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    Default Help With Math Curriculum 6 years old

    We have used RightStart Math A and half of B, but for some reason it has become like pulling teeth! Every time I bring it out, there is a fit or some complaints. I'm not sure if my child is just being lazy or he really doesn't like the curriculum.

    He seemed to grasp the concepts pretty quickly and easily before. He's in "1st grade", but seems to be a little bit advanced.

    Any advice? Do you have any suggestions for another curriculum?

    Thank you so much, I look forward to reading your advice.

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    Our DD is has always been advanced in math, but if you pull out a workbook/sheet of any sort a drama is sure to ensue. I learned early on that if I wanted her to get the practice she needs to hold onto the concepts she learns that games are the way to go - Card games and online games and catch the multisided ball and answer a question games etc. Basically curriculum became supplemental to activities. That might be the way to go with your kid too - Use the curriculum as a guide of what to cover and change up how you cover it based on your kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artmama View Post
    Our DD is has always been advanced in math, but if you pull out a workbook/sheet of any sort a drama is sure to ensue. I learned early on that if I wanted her to get the practice she needs to hold onto the concepts she learns that games are the way to go - Card games and online games and catch the multisided ball and answer a question games etc. Basically curriculum became supplemental to activities. That might be the way to go with your kid too - Use the curriculum as a guide of what to cover and change up how you cover it based on your kid.
    Thanks Artmama. I may just have to try that. Do you have any online games to suggest? I really appreciate your help.

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    That’s also a part of being 6. Instead of using a curriculum, we played games and did lots of math activities, but nothing that DS thought looked like school. There are some fun ones out there that helped with concepts, but were short on formal lessons.

    Here is a list of games and books about games. The books are wonderful and help you come up with interesting ways to talk about math.
    Choosing Our Own Adventures: Math Games
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    That’s also a part of being 6. Instead of using a curriculum, we played games and did lots of math activities, but nothing that DS thought looked like school. There are some fun ones out there that helped with concepts, but were short on formal lessons.

    Here is a list of games and books about games. The books are wonderful and help you come up with interesting ways to talk about math.
    Choosing Our Own Adventures: Math Games
    Thanks Mariam. I will check out the link. I was thinking it's just him being 6, but I'm confused that last year when he was 5-6 years old, he was fine. I even thought that last years level (A) was harder! Obviously something changed, maybe it's just because it's the beginning of the year. I will try more math games for sure.

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    What's it like if you just do the RS Card Games and the stuff in Activities for the AL Abacus? Not the full curriculum?

    We loved a lot of the Gamewright Games at that age - especially Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Zeus on the Loose.

    You could give something like Family Math or Denise Gaskins's Let's Play Math a try.

    If you'd like to try another curriculum, you could try Miquon. I puffy heart love Miquon. But not everyone will. It's all very individual.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    What's it like if you just do the RS Card Games and the stuff in Activities for the AL Abacus? Not the full curriculum?

    We loved a lot of the Gamewright Games at that age - especially Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Zeus on the Loose.

    You could give something like Family Math or Denise Gaskins's Let's Play Math a try.

    If you'd like to try another curriculum, you could try Miquon. I puffy heart love Miquon. But not everyone will. It's all very individual.
    Thank you Farrarwilliams. I have tried to do just the games in the last few days and it has been met with resistance. I think I may lay off for a while.

    I just checked out Miquon and the books are inexpensive, so I will give it a try. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    If you do Miquon, note that you need Cuisenaire rods! But they're also not too expensive. And they're useful for a long time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    If you do Miquon, note that you need Cuisenaire rods! But they're also not too expensive. And they're useful for a long time.
    Thanks so much. I'm ordering the Orange book and the Cuisenaire rods. We'll see how it goes.

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