1st or 2nd grade Math Curriculum

Christina - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I started teaching my son in Kindergarten using the Abeka curriculum. We are now in the 1st grade and I love the Phonics, reading, & extras, but I find that the Arithmetic does not challenge him and I have "pushed" him ahead 20 lessons - and may continue to do two weeks worth of lessons in one week. He just gets it and is really excelling. (His lowest grade is a 97% and it was a foolish subtraction error.)



So . . . what does someone suggest for an alternate and why? I have been told about Saxon and Singapore, but am still not sure if that is any better. The Saxon curriculum is currently being used in the PS. Is it grade level approriate? Just really struggling with making a decision, I have been researching since Dec. But the websites, just give you a snippet of info and what I see of some of them, I feel he is already ahead of those curricula with Abeka . . . So anyone who can give me some input, I would really appreciate it!

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Jennifer - posted on 06/05/2009

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My daughter just finished the 2nd grade BJU math. She did very well with it. I was previously using Abeka for preschool, kindergarten and 1st. I like the BJU better. The BJ is a little bit higher level than ps. A couple of my friends that have kids in the same grade in ps's are not even to what BJ finished with at the end of the book(at the end of ps's year). That is not why I like it. I like it because my daughter does good with it and I can buy it at my local homeschool bookstore. I hope I helped.

Kristina - posted on 04/22/2009

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try mindsprinting.com - that will give him an assessment test to see where he is and then push him from there to move on.... I have fallen in love with this site and the best part is it is free!! good luck

Marciea - posted on 03/08/2009

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Quoting Crystal:

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one doubling up in lessons. That's what I've been doing with my son too. I've been using Abeka, but I've also heard good things about Alpha and Omega. Maybe you could just the 2nd and 3rd grade workbooks and see how he does in those with Abeka, that's the great thing about home schooling you can move him up a grade in one subject and leave him in a lower one in others.


"I saw your picture on the republican conservative moms website. Nice to see you here crystal. Seems like we have a lot in common......lol!

Marciea - posted on 03/08/2009

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We have to remember that some public schools do have it right and we just aren't lucky enough to be where they are....I do use Saxon Math 3 and my daughter and I are doing just fine. She is average in math so it is fine for her. She picks things up pretty quickly and we only need to go over a lesson one day and move on to the next. I havent had to reteach anything yet so i suggest saxon but i was also looking into singapore also but havent tried it because saxon worked fine. and a lot of HS moms in my area recommended it and they are happy with it as well.

Crystal - posted on 02/18/2009

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I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one doubling up in lessons. That's what I've been doing with my son too. I've been using Abeka, but I've also heard good things about Alpha and Omega. Maybe you could just the 2nd and 3rd grade workbooks and see how he does in those with Abeka, that's the great thing about home schooling you can move him up a grade in one subject and leave him in a lower one in others.

Christina - posted on 02/17/2009

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Thanks for the info. I have heard more about the BJU curriculum and am looking into it. I appreciate your response.

Tammy - posted on 02/17/2009

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we use bob jones for my son, although he is a bit older than your son i have to say that this seems to be an older style of Math. It is hard for him in some aspects and in others keeps him on pace, i would suggest getting a book for math in BJ, see how that works for your son.



I also go online to the websites that offer the upper grades for free, worksheets and such, he may just have a natural nack for the math and would be more challenged by skipping ahead of his Grade level age.



Good luck!

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