Do you have any advice for me? Is it a bad idea to mix curriculum for the same year? Hi Kate, I’m wondering if you mean Principles of Mathematics? Sorry, I’m so all over the place, it’s just soo confusing ???? The Singaporean curriculum, which the country’s Ministry of Education created, generally focuses on fewer topics but in greater depth. You are your child’s teacher and you know your child best. I have been doing Saxon math with my oldest and my younger jumps in and out when it suits her. We did a free trial of BA Online, and she really liked the characters and the visual aspect. If he’s doing well in arithmetic (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers and fractions) and if using the curriculum is going well, I’d be inclined to stick with it. Thanks! He was doing really well before we stopped for a summer break. Saxon Math: We started with Saxon 1st grade in Kindergarten for both Aidan and Gresham (I think that Saxon runs slightly behind). I am shocked by her mastery of number sense and mental math. When I was in school we skipped around all over the place, and with switching teachers and switching curricula, it was easy to get lost. Then imagine taking the same problem to a student who already knows 6 times 4, 4 times 3, 3 times 4, and so on because he’s memorized his math facts. BA is fun, but he also needs more basic problems and working with regrouping, etc That said a somewhat independent program would be best as she is head strong and fights me teaching her. I’m planning on finishing an excellent math facts program called Addition Facts that Stick and also Subtraction Facts that Stick over the summer in case his weakness in the math facts is causing this (thanks for creating those by the way). They are able to work more independently this way and seem to be understanding fine. My third-grader Henry has already used three different math curricula: RightStart, Singapore Math, and Beast Academy. Here at last is a curriculum that has a biblical worldview integrated throughout the text and problems, not just added as an afterthought. I hate to purchase C only for a few lessons. ... We'd been struggling for a year with Saxon's Algebra 1 and wanted to try something new. I’ve considered math mammoth 7, but then it ends so i’d need to find a new curriculum again. 4.2 out of 5 stars 73. Though that is not out yet. A lot of my friends do Saxon, but the length of those lessons overwhelms ME! Oof, that must make multi-digit multiplication a real pain. It would take forever! I also bought a copy of your “Addition Facts that Stick” book. He loved it, but also didn’t like me to do too much teaching. While there are many good reasons to change curriculum, switching shouldn’t be the automatic answer to math struggles. It was really helpful to learn which curriculums are spiral vs. mastery and which ones … It is just plain hard! I was actually considering using Saxon 76, Singapore and Beast Academy (as fun) but I don’t know if it’ll be too much too soon. It will also help prevent him from completely hating math. (For Singapore, you’d want to have him take the 2B test and see how he does. Hi Kate, I have considered buying it an starting with my kindergartener just to see if I like it but we live in a tiny home and space is limited to own two full math curriculums (also, thinking of continuing Saxon makes me want to cry). Singapore math builds on previously acquired knowledge to teach new concepts to children. I’m planning to write a review of Math-U-See this spring, but I’ll consider adding on Miquon, too. Don’t worry if you end up changing programs or realizing you need to do something differently–it’s all part of the process. (And keep the abacus and place-value cards handy–they’re a great add-on to Math Mammoth.). . The MM chapter intros are a treasure trove of teaching hints that will help with this. We will be beginning homeschool with my 5 year old son this fall and I don’t know how to tell yet which program might work best for him for math? But there are other advantages to switching, too. It may feel like “cheating,” but it will allow him to continue to make good progress in his conceptual understanding and higher-level skills. We are about halfway through Level B now. 27. Tagged: kindergarten, math. I read on the WTM forum that you switched after some of level C was completed. The textbooks at least are in color, and the Home Instructor’s Guide is more scripted than the U.S. edition. For my Preschool Math at Home, it walks you through exactly how to teach each activity (and also helps you understand how each one builds on the previous activity). we tried Saxon but it was very difficult always trying to find more work because they only gave a few problems with that lesson and then suddenly jumped to another. My pre-schooler (birthday in September, so will officially start kindergarten this year) was really ready for kindergarten last year, so I did Singapore Math Essentials with him. It seems to be a bit intense but I’m really wanting to challenge them and raise strong learners. This insight has helped me make better curriculum choices not just in math but in all subjects. So, even though your older child would be technically “behind”, she wouldn’t be very far below typical grade level skills, and she’d develop a much better foundation for mastering the rest of elementary math. Any tips for a great start? We still use the blocks heavily and love them, but my kids were bored with all the worksheets and they like color in their work pages. You’ll learn a lot from your first year of homeschooling, both about yourself as a teacher and your son as a learner. I really appreciate your advise. Both the older are good students and do well in public school. My oldest son did level 3 Beast Academy last year. This is the series put out by master books for junior high onward starting in grade 7. Hi, I’m considering switching from Singapore to Right Start and was wondering if Right Start is easier to teach. I appreciate your articles on math, especially Right Start, which I’ve been using. The Singapore books are like you're playing. Even the best curriculum isn’t effective without focused effort and good attitudes from both student and teacher. For practicing the basics, you might check out Math Mammoth’s Blue series. The Well-Trained Mind is the guide that millions of parents trust to help them create the best possible education for their child. My oldest hates math and this started