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  1. I should add, I don't want to rule out video instruction, but he is definitely more of a book kid, and would prefers books to videos if all else was equal. Also, if this helps with placement, the last thing he played at a recital before he quit 4 years ago was Bach's Minuet in G major.
  2. I haven't posted here in forever. I hope it is still a very active place full of wise contributors, because I need some advice. Ds is entering 9th grade next year and somehow we completely missed the boat on his music education. He had piano lessons for 3 years. He was doing very well, his teacher often said that he was among the brightest students she had ever had. Everything clicked easily for him and he was moving fast through the books. Then circumstances changed and his teacher could no longer come to our house and we stopped lessons altogether. That was 4 years ago. I thought he would just continue on his own because of how well it was going for him, but it fizzled out and he hasn't done any piano in 4 years. For a while he became interested in electronic music and was messing around with different software trying to make music for his computer games, but this was on and off and not taken very seriously. Now he is finishing up 8th grade and looking towards the high-school years he really wants to get back to the piano and take it seriously. Private lessons are definitely not in the budget at this point. How can we make this work for him? He has a math brain and anything logical/math related comes very easy to him, so I think he could very easily do an advanced music theory course at an accelerated pace (does this exist?) to serve as a refresher and make-up for 4 years of no instruction. This course would need to be part of a piano course and not just a separate music theory class, so that he can get back into practicing the piano, but at the same time learn theory at high-school level. So, please help as I do not know/understand the different stages/levels of a music education. Can someone who plays/teaches piano suggest a piano curriculum for him that won't make him waste time on stuff he already knows, but would quickly just review the beginner stuff and then move him through the rest of the material at an accelerated pace? It would need to be something that is self-taught and it is fine if it is aimed at adults.
  3. That's great. Unfortunately I don't personally know anyone that can fill this capacity. I know no local teachers or professors. I guess we might just drive to the closest university that administers the AMC 8 (about 3.5 hours drive).
  4. I'm interested in how you went about having the AMC 8 proctored by yourself? We contacted a local school that was listed on the AMC 8 website and asked if they would be willing to let ds who is homeschooled take the exam there. Initially they agreed, but the Friday before the exam they sent an e-mail to me saying that they can let him take the test, but i have to order a test bundle for him. I contacted AMC 8 and they assured me that if the school has agreed to administer the test to my son that they will provide the test for him, and they do not sell tests to parents. The school however did not provide a test for my son. Basically, I feel like we were tricked. I'm trying to avoid this same disaster happening next year. So how does the proctoring by yourself work, and what are the steps to make it happen? I saw no information on it on the AMC 8 website. Thanks.
  5. Thank you for the update. I've read through this thread many times. My impression always was that you were most impressed by CW. Your latest update doesn't mention that curriculum at all. Did you change your mind about it?
  6. Ruth, did you try TTRS? I'm considering it for my kids who have gone through dance mat typing multiple times, but still seem to hunt for letters when typing and are super slow.
  7. What's a curriculum that you would recommend?
  8. Ok. I am actually relieved to hear that the problem might be MEP. Also, in regards to discalculia, how do I get him evaluated properly? Is that LD difficult to diagnose and is there risk of false diagnosis? I want to look into it, but I don't know where to even begin.
  9. I know about dyscalculia, but that is not his problem. He is able to do straightforward arithmetic problems with ease. It's when the problem is asked in a slightly different way than what he is used to, or a new type of problem that he hasn't seen before that he says he doesn't understand without even trying and is not willing to engage actively with me in a conversation that will help him figure out how to approach the problem. He just tunes out and there is no getting through to him. Wintermom, are you saying that MEP is one of the more challenging curricula? I thought Singapore was considered challenging so I switched over to MEP as more straightforward. What would be an example of a less challenging curriculum that still prepares a child well for Algebra and other high school math? Also, MEP has a lot of problems that involve interaction/discussion between teacher and student, which I really liked initially because I thought that that's exactly what he needs in order to start making sense of things, but it turns out we might be better off with a more independent curriculum, because he does not want to interact with me during math. Any suggestions?
