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    We did RightStart A and about half of B. It was teacher intensive, so much so that we weren't getting math done. I LOVE the foundation it gave my daughter though, and glad we were able to stick with it at least that long. It is making life so much easier now... During the time I slacked on actively teaching math, we used Math Mammoth, we used it all last fall. Both my daughter and I did it willingly, but it didn't bring either of us any math LOVE. No passion there. I suppose most of you don't equate math with passion, lol, but I happen to love math. I chalk up our lackluster feelings towards Math Mammoth to my daughter's learning style and my teaching style. Yeah, RS was too much for me, but MM was too little, hehe. We wanted something more social, more colorful, more energetic, and some hands-on.

    Then we started Singapore. We both fell in love! My daughter, for the first time in her life, is excited about math, so much so that she talks about advanced concepts in everyday conversations, things we've never even covered yet (2-digit addition, multiplication, negative numbers). I'm stunned that this change came about after the switch to Singapore. It offers challenge to her in ways that other math never did - if you use the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problem books. It's exactly what we needed.

    That's just our case, both are great programs, it's just that Singapore brought out more math love for us.

    I purchased all of Math Mammoth Light Blue Grades 1-6, so if we need to supplement or go on travels, we'll always have a good math program to fall back on.
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    I use Right Start with my just turned 8 ds. He is very visual and hands on, and anything with games works great with him. He also has difficulties writing, and RS is a great fit for that also, since it is not worksheet intensive.
    We also use MEP, which is working well, but I started with year 1, which is very easy for him. I like the way MEP uses drawing lines, repeating patterns, and the like in the lessons, because it is like writing practice on the sly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Satori View Post
    We did RightStart A and about half of B. It was teacher intensive, so much so that we weren't getting math done. I LOVE the foundation it gave my daughter though, and glad we were able to stick with it at least that long. It is making life so much easier now... During the time I slacked on actively teaching math, we used Math Mammoth, we used it all last fall. Both my daughter and I did it willingly, but it didn't bring either of us any math LOVE. No passion there. I suppose most of you don't equate math with passion, lol, but I happen to love math. I chalk up our lackluster feelings towards Math Mammoth to my daughter's learning style and my teaching style. Yeah, RS was too much for me, but MM was too little, hehe. We wanted something more social, more colorful, more energetic, and some hands-on.

    Then we started Singapore. We both fell in love! My daughter, for the first time in her life, is excited about math, so much so that she talks about advanced concepts in everyday conversations, things we've never even covered yet (2-digit addition, multiplication, negative numbers). I'm stunned that this change came about after the switch to Singapore. It offers challenge to her in ways that other math never did - if you use the Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problem books. It's exactly what we needed.

    That's just our case, both are great programs, it's just that Singapore brought out more math love for us.

    I purchased all of Math Mammoth Light Blue Grades 1-6, so if we need to supplement or go on travels, we'll always have a good math program to fall back on.
    Angela, this is very interesting to me. Thanks for commenting here. I feel the same way about RightStart and Math Mammoth. Hmmmm....maybe I need to give Singapore another look. That is, if I don't find the perfect on-line math program that I have been searching for.
    I love RightStart but once my toddler stopped napping, my 1st grader and I really struggled with getting some quiet time to do math. I found that I had to concentrate during the lesson, because as you said, it is "teacher intensive" and between my toddler and my preschooler, we would get interrupted no less than 42 times per lesson, so I slacked off with it. But I do feel it is a very solid program and I am glad we did what we did with it. Perhaps we'll go back to it when life is less chaotic. I'm glad to have it on my shelf. We tried MM demo sheets but just weren't feelin' the love. But I don't have the whole MM curriculum so maybe I don't have the full flavor.
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    Wow, thanks Corrigan that really helps. Sometimes, it just helps to hear someone say, I skipped such and such part. Then I don't have to ignore it anymore, I can bring it out again. I ordered B, but started with the Level A lessons. It seemed like too much was missed. Maybe I will pull it out again and get it started.
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    Just wanted to let you know we are another family that has moved from RightStart to Math Mammoth to Singapore. We're sticking with Singapore for now. RightStart was teacher intensive, but great fun when I had just one child to focus on. I'm not a math-y person, but I enjoyed some aspects of the subject in school. RightStart made sense to me. But when I added another kid to the mix, it became too much, and we fell waaaaay behind. We also tried Time4Learning for a month and a trial of ALEKS math in there somewhere. DD liked ALEKS, but it felt a little too disconnected to me. Neither of my older two liked Time4Learning.
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    Thanks Fiddler, it does help to hear what ppl are saying.

    Everyone seems to like RightStart, but no one is using it. {laughs} My kids are close in age so I could (and do) use it for both of them, when I actually use it. All this talk about math makes me want to get out the abacus!
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    Another one that started with MEP and gave up, I liked it quite a bit but without the textbook some things were lost and confusing. We're doing Right Start now, DS 7 completed level B and is working level C now. We will stick with it through level C to the end (through the fall at least) but I'm thinking about switching to something less teacher intensive after that. My younger son is kindergarten age now so I need to clear some of my schedule for him next fall and math seems the most likely area where Ethan can do more on his own.

    I really do like Right Start but I feel its moving a little slow for my almost 8 year old, sometimes I worry that I'm holding him back in math. At first it was difficult to see where it's going because of its less traditional nature, but now that I'm more used to the program I can see the method better. It has worked well for me and I'm rather math phobic. I feel that it gives a good foundation for understanding math and doesn't focus on memorization, both things that are very important to me. DS prefers to do mental math over worksheets, RS has very few worksheets so that fits for us also. I decided to get MM when it was on sale at the buyers co-op and I use it to supplement along with online and card games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrigan View Post
    I guess that's another of my caveats with RS: you have to be willing to let some of the warm-up questions slide sometimes. Some days in B they want the student to skip count to 100 by 5's, 150 by 10's, solve 4 problems like the one I listed above, and tell you the value of 2 sets of coins (or some combination similar to that), and that's all before even starting new material, which will take you 20 minutes to cover, and playing the day's game, which will take 10 minutes.
    It's interesting to hear your experience with it because mine is rather different. But, my older son was in PS through first grade. I'll be starting JD on RS in the fall, I'll have to keep what you've said in mind as we see how it goes with him. Might be completely different than EJ.

    I started EJ on level B (2nd) this year because he hadn't done place value to thousands yet. I found we were able to do 2 lessons on some days and the lessons that were supposed to take several days we always covered in just one. Now that we are on level C, we don't do more than one lesson in a day, and typically it takes me 30 minutes to do the entire lesson with him, warm-up and all. Because we do math first thing in the morning the warm-up is an important transition into school. I just wanted to throw that out there for another perspective for those considering RS.

    And now I just realized I am late to start math. Oops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakshmi View Post
    Everyone seems to like RightStart, but no one is using it. {laughs}
    Sad, but true. Hmmm....maybe a RightStart co-op class would be a good idea.
    We also skipped over a lot of the warm-ups if they were covering concepts I felt my child had already mastered.

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    I just am not interested in teaching math. Probably more about me than the information that I am using.
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