Starting math at age ten is early enough

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Dear Laurie,

I’m working my way through your wonderful book Teaching the Trivium and loving it. I’ve ordered Mystery of History Volume 1 and am thinking about math. Anne will be nine in October. She’s been quick to learn and understand math concepts – we’ve gone through multiplication and long division in manipulatives to the ten thousands – not on paper – and beginning fractions – more in cooking, word problems etc. Geometry just at the perimeter/area level – all with Montessori materials. I’m wondering whether I should continue this year in the same way or whether I should begin Saxon 65? And what your thoughts are on Singapore Math or Math U See? Bottom line, should I give her another year before work book math?

She is really enjoying the book selections in Hand that Rocks the Cradle and I love feeling that I can let her pick them out! She was excited to see Sea Star – the sequel to Misty of Chincoteague and chose that first! Blessings to you. Many thanks, J.

My opinion is that starting math at age ten is early enough. Give her another year to develop abstract thinking. There’s no hurry.

Singapore, Math U See, and Saxon are all fine math curricula.