JUMP at HOME Math Curriculum

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 @ 12:02 PM
posted by Liz Pomeroy

Changing curriculum in the middle of a school year can be hard at times BUT if the one you are using is not working for your child then changing is the best thing you can do! This happened to us recently. The Math Curriculum we were using, Mathematical Reasoning by the Critical Thinking Company, is excellent and I have extolled its virtues many times. HOWEVER, it was not working for Daniel and Hannah simply because there was not enough repetition of Math facts. It changed approx. every two pages, always coming back, but they were just not grasping the facts they were learning so it was time to search for a new one. The other problem for Daniel was the fact that it was VERY wordy and because he still does not have good reading skills it got very frustrating for both me and him!

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After some research, we came upon JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigy) at HOME by John Mighton, a Canadian Math curriculum. Both Richard and I have been thrilled with the books. I was concerned that they were too simple at the beginning but Richard, being wise, suggested we start at the beginnings anyways and boy, are we glad we did! It showed up some gaps and also gave the children confidence on how to work with these different books. It is VERY repetitive giving pages and pages on the same facts, with the problems gradually getting harder. The instructions are illustrated as well as simply written. Mental math is heavily emphasised which is a skill many folks lack today and many of the math curriculums do not teach it. Let’s face it, you are not always going to have a calculator on you so it is important to know how to do sums in your head!

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The price for the books are very reasonable which is an extra bonus. There are NO answers in the books but at this level you really do not need them. If you do need them, you can find them online.

We are pleased we made the decision to switch halfway through the year 🙂 You can read more reviews on Amazon (link above) or on Timberdoodle, a fabulous, “think outside the box” homeschooling website that we often use.

Liz

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