There are some new materials being developed now based on what we are learning about how the brain learns. These brain_friendly materials should be an improvement over what has existed. I recently bought a book by Marcia L. Tate titled "Mathematics Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites." I highly recommend her book. She gives a great deal of information on alternative activities that are better for your child's brain development and for learning.
Finally, choice is yours. You can choose the jumping method to reach your math destination or you can use right and proven path to reach your math destination. The right and proven path to math destination has the following steps: _ Start learning math as soon as you start your kindergarten _ Focus in your math classes and listen to your teacher _ Ask your teacher lots of question until you are not clear about the concept, you are learning _ Practice, practice and practice. For this you can use math worksheets or math workbooks.