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About acurtis75

  • Birthday 06/23/1975

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    Homeschooling Mom of 1 dd/6
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  1. I received the email below (names removed) today from the math kangaroo people. Apparently everyone who tested for grade 3/4 at the location near Houston where we tested received incorrect scores. I believe this will affect the rankings of everyone in Texas as there were several students at this location who checked their answers after results came out and were expecting perfect scores. On May 20th, I sent email to the manager of the center with all parents' addresses in BCC field. I am sorry if you didn't get my message. I have to admit, I used wrong answer keys and all your children's answers were evaluated incorrectly. The answer cards from your center reached us way to late, when all other cards were already in the scantron company. It was the reason for evaluating them manually. Unfortunately, the human mistake happened, I only wish it affected your children. One more time, please accept my sincere apology. We are working on straightening the issue out and you will hear from us sonn.
  2. Does anyone have a blank copy of the 4th grade test? I would like dd to review the answers but she can't find her copy. We received scores and she performed very poorly which is unusual for her so we are tying to see what she did wrong.
  3. I haven't been on the boards lately because life has just been too busy. I'm supposed to be finishing my taxes right now but decided to take a break and do some reading/planning first. I think I came here just to see this thread. Quark and dmmetler it is reassuring to know you don't always finish books. From reading your posts my dd has some similarities to your kids who are both a little older (she just turned 10). I've been frustrated about the fact that we seem to have a lot of unfinished books around here lately. We took a lot of time off preparing for contests this last year. I talked with a few friends lately whose children are on more structured schedules and I was feeling a bit like we are too unstructured because we always seem to have 20 half finished curriculum resources here.
  4. We use them for similar reasons to dmmetler. Dd loves to read and I started using Fred when she went through a stage where she hated math. This happened while learning long division in mus delta I believe. She could do the problems but was bored and tired of the repetition. She started doing Fred, living math books and eventually Beast Academy to provide some interesting math to counteract the boring repetition. She now likes math, even mentioned potentially studying it in college but enjoys using all the different resources. I never check her Fred problems. She works through it on her own and likes to read the books for fun so I won't sell them but don't really consider it a part of our official curriculum. .
  5. We did Song School Latin starting at around that age (been a while so I can't remember exactly when we started). It wasn't around when we started but I like mathusee (MUS) primer and plan to use it when my youngest is ready to start playing with numbers. You could also go straight to alpha if he already knows some numbers. My daughter loved playing with the blocks when she was 4/5 and learned a lot of math concepts on her own using them. I know MUS isn't always recommended for accelerated kids but I have a 10 year old who started with alpha after suffering through Horizon and Singapore for K/1st. She could do the math easily but didn't enjoy the pace. She then moved very quickly through all the mus programs including pre-algebra. I slowed her down some with supplements like singapore cwp, life of fred, beast academy, etc but now she is easily working through AOPs pre-algebra so I think MUS gave her a solid basic math foundation.
  6. This is basically the same experience that we had in Houston. 30-40 kids. dd took level 4 exam. Kids were grouped in rooms of 1-4th grade and 5th - 10th. Almost all the kids are Indian which is the same experience we had last year at a different location in Houston. Our location last year was a Polish/Russian school so there were a few very blond polish looking kids. This year it was at a math tutoring center. DD was 1 of 2 or 3 kids who weren't Indian. The others were Asian. She has dark olive skin so she doesn't stand out in the picture and I don't think she noticed either year that all the kids were Indian. She felt good about the exam but I forgot to tell her to mark her answers so we aren't sure about the score. We rushed to the exam after a long day outside at the rodeo so we'll see if that impacted her results.
  7. We are currently doing BA 4A and AOPs Pre-algebra at the same time. DD loves BA and wants to finish the series. She's worked a little along on the 3A-3D books over the last year as review while she completed MUS Zeta & Pre-algebra and said she wanted to continue while she does AOPs pre-algebra book. She considers it a fun math break.
  8. We did it for the first time last year and dd9 enjoyed it. Unfortunately this year the only location near me doesn't have available seats so we're going to miss it. She found the problems challenging but fun.
  9. We used MUS from alpha to pre-algebra and just added Beast Academy, Singapore Challenging Word Problems and Life of Fred as supplements. DD had no problem transitioning from MUS to Beast Academy. We were already on Delta when BA came out so the first book was almost all review but she enjoyed it anyway.
  10. Our children sound similar. My daughter is now 9 but what I discovered around that time was that she was bored in math and we needed to move faster. I also stopped doing worksheets for math facts. She played games like math bingo and various others on the ipad. We used MUS. We started at alpha because using the blocks fixes the counting up and down issue. I also thought she needed to go through the lessons. To save money I found an old version of alpha on vcr tape instead of buying the whole curriculum. We did this even though she could add and subtract before we started. We used an acceleration system which I've written about extensively in old posts but I'm not sure how to link so here is a summary. Watch dvd, do a few problems, give the opportunity to "test out" of that chapter by passing the text. Sometimes this meant that we moved through several chapters a week and several books in a year. We supplemented with Life of Fred, living math books, Beast Academy and other things and ended up starting pre-algebra when she was 8.
  11. I've tried just about everything suggested on the boards and we finally decided it wasn't worth our time to do formal spelling. Since dd likes to do spelling she uses various spelling bee prep material and we do oral spelling practice with the words from her vocabulary from classical roots book. As use book A. She also has "How to Spell Like a Champ" and we've used words from there and from the Scripps booklet.
  12. I would say this is very similar to what happens here. DD can do most everything by herself but we lose a lot of time when the transition is up to her. If I plan time to check what she's done in between subjects it gets done more efficiently. If I have to be gone for a while I to the introduction/time together for all the subjects at once and give her a checklist. We might spend 20 or 30 minutes discussing what she should do, anything she needs to know before she starts and approximately how long it should take per subject. If she has a checklist she gets her work done most of the time but it takes longer because she daydreams, gets distracted or takes rabbit trails. For example, today during her bible study time (which took place while I was taking a much needed nap) she was supposed to read 3 verses in Acts 16. When I got up she hadn't finished the lesson because "it was interesting" so she read the whole book of Acts. I don't mind that she spent more time on the lesson but when she does this it means we don't finish the checklist and the part of me that would like to be organized and efficient wishes we could finish our plans for the day.
  13. This is a good idea. I might just get her stuff to make her own.
  14. It is ridiculously expensive but dd would probably love several of these. Especially the one with career aspirations that says Ninja.
  15. DD is suddenly on a creative kick so I'm planning on getting some more sewing and art supplies. She has been cutting up old clothes and creating all sorts of doll clothes and other things. Right now she is making a quilt for her toys. She always gets Beast Academy stuff for gifts. She still likes going through the books and wants to "finish" the series even though we are currently in pre-algebra. We will also probably get some Lord of the Rings legos because she recently finished reading the books and loved them. A game called Idiom Addict we played on vacation recently and really liked. If we have a really good next 45 days financially (we are self employed) I might upgrade my iPad with a new refurbished one and give her my iPad because she has a first generation. So far I haven't come up with anything very exciting so I'm looking forward to ideas from this thread. Last year I ordered several things we saw on the thread.
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