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  1. Evan Moor and Critical Thinking Co have Daily Paragraph Editing and Editor in Chief. They're paragraphs though.
  2. Whay are the issues? BA is pretty tough and conceptual... So what are the areas he's having trouble with? Or are you just wanting a program that properly explains every problem before they're presented? (If so, I don't recommend Math Mammoth)
  3. I will likely buy level 5 for my 6th grader as extra practice and review. She loves the look of TGATB, and I think the fun and pretty exercises will work well for her to do on her own. I'll probably buy for my 2nd grader too, just because I buy all the things and why not.
  4. My will be 2nd grader is in a Spanish immersion school, so she'll be doing that most of the day, but I'm mean and do work with her after school and during breaks. So her load is lighter compared to a fully homeschooled kid. LA- TGATB 2, but will likely break into Killgallon and FLL1 as well, along with Syllables Spell Success for English phonics. Tons of reading and read alouds. I want to transition her to chapter books and away from audiobooks. Handwriting - Evan Moor Math - Start BA3, wherever she is after summer. Science - if she wants extra science, I'll figure it ou
  5. Also, their placement tests allow for a 75% score to move on if I remembre. It's encouraging because other programs want mastery to move on, so you get mostly too easy material mixed with 1 troubled area.
  6. I agree with MM. Weirdly, it's tough and high concept, but I have a 5th grader too (in progress ADD/dyslexia diagnosis) who is thriving with it doing it 2x a week for 30 min. at her tested level. It's behind her other program, but the one on one reinforcement has been great. We are doing it alongside Teaching Textbooks, also with Prodigy and ST Math. (She likes TT! It is an easier program, as in it doesn't explore theory or expect kids to understand what or why just hHOW to do it) It's a lot of math.... but she has such a hard time remembering what she learns. She can DO the alg
  7. I've found Saxon as PDF downloads online easily. Mostly by googling Saxon whatever PDF
  8. I can't believe I've already planned out next year, but this is what I hope for: Latin - Lively Latin Math - Finish up TT7 by Oct, then TT PreA, also MM6, Prodigy, and ST Math 6 Writing - IEW, with some WWS1 here and there, and Killgallon elementary History - Bookshark G Ancients Lit - Bookshark G readers, read alouds, and whatever random read alouds I pick to do in addition. She doesn't read herself on level, so I read aloud or do audio books for her. Spelling - Sequential Spelling 2 and Spelling You See F Grammar - Fix It 1 or GFTWTM, I'll try both and se
  9. I like it for my not mathy kid. She does well, but it teaches the way I (and likely you) were taught in public school. So it's not strong in explaining why math is done the way it is, it just teaches you the method. For example, you're just shown the algorithm for doing long division - not why it works. So my kid can do long division in her sleep, but not explain why it works in any capacity. That's fine with me, but might not be for you. Also, you have to adjust the grading settings imo to get an honest look at how they're doing. It's set at getting 2 chances per problem, which let
  10. YouTube lectures to listen to. Usually they'll be community college courses, but for Economics it's likely all the same. Just search the specific topic and go. Books can be so dry, but if you have someone teaching it to you it's much easier, and college courses are mostly lectures - so all audio. For his future - I think now with recordings, YouTube, all the tech, there're so many more options than that generic talk to text speech. There will be a lot of online lectures and info to listen to over and over until he can either write down his thoughts as notes or recite them in his he
  11. Yes, thank you so much for all your advice and knowledge. I knew something was off and was brushed off by her teachers and I failed to advocate for her when I still felt like things were off. Good news, she's capable of discussing what is and isn't an issue, and I think you're on to something with her eyes. I talked to her today about how she seems to have an easier time reading and understanding her science book than her chapter book, and asked if she preferred one over the other or something. She told me she likes the big letters. Guys, the science font is huge, early reader font. She c
  12. Isn't TGATB in the process of redeveloping their curriculum too? Idk what level you'd want, but they are selling their stock of k-3, and developing their 4pt2 and plan on selling that single issue and then it's done. I think they plan on having an entirely new curriculum in 2022 for all levels. Just in case you don't want to start something you can't continue. I have TGATB 2 and 3 I bought like, 2 months ago bc my 6yo hated MUS. She loves BA and she's flying through and weirdly able to apply what she knows when I give her more conventional math worksheets. We supplement
