Hi, I am using Math U See with my DD6. we are in Alpha. she is understanding the concepts quite well and enjoys the lessons. the question I have is this, we are on the lessons that introduces math facts we have the 1’s and plus 0’s down no sweat. but now that we have introduced plus 2 she figures out the problems on the worksheets ether quickly in her head ( I can tell she is counting it out) or using the blocks the facts are not stuck in her memory. (we have done all the worksheets including the extras printed out for up to this lesson) Do we keep practicing the worksheets and perhaps introduce flash cards untill all the plus 2 facts are memorized, or do we move on to the next lesson? do we use our math time to drill the facts? or is that making it more of a classical pounding of memorization type of lesson 😛
the Math U See advice is to stay on the lesson untill it is memorized… guess I just wanted to know what SCM ers MUS ers would advise. I don’t want to take the spark away. she likes it so far, but I don’t want to fall into the trap of traditional education were she is being forced to drill drill drill. 🙂 if the drill is whats needed we will do it and I will make it as fun as I can. she is my first to homeschool so don’t want to make the mistakes on her.
thanks for reading my rambelling.
My dd6 is doing MUS alpha too. I am going at a slow pace and letting each fact soak in. We are up to doubles now, so far so good. We can spend up to an entire month learning one set of facts. I usually use a dry erase pocket for the lesson sheets and she just does the ones I circle. It’s rare that we do an entire sheet, but we will build up to that later. Since I’m not rushing the facts, she REALLY knows them. I also bought a Flashmaster and now I don’t have to use flashcards at all. It’s been a great tool!!
With my older kids, I felt the need to push them along and that was a mistake. So I have learned (once again) that slow AND steady wins! HTH!
thanks it does 🙂 I was afraid we were not moving foward. it has been two weeks for the 2s lol guess I need to slow down my expectations. I like the dry erase Idea… that would be ideal b/c I have two littlels following her. I can reuse the book that way. forgive me, what is a Flashmaster? 🙂 we are reading life of Fred for fun as well (maybe once a week). I thought about the queens math program for a fun story line to rotate in variety. any one have experience with it?simple homeMember
It’s a bit pricey, but considering all my children use it, I think it to be good value. We can take it anywhere too!MamaSnowParticipant
I am also doing Alpha with my dd who just turned 7. We do stay on the lesson until I’m sure she’s got it. If I decide we need to review something for a bit longer before moving on to a new lesson, I’ve also used this time to introduce other things like telling time to keep it from feeling like we are doing endless drill pages. If we use up all the worksheets before I feel like she has it, we will play games for a few days, and have also found math copywork helpful for her. We use the online drill program daily as well to review the current (as well as all previous) groups of facts. We’re moving through Alpha slowly but surely, but I’m not too concerned about it. I figure that having a solid foundation in the facts will help her understand and move more quickly through more advanced concepts later on, so it will all come out even in the end.
We do not use MUS but CLE, which my children and I both love. I just wanted to second the Flashmaster. We have had one for a few years now, and my children love it. After taking an extended break recently due to a move, I realized my 7yo son hadn’t retained some of the facts he had previously had down, so we have taken a bit of a break (again!) while he spends some time with his Flashmaster and LOF. He loves it!
I feel a little silly right now. just looked over MUS website a bit more and realize I skipped over the drill option entirely I have created worksheets multiple times but never checked out the drill section. a whole new thing for her. I got her on it and she did the drill a few times. (prob a good 20 minutes). this will really help. 🙂 I like the Flashmaster. It will definately be added to my save for list. 🙂
thanks again for all your point of views. I truly appreciate this forum 🙂 I am here almost daily but I tend to lurk and read and not post often. guess cause I feel so new to all of this.LindseyDParticipant
For help with my dd7’s facts, we are about to purchase Rapid Recall. It has been recommended by missceegee (Christie on this forum), who is one of my closest homeschooling friends and I trust her recommendation completely. Also, my sis-in-law has been using it with my nephews, 9 and 7, with great success. It’s pricey, but I plan to put it to use on both kids and use plastic page protectors so that I can resell it or give it away later on. My dd7 loves the MUS drill application too!missceegeeParticipant
Yes, I highly recommend Rapid Recall. It is the only thing that helped my dd11 learn her facts. She knows all +-x/ facts down cold thanks to this program. Pricey, but well worth it for us. I use page protectors, too. Ds8 has learned all +-x by the end of 2nd grade using it.
We keep things fresh now using a 2 minute calculadder drill. Anything would work, but I already had this.
It’s been perfect for us.
ETA… Lindsey, you are too sweet.
thanks ladies I will be checking Rapid Recall out. I find myself often admiring and looking up to quite a few of you all on here that post your ideas. its a blessing to have such a wealth of wisdom to lean on 🙂 I definately know I can always come here to get ideas and/or inspiraton when my days are feeling less than smooth and easy.
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