We're about halfway through the school year and I'm still tweaking things.
Friday, January 23, 2009
We began the year using Singapore Math. Later we added Horizons Math because I was concerned Doc was getting great theory, but not a lot of practical application. Lately I've been concerned that we still haven't hit on the right approach. Doc really wants to understand the why behind everything, not just the what.
I'm also not very crazy about the idea of using 2 separate math curriculums. Our schedule is going to become more full each year and I really don't want to waste valuable time, energy or money. Not to mention the fact that Obi Wan-da will become more involved with schoolwork next year. Yesterday I decided to take advantage of our cootie induced school break and address the situation.
I really liked the idea of Math-U-See when I first started researching curriculum a couple of years ago. The only reason I decided against it was that it doesn't follow the traditional scope and sequence used by other math programs and therefore can present a problem when testing comes up. The thing is the moms I know who use it love it and say their kids are understanding math, not just doing math. Placing priority on understanding over doing is one of the reasons we decided to homeschool in the first place. So I decided to give it a try.
I could just wait until next year to make the switch, but because of the variation in scope and sequence I figure it's better to start now for the sake of continuity. So I ordered the Primer curriculum.
We'll "see" how it goes:)