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  1. The main use is taking a lot of notes on conference calls in order to force myself to not zone out. Sometimes print sneaks in -- I think this is fairly typical when writing at speed.
  2. The "Key To..." series has a "Key to Algebra" set of 10 inexpensive workbooks with lots and lots of problems
  3. The chapters on fractions in Liping Ma's "Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics" are surprisingly clear -- terrific explanations of fractional division, for example. The book wasn't really written to teach math, rather contrasting the Chinese and American approach, but I certainly learned something here. Key to Fractions is good as far as giving a large number of different exercises, and does an OK job explaining most things, but it completely fails to explain what fractional division means - telling you how to do it, but nothing about why or when you would do it.
  4. Cursive First's method is very adaptable to older students, and their worksheets are straightforward "write this/these letters".
  5. Debating a pool membership, which would cut significantly into the Summer Camp budget. But I did see week long summer day camp on drawing dinosaurs and reptiles. There's a half day option for younger children, full day for the older. The younger kid is socially anxious to the point of selective mutism, but he loves dinosaurs and spends a lot of time drawing them. I was thinking I could send him to the half day and, as a security blanket, one of his older siblings to the full day. Hmm.
  6. The free, no-membership collegeresults.org has a really friendly interface to the federal government's IPEDS (Integrated Post-secondary Education Dataset), which includes SAT and ACT (including 25th & 75th percentile scores) under admissions and allows easy comparisons between different institutions. (SAT is under "admissions".) The slightly less-friendly IPEDS website also has this information, sometimes a bit more updated than the information you find on collegeresults. https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/find-your-college
  7. The local schools are terrible, coasting off high SES parents and an abundance of tutoring centers. I wish we could home school but my partner refuses, so we afterschool. Singapore Math a couple days a week, handwriting one or two days a week, and then lots of reading around bedtime, especially when they're first learning. I ensure a steady feed of history and "quality" children's lit showing up on our bookshelves, and do my best to interest them in it.
  8. I came here to say what ElizabethB did about the McGuffey's - I follow the exactly the same approach with my son. The physical books are quite inexpensive - the series is long out of copyright and has been reasonably popular for over a hundred years, so buying a used copy is likely cheaper than printing them out if you decide to go that route. I've heard good things about Michael Clay Thompson's vocabulary series - Building Language (grades 3-4), Caesar's English I, and Caesar's English II, but I can't speak to it from experience yet.
  9. The links for "these pencils" and "this book" didn't come through. Could you re-post them, please?
  10. If you sell or donate them, write down their names. When I was low on shelf space many years ago, I did a major purge, and I wish I knew what some of those books might have been.
  11. I know it's not what you asked... but one thing I have seen suggested for children with letter formation problems is to switch to cursive, one of the principal advantages being the kid doesn't have to unlearn their old, bad way of doing things. My second grader is working with an OT on his manuscript handwriting right now. She was very helpful in the initial diagnosis - similar to PeterPan's kid, a large portion of his issues were related to his lack of physical strength and endurance. Remediation for these issues has helped improve his writing a lot, even though his baseline skills are
  12. The only suggestion I have is that you document which books you donate -- I used not to do this and now I wish I knew what some of those books were. The tax system now strongly urges this anyway.
  13. Not sure how unusual you're son's behavior is, per the crowd. But it also might be worth trying a sport like baseball, which pretty much forces participation and has a bit more coach direction. "Bob! Pick up the ball and throw it to 1st base!"
  14. Hits: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. Rough going at the start, but DD5 has really cottoned on to it. All you people who get your children through in 15 minutes have my respect, though - takes waaaay more time for us. xtramath.org - DS7 enjoys this greatly. I think it's helping, and it's nice to have something for which I can just plonk him in front. Misses: Pentime. I admire it, and wish it was working, but I think (among other things) I need a teacher's manual for me and a *lot* more practice pages for the kids.
  15. I'm an afterschooler, so my plans are likely to be overtaken by events. SOTW 1: We read alternating paragraphs at bedtime. Kills three birds with one stone: history for him, history for his younger sister, and helps me work explicitly on his reading. Pentime 1B: Handwriting. Will either progress to 2 or circle back to 1A. He's so very, very bad at this. Singapore Math 2A/B, also Xtramath. I set up an account for him on a mac that autolocks after 30 minutes; if he's been good he can do a set of xtramath practices and then watch a video or play an allegedly educational game. He'll be p
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