The homeschool struggle for great curriculum that fits your learning style is an ongoing quest. I was looking for a printable map for our wall, but instead of searching for “map”, I typed in “mep” instead. What a happy accident!
What it led me to was an awesome site called Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching. I was totally blown away by this site. It is a fully scripted, complete, comprehensive, and free math curriculum from Kindergarten to grade 6.
This curriculum was developed by the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching (CIMT) at Plymouth University for students in primary schools. According to their overview :
-Lesson plans that are well prepared
– interactive teaching. All students are given the chance to demonstrate, answer, explain, suggest.
– Friendly, non-confrontational learning, and having fun! Mistakes used as teaching points.
– Spiral curriculum with continual revision; learning by heart encouraged, with progression in small, logical steps.
– Visualisation and manipulatives are used in the early years.
– Students give the solutions, not the teacher, and students are expected to correct their own work.
Also, each lesson gives the approximate time it takes to do, but this is for classroom purposes. Homeschooling takes about 2/3 less time! We tend to do a 30 minute lesson in less than 10 minutes.
There is even a South African, Spanish, and Jamaican version available!
I decided that I’d try using the kindergarten reception year for Peanut now. It is supposed to be used twice a week, but since we only have 10 more weeks to go, I’m using it daily. There are 60 lessons in reception, so we’ll still have to do 2 weeks extra to finish it up before our next school year starts.
We are also using Math U See Primer, we’re now on lesson 22. Peanut is doing very well this year with it. I really want to use McRuffy Math too, but I really need to play more board games with him first. Peanut just doesn’t understand the concept of taking turns, or even moving only your own piece when it’s your turn, so Candyland is going to become an almost daily game in the near future. Hahaha!