Tagged: ray's arithmetic
How do you use this? Is it your sole math curriculum? Do you use the free downloads, or did you order the CD set from Dollar Homeschool? What grades do you use it for? Does it prepare adequately for algebra etc?
I read your post a while ago and figured some more seasoned folks than I would reply. I have only been using Rays for a few months and can’t really give you any advise about how it prepares for algebra. (My kids are not there yet.) I can lead you to some helpful links I used to decide to use it. Below is the Ambleside thread I literally read through (all of them) to find info about it. (Many of the folks here discuss how it works for upper levels.)
The following site is helpful. I use this to look at his lessons, if I am confused about something.
I literally have combed through math curriculums for what seemed to be 3 years. I used Saxon with my son when he was six. He did great, but he loathed it. I wanted something simple, more CM and Rays has stood the test of time. To me, it seemed to go back to the basics and still provide all a child needs for math.
I purchased the Rays teachers guide along with the primary book. I find it a bit helpful.
So far, it seems great to me. It is a little ‘behind’ what my son was doing, but I feel that repetition regarding addition and subtraction will not hurt him.
I took a leap of faith when I went this route; as math is NOT my strength:-)
Hope this helps a bit…
PS… My son is 7 and I use the primary book of Rays. I use it as the sole math curriculum.Mom2fiveParticipant
My children do spectrum workbook math because I do not like huge workbooks and want them to have a simpler math. I thought about rays but thought it looked hard. Do you make your children do the memorization? What exactly is the concept of rays?
I just started using this summer and it was a series of sites, forums, etc… that made me feel it was right for our family. It was intimidating at first but something in my guts just told me I needed to pursue it.
This site has just helpful information about Rays in general. It also has audio lessons you can use for your teaching and/or a guide if a lesson confuses you. I use only for my own reference if needed.
Here is a guide lots of folks use from the Eclectic Manual of Methods:
Here is the forum from Ambleside that I used a ton. I think I read through every post, just to get ideas of how people used and to gain confidence. There is a lot of information and questions answered here.
Lastly, I just purchased the primer and Ray’s Parent Teacher guide. I think you have to believe in the process, because it is not the ‘normal’ math curriculum and doesn’t coincide with some of the requirements of public testing. (ie; what they need to know by 3rd grade to pass testing.)
I posted this on a different post but my son is 6 and we used Saxon math last year. He did really well, learned a lot, but despised math by the mid year. I decided we needed to do something less stifling.
I don’t do any memorizing. We go through the primer and then play math games to drive addition/subtraction home for now. It is more hands on than some mom’s like. It isn’t an ‘open and go’ math program. However, with the Ray’s site I linked above, you could make it more independent.
Sorry if I wasn’t a ton of help. I just thought I would give you the info that helped me take the leap.:-) Once I have a few more years under my belt, I may have more concrete feedback.
Hope this gives you a place to start!
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