After years of dabbling in Saxon, Miquon, and most recently two years of RightStart, I am planning to settle my entire family into Rod and Staff Math starting this fall. We'll be in levels K, third, and fifth. I'd love to hear any advice you have for shifting into its particular style of teaching, how best to use the teacher manuals, how much to let the student do alone vs. working through together, and other advice you might have. I recently bought the fourth grade set just to see what it looked like on the inside. I like the way it's laid out. I like the constant practice on many different topics. I'm not really confident about the teacher's instructions and how to run a lesson. Doesn't a new resource just completely reduce you to the nervous newbie feeling overnight!? That's where I am now.

[Here's a true confession: the summer I found MP was also the summer I stumbled upon Rightstart with which I was completely enamored. I still love many things about it, but honestly never even explored R&S as an option. Two years after completely falling in love with everything MP--from the content to the methods--I'm wishing I'd given it a fair shot from day one. I do have suspicions that we'd be on a more solid mathematical foundation by now. So, newbies, give it a look!]

All that to say, I'd appreciate any wisdom you've gleaned!

Many thanks in advance!

[Here's a true confession: the summer I found MP was also the summer I stumbled upon Rightstart with which I was completely enamored. I still love many things about it, but honestly never even explored R&S as an option. Two years after completely falling in love with everything MP--from the content to the methods--I'm wishing I'd given it a fair shot from day one. I do have suspicions that we'd be on a more solid mathematical foundation by now. So, newbies, give it a look!]

All that to say, I'd appreciate any wisdom you've gleaned!

Many thanks in advance!

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