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  1. Comparing it to other math programs we've tried (and I've tried many), it is definitely on the "lighter" side of things when it comes to math education. The word problems are all very surface, the math is fairly algorithmic, etc. I use it for my DD11 who struggles with math and needs enough math to get by, but can't handle deeper math. I would say whether it is "enough" depends on your math goals. It is enough to get into college and for the SATs, but if your child has STEM aspirations, they would probably be better served using a program that would provide a deeper foundation and more mathematical thinking. Not that they couldn't do STEM if they use TT, I just think it's not the best for preparing for those types of careers. That said, DD11 is my oldest child, so you can take my words with a grain of salt. But I wouldn't (and don't) use TT for my younger daughters who can handle much deeper and more challenging math.
  2. Our homeschool group is doing an informal FLL competition with a few teams and dd9 is involved. She's loving it. I am thinking I would like to run an official FLL team this fall (not through our homeschool group) for her and some of her friends. I have a few questions. First, how difficult is it for the coaches? I'm wiling to do time commitment and administration and be a resource, but I don't want to be planning weekly lessons and actively lecturing or anything like that. Second, I see that there is a new robot to work with called the Spike Prime, not just the EV3. Do you that are "in the know" have any opinions about which we should go with for a new team? I'm inclined towards the new one because it is slightly cheaper and it seems like the EV3 is sort of old technology, so likely to be phased out. Any ideas or suggestions that way? Any other general advice?
  3. Fiberglass. The gel coat is pretty oxidized, so the hull looks dull, but our first order of business is to polish it and make it shiny again. Otherwise, no dings in the fiberglass and all the hardware and wire rigging are in good shape as far as we can tell. We plan to set it up in the driveway this week and make a list of what needs to be done by the time the weather warms up enough for me to willingly fall in a lake. We also need to replace some wood on the top of the metal rudder, but dh has a wood shop so that should be simple. They're just screwed on. It was pretty cool because even though it is almost 50 years old, it's only had 2 owners and the people we bought it from had all the original paperwork and brochures. They loved it and all their kids grew up using it, but they are in their 70s now and just can't use it anymore.
  4. It's a little daysailer. It's a 15'4" boat called an Advance Demon. It was built in 1971 and they don't make them anymore. We got it for a steal (cheaper than most canoes on our Craigslist) but it is in pretty good shape and the previous owners took care of it. We only need to replace some if the lines and maybe polish the hull. Dh has been wanting to sail again since he got the merit badge in scouts when he was a teenager. So we're going to figure it out. We'll be sailing almost exclusively on lakes. Are there any other daysailing families out there? We want it to be a family affair and plan on teaching the girls now and as they get older. Any advice?
  5. So I balance 4 kids (11, 9, 7, 4). My oldest dd definitely needs the most from me, as she has special needs and attention issues, but she's generally doing age-appropriate work. We school from 8-12 most days. Like others, I divide between "needs my constant attention/teach a lesson" and "can be done mostly independently". Then I spread those out so that at any given point I'm not juggling more than 2 kids at a time. Eg: It's not too hard to dictate two spelling lists at once, but I can't help do oral latin translations and teach a spelling lesson at the same time. For example: dd11 has math, writing, and latin, spelling that are teacher intensive to various degrees. Piano, geography, reading are mostly independent. Even math is mostly me keeping her on task, checking problems, and helping with issues. I can usually do that while helping one of her sisters with something like spelling. dd9 has writing, spelling, and latin that are teacher intensive. She mostly does the other subjects with little imput from me unless she gets stuck or needs me to check. dd7 is basically the same as dd9, except she doesn't do latin yet. dd4 needs me for every minute, including reading lesson, handwriting lesson, and math. But her work only takes about a half hour a day. So our morning may look something like this: 8-8:30: dd11, dd7 do reading. dd9 does computer work (part of math, spanish), dd4 does reading lesson. I'm mostly just helping dd4 8:30-9:30: dd11 does math, dd4 does math and handwriting (then she's done), dd9 does piano and reading, dd7 does computer work. I mostly help dd4 and dd11. 9:30-10:30: dd11 probably keeps doing math, dd9 and dd7 do "table work" (writing, spelling, geography), and dd4 plays. I work with dd9 and dd7, while occasionally keeping dd11 on task. 10:30-noon: dd11 does table work and piano, dd9 does piano and other math, dd7 is probably done, dd4 is done. I work with dd11 and help dd9 when stuck or explanations are needed. We have it figured so that I am hopping around, but everyone mostly has access to me when needed. Rarely they'll have to wait for help, like when I'm in the middle of a reading lesson with dd4, who is easily distracted so I don't want to interrupt it. But they almost never wait for more than 5 minutes. It works pretty well. Most of the time we're all in the same room (our computer, couches, and table are there) but often they'll go off to read and the piano is in a different room. I have to weigh what programs we use based on teacher intensiveness. Some can be, but not all. I'm lucky in that my younger girls are pretty good at working independently. Dd11 takes most of my energy that way.