as early as grade 2 however she is a gifted kid in most ways but struggles with math as she is slow at it. Second edition is quite a bit more streamlined.) The team at the Barney Charter School Initiative has put together some math exercises for just this purpose. You can always have him do some of the page orally or enlarge them. Even though Singapore does have periodic reviews, we recommend that teachers spread those out into their lessons so that the teachers aren’t committing too much class time to working through the review sections. Both your children could start Level A together, so you’d only have to teach one lesson per day. I read somewhere that it pairs well with Singapore math. Only 17 left in stock (more on the way). I have met some, just not often. I looked at the placement test for Beast Academy 2A, and I think she will pass it easily, once she knows the addition facts. Saxon- This traditional and beloved math curriculum is best for auditory learners and parents who need an easy to teach curriculum. So I am considering now switching to a more conceptual curriculum. Ooh, your oldest sounds like he will love Beast Academy–and RightStart sounds like a great fit for your little guy! And finally, regarding the number bonds. A teacher or parent looking at Singapore math will see a focus on core techniques like place value, bar modeling, and number bonds rather than teaching students to use lots of different strategies to solve a problem. I REALLY appreciate your tips! My son will finish RightStart C this year, and I have thoughts to change curriculum next year for the follow reasons (but I’m still unsure). I’ve been using Singapore with my older two and after you posted that you don’t care for the HIG, I’ve quit using it, just using the text book and workbook. Hello- we’re just looking to start homeschooling in the fall. I spend a lot of time coming up with additional review using Singapore and I feel like I am constantly trying to evaluate my kids understanding of the material and I use the HIG and extra practice. Your child is bored and not challenged enough. I can’t say he’s ever been a huge fan of it, but he especially hates the mental math sheets, and says he hates number bonds which are a significant part of how things are taught. I started my first on Saxon and we both hated it for the constant repetition and it's sooooo dry. Just to clarify, the HIG drives me a little crazy, but I do think it has some useful info. With the Singapore method, each math problem is part of a growing framework of knowledge and students are able to put what they are learning into context. I just discovered your page and your reviews are so helpful and straightforward! Just wanted to ask for your thoughts and to see if there’s anything I might be overlooking in switching. Classical Education Tips for First-Time Homeschooling Parents, How Bar Modeling Makes Word Problems Easy in Singapore Math. Any opinions on Saxon math vs. Singapore math? During those same 20 years, Singapore’s 4th graders ranked first in the world five times, and never finished lower than second, while 4th grade students the United States ranked between 6th and 14th place. For Beast Academy, you’d want to have him take the Level 3A entrance test, but definitely take those results with a grain of salt. The solutions to all of these worksheets are also now included in the teacher’s guide. However, RightStart doesn’t offer a whole lot more in terms of review or extra practice. I was trying to answer my own question without bothering you, but alas, I need advice. The format? When a “warm up” facts practice sheet takes at least 30 minutes…it really kills the joy. The repetition in Saxon didn't really help her understand anything, it just gave her practice in executing algorithms. I don’t like the program as it seems they can fly through most of it just memorizing steps (esp. On the Common Core website, a section on myths about the standards says “international benchmarking played a significant role in both sets of standards.” A 2012 study by William Schmidt and Richard Houang, education researchers at Michigan State University, seems to confirm this. Just make sure to do the placement test to put your daughter in the right book. Sounds like a perfect mix for your kiddo, Melissa! To take the tedium out of your daily lessons, allow your son to use a multiplication chart when he’s working problems that require a lot of multiplication and division. Both of you have to get used to a new format, layout, and lesson style. RightStart is a great program, but I did feel like C moved a little slow for my math whiz. Tagged: Saxon TTB math High school This topic has 12 replies, 10 voices, and was last updated 8 years, 2 months ago by ServingwithJoy. I think we could have stood to do a LOT more games, but whatever we could have done differently in the past, here we are struggling with speed in level D with my almost-9-year-old. Spiraling is another word for repetitive review: teaching a concept one month, and then asking a student to return to it the next month to make sure it’s really learned. You have already taught this math curriculum to your first several children and you just can’t handle going through the same book a fourth (or fifth…or sixth…) time. Go for it! The only manipulatives you need for it are everyday household items. Even though RightStart A is generally recommended for kindergartners, it goes way beyond most other K programs, especially with its focus on mental math and place value. What explains this success? I know part of this is learning perseverance, but I wonder if the curriculum just doesn’t click with him. Perfect for kinesthetic learners, the hands-on activities will help with comprehension and mastery of foundational math concepts. They’re high-quality, inexpensive, downloadable worktexts that you can use to work through one specific topic at a time. Any other tips on using Singapore without the HIG? I was able to see my older boy use Saxon, my middle boy use Investigations, and my youngest use Math In Focus. Thanks so much! They look very mathematical without being overwhelming, and like they’ll provide a good transition to learning math from a textbook. She has done well though and is a very independant learned. Saxon math, developed by John Saxon, is a teaching method for incremental learning of mathematics. Are any of these true in your homeschool? my oldest). 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