I will not be teaching them together. So we'll be able to share manips where necessary. Which starter kit should I order and which extras do I need to get the most bang for my buck? Looks like a few of the manips are different.
Thank you for your message. Before I complete your list of required items for both levels, have you taken our starting level questionnaire (http://www.alabacus.com/questions/) with your children? I believe that your youngest child could begin with Level B, which is also a starting level and some children find that level to be a better fit.
Please let me know what level you were advised on our starting level questionnaire and I will guide you through exactly what products you need with two children in the program.
It does recommend level B. I think the first time I took the questionnaire I was thinking that we hadn't done much math. In fact we have done lots of math with manipulatives, but virtually none with pencil and paper. (for the 5 year old) Do you still recommend B for him? Also, for my other guy, he definitely does not have his facts completely memorized, so I hope level C will work (that's what the questionnaire recommended for him.) I want to start them where the math won't be too hard or overwhelming, but also so they don't feel like it's way too easy!
Thank you for your response. I would agree with the Level B response and I would also agree with starting your oldest child in Level C.
In order to make sure you get the best deal and the most "bang for your buck" I would recommend doing the following order...
Level C Deluxe Starter Kit (Savings of $69) $200
Additional AL Abacus $15
Level B Lessons $65
Level B Worksheets $10
Tally Sticks $2
Yellow is the Sun CD $2.50
Wooden Cubes $5
Base 10 picture cards $2.50
This would bring your order total to $322 which would qualify for free shipping. The other good news is that next year when your level B child moves to level C you would only need to purchase the Level C worksheets ($18) and your older child needs to move to Level D you would purchase the C to D Add-On kit ($100).
I hope this helps you decide what to order. When you are ready to place the order please call our order department at 888-775-6284. If you have further questions, please let me know I would happy to help.