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  1. Well that's very reassuring Square! Thanks for your input! I feel like those are also my priorities, we spent a lot of time on the why of manipulating fractions - eg. showing with pictures and manipulatives why multiplying the reciprocal works. I like that discovery aspect of aops actually, that they have to discover the why rather than just practice a given algorithm. Have you come across a favourite sequence or book series for highschool maths?
  2. Thanks Farrar! Thinking about this is more for me, I always liked maths and felt robbed of being able to pursue it further. Whatever my individual kids end up doing for each class, I want to know for myself 🙂 As it happens, my oldest much much prefers to work her way through AOPS at her own pace, using the videos on their website if she gets stuck. Kind of like a flipped classroom, we go through it together afterwards and if I think she needs more practice/understanding, we'll pause and cover the topic from another angle (either my own or another book). AOPS is very different to how I lea
  3. Thank you 8fill, I really appreciate your post. Yes, that's where I am. I spent some time this afternoon comparing the contents of algebra texts from Dolciani, Aops, Cambridge Essential Maths 9 and Jacobs. I struggled to find a table of contents for Foersters. I may also look at a few others tomorrow. I was trying to get an overall sense of the general consensus, common topics and common sequence. I want to do the same for 10th/11th/12th as well, that's when I realised that this question was probably too big for a simple forum post 😄
  4. Thanks! I'm realising that this is probably a too enormous question 😄
  5. I've enjoyed reading along the math thoughts threads and have been trying to get my head around some math-related stuff here! Would love some insight from you wise and clever people! I'm pretty comfortable with using 'curriculum' as a teacher support for elementary/lower-middle school maths, I'm comfortable with the topics and how I prefer to teach and introduce them. I'm not yet comfortable to the same level with upper-middle/highschool maths. I have aops algebra (intro), dolciani, saxon, assorted other textbooks. I like different things about them so am finding it hard to settle.
  6. My mum. She walked for a while along the freeway, it was better than being repeatedly punched in the face in the car. She ended up getting back in fairly quickly, as we kids were screaming and crying in the back seats. Broad daylight. Haven't thought about that incident for ages.
  7. Wow that is very blonde! Our 4th was blonde too, dh & I and our other 3 kids are all dark brown so he stood out and people commented all the time 😄
  8. Yes that does help, thank you for taking the time to write all that out! Now I'm interested to know what the new physics textbook is 😄
  9. Thanks 8fill! I'm enjoying these posts! I'm wondering if you could elaborate on what the prelection stage looks like, in practice, day to day? Is it a part of every lesson?
  10. My dd used sutori for the free trial and liked it. That was the best one that I could find, but we didn't love it enough to pay for it.
  11. I use it, primarily to assign documents/videos/websites to my kids, and to post information about their online class (they did a book specific literature class this year) I'm sure I'm not utilizing it to its full extent yet!
  12. This kind of teaching works after the conceptual understanding has been explicitly taught. Then you won't get the 'steps' mixed up because math is not about following steps. If a class of kids all have the concepts underlying long multiplication down pat, then sure, have a playful session using word problems and see the myriad ways they think of to solve it (I think Jo Boaler called it Number Talks) Sorry, rant off. Bethben, sounds like your first day was successful! Well done to you and your kids! Thanks for posting, it's always nice and encouraging to hear. Hope you have a great ye
  13. This teacher is not just happening to have discussions with students. This teacher is orchestrating towards a goal, he's decided that his students need to be fixed - 'destabilized' - that's not a discourse (how I've come to loathe that word), it's political indoctrination from an authority figure. It's sermonizing a captive audience - with the added bonus of insinuating a special, private, exclusive of other adults, relationship with the teacher. Way out of bounds. The kids can't even discuss it with their parents, to get a good balance and sense of self/family/stability because 'what happens
  14. Welcome! I'm also not sure what you're asking, homeschool expenses are just another line item in our household budget, I don't really keep track. We don't get any government money or reimbursement so there's no necessity for us to keep records like that. Eta - we budget for a bigger outlay at the beginning of the school year, then a smaller regular amount just to use as we go. I couldn't tell you off hand how much I spend per year though...
