Can anyone compare the Right Start and Math-u-see curriculums for a beginning student? Also, how hard is it to learn to teach using manipulatives when I myself learned by textbook/flashcard methods? Thanks for any help.
Well, I can’t speak to Math-U-See… we use RightStart.
I LOVE RightStart, especially for a beginning student. (There are 2 beginning levels – roughly a K level and a grade 1 level… – but take the placement test…) The Abacus is the main manipulative, and once you get how to use it, it is fantastic.
RightStart levels are fairly scripted for you. There are instructions on what you are doing and the manipulatives are fairly straight forward. The kids really get to know their math, and most of the practice of rote facts are done with special card games.
I’m on the otherside, we’ve only used MUS. I was also taught math traditionally, but have found MUS very easy to use and teach. The teachers manual has great tips and tricks but I rarely use it. We generally watch the video together for each new lesson and I’ve not had any problems figuring out how to use the manipulatives or help my kids with the lesson – we’ve done Primer through Delta at this point.
Haven’t had experience w/Right Start, but LOVE MUS. It’s about the only constant in our 7 yrs. of homeschooling and I plan to use it all the way through. I’m also thrilled to just discover that they have online classes for the upper levels in case I get in over my head:) Gina
I have used MUS with two children (now 23 and 13) and still using it with my 13 year old. However, because I love the looks of Right Start and my other two don’t claim math as their favorite subject, I am going to get Right Start for my beginning 4 year old and blend with the MUS, switching over to MUS later. I really like the looks of Right Start to make math fun for a beginning student. However, MUS is a wonderful curriculum…..all the way! :)