I think that I might be a little crazy but I am thinking about changing my 7.5 year old and my just turned 10 year old to Right Start Math. My 7 year old is on section 12 of Alpha and my 10 year old is on section 20 in Delta.
Is it possible to combine these two kids on the same level of RS? I am a little afraid that I am biting off more than I can chew if I did two different levels.
Thanks in advance!
I am not familiar with MUS, but after a quick look at their website and what is taught in Alpha and Delta, I would say that your dc would also be on two seperate levels in RS math. I would think your younger child would be on Level B and the older maybe on D. I really don’t think that combining them would work, although they may enjoy playing math games together.
I think you’re right…..ugh! Not what I wanted to hear….I guess I just have to figure out if it is worth the extra time.
I agree that your older should be in a higher math level. You don’t want him to be behind where he should be. I think there is a placement quiz at RS and there are transition lessons he would do since RS math is taught so differently than any other. They could play some math card games together and some just with you. You could also alternate games day with one child and lesson day with the other child. Or you could do level B with the younger and use the games kit to help re-inforce MUS lessons one or two days a week with the older. RightStart is a great program and it is worth the extra time, if you can find a way to fit the time in with all of your other duties and subjects. I admit it is harder for me in different seasons than other times. Next year I will have one starting level D and one finishing level B.
OK, I did the placement test for my 10 yr old, and she tested actaully at level E. Not 100% convinced this is where I should put her, but we may give it a try.
I am glad to know that I could probably have them play some of the games together-that would help.suzukimomParticipant
Sorry I missed your question! It was an errand type of day here. Sounds like you got good answers though!
I would try to get them n a habit of playing at least one card game together each day with your 10yo helping the 7yo. You may need to play a more advanced game with the 10yo.
Were you going to do 1st edition with your 7yo or 2nd? (Level E is only in 1st edition, so no question there….)
Another suggestion (one that I don’t always do… sigh….) Decide on the length of time you want to do in a lesson. Say 20min for the 7yo and 30min for the 10yo. Set a timer and do the lesson. If you get done earlier than the timer (by more than a couple of minutes) play one of the games. If you aren’t done when the timer goes off (and there is more than a few minutes left) bookmark it, and start there the next day. It may take you longer than a year to do the level this way, but they will be stronger in math. And there is plenty of time (check out the Joanne breaks down math K to College thread that was bumped up)
RS does say that an older student doing RS (not that yours are) could in theory start VideoText Algebra (their recommended High School program – starts with a pre-algebra) right after level E if needed. But even doing the RightStart Level G (2 years along with VideoText Algebra Level A done at the same time for the last half of level G) you have until they are in about grade 7 or 8 easily to finish Level E (1st edition, or the now non-existant Level F in 2nd edition…)
Thanks suzukimom so much! I finally decided that since I have kids, I would not have time next year to do two levels of RS. I wish I did but I can only do so much.
My 10 yr old is already almost finished with Delta and about to start Epsilon so dh and I decided to just keep her in Math U See. My dd 12 has also been in Math U See from the very beginning and will stick with it as well. I wish that they had done RS at the start but you just don’t know what you don’t know.
My youngest three, however, will be doing RS.
Question- do u think that the odler ones doing Math U See would benefit from doing the math games with us? Is there any other way to strengthen thier mental math skills?
They will benefit from the math games if they are still doing arithmetic, including fractions etc.
What I meant to say was since I have FIVE kids, not just “since I have kids”……we played the corners game today – myself and my 7 yr old and 10 yr old. They loved it.
These game are great!
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