  6. I have two different yogurt makers and use the instant pot as well. I like them all. In the instant pot, I use 8oz mason jars filled with yogurt milk in it rather than just filling the pot (we like smaller servings). I heat up the milk in the instant pot using the first yogurt setting, let it cool down for a few hours, add a large spoonful of regular yogurt with live cultures, mix it in with a wisk, and pour it in all the jars/cups. I make a gallon at a time. Then I let it incubate all night and put it away in the morning. I've found yogurt to be very forgiving and this almost never fails me. It does help to use whole milk, though.
  7. Gotchya. My two that are doing BA did either all or most of Miquon first, which I believe goes through 3rd grade level and is very conceptual. They had math facts down or were in the process of working on math facts (dd7 still has to do Xtramath daily, dd9 is proficient enough that I don't make her). They had very basic fraction knowledge and decent place value understanding.
  8. I've been using it for a few years now. I'm not sure what you mean by which concepts. We use the books in their entirety, and they cover normal math topics plus some for each grade. My 9yo is about to start level 5 and has completed the program up to that point. Dd7 is almost done with level 2. I'm very familiar with many math programs as a result of an in depth search for my oldest special needs dd over several years (Saxon, CLE, Miquon, Math Mammoth, MEP, TT, Gattegno, Kitchen Table Math), and I have been impressed with the hidden review in BA. All the problems are very carefully chosen. I wouldn't say BA is for every kid, but for some kids it is absolutely wonderful. I will likely use it for the 4yo when she's ready too.
  9. I have found that BA has enough review built in for my kids. It doesn't look like review, but it is there. They have to use previous concepts to complete new problems, and each year also builds on previous info taught. I have my kids mainly do the workbooks and then BA Online as review. So on any given day, they do 30 mins in the workbook on whatever section comes next and 20 mins wherever they want in BA Online (so long as they are working towards new stars). This is working very well and I won't be changing it for these specific children any time soon. That said, we did do math facts practice with Xtramath daily (the 7yo still does) for simple fluency.
  10. We have used Hoffman since before the Kickstarter and I got lifetime memberships for all my kids then (including my then infant, who will start next year at 5yo). I have nothing but good to say about them. It is sort of targeted at young kids, but the quality of instruction is so good that I would probably go ahead and use it for an older kid. My oldest is about to "graduate" from it. She's almost done with the last unit available and I don't know what I'm going to do with her. Printing it all out is definitely tedious and I don't find that part particularly user friendly. I wish there was an easy way to print the sheet music for all the units separately since I'd like to have my kids go back and easily practice old pieces, but oh well. One of these days I'll just go in and do it manually. They are constantly improving the program, and appreciate feedback. So be sure to share any thoughts you have with them.
  11. For 3yo, I had a series of intentional apps and educational shows I considered "school" for them. These taught them their letters/sounds and to recognize numbers. I HATE flashcards and the apps taught them in more fun ways than I ever could. We do a lot of informal teaching too and they sort of pick it all up. We also occasionally read books or their sisters read them books and have tons of audio books. By their 4th birthday, they have enough phonetic awareness to begin OPGTR. This has been true for 4 out of 4 of my girls. At 4, we do Miquon Orange/c-rod activities for math, OPTGR for reading, and a handwriting program. It takes less than a half hour a day. My current 4yo also likes pretty workbooks, so she has some of those she can work on when she wants, but they are more for fun than school. They listen to tons of audio books and continue playing educational apps. So far, it seems to be working and is pretty low key. Honestly, I consider the years of 4 and 5 to be sort of an extended Kindergarten, where my goal is to make sure they begin to understand and manipulate basic numbers and to get them reading as fast as possible. The only difference between 4 and 5 at our house, is at 5 they also start piano. That has worked for my kids so far and I have no regrets (except my oldest dd with math, but she has some diagnosed learning issues).
  12. You can upload files on Google music (we also have a subscription) but alexas don't play Google music. So our kids have an Echo dot and a Google mini each in their rooms. One for music/uploaded audiobooks and one for Audible. It's dumb but it's what works. And since you can get each for $20 or so, it wasn't that expensive. We have SOTW loaded on Google music and that's our primary way of listening to it. Along with a few other audiobooks we have that aren't on audible.
  13. I don't see it now! Wow, that was fast. I hope it comes back. Eta: Wait, when I search on Amazon for it I can see the coupon in the description before clicking. Maybe it doesn't show for me since I already used it?
  14. It's $350 on Amazon and there's about an $85 off coupon you can clip, bringing it to around $270 right now. I just picked it up. That's for the pro air one.
  15. It's $350 on Amazon right now with an $85 off coupon so a total of about $270. I just picked it up. 😊
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