Poohbee wrote:We will be finishing up MFW1 this week. What a great year it has been! Our 1st grade year in My Father's World has been wonderful!
For Adventures, I ordered Singapore 1B and 2A, because my dd scored 85% on the placement test for 1A, and as I looked through 1A at our state homeschooling convention, it seemed like it would be quite easy for my dd. I think that 1B will be a good place for her to start. But, as I was looking through 2A, I started to second guess my choices. I realize that we will be almost halfway through our school year when we start 2A, but the content in that book seems a bit challenging (knowing what my dd's math ability is right now).
I have several questions for you experienced homeschooling parents and users of Singapore:
1. What are the topics covered in 1A? (I looked through it at convention, but I can't remember).
2. Is 1A somewhat repetitive of the math in MFW1, or does is serve as a nice review?
3. Has anyone started their 2nd grade child in 1B because that is where he/she placed, but regretted it and wished you would have started in 1A instead?
4. Has anyone started their 2nd grade child in 1A and regretted it because it was just too easy?
5. For anyone who has used the 1B/2A combination with a 2nd grader, does it move too fast, or was it okay?
I know there are a lot of questions here and that experiences will vary based on the differences of each child, but any experience you have to share with me would be much appreciated. I'm debating whether to call and order 1A to start my dd out there or to stick with starting in 1B. Thanks for any experiences and advice you can share with me.
How about this option (it is a variation on question 3)
3.5 Has anyone started their 2nd grade child in 1A even though the placement test said start with 1B and NOT regretted it?
She was just a bit slower coming out of 1st grade math than the 1st grade math curriculum. In spite of that, she still placed into 1B. Just one of those feelings that said "start with 1A and go faster if needed, slow down when needed." It gave me a chance to get used to Singapore. It gave her a chance to work more on basic "number bonds" (math facts) as well as trying a few new things. There is some overlap and review between 1A and 1B. 1A wasn't hard for her, but I still don't regret starting there with this child. And she enjoyed it. For 2nd grade she did 1A, 1B and started into 2A. Eventually, she did start in the 3A book before the end of her 3rd grade year this year. And we didn't push with this kid.
That doesn't mean that your child should do that. A year can really change a student's math ability.
Topics covered in 1A:
Number Bonds (making number stories)
Addition --stories, number bonds, other methods
Subtraction - stories, methods
Numbers to 20: counting/comparing, addition subtraction
Length -- comparing and measuring
Weight -- comparing and measuring. This part in the Singapore book didn't seem to be covered in the Complete Book of math exactly the same way, unless you did all of the balance activities in the measurement pages. My kid needed more time to understand measurement and it was new to her in the 1A book
So, yes, it is some review from MFW 1st grade math --- but my kid needed that review and I had the time to start in 1A.
Looking forward to others' answers, but we're all so different.