Topic | RightStart Maths, or Singapore, or MUS

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  • Mango
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    Hi there,

    Wondering if anyone can give some advice.

    We have done MUS up to & incl. Epsilon, & now thinking of something different with the next ones coming up.

    Why? – would like to cover more variety.

    I have thought about going thru Prima & Foundations, & then layering Gamma & Delta & maybe Epsilon, with adding various other bits out of Singapore along the way.

    (since we already have the MUS ourselves, & most SM texts from a friend)

    Or just do Singapore Maths. Many reviews read that it is not easy, so not so keen to just jump in.

    But have read the Simply Charlotte Mason recomendation for RightStart Maths, & it sounds really good. Website reads really good. 99.9% reviews read really good.

    The concepts of it sounds good, – is the whole program as good as the concepts ?

    I have read that it can be very time consuming, is it ?

    I have read that some parts expect the parent to ‘already’ know, is this so ?

    I have read that it jumps from one concept to another too much, is this so ?

    I would like to know how RightStart & Singapore compare ?

    I know that if we go with RS, that will mean ordering in a new program, but if it is significantly better, well then I can !

    So if anyone has any words of advice or suggestions about my MUS idea, or Singapore, or RightStart, I would really like to hear.

    The concepts taught in RightStart sound so good, but I need to know how good compared to MUS ?

    Thank you all for taking this time,

    Mango

    Sonya Shafer
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    I haven’t used Singapore, so I can’t compare it with RightStart. But I can try to address your specific RS questions. 🙂

    The concepts of it sounds good, – is the whole program as good as the concepts ?

    In my opinion, yes.

    I have read that it can be very time consuming, is it ?

    It does take more time to play a math card game with your child than to just give him a review worksheet. So in that case, I would say Yes. However, the lessons themselves are broken into sections with various activities, and you can easily take them in smaller chunks of time rather than trying to do the whole lesson at one sitting. It is definitely a parent-involved curriculum, though. Not one that you can just give to your child to do.

    I have read that some parts expect the parent to ‘already’ know, is this so ?

    I haven’t come up against any of those situations, other than basic math facts, of course. Has anybody experienced this?

    I have read that it jumps from one concept to another too much, is this so ?

    It does give a variety of concepts in the course of a lesson, but each concept is taught systematically over several lessons. So in one lesson you might do a review activity on number placement value, then do an activity that continues teaching the concept of adding tens and ones, then transfer that concept to a different kind of activity (like from objects to the abacus or vice versa), then you might do a shapes activity.

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