ShillerMath Kit I for 4-8 year olds PLUS FREE downloads for 5 years

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About ShillerMath Kit I for 4-8 year olds PLUS FREE downloads for 5 years

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Helps parents learn how to bridge the gap between public school and homeschool!
My child went to a public kindergarten, and when she discovered that you could homeschool at the end of the school year, she insisted firmly that this is what she wants to do going forward. I spent the following summer researching what approach we wanted to use, and I honed in on the century old Montessori method. I spent a lot of money acquiring manipulatives and Montessori albums, but still felt like I didn't have it all.

What I struggled with the most was trying to figure out how to continue her math education after a year in a common core program. After a semester of flailing, I decided to reassess my approach. I researched ShillerMath and was drawn to the hands on multi sensory approach and especially wanted to try the diagnostic testing that allows you to figure out EXACTLY where my child is in maths. The diagnostics are incredibly easy to administer and then you punch it into their lesson planner, then you get a print out of what lessons to start with! This is so incredibly helpful, that I wanted to cry! We jumped right in and enjoy our half an hour a day of math activities. I like the scripted lessons a lot more then I want to admit and I like that the kit blends well with the Montessori decimal materials I already have.

Each lesson is cross indexed and easy to reference. When my child pulls out a material and wants to use it, all I have to do it take a quick scan of the material index and quickly turn to an interesting activity!

The peace too I have gained from knowing I have everything I need right in the box has saved me a lot of time looking online for Montessori materials at an affordable price. I definitely recommend that the money you invest in ShillerMath Kits are well worth it, especially considering that they can all be used with multiple children at different children. I have two, so that means that five years times two kids divided by $350 = $35 a year per kid! Not bad for an all inclusive, out-of-the-box math program!
February 26, 2016
I cannot say enough good things about the Shiller math kit My daughter is seven and is finishing the second grade I have been homeschooling her from day one I have to admit that I ended first grade in tears I thought I couldn't do it anymore because I was a bad teacher and I didn't know where I was going wrong My daughter had holes in her math education that I didn't know how to fill I would try to go from one math rule to the next with paperwork etc Then I found this kit This kit is perfect! It's easy to use and best of all there are reviews that you give your child and if they have a question they don't know the answer to it tells you exactly which lessons to go back over so that they CAN understand it They lessons incorporate every learning style so my verbal 7 year old daughter loves it and so does my active 5 year old son as well as my 3 year old daughter! They love it so much that they will fight over who gets to do math first I wish I had known about this kit when my daughter was in kindergarten - I would never have bought any other one! I know this is expensive at first glance but this kit is so worth it! I KNOW which concepts my daughter is getting and how to fill in the gaps and the peace of mind that gives me is amazing The fact that I have four children and the fact that I will be able to use this for all of them makes this kit worth it's weight in gold to me - and it's a heavy box:)
May 1, 2011
Having used Singapore maths till my daughter was in 3rd grade and then ShillerMath till she's now in 5th grade I have to report that I prefer ShillerMath for its clear progression for being fun and interesting and for being a program that children can do independently from about 3rd gradeAbove all it really explains things nicely whereas the Singapore didn'tThough it seems pricey you get three/four years at a time and with four kids the kits are less than buying all the Singapore textbooksAll four kids are using ShillerMath now -- my 4-year-old and 6-year-old are doing Book 1 together my 8-year-old is storming through Book 3 and my 10-year-old is just about to complete Book 5I especially like it because it covers all the learning styles and follows a very sound Montessori-based method of 1) explain the concept 2) review the concept 3) have the child explain the concept
April 20, 2011
My 11-year-old son with Down syndrome really struggles with math and I struggle as his teacher The last couple years math hasn't been fun for either of us I have managed to teach him some basic math functions but he still seems to lack a true understanding of numbers About 6 weeks ago I noticed Donna's ShillerMath review on the Rainbow homepage I was very intrigued It sounded very different from how I had been teaching math And quite honestly that was a good thing What I had been doing hadn't been working I was very open to trying something newMy son just completed his first ShillerMath Review Test today I would love to be able to tell you that he passed with flying colors and all of our math struggles are behind us but that isn�t realistic What I am so excited about is that I have a clear idea of what he understood in math the last few weeks which was quite a lot and the areas we need to revisit I have a clear teaching plan of attack and that�s something I haven�t had with math in a long time When you start the Shiller Program with an older remedial student you can choose to do diagnostic testing to see where they fit in In our case I felt like my son had so many holes in his understanding of math that it would just be better to start at the beginning That way we wouldn�t miss anything like we had in the past and he would have some opportunities for success ShillerMath is a Montessori math program Very different from any other program I have tried It is very visual and tactile Which is perfect for my special needs child The first thing you do each lesson is put down the �math mat� It�s a white mat that comes with the kit Right away the child�s focus is drawn to what�s on the mat Each lesson is a small bite of information The next lesson will then seem completely different We�re still in review mode so we can cover 2 or 3 lessons a day Since the lessons are all so different my son�s interest is maintained for the whole session Also the lessons are ed so that makes it a lot easier for me At the top of each lesson it begins by telling you the objective of the lesson the manipulatives needed the learning style addressed and if there are consumable materials It�s so easy to put a lesson together and then you just follow the I was used to math being taught as concepts When one concept is finished you move on to the next The problem with that is what if the child didn�t understand that concept? Shiller doesn�t work that way It seems to jump around but really you�re building a foundation After a while you start to see how those small bites of information come together for the child to gain better understanding If the child has trouble with a lesson you go back to it from time to time until the child has closure That way nothing is missed and you�re not doing the same thing over and over to the point of frustration So if you�ve read this far you�re probably thinking it sounds great but what about that price Ouch! It is a big expense at first but if used for the full 3 to 5 years (the kit includes 3 student and 3 teacher books) then it really it isn�t too bad I hate to think what I�ve spent the last 3 to 5 years on curriculums workbooks manipulatives and games I expect ShillerMath to be my last big math expense for a long long time!
September 24, 2010
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I purchased this curriculum because it uses the Montessori method of education.
Gena O on Mar 22, 2018
After researching various options, my Daughter in Law has selected this program for their 3 children , who are all being home schooled. ....ages 3 1/2, 5, 8. Knowing her, she is devoted to offering her children the best education tools available .
elaine r on Jul 19, 2017
I purchased this curriculum because it uses the Montessori method of education.
Gena O on Mar 22, 2018
My 7 year old daughter has Down Syndrome. We homeschool and have had success with the Montessori Method in the past. I am hopeful this will give her a more concrete grasp of an otherwise very abstract concept for her.
Jennifer T on Nov 23, 2017
After researching various options, my Daughter in Law has selected this program for their 3 children , who are all being home schooled. ....ages 3 1/2, 5, 8. Knowing her, she is devoted to offering her children the best education tools available .
elaine r on Jul 19, 2017
great reviews for kinesthetic learners.
Michelle Y on Aug 25, 2016
My 7 year old daughter has Down Syndrome. We homeschool and have had success with the Montessori Method in the past. I am hopeful this will give her a more concrete grasp of an otherwise very abstract concept for her.
Jennifer T on Nov 23, 2017
great reviews for kinesthetic learners.
Michelle Y on Aug 25, 2016
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