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  1. Commenting only on the "fun program" part, not on the "looking at the keyboard" part of your post. I'm having the same problem with my DS, new 6th grader, not much typing skill progress despite grade, but we don't stick to programs very well in the past. We've started "Typesy" this school year. It's paid, they make you buy a few licenses for homeschool, so I'm doing the lessons on my account as well: My son responds to competition. Lots of lessons, points system, lots of games that you unlock by earning points. The system tells you your typing and accuracy speed all the time. I myself sometimes skip through the little "Use your homerow keys" cutesy videos, but my son watches them, which is the main thing.... It also has lots of built in courses for Common Core grade level words, which I plan to use to improve his spelling. (His spelling really needs improvement.) Parent-administration account also has lots of reporting, which is mainly what I wanted, to make sure we keep doing it every day, and to map improvement..... we somehow stop using a free typing program way too quickly.... Anyways, just throwing it out there.
  2. This is all I've noticed recently, wrt decimal operations at the Grade 4/5 level. You could think about SplashLearn, which is iOS and Android. You can try out the games in a browser. Subscription, but a person could just buy a month. Noticed it while looking for metric conversion games.... I don't have a subscription myself, and I don't know that much per se about the program. https://www.splashlearn.com/decimal-games As a lesser option, Doodle Maths has decimal drills/questions. It's also subscription at the level where you can customize the assignment to be decimals. (Otherwise it is adaptive, and has some reduced questions available a day that the app will chose for you.) My son is currently doing a subscription to Doodle Maths. It's a fun way to improve speed and accuracy. https://doodlelearning.com/
  3. Wanted to mention that Spectrum Language Arts is a good resource to consider, if you end up needing other at grade level options. (I have a different level that we're just about to start, and we've done Grade 3 Spectrum phonics thoroughly.) Pages have color, illustrations. If challenging at grade level, you could try the level below. Grade 1 might be appropriate. https://www.amazon.com.au/Spectrum-Language-Arts-Grade-1/dp/1483812057
  4. Just a thought, I haven't bought this book yet, but will in my next order (I save up to get to free shipping). Your question reminded me of it, the sample pages look interesting: https://www.criticalthinking.com/mastering-logic-math-problem-solving-book.html
  5. Not sure about availability in Australia, but I wish I had known about Voyages in English a few years ago. To see some sample pages: https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/068322/Voyages-in-English-2018-Grade-1-Student.html? Evan Moor Language Fundamentals is also a good resource, if available. They preview all of their pages online, so you can see the fit. We're rather thoroughly doing the Grade 3 of this as well. Available as an e-book. https://www.evan-moor.com/language-fundamentals-grade-1-teacher-reproducibles-print
  6. Another thought I had was an Epsilon Math Camp recommendation (I got it from their website, we don't attend or intend to....) for Douglas Downing's book, E-Z Algebra. I bought it based on their recommendation, and it tells stories and as a part of the narrative, the characters start to solve algebraic concepts. So it's not a formal, teach you a concept, now do a bunch of questions, instead the concepts unfold. https://www.amazon.com/E-Z-Algebra-Douglas-Downing/dp/0764142577/
  7. Not sure it's a complete fit, but you could have a look at CTC's Algebra Word Problems Book 1. I own it, it concentrates on getting the student to set up the problems, it's pretty much only problem based. There's a Book 2 as well, I don't own that. https://www.criticalthinking.com/algebra-word-problems-book-1-ebook.html https://www.amazon.com/Algebra-Word-Problems-Book-1/dp/0894557998 Edit: Adding example page, Page 1. CTC's sample page not representative, IMO. All the beginning pages walk the students step by step through solving problems. Algebra Word Probs - Page 1.pdf
  8. Very, very interesting, I'd forgotten that Mark Twain publishing has interactive notebooks for upper elementary - middle school. They look very accessible. You can see part of the TOC at Rainbow Resources, so it definitely covers some chemistry: https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/004655/Interactive-Notebook-Physical-Science.html?
