The title says, "Welcome to the Comprehensive School Mathematics Program Preservation Project." (a.k.a. CSMP) I hope that long title doesn't scare you off because this math program for grades K-6th actually looks quite innovative and interesting.
One of the program author's, a faculty member of Buffalo State College, writes, "CSMP was developed to be an exemplary curriculum by National Institute of Education for others to emulate. While many pieces have been adapted, some thirty years later there are few curricula that compare."
How does CSMP teach math?
Here is a brief overview of CSMP, found in the introduction to the first grade teacher's book:
"....you will discover a definite CSMP viewpoint about elementary school mathematics, one we hope you will come to understand and share. Part of that viewpoint is that learning takes place when students react to interesting real-life or fantasy situations (sometimes called a pedagogy of situations), such as those in stories or games. You’ll find that CSMP presents situations that involve students personally and allow arithmetic to take the form of adventures in the world of numbers.
CSMP teachers do not stick to one topic until it is mastered. Indeed, our experience indicates that learning often stops when the purpose of a lesson is merely the mastery of a skill." (this is also known as the "spiral" approach to math)
Testimonials found in CSMP's guestbook: