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    Default Right start or Singapore math

    Hello! I’m deciding between Right Start math or Singapore math. My son is just finishing kindergarten. I have no experience with either curriculum. My son does fine with worksheets but I love teaching through hands on activities. He of course loves the activities as well. He seems to have a math oriented mind. So I think a challenging curriculum might work for him. I chose to piece together his curriculum for kindergarten but it is very time consuming for me. I would love something that does some of the work for me. So my question/s:

    If I buy right start will I still feel the need to supplement with more worksheets?


    If I buy Singapore math will I still be searching for interactive activities to reinforce the lessons?

    If there are any other math curriculums you have experience with that may fit our needs please feel free to suggest them!


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    My boys are both “mathy”, and we have used Singapore without problem or the need for supplements. The books are inexpensive (just buy the textbook, they can write in it), and if something benefits from having manipulatives, there are always blueberries, cheerios, and pipe cleaners. (And anything else lying around the house.) My feeling is you dont need formal manipulatives, unless your kid really struggles with the concepts intellectually. In which case, you wouldnt be saying he is “mathy”.

    Good luck!

    Also, the (expensive) teacher guides for Singapore do have a lot of supplementary activities and explanations. I opened them once when my oldest may have been in 2nd grade, to see how they wanted something taught.
    The workbook goes from concrete to abstract, I dont think you need a guide for how to teach place value and addition.

    Good luck with whatever you do!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Thank you so much! I really appreciate your feedback. Singapore math sounds like the way to go!

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    I've used both programs.

    RightStart has A LOT of stuff. I used it with my daughter who has ADHD and needed to be moving and doing all the time - so games and a variety of things to touch was the way to go for us. I would not used it otherwise, but just because it was tedious for me.

    Singapore - nice solid foundation in math and what AM said.
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    My children are Montessori children and have learned math through the hands-on visual materials. I looked into Singapore and found it not a right fit for us. I am a Montessori teacher and convinced hubby that I will continue to use the Montessori material.

    Anyway, while researching math, I found programs like Miquon (the Cuisenaire Rods are great for abstract concepts) Math U See, and Shiller Math (a Montessori inspired math program). Maybe you could supplement with one/some of their tools for the hands-on activity part.

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