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  1. If my son were to jump into a more traditional path after completing Int Alg, what class would be next? I originally thought Int Alg = Alg2, but I'm realizing now that it’s a bit more. Does it cover enough Pre-Calculus that he could go straight into an AB Calculus class?
  2. Thanks for sharing all your success stories! I am still considering what to do after he completes his current level.
  3. I would love to find a way to make this happen, but I can’t find a math team or group to be a part of. A local university offers a math circle which he has participated in when scheduling would allow. We don’t really know any other teens/kids who are at his level. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! We have a family friend who has a PhD in math, worked in banking all his life, homeschooled 3 children, and just retired. He was very interested in working with my son. Happy to see where this goes. 😊😊😊
  5. My 15yo son has always been good at math. He worked through Singapore 1-6, Miquon, and Beast Academy by the end of 5th grade, and after that has been doing some of the AoPS books on his own: Pre A, Alg1, Geo, and is now doing the Int Alg. He is missing about 1/3 of the answers but is able to find his mistakes most of the time. But there are occasional review and challenge problems that he just has no idea how to tackle and no idea why they chose the solution in the book. I’ve always had this worry in the back of my mind that he was missing out on something by not having an instructor. All of that leads to my actual question, when is it time to switch to an instructor led math class? Thoughts and experiences welcome!
  6. Our state has general admission requirements that most of the colleges and universities in our state hold to, and 2 years of computer science classes can be taken in lieu of 2 years of a foreign language. They list 7 or 8 specific classes that qualify, so it can’t be just any programming. It had never crossed my mind that one equaled the other until I read it on their website.
  7. My 10yo son is finishing up WWE3 and FLL4, and I am going to switch to something else at least for a while or maybe forever depending on how happy I am with whatever IT is. How in the world do I figure out what's right??!? We both loved MCT island level, but I kinda felt like it was too much story and fluff. Ds does just fine with the cut and dry of FLL, and he rarely needs any repeat or all that review as the that text suggests. BUT we did both enjoy the MCT despite the cost. We've done a couple chapters in W&R's Fables, and he actually composed and (with his own hand without complaining) wrote a three page story!!!!! I've read that some families combine these 2. I can see how they would work beautifully together and work well for us (again despite the cost!!) On the other hand, I've really enjoyed listening to Andrew Pudewa speak via lecture and podcast, and his method sounds great. I think IEW is a strong program and could see us using the program probably ds watching the videos at least in the beginning. So which one is best for an early decoding, still reluctant reader/writer? I'm fine with doing a level of each to see how it goes. Will it become evident, or will I just be flipping a coin?
  8. Wondering if y'all have started the pre-algebra and how you think the transition went. Review?
  9. This is one of ds's fav topics so we have quite a few books and such. His favs are the Bashar book, http://www.amazon.com/Periodic-Table-Elements-Style/dp/0753460858/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430859688&sr=1-1&keywords=basher+periodic+table, and the element cards by Gray, http://www.amazon.com/Photographic-Card-Deck-Elements-Photographs/dp/1603761985/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1430860494&sr=1-1&keywords=element+cards. He enjoys all the videos that have already been mentioned.
  10. If ds has pretty good retention of SSL2, will LfC Primer A be a review? If so, would you still go through the text without all the bells and whistles just to get used to the new program?
  11. Another vote for BFSU. There's a bit of a learning curve, but it's worth it.
  12. I'm starting to think about what to do after Singapore. So far ds has completed Singapore 1-3 and Miquon. This year he worked through SM4 and the 3rd level of Beast Academy. I'm planning to use SM5 and BA 4 for next year. So where do we go from here? By the fall of 2016, there should be a couple of the 5th level of BA so we can do those. I've always thought we'd do the Life of Fred middle school books, but now I'm thinking they won't be challenging enough. At some point I want to start AoPS prealgebra, but he'll only be 10yo at the beginning of next year and possibly (probably) not ready for the logic level thinking. Jousting Armadillos? SM6 despite it's lack of new material? Other?
  13. Thank you for digging that up. I was reading about LfC on their website but somehow didn't think to look for the actual products. :eek: We're in the middle of SSL2, and ds really likes using the cd and seems to get it. I figure we might as well keep with that. Again, thanks!
  14. Is there a way to purchase the chant cds without buying the dvds?
  15. Thanks! :thumbup: I just found their FB page yesterday.
  16. Is there any info out there about when 4D will be available? If this has already been discussed ad nauseum, please feel free to give me a link. Thank you!!
  17. We did Adventures in America last year and read some books from each of these authors or series. I loved the Maestro books, but ds not so much. We both enjoyed The Cabin Faced West by Fritz and the book about Squanto suggested in the tchr guide. Also, "The Picture Book of" series by David Adler and some of the Dalgliesh books especially The Courage of Sarah Noble were hits around here.
  18. Thanks Y'all for sharing your experiences. geodob, I did actually explain that to the dr we're working with. She understands that we hs and what I'm looking for. She explained to ds that she was going to be asking him questions and doing math, etc. to "help her figure out how he learns". The wrap-up meeting or whatever it's called will be 2-3 hours. I'm thinking that I need to keep a running list of all these questions floating around in my head and take them with me that day. I'm not expecting curriculum suggestions, but I would like to know if there are things that he's missing or need help with (Not that he doesn't know the names of the explorers or that he can't explain photosynthesis, but if there are processes or abilities that he's struggling with). Does that make sense? I appreciate all the responses!
  19. We're doing a psych-ed eval for ds just to make sure we know what we're dealing with, to see if he needs any extra help anywhere, and to help me better know how to teach him. Is the psychologist going to be able to help me with my teaching? It seems like if he were in PS that an ST and/or OT and/or a special ed teacher would be involved. I'm concerned that I'm going to walk away with some reports and statistics and still not know how to meet his specific needs. Any thoughts?
  20. Not 5 more minutes, but we do SM and Miquon the same way. I let ds open the book and pick what looks interesting to him. Now that we're in the higher books, I might sometimes pick a letter/catergory that we haven't tackled yet and say we won't be doing any F pages today. Otherwise, I let him do the choosing.
  21. I don't try to line up the 2 programs. SM is our main math and the program on which I focus most of our time. We're moving through Miquon, but the path is unrelated to what ds is doing in SM.
  22. You can see what we're doing in my signature.
  23. We've used a few of the songs and hand motions that groups have put together and posted on youtube. I'd think that cd would be a great extra.
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