Then we had one of those "silly" workbooks you buy at the grocery store, with Arthur (which we do not watch but they know about), and simple fill in the blank activities, and again, she liked the independence of reading and writing the numbers in the jerseys of Arthur and his team. I do believe one can use worksheets, as long as they are not your primary source of teaching, and as long as the child is not burned with worksheet after worksheet for everything every time.
Many are scared about having big gaps or children not making grade level progress when they follow this "living math" approach. Personally, I like having MEP because every year I can look at the skills being taught, and because I get peace of mind following a program, even if we follow it "my way". For example, my daughter is an old Kindergartener, she is six already but she will not be on Ambleside Year 1 until next fall. We are at the middle of MEP year 1, and I do not feel the rush to have to do a lesson from it every time we do math. I can wing it and include these other math books, games, and activities, and I know she is moving forward fine.
For young children, and older too, how do you approach math? Do you think they need to be working at a certain level at a certain age? Or are you happy if wherever they are they get it fine and enjoy it for the most part? Are you scared about leaving the more formal worksheet practice from the curriculum you use and to do some more "living math"? Or have you seen success whenever you have tackled things in a more innovative and less orthodox manner? Remember that not being slaved to a curriculum is a leisure we have at our disposition because we homeschool :)