- chalise bondurantParticipant
I was curious if anyone has started using “Ray’s For Today” and how you are liking it? How it compares to a CM scope and sequence, etc.?
“Ray’s for Today offers the rigorous and uncompromising content of the original Ray’s New Arithmetic series in an updated format. It recreates the classical teaching in an age-appropriate and contemporary manner while still keeping the emphasis on oral language, mental math, and math reasoning.” Mott Media
Oh my goodness, I didn’t even know existed! I just ordered because I am so curious after looking at it. I use Rays Primer for my 7 year old and I was just wondering how I would introduce measurements/time/money. This looks like the best of both worlds to me.
I am sorry I can not let you know what I think, but I am thankful you posted.:-) How did you find out about this?
I have used Rays for about 6 months and have been using the Rays Arithmetic site for ‘helps’ when I need it. I will definitely use these for helps and possibly switch to them entirely, if I like.
Thanks for the tip! Anyone who uses Rays, except for maybe a math teacher, wonders how they are doing and if they are touching everything needed.
PS…It is so new, I am not sure you are going to get much feedback. I purchased mine at Christian Book which still can’t ship until Nov. (However, they have a 24% discount right now!) If you look on amazon, you have to type the description in EXACTLY to find them. (They are full price and don’t seem to carry the set.) They say 1 to 2 months for delivery. So, I think they are ‘hot off the press’!erin.kateParticipant
Do you happen to know if Levels 1 and 2 correspond with Ray’s Primary book? I gather there isn’t yet anything available for the other Ray’s books … Practical and Intellectual?
This is really interesting. Thanks for sharing!erin.kateParticipant
I found this on Mott Media’s website:
“Eight levels are planned for grades 1 through 8. Levels 1 and 2 are now available. Levels 3 through 5 are scheduled for 2017, and Levels 6 through 8 for 2018.”
Well oh my, that is interesting! Are there any samples available on line?AimeeParticipant
Yes! There are samples on Mott Media’s sight.
I purchased on Christian book and they are running special right now 24% off.:-) I found on Amazon, but had to type EXACTLY what title of book is and I couldn’t find the set. Amazon also had a lead time of 1 to 2 months for one of them. Christian book already sent mine. I should have this week.
Anyone care to update how you like or don’t like Ray’s for Today?
We are enjoying it. I should say, my son seems to be thriving using it. I was using Saxon and thought it was a good solid curriculum that made sense to me. However, my son was starting to loath math. He did really well and understood all the concepts, but was not enjoying math.
This is definitely more teacher intensive, but the results seem worth it to me. I was just using Rays books and a couple website helps before purchasing this and I really like having it more planned out for me. I was fumbling around a bit before and this has put more format to my lessons. I think I would have been fine using the book, but having the manual has been great for me. (Not being math savvy in the first place. )
My son looks forward to math and it seems a lot less laborious than Saxon. Really, it is just enjoyable. Most importantly, he is learning and liking learning.
I am hoping to stick with this for years to come but can’t give you any insight on the upper grade levels. (Supposedly they get less teacher intensive as the years progress.)
Maybe some others can chime in. I would love to hear some other opinions as well!:-)
Thank you, Renee. This is helpful. I am leaning towards buying the SCM dvd and book, and Ray’s for Today. Between the two it should complete my math arsenal; ) I will be starting this with my kindergartener, so it shouldn’t be too difficult.RoslynParticipant
This looks really interesting. I am using CLE 1st grade now and my son likes it. I do have the living math manual and an abacus that I use too. Any more in depth reviews and ideas would be great! I have 2 more coming up;)AimeeParticipant
Hi, gouldfamily5, I’m just wondering how long it takes each day. This looks like what I’ve been looking for, for years! Just want to be sure I can invest the time with a big family.
Thanks for sharing about this.
Gosh, I don’t know if I can help there. I have a 7, 5 and 3 year old. Only my 7 year old is doing formal math so far. I have wondered how it will work with 3 in the mix.
Not very helpful, hugh? My assumption is, it will be difficult. It does require copying (If you want to use for youngers later), and being right there during the process.
Maybe I will feel differently later; but my hope is that my 7 year old will be more independent when my 5 year old starts and then my 3 year old.
I was hoping to see some folks that may be using the older levels comment too; just to see what they thought with regards to the parent involvement AND just overall program.
For now, I am really going to try and just ‘be there’ for all using Rays. I believe in the concepts and think it is a good way of learning math.
Sorry if that doesn’t help much!
This looks interesting. I hesitate bc we started with Ray’s 3-4 years ago but it flopped bc I needed a bit more hand-holding. Then we tried math mammoth but that didn’t work either. Next was Life of Fred and now CLE.
I wouldn’t switch again for my oldest but I have 4 more to go. I love the idea of it but I hate to shell out more money. It’s also enticing me bc my dd with special needs seems to need more hands-on and less writing and CLE is writing-intensive.
And then what if they don’t finish the series?
Alright, I just bought it so I’ll keep you posted!
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