Issier wrote:HI, I'm new to MFW and this will also be my first full year of homeschooling my girls. I will be using Adventures for my 8yr old and K for my 5 year old. I also have 3 yr old twin girls. So I have everything in my cart to purchase but am really struggling with the math.

I brought my oldest home from public school last February and we just dove into homeschooling with borrowed curriculum. Someone gave me Singapore Math 2A and B and that's what we used. Once we were in 2B she really struggled and I just saw a big wall go up. She used to tell us she loved math in public school and we knew she did well. Can anyone offer any insight? Will I be making a mistake not using the recommended Singapore Math?

Thanks so much,

Isabel

I'd like to ask out loud if she was in the right level of Singapore. The book numbers on Singapore do not necessarily mean the same grade levels as our public schools. It's important to have the right level of Singapore to start with. When switching from any math program into another (especially when just starting to homeschool), placement into a program is essential. And no need to rush through one year in a few short months at this age. If a student finishes Singapore 5B by the end of 6th grader, that student is on track.

Maybe that is part of the reason that it didn't go well and you hit a bad week or something with a new concept that gave her some challenge. Smart math kids might do better with a program that they have to think and be challenged every once in a while and Singapore provides that.

But to go through 2A and 2B in a semester with an 8 year old, that would be enough to hit some brick walls. But not really enough of a wall to warrant having to change math programs. My advice would be to repeat Singapore 2B and try it again for first semester of this coming year. Since you are looking at it as MFW's recommendation, I want to encourage you that you can call their office too, if you need help using any of their recommendations. Or if/when your daughter struggles with a lesson, or you struggle with teaching it from the Textbook, post the question over here too.

Yes, you can use whatever you want and it will work in the curriculum most likely. But I'd say a do-over with Singapore might be a path to consider. All kids hit rough spots in math. I slow down a bit, re-teach it, ask for help from others using the program. Teach the lesson again. Set it down for 3 days and just review. Add lots of drill. With Singapore we need to add drill daily.

with Singapore, you get out blocks or other manipulatives to teach the material that is in the Textbook. You practice it out loud together. Then they go to the workbook.

It's a strong program and worth trying to adjust teaching styles a bit.