Curriculum Math

Last Updated: 6/16/2020 5:58 PM

Math Pacing Guides

 

 

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-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

Pros

  • Independant

  • User friendly (pick up and go)

  • Quick thorough  lessons

  • Has a written component with the online

  • Exit tickets and good reporting for parents to keep tabs on how their students are doing 

  • Some games mixed with the instruction

  • Questions can be read out loud

Cons

  • It can be harder to track where your student is when they are working independently online

Supplemental

Math Programs

Hard Copy & Onlines

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.