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  1. I found myself stuck on one of my daughter's math problems. I mean-- I can solve it using square roots, but she hasn't learned those yet so I know there is another method. This is from the 4a intensive practice Singapore book. Bonus points if you can show me how to use the bar model for it... "The length of a rectangle is four times its width. If the area of the rectangle is 196 cm^2, what is the perimeter of the rectangle?"
  2. Thanks a lot for the reassurance, both of you!
  3. So I wrote a few months about about my younger daughter having trouble really getting the whole idea of base 10, and I received some great suggestions. I ended up making a bunch of colored circles for her for ones, tens, hundreds, and we spent numerous math times pouring over them, trying out different problems, and starting to get how base 10 worked, and the system worked! So thank you! Now I am back with a related question. So when I had asked the question, we were mostly dealing with the ones and tens columns. As I said, she seemed to really get this and was able to start doing problems in her head by the end, it was great. Her book just introduced 100s, though, and it was like we went back to square one. We spent yesterday and today working hard with the circles again, and she does seem to get it now. We were able to transition to paper, etc. I just found it a little odd that she wasn't able to translate her understanding of tens and ones into hundreds tens and ones (for the record, she did know beforehand that 10 10s equals 100). When I was teaching her sister she was a bit more intuitive about these things, and I am not sure if the older is just more "gifted" with math and the younger more "typical" or if things just still aren't clicking as well for my younger as I thought...
  4. So I am putting together some resources for our early modern history class next year (doing ~1600-1870) (not full on lesson planning, just compiling so I can see how the year will fill out). I would like to spend a little time covering the Ethiopian Empire that followed the Kingdom of Axsum (which we covered this year) but I am having a lot of trouble finding books/lesson plan ideas/etc. Can anyone help point me in the right direction or give me some ideas to start playing around with?
  5. I seem to have this problem more often with my 7 year old, but she sometimes just decides she doesn't want to do something and just straight out refuses to do it. It comes out in a "I caaaaaaaaaaaaan't" whine along with 'flopping'--- melodramatically laying down on the floor or putting her head on the table, etc. Mind you, this is all stuff she can, in fact, do. Most often it happens with math-- stuff we have gone over, stuff she did perfectly fine the day before. It is typically in response to something she finds tedious. For example, she is working on going from feet to inches and back again for length. She knows there are 12 inches in a foot and knows how to do the math, but find these conversions annoying after the 'fun' of doing the centimeters to meters and thus the flopping commences. How do you balance pulling out your hair, just putting away the book (so you don't pull your hair out or lose your temper), but also not 'rewarding' them for just refusing to do the work by letting them just skip that subject today. I find myself keenly aware that just not feeling like doing a subject would certainly not fly in a traditional school setting. Tips/advice/btdt? Thanks!
  6. To make a long story short, my husband was not completely on board initially with homeschooling, he thinks kids need more structure. Joining a co-op where they would have some group learning experiences was our compromise.
  7. So we have belonged to a great coop for the past few years, but for a variety of reasons we might not be meeting next year. If we do not, the only other option in my area would be Classical Conversations. If you do CC is there any room for your own curriculum? I admit that I am very reluctant to join them because it seems so restrictive and I love what we are doing right now in our homeschool. I have a second grader and a kindergartener this year. Unfortunately I have to do a co-op so just not doing one isn't an option. I know that generally CC the program gets mixed reviews on here, so I am hoping not to start a debate but instead learn a little more about how well I might be able to make it work with a homeschool that has already been working well, if that makes sense. Thanks to anyone who can offer some insight.
  8. My 2nd grade DD recently got into the My America books. She also flew through Magic Treehouse books and has gotten into historical fiction after reading the American Girls books (originals as well as the mystery books). The My America books are like the Dear America books but written for slightly younger kids (I think it is targeted 3-5). I loved the Dear America books myself as a kid, but some of the content is just a little too mature for my DD, but when we discovered the My America books she took to them immediately. Mary Pope Osborne actually writes some of them too, which can be a good transition for historical fiction, MTH lovers.
  9. My younger daughter seems to be struggling getting the whole idea of base 10 to really 'click'. She can do basic addition and subtraction of like 6+4 = 10, but the whole idea of: 6+4=10 so 16+4=20 26+4=30 etc. Seems to confuse her. She will see a set of problems like 6+4= 16+4 = and 26+4= and she will quickly right in 6+4=10 but then start counting on her fingers for the other ones. We spent time going over it with base 10 squares and she seemed to get it, but today it came up in a book review and we were right back at square 1, so I am looking to see if anyone has any brainstorms or ideas that can help her really *get* this. She also has the propensity to claim everything is *too hard* if it is not easy. Ie a resistance to struggling a little to get something, so I have been hearing all morning that her math is *too hard*, even though she did this exact same format of problem a few weeks ago and had demonstrated much more confidence with them. Any advice you have with that would also be helpful.... TIA.
  10. Definitely Singapore Math Intensive Practice. I remember my daughter doing ones with much larger numbers in 2B IP-- something like if a papaya + orange + apple+ banana = 354 and then would give you like two other clues where you had to plug in and create similar substitutions to how you solve your example problem (sorry the book is in storage and I don't feel like making up my own 😊) but I remember her doing it the same way. They also did similar problems with weights-- if 3 triangles weighs as much as 2 circles.... etc with substitutions Anyway, since 2B had those types of problems, I imagine the level 1 intensive practices and the 2A intensive practices would also have them but with similar numbers to your example. We didn't discover IP books until 2B, though, so sorry, can't be more precise than that.
