Elena, on the other hand, had started multiplying on her own, while still in the adding/subtracting book. She started figuring out that three 3s was 9, and four 3s was 12, etc. So, she sailed right into the multiplication book and it has been smooth sailing for her through the first 6 lessons so far.
Since, I didn't see any developmental cues like that with Maya, we have stayed with adding and subtracting and will until I do see those cues. I see no point in moving on when I know she isn't really ready.
So, Maya plays a lot of math games. And we read a lot of fun math stories from our local, well-loved library. Have you seen these:
These are awesome! I love them all! Check them out and tell me what you think.