math curriculum question

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math curriculum question

Hi everyone, my kids go to a private school and even though I think it's a good school I just want to make sure the curriculum is ok.

Is enVision Math by Pearson good? Does it cover everything that would be needed to know for meeting grade level goals and what would be tested in the standardized testing at the end of the year?

thanks!

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Sorry, I think the standards differ greatly depending on where you live. What country/state/province, etc do you live in?

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I live in Texas. But the test is a National test that my kids do, not a State one. Does that matter? Last year my son was in First grade and he took the Stanford 10. This year in Second grade he'll also take the Stanford 10.

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I work for Scholastic, dealing with Education Publishing. We don't have a core math program, but I've heard good things about enVision. A lot of curriculums are being revamped for the common core state standards, although I know Texas isn't one of the states adopting it. I also think it's a fairly new/updated curriculum, at least within the last year or so.

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Thank you so much Carolyn!

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I've heard both good and bad things about enVision Math. It seems part of the "balanced math" group, a move to moderate discovery math with some basic competence. Lakewood School District in the Seattle area has adopted it and seem to be seeing improvements. EnVision Math is more algorithm-based than systems like Discovery Math. Some teachers like it; others say it's very time consuming and they haven't been well trained.

The curriculum that I've studied showing the best data is Singapore Math.

My kids are older now and we home school. I used a fairly hands-on curriculum -- we started out with miquon math, moved to the key to math series supplemented with math drills to nail addition and multiplication facts (we used calculadders, but plenty of drill programs out there). Between the basics in the key to fractions, measuring etc. and key to algebra, you can work through Singapore Math 3a to 6b, just to make sure the kids have a good handle on the basics.

It's served our family well. One of the kids has a degree in microbiology and took advanced math course "for fun." Another has certification in HVAC systems and a third an advanced post graduate degree. All have tested into community college without the need for remedial math.

I guess what I'm saying is -- you might need to keep a close watch on what the kids should know by a certain grade and if they don't, look into supplementing their math skills at home.

Hope this helps a little.
Julie

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Thank you so much Julie.

I subscribe to Study Island so that I have in front of me all of the standards and practice problems and tests. I was disappointed with his teachers last year. I had no idea that in First grade they were going to administer the Stanford 10 until the end of the school year. So at that point I subscribed to Study Island see where he might be Statewide even though the Stanford is a national exam but thought they might be somewhere inline. To my surprise they were asking about main ideas and at that point (around March) they hadn't even talked about what a main idea and many other concepts were. So I emailed the teacher and she said they prepare the students before the test. My son though was on a very high reading level, poor in spelling (he forgets somehow) though but still did just ok on the test. He has a high Lexile reading measurement and skipped K. He got all As in school but yet I don't think his SAT10 was reflective of him. I don't blame him because I think it was the teacher who didn't prepare the students well or maybe didn't teach them well during the year. That school was kind of a mess but it was the best option for us at that time.

I am working with him a little bit each day to revise a few subjects in more creative ways so he doesn't hate me Biggrin I feel disappointed in his teacher and myself. So this year, I'm planning to do things a little differently, starting with finding out to the letter what the standards are.

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