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About skueppers

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  • Birthday 01/31/1970

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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. If I had only one child, and it was clear the new environment would be much better for them, then yes, I would absolutely do it. It is only for a few years, in the grand scheme of things. If the location didn't work for me and my husband, we could leave when our child graduated and moved on. The way I view marriage and raising children is that the years in which we are raising our children are short, compared with the many years of marriage. (My husband and I have been together for nearly 30 years, but have only had children for the last 12, so that's some of where this perspective comes from.) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I let my daughter read the entire Harry Potter series in Kindergarten. I called it school and didn't bother to do much else for language arts that semester. I'd have to think about what we did in first grade. I think she learned cursive in the summer after K, and typing during first grade. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I open up the textbook, go over what seems like a sensible amount with my child, and then have her do the relevant workbook problems. I don't use the HIG, CWP, or IP. I tried the CWP at one point, but it wasn't all that fruitful for us. I should also say that my philosophy is not to bore my daughter with endless repetition. If she gets it, we move on. I don't bother to prepare ahead of time for the lesson; if it turns out that my explanation was inadequate, we can always come back to it over dinner. I don't find it useful to try to figure out ahead of time which weeks I'll be using which chapters of the books. Some parts are much easier for my child than others, so our pace varies considerably throughout the year. This year, for example, my fifth grader took a diversion into algebra for at least a month, because she was getting so hung up on the bar method for solving word problems. Once I spent a month teaching her basic algebra, she was suddenly much more able to grasp Singapore-style bar diagrams, which she had been refusing to learn how to use for years (preferring to solve the problems in her head). We still finished on time. I have my kids use Khan Academy in the summer for review. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. It is entirely possible that I'm misunderstanding the format of these classes, so if you have insight about how they work, particularly in terms of instructor feedback, that would help us figure out if they were a good choice for her. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. My daughter (age 11) has expressed interest in the various CTY independently-paced online courses for computer programming and related things. I'm not convinced these are likely to be the best courses she could take on these subjects, particularly for the money. I'd be especially interested in courses where a real relationship with a teacher was fostered. Oh, and my husband and I are perfectly qualified to teach these particular topics, but she is looking for independence and outside accountability. Thoughts? Alternatives? Thank you for any insight you have! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Have you taken a look at History Odyssey lately? It's very routine-oriented, and gives explicit instructions about what the student is supposed to do when. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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