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  1. Classical. Though it’s not terribly relevant because Latin is predominantly a written language now. We chose classical because it is the pronunciation of academia
  2. You might consider the teaching methods and games from - it is free, all you need is a white board and c-rods, and it is a great way for visual and kinesthetic learners to get these concepts. Plus it’s fun, interactive, playful.
  3. True, only around 5-7% of the general population has ADHD, but how many of them have undiagnosed adhd or EF dysfunction? I guess that was my point. It nearly ruined my marriage because dh was undiagnosed and his behavior left me feeling all sorts of things (unimportant, frustrated, like I was parenting a grown man, etc) including huge mental load. He became resentful of my “nagging” and I became weighed down and disconnected. It wasn’t until our oldest got a Dx at 9 (13 years into our marriage) that I we realized this was probably what was going on. It’s still an issue, hard on both of us, but at least I can understand it isn’t a character/personality/self-discipline issue, and he is more responsive to reminders.
  4. Um, no it’s not. My Dh and kids (teens) with adhd all do this. And I don’t take care of it, but I do ask them to take care of it after I’ve tripped over the heavy box a few times and they still haven’t done anything. And then sometimes they DO notice without being asked, but mostly the adhd kicks in, they are distracted, and the box becomes background mess in their minds and they don’t think about it (or aren’t bothered by it). And then they’re embarrassed or feel nagged when I say something (because it’s so out of mind they can’t connect it to their own responsibility). Maddening! But also, not intentional and not conditioned. And yes, I do have to choose to live with their mess/disorganization (because we share space) or I have to assume the mental load of reminding so that the mess doesn’t push me over the edge.
  5. For multiplication I think some heuristics are ok, as long as it is no more complicated than actually doing the math and leads to mastery eventually. When teaching addition we teach counting, counting on, and some tricks like 9 steals one to make ten, etc. with the hopes of them using those trucks only as long as needed to remember their addition facts (or be able to quickly calculate). We do the same for multiplication. I wouldn’t, however teach “tricks” without teaching the math behind it and showing the kids it’s a short cut to the calculation and not just some random or magical thing.
  6. We did a Natural and Political History of the PNW one year (where we used to live). It was fabulous! We did all the local things - tons of museums, parks, hikes, visitor centers, markets, landmarks/sites, etc. - read a lot of great books, note-booked marine biology and geology, took some extended-local trips, seine netted the sound, dissected fish and squid, collected rock specimens, visited working homestead, made native toys, ... lots of fun things, just emphasizing place. I just gathered resources over the summer, and used as I felt would be good (more of a giant unit study kind of year). You could do it with pretty much any location.
  7. I’m suggesting if you want workbook and classical MP is probably the closest you will get. I don’t use MP because their methods didn’t work well with my own kids (or my interpretation of classical pedagogy). We were much less rote/memorization, right or wrong with no in between, fill-in-blank, audio-sequential in how we do things. My kids need less repetition and more big picture, more coming at something from different directions and in different order than repeated sequences, more application and less recitation. I’m not saying MP is wrong, just wrong for us.
  8. You might look at Memoria Press materials. ETA: we used several different things but Writing is somewhere I invest a lot of one:one time. It is not, IMO, the place to have a workbook do the teaching.
  9. Of all the guys I went on dates with in high school only two were members. I was in a steady relationship with one boy (not LDS) through half of high school. My parents had some guidelines - curfew, expected I keep the standards they taught me, discouraged being completely alone with any boy - but they trusted I was mature enough to make my own choices. I appreciated that. Dating outside my faith only became hard when we were going separate ways after graduation. He respected (and learned about) my faith; I respected and learned more about his (catholic). I always knew that I wanted to be sealed in the temple, I held no notion of converting him, so I guess I just knew from the outset that he and I would be great friends, no more. I really did love him though - such a wonderful human being. For my kids (only one old enough to date) i encourage them to hold to standards of modesty, respect, and honesty, as well as other moral standards. I won’t dictate whom they can date. I will keep the line about curfew, and staying in a position/location/setting/frame of mind that gives you the ability to make choices (eg if you’re drunk you surrender your good sense; if youre solidly alone with someone you can be taken advantage of, let your standards fall in the heat of the moment, or even be wrongly accused of things; etc). That was worded terribly, sorry. It’s late. Bottom line, we in the church don’t have the corner on the market of good people worth spending time with. So go have fun, meet people, spend time getting to know good people, but also know what it is you want in the long run and with whom you can share that.
  10. Decimals for sure. If you use a thousands cube as a 1, you can go back to tenths (ten rod) and hundredths (unit cube) to illustrate that decimals are just an extension of base ten.
  11. If it’s any help we usually broke it up into 3 days: reading the selection, “tell it back,” “talk about it;” then “go deeper,” half of the “writing time” tasks; then the other “writing time” tasks and “speak it.”
  12. Did we attend the same high school? Yes, the alternative crowd was not unique, just an alternative uniformity. I think though we all long for both individuality and belonging, each to different extents, but that can come out as grunge, hipster, crunchy (I’m my day the term was granola), or any other alternative uniformity.
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