I’m looking quite seriously at using Calvert Math. I’ve looked at MUS, Miquon, Saxon, Rod and Staff… they don’t fit or think like I do. (Yes, I know, it seems most everyone adores either MUS or Saxon. I’m just odd–and Saxon appeals to me for upper levels, just not elementary.) I’ve been using Professor B and Singapore for the past several years and LOVE that combo, but the Professor B is getting to be too planning/mommy intensive as our family grows and my brain shrinks. Singapore is excellent as supplemental, but it is a little too “jumpy” to be our spine.
Can anyone tell me about Calvert’s math: The good, the bad and the ugly?
What grade levels have you used?
What do you like about it and why?
What don’t you like? (Why?)
I want a simple “open books and go” implementation and an easy to understand, straightforward approach without too many gimmicks. It needs to be academically solid, and give multiple ways of looking at a problem–both concrete and abstract.
At present I’m waiting to get both girls through their present levels in Singapore. Calvert is expensive, and I don’t want to buy a level that we are already mostly through! (It will also give me time to make room in the budget.) But I’d appreciate input from others who have used it. (Either to help build my confidence or prevent my making a mistake!) This is really my first gear-shift in curriculum, and I’m feeling discombobulated.
Please help recombobulate me!