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  1. Thank you very much for all the reply! Especially Wendy, I feel the pain between the lines. I am a big fan of the book "The Self Driven Kids". And I intentionally try to give DD space and freedom to plan the day and the week. For example she writes down a list of things she has-to complete and want-to by herself after breakfast, so she understands what needs to be done. Weekends are days she is totally free to learn or do anything she wants to. But I have to echo Wendy's reply, there are many disappointment and arguments at the end of the day or week when I notice she has not completed an
  2. DD is currently in Grade 5. Since the whole family are WFH and I was able to observe how she studies: she starts with one task, for example learning a math skill using Beast. She will pick a random Beast book and read through comics without doing any actual work. 1 or 2 hours later, she is still reading. I had to constantly remind her to focus on reading only the relevant part and focus on what she planned to complete for the day. That goes for her favourite piano: she wants to play piano and will spend hours and hours jumping from one youtube video to another, searching for different songs w
  3. I cannot agree with you more! I like how you coin the “discovery method”. I organized a Russian math circle for my DD and her friends since she was 4, most games. We talk about math on weekend breakfast table a lot, so we can go free dive onto any topic comes to mind. From grade 3, she started self learning using Khan. We had to sit with her for a while to show her that it is worthwhile to have a good understanding of content before doing any work. And this becomes more important when she uses BA in paper. Every time she asks a question, we ask: have you red the example and und
  4. DD9 is a self learner. She is planning to finish grade 5 Khan on her own by end of this summer. At the same time, she is working on grade 4 Beast. I am currently doing a long term plan to see how she can move from Beast to AoPS next summer. I have no idea about which AoPS class to attend and in which format. DD9 does not attend a regular lecture based school, thus she might still need Khan to lay a foundation. She has been doing the Khan and Beast combo, and it has worked out well for her: she likes it so much that she uses Khan to relax herself. Should we also consider Khan and AoPS combo? An
  5. Before I do a detailed comparison, I am wondering is Khan (elementary math) a simpler curriculum, comparing to others? Does anyone have any experience with doing classes other than math?
  6. My DD9 walks to library regularly and spent hours there. Every time I ask her to bring back one non fiction and one French book.That is our way to expend the reading.
  7. My DS9 will turn 10 in a few months. Looks like stormy weather is on the horizon! So far there is no noticeable mood change. But I do notice that I start having adult talk with her such as life, value, dad’s and my work etc. Her interest level in certain things goes much deeper. For parents with older girls, do you feel there is a big leap on kids’ maturity level during the pre teen period?
  8. thank you both for the great recommendations! TedED is the all time favorite! Any more recommendation on how to lead kids to civilization through story format? I just found following DVD from library but it might be for older kids: Civilization: the West and the Rest with Niall Ferguson from BBC.
  9. For two year in a roll, we visited to a big local vet hospital in the Door Open Day. Your DD can watch an animal dentist performing an oral surgery, talk directly to a vet and my daughter was told that she has to be good in math and science in order to be a vet. Ha, now I do not have to explain why she has to work on those topics.
  10. My DD9 becomes more independent recently: she adds more actionable items to her daily planning, is more conscious of what she wants to accomplish, is able to focus on work and has a basic sense of time management. What helped her is her private school environment: it promotes self planning, self guided learning (though sometimes I wish there were more teaching from teacher) through an online framework. Within this framework, students are aware of what their yearly, monthly and weekly planned goals are, so they can make their own daily goals. They use Khan as the math curriculum and a few othe
  11. DD9 really enjoys the SOTW. She read through all four books and listened to the CD multiple times. Now she is going through in much slower pace. My thought is I would like to introduce her to Western Civilization via the mythology and later on philosophy during this iteration. Currently she loves the Greek mythology. I am looking for ideas on how to tie the mythology to the Western Civilization. What I can think of are: showing the archeology treasure/famous paintings, statue and associating that with Greek gods; listening to stories such as Helen of Troy and Odyssey; finding a comic books on
  12. I am looking for an engaging writing program for up elementary kids. We used NaNoWriMon before and kids absolutely love it. I am looking for an alternative option that kids can spend a few hours a week to write. Thanks!
  13. My husband was in an Austria school for a year before moving back to North America. Without accessing to German, he totally lost the language. So for a long run, it will just be a blip in his life and will have little impact for his language skills.
  14. TedED is great for elementary kids. Coursera might be better for older ones.
  15. My DD8’s school uses Khan because the curriculum tracks students’ progress and shows gaps. Now the BA also has an online version. Is it time to switch to the BA online version? DD does not have time to do both at the same time. So we have to choose one. From what I can tell, the advantages of Khan are the videos and detailed student progress. On the other hand, BA is always more fun for kids who love math. Any comments?
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