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Saxon Math
 
Saxon is very comprehensive and hands-on in the early years.  I've only used KG and 1st grade so far and we will start 2nd this year inshallah.  The 1st and 2nd grade lessons consists of three parts:
 
  1. The Meeting-Scripted and teaches dates, patterns, counting and skip counting.  It can take about 10 minutes to get through this.
  2. The Main Lesson-Also scripted and usually concentrates on one subject (ex. adding 'doubles', 2 + 2, 4 + 4).  This part usually takes about 20 minutes (more in some lessons).  Flash card practice is usually recommended at the end of this part of the lesson.
  3. The Worksheet-In the early lessons there is just one 2-sided sheet to complete, side A, directly following the lesson, and side B, later in the day.  Further into the lessons there are drill sheets to be done along with the 2-sided worksheet. 

In my opinion Saxon is a life-saver if you are math illiterate like me, and if you rather not have to make up lessons or supplement.  It's easy to teach and hands-on.  On the other hand, the lessons are time-consuming, including the time spent gathering the 'household' items used as manipulatives.  The drill and incremental pace can also be boring for a child who gets math concepts quickly. 

Singapore Math
In comparison to Saxon, Singapore Math tackles one subject at a time, rather than different subjects in small increments.  One benefit of the program, is that your child can learn various ways to solve math problems.  Singapore is bright and colorful.  And some muslim parents like the fact that there are some muslim names in their math problems.  One problem with solely using Singapore is the lack of sufficient review.  Students in Singapore actually have a lot more drill in their math programs.  I use Singapore in addition to Saxon, to give my daughter a different way of approaching solving math problems.

 
 
 
I love this book and so does my 6yr old daughter.  There are many math games here to teach a variety of math concepts.  Some of the games are reproducible board games, others use manipulatives you can gather yourself from household items.  There is a website which offers printable samples of some of the games found in this book.  You can also play online an internet version of one of the games found in the book. 
It also gives a sample of the games found in Family Math for Young Children.  It's a handy book for children 4-8, but the 'main' Family Math book can be used for kids from 1st-12th grade.