Rachel

08-23-2009, 12:08 AM

I know I've asked this before. Gah, I'm just going round and round here with my brain.

I have Rightstart math that I use with 1 dc. I started it with 2 dc at the beginning of last year but because of some issues, I only continued it with one. I really need to get another math program for this year and probably soon so I can get familiarized and start something up next month. (I'll continue RS with the one child.)

I like RS because it's heavy on manipulatives (mostly the abacus, but we've used tiles, little cardboard pieces, cards for games, etc.), it's not super workbook heavy and it really is teaching dc to think and understand. I'm not against a workbook for everyday but I'd like there to be manipulatives to work with them and ideally a lesson to teach how to think mathematically through different problems (if that makes sense).

I was thinking I'd do MUS with dc but it looks a bit dry and I want the kids to enjoy math. I also thought Horizons but haven't seen the teacher's manual and am wondering if it actually teaches through the mathematical concepts, etc. rather than just "here do these workbook pages for the day", KWIM? I was also wondering about Mathematics Made Meaningful (here:

http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1251001679-2034779&subject=10&category=7472 ) because we have so many cuisenaire rods but I was wondering if this would be a full math program.

I'm confused as to what to get at this point. I have 1 B&M store to look at here that carries Saxon and Horizons. I'm not interested in Saxon at this point and they don't carry Horizons teachers manuals.

Anyone have any good advice, opinions or want to carry on a discussion about this? I do understand that really I won't know what's a good fit for us until we've used it but I hate to spend the $$ on something and then find out it doesn't work and it never hurts to find out some opinions from my friends. :)

I have Rightstart math that I use with 1 dc. I started it with 2 dc at the beginning of last year but because of some issues, I only continued it with one. I really need to get another math program for this year and probably soon so I can get familiarized and start something up next month. (I'll continue RS with the one child.)

I like RS because it's heavy on manipulatives (mostly the abacus, but we've used tiles, little cardboard pieces, cards for games, etc.), it's not super workbook heavy and it really is teaching dc to think and understand. I'm not against a workbook for everyday but I'd like there to be manipulatives to work with them and ideally a lesson to teach how to think mathematically through different problems (if that makes sense).

I was thinking I'd do MUS with dc but it looks a bit dry and I want the kids to enjoy math. I also thought Horizons but haven't seen the teacher's manual and am wondering if it actually teaches through the mathematical concepts, etc. rather than just "here do these workbook pages for the day", KWIM? I was also wondering about Mathematics Made Meaningful (here:

http://www.rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1251001679-2034779&subject=10&category=7472 ) because we have so many cuisenaire rods but I was wondering if this would be a full math program.

I'm confused as to what to get at this point. I have 1 B&M store to look at here that carries Saxon and Horizons. I'm not interested in Saxon at this point and they don't carry Horizons teachers manuals.

Anyone have any good advice, opinions or want to carry on a discussion about this? I do understand that really I won't know what's a good fit for us until we've used it but I hate to spend the $$ on something and then find out it doesn't work and it never hurts to find out some opinions from my friends. :)