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    ML do you write in those books? Something hefty and old timey, just the facts might interest him. Then we could continue with the lit and games and Fred separately. Is the first book basically first grade ish? Start at the beginning?

    Right start looks great but out of our price range. I would love to go nuts and buy it, but can't afford the per-kid per-year price of upkeep for three so better to not get too excited, lol.

    Checking out the others. Keep losing my post, though!
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    They are cheap enough that you could, if you wanted to, though they are tiny textbooks. palm-sized (5"x7"x1.5") hardback books So small writing would be in order. They just wrote in a spiral, but a lot of the first book, can just be done verbally too....they also went that way quite a bit. Two grade levels a book....at that price, can't beat it.

    At that age and, active boy stage, they just had no patience for distracting color drawings or huge heavy intimidating books....or even manipulatives for that matter. They would just start building things and had no interest in counting them. That was about the time that I realized that they learned VERY differently than me.....and admitted that I was wrong

    Grade level....well that's all a matter of opinion. They actually have it listed as grade 3-4 for the first book. If you have an eager learner that is past counting, sure, first grade. It starts with the most basic math computation. Completing all three should place a kid in pre-algebra/algebra, depending on the kid.

    All answers are in the back...if you need them The word problems are totally dated (price of eggs, gas and such) that they have led to funny discussions of how things were "back then", but it's more charming and not inconvenient. And I have to say that word problems are so prominent in these little books....in a very good "this is why we learn math" kind of way.

    Everyone likes something different....this worked for us.
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    Yep. This exactly. We have just been using his dinosaurs as manipulatives. He likes that just fine, but honestly it takes so long for what we are practicing. He loses it quickly. I love manipulatives. I love hands on. I love looking at and making pictures. He is much more cerebral. He'd rather spit out answers and move on.

    B&Z I like the idea of the oral math, but I'm pretty sure that's what we already do in the car. He's behind me now asking me what 9 9s is and what 10 9s are. Omg I have enough trouble focusing on typing and driving.
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    Is he a SW fan? My boys are a bit older, but they LOVE to play SW Duels. I got it for them for Christmas, and they always have a game going.
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    Lol I guess neither of us are since I had to google SW. Oldest kid, ya know, he's just into what we show him on pbs. No one older around to open his mind.
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    Thanks everyone! I decided to go with the Strayer Upton. Thanks, ML. I'm not sure DS will ever be satisfied with one program, so for now my plan is to have a math basket and let him choose what he wants to work on each day. Picture book, Fred, math book, games, etc. It'll be nice to have a book of facts to add so we can follow page by page. I think this will work for now. I'm sure this will change. Hopefully later rather than sooner!
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