I have just completed watching the demo about Math-U-See (you can get a free dvd or watch it on their website). I am so excited to do math with my kids now! I don’t have time to go into the philosophy and methods of this program. Just watch the demo and see if you’re amazed, too!
We’ll start with Alpha for my 7 and 8 year-olds. I still want to do "informal" math, so I don’t expect to do much with the workbooks or tests. I’ll know if they understand by just "playing" with the blocks (math manipulatives) and applying what we learn to everyday life. We’ll watch the short lesson on video every Monday and do practice with it on Wednesday and Friday. (We’ll start the heavy-duty math on paper when they turn 10 years old.)
The first lesson introduces "Decimal Street" for understanding place value. So, we will make this lapbook (http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/barrynmissy1972/630530/) for it!