I’m beginning to think that finding new curriculum is like trying to find the missing sock that went into the dryer but never came out. It becomes a great hunt, sifting through baskets and dresser drawers, going back to the dryer then checking the lint trap. Staring for several seconds into the back of the dryer, wondering if it will open up into another world-like Narnia-where all the missing socks must go. Then realizing I will never find that old sock, cashing in and just buying a brand new bag of fresh clean ones.
I am scratching my head trying to recall how we came to be in Singapore Math. I think it came upon the recommendations of other homeschoolers. Now we are nearing the end of kindergarten level Part B of Singapore Math. Much to my surprise now all of their material is either correlated or explicitly aligned with common core. 🤢 No, I do not care for common core. A detailed article describing the errors of common core, can be read here.
While I agree with all of Ditto She Wrote points, the biggest one that stands out to me is the disregard for individualism. That the common core standards maintain children should learn the same material, at the same time, all the same way. Huh? Yes, because all children think, learn, and develop the same way. Furthermore, the most common complaint I hear among parents of children learning CC math, is that it is overly complicated. That common core is in fact senseless. These parents can’t even help their children do their own math homework.
Common Core Math? No. Just no.
Now that I have your attention, I will proceed. My daughter is very visual, learns fast so she quickly grew bored of the mastery approach in Singapore Math. I honestly think that she would do amazing with a computer based program that she can interact in and go at her own pace with. Is there a computer program for math that is not explicitly alligned with common core?
I’ve looked at Math U See, our doppelgänger homeschool family (story for another day) uses that. I checked the homeschool resource road map, it appears explicitly alligned too.
I have also considered:
Miquon Math and math lessons for a living education seem wonderful, but they are not a computer based program. Time4learning looks perfect, it is very visual, interactive, and she can go at her own pace. Cons? Per the homeschool resource roadmap, “Time4Learning uses Compass Learning as its delivery platform. Though most Compass Learning content is correlated to (not explicitly aligned with) the CCS, Compass Learning has actually added some explicitly aligned content, and program users are unable to differentiate correlated from aligned content or eliminate aligned content.”
I could stay with Singapore Math (no) or go with Time4learning (for some reason it beckons to me). Then I feel like a voter in a bad election year trying to decide between the lesser of two evils. Is a non common core computer based math program a mythological creature?
I am starting to feel like a non common core computer based math program is as real as Narnia. That if I just move the coats in the old wardrobe aside and enter into that magical world, I may just find my misssing socks and our new Math Curriculum-or a witch that wants to feed my children Turkish delight.
Serious question- Do you know of a computer based non common core math program?