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  1. For me, the lack of teacher's book in Math Mammoth is a plus. I like not having to keep up with another thing, and the incremental nature of the work text does an excellent job teaching. I am a non math inclined mom taking my third child through MM with success. Also, my ds did get overwhelmed with the pages, a simple solution was to cut the pages into strips and just give him a section at a time. Worked great, then at the end of a lesson it was craft time and he glued the pieces onto a piece of paper to put it back together. 😂
  2. Both are excellent. Both are Asian based, strong in conceptual math and mental math. Singapore is a little less overwhelming to look at -- more white space on the page, has more conceptual "leaps" (not as clear for some students), Very mastery. There are more "pieces" -- teacher book, text, workbook etc Math Mammoth -- pages can appear a little overwhelming (many questions on a page) mastery yet incremental (slowly builds on itself), no separate teacher book-- worktext teaches right to the student. Both are great, it's just a matter of what works for your student. We chos
  3. My older two are completely different writers with different needs. My oldest did Lively Art of Writing when she definitely could/should have used something like Killgallon. My ds is a more natural writer and didn’t need help in making good sentences. You know your student and if he needs work on sentence building. There are benefits to using more than one resource when you need different approaches.
  4. My 2 older children (they all used MM) were solid math students but hated math. They are both using Mr D Math and now love math.
  5. Any experiences on this? Am I understanding it is the same as Analytical Grammar? Are there differences? Does it cover diagramming? I love AG and my dd completed all 3 seasons, but ds only made it through season one and a few weeks of season 2 and I switched him back to Fix It. He needed so much hand holding and SO MUCH grading....it was too much for ME to keep up with at this point in the game. Would Grammar Planet be a decent substitute? Would it offer any more than Fix it Grammar which is getting done? I have this inner struggle -- I was a product of 13 years of Abeka and feel like my gramm
  6. Ok so this is something my kids would think was awesome, but your hallways must be different than mine. I keep envisioning the knife throwing and someone coming out of a room. I'm panicking a bit over here 😂 Also, on a garage entry door, I would fear it being damaged structurally and thus being a safety concern for the integrity of the door. But I am super interested .... we keep talking about setting up an archery course outside (we only have one target right now) and we have to set it up and take it down each time the kids use it and it is a pain. My kids would be all over knife throwi
  7. My dd averages 6-7 hours, sometimes a little longer. I am so glad to read this thread. Another 10th grade homeschooler we know recently told my dd he spends 2-3 hours on school each day. The meme going around facebook that homeschooled high schoolers should spend 3-4 hours a day is killing me. In my area, I am definitely looked at as an oddity doing something wrong . . .
  8. So I have read that if you don't have a super smart kid up for great scholarships the PSAT is a waste of time? What do you all think? I am planning for dd to take the SAT probably this spring (spring of sophomore year) -- I was originally planning fall of junior year but she wants to do DE in the fall so we need to go ahead with the SAT or the PERT this spring. Would the PSAT be a good practice run this fall or a waste of time?
  9. To add to the discussion -- a highly motivated student will thrive more in an immersion situation because they will leave feeling lost, but instead of getting discouraged, they will double down the study outside of those sessions to increase vocabulary learning which will in turn make those immersion sessions more effective sooner..."normal" students will feel so overwhelmed they will shut down and very little learning usually happens . . . It has taken to Spanish 3 to have my average/above average dd get comfortable with almost 100% of that learning being in Spanish -- but while she is highl
  10. As a high school Spanish teacher, true "immersion" at the middle/high school level cannot be replicated once a week. If you go to a 9/10 from the beginning your student will learn very little and be very frustrated. If you were in a true immersion experience -- hours and hours a day-- Sure! All Spanish is amazing! an 1-3 hours a week? No. Younger kids looking for more of an "experience" and being submersed into the language, yes, they can go slower and use more of the language -- different approach than 2 years for "high school credit." In my high school classes, Spanish 1 probably does start
  11. I am following here as well . . . I am teaching a few high school courses via Zoom this year-- Spanish and Theology-- so nothing like math. A few things I have found thus far -- rolling a dice game that works on powerpoint for review games, jeopardy, virtual spot it (powerpoint), sharing the whiteboard and yes students can mark it (it is a setting you have to check though), breakout rooms (one of my fave features!)-- set them up in groups and I can pop in and out to help, The students can "call" you if they need you also. Also sharing the screen for online review games, flashcards, quizlet and
  12. The online class has interaction. That may or may not be important depending on the student. My kids like having other kids in the class, they like being able to directly ask their teacher a question in the class. We all also appreciate the accountability. The live class makes an automatic bookmark for us to have their assignments done, unlike the open ended self paced course. We do both live and self paced classes (in other subjects) -- I find that I have to be a little more involved in the self paced, whereas with the live classes, I am almost completely hands off.
  13. We have had the same issues with VP SP courses. My older kids only did a couple of classes, and then we moved onto other things. Now I find myself working part time and needing my youngest to have some things she can do on her own so we are back to VP. I am adding some to it this year to help with more retention and engagement. We will be doing some art/notebooking with fun lit studies. I also like the idea of teaching some notetaking and outlining skills.
  14. Absolutely agree here. I am using BtB with my dd, but I use Avancemos at the school where I teach. Avancemos does an excellent job of teaching vocabulary, and a decent job at grammar. BtB does sub par vocab teaching and excellent grammar exercises. We use Quizlet for BtB and a lot of conversation and games to get the vocab practice in.
  15. You can just get the workbook. It has vocabulary but does not have exercises just to practice those-- it is integrated into the grammar.
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