Lesson 8 was supposed to take 2-3 days, but we only spent about 5 minutes on it. I'm wondering if that is because she is older and has math experience. I certainly hope it's not something where I'm missing the point of the lesson and it will come back to bite me later. I'm looking at the objectives for the lessons and she seems to understand it all already - translating between written symbols and other representations of quantities. There are a couple of card games for reading quantities, and we can play those anytime we need to. She seems to be very good at reading the quantities, though. But we all love playing games together so that will be fun regardless.
So we moved on to Lesson 9 which is partitioning numbers. This is also something she has experience with through the Singapore Math program's Number Bonds (even though she didn't use the workbooks for long, she plays the CDrom which explores this concept with a game called "Super Number Cruncher"). She enjoyed it quite a bit, and understood it easily... filling in new partitions without even needing to work them out with the tally sticks first. And she was disappointed that we didn't use the abacus today! :)
I've decided to go with the RightStart program for Reece for this coming year. She seems to enjoy it, and it is not overly time-intensive. The price factor is a concern, but I'm bidding on the Level B materials on ebay and I bought an abacus and some of the card games from the WTM boards. And then I have the Level C materials for the next year. I figure I can at least go that far and see how it works!