From: K. Byrd
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Trailblazers and Everyday Math
I teach kindergarten and my school uses the Everyday Math Curriculum, and I along with many other teachers do not like it. Supposedly, it teaches math concepts in a cyclical manner, but the cycle takes so long to repeat itself that the students have forgoten previously learned material. Some of the games are useful, but the curriculum as a whole is not. The minute math book is a good tool to use during your circle time because it has questions divided into various categories that the students can quickly answer to keep their mental math skills fresh. I only use Everyday Math about once a week, because it does not teach the skills that the students need, and does not really seem to build upon those they already possess. I instead use a hands-on math activities book as well as some of my own ideas.
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