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  1. Oh, gosh. There are so many question marks in my head about next year. Will we be able to take classes at our local homeschooling center? Will we be vaccinated? Will the kids? Will the kids' friends' parents? What will that mean for our socializing? In terms of academics, I suppose we'll do something similar to this year. We DIY everything, and we'll keep doing it. Right now, our serious subjects are math, Russian and piano, and we do some reading aloud for history and science, as well as lazily going through BFSU when I can get it together. (I like it as a "misconception reference," tho
  2. If he can't remember how to do any algebra, I'd have him do it again, and I'm make sure he gets hands-on teaching. Algebraic concepts are pretty hard and require good understanding to use fluently.
  3. Any idea what he's confused about? I don't have any program experience, but I could troubleshoot with you.
  4. Ah yeah, those can be stressful ๐Ÿ˜ž . She's homeschooled now? Is she enjoying math at all or no? Does she find concepts easy or hard?
  5. Can you give an example of how your older kid is struggling? What's a question they'd have trouble with?
  6. Well, I'd say your bigger problem is that she hates math -- that's probably what's making her sloppy. Do you know why that is?
  7. Yeah, DD8 absolutely adores those comics. I'm not sure if she learns that much from them when she reads them for fun, but I kinda don't care. Sometimes, it's good to have things around that make math seem fun ๐Ÿ™‚.
  8. Out of curiosity, how did things change? ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. LOL. Sorry, this is totally off-topic, buI I love that visual and I can't say I disagree...
  10. Yeah, we do versions of all of these. The kids read during mealtimes and during bathroom breaks, we don't allow screens (except for Zoom classes during this COVID time), we read a LOT when they watch, and they read comics. Also, I don't assign reading. Period. We read out loud together if it's something I want us all to go through, but otherwise, reading is supposed to be for fun.
  11. You could try it as a fun supplement and see how she likes it ๐Ÿ™‚ . I agree with other posters that if she's content with how things are going and she's understanding things well, you can leave it ๐Ÿ™‚ . I'd only worry if she seems bored!
  12. Have you looked at Beast Academy? It's puzzle-based and fun for kids who find the concepts easy.
  13. Yeah, I did have a lot of trouble with that when teaching calculus. I think kids should have a good idea of what division means (hopefully more than one understanding of what division means!), and therefore should realize that dividing by a small number yields a large number. You have no idea how hard it is to talk about vertical asymptotes with kids who never internalized that you can't divide by 0 or that division by a tiny number gives a big one, lol. But sometimes, estimating winds up kind of robotic when I see it. Kids round to the nearest tenth or whatever, and then they multiply w
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