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  1. Thanks for the responses everyone! I am still reading them and thinking about what to do (if anything). It's nice to know it's not that odd of a problem to have a high school kid who is a poor speller!
  2. Ds15 has done years of spelling workbooks. Last year, we used Spelling Wisdom to see if another method might help. He always gets great scores on his spelling tests, and he reads for hours at night before bed, but it just doesn't transfer! I'm trying to figure out if I should be trying to do something about this, and if so, what? Is there a spelling bootcamp-type program for high school? I see IEW has a spelling program for this level, so maybe we should try this?? The other day, ds spelled certain like "curtin". His 9 year old sister told him how to spell it correctly. I feel like I d
  3. So, we decided to switch dd back and do Math Mammoth 4. Dh will do it with her 2 times per week and I will do it twice. On the fifth day, she will do a MM review sheet. Thanks everyone for the help!
  4. Ha! For some reason teaching MM and helping her with problems she doesn't understand or gets incorrect completely drains my (limited) energy like no other math program ever has! I enjoy teaching R&S and CLE! I think it's because it is hard for me to wrap my brain around Math Mammoth. 🙂
  5. So, today I put the first few pages from MM4 in front of dd9 and she was back to her old self, enjoying math, chatting about the problems as she solved them mentally, etc. This is a real problem for me because i don't want to teach MM 🙂 I am trying to think out of the box a little (and I haven't given up on the Horizon idea) because she was like a different kid with her old friend MM today! I am going to talk to (math loving but busy) dh and see if maybe he can take over at least a day or 2. I feel like I could pull off teaching MM a few times a week, but not often enough to get through
  6. Thanks everyone! I will also take a look at Beast Academy and Mathematical Reasoning. I love R&S for 1 of mine, but I think it would not be a good fit for this kid. I appreciate all of the suggestions!
  7. When I ask her, she says she "hates it all." 🙂 I will look at Horizons 4 right now. Thanks!
  8. Yeah, I pulled my CLE 4 out and I think we will have the same problem..
  9. Thanks! I saw that MM had a few on youtube, but I didn't know there were so many! This might solve the problem, though I wish there was a video for every lesson.:) Thanks so much!
  10. I used CLE with my now-14 year old, but I'm wondering if I might run into the same problem since it seems similar to Saxon.. I guess it is a workbook, though, so she might like that better. Teaching Textbooks I'm not sure about. Thanks for the input!
  11. DD9 has always been pretty strong in math. She did Math Mammoth grades 1-3. I decided to switch for 4th because I needed something easier for me to teach (I have 3 other kids, 1 with special needs, and I have a chronic illness, so easy is a must for me this year). I bought the DIVE DVDs and put her in 5/4, which looked perfect for her, if a little easy, at least at first. She absolutely hates it. She has cried almost every day. I feel like I have tried everything. I have her only doing evens or odds. I am sitting with her for the entire lesson and independent work part of it. I have c
  12. Ds13 will be finished with CLE 700s before Christmas. He does well on the tests, but struggles to really understand the information/concepts. I had planned on having him do CLE 801-805 and then doing CLE Algebra in 9th grade. However, I really feel like he needs a more conceptual grasp of some of these concepts, and I am not a good math teacher this year (I am struggling with some health issues and I have a daughter struggling with a variety of issues as well). I am reading that MUS Algebra seems to be a little light to many, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to have him work thr
  13. She sounds very, very similar to my 10 year old daughter. She also has a variety of diagnoses including OCD, ADD, etc. Right now, I am in the process of making a list of the math skills she has mastered and what she needs to work on, then I plan to get a variety or resources to teach her those skills. (This is my grand plan, anyway! I am struggling!) Traditional curriculum is not doing the job for her!
  14. I have to be right beside her when she works because she finds it difficult and to keep her focused on her math. I could not do 40 minutes of math with her in one sitting. She would completely shut down. It's something to work toward. I like the idea of having a pile of activities that address different things. I would LOVE to hire someone to work with her on math but I don't think that's an option right now. She is already on medication to address the OCD. I hated to even do that, but it has helped. I guess I'll try and keep an open mind! I really actually liked the look of the Tang
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