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  1. Thanks, I haven’t heard of iMac and I had forgotten about the Stanford classes - I will give them a look, it is nice to have options! The art of problem-solving courses are very popular on this message board, and I know they are good, but just not gelling right for us at this time!
  2. Hi! I have a 6th grader who just finished up the Counting & Probability & Math Counts “prep†class from Art of Problem solving. He has completed (with book but not online class) first half of the Art of Problem solving Algebra book. I was planning to role right into their Algebra 1B, but... My son is great at math but doesn’t love the Art of Problem solving format. I am looking for suggestions. We did Saxon algebra one last year, and half of the Jacobs algebra book before he told me that he detests Jacobs. That’s when I decided to take a detour to some fun types of
  3. I'll check them out, thanks. :) I haven't updated my sig in a while, kids are a BIT older now - but math does happen to be an area we're ahead of the curve on. It's a favorite subject!
  4. Hi! I was wondering if anyone has seem/used some great websites or apps for teaching their kids fluency and comfort with their decimals/fractions/percents. We used ReflexMath and XtraMath and loved them both for mastering all of the basic four operations, and I would love to find something similiar for the decimals/percents/fractions. Want something that challenges them to be speedy. Not having much luck with google and thought maybe someone here would already know the answer! :) Thanks in advance, Kara
  5. Thanks for all the ideas! Maybe in a year or two I'll give Phonics Zoo another try with my oldest. In the mean time I'll check out Rod & Staff/Apples and Pears/MCP and perhaps even try to "chill"/give him a break. :) I think I'll keep plodding along with AAS with the not so natural speller as long as we can continue to like each other while we do it. :)
  6. Probably a sign of my crazy life that I hadn't even considered the "just quit" road. :) Thank you for the advice. It's not a bad idea.... I guess my hesitation is that I like that the boys LIKE spelling, and think the rules are fascinating. I just don't like the time involved right now, and as you say, there are better ways to use my time.
  7. Hi! I'm looking for some guidance/direction on spelling programs to look at. My experience up until now has been with All About Spelling. My 2nd grader is 1/2 way through Level 4. We finished Level 3 in 1st grade and moved to the Phonics Zoo A in the fall - he didn't love the way the program was structured, and I didn't do well with the looser scripting of the lessons. I was also a stickler for repeating the list (like the book said to!) when he missed any words on the list, and that may have soured him on the program. :/ So we went back to AAS. It works, but he's a natural speller and

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  9. I agree. I've seen/used both and I think it simply depends on your child. If they are really into the fun colors/readers of Foundations they might think Essentials is a bit dry.
  10. Hmmmm... I have Alpha/Beta/Gamma/Sigma/Delta/Epsilon right now. I've had my kids watching the lessons for a *fun* different approach to some basic math concepts this summer. I like the idea of blasting through using MUS as a spine, I guess I just wonder with the mastery approach how I really KNOW if they've got the concept or if they just got it for a day or two? I suppose the fact they can continue to move through the levels and do the more advanced work *should* indicate they have an understanding of what comes before?! :) It seems like with bright kids they can pick up a concept just
  11. I don't know much about CTC - anyone here use it/is it a good/in depth understanding of topics? I"ll look at Math Buddies too, wondering how parent intensive it is. Thank you for those suggestions. Is CTC a core or do you use it to supplement? My main beef with TT is that I don't think it explains concepts in much depth (or always in an extremely intelligent way, for that matter) - I don't care so much that it's a grade level or 2 behind, because you just work ahead. But I want my kids to have a solid understanding of why and HOW math concepts work and play together!
  12. I'm a bit of a math junkie, sadly math mammoth completely escaped my mind when writing this post - I do own math mammoth, I thought it would be a good resource for supplementing problem areas. Do you think it's "solid" enough and does a good job explaining the material, to work as a rigorous spine? To be honest I haven't explored it much yet despite owning it (embarrassing - that's what the toddler and baby have done to my brain!!). I've heard some say it's similar to Singapore math, is that a valid statement?
  13. I need some opinions, please! I feel like I've done too much thinking and am now paralyzed in indecision. :) My 7 1/2 is accelerated in math, but not terribly so? I think I haven't really pushed him much yet though - we coast through easily. I have a 10 month old and a 2 year old so the last two years we've done easy *dumb* math as our spine (dumb in my opinion, but it did ensure math was done daily... !). We started with Right Start Math and I didn't care for it, then did some Math on the Level in areas, and in the last year or so he's done Teaching Textbooks 3, 4, and 5. We've also
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