Spunky is a donkey (pronounced
dunkey in some parts), and young pupils will find him frolicking through the pages of the Schoolaid math series. Actually, learning math is rarely a frolic, but these workbooks provide exercises that will be familiar to rural farm and school life. Prepared for use in one-room schools, home schooling parents might take to them as well, where teaching time is a precious commodity. The teacher's manual gives the beginning teacher a good overview, and offers advice on routines, teaching aids, and ways to help your students work independantly. Each grade has a pair of workbooks to cover the year, and some specially-designed flash card sets are available to supplement the program.
This series is designed for more independent learning, and introduces concepts a bit quicker than the
Rod and Staff series, which spends a lot more time reviewing basic facts. Mathematics for Christian Living
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Anonymous from Washington February 23, 2015
Grade(s) used 1-2
I am now teaching my 3 students using Spunky. This is the first math my children start out with. It is simple enough for a new beginner but advanced enough for a quick learner. Each of my children does Spunky 1st grade and 2nd grade, then moves into Rod and Staff 3rd grade and has a very easy transition. I have used both Math-U-See and CLE Math, but they were just not working for my oldest. We then tried Spunky and it clicked, and we have used it ever since. I also love the simple basics of the math concepts, and its continuous repetition.
Holli from Texas February 20, 2015
Grade(s) used 1
My son was struggling with learning his math facts. We started out this year using Ray's Primary Arithmetic, but it wasn't "clicking" with him, no matter what I tried. I found "Learning Numbers with Spunky" when I was searching for a simple, old-fashioned approach to math. I didn't want him to learn the "new math" that is taught in many public schools, private schools, and in some homeschool curricula.
We have completed about half of the 1st-grade program and are very pleased with the results. He is learning his math facts as well as the other math skills taught in the book. There is plenty of repetition to help him practice the skills. His four-year-old sister is even learning her subtraction facts when we use the picture board. We will continue with the program next year and I will also use it with my daughter when she is fully ready. If I had known about it last year, we would have started the first book towards the middle to end of his Kindergarten year.
I was so pleased with this program I have added the grammar workbook (Climbing to Good English) by Schoolaid, the Practical Spelling program, and the Pathway readers and workbooks to our program. I would not hesitate to recommend any of these products. I am grateful they are available.
Rachel from North Carolina February 19, 2015
Grade(s) used 1
I have used this now for one of my children and we liked it! I like it more than I do the younger grades of Rod and Staff because it just fits them better. I find the younger grades of Rod and Staff a little confusing and find I actually need the teachers manual for it. Schoolaid is very self-explanatory and simple to use; I like that about it. Now I still prefer Rod and Staff for the older grades, but this has worked great for us so far for the younger ones. I also love the price, too!
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For grades 3 - 8, see
Study Time Math.