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What is your go-to first grade math?
October 16, 2013 at 12:29 PM

We'll be using Miquon alongside whatever I choose. My little one will be moving out of kindergarten math around Christmas.


No Abeka or BJU (nothing that comes from an anti-Catholic company)


Not asian math (no Singapore!)

Not Saxon

(could I be any more picky?!)

Some games are fine, but I do NOT want entirely game/play based. He enjoys workbooks, as do I. We'll be enrolling him with Seton after Christmas break, but I'm not sure I care for their math - it's mastery and I really prefer spiral.

I've used upper grades of CLE and Horizons, but I'm not sure how their lower grades compare.


  • bluerooffarm
    October 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

     We like Math U See.  I think it's considered Mastery, but every test (and every systematic review page) has some of the older lessons making a reprise.  So I consider it Spiral-lite or spiralesque.  LOL

    I don't think they are anti-Catholic, but they are Christian.  We typically try for secular in science and math, which is why I put it off before....but now I love it!  We use it beside LOF.

  • TidewaterClan
    October 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM
    My girls love the game books from The Mailbox. They're in the Closeout section now, & only $3:

    I can't turn that into a link from the phone. The LA game book is also great.

    We're using Math In Focus, but it's the 'Singapore Approach' so wouldn't fit your needs.

    They used Everyday Math in ps, which is spiral. It's a decent program, but I personally found it to be slightly weak.
  • hipmomto3
    October 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Can I ask why no Saxon?

    We have done Singapore, Teaching Textbooks, and Saxon, and it's by far been our favorite.

  • AutymsMommy
    October 16, 2013 at 2:32 PM
    Saxon made us want to cry. It was far too dull. Turned my math loving dd into a crying mess. Lol.
  • Jinx-Troublex3
    October 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    We are a MUS family also! LOVE IT!! IT worked well for all my kids up through 4th grade.

    In 5th, my middle son who has a learnind disability got stuck and we had to switch up his program.

    The other two - DD in 5th doing Epsilon (fractions) and DS1 in Algebra 2 are still going strong on it.

  • KrissyKC
    October 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    My new favorite math is Math U See... but it's not spiral, it's mastery.

  • Mweddle
    by Mweddle
    October 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    we are using math u see and so far we love it!

  • kirbymom
    October 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM
    Okay, I am not going to be of any help. I write all of the younger math by hand from my own inspiration.
  • AutymsMommy
    October 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Isn't MUS mastery and common core aligned?

  • AutymsMommy
    October 16, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    Yeah... I don't want to do that, lol. I like my textbooks :)

    Quoting kirbymom:

    Okay, I am not going to be of any help. I write all of the younger math by hand from my own inspiration.

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