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  1. Thoughts on Dimensions Math 6-8 from anyone who has used all (or part) of it? I know that if you do all of Dimensions 6-8, you've covered Pre-A, Algebra 1, and some Geometry. Do any of the levels correspond with Pre-Algebra? I'm OK with covering some Algebra, but I'm looking for a one year Pre-Algebra course. Looking at the table of contents for each book, it looks like level 6 might be pre-algebra, but the FAQ seems to imply level 7 is pre-algebra. Also, if I have a student that does not need lots and lots of practice problems, can we get away with just the textbook, skipping the workbook?
  2. I like Jacob's Algebra. I think part of it is the fact that it doesn't have the student do 50 rote plug-and-chug problems per topic. But I also like how visual the explanations are and how it walks the student from introduction to understanding. I know some people use Jacob's Mathematics: A Human Endeavor for Pre-A, but I was hoping to find something similar to the style of Jacobs but with more of a traditional Pre-A topic coverage. Any suggestions to look into?
  3. I know that the options I'm looking at are sort of a "step back" from WWS1. But with how WWS has gone for him, I'm wondering if he might do well with a slightly easier curriculum. He's not a kid that shies away from challenge when it's something he's confident he can tackle, but he has really disliked WWS, which makes me think it was maybe too much for him, even at the slower pace we've been doing (spreading some of the "days" over a whole week). I like what I've seen of the WWS series, but I'm definitely waiting until at least 9th grade to start the 2nd book if we continue in the series.
  4. Background: My 7th grader is STEM minded and a reluctant writer. He'll be finishing up WWS1 partway through the year, and I'm looking into what to do next. He does best with the steps of writing being broken down for him and with clear assignments/writing prompts. He doesn't like creative/fiction writing unless it's as a summary or narration of an existing work. I'm willing to teach, help, etc; it doesn't need to be independent. If you've used Writing Skills 2 by Diana Hanbury King, Jump in by Sharon Watson, or one of the IEW Narnia theme books, I'd love to hear from you! ----For any of the options: * What grade(s) did you use the curriculum? Was your student a reluctant writer, natural writer, or average writer? * What can you tell me about the program? Pros? Cons? Modifications you made? * What are the writing prompts and assignments like? * Once the student is a bit into the program, how many paragraphs are expected from the student each week? ----For Writing Skills 2: * Can I use the 2nd book (it's the one listed for his grade level) without having used the previous books? * Is the Teacher's Handbook useful/needed? ----For Jump In: * How easy would it be to adapt it so that he types everything instead of writing in the workbook? ----For IEW Narnia: * Can I use a theme book from IEW without either of us having watched the TWSS or SWI videos? * My son has read some of the Narnia books already, and the 2nd book in IEW's Narnia series would mean less re-reading of books. Can we do the 2nd Narnia book without having done the 1st writing book? * Are both the student and teacher books needed? My son would be typing everything for this and not writing in the book; could I get away with just getting the teacher book? * Would it be feasible to use our own "dress-ups" instead of the ones IEW uses? Thank you so much for any input you can give!
  5. I've looked at some of the theme books before, and didn't like the simplistic models that were used. But that was when I was looking at the younger grades. I'll have to take a look at the upper grade ones and see if there's anything that looks good. We'd be able to work through those without watching the DVDs meant for either the parent or student? I'll take a look at Maxwell's Composition and Jump In. I'm sure he would like to have something lighter than WWS.
  6. We school year round and my current 7th grader is in week 28 of WWS level 1. It's going OK, in that we're making it through. It's not going well in that he hates it and getting him to do it, even with heavy hand holding, is like pulling teeth. I like the series, but I think that if we do continue, it will need to wait a year or two. I'd say he's a reluctant writer as there are occasional tears involved with every program we've used. So now I need a writing program to finish out 7th and something for 8th. It can be the same thing, stretched out over time I have for these grades. He hates vague assignments, and he doesn't do creative/non-fiction writing. He seems to do well when things are broken down into smaller steps. Anything that requires watching videos (either on his part or mine) is completely out. I need something with clear lessons and assignments--I can't wrap my head around how to teach writing from books that don't include these. It doesn't need to be scripted, though, as long as it has actual lessons. Help! Teaching this kid to write well is so frustrating that it may be the thing that makes me thrown in the towel for homeschooling.
  7. My kids will bicker and pick on each other when we are on break from school. I think that, for them, it's a lack of schedule that causes it. Is this a new/summer thing, or was it happening when you were still doing school in the spring?
  8. If you or your husband have a job that uses MS Office, sometimes the company will subsidize employees being able to buy it for home use. At my job, I think it was free for the subscription/Office 365 version or $10 for an installed/offline version. It's similar at my husband's work.
  9. My son enjoyed TOPS Science in 6th grade. You can buy a supply kit for some of them, if you'd like.
  10. My son has been using Alcumus for about 2 years now (through all of Pre-Algebra and now mostly done with Algebra). Suddenly the problems have become really hard for him. They require him to know things not taught. For example, in the "Simon's Favorite Factoring Trick" section, he has the problem: The book only teaches how to use this trick for single degree polynomials, not a degree of 2+. He had a problem today in graphing circles that required him to know that a circle internally tangent to another circle has the property that a radius line from the larger circle that passes through the center of the smaller circle will also pass through the point where the two circles touch. How is a student in Algebra 1 supposed to know that? We checked the difficulty level in his settings and it is set to "normal". Any suggestions on how he can get back to problems he is capable of doing?
  11. When comparing chapters 1-10 of the book with what my local school district lists for Algebra I, you would be missing out on some topics. The Algebra I course offered by my local school district includes quadratic inequalities (chapter 15) and functions (chapters 16+17) as topics covered. I think part of why It's done that way is that a lot of the topics in the 2nd half of the book (logarithms, for example) are Algebra II topics in many school districts.
  12. Thank you! Just what I needed to know! Would it be appropriate for a reluctant writer with no known learning disabilities?
  13. Sorry for all the questions, there just aren't enough samples available online. Is there much teaching in the student books, or is the "how to teach this" material in only the teacher book? What sort of scaffolding does this series have for paragraph writing? Does it talk about planning before you write? What sort of paragraph writing activities does this series have (particularly in book A and book 1)? Thanks!
  14. What is a good 10-20 week writing curriculum to use between WWE2 and WWE3? I think my child would like a short break from narration/copywork/dictation for her writing. I think maybe I'd like to focus on writing original sentences, writing paragraphs (original or from outlines), or on improving sentences (my daughter won't have the grammar background of phrases and clauses, though).
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