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  1. This is incredible information. You have just described my son in a multitude of ways - he struggles with delayed gratification, so he always chooses play before work and he ALWAYS wants to do something with someone. He's been this way since birth. I, too, struggle with his inability to work well and diligently while alone. The portion about having to *decide* to do the work. That seems to be one of the biggest issues. I really appreciate you writing all of this out and sharing your thoughts and wisdom. I am off to read the article you linked. Again, many many thanks. ❤️
  2. What about kiddos with significant EF issues, but they're very resistant to suggestions and advice? My 13 yo is fairly resistant to any type of help with his lack of organization, inability to plan for a task, inability to get anywhere on time, etc. He goes to a University model school so he's at school 3 days a week and home with me the other 2. On his days at home, I model organizing his tasks within the day, we talk about how to prioritize those tasks, what else of daily life needs to happen (exercise, chores). He absolutely hates a to-do list and would much rather just wing it...even though that requires ridiculous amounts of time with me prodding and nagging. Yes, I've let him go it his own without the prodding/nagging, but that has a direct impact on the rest of the family - we're late for functions, or his chores never get done, or, or... He's a very bright kid who thinks waaaay outside the box. I mean, the box is not even in his line of sight, so there's that. I've read a couple of books on EF and teens, but we're not getting very far. Also, I printed out your other comments for him to read and he felt like it would be helpful down the line when he needed to study for tests (they're super easy for him right now). Any thoughts on helping early teens that are resistant to advice and suggestions?
  3. MamaHill

    Need a new elementary math curriculum

    Hmm. I never thought to use the word problems from Singapore (which are excellent). That's such a good idea! Thank you! The word problems are the only part of R&S that I'm not sure about... And not to take away from the OP's questions, but do you mind briefly sharing about your high school math experience? If you don't mind my asking, what curriculum did you use, and do you have one in mind that you wish you'd used? Thank you! ❤️ My oldest R&S Math Girl is only in 6th grade, but I'm starting to ponder over potential high school maths for her.
  4. MamaHill

    Need a new elementary math curriculum

    To be honest, my children seem to do better with "boring." While it's not the case with Singapore, there is a LOT on each page in MM. It's not necessarily colored objects and such, but just a lot - words, boxes, problems to work on, explanations, etc. My daughters would see that and just gloss over. R&S puts much less on the page, and yes, it's all in black and white. This was such a relief for my girls. It made them feel like the work was doable each day, as opposed to being quickly overwhelmed when just opening the day's work in MM. Like I said, MM is a great fit for a lot of children, my son included - he went from Singapore 6A to MM 6 and then finished MM 7. He had a STRONG foundation going into Algebra I using Singapore and MM. A more traditional approach (less concept, more focus on math facts and spiral approach) was needed for my other children, and this has been a great fit for us so far. Did you look at the R&S samples online at Milestone Books? I'm not sure there's anywhere else online you can find a sample.
  5. MamaHill

    Need a new elementary math curriculum

    If you're looking to switch, my suggestion is Rod and Staff as well. I used Singapore for 6+ years with my oldest, and MM for 3 years with others. This year, we switched to Rod and Staff and it has been a breath of fresh air. I prepare my "lesson" the night before and write the new teaching/review portions on a piece of paper that we will go over. I make sure the current flash cards are pulled. I decide what my daughter will do from the workbook/text book the next day. Each girl takes me about 5-7 mins to prepare, and sometimes less. The actual teaching/review time (includes flash cards) takes about 10 minutes per child. My oldest girl articulated this week: I'm so glad we switched from MM. It was just too wordy for me and I got lost in all of the explanations. MM's thorough explanations are great for the right student, but it ended up not being a good fit for my girls. There also wasnt' nearly enough spiral review for them, despite my trying to make many accommodations. I also agree with Ellie's comment regarding manipulatives. My youngest girl doesn't need them, and is frustrated by them actually. Most of what you read in the homeschool world is that there must! be! manipulatives! in! math! Not the case with some kiddos. ? Also look at CLE. It's more traditional and might fit your scenario better with 4 little ones. Best wishes as you figure out what is best for your kiddos. ?
  6. So you just take the loss on the shipping? As a buyer, I really like free shipping also. Thank you so much for your advice! I agree that the major buying season is probably over. We were moving during the buying season, so I didn't have enough mental bandwidth to figure out how to use Ebay and then take the time to list things. I hate I missed it! But I'm going to try to list now and see how it goes.
  7. Megs and Cintinative - Your responses were incredibly helpful. Thank you so much! I'm very appreciative.
  8. We are new to MP cores this year, and I'm using MP Core 1 with my 2nd grader. She was a slower reader, and really needed to go through 1st grade material. But the's waaaay too slow for her. I called MP to help with how to speed her up, and they gave me great advice! And they're incredibly kind. Now I have a plan to get her through Core 1 at Christmas, and hopefully move to Core 2 for 2nd semester. It may be worth a call to MP to hear an alternative schedule (ie: faster) for your K'er, particular to your situation. But honestly, it sounds like you have many frustrations. I'm sorry. Yes, sit and drink an Americano (my fave!) in the peace and quiet. And hugs. ETA: I agree with the handwriting portion of the MP core. I have many years of HWT under my belt which contains LOADS of instruction, and the MP manuscript and cursive have very little instruction. I'm giving the cursive for my 2nd grader a few more weeks before we head on back over to HWT. Maybe that type of writing works well for some kiddos, but I've found my children need constant reminders with letter formation, how to hold a pencil,etc. ?
  9. Thank you! That is super helpful. Looking at sold items is a great tip.
  10. I've never sold anything on Ebay, but I have quite a bit of new and used curriculum I'd like to sell. Do you have any general tips for selling on Ebay that are specific for homeschool curricula? I'll definitely take great pictures and write a very detailed description. Any other advice? I'm also interested in hearing: -- if it's better to sell sets (book plus workbook) or individual items? -- do you set a 'Buy Now' price? Or do you let it go for auction? -- Our local homeschool store sells at 2/3 the original price, (usually) regardless of condition. What do you suggest? How do you price new-but-never-used material? -- Are there better places to sell besides Ebay? Thank you for any help you can offer.
  11. MamaHill

    Need advice on Latin—advice going forward?

