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  1. One idea is to give the activity a purpose or reason. My fourth graders regularly recorded picture books for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. This was before "audible" existed. Is there a younger cousin or neighbor she could create an audio version of a picture book for? My students had to practice reading the book out loud 3x. Then, they had to read it out load for me before they could record their version. They really enjoyed giving this gift to the younger classes and it improved their fluency!
  2. Hands on algebra teaches this really well in the second and third booklet. It’s also kinesthetic using pawns. I appreciate how it’s concrete, pictorial then abstract.
  3. Is “miner” spelled wrong?? Shouldn’t it be “minor”. Because of the topic, it struck me as funny.
  4. Good questions. My girl loves TGTB it will be hard to switch her. TGTB was easy to accelerate and because my kids know their facts from Kate snows books the lessons are about 30-40 min. I combine lessons when we can. TGTB does an excellent job with place value for the average kid. Beast 2A has a fun unit on place value we did last year. My kids loved it and couldn’t wait to do pirate math, especially my boy. Beast is more his flavor. I would love to get my hands on the upper levels of TGTB so we can see how in depth it is. I want my kids to love math and right now TGtB does that. With
  5. I highly suggest TGTB for your 1st grader. We have used it for the last 2 years and loved it. It is fun engaging and quick for all of us. I add in Kate Snow facts that stick book and occasional Beast unit. The lessons are a smidge light, but not at all light like master books. Much much more rigorous with the thinking required. The 1st and second grade books are definitely comparable with Singapore’s 1st and 2nd grade. We are able to work through the books quickly. I read a bit ahead and Often summarized. Our lessons are never long but we never used the math box. I had manipulatives and my k
  6. Could you find a more visually engaging curriculum with bright colors? Some visual learners get really overwhelmed with a whole page of problems. Could you use the math u see method and blocks to teach with a different curriculum? The good and the beautiful is really visually engaging you could print off practice pages that correspond with what you want to teach with math u see. My 7 year olds play prodigy for their screen time and Love it!
  7. You are funny! We have a bat that lives every summer on our back porch. Kids named him Bertrand. Some times he has a “friend” with him. Her name is Beatrice. I am super thankful for the bats. They keep the bugs down. We live on some property in a suburb in Indiana. They winter in caves someplace around here. I worry about lots of other creatures way more than bats. (Except we joke we have our own little corona virus on the porch) I’d post a pic, but I can’t figure how to do it.
  8. This is not my only experience with math curriculum. I have taught for over 20 years in private classical schools. They have mostly used Singapore and Saxon. I also dabbled in Right Start and despised how slow it went. A lot of lower levels of math instruction are very basic at the younger grades- I would include Saxon in this. Is TGTB as rigorous as I would like- No. Neither is Saxon or Singapore Math. Is it a solid program similar to Math Mammoth and Singapore in that they don't spiral and cover all the 1st/2nd grade basics- yes! I am especially impressed with the mixed review and some
  9. I used tgtb this year with my bright 1st graders (twins). I had planned on using Singapore, but it was way too easy. I wanted a curriculum I could move through fast, but was concerned about holes. I found tgtb to be just what we needed. We did 1A 1b and 2A this year. I printed off the pages we needed. They are pretty fun pages and full color. It had just the right amount of mastery and review for my kids. I also supplemented with beast academy 2A. That has been amazing to solidify their understanding of place value and their mental math skills. Beast 2b looks too challenging right now. I pla
  10. Is the handbook the same as the same as the syllabus? Can you purchase items separately? I’m not interested in the dvd but I really want the list of questions.
  11. I have taught W and R for years. It is perfectly fine to jump in the middle if you feel like your older kid can craft a paragraph well with few errors. The real meat and development of thinking skills necessary to continue starts in book 5. Books 1-3 are narrative. 4 is a bit of a bridge to persuasive (it’s not my favorite though and feels odd to people who are more use to traditional writing.) If you have a weak writer or young writer it’s not a bad idea to start at the beginning. However, the beginning books are developmentally appropriate for 3-5. I would not start book 5 with anyone yo
  12. I have taught W/R for many years. Do not redo fables. She will be bored. If you would like to skip books 2 and 3 you can. They are narrative, basically story writing. If your kid writes well developed stories on their own, I would skip it. You can also speed through them. They don't write a full story until the end of book 3. I think the books move pretty slowly for a 10 year old natural writer. If you have a reluctant writer, they are great! The books really shift and become more thesis/persuasive writing after book 3. Some kids may not enjoy this as much. The skills build slowly and
  13. I agree with mamakelly. I think tpt is great! It is no different than going into any teacher supply store or Barnes and Noble that had materials 10 years ago. You have to know exactly what you are looking for and search thoroughly to find what you want. You must preview the items. If there is not a good preview, I don't purchase it. I think tpt is especially good for the younger kids. I recently bought a few literature studies for 7th/8th co-op group and sight word games for my own 1st graders. Today I bought an African map of biomes for my kids to color. Could I have hand- drawn a map fo
  14. I also like oxford university press’ the world in ancient times/ medieval times combined with memoria press’ famous men series for ancients/ medieval. Then I would switch to the k12 books for modern.
  15. I can’t figure out the age of your son. You said pre-teen so I’m guessing 12? I think your expectations are way way to high. There is no way a typical 6 th grader can independently craft a decent 5 paragraph essay in one week. My 7/8 class will take 3 weeks to write an essay on the hobbit. I am spoon feeding it to the 7 th graders. We craft almost all of it together. 1 week for an outline, 1 week for a rough draft, and 1 week for revising and editing. Work on paragraph skills- topic sentences and supporting ideas. Sit with him to brainstorm. Write the topic sentence together. Kids have t
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