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  1. I haven't read all the previous but we did Alcumus for review, also Dolciani if it was really shaky. I wouldn't make a kid redo all of Algebra for a few shaky topics, especially if he's already done AOPS. That would drive me nuts as a kid who was really good at math. The only thing with Alcumus is you have to make sure you read the solutions in detail and not just do the ones you know and skip the ones you don't--that point was obvious to me, but not my kiddo. I actually do them with my daughter (upon request). That seems to help her to actually learn the material better than being fully independent. Also, there is some reinforcement of skills as you move forward.
  2. Our 13 yo is interested ultimately in science or engineering. She is both exceptionally or profoundly gifted and ADHD, probably with a side of dysgraphia. Her ADHD is only moderately well controlled with meds, so she will study if she is interested otherwise its very painful. I'm looking for a suitable high school curriculum for science. I promised her I would accelerate her to something more interesting than MIddle School Apologia when she gets a hang of science tests and lab reports. Last year we conquered the read and regurgitate test (at least mostly) but the lab reports were not done well. So we're mostly focusing on labs for now. However, its getting very very boring because we did physical science elementary and it seems like there's definitely some recycling of material. We're looking for a science program that will be math heavier, light on writing (though with enough lab reports to stay fresh and develop scientific thinking), not mostly memorize and regurgitate, and probably not AP or community college because of the ADHD piece making her fairly immature. I was thinking maybe Novare? But open to suggestions.
  3. DD will be in 7th grade. She will have completed Getting Started with Latin and Keep Going with Latin. She is motivated and doesn't find Latin very difficult but she has ADHD so spending an hour on Latin a day probably isn't going to work for her. She typically finishes her one word and 10 sentences/groups of sentences in about 15 to 30 minutes. She's really mostly teaching herself but I will throw in some extra exercises and enrichment materials to help her really learn the material (like we learned how to decline nouns but she wasn't doing it when we translated from English to Latin). I do not know any Latin and am self teaching with Wheelocks. Its apparent to me that I do not have time to teach myself Latin and teach her. I just can't retain in the amount of time I have to study in a week. I promised I would look for a class for her but everything I am finding is for high school and takes an hour a day or more of work per day. What we need is a self-paced class requiring about 30-45 min per day. She would prefer something literature based like Ecce Romani as opposed to grammar rules based but I feel like she really needs the rules spelled out (not repetitively, but she shouldn't have to figure it out herself). Is there anything like that out there? Or if not an online class, a solid middle school curriculum that would spell it out so I don't have to learn the Latin really well myself before I teach her?
  4. DD is a probably EG (haven't done formal testing) with dysgraphia/ADHD age 12. Self studying Latin mostly from Keep Going With Latin after Getting Started with Latin. Trying to figure out where to go next. She's very good with vocabulary and is currently using Word within the Word (slowly because its SO DRY), but the grammar part she's not so into (she could be good at it but the way they present it in GSWL is not the most engaging). However, her attention span and current courseload for next year is going to keep her from doing anything that requires more than about half and hour of work daily. And I really can't keep up with 2 foreign languages (Chinese is our other one). She took the PSAT 8/9 and has scores that will get her into NUMATS but the amount of work is too much. So...any other online courses out there probably for middle or high schoolers that you think might work? I'm having trouble even hunting down this information--I've never had my kids take online classes before.
  5. I haven't read above replies thoroughly. AoPS Prealgebra has videos you can use to teach many of the topics. And the text is written to the student so that they can self teach. You might consider not enrolling in a class and just learning from the book and videos. Unless you really need to provide a grade or something like that? DD is 11 in AoPS Prealgebra transitioned this year from MEP 6. DS is 9 in BA 4. I think the transition from BA to AoPS should not be terribly difficult and if she's already self teaching BA, if you do not need a grade, I would think AoPS Prealgebra with the videos would be fine. That way you are not tied in to the pace of a class.
  6. We're going to try Getting Started with Latin. She's excited! Thank you for your help!
  7. We came off of MEP 6 to AOPS Pre-Algebra, which level do you think we could start looking for something interesting?
  8. I am thinking about having DD take a break from AOPS for the summer, but I think she probably won't tolerate no math at all--even easy math might be too boring to avert tantrums and "I'm BOOORED". I just feel like her brain needs to get a little more abstract reasoning capability before I move her on to Algebra. Is there anything sort of fun, but challenging (preferably NOT online) that we could use to break things up until the fall? I'm having her do some coding but I don't have enough for the entire summer--plus I'm not entirely sure she loves coding that much that she'd want to do it every day. We used to use Upper Elementary Challenge Math (which she only sometimes found challenging) but she's pretty much got that covered now with Prealgebra. Would Challenge Math be challenging enough or would you suggest something else? She might even be open to reading math history. Suggestions?
  9. This is what I am thinking, just trying to figure out which Latin/Greek curricula are good for self teaching at that age and if people find that going directly to Greek is harder than doing Latin and then Greek.
  10. We've done both levels of Caesar's English already.
  11. I can relate and am following. We've been ok about discouraging arguing for the sake of arguing. We treat it as disobedience and he gets counted (a la 1, 2, 3 Magic). We've had a LOT of conversations in our house about respectful speech (cuz my kids are both 2e ADHD so we get a lot of thoughtless words), and I will say that when he delivers his questions respectfully, it helps. Also, we've talked some about how you can be right, but the way you say it makes it wrong. However, I am the same way when it comes to words and pickiness. I am not trying to be annoying. I am trying to pick my way to understand what you are trying to say among what seems to me to be a lot of different possibilities. It bothers the heck out of my husband sometimes but I really do not understand sometimes. So I try to be gentle with my arguer and discern whether he means to be disrespectful and argumentative, or if he truly is asking for clarification.
  12. DD loves words. However, I started her early in Michael Clay Thompson and she is 11 and using Word within the Word, which is just ... too dry, too much. She's learning but she's not enjoying it. I'm thinking to stop at some point soon and come back to it later. However, she does love words! I think she would enjoy doing something vocabulary/grammar wise, just not MCT. I was thinking Latin/Greek might be good for her but I don't have the energy to learn a second foreign language (our first is Chinese and I only know enough Koine Greek to be dangerous) plus teach AOPS. She's just 11, but she might, if she's interested (and she said she was a couple of years ago), teach herself. Suggestions?
  13. Have you checked out MEP's A level materials or high school materials? I thought I saw at least a short unit on discrete math(s) there. I have only used MEP 1-6, so I don't know much about it, but it would be free.
  14. A live tutor is best. However, if that isn't in your price range and your child is alreadyin a class setting, perhaps the app Chinese Skill would be an ok supplement. I think it is probably better for spoken than written Chinese and I haven't stumbled on any totally inappropriate content (though there may be a unit on "relationships" further on). Hello Chinese is similar, but there are fewer free lessons with that. Not ok as a stand alone curric, though definitely better than Duolingo. If they are advanced, you might also try some of the material from Xuele (Ministry of Education, Singapore), however that is all in Mandarin, even the instructions. If you want to use it, you may have to understand some minimal amount of Chinese yourself, depending on how much they understand. I like the videos. They are kid friendly and good for listening skills.
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