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About Coco_Clark

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  • Birthday 12/25/1985

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  1. I've done it twice, with very different results. The first time was a "sunlight" basement that had teeny tiny windows (so no sunlight). It was only partially finished and while we put up bookshelves and a carpet, it wasn't inviting. I also had toddlers/babies. It lasted a week...maybe. it was dim and cold, and I needed to be able to multitask (watch littles out of the corner of my eye, feed snacks, do dishes, ect). The second time was a new split level home with a large room available off the backyard. It had real windows, a sliding glass door, and good heating. My kids were all 6 and over. I wasnt miltitasking anymore, tbh, because teaching 6 kids was enough!! I adore our school space now.
  2. I have one of those (also 11). Our perfect mix has been Math Mammoth for mastery and Teaching Textbooks for review. At first we did both every day, as a TT lesson only took about 15 min. But then TT started getting harder so we are now doing MM on M/W/F, and TT on T/The. TT does run about a grade below MM, it's worth noting. That works great for us as it's solid REVIEW, but if you want the same topics Id suggest going a grade up in TT. I've tried to use Math Mammoth alone, using pages from different sections to self spiral. It was a total fail, somehow not enough mastery OR review. 🙄.
  3. Probably because in my (relatively short) 7 years homeschooling I've never seen any topic get hysterical and mean faster than the CC debate. 😂 People have STRONG opinions. And moderators don't have time for it.
  4. With 6 kids some independance is necessary. I start giving my kids daily checklists in 2nd grade, with a lot of handholding. By 3rd I really do expect those items done by the end of the day (although I still CHECK every day). By 6th grade I'm checking weekly (and they can move items around). My current 3rd grader has: Daily reading minutes (30) Audiobook assignments Copywork Piano practice Latin review on Headventureland Typing practice Chores Hygene items like shower reminders My older kids have done math facts review either by game, flash cards, or worksheets (he already knows his facts) or written narrations (he's not ready) at this age. We had workbook spelling one year done mostly via checklist (it wasn't successful). I'll also start them off onath or a writing project and write to finish it up.
  5. Im only a but further than you, level 4. I guess it depends what you are trying to improve. For me, in level 1 (fable) my goal was just getting thoughts on paper, and the general idea that you could do so in several ways. It fulfilled that goal well in all 4 kids I've had use it (for the record in 3rd or 4th grade as reccomended). In the next two levels (narratives 1 and 2) I increased my goal to interesting writing. Varied sentences, use of description and dialogue, ect. My natural writer succeeded at this much more than my struggling writer. I can see her using the tools learned in other writing, but he needs to be reminded to use them. I've only used these books with these 2 kids, both in 4th (narrative 1) and 5th (narrative 2) grade at the time. Next year I'll have my upcoming 4th and 5th use them. The next level after this (Cheria) switches gears to essay writing. We had never done any essay writing before so this was the biggest seen improvement. I feel like both my kids can churn out an ok essay using this template with little stress or effort, and a good essay with a couple days and maybe for my struggler some sweat and tears. They were in the last half of 5th grade. The next book is another form of essay, and I'm looking forward to some variety from the praise, interpret, explain, compare, contrast, finish up format. I'm happy with, and plan on continuing the series. For the record I think it works best with kids on the later age of their recomended spectrum, though.
  6. For non-readish 9yo girls I'd reccomend lots of fun books, with an emphasis on longish series. Tuesdays at the Castle series Half Magic series Roald Dahl books A Little Princess The Secret Garden Understood Betsy Little House Series All of a Kind Family series Any Edith Nesbit, but maybe on audio because they can be harder.
  7. That's funny, my same-age daughter (not twins, adopted) is in MM as well. It's not Beast but MM is a strong program imo. It has a good balance of conceptual learning with a lot of algorithm practice and I like the focus on word problems.
  8. I always create yearly booklists for my kids. They are also allowed to free read/pick their own but this cures a lot of "I don't know what to read next". I pull from several sources. Ambleside online has great lists and is my main resource. But I'll also check bookshark and Goodreads lists for their age group. I try to have a wide variety of options. Classics, absolutely. Modern best sellers, sure. Genres I know they enjoy (fantasy for one, mystery for another, "18th century girls" for another). Historical fiction as long as it's also worthy. Next year we're doing middle ages and you bet there's a lot of Arthur and Robin on the lists! I also try to throw in some science and a few audiobook suggestions.
  9. Id pull her. I know this because last year I pulled my 3rd grader in April 😉 Either take an extra month of summer, or do some fun interest based stuff, and a few placement-finding activities and exams for next year, or just do a month of whatever you will do next year and have a head start. Personally I just folded mine into my already homeschooling kids. But don't stay in a miserable situation just to potentially save the teachers hurt feelings and cross some invisible finish line. No way.
  10. Thank you, that's really good to know. Right now she mixes TT with Math Mammoth because while she loves it, TT alone just doesn't seem like enough to me (not deep enough, not conceptual enough). But she's only in 5. It would be nice if she could use it at her high school math w/out a ton of supplementation.
  11. Jacobs MHE? I'm also considering two passes through algebra, maybe doing the entire (or first 7) the Keys To Algebra before starting Jacobs...
  12. My plan is Jacobs (supplementing with Key to Algebra books as needed)....but as for how it will go no one knows. This is my first Algebra student 😱
  13. Just curious what most Beast users use after Beast 5. How many continue into AOPS pre-algebra? Or use a different Pre-Algebra? Or go straight into Algebra? What did you do and how did that go?
  14. Have you decided anything? I have the same scenario. My son is finishing up Beast 5c. Next year he will complete D pretty quickly, but we decided not to continue with AOPS. Neither do I think he's ready to jump straight into Jacobs (my tentative algebra plan). I need something to shore up those elementary math/algebra prep skills. I'm thinking of maybe using the Key to Algebra books and spiraling them myself... To add to the TT discussion: my daughter uses TT. She's only in TT6, but, it's very very simple. Unless it scales way up (which I'm granting it might) I don't think you could jump from Beast to TT to Jacobs.
  15. To be perfectly honest one of my middle schoolers never learned cursive 🙈. But the other one practices with her copywork. If you don't do copywork, maybe spelling?
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