We have loved our math plan for the past few years so we’re not changing much – just moving forward to a new level.
MEP Reception – I’ll be printing this free curriculum for Bee. We’ll work though it at her own pace. If she finishes it early we’ll slowly move into Right Start A.
Right Start A – Tiger has already begun level A and is about halfway through. We’ll work to complete this level, doing half a lesson each day. If he finishes, we’ll move into level B.
MEP Level 1 – Tiger will begin this over the summer and do at least Part A.
She does a combination of 3 programs.
Right Start C – This is our core program. Curly will work through half a lesson to one full lesson each day.
Math Mammoth – She will complete several pages of Math Mammoth each week, working independently while I work with either Bee or Tiger.
MEP Level 2 – Curly will work on MEP on Fridays with me (and maybe more often).
Why we chose these programs:
MEP – MEP is a free British program. And who can argue with free?? It promotes wonderful problem-solving skills and conceptual math. The problems really cause the kids to think and they feel like they are solving puzzles. It’s fun, out-of-the-box thinking!
Right Start – I love Right Start because it gives me great direction for teaching. And what would we do without the manipulatives?? They have been wonderful for making the math concepts concrete and understandable. I love the focus on understanding the why of each math problem. This program also heavily emphasizes mental math. This has been a wonderful math foundation for us. It might be time intensive for me to teach, but I think it will be worth it when the kids get into higher math but are able to mentally and conceptually figure out many math problems.
Math Mammoth – This math is very straightforward and written to the student. Curly can complete the pages independently. It’s wonderful review and gives he extra practice for the math concepts she has learned. This is our supplemental program that can be done without my help. I consider each worksheet almost like an evaluation – they give me great insight into what Curly has really understood. This is our practice!