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  1. Thank you for these suggestions. I will check them out!
  2. Great question and point. I don't think he is doing much of organizing or outlining in his writing. It just seems that the act of writing just does not seem that natural to him. I have downloaded the treasured conversations and have been meaning to get started. I have been trying to tell him that writing is simply writing down one's thoughts and words. He does speak well and cohesively. Thx. for your response.
  3. Thank you so much for sharing this, which I find it particularly helpful as it is based on a real experience. The main takeaways for me are: improvement in writing takes practice (just like anything) and it make take a while. My kids too are STEM-oriented, esp. the older one. However, I genuinely have been surprised by the level of writing skills in my second son, esp. in relation to his other skills in other areas like math, reading comprehension, vocabulary, etc. I have relied on his school education thus far, but it seems that just like math I need to work with him at home on his wr
  4. Great points. However, my older son in 6th grade seemed to have had much easier time with essays and writing in general when he was in 4th grade. I suppose every kid is different. I thought kid's writing can and does improve depending on how much they read. What do you think about this? My older son was and remains a voracious reader; my second son, less so.
  5. It sounds like Treasured Conversations might be a good program for my son. We will give it a try. Thx. so much for the tip!
  6. Would appreciate any tips or suggestions as to how I could help my 4th grade son to improve in writing. He has been an advanced student thus far -- ie. gifted program, top 1% on several standard tests like Cogat, ITBS, etc. However, when he began to practice for the writing portion (short essay to a prompt) of the SSAT, I started to notice that his writing could use a lot of improvement! His sentences are mostly very brief, lacking details, and do not connect to one another. For practice, I tried to have him write about random topics, but the result has been similar. It seems t
  7. Thank you square_25 for your response. My son dose ask a ton of questions for help when it comes to challenging and writing problems in certain weeks, esp. in intro to cp. And btw, my son goes to a private day school. Since you have mentioned precalc, I am wondering how the AoPS precalc class compares to intermediate algebra class in terms of difficulty. It seems that both intermediate algebra and precal are excellent classes, esp. for those students who are studying for AIME.
  8. Thank you for your response. However, my hunch is that as the classes become more advanced (intermediate level and beyond), the help offered from online class may become more helpful or even necessary, esp. for younger students who are trying to learn advanced materials. For example, my son is in intro to geo online currently. He was self-studying the geo book on his own, but he is currently stuck in chapter 7, although I think given enough time he can still do chapter 7 on his own. Glad that he will have the online class to help him when they hit chapter 7 in a couple of weeks. So,
  9. Unfortunately, at intermediate level, I don't think I can be of much help. Even in majority of intro classes to be honest, I have not been of much help to my son in spite of my engineering background. This is precisely one of my main concerns: the more advanced the class gets, the more help my son would need from the AoPS resources offered via online class.
  10. Is it correct to think that the online class could be more helpful with more advanced classes (e.g. intermediate classes and beyond)? My son has taken following online classes: prealgebra b, intro to algebra a & b, intro to cp, and currently intro to geometry. However, for financial reasons, I am asking him to study the intermediate algebra and other intermediate classes/books on his own in the future. While I like to think that he can successfully study these classes/books on his own (since he has been pretty good at being an independent learner thus far), I cannot help but feel tha
  11. I am considering enrolling my sons for the couple of Language Arts classes at a local AoPS academy for the summer: Mock Trial class for the rising 6th grader and Elementary School Book Club or Creative Writing class for a rising 4th grader. Two-weeks, three-hour day classes are available for just under $700, which I find pretty reasonable. My kids has had very good experiences with AoPS math classes thus far -- both online and at academy. Although I am inclined to believe pretty much all AoPS classes are high quality, I still like to hear from folks whose kids have taken these or oth
  12. Couple of comments: 1. I heard a lot of good things about AoPS contest prep classes including mathcounts classes (basic and advanced) from the students who actually took the classes on AoPS forum. Although motivated students could just do old tests, which are readily available for free, I believe the class can make the learning easier and more fun. My son took several AoPS classes, and he was in an AMC 10 class before dropping it to enroll at an AoPS academy class. He pretty much enjoyed them all. You can search for more related info on AoPS website including the forum. 2
  13. Thank you everyone for sharing your experiences and suggestions, all of which I appreciate. Just to make one thing clear, I believe the 4.5 hr. class that my son and I have recently attended already provided my son more info than what the school will do. It was pretty comprehensive! I even learned some new things. Also, I am not too worried about "potential backlash" of opting out. My son's school puts huge emphasis on building a community and appreciating and promoting diversity. There are only 34 kids in 5th grade, and they are already pretty tight with one another. But,
  14. My 5th grade son goes to a private day school on the West Coast. He has been very happy with almost all aspects of his new school this year; however, I have come to learn that soon all 5th graders will be taught "puberty" material that are quite explicit and detailed beyond the comfort level of our family. We are a Christian family holding onto "abstinence until marriage" viewpoint.I am just wondering how other families might have handled a situation like this. If at all possible, I would like him to opt out of the class when they go over such material.My son and I recently attended a 4.5 hr "
  15. Forgot to add one more thing. RE your concern about proofs, I think writing problems that are part of online class can be a very valuable teaching tool for students. The AoPS staff take grading very seriously and provide very detailed yet encouraging and helpful comments, all of which I believe and hope will strengthen my son's proof-writing skills down the road. As a matter of fact, one parent strongly advised me to take online classes mainly for the writing problems.
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