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  1. No, neither of my children had any trouble with long division.
  2. Take a look at Beast Academy 5. It might suit your needs. If you think it’s too basic, move directly to AoPS pre-algebra.
  3. My kids went to preschool, but have never been to school past that, so our situation isn't exactly what you were talking about. I was worried about butting heads with my daughter when we started homeschooling, and I won't lie -- it was a problem our first year. I felt like we spent all of our time working out how to work together, and not so much time learning. And yet, when it came time to prepare my portfolios for the twice-annual homeschool reviews we do here, I found that we'd actually gotten quite a lot done. Since then, things have been much improved. I really credit homeschool
  4. My son was a dawdler last year in first grade, and with some things it helped a lot if I did the work with him. For example, when he did handwriting practice, it went better if I sat with him and wrote all of the same things over and over for however long it took him to finish. Having me doing the work too kept him working efficiently. Also, if he didn't finish his work during school time, I didn't let school time drag on all day and keep us from our activities, because then his inability to focus would be negatively impacting me and his sister. Instead, if all of his work wasn't done
  5. Thanks everyone for your input. I appreciate it. Dropping German really isn't an option. Dropping *English* right now is more likely than dropping German. :) He reads nonsense words quite well, and doesn't have significant trouble reading words in isolation. There are many things listed on the page of signs mom2samlibby linked that don't apply to him, and some that do. I'll be continuing to pay attention to what's going on with him, and see how things go in the next few months. If I don't see substantial improvement, I will definitely consider getting him evaluated. I have r
  6. Just to follow up, I decided that this sounded fairly normal, and for the most part we will continue on as we have been until he is a little older. After looking at some techniques used in different programs, I decided that something they do in Apples and Pears would probably be helpful for him. They provide a string of letters, in which a spelling word is embedded. The kid is supposed to trace along underneath the line of letters until they have found the spelling word, make a loop to circle it, and then continue on to see if it comes up again. It seems helpful because it requires th
  7. I don't have a clear idea what the differences are between these tests, but I administer the Iowa at home every year. It's very easy to do at home, as long as you can create interruption-free times to do it. Each section isn't very long.
  8. I used this with my daughter during second and third grades. It was easy to implement and felt productive for us. We also used Evan-Moor's Daily Language Review. She liked the workbook-type approach of both of these programs. I always viewed this as a temporary measure -- something to do for language arts during that particular season of our homeschooling journey, rather than as a long-term strategy.
  9. Thanks Ellie, I have not looked at Spalding in years, I will revisit it. I also appreciate your reassurance that perhaps I do not need to worry about this just yet. I have no attachment to Book Shark's LA program; I just figured we'd try it this year since we are using their history program.
  10. My son, who is about to turn 8, has significant challenges with spelling (and to a lesser extent with reading, but I think the two are related). Up to this point, I have mostly taken a wait-and-see approach. I wanted to see what would happen with his spelling as he became a more fluent reader, even though I suspected he was going to have challenges with spelling. Now, though, I am wondering if I should keep doing that, or if I should take some kind of action. Here is the situation: Writing * He hates the physical act of writing. He also does not enjoy drawing. It's better wi
  11. My favorite curricula are Singapore Math, Einsterns Schwester 1 (this is a first grade reading and writing curriculum for German; it's not a language-learning curriculum, so only relevant for kids who already speak German), and Evan-moor Daily Language Review. Those three things have worked for both of my kids, though not always in the same way or for the same reasons.
  12. When I considered buying the CC edition, my plan was to create my own solutions manual. My husband also volunteered to do it.
  13. We go on a lot of field trips, but only as a family or with one other family (and not necessarily a homeschooling family -- could be out of town guests, grandparents, etc.). Generally speaking, we only call them field trips as a joke -- for the most part, it's just a trip to a museum, historic site, or concert. I don't make the kids write about it, and we go on lots of "field trips" with no specific connection to our course of study. For example, last weekend my daughter spent a couple of hours exploring drawer upon drawer of bones, fur, stuffed birds, insects, etc. in the natural his
  14. I've actually been enjoying Book Shark's Language Arts program this year. I'm using the 2nd and 3rd grade editions with my 2nd and 4th graders. My older child and I are using their 3rd grade program, rather than the 4th grade program, because I'm using Reading with History 3. I thought it made sense to keep my older child's LA correlated with the History level. It would have been much too difficult for my second grader, and is at quite a good level for my fourth grader. I have never used Sonlight's Language Arts program, but my understanding is that it was heavily revised when creating B
  15. This is the exact reason why I *didn't* buy the Common Core versions this year. I decided to stick with the US Edition because I was tired of solving all of my older child's math problems (often more than once for the same problem, since I didn't take notes about what the answer had been the first time...), and I could get a cheap answer key. I'll be interested to know if they do come out with an answer key for the Common Core edition, though at this point (now that I've bought both the grades 1-3 and the grades 4-6 answer key), I'll probably just stick with the US Edition.
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