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  1. 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).
  2. It sounds like he has some similar interests as my son. My son recommends the authors Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms and Fablehaven are two series he's read) and Stuart Gibbs (Spy School and Space Case--my son mentions that someone is murdered in Space Case, but that it happens earlier in the book and isn't the climax). He also recommends Mad Scientists Club, a series called Jupiter Pirates, and White Mountains (Tripods Trilogy). My daughter is throwing out The Tale of Despereaux, but I'm not sure that fits as well.
  3. My kids have over the years done various things independently: handwriting, CTC word roots vocabulary app, Fix-It Grammar, spelling workbooks, free reading, math review work, reading the history encyclopedia entry that goes with our SOTW chapter, typing, and some simple writing assignments.
  4. This page might help; it has timeline figures listed by chapter along with dates. If that doesn't work, there are a lot of resources on that site that may have what you need.
  5. She will tell me that 100 is ten tens and that 200 is two hundreds. We've used base ten blocks (both physical and drawn) and an abacus. She can regroup during addition and subtraction. It's part of why I'm having a hard time figuring out where the issue is.
  6. I played around with math with her today. She can find a number minus one as long as the first number is 100 or less. When I gave her 190-1, she told me she doesn't know what number comes before because she hasn't counted that high. I gave her 90-1 as a "helper problem", and then she could figure it out. She still couldn't tell me 200-1 though until I had her count up from 195. When asked to round something like 137 to the nearest 10, she had a roundabout way of doing it. She subtracted 7 units to get 130. Then she added 3 to 137 to get 140. Then she compared how far 137 was from the two closest tens by comparing 7 and 3. Finally she got the answer of 140. There seems to be some kind of disconnect where she doesn't immediately know the next and previous whole ten once we get into three digit numbers. Both the one less problems and the rounding problems seem to point that way.
  7. At first my daughter breezed through math. She finished her kindergarten math program so early that I had her do MEP 1A to finish out her Kindergarten year. Then she did all of MM 1 in first grade and has been doing bits of MM 2A and BA 2A+2B for the remainder of the year. But my child has a really hard time with certain problems, and I think it may be a gap in her understanding of place value. She knows her 10-facts cold from playing many games of "go to the dump". She can do problems like 188+12 or 198+2 easily in her head. She can do 200-198. She can tell me that 4+3=7 means that 3+4=7, 7-4=3, and 7-3=4. She can do 87-55 easily. She can even handle 74-6 by regrouping. But when faced with something like 200-2, she freezes. I think that if I told her to regroup twice, she could--but she really shouldn't need to regroup at all for a problem like that, especially since she knows 198+2 and 200-198. Where do you think the gap in her understanding is? How can I help her with this?
  8. If did want to come back and share that part of my decision was based on the fact that my daughter gets bored with rote computation style problems. After looking over the scant samples I could find of various spiral options, I think she would wilt with a more standard pre-algebra curriculum. She doesn't mind occasional rote computation, and it can be good for review, but a whole page of it bothers her.
  9. My daughter is up for trying AoPS PreA. So what we're going to try is to use that but add in Khan academy for spiral review. I'm not quite sure how I'll do that, I'll probably manually assign stuff for her to do that I think she'd benefit from seeing again.
  10. You could try the "do you need this?" tests from AoPS and use what they get wrong to guide you in what chapters to cover.
  11. I'm in a state that requires testing for homeschool students. I figure that if we have to take the time and money to test, I may as well choose one that gives me useful information. I've found something workable for me for elementary years, but I'm having trouble finding something for accelerated learners in middle school. My oldest did the MAP test this year. I thought that since it was adaptive and I was able to find the norms that it could be useful. When he took it, I saw some of the questions it gave him. They were definitely high school level math and reading questions that he was getting tested on, and his score is near the ceiling of what I've read the test can accurately measure. So I'm thinking this may not be a useful one to do next year. I'm debating having him do the SAT, figuring that an out of level test might be more useful. We're not interested in talent search or GT programs. How does a middle schooler with no photo ID take the SAT? Are score reports useful? Are they still useful if it is taken on the young side by someone not profoundly gifted? He'll be studying geometry next year, if that makes a difference. Are there other standardized tests that I should look into?
