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  1. You don't need the TMs or HIG, per se, but in order to get the best out of the program, you should know how to teach numbers in accordance to the part-whole model, and learn to use bar-models yourself. You should also scaffold in the appropriate amount of drill and mental math practice. The workbooks are part of a greater whole, so if you use the workbooks like just any old workbooks, and not in accordance to how they are meant to be used, then you might as well use dollar tree workbooks or print worksheets from the internet. You'll want to search for "2 step" word problems, but aside from having 2 step word problems already there is nothing inherently special about any of the Singaporean math workbooks themselves.
  2. What does this mean to you academically? What does it mean in your homeschool? How do you as the parent/teacher determine that some academic material: concept, skill, idea, task, etc is developmentally inappropriate for your child(ren), vs just difficult? How hard do you work at something that is difficult before you begin to consider whether it is even developmentally appropriate? How long do you think that "developmental appropriateness" of a skill, concept, whatever, is a legitimate concern for a childs education? For example, would you worry about the developmental appropriateness of some academic material for a 10yo? a 14yo? a 16yo? I ask this because the technical definition of developmentally appropriate that I learned (from looking online for all of one minute) is this is a concept that technically applies to young kids birth-8ish, yet I've seen it mentioned even for middle and high school students. Do you think that after a certain age, kids can tackle anything with correct instruction and enough support? Is it teaching methods or academic skills/concepts that are developmentally (in)appropriate? I know that this will "vary with children", but is there a general pattern for what you've found in your family or your experiences with extended family/neighbors/etc.
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    Well, they're already several years and grades ahead of the standard curve, next year seems like a reasonable place to pause, provided that you'll have them review the material that they've covered throughout the year. Honestly, it sounds like you're dreading the change almost as much as, or more than teaching physics. Any particular reason why you're even trying to teach physics next year?
  4. OP, I think that OPG is a solid phonics program. Well sequenced and thorough, but I don't like it. I would use it if I already owned it, but I prefer other manuals/learn to read books more. 100 EZ is a seriously rock solid beginning reading program. It gently but explicitly teaches all the phonemic awareness skills and explicitly guides the student into blending and reading comprehension. First kids blend words into compound words, then sounds into words and it spends the first several lessons getting kids to blend. Where other phonics books are designed for the teachers convenience, 100 EZ is really designed for the students convenience. I like that 100EZ starts with only a few sounds. They allow students to learn the skill of blending well first, then gradually ramps up to build their knowledge of letter sounds better. The transition from the special orthography to regular print could be a little better handled, but for many kids it's no problem at all, and for others, there is some minor supplementation that you can use to help them make the leap from 100EZ orthography to normal print. I admit that I didn't really like 100 EZ at first, but the more I use it and study that text, the more my respect for that program grows. Most programs I have tried leave kids hanging re: how to blend, but 100EZ is superb in that regard. It also builds reading comprehension systematically. The reading programs that I've used over the years are Hooked on Phonics, The Reading Lesson, Phonic Pathways, Ordinary Parents Guide to Teaching Reading, Why Johnny Can't Read and a few others. I've adapted techniques and skills from 100 EZ to enhance my teaching for anything else. In your case, I would use the Direct Instruction methodology from 100 EZ to inform my teaching no matter which phonics manual you wound up using. Just an aside, people abbreviate the title as 100EZ, but the title of the published book, in every edition that I have ever seen is Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons with all of the words fully spelled out.
  5. If you do, then can you please get me the ISBNs for them? They just might be perfect for what I want them for. Likewise if you're ready to part with your set, please PM me.
  6. Is there another series like the Speed and Comprehension books available from Abeka but secular?
  7. What do you love (or loathe) about the teachers guides for the various series that you've used? What role does the Teachers Guides play in your use or disuse of a program? How do you use them? How far in advance do you read/prep before teaching to the student? Do you pre-read/study the TG before a unit, or do you use it day-by-day as you teach, etc? Have you noticed that you prefer a different style/type of teachers guide depending on the subject?
  8. There is a guy on YouTube by the name of Paul Priestley and he makes fantastic "how to draw" videos. His playlists are a little messy, but find his channel and search out his START Drawing videos. There are about 6 or 8 of them.
  9. There are a variety of German workbooks in the Practice Makes Perfect series. I searched "Practice Makes Perfect German" on Amazon and saw a German Sentence Builder, German Pronouns and Prepositions, German Vocabulary, German Verb Tenses, and a German Complete Grammar. I don't know how good it is, but the Auf Deutsch series has textbooks and workbooks.