  11. For my 2nd/3rd grader (according to age should be 2nd grade, but she had been eager to 'start school' a year early and I let her call that kindergarten, and she knew 1st grade came next, and thus, here we are going into '3rd grade'). Math: Wherever we are in Singapore, my guess is we will be somewhere in 4a at the start of the school year. Have found this year that using the Intensive Practice books instead of regular workbooks work well for her. Science: Real Science Odyssey Chemistry History: ~1600s to ~~1850. Usborne Book of World History as a spine with a ton of supplements. Have been building my list of biographies for her to read (a lot of Who Was....), Classic Starts of some classical literature from the time period (we do a combination of some abridged for children versions and some full versions), nonfiction about events during the time period, and activities for us to do. A field trip to Colonial Williamsburg tentatively in the works (crossing fingers). Language Arts: English Lessons Through Literature C plus Spelling work out C & D (starting C this year, will finish it next and start D). Her independent reading list will comprise of some bios for history, a few classic starts, and a few other quality children's literature (I like the book lists here: https://www.mensaforkids.org/achieve/excellence-in-reading/excellence-in-reading-k-3-list/ and https://www.mensaforkids.org/achieve/excellence-in-reading/excellence-in-reading-4-6-list/ for ideas) Foreign language: Continue to work on heritage language with Skype tutor. Continue to work on French with Rosetta Stone for an intro) Typing: Still looking.... Religion: Haven't put it together yet.
  12. I am starting to casually look through my book/curriculum options for next year and my older DD will be hitting chemistry (3rd grade). My younger DD will be doing the coursework with us (she will be 1st/2nd grade). What have you found to be the best ways to teach chemistry in elementary school? Science was not one of my strongest subjects (though I did fine, I do not feel as confident in my teaching abilities in chemistry as I do in say, history), so I am looking for something pretty self-explanatory. Both DDs also love hands-on activities in all subjects (our homeschool days are filled with projects), but I do not want to spend a fortune creating my own chemistry lab. With all that in mind, do you have any chemistry curriculum/books suggestions for us? I have one IRL friend who suggested Real Science Odyssey Chemistry, which definitely looks intriguing, so if you have any experience with that I would love to hear your impressions of it as well. TIA
  13. So I posted this last night in the Writing Workshop subforum, only to realize that forum is for actual writing samples... so sorry about that. I am new to the forums so unsure if there is some way to get that thread deleted. Anyway, I am hoping someone can help me here: So my daughter is a young second grader. We are using Writing Strands 2 this year and I have been feeling a bit ehh about it so far (of course, my feelings might change as we progress through the year, haha) but I was hoping people could help fill me in WRT some of the writing curriculum they have seen their children thrive with. I keep seeing people discuss different curriculum options and honestly have trouble tracking which ones are middle school vs. elementary school, what all the acronyms stand for, etc. Background: Elsewhere for language arts we are using English Lessons Through Literature L2 and we are really enjoying it so far (my daughter has really liked the reading selections so far). We also use Spelling Workout and she actually says spelling is one of her favorite subjects, so I do not need anything that incorporates grammar/spelling really. My daughter also loves to read and write. She learned to read early and loves fantasy books, adventure, etc. She also has a very active imagination and has notebooks filled with her own stories that she has created (many of them adopting characters from her favorite books and shows and crafting new adventures for them). Anyone have any curriculum that they would highly recommend? I am looking for something now that will nurture her natural writing and storytelling skills, ideally a curriculum that will mature through the ages and teach more academic writing later on: ie persuasive essays, research paper, etc. Thanks a lot!
  14. So my daughter is a young second grader. We are using Writing Strands 2 this year and I have been feeling a bit ehh about it so far (of course, my feelings might change as we progress through the year, haha) but I was hoping people could help fill me in WRT some of the writing curriculum they have seen their children thrive with. I keep seeing people discuss different curriculum options and honestly have trouble tracking which ones are middle school vs. elementary school, what all the acronyms stand for, etc. Background: Elsewhere for language arts we are using English Lessons Through Literature L2 and we are really enjoying it so far (my daughter has really liked the reading selections so far). We also use Spelling Workout and she actually says spelling is one of her favorite subjects, so I do not need anything that incorporates grammar/spelling really. My daughter also loves to read and write. She learned to read early and loves fantasy books, adventure, etc. She also has a very active imagination and has notebooks filled with her own stories that she has created (many of them adopting characters from her favorite books and shows and crafting new adventures for them). Anyone have any curriculum that they would highly recommend? Thanks a lot!
  15. My kids are young so take what I say with a grain of salt... But if I was in your shoes I would just enroll him in a comprehensive online school (ie not a class here or there, but like k-12), at least for this year. It would make him accountable to others and you would not have to be actively involved with the teaching, taking some of the pressure off of you. It would also give him a taste of what it would like to be in school (he would lose a lot of flexibility) and would also make him fend for himself grade-wise. From what I understand, these online schools also have communities of students for him to connect with/work on projects with/etc. Particularly if his goal is OxBridge, make him research the admission requirements and create a plan for himself to meet/exceed them and set him free for this year. If he flounders, at least it is only 8th grade and not high school and you can help him pick up the pieces next year. If he excels, well, then you reevaluate schooling choices for next year.
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