1st or 2nd grade math curriculum

Christina - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 11 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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Linda - posted on 02/19/2009

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Abeka and Saxon are about the most advanced out there. I'm not familiar with Singapore math, though I have heard good things about it. I would suggest you continue to do what you are already doing--jumping ahead. Skip the problems that will be tedious review for him, and to onto more challenging material. You could also supplement it with other things--the Critical Thinking company puts out some good problem solving material you could use as extras.

One caveat. Abeka does not offer calculus in high school. Since we are math-oriented in my family, my children used Abeka only until the 6th grade. In 7th grade, we switched to Saxon Algebra 1/2, and then continued onto Saxon Algebra in 8th grade.

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I use Math-U-See and you can test them ahead of time to see where they fit in. I have had great success in making it fun for my kids and learning at the same time. You can go to their website and watch videos of sample lessons by the creator of the system... I have used Horizons as well and I like it for workbooks as well, but I recently switched all my kids to Math-U-See.

Karen - posted on 02/18/2009

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I would not suggest you use Saxon if he is excelling, you would have to skip ahead many lessons just like you have already done! I am experiencing the same for my 2nd grade son. I have Saxon only because I had ordered it accidentally several years ago and felt like, since I already have it I should use it! I actually like Horizons and will be getting the second workbook for him really soon. What I would do is drill math facts orally, games, flash cards etc. We also do skip counting up to 15, he only knows really solid up to about 7 but it's also a bridge to multiplication. Hope this helps!

Karen

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Andrea - posted on 12/28/2015

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A great curriculum to try out if your child is gifted/talented would be Beestar. For my after-school students I have used a variety of workbooks/worksheets to determine on my students' learning style. Having different types of worksheets is helpful so that students can learn different skill sets. Beestar is a great overall website that utilizes a honor roll system helping students feel connected to a community and learning together. Other useful worksheets are Kumon, IXL, Singapore Math etc., to help with building a foundation for math skills.

Christina - posted on 02/25/2009

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hey, with our younger children, we played lots, and lots of games!  Singing math songs, marching, doing time tables on the tramp, jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups, and even pull ups.  That way I stay in shape while teaching and having fun doing some math.  We also once in a while, will set up a restaurant for teaching.  We incorporate math, writing, cooking. social studies, art, hostessing, and healthly eating habits all in one.  We invlite other homeschool families to attend.  All items on the menu are worth a penny, nickel, dime, or quarter.  We play mother may I, math bingo, grammer bingo, scrabble, boggle, yachtzee, you name it.  Enjoy your children cuz they grow up oh so fast.  :)

Christina - posted on 02/25/2009

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I totally agree with you about letting him enjoy it, I just find it not challenging at all for him. He gets unfocused and daydreamy sometimes, so I just wanted to keep it alive for him. Not sure if he is gifted, I wasn't thinking that way, although he could be, my brother and father are highly gifted. I was more concerned with the boredom factor - and it may require me to get imaginative. I am just very structured and it is difficult for me to step out of my comfort zone. I appreciate all of your advice, it is very insightful! And I do enjoy teaching from the Abeka curriculum. I appreciate everyone's input. Thanks.

Christina - posted on 02/24/2009

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Christina: maybe your son is very gifted, is he showing signs of boredom?  You could look into math programs for gifted children.  On the flip side, even if he does get it all the time, Abeka is one of the more challenging math programs (for the younger years anyway) and maybe, let hime enjoy and thrive on excelling in his early years to encourage a love for learning, not focusing on "pushing" ahead.  This wil give him a positive foundation for wanting to keep learning in his later years if he has a sense of accomplishment early on, not always being accelerated.  Early education should be learned, and enjoyed as much as possible.  Good for you for knowing your sons gifts and being sensitive to his needs.  Good luck. 

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We are using Singapore for my grade 1 AND grade 3 kids. They love it and so do I. Currently my son (6) is in book 2A and my daughter 8 is in book 2B (1A, 1B, 2A,, ect). I find it has enough repetiion for the one who struggles and goes quickly for the one who excells. I think  it is great. 

Dana - posted on 02/20/2009

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We used Saxon, and liked it very much. We found that we could use the book for the grade ahead--that may keep it challenging for you. Saxon books always start off easy and then gradually ease students into concepts, so the lessons always look ridiculously easy--but don't be fooled. I discovered my daughter was learning more complex functions as we progressed without ever realizing that she was learning something that was supposed to be "difficult."



The Saxon curriculum for grades 1-3 is very hands-on with lots of manipulatives. The 54 book (4th grade--which we used in 3rd grade) begins the transition to more abstract. If your student isn't ready for that, that would be a good time to switch. My daughter has liked Saxon all along, and is looking forward to returning to it for Algebra II. (We took a year off to use a separate Geometry curriculum.)



We've been standardized testing for years, and find that Saxon gets us ready for that just fine, too, in case folks need to know that! :)

Christina - posted on 02/19/2009

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Thanks Linda, I had heard that Saxon is a stronger curriculum after the elementary years - or at least that is the consensus I am seeing. I kind of liked Singapore (purchased from the Sonlight curriculum) and Math U See, b/c they offer placement tests to determine where he fits in. Based on the problems on the tests, I already feel like it is above par. I have been doing my research since receiving everyone's responses, and I really appreciate all of the excellent input!

Christina - posted on 02/18/2009

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Thank You Karen and Dayna!



Your imput was very helpful! I have recently heard about both programs and will check them out!



Karen, Thanks for the imput on Saxon, that is how I felt when looking at their website, but so many were telling me to go that route. Also, I hope I do not sound uneducated, but what is "skip counting up to 15"? Is that when they count by 2's, 3's, 5's etc? I am interested since it looks like multiplication is starting shortly.



Dayna, Thank you for the information on the Math-U-See. It has me intrigued and I will check it out ASAP.



Thank you to both of you. I find this group invaluable and I appreciate you taking the time!

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