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  • Birthday 12/25/1985

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  1. Thanks everyone, I will check out those pinned threads. Some of my kids are headed to running start and dual CC enrollment, some aren't. Of my oldest two, both currently 13, I have one of each. So my college bound boy just needs two years of science with me, and my girl needs whatever we decide she needs (not college bound, multiple learning disorders). DS wants to be a computer science major which is technically science but mostly math. So I'm not super concerned about it being extremely beefy, but it does need to be legit. He takes coding online already and will start math online once he hits Algebra 2 and above (I've been pretty confident in Algebra and Geometry). I wish I could afford online science as well but with 6 kids homeschooling I have to pick and choose. I can put a sizable amount of side by side learning in, and I'm used to having to grade. Especially as I combine my oldest several kids in science. But a lot of parent-prep beforehand gets hard.
  2. Science had always been my weak point as a teacher. We've done a bit of everything-curricula (Real Science Odyssey, Apologia, Science in the Beginning...), kits (Magic School Bus, Thames and Cosmos...), clubs (Nature club, Astronomy club...). Mostly the last few years we've fallen into Ambleside-style living science books with a summer lab and science fair entry tacked on. I do feel that in the end my kids have received a fairly well-rounded elementary level introduction to science, but I'm wanting more of a standard textbook/lab situation for high school. Especially for my college bound oldest son. It needs to be do-able without a ton of teacher prep. I do try to avoid online classes as much as possible, because the $$ adds up fast when I've already got one taking online coding l, one online french, and another online math. The subject can be anything- we are open to Biology, Earth Science, Physics, or Chemistry. What have you enjoyed for high school science? Or, even if you didn't love it, what actually got done and produced knowledge?
  3. I finished reading instruction with kid #6 this last summer. He was 8, my latest and hardest to teach reading to. Instantly gave away 100ez lessons and all the stupid Bon books. Then got pregnant in October 🤣 At least I have a good long break.
  4. Has anyone used Adventures with a Microscope? Its in the Ambleside curriculum but I'm just not sure how usable it actually is. Did it work for you? Where the materials hard to find?
  5. I've taken several kids through Miquon in grades K-2, and then moved into other programs seamlessly. Two of those kids went from Miquon to Beast 3, an advanced program by anyone's measure. I taught money and time via life, I've never found either to translate well to worksheet anyways (am I the only one that struggles to identify coins on a printed page?). We didn't worry about word problems in those early years and it didn't seem to affect anyone. Workbooks on those subjects can be found easily, though, if that's how you flight. Kumon has both. My state doesn't test until 3rd grade, and testing is zero consequence, even then. So I don't let it affect my decision making.
  6. I feel like some books could be skipped if needed but I wouldn't work out of order. They build on each other and reference back to previous lessons. For full clarity my oldest has only gone up to book 8 though.
  7. It was a middle grades transition for me. 1-4 was/is very, side by side with mom, we work for x minutes per subject and get as far as we get. I have 2 kids in this stage. 5-8 is a slow transition to subjects becoming more independant (many still taught by mom, but others outsourced and all work done independently). I have a 5th grader that works with me one-on-one for an hour, then finishes up his work by himself from a checklist, with a daily check in at the end of the day. Then a 7th grader that sits with me one-on-one on Mondays with her weeks work written out, to delegate it to certain days together. She then follows that plan with a daily check in. And finally another 7th grader that receives his weekly work list, tells me his plan on Monday, and then gets checked on Friday. Sometimes his Fridays are *rough* because he did not follow his plan. But not too bad. I don't have a 9th grader yet but the goal is to be able to receive a weeks worth of assignments, a mix of both homeschooling and outsourced, and complete it in an organized manner without my help or constant check ins. We will see if that happens 🤣
  8. I go from Treasured Conversations into Writing and Rhetoric. But I only do one W&R book a year, and spend the rest of the time on written narrations in other subjects and "fun" writing.
