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  1. Some people use the same passage for copywork and dictation throughout the week. Monday: Observe the passage and annotate to highlight punctuation, capitalization, spelling, etc. Tuesday: Write passage as copywork from annotated copy Wednesday: Write passage as copywork from un-annotated copy Thursday: Write passage from dictation I didn’t actually use this method for either of my kids. My younger DD really disliked copywork, but was okay with dictation.
  2. We use Anki on an iPad and make & annotate graphics on the iPad. There are lots of free/cheap image editor for the iPad. There are some options for marking up photos in the iOS itself. I actually really like graphics apps that use layers. Layers makes it easy to use the same base image for multiple flashcards, but masking/highlighting different areas.
  3. Was the spelling portion of annual testing a multiple choice test? A multiple choice spelling test is very different from other spelling activities. One of my DD’s is a struggling speller and the other is a natural speller. Multiple choice spelling tests did not reflect either of their abilities accurately.
  4. Another thing that struck me was comparing the activities of making bricks while pretending to be slaves and jumping like the Maasai. In the slavery example, the teacher is the Egyptian guard and the students are slaves. The teacher tells the students “Get to work, you slaves. Get over there to one of those sand-colored tarps and get busy mixing that mud! Get busy and mix that mud!” The teacher is then told to walk around the room urging kids to mix the mud faster. In the jumping activity the article says “Children watch a decontextualized clip of som Maasai men jumping. Children are
  5. While I agree with most of HeighHo’s post, these suggestions gave me pause. Lifeguarding and first aid certification can lead to part time jobs while still in high school. Lifeguarding is a great summer job. First aid certification can make it easier to get babysitting jobs. Having study hall might make it possible for a student to take an AP class while holding a part time job. Having a part time job in high school will help students get a better understanding of how quickly money can disappear and how hard one has to work to earn money. Plus, money from a job in high school will mean that th
  6. What about requiring students to demonstrate financial literacy before allowing them to take out a loan? While I don’t like the idea of adding another hurdle to higher education, making sure that kids actually know what they are getting into when they sign these loans might help. Whenever I have taken out a loan, the terms of the loan have always been explained to me. However, I have never had to demonstrate that I actually understand the terms of the loan. It is way too easy to tune out the explanation. (I’m not saying whether or not I actually understood the terms of the loan, but rathe
  7. The problem that I have with the “click language” is that children are told practically nothing about the language before being asked to make up words in the language. I think that presenting a new language is fine. Trying to imitate the sounds of a new language is fine. Trying out names in a new language is fine. However, inventing words in a new language while knowing practically nothing about the language is crossing the line. Why not have the kids try to imitate actual words and provide translations of the words? It doesn’t matter whether or not the native speakers of the languag
  8. Thanks. She ended up spending a year and a half on prealgebra. She would be happy sticking with prealgebra because she would rather have easy math and be done faster, but she is definitely ready for algebra in the fall. I tried to explain earlier why I label this kid as non-stem. She has shown a very clear preference for a non-stem activity over the course of several years. I do not label her as non-stem simply due to how well she does in math or how much she (does not) enjoy math. Mostly, I say she is non-stem mostly due to how she chooses to spend the her time and attention in a non-ste
  9. This was not our experience with Horizons prealgebra. While DD struggled with a few things, I do not recall having problems for a topic before the topic was introduced. There were times that DD did not know how to do a problem; however, I was able flip back to previous lessons and show her where the topic had indeed been introduced. Eventually DD learned to flip back on her own to look up concepts. The lack of a table of contents made looking up concepts difficult, but it was doable.
  10. It is a year and a half later, and I thought I’d give an update in case anyone ends up with a kid in a similar situation and looks up this thread. DD finished up Horizons 6 in the middle of 6th grade. I decided to start Saxon 8/7. It was a bust. So then I switched her to Dolciani Pre-algebra. It was also a bust. Finally, I switched to the last program I had, Horizons Pre-algebra, and it worked out. I had to give up on having her write out the problems. It just wasn’t going to happen with this particular kid at that particular time. Horizons Pre-algebra ended up being a good fit and she fi
  11. The introductory workbook is all level 1 problems. The regular book has problems for all three levels. Unless you need a lot of practice with just level 1 problems you will be fine with the regular verbal problems book.
  12. Totally normal. No reason to be concerned. In fact, don’t be surprised if it also takes awhile to grasp that ten hundreds is a thousand.
