Saturday, August 16, 2008

Our Plan: Math

Well, I have finally settled on a math program for this coming year. After a lot of research and discussion with my hubby, I decided to switch to RightStart Mathematics.

It was so hard deciding to switch from Saxon. For one, I HAVE all the supplies I would have needed for this year, and two, I have been using it for a few years, and actually went through it myself when I was home-schooled, so I am pretty comfortable with it. However, I think that it is time to move on. It just isn't working for my children. And honestly, the thought of having 3 children using levels K, 1 and 2, this coming year is TOTALLY overwhelming. This past year I could easily spend 2+ hours on Math with just my oldest son, and he started hating math. I think the concept based approach that Right Start uses will be much more appealing to him, than the repetition based approach of Saxon.

I am planning on teaching my two boys together using Level B, and starting my girls out with Level A, various math games, and supplementing with some living math books.

I can't wait for my order to arrive! We'll see how it goes!

5 comments:

  1. I can't wait to hear how it goes! I might switch the boy over to that next year.

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  2. You are amazing. How do you teach with smaller children? Do you teach while Snuggles is sleeping or does he stay busy/content? Just curious.

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  3. Aubrey~ It is definitely a challenge, and I am sure that it is only possible by the grace of God!

    As far as Snuggles, this past year I would pretty much just hold him, or have him in his swing while I was working with the boys. He was a pretty content baby as long as he was being held. Very Snugly... ;)

    As for the girls, this year I will have them doing Pre-K and K work, but last year I would let them watch Signing Time Videos, or play with our "school time" toys. (Right now I have a link to those in the right sidebar, if your curious.)

    Anyhow... Say a prayer for me! It is going to be a challenging year, but thankfully, I will have Captains tutor coming 3 mornings a week, so that should keep me on task. We'll see!

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  4. That is amazing; I tried to picture myself homeschooling and all I can come up with is a very clingy one-year-old in my lap crying and grabbing things while I'm trying to teach. (He's colicky, too.) Best of luck to you!

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  5. You will love RightStart math - and the kids will too. Good plan to put them together!

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