My dd has been a math phob from the start. I dont feel she has a learning disability, but needs encouragement to keep her motivated in this area. I have been having to work full time and have not been able to help her the last couple of years. I am about to cut my work load to 2 days per week , so I can provide more guidance . She is 13.5 yo and only in book 1 of Principles of Math (Master Books). She told me it lingered far too long on fractions, but would cover other topics much too quickly for her, moving to the next concept before she has time to learn. I need a math with which I can customize the speed . I have read some post about using SU with CM methods using the SCM math guide. My questions are these:
Considering my dd’s age and the fact she would be in book 3 of SU , would SCM guide be of any benefit for me? Or is it mostly geared for youngers?
Because math is NOT my forte (I will have to relearn a lot) would you not recommend this method for me? Would I be getting in over my head?Sandra WadeParticipant
I’m no expert, but in my opinion you can slow any curriculum down. Add extra practice or stop and supplement with something else such as Key to Decimals, etc. I would use a curriculum that both of you are comfortable with.
You can use Strayer Upton but there won’t be a teaching script, if you need that.
I guess what I mean by one that can be slowed down is one that wont be used up . She is in Master Books and the workbook will be no good. Once the page is finished then we are out of practice problems. If she hasn’t grasped the concept by that point it is just too bad. Your idea of supplimentation is a good on. It is one reason I am looking at SU. It can be used over and over till the concept is mastered. However what you said about no script is of concern to me. Does it explain the concepts to the student at least? Maybe that would be enough for me?
Thank you for your reply.
Previous poster, thanks for the bump.sarah2106Participant
Can you find some practice worksheets? MUS has a worksheet generator, just wondering if other publishers have something similar. I know what you mean about some concepts needing more practice before moving on. We like mastery based math programs vs spiral.
You know, when my dd was younger I focused on mastery based programs. Somewhere along the way I forgot about that. Thank you for the suggestion.retrofamParticipant
It’s been awhile since I looked at Strayer Upton, but I am guessing there is some explanation?
So many math choices. I’m a bit confused on where to go with my daughter too. We are stuck on basics because we are using a conceptual program. I’m considering moving to a procedural approach and supplementing with key to…
Moving with Math has a slow pace, but my dd is still stuck with conceptual concepts.JamieParticipant
I tried using SCM’s math guide with Strayer-Upton and it was a fail for us. I just couldn’t seem to understand how to use it with older kids. The guide was mostly just CM’s writings on math compiled into a book without any real explanation, and the DVD only showed the basic operations. Principles of Math actually worked better for us though my son has always been a math kid and prefers to learn on his own rather than me teaching him. I’m wondering if my daughter will have trouble with it when she starts it because math is difficult for her. She is currently using Learn Math Fast which is what we switched to attempting Strayer-Upton. If you do try supplementing with additional worksheets, please come back here and let me know if it helps or not. 🙂
Thanks for your honest observation and the result for your family. I’m wondering if I would have the same results.
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