  13. I haven't finished reading but you are SO right. I did call about an eval and got a referral, so this ball is rolling. You are SO right, so far my only argument against meds has been "what if we could manage without" - literally I didn't even think of drug side effects, I was concerned about me feeling like a failure for not being able to alter the chemical makeup in my kid's CSF instead of thinking to weigh results of her on meds vs. side effects of her on meds. I can get them, and see how she does after a month. I'm a self centered fool, thanks for spelling it out that this isn't about
  14. Thank you for responding! We did the MWIA and she scored 19%, which I found interesting because her accuracy was great and until I did the calculations I assumed she was a-okay. I'm willing to dive in and give a month or so to strictly phonics instruction. You mentioned refraining from outside reading, could you elaborate for me what counts as outside reading? Should I just read her personal stories aloud to her, or do I need to also read all directions/instructions/etc. so the only interaction she has with words is within the phonics program? Second and final question, how mu
  15. I don't remember where I found it, but I saw a unit study on dragons someone was doing somewhere, and a huge portion of it ended up being tied to the Middle Ages and then in comparison to the ancient Chinese dragons. Dragon folklore and symbolism and yada yada. It was cool though, enough that I remember it now! Cool things in Asia during this time were Ghengis Khan and even the rise of Japanese feudalism and the super cool samurais! Not to mention, gunpowder and mass printing was invented during this time. Why did Europe struggle with advancement while Asia did not? Hmm my mind is working
  16. Thanks for responding, I'm reading through these now myself. I should clarify that I'm not actually a foster or adoptive parent. She's my neice who we took from my in laws to raise as ours when she was almost 5 due to their inadequate care. There's been no custody or social services, we just decided we could and would raise her, and that's been that. It's an uncommon situation, and figured foster or adopted parents would have similar struggles, but we are not either. If you don't mind me asking some questions about your choice to medicate. The ones you haven't bothered to, I'm ass
  17. What resources have you used for nonsense words? I usually see just a lost of words but no plan. We did Phonics Pathways over the summer, but that doesn't have nonsense words - that's probably how she was able to do it all pretty easily.
  18. Elizabeth, I have actually worked through some of your materials (the syllable success one we did twice, most recently last April and saw a big improvement!), and I had done the MWIA test before and the results weren't super off last time, so I'm going to reissue it now because things seem to have gotten worse. When we first found your site, I wasn't even considering homeschool I just wanted to catch her up to reading on level, and it would be 2 years later that I end up here. Crazy what a small world it is. She phonetically can sound words out well, her main issue with fluency is she cha
  19. No, public school didn't fail her. Her POS birth parents who abandoned her after birth with elderly relatives who neglected her did. She didn't even have PBS to fall back on, she was minimally interacted with and played candy crush most of the day. I didn't read the rest of your post yet because that really bothered me. Even though her teachers blew me off, it wasn't the school. I didn't advocate for her hard enough when she was young, mostly because I didn't know what the hell I was doing. She will be returning to public school, I think that's the best fit for our family and goals
  20. Okay, I know I'll receive some side eyes off the bat, but I have no network of people to ask. I'm newish the to parent thing, and this is the only responsive group I know of, so work with me. How do you approach your children who are consistently behind? I have a 10yo DD (5th grade) who came to us at 5, unable to count or sing the alphabet. She was in public school until last year, and we've been homeschooling exclusively this year because I felt it would benefit her to have 1 on 1 teaching (with me) and the public school is distand learning. However, K-4 she's been behind (I'd say
  21. We do a lot of fried rice and stir fry and such. Basically a lot of Asian inspired dinners. I use shelled edamame, tofu, or a meat subsititue for the protein, and add in the sliced, cooked meat for my son and husband who "need" meat. This is the most comprehensive list, and I do a lot of this myself. I also do burrito bowls, with rice, beans, roasted corn/onions/peppers, guac, and salsa. Add chicken or beef for thise who want it. So, so good. The idea of making separate dishes, like casseroles seems so cumbersome tbh!
  22. Beside the girl just wanting to go to the pub, https://youtu.be/soI0q3CBliE I really love the little boy who refuses to be on the naughty list, https://youtu.be/AFZOakF5Yhc
  23. Me too. Her one about wanting to go to the pub is my favorite video ever.
  24. They recently redid TGATB level 4, it's more cohesive and adds more writing. Worth looking at.
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