  10. I don't know how to help my 8 year old like math or to stay enthusiastic through challenges and be ok with wrestling with new concepts (or old ones that he no longer remembers). He started out with Miquon and education unboxed in kindy, then did a couple of years of Singapore. We are currently doing MEP Year 3 and are on lesson 15 (we started in September, and it's a lesson a day type curriculum, just to give you an idea of how slowly things are moving). He also does Khan every few days, and reads math living books as part of his daily reading. He read through LOF till Honey and is currently reading the elementary series from Murderous Maths. He hates math, and gets super frustrated over any problem that he can't figure out off the bat. He doesn't want to ponder and think about what is being asked and he doesn't want to discuss problems with me. When he makes a mistake, or doesn't know how to do something, I never just give him an answer, but rather try to use questions to try to get him thinking, so that he can figure it out on his own. He hates this. It's like his brain shuts down completely the moment I start asking questions. At times, after a long struggle, I've just given him "the formula" as a last resort. He then can immediately solve the problem in question, but few days later when we revisit the question he has forgotten all about it and again has no clue on what to do. So, I know that telling him how to do it is not helpful in the long run. I'm just at a loss for ideas on what to do. I truly believe now that there are kids who are "mathy" and some who are not, regardless of the quality of instruction. To take stress off of both of us, I'm calling this year again 2nd grade (not that it really matters since we homeschool, but mentally it helps me to not hold him up to what I consider to be an appropriate progress for an average 3rd grader) and am sincerely hoping that this is simply a brain/maturity issue and that some kind of switch will flip at some point which will make mathematical thinking/problem solving start making sense for him. Regardless though, I am considering starting with the 3rd grade BA books for him in September. I'm familiar with the books because my older (very mathy) son went through them, but my question is, has anybody used these with a kid who struggles with math and what were the results? Did they start liking math more? Did you have them skip certain problems so that they would not be frustrated? Was it enough on it's own or did you supplement? I do not wish to supplement, except with Khan on his own initiative, because math takes us FOREVER and I want to have time for my other kids and also all other subjects that we are studying. Part of what makes me want to do BA with him is the fact that the there aren't that many problems (compared to other curricula) so I won't feel pressure to do more than just a few problems per day, since that is all that we can manage, even now. I love math and my background is in math and computer science. Until this child, I sincerely believed that kids who struggled with math were simply not taught correctly and that if they had good quality instruction they would thrive and love math. This child is seriously challenging that belief. I'm inclined to say now that some kids just can't be taught to think mathematically, no matter how hard you try. I hope I'm wrong, but if I'm wrong, what do I do? How do I turn this around for him? I consider math to be so important and especially problem solving skills. Do I just let him muddle through? Is that even an option for a college-bound kid? What's the lowest level of math they can get away with on a transcript? To be clear, he doesn't have any learning disabilities and he is doing great in other areas of homeschooling.
  11. lewelma, when you do write out what you wanted to share please post a link in here so that I won't miss it. Thank you for giving so much of your time to this community.
  12. Very interesting thread. Thank you for all the info. Btw, how old was Laura when she wrote the books? And also, were all of them edited by Rose (except for the "First 4 years")?
  13. Thank you for all this information guys. FaithManor, my kids would like to know where did you get all that information about the discrepancies and what happend between the books. They would like to read that too. Is there a biography of her life written by someone else, that has all the facts straight?
  14. So we finished reading "On the banks of Plum Creek" and just started "On the shores of Silver Lake". Is that the correct sequence? In the first chapter Mary is blind and apparently Caroline has had another baby girl - Grace. Where we left off in the previous book she wasn't even pregnant and no one was sick. I feel like there is a book (or at least few chapters) missing. All the other books so far seemed to continue right where the previous book ended. Are we missing something?
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