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From: D.Ann (
Subject:         PLEASE HELP...have to decide between Singapore math and McRuffy...any advice would be greatly appreciated (more)
Date: September 4, 2009 at 11:05 am PST

This would be for ds...age 6. He was in half day preschool (only 3 days) last year. He went about half way through A Beka K math. I don't think he really learned much at all. He's not adding and cannot correctly write all the numbers yet (I think that will come quickly though, when I start working with him). He only counts to 20 (usually messing up around 13/14). He is mostly a visual learner and sometimes has difficulty following auditory instructions correctly. Not sure if he's just not listening or what.

Anyway, I know the two programs are pretty different. I like the hands-on, step-by-step of McRuffy, but like the short lessons, simplicity, visual appeal, and the methods used in Singapore. I think they're both a bit advanced compared to public school stuff.

P.S. He's working through the Singapore 1A placement test. He made it through the first 3 without problems, but has not been able to do much else. He got #10 right (ordinal #'s), he got 11 a. and b. correct(what# comes after 12 and before 19-struggled a bit with 19, and whic is greater, 14 or 17), he also got the patterning right (pictures) in #16, and he got #27 (shapes/letter man) all right, as well as which is longest and "how many paper clips long is the pencil in #'s 18 and 19 and he had no idea in #20...whiich is heavier.

HELP! :o)
Thanks so much!

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