tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3492627641698528246.post1865319318618138925..comments2023-02-04T05:33:03.821-06:00Comments on The Planted Trees: Curriculum Review: First GradeChellihttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14264109854852787464noreply@blogger.comBlogger4125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3492627641698528246.post-55574911447613565542012-03-16T14:05:34.254-05:002012-03-16T14:05:34.254-05:00You can preview entire Math in Focus books for eac...You can preview entire Math in Focus books for each grade at this website: http://www.hmheducation.com/singaporemath/vs-registration.php?code=mathinfocus<br /><br />You can at least flip through the 2nd grade books to see if you could teach from them and where your daughter would place. <br /><br />All you have to do is sign up using your email address and you can register as a homeschool, then they will send you a password to log into the virtual preview and you can flip through entire books and workbooks.<br /><br />If you have any more questions I will be glad to answer.Chellihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13681417478196337323noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3492627641698528246.post-16851126391785824292012-03-15T21:36:22.412-05:002012-03-15T21:36:22.412-05:00Actually, that is the very helpful answer to my qu...Actually, that is the very helpful answer to my questions. :)<br /><br />We used Horizons for K & 1st. It was OK for K, but in 1st the lessons seemed to be the same for about half a year. My daughter was so bored with Horizons. About half way through, she said, "Mommy, this isn't going anywhere." I pulled out the last lesson (Lesson 160) and she whizzed through it. Then I knew we were done with Horizons Math 1.<br /><br />For the rest of this year (1st) we've been doing what we already have on hand -- Math Mammoth Blue, Kumon, drill, and games.<br /><br />I purchased Singapore Primary Math/Standards Edition for next year, but I'll wait until the end of First to test her for a starting level. I think we'll race through 1B (to get familiar with the format), then try to do 2A/2B and perhaps 3A in 2nd grade. Not sure about that.<br /><br />I agree with you, though, I look at the Singapore Standards and "just don't get it." Sigh. I truly think we're going to hate it... before we've even started. I didn't know about MIF before I ordered the Standards editions.<br /><br />I've spent the past two days (during break time) looking at Math-U-See, but I don't think that's going to do it for us, either. We have the rest of MM Blue to print out and do, so that is something familiar to start with in 2nd grade, along with a bit of Kumon. I'm afraid to try MEP because it's a lot like MM in that we'd have to print it out (ton of paper and ink) and file it in binders. But I'll look at it again.<br /><br />Perhaps I'll sell the SPM Standards and get MIF instead. Aaaaaaahhhhhh!Sahamamamahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17832875284776726543noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3492627641698528246.post-56123253441983911132012-03-15T02:09:01.568-05:002012-03-15T02:09:01.568-05:00While we were using Horizons in first grade I want...While we were using Horizons in first grade I wanted to add in more Asian/mental math so I bought Math Mammoth to supplement. Chipette hated it to the point of producing tears, so I started searching for something to add in that style of math. <br /><br />I had tried using Singapore Standards at the beginning of first grade, but once I got it in the mail, I didn't even understand it. I looked over the HIG and all of the books and just didn't get it, so I sold it. Then I read on a homeschool forum about Math in Focus. You can look at the entire book onlline, so I looked over the 1B book since we were only 6 weeks from finishing first grade at the time. The step by step instruction in the Math in Focus student book helped me to get it, and I knew that I could teach Asian math using this. I only buy the student books and student workbooks so the cost is not any more expensive than buying Singapore Standards.<br /><br />I had planned on using Horizons and Math in Focus for second grade with Chipette, but one day I stumbled across MEP and printed out some of the lessons. Chipette loved them and called it "fun, puzzle math". By this point, our day was becoming bogged down in math (Math in Focus, Horizons, and MEP), so I told Chipette she had to choose which math programs she wanted to keep. I told her that Math in Focus was non-negotiable because I wanted some kind of Asian math in the mix. So she got to choose between Horizons and MEP and she chose MEP (for the puzzles). <br /><br />Both of us really loved Horizons and I would have no problem using it again for her or one of my other kids. But she is a pretty mathy kid and the Math in Focus/MEP combo that we are using is really stretching her math skills, but she thinks it's fun too!<br /><br />That is the ridiculously long answer to your two very short questions! :)Chellihttps://www.blogger.com/profile/13681417478196337323noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-3492627641698528246.post-90751914808944017252012-03-14T19:25:31.738-05:002012-03-14T19:25:31.738-05:00In your listing of 2nd grade materials, Horizons w...In your listing of 2nd grade materials, Horizons was culled from the list. Why did you decide to pass on Horizons 2 and go with Singapore? What were the advantages of Singapore MIF over Singapore PM/Standards? Just curious. :)Sahamamamahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17832875284776726543noreply@blogger.com