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    Default RightStart Math Vs. Math Mammoth

    Currently I have RightStart math, it took me a while to warm up to it, and then I lost all interest in it. Maybe because it was math, and maybe because I just lost interest.

    But just saw another post about this other program. For the most part, the math in MBTP is fine for me. It gets incorporated into life/activity. I"ve even used a ittle bit of Saxon math, which seemed easy to teach because it had a script but seemed to be all over the place in organization.

    EEK... What kind of math do you use? Age level 6 or 7. With no math background. As in, they know their numbers, and have some concepts of time, money, but nothing much more than that.
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    We started with MEP because it's spiral, and gave up on it a couple months later for the same reason. We have been using Math Mammoth since then, and I think we'll be sticking with it for a long time. Secretly I'd love to have DS do an online math program like TT so I can take myself out of the equation, but he's not much of a computer guy so it's not an option right now.
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    Same as HockeyMom - we started with MEP and moved to Math Mammoth (though, literally as I type this, the kids are doing Miquon, which we've used some off and on throughout). RightStart strikes me as very teacher intensive. It looks good, but I knew it wasn't for us, though we've learned a couple of the games. I like the way MM builds by slowly introducing ideas and repeating concepts in slightly different ways to let kids come to a solid understanding of operations and concepts. On its face, it initially looked like it wasn't that conceptual to me, but I've come around to understanding that it sort of is. I think (at least for this age) MM is one of the easiest to teach of the math programs - it's not "self-teaching" as it sometimes claims - I find I need to be there and help teach concepts, plus we like to do games and other fun activities with math sometimes - but it's pretty close.
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    We also just switched from MEP to Math Mammoth. So far we really like Math Mammoth. It is easier to teach and the way it's presented seems to work well for ds. We may continue to supplement with MEP but right now I only have Year 1 printed and ds is finding it too easy/boring so I may have to print Year 2, which probably won't happen until Fall.

    I did get the Right Start Abacus and Activities for the RS Abacus book. I HATED the way things were presented. For some reason I found it extremely confusing and hard to work with. I actually like math, I don't find it particularly hard (at least not until after Calculus) and I haven't had that much trouble with any other program I've looked at. And I've looked at a lot in the past two years.
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    We started using MM this year and like it. Starting out, I found mine needed a little extra candy-glossy-color-fun stuff so for K-2 I mainly use DK workbooks and "Progress in Mathematics" textbooks and just use MM interspersed (IMO MM1A goes a little fast thru addition and my 2nd DD needed more dwell time, but then she's really a K'r). A lot of K-2 math can (and probably should) be done AWAY from the textbook to reinforce it (concepts of addition/subtraction/numbers and math facts). I find MM very good at covering the conceptional basis and my DDs like the word problems.

    Anyway, generally K-2 should LIKE math, so if they start getting resistant, try something more fun and frothy for a while. If you can sneak in the (boring, lol) basics so they enjoy math you'll have a much easier time of it down the road.

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    And no one mentioned Saxon or Singapore. Need to search some of the other things mentioned, but seems like MM is something that ppl have been satisfied with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeymom View Post
    We started with MEP because it's spiral, and gave up on it a couple months later for the same reason. We have been using Math Mammoth since then, and I think we'll be sticking with it for a long time. Secretly I'd love to have DS do an online math program like TT so I can take myself out of the equation, but he's not much of a computer guy so it's not an option right now.
    What is TT? Looking for an online math program now, so I'm intrigued.

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    Teaching Textbooks. But I think it starts at a slightly older age?
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    We just started using Singapore math for first grade and my dd loves it. If you skip the teacher's manuals it is pretty inexpensive.

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    I think TT starts at the grade 3 level. There are a lot of people here whose kids love it and excel with it, hopefully someone with experience will chime in.
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