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Whew, I have really neglected my regular share schedule on the math curriculum we use, RightStart Math! My 3 kids are now Levels A, D, and E, which I’m finding to be quite a juggling act! Thankfully the lessons in A are quick, and I can usually have my older students alternate their subjects so I can do 1:1 with each one.
Often, especially with my older kids, I spend time wondering whether I should have them do a math curriculum that I can just give to them to work through on their own, but I’m also constantly reminding myself that teaching math to my children is still the best thing I can do for them. And hey, I learn it along with them too! I was especially reminded of this over the weekend when chatting to another homeschool mama who had discovered that her dear child had asked Siri for all the answers to their math problems — for months — eep! So now she’s in a conundrum – does she keep going, or have the child repeat all that they have missed? So, I’m reminded that there are always tradeoffs and two sides to a coin! As someone who has struggled with math and missed so many concepts at the elementary level, I’m so glad I can redeem my education by learning alongside and teaching my kids!
…Now, if my kids could just memorize their multiplication tables, then that would be just lovely! (I have bought Kate Snow’s book, “Multiplication Facts that Stick” which seems to dovetail really well into RightStart, but I haven’t had time to implement it yet).
Anyways, here’s some pictures of some of our recent math lessons! My eldest recently started doing short division and I think she’s actually loving it! Beginning in Level D, RightStart uses this thing called “Check Numbers” where you add the digits in your number together until they equal 9 or less. This does seem a little pointless to some people, but once you get to level E and division, it blows my mind at how helpful it is, especially for dividing by 3, 6 and 9. Another thing I’ve been doing recently is using two different markers to show the question versus the answer.
Are you looking for a math curriculum you can use with your whole family? We’ve loved using RightStart Mathematics. You can learn more by checking out the rest of my blog posts on this curriculum, or visiting the RightStart website to get started!
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