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#1 of 4 Old 07-30-2012, 10:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I know that the starter series only came out a year ago, but wondering if there's anyone else that's going to use it from the start with no other math curriculum.

 

It seems to me that before last year, you kind of HAD to use something else to get to the point where LoF picked up (you had to know long division first).  So it seems like most people got into a certain mode of "doing math" via that first curriculum and then couldn't manage to fully transition to LoF (which is profoundly different).  I wonder if a lot of that is just having built up a comfort level with the first curriculum and being nervous to go with something so different--so they've used it as "enrichment" or side by side, but not a full, stand-alone curriculum.  

 

But now that they've bridged the gap between "Just knows how to count/recognize numbers" and "must know long division",   I'm trying to find other people who plan to use it on it's own.

 

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I'm considering using this for my son when he gets a little older. I wonder how well it will work. I am watching anxiously lol


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I bought Apples for ds.  He'll be 5 on Thursday.  Its going to be one of his bday presents.  We already "do math" but not in a formal way.  He does play Dreambox Learning already.  He has always enjoyed "doing math" so I can't say I haven't done anything.  He's the kind of kid that requests books about fractions when we are at the library.  

 

I am thinking about getting him some cuisenaire rods because I really think that they will fit perfectly with the way his brain works so I might play around with the Miquon math books, but I think I'm going to just try to get the Annotations from the library or used and not the workbooks (although they are pretty cheap).

 

So I can't say I have done it or that I am even planning on doing it, but I might.  

 

I anticipate ds wanting to go through the entire Apples book in one day and then not being interested in it again for months, so we'll see!!!!

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Mine is 8yo and went through the entire elementary series (Apples to Jelly Beans) in the year (actually, he's just now finishing Jelly Beans).  tbone_kneegrabber--Mine is exactly what you described: he goes in fits.  So he did Apples in 3-ish hours and then Butterflies the next day and then put them down for a month or two... and proced over the year that way.  But he wants to learn calculus and although I found a program that teaches it to kids at a fourth grade level, I'm requiring that he wait until he's done with Jelly Beans to do it.  mischievous.gif


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