  9. Math Mammoth is my go-to for remediation (which as a foster parent, Ive been through several times). Even when going with another program, I like their placement tests best. They have grade specific books, as well as topic specific books and it's an easy program to run mastery style or as a spiral. There are a LOT of problems. Many people say too many problems, but I generally make kids do them all, even if it's every other on day 1 and then the leftovers a week or two later to review.
  10. My 6th, most school-resistant child, and the one I'm most laid back on 😉 Math- Keeping trucking with Beast Academy. Should be in 3b, c, and d. Language Arts- Treasured Conversations, followed by Writing and Rhetoric Fables as well as Sequential Spelling and copywork. Daily oral narrations. History- SOTW 3. Science- Astronomy and weather, curriculum undecided. His older siblings are using Signs and Seasons but I don't know how much will be scalable to his level. Typing and Piano. Plus lots of quality books read both independently and out loud, and a morning "riches" of bible, saints, memory work, poetry, art appreciation, and nature study.
  11. Math- Math Mammoth grade 4. Language Arts- Treasured Conversations, followed by Writing and Rhetoric Fables as well as Sequential Spelling and copywork. Maybe transitioning from oral to written narrations halfway through the year. History- SOTW 3. Science- Astronomy and weather, curriculum undecided. Her older siblings are using Signs and Seasons but I don't know how much will be scalable to her level. Typing and Piano. Plus lots of reading quality books both independently and out loud, and a morning "riches" of bible, saints, memory work, poetry, art appreciation, and nature study.
  12. As a mom of an ADHD kiddo, I would suggest also working on the scaffolding he needs to get homework turned in. He is likely incapable of doing so without extra help (be that a checklist system, a routine, a check in call, ect). Medication helps a lot of aspects of ADHD, but executive functioning skills unfortunately aren't one of them. The thread Explicitly Teaching Executive Functioning Skills that's stuck at the top of the General Education Board may be a good place to start.
  13. I don't think so. Place value was the first thing we tacked post adoption. For like, a year, lol. I have enough other kids I recognized it right away. Decimals have actually been a breeze because it's just a continuation.
  14. She is a fighter for sure. We have always pushed that she can do whatever she wants, she just has to work harder for it. Homeschooling has been a huge blessing for this child.
  15. I'm still constantly figuring out what she can and can't do, and what scaffolding does and does not work. Also what concepts and developmental steps are going to come 3-5 years "late" and which won't come at all. Like the other commenter, word problems and real life situations are hard and where a matter of memorizing key words. My daughter can usually tell when to subtract, add, multiply or divide now as long as it's a single step work problem. Multiple steps are beyond her, even in daily life (fold your laundry AND put it away). And yes, she can't estimate or logic out when something is very very wrong. The k-2 early math years were manageable with lots of extra review, and lots of work with blocks and counters. From grades 3-7 it's been harder and we've run Math Mammoth in the am, with mom by her side and lots and lots of physical blocks...then TT in the afternoon for review. We have done this year round, with no more than 1 week breaks, for all those years. The barrier was just a matter of math requiring more steps, more logical thinking, and more abstract thinking. All three of those are hard for her in every part of life. I'd say division was the first really big struggle overcome, the first one I gave up on conceptual. She understands that division is splitting into groups, but she just can't visual it in large numbers. She's memorized the algorithm after Herculean effort, but doesn't fully understand why the algorithm works. For a typical child it makes sense that if she understood it conceptually, she could memorize the steps faster. I don't know how to answer that for her- the concept is plain too abstract. Fractions has been the next. She has to draw a pie every. single. time. in order to remember that 1/3 is smaller than 1/2. Every time. There's been a lot of memorizing in fractions. She CAN add, subtract, and multiply them but she barely understands comparing fractions, let alone adding unlike. The decision for us what sit and hit our head in these blocks, OR move on with the algorithm and see if concept catches up (or doesn't). Or I suppose listen to her neuropsychologist and put her in public school special ed where they never really move beyond basic arithmetic at all.
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