Rod and Staff Math
Mathematics for Christian Living Series
"Rod and Staff's math program is black-and-white, straightforward, no-nonsense, traditional mathematics with an emphasis on drill and memorization as well as practical application through word problems. Previously taught concepts are continuously reviewed." —Cathy Duffy
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Kris from Arizona March 10, 2015
Grade(s) used 3
I have 2 children that I recently pulled out of the public school system to teach at home. While searching for a math curriculum, we came across Rod and Staff. I liked the no-frills way of teaching, as well as the way new concepts are repeated to make sure the student has a good foundation. I chose to start them at the 3rd-grade level, even though they are older than that. I felt neither one had a good foundation in the basics and that this was a great place to start. We have just finished the 3rd grade math curriculum and are already starting 4th grade. I would highly recommend this math curriculum to anyone whose child needs a good foundation in the basics!
Monica from AR March 1, 2015
Grade(s) used 1-5
I have used Rod and Staff Math from grade 1 with both my children. They are both well above average in math. My youngest, age 7, has not tested for 3rd grade yet, but she has worked up to grade 4 already. My son tested last year for 3rd grade and only missed 1 problem on the whole standardized test given by the state. He finished in just a few minutes while all the other children being tested took just about the whole time. The report showed him to be on a 7th-grade math level! As a math lover and former Algebra teacher (for a Christian school), I love Rod and Staff Math. It's repetitive nature helps drill the basics and build upon them when adding new ideas. It is very easy to teach math with this curriculum. One of my favorite parts is how early word problems are introduced. My children love the "fun" word problems.
Tracy from New York February 27, 2015
Grade(s) used 3-4
I started homeschooling my daughter in 3rd grade, and have used Rod and Staff Math for 3rd and 4th grade. I am not in a state that requires testing every year so I don't have to deal with standardized testing and Common Core (one of the reasons I homeschool). Even if I did have to test every year, I wouldn't care about the "test score"; I am sure my daughter is learning enough to "pass the test." I love Rod and Staff Math because if covers the fundamentals completely, and reviews concepts introduced earlier to make sure the child remembers them later, instead of introducing them once and moving on, never to be seen again. I like the fact that R&S teaches the fundamentals without the ridiculousness of Common Core.
The teacher's manual is great. The entire lesson is right there for you. I teach on a chalkboard easel, so we do a lot of problems right on the board.
Sometimes things get too repetitive, so we just do a few problems and if she gets it we move on (but the extra practice is there when she needs it). In the middle of 4th grade she KNOWS all her multiplication facts to 12, and I love the mental math.
To see the table of contents and sample lessons, click on the curriculum sets below.
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