  15. I don't really care what he was envisioning, the point of safeguarding is that it applies universally. We don't only do working with children checks on people with nefarious intent and let it slide on people who you vouch for. You cannot create a universal structure out of individual anecdotes. The teacher in the op is defying professional safeguarding, basic safeguarding. The end justifies the means isn't good enough when creating a robust, professional safeguarding structure.
  16. I agree, especially your last paragraph. There are crappy people and how much authoritarianism do we want to accept chasing the impossible ideal of 'no crappy childhoods'? Included in those crappy people are some crappy teachers, crappy administrators, crappy lawmakers etc. Families aren't perfect but genuine love goes a long way, I can't see better odds in giving strangers power and trust and normalizing secrecy. Those truly wonderful teachers don't want to put their students at greater risk by normalizing inappropriate contacts and relationships. If wonderful Mr x can do it, then why wo
  17. I do a Show and Tell time at the beginning of my zoom class. I allocate the first 10 minutes or so for this and general waving at each other. That seems to be enough and they're happy to get into the activity. They don't find it easy to socialize online under about age 9/10 though, in my experience.
  18. Team Gatto. Child protection 101 - do not promise to keep secrets, do not have secret communication with children. If you're a teacher worried about being overheard in your classroom - quit. Square - you're not the only one with shitty parents. School did nothing to help me, except stack trauma on top of trauma. My buddy buddy English teachers taught me that some people are overgrown children who don't understand professional boundaries. I'm sorry if institution school folks find it difficult or insulting to read here, but that was a pretty mild Gatto quote 😄
  19. My A list was over a hundred, and once I had some good momentum I decided not to limit myself 😄 After Atlas Shrugged, I read Grapes of Wrath. I think that's a good way to do it. I'm currently reading Jude the Obscure, I haven't read Hardy since highschool and I'm remembering how much I enjoy him!
  20. My surprise was that classics are classics for a reason. They're really good. I remember getting sick of picking up crap from the library, picked up one of those 'what should you read' anthologies and went from there. I made an alphabetical list, well, I tried to, I got stuck at A 😄 I also read The Awakening, Anna Karenina, Agnes Grey, Age of Innocence... loved them all. *dons flame retardant suit* I really loved Atlas Shrugged. I learned that persevering was usually worth it - Anna Karenina and Age of Innocence taught me that, I adore those endings. I've moved on from A 😁
  21. So, they're doing this every single time? Is she going for walks at the same regular time, or is someone noticing when she goes? I would start by trying to vary her schedule and see. Do they know where she lives? If they do it literally almost any time she leaves the house for exercise, surely that is at least harassment or stalking? Start keeping written notes, dates, times, number of a$$holes. I'd be tempted to call the non-emergency police number every time too, taking down the officer's name, let them feel how frequent and harassing it is! I would be inclined to send her father in the
  22. 10th year of homeschooling. 4 kids now aged between 15 & 6, none have ever been to school. 1. Think about your family culture. What is important to you regarding family, education, leisure, relationships, home atmosphere etc. What is your family rhythm now? Build around that. If you're a gaming family who sleeps late and uses lots of sarcasm (ahem 😄) you will not have the same homeschool as a naturally early-riser, outdoorsy, sensitive family. There will be cross over, but own the situation you're actually in, instead of frustrating yourself with an impossible ideal. 2. Read to
  23. 😄 I think, if you're doin it right, you continue to feel the weight of responsibility and try to keep learning as an educating parent. So, never? I frequently joke that I'll have this all down pat just in time to graduate my youngest. Also, these darn kids keep growing! I feel pretty non-noob for elementary. I feel like a babe abandoned in the woods re highschool (and teens! 😱 I mean, I knew they would grow into teens but now it's here and I'm not ready...) And, they're all so different! I can't just hand down everything I did with kid 1 to kid 3. They are different, life is dif
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