I finally decided on Shiller Math. It is a Montessori based program developed by Larry Shiller ( MIT math graduate) and edited by Montessori experts at the Princeton Center for Teacher Education, a nationally renowned Montessori teachers training institute.
Here are some things I like about Shiller Math:
Shiller Math is Montessori based.
ThreeStep Approach similar to the Montessori three phase lesson.
This method scaffolds learning by allowing the child to build on prior knowledge and internalize new information. When the child completes all three steps the parent can be confident the child understands the information.
Children are introduced to the decimal system and learn to be comfortable with and use large numbers very early on.
Math concepts are introduced from concrete to abstract using a spiral approach.
Shiller Math addresses all learning styles.
Kinesthetic - gross motor movement, stimulating the muscle neurons and enhancing blood chemistry
Visual - looking at pictures, finding patterns in shape, size, and color
Auditory - listening to music, stimulating the auditory portion of the brain
Tactile - working with manipulatives, stimulating the neurons of the hands and fingers
Writing - using fine motor skills in a more abstract way, when developmentally appropriate
Mental - thinking using only the mind, once a concept is understood.
Everything is included in the kit.
I have already learned over the last two months of "formal" homeschooling that I NEED everything laid out for me. It needs to be easy to grab what I need without a lot of prep work. Shiller math provides for this through their all-inclusive kits. All of the manipulatives and the scripted lesson books are packaged as a together. They claim there is ZERO Preparation time and that works great for me.