At this level, math is so basic I could never see the point of buying a curriculum. Why not just keep writing out subtraction and addition problems for her? Throw in some word problems eventually - you can just do them verbally if you want. Spend a little time on coins, time telling, and using a ruler, and you've got first grade math covered.
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my favorite math curriculum (for the reasons you stated) are Christian Light Education and Rod & Staff. I prefer CLE personally. It is a huge hit with my daughter, and the layout of the book is so wonderful. For grade 1, we did not need the TM (or for grades 2 & 3 for that matter). My son is currently using Saxon, and I do love it actually...but I still prefer CLE, so we'll switch after this year (CLE is more advanced than Saxon, so we decided to hold off this year). Read reviews at homeschoolclassifieds for CLE they are awesome. hth.

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Definitely Singapore math. It's colorful and basic and my kids have all liked it at that age. We are on Right Start B with my almost 6 yo right now and she loves it...but yes, it is quite tedious!

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We love Singapore in our house. It's really simple and straightforward IMO.
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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/

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Kumon Books http://www.kumonbooks.com has a math program that is made up of four books - addition, subtraction, word problems, and geometry & measurement. My daughter really liked them. They are about $7 each and can be bought online @ amazon or we've found them locally at Barnes & Noble.

We are also using Verbal Math this year - http://www.timberdoodle.com/Verbal_M..._p/216-116.htm and http://www.timberdoodle.com/Verbal_M..._p/216-216.htm
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I agree with pp..just print out math worksheets online.
My ds really enjoys Hilights magazine and they have a Puzzle Mania one for math.

I almost bought Right Start this year too, but didn't have a lot of money for just one subject.
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Another vote for Singapore- just the workbook, which you can buy fairly inexpensively at a school/homeschool type bookstore, or if you want to spend more, Math U See is also straightforward.

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I am using Singapore Math. I can tell you from comparing what the public schools are doing in 1st grade and what is in Singapore Math, only level 1A is what they would complete in 1st grade. My son, who is a 1st grader, tested in to 1B. So make sure you do the placement exam from the website if this is the program you want. I like it and used it with my olders. There are other programs I like too, but this is the one we are using.
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my favorite math curriculum (for the reasons you stated) are Christian Light Education and Rod & Staff.
This really gave me a chuckle once I figured it out. I was thinking "Christian LIGHT???" Thought at first it was a watered down version such as Pepsi Light or ****** Lite. Lillian
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I never did use a math curriculum with my son until he reached 3rd or 4th grade. I just wrote out his problems for him. It's such simple stuff at that stage, curriculum isn't absolutely necessary. This time though, I'm using Rod & Staff math. I like it. I think it's super basic & spells everything out for me. That's what I was looking for, since I have a whole pile of kids now.

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This really gave me a chuckle once I figured it out. I was thinking "Christian LIGHT???" Thought at first it was a watered down version such as Pepsi Light or ****** Lite. Lillian
lol. well, i'm sure ****** light mixed with any curriculum would work too

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We use MCP. Rod and Staff is very basic, too.
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Check out Math Mammoth: http://www.mathmammoth.com/

It's been a really good fit for us.
I LOVE math mammoth. We learned basic math backwards and forwards with her worksheets.
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lol. well, i'm sure ****** light mixed with any curriculum would work too
I sometimes feel that teaching homeschool would definitely work better with a cocktail in hand

Also...I checked out the math mammoth and I liked what I saw. Printed out some different 1st grade worksheets just so that she's doing a variety of things.

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Kumon Books http://www.kumonbooks.com has a math program that is made up of four books - addition, subtraction, word problems, and geometry & measurement. My daughter really liked them. They are about $7 each and can be bought online @ amazon or we've found them locally at Barnes & Noble.
I went this route because I found Singapore too frou frou and didn't want to keep printing free worksheets off the internet. It seems to work fine so far. There are times I will jump on the internet and print an extra worksheet from a free site because a child needs extra practice.

My gifted 5 year old has picked up quite a bit from the didj games. They don't teach they just *throw it out there* and you need to figure it out.
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My recommendation would be to read Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, by Liping Ma before you make a decision on a curriculum. This has been one of the very most important homeschooling books I have read, and it really illuminates what good elementary mathematics teaching is. It especially explains the difference between procedural mathematics instruction (the hows) and conceptual mathematics instruction (really understanding elementary mathematics). It's one of those "I didn't know what I didn't know" type of books. Even my husband, who has been teaching high school mathematics for over 20 years, and is a grader for the Calculus AP exam, recommended it to his department as required reading.

Btw, both Math Mammoth and Singapore are excellent Asian style, conceptual math programs.
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My recommendation would be to read Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics, by Liping Ma before you make a decision on a curriculum. This has been one of the very most important homeschooling books I have read, and it really illuminates what good elementary mathematics teaching is. It especially explains the difference between procedural mathematics instruction (the hows) and conceptual mathematics instruction (really understanding elementary mathematics). It's one of those "I didn't know what I didn't know" type of books. Even my husband, who has been teaching high school mathematics for over 20 years, and is a grader for the Calculus AP exam, recommended it to his department as required reading.

Btw, both Math Mammoth and Singapore are excellent Asian style, conceptual math programs.
Yes, this was foundational for me as well. For that reason I had our choices narrowed down to a few programs. In your circumstance I'm thinking Math Mammoth might be the best bet. You could download samples (she's got a lot of sample pages for each of her curriculum levels) and see what you think. MEP is free and I'd look at it as well though I don't know if it might be too complicated for what you're looking for as well.

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Check out Math Mammoth: http://www.mathmammoth.com/

It's been a really good fit for us.
We use Math Mammoth for supplement. I love it and it sounds like what you want.

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Check out Math Mammoth: http://www.mathmammoth.com/

It's been a really good fit for us.
we LOVE Math Mammoth - we've used Singapore with success but it's cumbersome with all the books. We like MUS, and use it to supplement, but we LOVE MM!

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Rod & Staff is the most basic math I've seen. It's even called "Arithmetic 1". But I think the 1st grade books are a bit on the easy side.
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Math Mammoth sounds like it might be more of what you're looking for. We started using this as a supplement this year.

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we are using singapore and we like it. my dd struggles with math, so i dont know if we'll get to 1b before summer time.

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