Second Grade Math

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Math Mammoth

Math Mammoth focuses on the understanding of mathematical concepts, uses clear explanations, lots of visual exercises and pattern exercises, mastery-oriented: concentrates fairly long on a topic, with fairly few topics per grade, emphasizes mental math and developing number sense, very little teacher preparation needed. Learn More

Needs: Semester One – Worktext 2A,  Semester Two- Worktext 2B

Notes: A great curriculum that covers all skills really well.   Crammed full of information so page layout can seem a little overwhelming.  No color.  A great fit for the student that gets Math. Placement Test

There are lots of youtube videos by Maria Miller (the author) Here


Beta builds on the foundation in Alpha by applying students’ mastery of single-digit addition and subtraction to multiple-digit addition and subtraction. One of the stepping stones between these two levels is the concept of place value, which is an important milestone for truly grasping any multiple-digit operation. Learn More

Notes: Math-U-See is great for hands on learners.  It can be quite repetitive and doesn’t contain many reviews.  Placement Test

Singapore Primary Math

The students are provided with the necessary learning experiences beginning with the concrete and pictorial stages, followed by the abstract stage to enable them to learn mathematics meaningfully. This approach encourages active thinking process, communication of mathematical ideas and problem-solving. This helps develop the foundation students will need for more advanced mathematics. Practice exercises are designed to provide the students with further practice after they have done the relevant workbook exercises. Review exercises are provided for cumulative reviews of concepts and skills. All the practice exercises and review exercises are optional exercises. Learn More

Needs: Semester One – Workbook A, Textbook A, Home Instructor Guide A.  Semester two – Workbook B, Textbook B, Home Instructor Guide B.

Notes: Colorful kid-friendly pages. Placement Test

Mathematical Reasoning

Mathematical Reasoning™ helps students devise strategies to solve a wide variety of math problems. This book emphasizes problem-solving and computation to build the math reasoning skills necessary for success in higher-level math and math assessments. This book is written to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The Level C book is a complete curriculum for the second grade level.

These highly effective activities take students far beyond drill-and-practice by using step-by-step, discussion-based problem-solving to develop a conceptual bridge between computation and the reasoning required for upper-level math. Activities and units spiral slowly, allowing students to become comfortable with concepts but also challenging them to continue building their math skills. Learn More

Needs: No additional needs

Notes: Colorful pages, self directed.

Right Start Math

This unique, award-winninghands-on program de-emphasizes counting, uses visualization of quantities, and provides strategies and visual pictures for learning the facts. Understanding and problem solving are emphasized throughout the curriculum.  The primary learning tool is the AL Abacus, a specially designed two-sided abacus that is both kinesthetic and visual. The AL Abacus is grouped in fives and tens for quick recognition of quantities. The second side of the AL Abacus teaches place value to the thousands. Children develop visual strategies as they use this manipulative.  Practice is provided with math card games, minimizing review worksheets and eliminating stressful flash cards. These games provide interesting and varied repetition that is needed for the automatic responses to the facts. More importantly, these games provide an application for new information and create hours of fun learning math facts and concepts. Learn More

Needs: Kit (Lessons & Worksheets), Manipulatives Kit (AL Abacus Standard Math Card Games book Place Value Cards Base 10 Picture Cards Abacus Tiles Cards for Math Games Fraction Charts Drawing Board Set Geoboards Geometric Solids Plastic Coins Geometry Panels Colored Tiles Geometry Reflector Casio Calculator 450 Geared Clock Math Balance Tangrams Centimeter Cubes 4-in-1 Ruler Folding Meter Stick Goniometer Tally Sticks Yellow Is The Sun CD).

Notes: A great Math especially for struggling learners, but is very parent intensive.  Lots of games and manipulatives. AL Abacus is primary manipulative. Placement Test

Saxon Math

Saxon’s Math 2 Kit continues teaching young minds in an incremental manner, slowly building upon previously learned concepts and increasing retention. Math 2 covers working with larger numbers, geometric shapes, Venn diagrams, graphs, basic calculations, simple fractions and multi-step problems. Learn More

Needs: Teachers Manual, Meeting Book,  Student Workbooks and fact cards, Manipulatives (48 baby bear counters, 100 color tiles, a complete set of double nine dominoes, 2 geoboards with rubber bands, 1 hundred number board, 100 linking cubes, 100 pattern blocks, 1 primary balance, 2 rulers, 2 student clocks, 1 set of four tangrams, 25 two-color counting discs).

Notes: Saxon Math has a very dry presentation.  The pages are devoid of color, but it has lots of reviews and is a well-respected curriculum. Placement Test

Dreambox (Online)

Dreambox is an adaptive, personalized instruction. Learn More

Notes: Not a complete curriculum, but a fun supplement. Lots of games. Can be difficult to transfer skills to paper.

Mathseeds (Online)

Mathseeds teaches kids aged 3-9 the core math and problem-solving skills needed to be successful at school with fun, highly interactive and rewarding lessons. Mathseeds combines highly structured lessons with fun motivational elements that keep children engaged and keen to learn. Your kids can start learning with Mathseeds anytime and anywhere there is a computer or tablet. Learn More

Notes: Best when used with a paper curriculum.

Prodigy (online)

With a diagnostic test to place students in the correct grade, embedded assessments, and automatic differentiation, Prodigy ensures that each one of your students succeed at their own pace. Learn More