# Math for 6 yr old

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• suzukimom
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If you really like the RS Abacus and the general way RS does things – but you don’t like to use a lot of manipulatives and you don’t like scripted lessons…. and you are pretty comfortable in math, there is an option….

The RS tutoring program called ‘Activities for the AlAbacus’.  (You would want the book and the Worksheet book.)  I’d also use MUS’s worksheet generator page.  You would want the games and games book as well.

Activities for the AlAbacus is the ORIGINAL program by Joan Cotter – so years ago, people did use it for a math program.  It has from basic number sense, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division.  I don’t remember if it has time, money, or fractions – or if you need to just use games for it.

The book is setup into those specific operations.  It has just the basics on how to teach the concepts – it would be up to you to decide when to work on each one (they don’t recommend just working in one operation at a time!) and how much practice would be needed.  ie – you would have to design the specifics of the course.

But I know people who have done it!

BlessedMommy
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My daughter also loves Math! After being less than impressed with Saxon, I started her on a combination of Miquon (mastery) and CLE (spiral) when she was 6. We are still loving it and she is 7 & 1/2 now. You can read more about it in my original post here… https://simplycharlottemason.com/scmforum/topic/found-our-new-math-and-some-tips-for-miquon-users-long-post/

I created a “Math Lab” in our school room which works wonderfully for us. If she struggles with a problem, I first encourage her to be a “Math Investigator” and choose from her manipulatives to see if she can find the answer. Most of the time, she gets it on her own when I remind her to do that. You can see our “Math Lab” (plus the rest of our school room) here… http://hodgepodgemodgepodge.blogspot.com/2014/10/embracing-charlotte-mason-our-2014_25.html

I think I mentioned before that I only planned to use the CLE speed drills occasionally but, she really loves doing them, so she does that every day with her CLE lesson. And since moving into 2nd grade CLE, the lessons are longer but, she only complained once on a day that she seemed extra tired. But, they put a little check list on the first page of each lesson so she does the entire lesson almost completely independently aside from dictation and fact review. She is very strong in mental math so, when she occasionally answers a word problem without showing the work or she condenses it (i.e. Jane owned two rabbis and bought two more rabbits plus 5 chickens…she put 4+5 instead of 2+2+5 (as the book showed)…I don’t mark her wrong or make her show the work if the answer was correct because I personally think that mental math is a great thing to have.

We are changing things up for the summer and doing Life of Fred just for a change of scenery.

ReneeS
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BlessedMommy, your school room is fantastic, simple yet gets the job done well, that is the type of set up that makes me wish we had the extra space for a room or space specifically for school 🙂

ReneeS
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I just found this video on youtube about RS/ Feel silly that I haven’t found it sooner lol

https://youtu.be/mbFP_ectrY4

suzukimom
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RightStart has older webinars for how to teach all the levels (for edition 1 – not sure if there are ones for edition 2 yet.)  There are also videos of some of the games being played.

http://rightstartmath.com/resources/how-to-videos

http://rightstartmath.com/resources/card-games-videos

ReneeS
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great! Thank you for the links. Like I said I can’t believe I hadn’t seen these yet

I’m going to have to explore some of these links more, but thank you all for your thoughts on this.

@suzukimom
– THANK YOU for suggesting that Activities/Worksheets combo! I actually OWN both of those books but have never used them and had them in a box of things to get rid of amidst some downsizing. Well, lo and behold, I pulled them out after I read your comment and I think you might be on to something! I am excited to spend some more time reading and thinking it through. My biggest concern would probably be that if it’s too unstructured then he won’t progress through it as he waits on me. (I know, I know, first I complained RS was too scripted, now I’m saying it’s is too unstructured — there’s just no pleasing me! haha)  So I will just need to really plan it out and put it to the test.

Excited for this new option!!

Leslie
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Not to take away from the RS discussion, but I just wanted to add in that we’ve really enjoyed using Ray’s as our main math program. In my opinion, it does not require very much prep time, if any at all, but I do the whole lesson orally with each child. I ended up purchasing Ruth Beechick’s Teacher’s Guide, and to me it was worth it, as it gave me more confidence as to how to add in the extras like telling time, measuring, etc. I only use Ray’s orally and never require writing of problems for my 1st grader, as he still has to work hard to write. We’ve also supplemented with Khan Academy’s Early Math to enjoy more variety of problems relating to graphs, shapes, and so on. I plan to continue to use Ray’s for next year’s second grader and then a new first grader.

ReneeS
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Leslie- Thank you for your input! I have a really really old rays (I love old books yet am not a huge reader lol) I looked at it and was slightly lost as what to do with it. I didn’t realize Ruth Beechick had written something to go along with Rays.

I love and hate that there are so many different ways and books and such to pick from in almost all categories of schooling. I despise wasting money on things that don’t work but at the same time I won’t know until I try. I will be adding to my list of things to keep an eye out for at the used curriculum sale at convention in June 🙂

BlessedMommy
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Thanks ReneeS. ☺️ The space is also the playroom so it can get quite messy. But, playing = learning too, right? ?. But, everything will be gone tomorrow when the Movers are done packing. We just relocated back to FL and we are staying in a hotel for a month. Praying our next home will have enough space to set it up about the same.

ReneeS
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Blessedmommy- yes! Play is learning, I love it! good luck with the move! We did a cross country move with the movers. I hope your move is as simple as ours was. I hope your home search will give you what your family needs 🙂

BlessedMommy
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Thanks so much. So far, it’s been a wonderful experience as far as moves go. Coming back “home” makes it all the better. 🙂

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