  9. Well, I said I "owned" it, which unfortunately doesn't mean we've done it (.... a different problem.....) My argument is that my son is a rising 6th grader, so it's part of my plan for this year. I only own the workbook, not the software package, as far as I can tell software activation had to happen by end of 2020, Dimensions Science has been discontinued. Science Fusion is what they have available now for K-8. Rainbow Resource link to Science Dimension module A where it details activation date I do have quite a substantial collection of middle school science interactive worktexts, however. HMH Science Fusion covers chemistry in the "Matter and Energy" worktext, about 3/4 of the book is chemistry, so it's a bit misnamed IMO. The Dimensions Chemistry is probably a bit clearer, photos are full color and pages are less cluttered. You made me curious, so I've been looking, and the clearest, most accessible language for middle school chemistry would seem to be in the McDougal Littell Science Interactive Reader "Focus on Physical Sciences." Font size is enlarged, the lexile rating is probably at or below a Basher book (fortunately without the humor....) I've attached a scanned sample page from McDougal Littell, but if you have a topic your son is expressly interested in, I could scan a relevant page so you could see if it would work. Here it is on Amazon, very reasonably priced: https://www.amazon.com/McDougal-Littell-Science-Physical-InterActive/dp/0618908145 McDougall Littell Chem Page sample.pdf
  10. As a suggestion, you could buy a middle school chemistry consumable and get him to cut out the interesting pictures, like this. That way he can augment his dictionary/grid book. This type of book is meant to be used up in any case, and you could just ignore the text in the places where it gets a bit at middle school grade level -- in general, it's not that challenging. I own this book. It's full color with interesting photos. Amazon link, reasonable price: Student Edition Module J Grades 6-8 2018: Chemistry (Science Dimensions): HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT: 9780544861022 Here is the (now discontinued) full package on Rainbow Resource so you can see a sample photo, last preview page. I'm just suggesting the student consumable book.... https://www.rainbowresource.com/product/045175/Science-Dimensions-Homeschool-Package-Module-J-Grades-6-8-Chemistry.html
  11. Critical Thinking sells iOS and Android apps and Windows/Mac software for their MindBenders series. Haven't tried digital versions, but really like the books. Scroll down the page. https://www.criticalthinking.com/mind-benders.html Building Thinking Skills is available on Windows/Mac, again scroll down. Haven't tried the software, really like the books. https://www.criticalthinking.com/building-thinking-skills.html
  12. You could supplement with the multi-media from the American Chemical Society's Middle School curriculum (free). (You might already know about it, I'm just mentioning it for posterity-thread-reader....) https://www.middleschoolchemistry.com/
  13. I'll throw this out as a suggestion, it's not a curriculum, but very fun, no reading. I believe the workbook shows pictures of the little block animals. My son loved this and we kept it until Grade 3 or something, I eventually gave it to a local ps Kindergarten teacher. Sold on Amazon as well, lots of reviews. Anyways, just in case you don't know about it.... https://www.fatbraintoys.com/toy_companies/fat_brain_toy_co/inchimals.cfm
  14. I have a couple of suggestions for books that could be used as spines. Background: Both my husband and I have bachelor's degrees in Computing Sciences and in my last position, I was a technical architect. My husband set up an IDE for my son last year-ish so that my son could write his first Hello World in Java, but we haven't gotten back to it in quite a while.... 2020 and 2021..... DK's Help Your Kids with Computer Coding: Scratch and Python mini-projects, true or false, data types, strings, loops. Written to be very accessible. https://www.amazon.com/Help-Computer-Coding-Step-Step/dp/1465477322/ DK's Help Your Kids with Computer Science - topics like binary, what is hardware, etc. It's written to be very accessible. https://www.amazon.com/Help-Your-Kids-Computer-Science/dp/1465473602/ I've also seen this one, but I don't own it: I think my son already understands the topics in it, he's relatively advanced in Scratch. Another DK book: https://www.amazon.com/Coding-Games-Scratch-Step-Step/dp/1465477330/
  15. I second Scott Foresman for secular and mainstream America-focused social studies. My son's private school used it, and I own a copy for home. Here is Grade 3: https://www.amazon.com/Scott-Foresman-Social-Studies-Grade/dp/0328075701/ Also secular and mainstream, and including a bit more world geography (e.g. hot springs in New Zealand) Evan-Moor has a full color workbook in their "Skill Sharpeners" series, which we also own. We do a page daily, I like the bite-sized articles. Pages are perforated. You can preview all or most of the pages online: https://www.evan-moor.com/skill-sharpeners-geography-grade-3-activity-book
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