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I wholeheartedly agree with Catherine from Colorado! In order not to be redundant, I would just refer anyone to read her review. Especially when you homeschool in a state that requires standardized testing for homeschooled students. If a homeschool student does not have an umbrella school in a state that requires testing, or must move back into a conventional classroom setting in the lower grades, the challenge would be teaching the math concepts that are beyond the basics.
I found when comparing scope and sequence between this curriculum and another Christian homeschool curriculum that R&S does not cover as much material outside of the basics as is covered in the other. When teaching 2nd grade, I had to contend with covering more material to be ready for testing. I just supplemented with a math workbook from a different Christian-based curriculum. I was able to cover every requirement without missing out on R&S.
My belief is that children are pushed too fast and hard, and miss out on other areas of development so necessary to being a mature adult, not just a grown-up. By using R&S, a mastery-based curriculum, a child/student has the opportunity to learn at a pace that matches their physical and emotional development.
I am using "Learning Numbers with Spunky" for my first-grader. She loves Spunky, but next year we will be using R&S. Spunky is cute, but just does not cover the material as thoroughly as R&S. We use R&S for all of our subjects other than 1st-grade math. I am grateful for R&S!