Topic | Ray's Arithmetic

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  • 6boys1girl

    I’m using Ray’s Primary Arithmetic with my 1st and 2/3rd grader (he’s a cross between grades). Although my 1st grader does great with oral math and flashcards, my 2/3 grader needs to write it to really get it.

    I was looking at the workbooks by Mott Media as a possibility but the descriptions of the workbooks don’t seem to match what is taught from the Primary Arithmetic book as directed by Ruth Beechick’s teachers manual.

    Has anyone used the workbooks? If so, what did you think? Did they match what was taught?

    Thanks, Rebecca

    Rachel White

    HI Rebecca, I don’t use the workbooks. But do you have Ruth Beechicks guide to using them? That might be handy to you.

    Also, instead of buying a wkbk, how about just having her have a binder and write the problems on loose leaf paper and keep them organized that way?

    Other than that, she could use a small chalkboard or dry erase board. There’s a Melissa and Doug tabletop easel that has a chalkboard on one side and a magnetized dry erase board on the other.



    I have and use the workbooks. My dd needs the extra practice they afford her. The workbooks do line up with the book lessons nicely, but don’t follow Beechick’s suggestions in the Parent Guide. For my dd, she needed more writing along with the mental part of Ray’s to make it stick.

    You can see samples of the workbooks at

    Bear in mind that Beechick wrote the parent guide LONG after Joseph Ray wrote Primary Arithmetic and the rest of the series, so this is her take on it. If it works for you – great, but if not, you can always go your own way. We do a sort of combination.


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