Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 4:52 pm
In the math section of the manual, Marie Hazell tries to make it clear that the Complete Book of Math is optional and not the most important part of the MFW 1 curriculum. I am adding this for those who may not be familar with the program yet as well as for you as you plan for next year. The workbook is used only as a supplement to the daily activities and other hands-on math games and activities in the MFW 1 math. The hands-on activities cement the more abstract thinking that comes with numbers.
This leads to your question, would this work for 2nd grade?
I would recommend not just using the CBofM, but also looking back in the TM and figuring out where you need to begin with the hands-on lessons. There is a lot of value in doing the daily math activities to help with understanding place value. That is a very abstract concept and is key to understanding math. If you look at the scope and sequence, it goes through all the topics twice. You may just start at the 2nd sweep through those topics if you think she is ready.
I would not do any other math program at this time. She may be able to move through the MFW1 math at a faster pace but I would not try to add at this time. I think it would involve too much time. You can still use the CBofM but you do not have to use all of it. Refer to the TM. As you know there are also some other great hand-on activities suggested in this book. .
I do not think it will put her behind. You will probably just be able to pick up with 2A again. It would be better to go back and lay a solid foundation than to try and build on what she is not getting right now. It will all work out. She is young.
henryteachers wrote:Those of you who do what MFW recommends for first grade, do you start Singapore 1A and 1B in 2nd grade anyway or do you begin in 2A and 2B?
My kids began much later but I have heard David Hazell say that most test in at 1B or 2A and some cover 3 books in that first year since 1B is usually pretty easy for most.
henryteachers wrote:The mental math is hard to explain for me. Math isn't my best subject.
Singapore is different. Keep in mind that Singapore has been one of the top scoring nations in math, Maybe it has something to do with this different kind of thinking. It is not American in style. I have found those I know who are already mathy think this way naturally. This is to say that for those of us who do not (that would be me) it is a great advantage to have it broken down in a way that can help us to learn what some have naturally. Do not give up to quickly on Singapore just yet. I would take a break from it and if you get stuck on it again ask over here or give the office a call.
henryteachers wrote:I know I can figure this out with the Lord's help, but just wanted some feedback from you who have done this before as I make my decision.
Thanks for listening! :)
You can do it with Him as your helper. Every kid is different and when you realize you're hitting a wall you stop and do something to correct it. You are doing just that! You will do a great job.