This subject is one of Fischer’s favorites & strongest subject. We chose Math-U-See brand because they use strategies to help commit math facts to memory & is slow in progression. It came highly recommended. Other suggestions were Singapore Math and Saxon. Our last math book was Masterbooks, and it felt more supplemental, fast, and didn’t go back to review often. Fischer tested for Alpha level on MUS, which focuses on building a strong foundation for the concepts of single-digit addition and subtraction. It certainly was on the pricier side, the most expensive curriculum ($180), as it came with the base learning tools and a teacher’s guide. It will be about $100 cheaper when he moves up a level, and even cheaper if we use this for future kiddos and just buy a new workbook. He’s been working on it through the summer already, it’s certainly an upgrade from Masterbooks.
Fischer loves trips to the library, listening to stories and audiobooks (he sat through the Chronicles of Narnia series, as well as the first book of Little House on the Prairie)…but language arts is Fischer’s weakest subject due to his language disorder, so a stronger structured curriculum in this area is extremely helpful. He’ll be working on phonics blends, as well as working on reading & writing through his curriculum, working on reading easy readers, as well as picking a book to listen to during family read aloud time (such as Mr Poppers Penguins). The main curriculum we are using is Masterbooks Language Lessons for a Living Education 1 (we bought the bundle last year for $75 I believe, pictured here). Masterbooks seems to be super popular in the homeschooling community, but I did decide to gravitate away from it for everything but this particular subject because it felt there was a lot of “busy work” and sitting at the table filling out boring worksheets.This past year we had done Masterbooks K and Hooked on Phonics, while the summer we supplemented with a laid-back focus on boosting reading confidence. We really didn’t enjoy Masterbooks K, we are hoping we’ll settle in with making this new one work more, filling in the gaps where we find it empty.