Topic | math curriculum–what do you use?

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    Start ing to think about math for my 2nd gradersThe are at a mid-second grade level i believe.  Last year they used singapore, a little of math u see,  a little of right start.  I am not sure what to do for this year–my husband offered to teach them from the singapore curriculum since he is fairly confident. I really don’t want to take the time to “learn it the signapore way”. And i am doing most everything CM style-does anyone have any comments on singapore–it would not include manipulatives if my husband taught it.


    We use a living math approach. I do use Singapore books as a reference, but mostly it’s hands-on math activities and games, plus math history (I buy the curriculum from I pull the games from my Family Math book and online or just make them up. But I’d very much like to get Math on the Level.

    Some links

    my transition to living math

    Charlotte Mason on math


    I use Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetic and we like it. Very simple and practical.


    We use and love Right Start.  Been using it for my two girls for several years.


    I use Strayer-Upton Practical Arithmetic and we like it. Very simple and practical

    I agree!


    I have one that’s similar to Singapore, so it might not interest you.  It’s different then how we teach in the US, but it is a FANTASTIC program.  We’ve been using it for 3 years now and I’m hooked.  It available free online, you’d just have to print the workbook pages as you needed them.  Many of the workbooks are now online, so you wouldn’t even have to do that.  I print a teacher book & student book at Kinko’s.  It costs me about $15 a book, but worth it to me.

    Some find it teacher intensive, but I actually enjoy the interaction.  It is probably my DD’s favorite subject.  It takes us about 20 minutes a day.  Best part, I’m finally learning math myself!  I wish I had been taught like this in school! 

    It’s a European program so it teaches metric, but I found that useful.  I teach the US form of measurements through cooking and every day life.  It’s not for everyone, but I think it’s one of the best math programs I’ve seen.  Algebra & Geometry are introduced in the first year.  It stresses mental math and it gently, progressively gets harder with each lesson.  It’s a “spiral” program, not a “mastery” program, so topics are touched on in numerous different ways over time.  My DD’s may not get a new concept at first, but their lightbulb moments will arrive eventually.

    Oh yeah…I was re-reading Volume 1 this summer and I was thrilled to see how CMish it is.   Ms. Mason’s recommendations are very much reflected in the methods of this program.

    You can find it here:  MEP


    I have a 2nd grader and we are doing Ray’s Arithmetic.  I bought the parent/teacher guide that comes with it and it is so helpful!  Everything is all planned out for you and there are some practical math activities included, too.  We also try to read as many books off the Living Math list as possible. 

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