I was wondering about the Key to . . . math workbook series. I really like them, and my daughter likes them; but she really needs something very thorough. I think these are supplementary more than a thorough curriculum. She is “behind” where I think she should be. I don’t even like thinking that way because I know everyone is different. But we’ve had issues since the beginning of school that have hindered her.
Now she is ready to work! So I have these workbooks, but I was thinking I should get her something that would cover it all. We’ve been using the Key to books for 2 months and I still don’t think we’re getting very far.
I do have Math on the Level, but I have no energy (mental or physical) currently to be planning anything. I was thinking of Calvert Math. It’s very traditional and school-ish, but it is thorough. We have used it with her older brother in the past, and it seemed to serve him.
What do you think?
Depending on her age, Teaching Textbooks (computer based) is wonderful for our family. We take it slow and just do one lesson at a time. No planning required by mom. But I do check the grade book of course to see how they did, and will do review as needed.
Key to… is supplemental, if I personally was to start again doing math and I had the funds, I would only use Math U See. We have used Bob Jones, Teaching Textbooks and MUS and Math U See is wonderful and really got our daughters up to speed. Linda
Linda, can you discuss why you feel Math U See is better than Teaching Textbooks? Curious.
We use Singapore math here and are loving it. I actually had tried it when my boys were little and did NOT like it at all. But after using MUS, Teaching Textbooks, and Saxon (yes, I’m guilty of math jumping) I decided to try Singapore one more time. Of course, it had been 5 years since I had tried it and knew I needed something strong yet fairly inexpensive to get my boys on track. They are both rather ‘behind’ in math. Well, I took them to the library (I had no internet at the time) and had them take placement tests. My ds11 tested starting out in 3B. My ds9 tested starting out in 2A. Ok, so that scared me a little. I bought the texts, workbooks and extra practice books for each of them and we worked on them the last few months. My ds11 is now on book 4A and ds9 on 2B. I would say they have improved their math skills considerably and they actually say they don’t mind math for the first time in I don’t know when. I couldn’t be more pleased, whether they’re ‘behind’ or not. They are where fits them.
I know math can be tricky. Finding the program that suits an individual child’s needs can be even trickier! I hope you find what you’re looking for.
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