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  1. I've been using AoPS Prealgebra for about a month with my son. I have been well pleased with the curriculum, as it offers him the challenge that he needs. However, somehow I missed the fact that AoPS has free instructional videos on their website. Since starting to use them a few days ago, math is going so much smoother! I thought I'd post this for anyone else who may have missed these wonderful resources. They offer videos for Prealgebra, Algebra, Counting and Probability and Mathcounts/AMC.
  2. Does he like playing computer games? We recently started using Mathscore and my kids love it. It could be a great supplement to workbooks and add a little more fun to math. They offer a free trial, so you can check it out and see if you like it.
  3. :iagree:I teach phonics with spelling, after my kids have already learned how to read well. Just make sure you don't skip phonics altogether or you could run into problems with spelling. I learned this the hard way. :glare:
  4. Thanks everyone for the input! Mathscore.com and Alcumus look great. I'm checking into AoPS Prealgebra for ds. The samples I read look great. I also like the idea of it being preparatory for MATHCOUNTS, which he's planning to participate in this year. While I have loved Saxon to this point, I haven't been convinced about using it through upper level math. So AoPS may be the direction we take. I'll have to mull it over. :)
  5. We've been using Saxon math for several years, and I love it. However, I have 2 kids who are particularly gifted in math, and I'm wondering if there's anything else I can do that might be better for them. Don't get me wrong, Saxon is working great, but I wonder if they need as much repetition as they're getting. DS10 is currently doing Saxon 87 without any problems. DD7 just finished mastering multiplication and division with Xtramath. She's always had really good number sense. She could count to 1000 by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, 10's and 11's shortly after turning 5. She's currently half way through Saxon 3. So my question is, do you know of any particular resources that would be good for these kids. I'd especially be interested in any online resource that may expose them to math topics systematically but at a faster rate. I'm hesitant to just ditch Saxon because it's worked so well, but I don't want to slow them down either, if they "get it." Any recommendations?
  6. That's my guess. :) One small thing we're doing this year is having "Ice Cream Fridays." Everyone who gets their work done by the end of the week earns an ice cream treat. It doesn't have anything to do with curriculum, but it does help provide motivation and good attitudes (so far). :D The younger kids get particularly excited when I remind them about Ice Cream Friday.
  7. Amazon has a bunch of the Top Secret Adventures books available used, as well as a Top Secret Adventures board game.
  8. Which software do you use? I haven't jumped into the timeline yet, so my options are still open. :)
  9. Hey everyone, My dd is using BJU Life Science 7 this year online. I was just wondering if the tests she will take online are the same tests that come in the paper test packet. It seems I can't see the tests online, unless I just haven't figured it out yet. :001_smile: Thanks!
  10. Here's what I'd try: Pull out some M&M's or something similar (and enticing). Put 3 in one hand and 5 in another. Ask him which hand he wants, the hand with 3 or the hand with 5. Ask him why he wants that one. Because it has more! Then let him eat them. Keep practicing with lots of examples. When you feel he's ready, do more examples with your hands closed, hiding the M&M's. Have him decide which number he wants. Check whether he is right or not. Talk about it, making sure you use the lingo you're trying to teach (more, less, bigger, smaller). Then let him eat the one he chose. He's going to be motivated to try to get the most treats, so he'll be more likely to work at figuring it out. :D
  11. I would pronounce it "ah-lee" like Muhammad Ali. It makes me think of a boy.
  12. It's too bad I didn't see this 2 days ago when I purchased the Map Trek 6 ebook collection! Do you know if it's good for the Wonders of Old Timeline book too? I was thinking about buying it, but I've been vacillating. :) Also, do you know if the code is just for one book, or the entire order?
  13. Here's how we do oatmeal: 1/2 cups quick oats, 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar, dash of cinnamon and 1 cup boiling water. Stir and let sit for a minute, then eat. It's the closest to the packets I've been able to cup up with. You could also add a bit of powdered creamer, but it doesn't seem to make much difference to me. My kids don't like oatmeal if I "cook" it. It makes it too mushy for us.
  14. This is what I was thinking too! Probably because I just needed to buy one. I went with this one, and while I can't vouch for it because it won't be here until next week, I'm super excited about it! I'm hoping that the camera/computer feature will make it a lot more interesting to the kids.
  15. It wasn't so bad until I got a dry socket. That was awful! FYI, if you get one, you can get a toothache kit at walgreens that comes with clove oil. It was a lifesaver. Also, make sure you get back to the Dr. so they can pack it. I hope you don't get one, but it's good to be prepared just in case you do.
  16. This is what I like most. He's able to teach kids the technical principles because he gets their attention with his humor.
  17. We like Mark Kistler's online drawing lessons, which are on discount at HSBC. We have several children who have natural drawing ability. They get it from dh's side of the family, I draw horrible stick figures...lol. Anyway, the kids love the lessons. There are some free samples to see what you and dd think.
  18. Me too! I got my whole desk cleaned and replaced the old school books with the new ones on the shelves. :party:
  19. I just ordered the Map Trek maps from Knowledge Quest. They have free samples you can download to see if you like them. :001_smile:
  20. Thanks so much for this! You all made my day since I can now skip the THINKING part trying to put them together. ;) My brain is so fried trying to take care of last minute planning details, I just don't have much thinking ability left. :D Another question...when you assign the student a map, do you just let them look at the "Teacher" page so they know what's what? If that seems like a stupid question, please take notice that I said my brain is fried...lol.
  21. This looks really good, but I'd love to know what others think. I'm looking at using it as a supplement to Sonlight core G instead of the markable map.
  22. Any reccomendations? It's mainly for grades 4-8. Thanks!
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