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  1. Does the continued lack of formation of irregular past tense verbs in a 6 year olds' speech ring any alarm bells for anyone with experience in special education/learning difficulties? I started gently pointing them out about a month ago (when I noticed that my 3 year old said someone went, but 6 year old still says someone goed), but that does not seem to have made a difference. I have not explicitly taught her "these are irregular verbs" lessons. Both my husband and I have siblings with dyslexia and learning difficulties that went unrecognized for too long, so I want to be aware of probl
  2. We really enjoyed it for a year. We hadn't been a family that regularly scheduled movie nights, but during our pandemic year, we watched a documentary every week. Curiosity Stream was perfect for us because it was a separate platform. There were no distracting cartoons being advertised while we were picking out what documentary we wanted to watch. 🙂 That was a real plus for us. Around the time it renewed (of course), we kinda ran out of things that my kids wanted to watch (but they are 2-7, there was plenty more). I got our subscription on a sale that made it something like $12 for the y
  3. More votes for Paddington (and there are lots on Hoopla), Winnie the Pooh, and Beverly Cleary books from my 6 year old. She also loves Uncle Wiggly, Misty of Chincoteague, and James Herriot's Treasury for Children. Since your son liked the abridged version of The Secret Garden, he might enjoy a dramatized version of The Wind and the Willows. We have listened to one from the library and enjoyed it, but I don't know which version it was. My son is 8 and likes the Great Scientists, Great Inventors, etc. series from Naxos. You might see if your library has those as they aren't too scary
  4. I was just thinking about this for my kinder; she sounds a lot like your tutoring student. I have Math Speed Drill on my phone. It is not something she would choose to do on her own. 🙂 Do you have an opinion on old fashioned paper speed drills @Not_a_Number? I guess that wouldn't work for your student since you want something more engaging, but I was wondering if you would consider them a useful exercise for fluency? I'm conflicted as I did tons of paper speed drills as a kid and it was NOT effective practice with a procedural math education. As soon as I no longer had to produce, my bra
  5. That is really good to know. We also dislike the "games" that are just math practice with your mom. He liked Swim to 10 in the beginning level and he loves all the versions of Corners, but other than that, the games are not a big draw for us. I honestly think most of the time he'd rather have a worksheet for review than have to wait around for me to play a game with him. I hope Horizons goes well for you!
  6. Did you try D and that was too slow, or was C the level that was slow and you decided to switch? How was the transition to Singapore 3? Were there any topics you felt were not covered in RS C? I was toying with the idea of doing Dimensions 2B over the summer if we decide to switch because Dimensions seemed heavier on multiplication and division.
  7. Thank you, that was very helpful. Did you end up using multiple programs at once to cover those topics in different ways? He also finds some of the manipulatives frustrating in RS, but usually because he wants to do it a quicker way. 😉 He was excited about the MM topic books and picked one out. I like to mix up math once a week, so that will work really well for us to try MM out.
  8. Thank you! The age is definitely part of it. The silly mistakes are happening in every subject, not just math! I just worry about my math curriculum because it is the subject he likes the most and it is my weakest subject. Even though I have read enough that I am much more confident and enthusiastic about teaching math now (and I work ahead in his book), I dither over whether I'm choosing the best math materials every year. 🙂
  9. I'll have a 3rd grader next year. He enjoys math and it comes quickly for him. We've been using Right Start which is really the ideal program for me rather than for him. I don't have a strong math background. I read the whole level before teaching it, and I have loved teaching this program. My son has found it slow, although it seems like whenever it is at its most tedious, the program will switch topics to something he finds fun, like fractions or geometric drawing (he loved that this year). He doesn't hate the program. He also takes short standardized tests at the beginning and end of each s
  10. Thank you! Perfect timing for me as my 2nd grader has been asking for more chemistry books, and I have not been coming up with a lot.
  11. Thanks everyone for the great ideas. It is reassuring to know that we aren't the only ones who found this manipulative tricky. Thank you for all the alternate manipulative ideas and the books. On Fridays, we play math games instead of doing our regular schedule. I think she would like that Ronit Bird book, thank you for the suggestion. My daughter is 5, so we are not doing this program early. Overall RightStart A has been the perfect pace for her, and she hasn't had any major issues. This is the first time that she has been totally thrown by something. I think it was the combo of a new ma
  12. This may be too specific of a question but has anyone else had a child who struggled to understand the math balance? We have been using Right Start math. There are specific instructions in the guide to let kids struggle with this. They repeatedly say how important it is for them to discover how it works on their own...otherwise I would probably just skip it and come back later. She was able to figure out that if you have a weight on the 7 on one side, you have to balance it with a weight on the 7 on the other side. It took a lot of work but I think she mostly understands if you have a wei
  13. For those of you who are using it, did you find any good reviews? I am interested to hear how other people have used it. I have downloaded the sample at least 3 times! I am trying to put together a beginning American history for my K and 2nd, but I think we are just going to read books in roughly chronological order because I can't find what I am looking for already put together. The idea for this curriculum sounded so good, but I was concerned that (at least for the youngest grouping), there seemed to be only 3 spines, 2 of which were activity books. I know there are more books recommended in
  14. Our math curriculum (RightStart) also has calendar sections, and we sing the RS songs as well. It may be yours has a section too. I don't find that we naturally talk about time/the calendar much in our daily life. We aren't that scheduled of a family in the best of times, and of course now we are going nowhere. But I find intensive calendar/weather projects to be very dull (to me at least, I don't know about my kids!). So all I do is print out a monthly calendar (there are a lot of free options here and one of my kids really likes all the quirky "holidays" on this one). I write events/bir
  15. I had a similar experience with Classical Conversations' memory work program. I am not sure if MP's recitation work is similar to CC's, but after trying for 2 years to understand the approach and work with it, I decided not to continue with CC for next year. I hear "young kids like to memorize" in classical circles all the time, but I think the idea behind that is somewhat deformed when it turns into "children like to memorize lists of facts (which are total nonsense to them right now)". Your mileage will vary depending on your child's compliance (mine was not) and their ability/will to make
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