    I have no experience with SSL, but we've used MP Latin for years. It is a methodical, disciplined approach to Latin and it is a beautiful fit for my kiddos. I usually don't start Prima Latina until 3rd grade with my children, but my 2nd grader will start after Christmas because "I just can't wait!" For whatever the reason, daily Latin recitation never seems to be a chore and my kiddos thrive with MP's approach. Just wanted to give you our perspective as you make a decision. I'm sorry I can't address your questions about vocabulary. If I were in your shoes, the first thing I would do is read up on Latin and its benefits and see if that is something you want to make a priority in your homeschool. MP has many wonderful online articles that could help you make a decision: The work in PL and CL is "fun" and different, however, it does certainly get more challenging as you enter the Forms series. A long(er) range view might be helpful in deciding where you want to go for the coming year.
  12. MamaHill

    Spelling Help. . . UGH

    I'm sorry you're struggling with finding the right approach. Boy, I've been there done that. Sigh. My oldest is a very natural speller, but the next three in line? Not so much. I've been a faithful user of AAS for 8+ years, but I had to change this year and see if another approach would be better. My 6th grader is using Megawords and I'm not sure that's such a great fit for her, but we'll see. My 4th grader is using Rod and Staff Spelling and my 2nd grader is using Traditional Spelling from Memoria Press. If you only knew how I loathed having a list of spelling words to work through each week, you'd be shocked at these choices. ? But the way I'm making it work: My 4th grader and I go over the spelling rules provided in R&S. I find the teaching of the same rules in How to Teach Spelling and use their method to supplement. We go through the practice words in HTTS, and use their dictation one day per week. Between the two resources, her spelling has definitely improved. I'm thrilled with her progress so far, and we're in the 6th week of school. Traditional Spelling is a lovely program, however, it still uses a spelling list. As we move through, I just teach my daughter the spelling rules from AAS (Find Gold, for example), as we come upon them. Her spelling has *drastically* improved. Both my 4th and 2nd graders needed to work with words and analyze them in a different way than what AAS offered. They both learn better writing and using their pencils and not using letter tiles or the letter app (despite how we enjoyed the change of pace!) I love AAS and its rules and how methodical it is, but I needed a different approach for these particular children. See if you can find a cheap copy of How to Teach Spelling and see if it would work. It is just the right fit (for now), when combined with a spine-type program. (If I had known How to Teach Spelling had an accompanying workbook before buying R&S, I would have tried it first.)
  13. MamaHill

    Bible Curriculum Suggestions

    I use it as organized...ish. ? So far this school year, we're reading through the book of James. In the Guide, each chapter of James is scheduled for only 1 day. James is meaty, and there is an incredible amount to talk about and ponder! So we only do a section of a chapter each day, anywhere from 4-10 verses or so. If my kiddos were all younger, we'd go faster, but because they're a bit older and we can talk through James' wisdom and admonishments, we slow down and discuss. It's marvelous. I go in the Guide's order of the particular book we're studying, just not at that advanced of a pace. Some chunks of Scripture are much more manageable (Joshua comes to mind, as do a lot of the Gospel readings), and we do one reading a day as scheduled. We have used the maps from the Guide in the past and they've been very helpful. We are doing a LOT of mapwork this year, and I just haven't added it back in yet. But I do like their maps and find them to be useful. I print several of the Teacher Guide maps, and we go over how to update their own personal maps each day using the Teacher's as a model. I do that even for my older kiddos. Every once in awhile, I'll pull out the blank map and we'll see how much we can name/remember as a group. It also has wonderful teacher helps - background info, fun memory work help, etc. It truly is adaptable to any age.
  14. Your son sounds like my oldest boy when he was younger. ? He had quite the love for non-fiction! The Horrible History books are fabulous! Always a hit here, but a little hard to find. My son LOVED and devoured any Usborne encyclopedia I would buy, especially the Ancient World and Medieval selections. The New Way Things Work The Little Square science books David McCaulay books - Pyramid, Castle, etc Any atlas that has blurbs about each state or country Allowing him to browse through the topics that interested him at the library was always a good method for him.
  15. MamaHill

    Bible Curriculum Suggestions

    Look at Bible Study Guide for all Ages but ONLY the Family Guide - not the pages that kids fill out. We use this and it's exactly what we need at this point. We read the Scripture, kids answer the questions, there is light memory work. You can make it as in-depth or as light as you'd like for it to be, based on the stages of your kiddos. You could easily read the Scripture, discuss, and do the memory work, all while they are coloring. It comes in a pre-printed 3-ring binder, or you can order from CurrClick and print yourself. It's on a four-year cycle, and skips around a bit (they have their reasoning, but this is something I don't care for), so you can just purchase the year that has the most New Testament references. It is simple and we've used it for years. I love it.
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