* It skips around a lot. In unit one (18 lessons), you'll
have a lesson on counting, a lesson on addition, the
introduction of shapes, a lesson on subtraction, a lesson
on comparing, and you'll revisit each one once down the
line in the later part of the unit. My kinders barely have
a chance to try to understand the concept.
* There are a lot of full out pictures that the kids have
to add to. For instance, it might be a playground scene and
they may have to ensure that there are four children on
swings, or four balls in the picture, etc. Some of my kids
* The TE is just not very teacher friendly. It demands a
lot of reading, which we don't get time to do except on our
own time at home. (We have no prep time at school except
for the 1/2 hour before school that our contract calls
* There is a twin workbook set, a "Homework/Remembering"
book set, and a bunch of other extras.
* The manipulative pattern blocks, shape sets, etc. are all
made from FOAM. Now this makes it nice and lightweight, but
I had a number of students that would have tried to bite
them. So I pulled out very few of those things for class
use unless I was supervising. They used the wood and
plastic pattern blocks and tiles that I already had. All of
those tubs take up space, too.
What I like about it:
* Very little.
This is Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Math Expressions,