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Can't say enough good things...
on August 8, 2011
... about Spectrum Math!
This is straightforward math instruction- few cutesy pictures, no bizarre methods for better 'understanding' without application. These books provide the type of math instruction I received in elementary school- the same kind of excellent understanding and ability to easily use math that I want for both of my children. This book teaches both borrowing AND carrying. These books believe in the basic algorithms. YAY for a good, solid math education!
My warnings (none of which were a problem for us): there is very little instruction in these books. I didn't feel like that mattered at this age, but some parents might be put off by it. This book also moves through concepts methodically but quickly, so I sometimes suppliment with extra worksheets I print off. Again, not really a problem for us, but valuable to know. We also don't usually do all of the math problems on each page (there are plenty for practice!) so we sometimes finish up a page on the second day if my children need extra practice.
If you hate the current fluffy math methods that are out there, and want to give your child a very solid foundation in mathematical concepts, these are the books for you!