I think it helps to look at the Singapore textbook as your "classroom blackboard." You can even copy the problems or diagrams onto a marker board if it helps you to associate it with "teaching." I feel it is not helpful to hand the textbook child, but instead use it as something you are going to teach and work out together.Love2learn wrote:I have a 7 and a 9 year old, and both require additional math drill to keep the basic math facts fresh. I have supplemented with various things, flashcards, fact family worksheets, even Math-It, but find that all of the "fuss" is too much.
I am currently using Singapore, the kids are successful at it, but I have a few concerns. I don't feel like I am "teaching" or presenting the information to them, just working through problems in the text.
I am looking at other math programs for this reason, as well as their built in review of basic math facts. However, I like Singapore's approach as well. Does anyone out there have any input that might be helpful?
When a concept is first introduced in the textbook, it will usually be demonstrated in several ways. It will even show children "thinking" about the material :o) You can get out some manipulatives and imitate some of the drawings, if you like.
Each time you come to a little "arrow," your child goes to the workbook. The workbook seems to be purposely fun and "easy" so the child will have success on his own.
Eventually you will get to a section of textbook with just a few problems to do before the child goes to his workbook. Now is the chance to see if the concept has really sunk in. Do these few problems together & watch as your child goes thru the steps on a marker board or in his head. And if needed, you just need to turn back a few pages to re-use the visuals or the manipulatives.
If these things haven't worked & you want to stick with Singapore, you might try the Home Educator's Guides. The author has poured a lot of extras into them, including outlining the concepts, mental math practice, manipulatives you can cut out, etc.
As for drill, any math teacher on the planet has to add drill until the facts are memorized. Some classroom teachers have a 5-minute timed test every day, with each child moving ahead as they are mastered. Some send flashcards home to mom & pop. Some textbooks attempt to incorporate drill, but teachers know that it can't really be done. It's impossible to coincide each particular child's mastery of, say, the 5's tables, with a particular math lesson during the year.
If it's a lot of fuss to plan out daily drill, then I'd just choose your drill program once and stick with it. Or, make a plan for rotating your choices, and stick with that.
I think MFW would highly discourage you from taking on a full 2nd math program. They are so very practical and realistic! It can be done, however, I just warn you to use it as a help or a change of pace, and not a burden for your children (or you)!