Curriculum Math

Singapore Math

Grades K-6th

 

Pros

  • Kid- friendly in younger grades (pictures, colorful)

  • Emphasis on applied math through word problems and mental math

  • Manipulatives

  • Promotes good number sense (base 10 system)

Cons

  • Instructors manual can be complicated as it’s not matched to the workbook well

  • Doesn’t always show how to use the manipulatives

  • There can be a steep learning curve for the Singapore method

  • Workbook can be overwhelming with problems

Math In Focus (Singapore Math-US Style)

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Colorful text and picture rich (workbooks are less overwhelming than Primary Mathematics)

  • Easy to teach simplified singapore method

  • Manipulatives for K-3

  • Promotes good number sense (base 10 system)

Cons

  • Traditional textbook format

  • Writing component can be difficult for some kids (parents can scribe for their kids)

Right Start Math

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Game based- fun and playful

  • Hands on\Multi sensory (manipulatives, music, movement)

  • May be especially helpful for struggling math students or those with disabilities.

  • Minimal use of worksheets

  • Includes a high quality parent manual with scripts

  • Concepts are show in multiple ways

  • Full coverage

Cons

  • Parent intensive

  • Supply intensive (all supplies are provided)

  • Possible learning curve in using an abacus

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Multisensory (manipulatives)

  • User-friendly

  • High quality parent manual

  • Can be done with direct instruction by parent OR with instructional DVDs (note: parent manual has supplements and fun games that DVDs do not)

Cons

  • Can be repetitive

  • No facts practice

  • CD available that can help with instruction but it’s Christian and can’t be purchased by the school.

Saxon Math

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Spiral curriculum with lots of reviews

  • Straightforward & easy to use (scripted word for word)

  • Good coverage

  • Great for fact practice

Cons

  • Tends to have a dry presentation

  • Poor paper quality

  • Can feel intense as it has a lot of text and problems

Math Mammoth

Grades 1st-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Little teacher prep

  • Full standards coverage

  • Youtube channel for topic instruction help

Cons

  • No kinder level

  • 1st grade can be advanced (recommend to start with Math in focus for K-1 and then switch)

  • Text heavy without many colors or pictures

McRuffy Color Math

Grades K-5th

 

Pros

  • Full coverage

  • Colorful, picture rich

  • Spiral

  • Hands on manipulatives for younger students

  • Parent friendly with light scripting of lessons

Cons

  • More traditional ed style

Grades 2nd-5th

 

 

Pros

  • Full coverage

  • Colorful and picture rich (comic book style approach)

  • Challenging and engaging

  • Non-traditional

  • Extra reading practice

Cons

  • Use of logic puzzles can be overwhelming and frustrating for students struggling in math

  • Reading dependant (unless read to the student)

  • Moderate level of parent involvement

Math Inspirations

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Focus on logical reasoning through the use of games and puzzles

  • Playful

  • Lends itself to a “family school” style where multiple ages can do it together

  • Helps students come to deep understanding of mathematical principles

  • Focus on process and not just answers

  • Allows for multiple ways for students to get the answers

Cons

  • Long (although thorough and useful) parent training required before starting instruction

  • Not traditional timeline to cover standards

  • Doesn’t cover time telling

  • Can feel like regressing to start an older child in the first units (students can progress as quickly as they want)

Grades K-2nd

 

Pros

  • Independant

  • Cute and colorful (sticker chart for motivation)

  • Engaging activities

  • Continual assessment for re-teaching where needed

  • Printable PDFs for reinforcement

  • QR code to scan for use on IPad

Cons

  • Currently no parent access to the progress monitoring or reporting (must get report through your ES)

  • Can feel repetitive if lessons need to be repeated

  • Timed activities can be frustrating for some students

  • Needs hard copy workbook for written math practice

Grades K-2

 

Pros

  • User friendly for students

  • Parents can see progress reports

  • Downloadable worksheets for extra practice.

