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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. When I taught school my 4 th and 5 th graders regularly wrote short 5 paragraph research papers from 3 sources. You’ll need to do a lot of hand holding and modeling. Besides using choosing an easy topic and using resources below their grade level, I would narrow the research BEFORE you begin note taking. Step one decide on topic and read one book (I like the picture book idea.) step 2: choose your sub topics. For example (an animal report is easy) habitat, physical description, and interesting facts. Step 3: choose 3 excellent sources. Step4 : take notes (iew experience is great for this.
  12. We are loving the foundation A level of Logic of English. It has lots of active type of games and really starts at the beginning with phonological/phonemic awareness. The writing is mixed in, but we just do it in shaving cream or skip it if my twins are in the mood. It is definitely Spalding based and if you have experience with Spalding, you will immediately see the similarities. I plan on switching to Spell to Write and Read by second grade, but we will see. I am pleased at how gentle and fun this curriculum is so far. My kiddos turn five tomorrow and we are halfway done with book A.
  13. Definitely to what Hobbes said. It helps a lot. I also found that the books don't lend themselves to a "Charlotte Mason" style narration very well because they are less narrative and more factual. I stopped looking for a narration and focussed more on a summary. In book 4 my (4th grade) students wrote a summary paragraph once or twice a week instead of a narration. We worked on topic sentences and conclusions together. It made a nice book of Centuries for their learning. I also found other more narrative books to supplement with, but that is easier with Ancients and Medieval. For the Ame
  14. I love the World in Ancient times by Oxford University Press. Lots of pictures and primary sources. We just read, make timelines, and he writes a 1-3 paragraph summary of important people/places/artifacts couple times a week. We also do a map or two for each book. We keep it all together as a book of centuries documenting his work and learning. This year we have done Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. We will finish with Ancient Greece and pick up Ancient Rome next fall. My kid loves reading these and always has to tell me all that he has learned. I wish we had time to
  15. I really like the Oxford university press books. Simple with lots of really great details. https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Egyptian-World-Times/dp/0195173910/ref=pd_sim_14_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=0195173910&pd_rd_r=TZF8D837CKY45ETZ06WX&pd_rd_w=93pqW&pd_rd_wg=1VdtJ&psc=1&refRID=TZF8D837CKY45ETZ06WX
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