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  1. Ed Zaccaro books
  2. From what I hear from students and teachers in our district, our public schools don't use textbooks but rarely. The teachers mostly determine the curriculum. It seems to be mostly random worksheets and online programs like Aleks Math and Duolingo. (A neighbor girl told me they spend 20 minutes of every class period and every Friday on Duolingo Spanish. Sad.)
  3. We have done Math Kangaroo, AMC, and Mathcounts as individuals. My son also does Olympiad (I think it is as an individual) at his math circle at the university. Finding the math circle this year has been a great opportunity for him. Mathcounts was actually really easy to sign up for as an individual. FYI, mailing my state coordinator was more helpful than the National office, but they were helpful as well. As an individual, my son won 1st at the chapter comp and is going to State in a couple of weeks. So very doable.
  4. My DD went from Jacob's Geometry to Foerster Algebra 2. It has been a smooth transition. She reads the textbook and does the exercises mostly on her own.
  5. MATH: Finish AOPS Geometry and start AOPS Intermediate Algebra SCIENCE: Fascinating Chemistry with other supplemental books HISTORY: World Civilizations from Great Courses with supplemental readings from stuff we have at home READING: Literature books and discussion using Teaching the Classics method GRAMMAR: not sure, maybe just practice on Quill WRITING: Writeshop 2 COMPUTER: Edx Harvard's computer science courses VOCAB: Word Roots 2 LOGIC: Practical Critical Thinking or the James Madison Critical Thinking Course (we currently have both) LATIN: maybe a break where he just does Duolingo this year. Or we will start Wheelocks. EXTRA: piano with mom, cross country, basketball, volleyball, maybe flag football, church youth group, mathclub
  6. Well, it looks like my oldest will be doing mostly concurrent enrollment college classes, so I should have more time to work with my other two, including my youngest who will be in 6th next year. I have never really figured out her learning style, unless no learning counts, or what works best for her so some of this might change. MATH: She is in Singapore Dimensions 6B right now, so we will just continue on with that program. Probably get through 6B, 7A, and at least part of 7B next year. HISTORY: Everyone will be doing their own things this next year. I will probably have her read SOTW 2 and 3 (she loves them) and add in some Kingfisher History with outlining. SCIENCE: Ellen McHenry's The Elements and Carbon Chemistry. She tagged along when we did these 4 years ago, but this time it will be just her. So she should get more out of it hopefully. But who knows maybe she remembers all of it and will be bored and I will have to find something else. LOGIC: The Basics of Critical Thinking READING: Books chosen from the mom approved shelf (basically the high quality literature shelf) GRAMMAR: Winston Word Works VOCABULARY: Word Roots 1 WRITING: not sure, maybe Wordsmith or Killgallon Story Grammar? ART: Udemy classes LATIN: Continue with Lively Latin EXTRAS: Dance, choir, musical theatre, church group, maybe volleyball?, piano with mom
  7. Not really, unless you sign up for the class through them. There are no rubrics or anything. I just kind if give her grades based on my own point system. Even though I don't like grading, overall it is still my favorite history curriculum.
  8. We use it. We have used World History and US History. My daughter really likes it. I did spend a little bit of time pulling a few things together, but she also does some internet research for readings as well. If your child is self directed, you may not really have to do much work getting it ready. The one con, for me, is reading and grading all those writing assignments.
  9. We only do the textbook reviews if I think they need the extra practice.
  10. Thanks. I'll try this. Her brain just works differently from mine and I couldn't think of other ways to explain it.
  11. My DD 10 (almost 11) is still struggling with knowing when to capitalize nouns. She can't seem to distinguish between common nouns and proper nouns very well. For example: Today she wanted the word "pirate" to be capitalized because it is the name of a person. (From the sentence: That pirate won't get away this time.) I tried to explain that there are many pirates and it was not this pirate's particular name. She was confused and thought that there are many people named Sarah, not just one, so we should not capitalize Sarah. My older two kids had no problems with this concept, but she is really struggling. Maybe I need a better way to explain it to her. Any ideas?
  12. Edx has classes from MIT and others. My son first learned Python at the local university. They have a STEM outreach program that offers various programs for school aged students. He was able to learn from a college professor and the price was extremely cheap. It was in partnership with 4-H, so maybe look through them as well.
  13. Your 12 yo sounds kind of like mine. He struggles to be inside for very long. He has never really played with toys, so it has been hard to find stuff for him to do. He also doesn't really read for pleasure. He usually shoots on his indoor hoop, plays soccer against the door with a plastic ball, passes the football to himself, plays logic puzzles (like Rubixs cube), learns coding, looks at his football cards, and sometimes he will play the piano.
  14. I agree that Alcumus and Khan are not fun like Prodigy. My older kids have really missed using Prodigy as a fun review, but I haven't found anything yet for high school math.
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