What do you use for Math?

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Which Math Program do you use or recommend?

Horizons
2
11%
Math u see
5
26%
Singapore
1
5%
Other, please list
11
58%
 
Total votes: 19

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What do you use for Math?

Postby GeekyMom » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:32 am

I'm new to HS'ing and cannot decide on which Math curriculum to use with my now 2nd and 3rd graders?

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Postby Calla_Dragon » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:38 am

I use Singapore and Miquon math for my 1st-2nd grader.
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Postby Theodore » Tue Apr 24, 2007 11:36 am

What, no Saxon listed?

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Rod and Staff....

Postby elliemaejune » Tue Apr 24, 2007 2:08 pm

With children that age, I would use Rod and Staff Publishers. It's comprehensive, easy to use, and inexpensive to boot.

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Postby GeekyMom » Tue Apr 24, 2007 4:35 pm

Theodore wrote:What, no Saxon listed?
LOL, I tried to list it but it would not let me + the "other" listing.

Ellie, I'll bear that in mind. Thanks!
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Postby StellarStory » Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:05 pm

At that grade level I would consider a workbook from the parent teacher store if they like workbooks. They can be fun for the right kid and are inexpensive.

However if they are not into workbooks I'd consider some other options. If they are very into tactile things then I would consider Mathematics Made Meaningful With Cuisenaire Rods Pre K-8th Grade.

Funbrain.com

has some fun games for math review and drill.

This site:

http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/math/multiply/

Is good for worksheets when you need to do time tests.

It's essential, that they learn the times tables by fourth grade, IMO. When I say, learn, I mean, know it cold and be able to spout it out instantly.

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Postby StellarStory » Tue Apr 24, 2007 5:11 pm

Quiz hub is good too, for math and other subjects as well.

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Postby GeekyMom » Tue Apr 24, 2007 6:09 pm

Thanks Stella,

My son has problems with his X tables despite the practice time so far at home.
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Postby StellarStory » Tue Apr 24, 2007 10:18 pm

So does mine. The reason it's essential IMO, is that practically all computation math past that grade flows from knowing your base math facts by heart. Without them you can really have a hard time.

I'm praying that his maturity will kick in soon on this. We've taught him the same math facts over and over. He grasps concepts quickly and well but he doesn't retain them well.

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Postby keptwoman » Wed Apr 25, 2007 4:53 am

We are using Math-U-See, DS has only been out of school since december. I have gone backwards from what he was going at school and I am using MUS to cement the basic facts, it's working absolutely brilliantly, I think it really suits his visual/kinesthetic learning style.
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Postby WishboneDawn » Wed Apr 25, 2007 9:40 am

See my banner! :)

We've been using Singapore but I picked up Math Mammoth a couple of months ago to shore up some skills and haven't gone back to Singapore yet. It's a $40 download for a whole slew of workbooks and the author has a great site with lots of activities and links. We've also got Key to Fractions and my daughter enjoys that one.

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Postby isamama » Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:16 pm

Looks like I'm the first to vote for Horizons, but to put it in perspective I haven't seen MUS firsthand, but have heard it is well liked also. My dd is finishing up 2nd grade Horizon math and knows her multiplication about as well as I did entering 5th grade ps in 1970 after three years of montesorri. I intend to continue with Horizons.
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Postby StellarStory » Sat Apr 28, 2007 10:27 am

MUS is what my kids like best of the things we've tried. It is set up for the parent to do a lot of instruction which I don't have the time to do.

I have the older child work with the younger instead. That helps her cement those facts even better and she loves it.

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Postby momo3boys » Sun Apr 29, 2007 1:46 pm

WE love Miquon, it is fun, and uses the cuisinere rods, and that really help my boys get concepts that are little more difficult.

To get them to memorize the basics, we pick a problem of the day and find opportunities, to quiz each other or show each other in our surroundings that problem. ex. 3 windows, and 4 doors equals 7, or 5 stacks of ten equals 50.

It really does help and it's more fun than the flashcards that we do too.
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Postby angw8 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 1:56 pm

Over the years we used Developmental Math by Saad and also Saxon.
I was pretty happy with these.My boys didn't like the reading required for Saxon.They did like Developmental Math .The girls loved Saxon .We started Saxon at 54.
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