Singapore vs. Math U See

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Singapore vs. Math U See

Postby spradlin02 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:06 am

I'm looking for opinions on these two different math models.

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Postby cafemama » Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:06 pm

I can't give any feedback on Math U See.

However, we have been using Singapore Math for a for a very short time now with our two new daughters, ages 8 and 10. They are very behind in school and are Spanish speakers (now, but learning English), so I am teaching the curriculum in English and translating into Spanish so they learn it twice. It has been wonderful for them. Our 8 year old is using the earlybird kindergarten B book and our 10 year old has already completed 1A and is halfway through 1B. It was necessary for them to start at the beginning since they missed so many foundational math concepts. But they are learning so quickly and they have really enjoyed the curriculum. They nearly beg to do more math everyday! I have found it easy to use. I do sit with them one-on-one at this point, but they aren't really independent learners in much of anything yet, as everything is still so new to them. It is coming, though!

I'm looking forward to continuing using Singapore math in the future and with our other children!

Hope that helps a bit!

Meg

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Postby Imzadi2000 » Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:56 am

I have been using Math-U-See with my daughter for 2 years now. She is currently on the Beta level. My husband and I both have degrees in Computer Science and have taken many years of college level math. We both agree that this curriculum is a very well thought out math curriculum. My daughter enjoys watching the DVD's and masters each lesson quickly. The blocks are a definite plus at lower levels. The blocks help visualize what's going on. We will continue to use this curriculum next year. I would recommend this curriculum to both advanced and struggling math students.

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Sonya

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Postby triciater » Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:37 pm

I used Singapore with my son the first year I homeschooled. He did well with it and we were fairly pleased, but I heard so many good things about math-u-see so we decided to try that the next year with both of my sons. I have LOVED the MUS curriculum! It is very simple, easy to understand, teaches concepts in a way I wish I had been taught and it's fun too - the blocks make it more hands on. I know every child is different, but this curriculum has been great for my family and I'm sure we will be using it for a long time! Good luck!
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Postby bubbaansissy » Sat Jun 13, 2009 10:27 pm

Most everyone in my homeschool group uses MUS; however, i purchased Singapore Math. It just seemed like a better fit for us. Another family in our homeschool group uses Rightstart Math. I checked in to Rightstart, but it just didn't seem a good fit for us.
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Postby Lily » Sun Jun 14, 2009 4:02 am

We use MUS. I really like how it stresses understanding of the different concepts. It's concept mastery, which means each book focuses on one concept before moving on to the next.

I have to say I'm really impressed with the way it's set up. There aren't endless drills (like Saxon) and the goal is to get the child to see the math, do the math, and teach the math. Once they get it, they can move on.

Ds has a better understanding of mathematics than I ever did at his age and I even find myself using some of the tricks to do mental arithmetic quickly. I'm just amazed at his growth.

We haven't used Singapore but there is a good review of it here. I have to say, it's not for us. I think if MUS wasn't available we'd go with Shiller.
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