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TrustAndLove

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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 any work, though she has been "studying" all day. I am thinking of paying close attention to her but it hurts me when I feel I am constantly "watching" her - it just does not feel right.
  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 without playing much. We tried to get her to write down task lists and use tomato timers. But she just gets more and more angry when we remind her to focus. Any advice on how to help this kind of child?
  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 understand it? We talked about math strategies such as using small numbers first, use a table, draw a picture etc. She is managing her own math learning now and I am just a cheer leader. I did not show her the AOPS yet and I know she will be there eventually. It has been a great journey to watch her exploring those on her own and have fun at the same time.
  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? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
  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 other websites for grammar and spelling. So kids can go at their own pace. To have an independent learning kid requires more freedom, space and time for the child to plan his/her own learning. At my home, this applies to all the school work since it is relatively easy. We make it clear that the school work is her own responsibility. For more challenging home work, I may remind her that an assignment might be due soon, it will up to her to decide when and how to finish it. We still check the assignment and let her review and discuss in more details to expand the knowledge. I believe kids benefit greatly from those discussion.
  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 civilization. I found following books might be interesting: - National Geographic Essential Visual history of World Mythology - The rising of Rome by Great Courses I tried a Brief History of Nearly Everything and she is not interesting (maybe due to age?) Do you have any recommendations?
  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?
  16. Thanks for the detailed recommendations, Lori! Thanks for being so helpful!
  17. Thank you all for input! Lori, you are always so helpful! I also find this link: top epic historical movies. But some of them might be too sad or bloody for my DD8, such as Schindler’s List, 300. https://www.imdb.com/list/ls006312217/ I am trying to introduce movies instead of animated ones so that the main characters are more “real” and the settings provides more details.
  18. My DD8 is a big fan of SOTW. Now is the summer time, I am trying to borrow some historical movies, documentaries to suppliment what she has learned. Any recommendations would be appreciated. we are currently watching Jodaka Akbar. It is a great movie on the life of the Mogulia King Akbar and Hindu princess Jodaka. I am looking for some Egyptian, Ancient Greek movies if anyone knows.
  19. My 8 yrs old loves the SOTW. When we starts half a year ago, she would not touch the books because they are too long and dry looking. We have been listening to the audio CD on the way to and from her school. It is so much easier than the books. Now she loves so much that she puts all first 3 books on her night table and read them every night. We are now listening to the fourth CD. I did not do any activities from the activity book. I will wait till she has a good understanding of the books first. History should be enjoyed. Listening to some greek myth would be a nice preprepation for the SOTW. TedED is also a favourite. I have not found any interesting historical DVD. If anyone knows some good ones, pls recommend.
  20. Early reader/first book: the piggy and the elephant geography: early explorer sticker book and a map elementary level reader: Charlie and Chocolate Factory elementary history: TSOW math: the Beast Academy science: too many good ones.
  21. My DD8 is going to be Grade 4 this coming September. She has been in a French immersion program for the past 3 years. The direct impact is her English suffered. Despite her reading level is very high, her basic English writing is at Grade 1 level based on the assessment in WWE. Other areas she has gaps are: - she doesn't pay attention to the capitalization and basic structure of sentences. - she usually answers questions in words, not in complete sentences. Sometimes, she will use "it" or "they" without specifying whom this "it" or "they" refer to. - she has trouble to find main ideas from a given paragraphs and definitely has trouble to summarize the story using her own words. Areas she is doing well are: - her spelling is good - she reads a lot and extremely fast. I want to work with her on filling up those gaps by following WWE. Because she starts late with this curriculum, I am going to do a condensed program with her. Below are some rough thoughts: - we will alter dictation, notation and copy work as suggested by the book on weekly basis. But I will add more content for each day. For example, I will provide longer sentences with more grammar concepts she needs to pay attention to when she is doing her copy work. - we will select books that is at her level when we try to ask questions and summarize main ideas. - she will do a weekly research on topics she is interested and write an essay. I will point only three mistakes for her to correct. Any suggestions/comments will be very appreciated!
  22. Recommendation for French magazines: For kids who love animals, Les explorateurs is a good one for mid elementary kids. Mes premiers j'aime lire is good for slightly younger kids. Also there is National Geographic France for flurent readers.
  23. Lori provides a wealthy amount of information that are helpful. Below are some I found especially useful for my DD8: - having a map right besides the breakfast table. So when we discuss an event, DD8 knows where it happens. - finding events through embassies. We are lucky that we live in the capital city and there are free cultural events through out the year. We took advantage of that last year and visited events held by 30+ countries. We watched all kinds of culture performance and tasted lots of food from lemony sponge cake from Ethiopia to mint tea from Morocco. Those are by far the best educational opportunities one could wish for. - learning it with history. While reading the SOTW, looking into a map and see how things changed. Though I have not found a good geography book to compliment SOTW, will appreciate if anyone can provide any suggestions. - doing art work with geographic theme. Drawing, cutting, making clay map are all great activities! enjoy!
  24. As a person who went through the medical school, here are some general advice: - developing an interest in science, math and literacy, - developing an interest in helping people, - being active and healthy (so you can handle the workload). Those will get your daughter ready. You can try out online courses for the first year medical students to let your daughter realize the gap and ask her how she would like to fill in the gap.
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