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About JABarney

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    Retired Paramedic, Homeschooling mom to twins.
  1. I am homeschooling twins and I find that even though they are working on the same curriculum, they each develop the cognitive skills to allow them to do the work (any work) at their own unique pace. I have learned to trust that like the curve on the pediatricians growth chart, they will each continue on their personal curve with regards to academics. When something was amiss, or they are off their curve, we investigate and get the extra support if needed. Similar to learning about child development, I would like to learn what the norm is, developmentally, for children learning to write. Ie;
  2. My current plan is to move to WWS when he can independently write a short (3-5 sentence) summary of a brief passage. So if it takes the whole book, that is ok with me. I do believe in getting the foundations strong before moving on like in other subjects such as math; otherwise we will be setting ourselves up for a tougher road later on. I need to read through WWS a bit more, (looks fantastic though!!) but I want to make sure that frustration is kept to a minimum while still challenging him to grow in his writing. My problem is that I feel like I have nothing to compare my dc's writing t
  3. I am looking for feedback on this; in particular regarding if he appears to be on track for a homeschooler following WTM style education. (NOT public school standards) We are on week 8 of WWE 4 after realizing that we needed extra work on narrations prior to starting WWS 1. So we are doing the narrations only and with the prompting questions, making some light 'notes' together, then finally having him write down the sentences that he has narrated to me orally; lot's of 'chunking' it down right now! Here is today's exercise as exactly written by him: The last sentence he added on his own
  4. Hi; I see nobody has answered you yet, so I will just share our experience. I bought this over a year ago now (they were only 8) and it was slow going at first. I did not assign anything but rather set the time they needed to work on it for 15 min a session. That turned out to be too much so I lowered it to 10 min and they had to do it every day for a while. I did supervise at first to make sure they had the correct finger placement though. We then stopped using it for several months and have recently started back up with it. Now that they are older, they seem have more patience and it seems
  5. Hi; I have spent countless hours researching math curriculum to the point where I am now experiencing the joys and agony of solving algebraic problems in my sleep! You see, I am attempting to plan out our homeschooling math progression after grade 6 (yes we are only in grade 4) and like many other 'good' homeschooling moms, I found myself researching as veraciously as I did when researching car seats and toddler safety! It's exhausting yes, but also quite fun in a geeky sort of way I could have never predicted only a few short years ago. Finally, after much resistance due to my "I can 'out-ed
  6. Hi, I have been off the boards for a while, but holding my breath here..... is there some form of ALL that is available?! I would LOVE it! Thanks.
  7. I can see where jumping in to the program when you have not used it from the beginning could get quite frustrating! Singapore Primary Math is a program that builds upon itself with its mathematical thinking and I know my dc would have likely struggled had we not started from the beginning-because I would have struggled. Have you considered backing up at all? I think you were wanting more pick up and go though, so perhaps it is not the program for you. What are your math goals for your dc? Do you want basic competency? Excellence? I know getting clear about my goals has helped me tremendously w
  8. Hi; While I do not know of any phonics programs that actually help with visual tracking, I can quickly offer our experience. My DD at age 4 and 5 (9.5 now and reading 8th and 9th grade level) had difficulty with visual tracking and it was only because she was so dramatically 'behind' her twin brother with reading that I took her to a developmental eye specialist. (pediatrician thought I was being over zealous) She did indeed have a VT problem! I cannot remember the name of the program he gave us, but it had TONS of visual tracking exercises and after several months of hard work, things impro
  9. OK, so I have humbly hit a wall! Yikes! Singapore Primary Math Challenging word problems book 3 page 8 # 13 and then again page 10 #19. The sum of A and B is 5215 greater than C. C is 1833 less than A. What is B? How do I teach this NON algebraically? Also: Jason and Bob have 193 marbles altogether. Bob has 47 fewer marbles fewer than Jason. If Jason gives 15 marbles to Bob, how many more marbles will Jason have than Bob? Again, how do I teach a solution that is non-algebra? Hopefully this is much simpler than I am realizing.... or else I am in trouble the rest of this book
  10. :lurk5: just purchased Sentence Composing for Elementary School and Story Grammar for Elementary School. After a quick preview, I think this will be an AMAZING help for my dc. Also looking to see how folks use them - scheduling, pace, what should be expected etc. We are finished with WWE 3 and FLL3 and plan to start level 4 next fall. I will use Killgallon until then!
  11. Playing with water was fun, but has gotten old as we did the metric measurements first. 'gallon man' PERFECT. They will easily remember that. It even made me smile!! I can have them create their own creature too. Thanks a million!
  12. We are using Singapore Math - LOVE it - and mostly think with the metric system even though we reside in the US. Length, weight/mass have gone smoothly when teaching the imperial/English method, but now that we are on volume, it really is a pain. Seeing our country will not likely switch to metric anytime soon, does anyone have any fun ideas for teaching oz., c., pt., qt., gal? (games, small workbooks, web sites) Thanks. I know we will get it if we just keep plugging away at it, but this teacher does not have the patience and my dislike of our system shows! :)
  13. Hi; We do not pretest here either. We do every list and every workbook activity - except the writing at the end of the lesson. They test on the entire list every week and some times the lists are easier than others. It is a good break and I find the easy lists or easy words on some lists give them feelings of success to keep them motivated. We just started SWO E and have loved the program here.
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