  13. I agree with everyone above who would make “license” the direct object of “got.” I would accept diagramming “got out” as either (a) the verb “got” modified by the adverb “out”, just as you did with the second “out,” or (b) a phrasal verb. A phrasal verb often looks like a verb + adverb, but the combination has a different meaning from what the words mean individually. (A phrasal verb is different from a verb phrase. A phrasal verb looks like a verb + adverb, such as “get out”. A verb phrase is helping verbs + main verb, such as “can get”.) When trying to decide if a word combination
  14. It’s a fine paper for 7th grade. She has good vocabulary, sentence structure, and mechanics. She also has solid topic sentences. However, the fact that the paragraphs were initially written independently does show. If you want to do more with this topic, here are some ideas. -Try rewriting the paper in the 3rd person and cut out half the exclamation points. Most academic writing is in the 3rd person. Taking out the “you” and “me” can be surprisingly difficult. - Pick an overall structure for the order of the rides. In the current paper, these seems to be no particular reason for
  15. What worked for my DD who struggled with spelling was repetition, lots and lots of repetition. While I used All About Spelling, I added in a ton of review of previously taught words. We spent far more time on reviewing old words than on learning anything new.
  16. Farrar, Thanks for the feedback! I find it so helpful to get someone else’s views on DD’s writing. I know that she is on the right path; I just don’t know how far along she is compared to her peers. In the second composition, it sounds like tightening up the first two paragraphs into one would have made the purpose of the composition more clear. I think two things added to the bloat in the intro: she couldn’t decide between two different opening hooks and tried to incorporate both, and she is still new to figuring out how much background info to include. DD tends to have long ramblin
  17. Farrar, thanks for the feedback. I”m glad you liked the intro for the first composition. That intro puts together a lot of concepts that I’ve been working on with her: brainstorming, types of intros, parallel structure, and old-new flow. The intro probably took a quarter to a third of of the entire time to write the entire composition. The second composition was supposed to be answer a question DD came up with—“Why did Johnny adhere to Rab’s teaching and not Mr. Laphams?” Basically, DD recognized that both Rab and Mr. Lampham tried to get Johnny to be a better person, but Mr. Lapham
  18. If you want something only a tiny step up from two piece puzzles, what about the game HISS? You match pieces to build a snake, matching colors. Sometimes you have to rotate the pieces to get the colors to match. https://www.amazon.com/Gamewright-5219-Hisss-Card-Game/dp/B00005NQE8/ref=sr_1_1?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1550236601&sr=1-1&keywords=hiss Something a bit harder would be the game Carcasonne. You have to match different tiles to connect roads, towns, fields, etc. You could just play with matching up the tiles without actually playing the game. T
  19. Here is another composition. It took DD about 12 hours spread across an entire month to produce it. I coached her very extensively at each stage of the process, especially with the brainstorming, outlining, and revising. She did convert the outline to a first draft by herself. This composition is very heavily influenced by the Lost Tools of Writing, because DD and I spent a semester on LToW last spring. However, I would not consider it to be a LToW essay. ******** Johnny was the best apprentice silversmith on all of Hancock's wharf, but he did not treat people with respect or ki
  20. Paradox5, thanks! She was very heavily coached!
  21. WTM Grammar might not be a good fit for you and your DS. There are many other grammar programs, each with its own approach. My favorite grammar programs include - The Sentence Family - Michael Clay Thompson Grammar - KISS Grammar - Analytical Grammar They are all very different and come in very different price points.
  22. In the main clause, the direct object of “planned” is the complete infinitive phrase “to destroy both him and his tribe.” Within the infinitive phrase, the object of “to destroy” is “both him and his tribe.” I like to think of the complete verbal phrase acting as a single part of speech, but within the phrase there are different parts. I don’t have access to the book, but I imagine that the infinitive phrase would be on its own little stand.
  23. You can use the “type” feature in Anki where you type your answer and it compares what you typed with the answer, showing any differences. You would need to make a custom card type for this. The card type would have two fields: - audio (where you record yourself saying the word along with a clarifying sentence, if necessary) - word (where you type only the word) The template for the front of the card would have the following: Type the word you heart. {{audio}} {{type:word}} The template for the back of the card would have the foll
  24. My DD didn’t show a hand preference until she was older. I don’t remember the exact age. When I was teaching her handwriting, I let her pick which hand to use each time. Sometimes she would get frustrated and want to switch hands, but I wouldn’t let her switch hands mid-stream. For example, if she started writing with one hand, I told her she couldn’t switch hands in the middle of the word. If she had multiple worksheets, she might do one worksheet with one hand and the next worksheet with the other. She tended to use her left hand for things on the left side and her right hand for t
  25. Here is a composition from my 7th grade DD. The assignment was to write about something she learned from science. We spent about 7 hours on it, spead across 3 weeks. We spent about one week together picking the topic, brainstorming ideas, and forming an outline. The second week was spent coming up with an intro & conclusion and drafting. The final week was spent revising and editing. I was very involved in everything but the initial drafting. ****** In the woods, a fluffy, white rabbit leaps into the bush. A slimy, green frog hops near the stream. A sleek, blue bird rushes t
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