I have just been thinking about our math routine (or lack thereof) since the geoboard and bucket balance that I ordered in the mail arrived today. We use 3 math programs: Rightstart, MEP, and Singapore Earlybird. Eventually, I will add in Miquon when my dd becomes more interested in the Cuisenaire rods.

I have to say that I like Singapore Earlybird the least since it is more of a workbook approach. However, every weekend I fill up a folder of little things for my dd to do whenever the mood strikes her. These little things include cutting scraps of paper, tracing letters that I have written for her with a highlighter, reading CVC words for herself, and math worksheets from the Earlybird series. She always seems to take out the math worksheets first – maybe it is just because she likes math the most or maybe she just loves the colors…who knows.

I like Rightstart the most, but I don’t love the scripted aspect of it. I tend to read about 5 lessons ahead and then I am on the lookout for when I can gradually introduce the concepts. We never really sit down and “do” math.

We just started with MEP since I was waiting to receive the prints that go along with the lesson plans from an online printer that I used. So far, it seems fairly easy, but we have only done about 7 lessons.

I am not sure if I should consciously try to rotate our math resources or if what I am doing is just fine.


For dd: 

Math  We have finished a few more lessons in her Singapore Earlybird book.  She loves using her number stamps since she cannot yet write her numbers and I don’t particularly care for the way Singapore writes the number 4.  We have also done a few pages from the Cuisenaire Alphabet book – this resource came recommended from the Well Trained Mind forums, but I don’t think it is that great.  My dd likes making some of the pictures with the rods, but it is not very engaging.

LA  We have started reviewing the phonogram cards in the All About Spelling program.  My dd knows most of these already, but still needs to brush up on all of the sounds that vowels can make.  I really am not sure what to do with her reading instruction.  She does not seem to enjoy learning word families, but she is definitely ready to read (hence my foray into using AAS to help her with her reading).

For me:

TOG  I am currently in the period of ancient Rome.  I finished a biography of Julius Caesar which I thoroughly enjoyed and I have started The Aeneid.

LA  Read through half of Grammar Island and Sentence Island.  Waiting on my new copy of Grammar Island.