Singapore, Saxon or Math-U-See?
Thursday, March 25, 2010
What is it about the Spring semester that makes me tired of our school books and longing for fresh curriculum?
Since Christmas, I've been reading reviews, ordering catalogs, and now, asking you for curriculum advice. Specifically: Math.
We've very happily used Singapore Math for 3 years with Belle, and in the fall will be starting a Kindergarten level Math with Boo.
The simplest thing to do now is to continue with Singapore Math for both. And cheapest. That's nice.
Then I saw a Math-U-See video and thought how wonderful for Boo to "see" math and use his hands to learn critical concepts. He's a boy, and I thought that might be good for a boy. Right?
It has also always been my plan to at some point make the switch to Saxon Math, because I used in junior and senior high and appreciated the repetition. Yes, some people actually doing the same things over and over. I am one of them.
However, I don't want to use a different curriculum each year. And I don't want to spend a trillion dollars on kits, manipulative sets, and more manipulatives to complete the first manipulative set.
Okay. Your turn. Give me your opinion and I will listen. Just don't say anything mean about Saxon. It might hurt my feelings.
***Update: I found Math U See at a garage sale and snagged the complete Gamma Set as well as the Starter and Completer Blocks. Now I'm wondering how Belle will do going from Singapore 2 to Gamma. Should we have done Beta first? ***