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Right now they do very little hands on stuff, I know they did the counting cubes and that's about it. They are obsessed with memorizing math facts, as though being able to spit out numbers was the point of studying math! They do lots of worksheets. All of this drives me nuts as I quite like math.

They are an International Baccalaureate school, so are not allowed to split kids into groups for math. I think they are very slow, my second grader just started doing simple multiplication, they will do some very basic fractions this year as well, and very simple division.

I'd like to see a curriculum that uses a lot of manipulatives and fun activities to teach concepts rather than drilling facts into their heads. I would like these activities to allow for multiple skill/ talent levels, so that all the kids would be able to do something to the best of their abilities, whether higher or lower than average.

Does anyone know of such a curriculum so I can go to my kids' school with suggestions? I know a lot of parents there would like to see a stronger math program, and since it's a relatively small charter school, I think we have a chance at getting some change, but I need to bring in some specific examples of better curricula.

Thanks!