My youngest 11 year old son is on the autism spectrum. I can say RS Math is a life saver for us. We homeschool our three boys. My son was struggling just to get past the first two lessons in Level A a few years ago. Then I started doing half a lesson with him each day and we will be finishing Level A soon. This is truly a monumental achievement for us. I honestly didn’t think this would be possible. When we were stuck on lessons 1 and 2 for a while, things looked grim.
Joan Cotter, the author was very generous in communicating with me before I purchased Level A and she reassured me that RS math would work for children with learning difficulties.
A few beautiful things about RS Maths in my experiences :
– Constant but gradually changing repetitions of on concepts : They lay a solid foundation of understanding the concepts. I am teaching my son to read the clock at the moment and I understand it will be repeated in Level C!
– Quality learning tools for multi-functional purposes : One example is the tiles of different colours. They are for counting but also for learning the idea of ‘inches’. The beads in the abacus are one centimetre in diameter and can teach how long a centimetre is.
– Fun. The learning tools are fun to use. It almost has an element of behavioral therapy for my son.
– Maths games : To be honest, I don’t find all of the games exciting and they are sometimes just for ticking the boxes. However some are quite fun and I am glad I have a choice to do them.
The high quality of the math manipulatives are a joy to use for their quality. For example, the drawing set, 4-in-1 ruler and geometry panels are of a rare quality to find these days. Hope RS Maths can keep up this high standard in the math manipulatives.
I also remember your staff were very helpful and friendly when we were considering to purchase the Level A.
Half a lesson takes me about 45 minutes. Some people might find the gradual pace and constant repetition boring and tedious. All I can say is RS math works for us and without it, we would be stuck. RS math is an excellent investment for our son.