  • Utilizes multiple instructional formats for different learning styles

  • Motivational elements to keep kids interested

  • Digital manipulatives

  • Tablet compatible

Cons

  • Can be more difficult to keep track of how your student is doing.

  • Gamey

  • Students may need an adult to sit with them until you are certain they can work independently.

  • Need paper supplement

Grades K-6

 

Pros

  • Great instructional videos

  • Printable worksheets for extra practice

  • Independant

  • Motivational games

  • Parent access to reporting

  • Planner tool available within the program to show students what they should accomplish each week

Cons

  • Students are placed in their grade level by the teacher rather than assessed and automatically given work on their ability level (however, they may work on concepts above or below their grade level though.)

Grades K-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Independent

  • Good video instruction

  • Motivational but not gamey

  • User friendly

  • Parents can view reporting \ Teachers can be added as a “coach” and view progress

  • Full coverage

Cons

  • Reporting can sometimes be tricky to understand

  • Can be boring for younger students

  • Reading dependant

Grades 1st-6th

 

Pros

  • User friendly

  • Video instruction

  • Assesses\addresses gaps in learning

  • Printable PDF’s for additional practice

  • Shows different ways to do each problem

  • Math facts practice options

  • Parents can be set up as teachers to view progress reporting

Cons

  • No games

  • Can be difficult at first to access reporting for parents

Grades 3rd-6th

 

 

Pros

  • Can be used independently

  • Students have some choice in what they want to work on each day

  • Time limits on games (not very gamey)

  • Quality reporting

  • Includes fact practice

  • Printable worksheets for additional practice

  • Daily review with each login

  • Good for visual learners

Cons

  • Can be to intensive for some kids

  • Reading dependant and explanations can be difficult to understand

  • Students can get board by forced repetition if they don’t master a topic

  • Can have a large learning curve to figure out the program

  • No video explanations and minimal graphics

  • Can be difficult to access reporting for parents

Supplemental

Math Programs

Hard Copy & Onlines

Mathematical Reasoning

Grades K-6

Hard Copy 

 

Pros

  • Colorful and cute presentation

  • Lots of practice problems

Cons

  • No instructional guidance

  • No lessons, just worksheets

  • Can get monotonous

  • Really needs direct instruction (can be an online program)

Spectrum Math

Grades K-6th

Hard Copy 

 

 

Pros

  • Simple workbooks format

Cons

  • Not sufficient on its own. Needs an online or direct instruction to accompany it.

Grades K-6

Online 

 

Pros

  • Engages kids in math facts practice through games

  • Cute animations and fun storylines

  • Parent\teacher dashboard available to assess progress and create reports

  • Program adapts to student’s level through continuous assessments in and between lessons.

Cons

  • Gamey

  • A lot of time is spent just navigating to the actual math activities and listening to the stories in the K-2 program.

  • Moving from 2nd to 3rd grade can feel like a let down in that the middle learning environment is not as “fun”.

  • Easy to waste time on buying stuff or watching the cute animations and not having to do the math.

Grades K-6th

Online

 

Pros

  • Audio available for support

  • App available for most devices (Apple, Android, Kindle, and Chromebooks)

  • Independant

  • Parent access to progress monitoring and reporting from the student portal

Cons

  • Not game based

  • Not engaging (simple graphics)

  • Not instructional, only practice

Grades 2nd-6th

Online

 

Pros

  • Gamified way to help kids engage in math facts practice (student’s earn pets when they progress.)

  • Students play against kids all over the world and can see where other learners are from.

  • Not as engaging for younger learners

  • Program adapts to student’s level through continuous assessments in and between lessons.

Cons

  • Easy to waste time on buying stuff or watching the cute animations and not having to do the math.

  • Limited functionality on parent dashboard with only a school membership.

Grades K-6th

Online

 

Pros

  • Gamified way to help kids engage in math practice

  • Program adapts to student’s level through continuous assessments in and between lessons.

Cons

  • Easy to waste time on fun or watching the cute animations and not having to do the math.

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