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  1. Hey all, My nephew is really into art and wants to focus on animation and digital art. Does anyone know of any good programs out there for this? I am also looking for online or government programs that are low in cost or ones that you can apply for for free. Thanks for any advice, because I am clueless in this field. TIA!
  2. I am not a fan of memorizing spelling lists. My kids could easily "memorize" a list and then forget it the next day in their writing. We do dictation lessons where I select a passage that doesn't have more than 4-5 words my child doesn't know how to spell and you could use your kids books they are reading. Have them scan the passage (we use this as a time to discuss grammar as well) and highlight words they are not sure they can spell. Make them visualize the word and see it before writing it when they think they have it then I find parts of the passage and dictate to them. (It could take a couple days before having those words and grammar down which is fine...) We have had great success with this! Also, not sure if your child is a reader but reading good material will help build your kids vocabulary and spelling!
  3. How true and yet if we do in my experience nothing pick the best is my goal! Learning is a lifelong adventure!
  4. wathe- Would you choose Penrose or Math with Bad drawings as your favorite? So many choices!! 🙂
  5. Thanks for your insights! Yes, I saw the discount and why I was looking into it. It seemed to be more geared for the classroom and wondering if it would work with only one kid. My other boys are gone and so I am only teaching one right now. 🙂 Thanks for your detailed reply helpful!
  6. I have such a tendency to over load my book choices for the year and then I get can anyone recommend which book would be best for a smart 9 yr. old boy? I wanted to incorporate one day of reading a fun living math book for Friday's (something to look forward to and know I should probably pick one to make it last for the whole year) otherwise it would be read in a day and his takeaway wouldn't be much! 😛 Which do you find best for the age and for the material learned? Thanks!! · The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure OR The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat
  7. Also check out Marilyn Burns books I have used a lot of hers and I like Hands on Equations and he also offers Fraction sense which I have looked at that looks promising I plan on using if for my. Fourth grader next year
  8. Math has definitely changed it seems like they are focusing more on children’s way of getting to a problem - “the ideas” and less on it being strictly obeying a set of rules. I do you find this fascinating that there are many ways to arrive at a problem and to encourage and explore this with our children. I have incorporated this in my kids learning and I am often amazed that the way they arrive at a problem is not the same as how I would conqueror a problem. I think since I was taught the more rule based way I don’t look for other ideas on how to solve a problem and how many ways could be done a lot easier. I think it’s vital that we listen to our kids and their thinking and how they arrive at a problem and not to always have them want to answer in a way that we are instructing... to be open to other ideas. That is what I see is the push right now and I also find that this helps and instill the love of math and not quenching our kids spirits. I have taken a peek at her books but it seems more geared for the classroom. I am however a fan of Marilyn Burns works and try to incorporate those ideas.
  9. Curious to see if anyone has used these books for each grade? They look intriguing but I was curious to see if anyone has used them and how they went about it. Thanks!
  10. Hey Wendy,

    Since you use HOE do you find that doing it 1-2x week is sufficient?  I was hoping to do SU for 3days a week and then supplementing with HOE and Fractions the other two days do you think that is doable or do you feel its too spaced out?  Thanks for your advice!

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    2. Homeschoolmom3



      Thank you that's very helpful!  I think once I have it in my hands planning will be better.  Have you ever tried their Developing Fraction Sense materials?  I noticed they have it for grades 3,4 & 5.  I would assume it could be done along with HOE but the Hands on Equation- Fractions should be done after HOE?  Have you ever used any of those?  Thanks for your help!


    3. wendyroo


      I have never used their Fraction materials.

    4. Homeschoolmom3


      Thanks so much!


  11. Great, thanks! We have used Strayer-Upton and it has worked great but he has moved on quite quickly and I thought adding in HOE and possibly the fractions for grade 4&5 would add some more variations to our lessons and slow his speed down a bit. He is technically finishing 3rd grade but we finished book 1 this year. (for grades 3-4) We teach concrete to abstract and master based with review. I would love to hear any other things you like or how you implement the program....thanks for those who have responded!!
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  13. Wondering how it is going with this curriculum and how you all liked it. Is it worth it?
  14. I stumbled on an old post on how to schedule SU: see below very helpful! I'll post question is did you all do all the pages and problems? I have been doing it more by concept based and my son has really caught on and flying through the first book mostly done and he is only finishing 3rd grade this year. I don't want to bore the child but I also know the importance of review. Whoever has used this text for your kids how did you go about it and how did it work for your kids? Thanks so much! Book One is for grades 3 and 4. Ch. 1 is a concise review of Grade 2. Ch. 2 is for grade 3 first half. Ch. 3 is for grade 3 second half. Ch. 4 is for grade 4 first half. Ch. 5 is for grade 4 second half. Book Two is for grades 5 and 6, but many schools would have delayed percents until Grade 7, or fell "behind" even earlier than that. Ch. 1 is for grade 5 first half Ch. 2 is for grade 5 second half Ch. 3 is for grade 6 first half Ch. 4 is for grade 6 second half. Book 3 is for grades 7 and 8, but many schools would have still been finishing up Book 2 for grade 7, especially if they delayed percents until 7th grade. Book 3 is mini chapters instead of large chapters. Schools would have had very individual ideas about which chapters to complete and skip.
  15. We are with the Alveary a CM community and are offering free curriculum for students through June if it would be of benefit to anyone. Link below.
  16. If anyone is interested in learning more of a detailed curriculum in a Charlotte Mason philosophy the Alveary is offering a free curriculum to try for now through the end of June. Details are linked below. Hope this helps someone we have been involved for the last three years but they are offering for a limited time....We love the language for elementary particularly and the art program, geography if you are interested in just a few subjects....
  17. No go here....98% here and not surprised by his results...this son of mine is my non-reader which showed in his results today. 😞 However, I was very happy with his results and to be that high was still a good score for him. He aced his math which was great and so now we know he really needs to work on reading comprehension. So yeah, with others on with the SAT. 😕
  18. It's a huge deal for us because we are Liberty U. grads and they give full tuition for semi finalist and full rides for finalists if you are selected (they have a certain number to give out each year.) My oldest was able to squeak by and is there now and loves it. Knowing we can't afford almost $30k a year its huge...I told my kids its like winning $100k. 🙂 No one wants to get out of college with a lot of debt. That is true that many schools don't offer a lot but if you know particularly where you want to go and they offer it it is huge. My son was also looking at Alabama in Huntsville who also offers a similiar deal. I am not holding my breath either, my number 2 felt he did well but not good enough. We'll see, I do think its unfair for those who take the test on test day and then others can hear the chatter and info and are able to take it on that Saturday. 😞 We are in VA which is a touch state to get it....still thinking of you all! Good luck!
  19. is everyone holding up...a few more days to wait in suspense. 🙂 I feel like we can't possibly get it to in a row with middos but who knows? Fingers crossed and thinking of you all!!
  20. Yes I do...thanks for your help! Figuring it was all of those....thanks!
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