  12. You can get unit 1 to preview at this site:
  13. I think the pace of the online AoPS PreA class would be too fast for her, and she likes having me as a teacher. Unless you were just referring to Alcumus as the online portion. I know Alcumus does some review, but I'm not sure it is frequent enough to keep things remembered. Does review come up more often if you work to green instead of blue before moving to the next topic? I'm looking for her PreA work to solidify elementary math and boost her confidence while preparing her for Algebra. At this point I'm not sure if AoPS Algebra or Jacob's Algebra will be a better fit for her. If one could go from TT PreA to Jacobs or AoPS Algebra, I'd be willing to do it.
  14. My daughter is good at math, but is also good at forgetting if she doesn't use something. A quick review brings it back, but she gets discouraged that she has to have the review in the first place. Right now she's working in Beast Academy 5C. I'm looking ahead to Pre-Algebra. I think she could handle AOPS Pre-A, but I'm also thinking she might gain more confidence if we do a spiral pre-algebra program. Other than Saxon, what spiral Pre-A programs are out there? ETA: I don't want an online or video based curriculum; I prefer a textbook, workbook, or other physical resource.
  15. I plan on using Conceptual Integrated Science Explorations (Hewitt, etc) next year with my son. It's, unfortunately, out of print, but used copies are still easy enough to find.
  16. So what would be different about this compared to just programming python on a normal computer?
  17. I like Summarized Bible: OT: NT:
  18. My son has an enjoys playing with his arduino. He's interested in getting a Raspberry Pi. Other than the fact that it exists, I don't know much about it. What does it do? What does he need to get started with it? Anything you want to share or resources you can point me to?
  19. I talked to my doctor, and she's good with me switching from 50k D twice a week to two 5000 every day to see if that improves my symptoms. What brands do people recommend for 5000 IU D3?
  20. So let's say that I do have some undetected genetic issue that can cause B vitamin issues. Isn't the B-right formula one that would be ok with that?
  21. It won't let me see the article without a login. What is it about?
  22. My D level is 16. The last time I had taken this dose, eight weeks brought my D up by 20 from where it was, so I know this form and dose works for me. My MTHFR result was homozygous normal, no mutation on either copy of the gene. For T4, they gave me both the free T4 number and the range, and mine was in the range.
  23. I'm taking the large dose of D to get my levels up. The plan after that is to take more frequent smaller doses. I'm in an area of the country where it's likely I'm low on D due to lack of sun. No vitamin K. The MTHFR testing was by my doctor many years ago by my doctor. I think there was only one gene tested?
  24. My TSH and free T4 have been tested, but not my free T3. The TSH and T4 were normal (numbers given, in normal range). My adrenal hasn't been tested. I just finished my period, so it's not that. My depression has had hormonal fluctuations in the past, and I'm at a point in my cycle where I'm typically OK. As for being weepy, it's at a point on my personal depression scale that is worse that I have been, but not my recent worst. Before I started medication, I was worse than weepy, where the depression was affecting my day to day functioning. I have had MTHFR testing, don't have it. If something was missed, the vitamin I'm taking is this one, which is supposed to be OK for MTHFR. I've been on this form of D before, and it didn't cause issues then. It's a 50k D, twice a week.
  25. Is it possible for taking vitamins to make depression worse? I got my vitamin D level tested, and I'm deficient. I've started taking a mega dose of vitamin D along with a B-complex vitamin. It's only been a week and a half, but it feels like the depression is worse. It's been a long time since I've been weepy for no reason, but I'm on the verge of crying for no reason right now. Is this a it-gets-worse-before-it-gets-better vitamin issue? Should I stop the B-complex (my B levels weren't tested, but my doctor recommended them)? Prior to starting the vitamins, my anti-depressant has made the depression manageable where I'm melancholy sometimes, but not depressed to the point of affecting my daily function.
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