I am having a heck of a time deciding what I want to do for math for “2nd grade”. I know what curriculum I am using (Build Your Library) but sadly it doesn’t include math so I am left to fend for myself with that.
Currently we are using Life of Fred, which is a huge hit with Big Kid, and I like it as well, I just don’t feel like it offers enough practice on it’s own.
I had been pairing it with Sinagpore Standards and while it is good it just doesn’t “speak” to me (or to BK for that matter). It isn’t bad or difficult or anything, it is hard to put my finger on why I don’t care for it, I just don’t. Maybe I am too critical.
I have been looking at three main options for math (to go with Fred). I will talk about all three of them and I would LOVE any input you have on them.
1. Math-U-See. I like the looks of this one overall and I am sure the manipulative would be interesting to BK but I have heard that it really drills topics home which I worry would bore BK. He usually catches on to things pretty quickly. I also think the video clips are epically boring. Since the videos are one of the big points of the teaching this seems important. I can’t be sure BK would find them boring, but I know I do. There is also cost which comes to $110 + shipping. That isn’t cheap. Based on the placement test BK would be using the Beta level program.
2. Mammoth Math. This one is slightly more affordable but there is also the cost of printing things out and we all know ink and paper can be pricey. I haven’t heard of many people using it which makes me wonder why it isn’t “out there” more. Big Kid would also be at the 3rd grade level despite the fact that he is in 1st grade still (at 6). I have heard there is quite a lot of repetition with this program, which is fine, assuming it isn’t boring. I am told there are fun “math games” as well.
3. Teaching Textbooks. I really like the looks of this program. The videos look interesting and the practice seems like it would be good without being too overwhelming. The downsides to this option are the cost ($120+ shipping!) and that BK would already be on 3rd grade, if not 4th grade math even though he is only 6 years old (he took the 3rd grade placement test this morning). He isn’t super advanced so that makes me worry about the content being up to par, and when you pay $120+ I want it to be good!
Does anyone have any thoughts or input on this? Should I just keep sticking with Singapore and call it good? Is there something else I should look at? Help me out here…please?