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Singapore Vs Math U See
March 28 at 10:47 AM

I've been using Math U See with my daughter so far, and she loves it. She was struggling in math after we had pulled her out of PS but now she is excelling at it, and its taking about 5 min on average for her to get the worksheet for the day done, unless it's a 6 digit divided by 4 digit...those take hours...she gets them right but she does it sooo sloooow lol. 
Anyway, I started using Math U See with my little guy, and this year alone he finished the Primer, and is more than half way through the Alpha book. This is in just 1 yr! He is FLYING through this. I've heard that Singapore Math is a little harder, but I've got some reservations on it -  mainly its common core alignments. I didn't switch when Math U See "switched" but I noticed very little change from what it was before it made the switch and then after it made the switch (really it looked like it was just the enrichment pages...nothing in the scope and sequence seemed to change). I don't know how much of a switch there is with Singapore Math though, and all of the 7-11 grades are no longer being made "not" alligned. (I know these books are higher than what the kids need now, but I'm doing all the research now).
I'm thinking of just sticking with Math U See with my daughter since looking at what she knows now, I feel if I switched, she'd be at the 3rd book of Singapore, which is kind of a blow to her... But if I switch my little guy now, he'd be just fine with the K book. Neither of the kids use the blocks ever when doing their math. Riley just wants to play with them...make planes mostly... he doesn't ever use them to help with counting.

For those of you who use Singapore, do you and the kids like it? Is it a little more challenging? Do I need to worry about it being "common core" or was it basically the same before the "switch"? Is the teacher manual worth getting?
I'm also confused on the whole A & B thing. Is A first semster and B second semester?  Whats the difference between Standard and non standard? I get that the workbook is where they do all the work, do they need the text book too, or is that more for the classroom setting?  

I know its a lot of questions. Thank you in advanced :)  

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  • Jinx-Troublex3
    March 28 at 11:09 AM
    A thought.. .
    I know nothing about Singapore but I know a bunch of families who supplement MUS with Life of Fred.
  • No_Difference
    March 28 at 11:12 AM

    Jamie HATED Life of Fred. She struggles with reading though too, so I think that may have been part of it. 
    I personally like MUS, but at the same time, I think I need something that is a little bit more of a challenge so we're not flying through this stuff so quickly. At this rate, they'll be done with the Calc book by 10th grade, and then I'm stuck trying to find far more difficult math for them... not that its bad lol, but I'd rather challenge them a little more now if I can...  

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: A thought.. . I know nothing about Singapore but I know a bunch of families who supplement MUS with Life of Fred.


  • Jinx-Troublex3
    March 28 at 11:31 AM
    How about if you read the story out loud but they work the math?

    I have a struggling reader who would balk just seeing a book so I get ya! ..lol

    Quoting No_Difference:

    Jamie HATED Life of Fred. She struggles with reading though too, so I think that may have been part of it. I personally like MUS, but at the same time, I think I need something that is a little bit more of a challenge so we're not flying through this stuff so quickly. At this rate, they'll be done with the Calc book by 10th grade, and then I'm stuck trying to find far more difficult math for them... not that its bad lol, but I'd rather challenge them a little more now if I can...  

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: A thought.. .
    I know nothing about Singapore but I know a bunch of families who supplement MUS with Life of Fred.

  • JasonsMom2007
    March 28 at 11:49 AM
    We tried primary mathematics (the California edition). We hated it! It skips all over the place and it's very bright and visual. My son is not a visual learner.
  • paganbaby
    March 28 at 11:52 AM

    That's how we do it. I even read aloud to my 14 year old,lol.

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: How about if you read the story out loud but they work the math? I have a struggling reader who would balk just seeing a book so I get ya! ..lol
    Quoting No_Difference:

    Jamie HATED Life of Fred. She struggles with reading though too, so I think that may have been part of it. I personally like MUS, but at the same time, I think I need something that is a little bit more of a challenge so we're not flying through this stuff so quickly. At this rate, they'll be done with the Calc book by 10th grade, and then I'm stuck trying to find far more difficult math for them... not that its bad lol, but I'd rather challenge them a little more now if I can...  

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: A thought.. . I know nothing about Singapore but I know a bunch of families who supplement MUS with Life of Fred.


  • No_Difference
    March 28 at 1:26 PM

    With Riley, that would work, but Jamie is not an auditory learner at all. I can read to her all day long, and it will do absolutely nothing for her. She'll watch videos, and have learned nothing. We've tried audio tapes to help her with her reading (thinking that it was just me reading she was having a problem with), and it made it worse.  She was never one to enjoy bed time stories either. I tried desperatly when she was little to read to her, and she wanted nothing to do with it. As a toddler, she would break down and cry if she saw me reach for a picture book. She was born with a severe dislike of books it seems :/ 

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: How about if you read the story out loud but they work the math? I have a struggling reader who would balk just seeing a book so I get ya! ..lol
    Quoting No_Difference:

    Jamie HATED Life of Fred. She struggles with reading though too, so I think that may have been part of it. I personally like MUS, but at the same time, I think I need something that is a little bit more of a challenge so we're not flying through this stuff so quickly. At this rate, they'll be done with the Calc book by 10th grade, and then I'm stuck trying to find far more difficult math for them... not that its bad lol, but I'd rather challenge them a little more now if I can...  

    Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: A thought.. . I know nothing about Singapore but I know a bunch of families who supplement MUS with Life of Fred.


  • No_Difference
    March 28 at 1:28 PM

    Both my kids are visual learners, and from the few samples I saw it looked like something that would catch interest for them, although, I'm thinking about it just for my little guy. 
    How did it jump around though? Did it start one thing, and then skip randomly to a different topic? 

    Quoting JasonsMom2007: We tried primary mathematics (the California edition). We hated it! It skips all over the place and it's very bright and visual. My son is not a visual learner.


  • JasonsMom2007
    March 28 at 2:25 PM
    It would touch on multiplication for one page, the next would be on division, then the next went back to addition (reteaching because they never mastered it the first time around) then to fractions, then back to teaching multiplication (once again it had barely been touched the first time). There wasn't time to learn one thing it was all over the place!
    Could just be the California edition but I hated it. Why teach the same thing 10 times??

    Quoting No_Difference:

    Both my kids are visual learners, and from the few samples I saw it looked like something that would catch interest for them, although, I'm thinking about it just for my little guy. How did it jump around though? Did it start one thing, and then skip randomly to a different topic? 

    Quoting JasonsMom2007: We tried primary mathematics (the California edition). We hated it! It skips all over the place and it's very bright and visual. My son is not a visual learner.

  • CowgirlMama0508
    March 28 at 2:56 PM
    Singapore has a unaligned version :) its the primary mathematics US editions.
  • No_Difference
    March 28 at 6:35 PM

    Ooo I didn't realize that one was unaligned. Cool :) 

    So do you use Singapore then? Does it skip around, or give a solid foundation to build off of like a mastery approach?  

    Quoting CowgirlMama0508: Singapore has a unaligned version :) its the primary mathematics US editions.


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