Julie in MN wrote:Hmmm... I used MUS as an extra from gamma through epsilon, and I don't feel it insured memorization of math facts any more than Singapore did. But I just used it as an extra when needed, so maybe I didn't catch something?
My opinion is that no math program can teach the math facts. It is simply impossible for a curriculum writer to guarantee that your child will memorize 2x2 after a certain series of steps.
100% Completely agreeing here. Nor will using mathusee mean that you are a better teacher!!!!!!! (((hugs))) to you Tammy. Most of their DVD lessons are very quick in terms of minutes to "teach mommy" what that week's lesson is about. Then you still need to read the teacher's manual and do the lessons. Even if you repeated every step and every word that a video did, there is no guarantee about anything. You won't necessarily be a better teacher just because you can imitate a video presentation.
Tammy, honestly speaking here as someone who has used MUS with oldest from her Kindy year until the end of ZETA ( and then in middle of 5th grade switched to Singapore 4B and used it until end of 6B): please be encouraged to stay the course with Singapore.
(soap box moment)
I did not really become a “better math teacher” from watching MUS videos. I was good at doing what Steve Demme did. (I can also say the same things about IEW's videos. I learn some cool things in the videos and audios, but it didn't mean my child learned writing better or that I was a better teacher.)
(off my soap box. I feel too tall. But I'm still preaching it.)
When I used Singapore I had to learn new things. Learning new things helped me to be a better teacher. You don’t have to know everything in Singapore right now. You’ll learn as you go. Tammy, don't worry so much that you might be missing one or two little points along the way in Singapore. Learn it as you go just like I did. I'm sure I didn't learn it all either. I learned it as I needed it. I'll help you.
Feel free to ask out loud over here, or even call the MFW office for a quick out loud demo when you aren't sure if you understand the bar diagrams or something. You can email me too.
There are certain points in Singapore that are common for many homeschoolers to get confused or stuck on. Your kids aren't going to be confused, because they don't have to unlearn it like we did. Right now, I’d lean in favor of calling the MFW office so that you don’t have to read a bunch of helps. Talking helps too. (I’d offer to help you myself on any specific problem in Singapore if you’d email me. My guess, is that it is just one of the common hard problems in Singapore that get asked about all the time.)
Singapore math also has a forum for helps. So, the helps are there for Singapore so that you don't have to tell yourself that you are without help or feel hindered.
Switching programs or thinking the grass is greener with a video at this point is not the issue. You need a confidence boost that you are not a failure with Singapore.
Go get a Singapore Home Instructor's Guide (Rainbow Resource sells them) if you need some more hand holding through it.
Do you still have your MFW 1st grade manual? Would those kinds of step by step facts approach help at all?
Do you still have Singapore 1A handy? The early part of that book has Singapore's system for learning facts with addition and subtraction.
With all of that said, I agree that sometimes seeing a Singapore lesson can be helpful for certain times. But more than that, you can homeschool and teach your kids. You can do this. Using Singapore will teach you and your child new things and that will help you be a better teacher because you are learning with them. Go with the HIG if it will give you the confidence boost.
But more than that, remember that when you call on Jesus, HE will help too. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to teach long division to my middle child with Singapore. HE made it one of our easy lessons. Singapore's pictures made it easy. I was scared, but when Jesus opened my eyes to the pictures in Singapore and how I could use it with my middle girl, well, I wasn't hindered by "lack of help"
HE is able.