  10. See, we weren't allowed to watch Sesame Street growing up (90s), but I knew of the show and I knew the characters, but for whatever reason I didn't perceive them as kids at all. I certainly didn't perceive them as little kids. Today I saw a clip of Elmo and his parents and it just...didn't seem right. My visceral reaction was exetremely negative and I've spent all day feeling weird about how strong my reaction to the whole thing was. I just find it extremely off-putting to think that the Muppets on sesame street a) have parents and b) that they're like...preK or Kindergarten aged kids. But I guess that's what I get for spending the day on YouTube.
  11. Did any of the Muppet characters have parents? If so where were the muppet-parents during the general going-ons of Sesame street life?
  12. As crazy as it makes me, it's pretty common in my city. A lot of the elementary and middle schools are skipping textbooks too.
  13. I do not know anything about the OSU program or the company you'd use for Spanish, but in my opinion, the first thing that she'll need if she's going to stick with any language and actually benefit is to have her enthusiasm rewarded by using materials that allow her to actually be successful in speaking/understanding the language. Hunting out these types of materials is my hobby and passion. I am not a company spokesman or anything like that,but I've sifted through a lot of junk to find some kid-friendly language learning jewels. In fact most of the materials I recommend are out of print, but still available in the secondary market. I recommend she pick a language you get some of the materials that I am about to suggest and get started on studying and using the materials they arrive and work on it over the summer. Schedule time for her to do the language EVERY DAY for 10-20 minutes minimum and help her be consistent. She will see BIG gains and it will feed her desire to keep going. In my opinion it is very important for people to get "paid" from the efforts with a foreign language as quickly as possible so I would get materials that are aimed at getting you speaking in useful, real-life phrases fast. The following resources are good for any beginner, but especially for interested kids/teens who have no background with the language. I would not sign up for language courses, yet. Instead I would invest that money in resources that are really useful and have a high-level of output. 1989 Berlitz Jr books are useful, if you can find one with the audio cassette or find a native Speaker to read/record the audio of the book for you. 1989 Berlitz Jr German with Cassette on eBay and 1989 Berlitz Jr Spanish with CAssette on eBay, though you might also be able to get them through the library. If you don't have a Cassette player or can't find a native speaker then the 2003 Berlitz for Kids Language Packs are newer and come in a German and Spanish versions. The ones I linked both come with CDs so that may work better for you. In my opinion both the 1989 and 2003 Berlitz series each series has their own strengths and would complement each other very well. Angela Wilkes German for Beginners and Spanish for Beginners are friendly, useful books. These slim, visually appealing volumes offer an over view of the language and grammar skills you'll learn in a Language 101 course, but in a comic book format and without the drill. The newer versions come with audio CDs so you can hear how everything is supposed to sound. LinguaFun Cards are card games that help you build basics sentences in the target language. The Spanish and German version are currently available on eBay and Amazon with CDs (older versions came with cassettes). Also, these may be a little pricy compared to other books but if your kid REALLY wants to use the language, then BUY THEM. Today. Kids Stuff Spanish Kids Stuff German They contain tons of every-day phrases that you would actually say to a child or in a home setting. This last resources doesn't have a German version (that I'm aware of) but is a pair of Barrons workbooks that are different from most other kids language workbooks because it is NOT waste of time Spanish Everyday with Audio CDs and Spanish for the Young Action Words. I would have her learn to read in Language 1 (using YouTube videos, this won't take long at all) while waiting on her orders to arrive and I would have her work on these materials starting ASAP and all through the summer, she can use the audio cds/tapes to help her pronunciation, but once she is reading she won't be reliant on these audio components at all. I can link you to some "easy readers" if you are interested to help her practice her reading above/beyond the books I've listed here. If she's made good progress with the material through the summer, then revisit the idea of signing her up for an outside class for $$$. These materials will get her able to speak and say things useful to kids fairly quickly and if she's not motivated enough to stick to it with these, then I probably wouldn't fork over the $$$ for outside classes just yet.
  14. I am utterly new to these vegetables, and I've been unable to give them more than minimal attention in the first few months, but now I'm worried that I have ruined them. I have two broccoli plants that I'm growing in my "garden" (I use that term VERY loosely.) One is getting very tall and getting more and more flowers on it. The past couple of weeks, it's got these bean-pod looking parts on it, I get the feeling that I've done something wrong. This particular plant had some really small florets on it and maybe I should've clipped them instead of letting them actually flower? Is there any way that I can salvage these plants? I have 2 of them that are full of all yellow flowers on the top? My plants don't seem as "leafy" as other broccoli plants I see on line. Is there anything that I can do to salvage this situation?
  15. Which subjects wind up costing the most $$$ over the long run? Factoring in the cost of the curriculum, the supplements, the supplies or tuition for classes or tutoring, etc.
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