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  1. I'd totally do that if she hates spelling tests!! My daughter, weirdly, has asked for spelling tests before. But maybe that's because we don't do any actual spelling instruction and it's a change of pace!
  2. My almost 7 year is also reading at a very high level, but she’s a fairly natural speller. How badly does your 6 year old spell? We’ve just been practicing by doing our usual writing and having her ask how to spell things if she’s uncertain, then having me fix anything she misses.
  3. What does his schoolwork look like? Is he interested in any of it?
  4. It's LaTeX, which is other installed software. But then you can use the TeXeR I linked, too: would that work? No installation required.
  5. I get the sense doctors who don't specialize in it aren't super aware of it. Did they have trouble coping in college? By the way, your link led me to look up Carly Fleischmann and I had trouble figuring out what I thought of it... I have to admit, I'm a little suspicious. There don't seem to be studies about her and I haven't actually seen her type very much. And a lot of her output seems to happen when no one is watching.
  6. I do like the idea of dictation, for lots of reasons. Mostly because it exposes a child to complicated sentence structures and is a natural way to work on grammar and punctuation. Also, at some point in her life she'll probably need to take notes, so why not practice listening and writing things down? I agree about the age thing. I was actually never planning to teach her to write early, except she taught herself and then I had to focus on it, because her grip and letter formation were... about as good as you'd expect from a 4 year old. And I didn't want her to get into really bad habits. Anyway, she's still not ready to write long things, so I figured dictation can wait. I plan to do fairly minimal grammar for now, for what it's worth, although certainly parts of speech and punctuation come in handy. And we might do more as her writing gets more sophisticated. I do think being goal-oriented works well for us. Our goals this year were letter formation, spelling, and beginning punctuation and parts of speech, and for that, I didn't need dictation. Once her punctuation is better and her stamina is higher, dictation might turn out to be just the right thing for our next goal.
  7. Good points, all :-). Thinking about it, I’ll want to do it in later elementary school. I’ll have to think about whether that’s next year or later.
  8. Yeah, dictation might go better for us later. I've tried harder dictation, easier dictation, I tried letting her pick the book, I tried dictating a story she wrote that I scribed... no dice. What are the concrete benefits of dictation? I remember having to do this in school, and I didn't mind much, but I might have been a bit older.
  9. It's true that she's bright! 🙂 Also, she's the kid of two mathematicians, lol. But I've generally observed that there's a trade off between making sure that people have the basic skills to empower them to succeed and making sure that they have the level of interest to have the intrinsic motivation to succeed. And I do sometimes find that I have to let go of my bias that things need to be totally sequential and accept that sometimes we move forward without completely cementing something... as long as I'm willing to continue to work on earlier skills concurrently with the newer, more exciting stuff and don't take those earlier skills for granted. (This is an observation from a fairly wide array of teaching experiences.)
  10. These are all excellent ideas! I like your list. However, I'll say that if I forced my daughter to do nothing else until she got her up-to-ten facts down, she would have loathed math. She isn't particularly motivated by arithmetic and she really liked moving ahead with conceptual things. We were working on binary and she still had to think about some of the sums where two of the numbers are under 10. We kept drilling facts along the way (mostly we'd do quick quizzes when walking to her classes), we'd make sure to keep everything concrete and hands on (mostly with visual representations), but we also worked on base 10, and regrouping, and fill in the blank problems, and puzzles. Which is to say that I wouldn't necessarily be so rigid about the ordering :-).
  11. If you're lazy about setting this up on your computer, AoPS has a TeXeR which will compile basic LaTeX for you into a variety of formats (including PDF): They also have a LaTeX guide somewhere. I've had a functioning LaTeX installation on my computer before (I was a math graduate student and all), but I didn't feel like dealing with it this year, and I typed a lot of assignments via the TeXeR (mostly for my sister, who just graduated from high school.)
  12. Yep. Apparently, I had. Or rather, that was the default setting when I joined, I think, because I don't remember ever choosing this. Although who knows... maybe I accidentally clicked or unclicked something when joining. Problem solved! Thanks :D.
  13. Hmmm, interesting point, lol. I'll go search for that setting!
  14. I'm often on my Mac... where are they supposed to be?
  15. I keep seeing references to "siggys": is this something that only some people see? Or am I missing something?
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