Math mastery
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Math mastery
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I am looking for a good math curiculum that strives for mastery of a skill before going onto another skill! Any sugesstions!
Jan
I am looking for a good math curiculum that strives for mastery of a skill before going onto another skill! Any sugesstions!
Jan
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot
Focusing entirely on one topic is good for learning that topic, but there's a chance you'll lose some ability in other areas that you're perhaps neglecting in the meantime. The best way to learn math imho is to focus on each topic just long enough to learn the concept, then keep coming back to it periodically over the following weeks and months. That way you have the highest chance of actually retaining math in your longterm memory, plus you aren't beating each topic to death and creating boredom.
Have you looked at Saxon yet? It's excellent up to Alg. II or so, after which point I'd go with a regular college textbook for PreCalc, Calculus, etc. (since Calculus should involve more creative thinking and less repetition)
Have you looked at Saxon yet? It's excellent up to Alg. II or so, after which point I'd go with a regular college textbook for PreCalc, Calculus, etc. (since Calculus should involve more creative thinking and less repetition)
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I believe MathUSee is like you describe. I'm using it with my 3rd grader for the first time (she came in from public school) and she's doing very well with it. Also, once they teach the concept and it is grasped, they don't abandon it but have review incorporated into every new lesson so that prior concepts are reinforced and not forgotten.
Interestingly, I have heard from quite a few people that have used both, that MUS is somewhat better than Saxon up until algebra, at which point Saxon is somewhat better than MUS. When I first started researching math, these were the two that everyone suggested.
Interestingly, I have heard from quite a few people that have used both, that MUS is somewhat better than Saxon up until algebra, at which point Saxon is somewhat better than MUS. When I first started researching math, these were the two that everyone suggested.
Theodore wrote:Focusing entirely on one topic is good for learning that topic, but there's a good chance you'll lose some ability in other areas that you're perhaps neglecting in the meantime. The best way to learn math imho is to focus on each topic just long enough the learn the concept, then keep coming back to it periodically over the following weeks and months. That way you have the highest chance of actually retaining math in your longterm memory, plus you aren't beating each topic to death and creating boredom.
Have you looked at Saxon yet? It's excellent up to Alg. II or so, after which point I'd go with a regular college textbook for PreCalc, Calculus, etc. (since Calculus should involve more creative thinking and less repetition)
Maybe mastery was the wrong terminology! I agree that learning a concept and periodic review is important! That is exactly what I want.
I have used ACE's School of Tomorrow math! I like it....but it does not focus long enough on a concept for my son to learn it and it lacks any daily or weekly review. My son is a slow learner and needs that constant review.
I have thought that Saxon might work. I know it worked wonders for my nonmath daughter when she used Algebra 1! But with my son.....I am still trying to conquer division by two digits!
Thanks for the suggestion! I think I will look at Saxon again....and certainly pray about it.
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." Jim Elliot

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Mastery of maths facts
My husband wrote a program that teaches mastery of basic math skills before moving on to the next set. Just click on my www at the bottom of this post.
You can get a free 30day trial period.
You can get a free 30day trial period.
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Mastering Mathematics http://www.masterypublications.com
I used this program with both my kids and loved it. Even long division was "tear free" at our house. One moved quickly, the other slowly, but they both mastered the skills.
I used this program with both my kids and loved it. Even long division was "tear free" at our house. One moved quickly, the other slowly, but they both mastered the skills.
Jill
I really like the Math U See program for mastery. They have you see it, say it, do it, till they can teach it back to you before going to the student book for mastery and review. Then you know if they know the concept, rather then wonder if they just can do the formula. It teaches them to be math minded.
Singapore Math
This is exactly how Singapore Math is designed, and why so many children succeed so well in it. I would check it out if I were you. But make sure you get a homeschooling guide so you get some understanding about how it's intended to be taught.
Online math program
There is an excellent online math practice program offered by Lymboo at www.lymboo.com.
The curriculum is comprehensive, and the structure is designed to promote longterm retention. The assignments are rich in basic concepts, word problems, and critical thinking exercises. Every topic is broken in to easy to grasp concepts so that children can become independent learners. The website is very easy to use.
Advantages over Kumon:
1. Online  it's convenient. No grading by parents. All performance reports are available instantly online.
2. Free diagnostic tests  determines where the students begins the program
3. Daily assignments  requires almost full score and within recommended time limit
4. Periodic spiral review assignments  to reinforce and retain what was learned earlier. Very important!
5. Cost  fraction of Kumon!
Check it out.
The curriculum is comprehensive, and the structure is designed to promote longterm retention. The assignments are rich in basic concepts, word problems, and critical thinking exercises. Every topic is broken in to easy to grasp concepts so that children can become independent learners. The website is very easy to use.
Advantages over Kumon:
1. Online  it's convenient. No grading by parents. All performance reports are available instantly online.
2. Free diagnostic tests  determines where the students begins the program
3. Daily assignments  requires almost full score and within recommended time limit
4. Periodic spiral review assignments  to reinforce and retain what was learned earlier. Very important!
5. Cost  fraction of Kumon!
Check it out.

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Hzwings wrote:Theodore wrote:Focusing entirely on one topic is good for learning that topic, but there's a good chance you'll lose some ability in other areas that you're perhaps neglecting in the meantime. The best way to learn math imho is to focus on each topic just long enough the learn the concept, then keep coming back to it periodically over the following weeks and months. That way you have the highest chance of actually retaining math in your longterm memory, plus you aren't beating each topic to death and creating boredom.
Have you looked at Saxon yet? It's excellent up to Alg. II or so, after which point I'd go with a regular college textbook for PreCalc, Calculus, etc. (since Calculus should involve more creative thinking and less repetition)
Maybe mastery was the wrong terminology! I agree that learning a concept and periodic review is important! That is exactly what I want.
I have used ACE's School of Tomorrow math! I like it....but it does not focus long enough on a concept for my son to learn it and it lacks any daily or weekly review. My son is a slow learner and needs that constant review.
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I have thought that Saxon might work. I know it worked wonders for my nonmath daughter when she used Algebra 1! But with my son.....I am still trying to conquer division by two digits!
Thanks for the suggestion! I think I will look at Saxon again....and certainly pray about it.
This is precisely how Singapore Math is planned, and why such a large number of youngsters succeed so well in it. I might look at it in the event that I were you. In any case verify you get a selfteaching guide so you get some seeing about how its expected to be taught.

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