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I am finalizing things for oud next school year and most things I’ve figured out BUT I can’t seem to settle on a math curriculum for my gifted soon to be 7-year old.
This year we’ve done JUMP math 3 and it was too easy and slow for him so I’ve been having him do CTC Math which has been great because he can be in older grade work BUT I don’t like math especially at this age to be solely on the computer especially because I still have to be beside him anyways. I’ve looked at Beast Academy books, RightStart Math and Singapore Math. Reviews or other suggestions welcome!retrofamParticipant
We like Singapore. Dimensions is the newest version, but we like Primary Mathematics Standards Edition with the Home Instructors guide. It is getting hard to find right now because of current events though.
I took two free classes from Well Trained Mind taught by Kate Snow on how to teach it. Not only do I understand it, I see the value in the methods.
Beast Academy is good for gifted kids if they would rather do fewer, harder problems, so I’ve heard.
Rightstart is more teacher guided and less worksheets, but I didn’t understand the concepts as well, so it was a struggle for me to teach.
Show your child samples and see what he likes, after you have figured out what works for you.ErinDParticipant
Take a look at Math Mammoth. It is slightly advanced, and it gets more advanced as you progress through the higher levels. I love the way it teaches and all the teaching is right in the text, so it’s easy to teach and organize.AmyParticipant
I have been pleased using Richele’s handbook as a guide and then figuring out what needs to be covered using various books. If your kid catches on quickly there is no need to drill and kill just add some review and interesting real-life word problems. We have used Strayer-Upton and then I have used other materials such as Marilyn Burns materials to get ideas of how to present ideas in a living way. In those grades 1-4 most concepts just build on one another, and for my son, I was amazed at how once he really understood the idea of addition, subtraction, etc. there is no limit. He was to learn in 3rd grade his multiplication/division tables but he ended up learning long division and multiplying 3-4 digits. I think if you spend some time letting the kids explore and understanding in the early years then they will advance quite quickly because they have that foundation of understanding and NOT just rules on how to do a problem. If you are willing to put in some effort I think it’s worth it going at your child’s pace instead of a “guided curriculum” HTH 🙂retrofamParticipant
I wanted to add that Singapore Math is shipping small orders again.
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