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Does anyone have any suggestions for a cheap math curriculum for special needs students? The curriculum my district uses is much too difficult to even be modified for them.. but I don't want to reinvent the wheel for every single lesson! Is there anything cheap out there I can buy to help my students? Thanks!

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Discussion Review (newest messages first)
hiker1 10-12-2017 03:54 AM

I supplement with touch math. I also enjoyed Saxon Math.

Haley23 09-19-2017 04:56 PM

I've used Math-U-See. It's basically just workbooks with videos that go along with them. There are some manipulatives included, especially for the youngest kids. Personally, I had very few kids that got anything out of the videos and we just mostly used the workbooks and I taught them as we went along. If you have unlimited copies, you could buy one workbook (I remember them being like $40 each, but I could be off) and copy the pages.

It's extremely repetitive. Students will practice the same concept over and over again. They will learn the concepts that are being taught in the books. I thought it would be super boring, but my kids actually really liked them and would even ask at the beginning of class when they'd be getting their books out. I think they just liked them because they felt successful with it. It's also nice because you can have six kids in front of you doing six different things...it's really easy to have kids work at their own pace.

One con is that it's not a comprehensive program at all. It basically teaches computation, which I know our general education curriculum is really going totally away from. If you're responsible for hitting all the state standards, this program definitely won't be good enough. The other thing is that since it's basically a workbook system, if you ever get observed in math you are simply not going to do well on that observation, at least based on the stuff that's on our observation rubrics. My previous P never observed in math (she always chose reading) and never did walkthroughs, so it wasn't a big deal.

rwinters 09-19-2017 03:23 PM

I've used off level Engage Math and ELA and Georgia's math and ELA. Both are free.

misscurlyj 09-19-2017 02:37 PM

I don't know what you consider expensive but compared to other programs out there I would consider it on the cheaper end....you buy what modules you want.

Teachercat2 09-19-2017 02:30 PM

Is it really expensive or something I'd need the district to buy?

misscurlyj 09-19-2017 02:25 PM

MathUSee is hands on and visual. I have trialed it before and liked it when I did. I don't currently use it but I know others that have been happy with it.

Teachercat2 09-19-2017 12:45 PM

Does anyone have any suggestions for a cheap math curriculum for special needs students? The curriculum my district uses is much too difficult to even be modified for them.. but I don't want to reinvent the wheel for every single lesson! Is there anything cheap out there I can buy to help my students? Thanks!




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