by Christina Parrott
(Beckville, Texas, USA)
Beginning with Math-U-See was the best curriculum change I ever made.
My older two had always used Saxon Math. But after the 7/8 book for one and after the Algebra 1/2 for the other, Saxon did not work for them. They hated math at that point and the complaining, tears, and difficulties were at times unbearable. We had never had such a difficult time with schooling.
So after talking to several other moms with the same problem I ordered Math-U-See. What a change that made! My kids were flying through math and loving it! The days go much smoother. I see smiles again!
The older two kids (ages 11 & 14) watch the video (10-15 minutes) and then do the lessons. They rarely need my help and are scoring perfect to almost perfect on the tests.
My two younger kids (ages 6 & 7) watch the video with me. Then we do the lessons together using the manipulatives when necessary. They love math and are eager to start each day.
I would encourage moms that no matter how much a curriculum is touted or revered if it is not a good fit for you or your family throw it out (resale it). Then take a break and test others out or talk with other moms who have used the curriculum. And don't worry the break between curriculum changes will do you and your kids good. Then you can start fresh.
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