I would agree to keep doing the hands on with him. I also agree with you that hands on math doesn't have to end at the end of first grade. I used MUS blocks with Singapore for years.kw4blessings wrote:We are working through 1st grade with my oldest son right now and loving it. I wanted to ask advice about the math. We are doing all of the math as written in the manual, the hands on activities, number of the day, bean cup, coin cup, etc. But, he's asking for more every day. He's already done more than 3x the number of CBOM pages that are scheduled and we're already 3 weeks ahead of the program in math vs. the phonics/Bible. I love that he's loving math, but I'm not sure how to proceed. He could potentially finish the TM activities and CBOM very quickly!
I called the MFW office and the person I talked to was very helpful. She encouraged me to keep doing the hands on activities with him as that is so important foundationally. This was one thing I needed to hear. She said MFW doesn't recommend starting a formal math program until the beginning of 2nd grade. I can see the reasoning there. But, he BEGS me to let him do the CBOM pages.... even ones we haven't touched on yet. He picked out a page of "greater than/less than" problems the other day and was determined to do it. After I showed him how, he did it.
Has anyone had a similar experience? This situation is new to me as every child is so different. I don't want to hold him back if he's interested. I've considered starting Singapore 1A with him as soon as we finish the math in the TM. I have the Home Instructor's Guide for 1A which is full of manipulative-based hands-on practice. Maybe if we do plenty of hands on along with the workbook/textbook? Maybe I'm over thinking this one, but I'd love some advice. Thanks!
I don't believe in holding children back if they really are ready to move forward, or on the flip side pushing them into 'age level expectations' if they aren't ready. Children, to me, are people who need encouragement like all of us. If they want to fly, I think they do better if we let them.
My similar experience to you was my second born. When he did MFW1 I did use the math with him. He finished it about 1/2 way through MFW1 and then we moved right into Singapore 1A. It worked out fine.
It really depends on the child. If he wants more I would let him do it. I think the advice though to keep doing hands on as long as he needs it is wise.