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From: Allison P (
Subject:         Re: MUS VS Right Start
Date: June 11, 2007 at 3:45 pm PST

In Reply to: MUS VS Right Start posted by Donna Price on March 24, 2007 at 5:46 am:

How old are your children? If you are starting with 1st, I would use the Complete Book of Math from Walmart and read lots of "living" math books from the library to begin. Rotate the sections, as they get more complicated with every couple of pages.

I've used Saxon, MUS, and Singapore. We keep going back to the simple workbook which contains lots of hand-on activities and manipulatives you have around the house or are in the book. It's very thorough and about $11.00. My son also likes to do some MUS, but doesn't stay with it for long. Have a great year and relax. Until children are at least 8, they generally don't understand abstract concepts and may struggle with much beyond counting.

Sorry if that was too off topic, but I have spent A LOT of money searching for "just the right program". I think they all have pros and cons and your child will learn math when he/she is ready. We had to take a long break to let my firstborn mature. Then he really took off and began to understand better. For pk-2 there's also a fun video called Mathtacular that uses lots of manipulatives and concepts in very short segments. I found it a little corny, but my kids love it.

I wish you many years of great times with your little one(s).

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