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  1. We've listened to sermons for a few of the churches we've looked at. It certainly helps narrow things down a bit.
  2. I'm worried about when our state allows church meetings again. We have some covid deniers in the leadership, so I'm sure that masks won't be required and there will be no social distancing and no changes to worship. My husband and I are starting to poke around the websites of neighborhood churches, but we obviously are unable to visit any to see if they'd be a good fit.
  3. This website is like pictionary, but with no yelling out answers (you type instead): My son's youth group used it. They stayed logged into zoom, for the audio, but they all went to the website and joined the same private room.
  4. Another vote for Bosch Compact. It's small, lightweight, and has never given me any problems.
  5. She can do the basic bar diagrams, as they're similar enough to cuisenaire rods, which she's used. She can even muddle her way through slightly more complicated ones. But the book has some where it's not clear how to even set it up. Here's an example of one she couldn't do: She was able to solve it by using equations and variables, but had no clue how to even begin for the bar diagram.
  6. Does MEP 7-9 have as many puzzle type problems as levels 1-6? If so, what years would be a good pre-algebra equivalent? In doing searches on the forum, I found the Russian Mathematics 6 book by Nurk mentioned as a good pre-algebra. But I also saw mention that it may not be available anymore. Has anyone had success in purchasing that recently? Did the answer key ever get completed?
  7. She enjoyed the fact that there were puzzle problems in BA. The word problems and the more rote problems she disliked. But the ones that were maze like or other similar puzzles, she enjoyed. I'm not sure what made AoPS Pre-A such a bad fit, but I think it was that a lot of the problems were hard just for the sake of hard and there were no puzzles. There aren't very many straight out rote problems, but she didn't enjoy the ones that required her to see some special insight or that took a long time to solve.
  8. My upcoming 6th grader has finished Beast Academy back in December. We moved onto AoPS Pre-A, and she hates it (we got about halfway through chapter 5 before deciding it was a bad fit). We've tried a little bit of Singapore Dimensions 6A (just the textbook). The more interesting problems have not been doable, because we didn't do any Singapore math before this, so we don't know how to use bar diagrams to solve some of the trickier problems. This is especially noticeable in the fractions chapter. She's good at math, but she doesn't like it. Rote problems bore her; she much prefers puzzles over doing the same sort of procedural problem over and over. Any ideas for an interesting pre-algebra for this kid?
  9. There's a post about time on math for middle schoolers on the K-8 board. Reading it has made me feel like my son is an outlier, and I want to get a feel for if I should change things for him. He's good at math, intuitively grasping it. Since 1st grade, he's done math by time rather than lesson, and I go at his pace. He's now in 7th and is doing AoPS Geometry. He spends 50 minutes a day (by timer) working on it. When the timer goes off, he's done, even if it's the middle of a section. He's done about 2/3 of our school year in Geometry, and is in the middle of chapter 17 (out of 19). By the time he's done, he'll likely have taken less than one school year to finish the book. I also have him do 2-4 review problems on Khan Academy each day on his own; this takes 5-10 minutes. Time wise, I'm not sure he has the stamina to do much more time on math. But after reading the thread I mentioned, I wonder if I'm not challenging him enough. Beyond having him work at his pace in AoPS books (ie: continue what we're doing), what can I do for him?
  11. Maybe I didn't ask my question correctly. My kid knows exponents and fractions. She doesn't like them and thinks she's bad at them (she's not). I'm looking for a pre-algebra that will give interesting problems (we're coming from Beast Academy) and let her gain confidence in those areas, before moving on to Algebra. She would wilt if given a drill book. But approaching it from a different perspective in the explanation/teaching and having interesting problems would interest her. I guess I'm more asking if it has problems that cover those topics.
  12. Would this text do a good job of shoring up things like fractions, exponents, ratios, etc. before moving on to a traditional algebra?
  13. Yeah, the percentiles shown on test results are from being normed against a study group, not the current year.
  14. So I have friends around the country that are getting impacted in different ways by COVID-19. Some of their schools are transitioning to to online learning. Some are closing and calling it an extended spring break. At least one friend is pulling her kid out, even though the school isn't closing, to homeschool the rest of the year. I've had more than one parent contact me (as the only homeschooler they know) and ask what to do to educate their kids (in the situations where the schools aren't doing online learning). I've been telling them to have their kids read everyday and do math. But if they're in a district that doesn't have math books, what do you suggest to a parent that will be picking up math 2/3 of the way through the school year?
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