Who Should Use It? ShillerMath is often used as a homeschool math curriculum, but can be used in schools and can be a good fit for ABA programs and centers (more about ABA programs below).
What’s Included? ShillerMath is sold in kits that contain all of the workbooks, teacher’s manuals, and hands-on manipulatives that you will need to teach. There are three kits available, and all kits can be used for multiple students over a period of several years. Kit 1 contains all of the materials for grades pre-K through 3rd grade and Kit 2 covers grades 4 through pre-algebra. Each of these kits includes lesson books, tests with answer keys, a CD of math songs, and a complete set of hands-on manipulatives. A fractions kit is available for students aged 5-13. All kits come with a license to download and print the kit’s consumable material for 5 years. If you are purchasing for multiple students, ShillerMath recommends purchasing one set of materials for each 5 students in your program. While most people purchase the items as a kit, the materials can also be purchased individually.
About the ShillerMath Program: ShillerMath is based on the Montessori approach to education, but does not require Montessori training to use. The ShillerMath program uses hands-on materials and includes lessons that cover all concepts in the curriculum from four learning styles: visual, tactile, auditory (including music), and kinesthetic. This does not mean that each lesson incorporates all of these learning styles, but they are included throughout each topic in the curriculum. The ShillerMath student books and materials do not contain references to age or grade levels, allowing students to work at their own pace without worrying about being either “ahead” or “behind” their grade level. To determine where in the program your child or student should begin, it is recommend that the educator start each student, regardless of age, at the first test from Book 1. Four tests from each book are included in the free Diagnostic Test Kit download. Read more about the multi-sensorial approach used by ShillerMath here: http://www.shillermath.com/h2/multisensorial.php
How Much Time Do We Work on ShillerMath Daily? There is almost no preparation for each lesson by the teacher or parent. The guidelines for working on ShillerMath are 15 minutes per day for a 4-year-old child. For older children, add 5 minutes per day for each year of age. Of course, keep in mind your child’s individual development when setting your work times.
ShillerMath for ABA Programs: What makes ShillerMath helpful for ABA programs is the fact that it is easy to use, scripted, and there is very minimal adult prep needed for each lesson. Each lesson is contained in a scripted workbook. That is, it tells the adult exactly what to say, show, and do for each lesson. What’s nice about this is that the student activities and what the instructor is supposed to say and do are listed in the same book on the same page, so you don’t have to juggle two books (one for the instructor to read from and one for the student to work with). This makes it easy for ABA therapists (without any specific training on the program) to simply pick up the book where the last therapist left off and continue teaching. The workbook pages are very easy for the teacher or ABA therapist to open the book to the next lesson, quickly grab the needed materials, and begin with no other preparation due to the guidance contained on each workbook page. Another benefit for ABA programs is that ShillerMath’s free printables of the consumable material allow students to repeat lessons without purchasing additional materials.
View Sample Lessons: http://www.shillermath.com/h2/samples/book1lessonsamples.pdf
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