Okay. My son was in tears with Rod and Staff last year, first grade. It's all memorization, constant drilling. I'm not sure if that is what he disliked or if it was just the boredom of the program, lack of colorful book. The lessons were really short and easy, so I'm not sure why he complained so much. Anyway, looking to switch to a different math this year for second grade. Hit me with suggestions for those wiggly willy boys!! Is memorization the best way to go for that type of learning style? I'm not sure at this point.