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  1. This. I have some fairly significant challenges right now and I have considered posting for ideas many times. But, I'd have to go into so much detail about our particular situation. I don't feel comfortable revealing so much about this student so it is a tricky situation.
  2. I tried aops for my son mostly because of descriptions I read here. This was for a kid who in grade 7 could not finish more than 1/4 of a grade 6 math program. Aops geometry and algebra were a perfect fit for him. Some struggling students can use these programs, but of course it isn't going to be a good fit for all. This son has gone on to excel at higher math and we might not have unlocked this potential were it not for the board discussions. For OP: I have been considering starting a thread 'Minimal High School Help' because I am now homeschooling an average or below average teen.

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  4. If a child is hitting middle school, doesn't know basic addition (conceptually at least) and doesn't have a serious LD, I think you are entering the realm of not educating. For us, it wasn't a matter of sitting down and doing kitchen math or making a huge effort to make it look fun. It was a matter of reading lots of books, discussing subjects of all kinds, and basically spending time with them exploring math (along with a gazillion other things). Even though my kids were not working through a math curriculum, they still were interested in measuring the perimeter of our yard and figuring out how many laps would equal a mile, graphing various odd things, weighing shoes, comparing distances, making pendulums, and on and on.. You might think your kids wouldn't be interested in these things...but I saw a huge shift in what the kids pursued when we relaxed on "schoolwork". My kids didn't sit down and do an hour of math a day, but we spent a lot of time exploring math concepts. They loved being read to and I read so many math readers (story based math books) while they were playing with moon sand or math blocks. They did not complete a math program until grade 8. But, they were not still stuck in elementary lvl math. They knew plenty--they do not have to start from basic math. I think this is a common misconception. As my kids hit middle school, they decided to formalize math (we did discuss this in detail, over a long period of time, concerning careers and college, etc, but I told them I'd support whatever path they took--by that time I knew that in their free time they do not just play video games all day, although I can understand why parents think their kids will do this if they haven't seen the shift). When they were in grade 9, they decided to try the public high school (here you can enroll part time). Now I have an 11th grader in AP Calculus BC and a 10th grader in Honors Algebra 2. They love their math classes and their teachers always comment on what incredible problem solving skills they have. Both my kids are in gifted category and have LDs (dyslexic and they are aspies too), for the record. I totally get this..but my kids also love math now and they didn't have push through the boring parts of it associated with elementary grade math curriculum. They can learn the basics in a much more open format and go on to appreciate the fun parts. Missing out on that at the lower math levels has not hindered their ability to apply themselves and work through struggles of higher math. With a musical instrument we have a clear connection between practicing on the instrument and improving. With math though, we assume that it is practicing with worksheets (or curriculum x) that leads to the eventual improvement, but I think this is just the way we are trained to think since it is what seems to be working for most students. Most kids don't get to stop doing math curriculum in elementary grades so we have little data (beyond anecdotes such as my own!) to support another method for them to gain the foundation needed to go on to enjoying higher level math. The potential problem I see is that some kids get totally turned off from math and start to think they are real math idiots when they actually may have strong math talents but not be well suited to elementary lvl math curriculum. They don't push through. This is what I saw with my son an incredibly self directed and motivated person. But elementary math about killed his desire to learn.
  5. My 15 yo and 16 yo have shown zero romantic interests in girls...or boys for that matter! I seriously wonder sometimes if they are asexual. DH was a late bloomer though and he assures me we will one day have grandchildren.

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    Math items for sale. Items in good to very good condition. Any problems are noted. Smoke free home. Paypal or hold on check/money order. Prices are postage paid, media mail shipping. Discount of $2 for any additional item. Thanks for looking! Life of Fred Fractions $16 Hands On Equations: Levels I, II & III, Classwork Sheets (filled in pencil first 5 lessons), Verbal Problems Book (3rd edition—not the intro book), Instructional DVD, 2 sets of student manipulatives. $60 Saxon Algebra 1, 3rd edition, textbook, solutions, test bank (no answers for tests) Heavy use, but clean inside: $20 Key to Geometry books 2-8 $20 for set. Geometry Success in 20 minutes a Day by Learning Express: $13 Geometry Supplement by Lial, Salzman and Hestwood. $10 Everyday Introduction to Geometry, Frank Schaffer $5


  9. We make them with olive oil. No discernible olive oil taste as far as we are concerned around here. That is DS's favorite mix. :)
  10. Thanks for all the great suggestions. :) DS has started doing a few of these things. I feel as though he is already so busy in 9th grade, I can hardly imagine him having much time in 11th grade to do a lot of college research. He is pretty sure he would like to go to graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. DH (who is a Prof at our state Univ) goes on about how where you get your undergrad degree is less important than your grad degree, but DS still has his hopes set pretty high for undergraduate studies. We did poke around a bit on the college board site for picking a college and we found the search parameters difficult to navigate. Seems as though we either ended up with 1000 schools or three. I guess we need to fine tune it a bit more. We have a couple of schools within an easy morning drive to check out near us. Off to check the websites for how to schedule a visit. Seems so early to do so, but I think it would help me sleep better at night, if nothing else.
  11. I'd love to read some tips on narrowing down college choices. DS has been looking into colleges with strong programs in his desired area of study, but there are so many options it is overwhelming. Plus, the highly competitive schools stand out, of course, and it is easy for him to stay focused on them! How do we start looking for good match school? Ack!
  12. I sent you a pm.


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