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  1. My son loves this idea of "policy research". Any other suggestion for quality sources along the same lines as The Economist, foreignpolicy.com, and the Supreme Court blog? I'd like to make a big list and then narrow it down. Still thinking how we might like to organize his studies.
  2. So many great ideas here! Thank you all so much! This past year, his civics class was just a broad overview of the US government (3 branches, etc.). I'm going to sit down with ds and use these ideas and see if we can make a plan. Thanks again! 🙂
  3. My son loves everything political. He watches C-SPAN every moment that he can. He is truly interested in the entire process, and enjoys reading articles about issues from different points of view. This year, he did a civics class using Notgrass. Next year, he is requesting as much history (I have that covered) and politics/government as I can give him. I'm trying to come up with a class that is different than civics. I have several resources that I think he would enjoy (a Founding Fathers Great Courses class, a workbook that he wants to work through about applying the Bill of Rights to Supreme Ct cases, a few other things). I'm thinking of having him keep a "political notebook" where he can keep track of current events, bills debated, etc. What he does NOT want is for me to make this too "schoolish"--so he would not like tons of big papers, etc.., which I am fine with since that is covered in his writing program. Anyone have any ideas to help me flesh this out or ideas for what I can call this course? Thanks!
  4. 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!
  5. 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 don't want him to go out into the world in a few years unless he can spell at least a little better. 🙂 Advice?
  6. 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!
  7. 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. 🙂
  8. 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 the curriculum. (We have various therapy appointments, health crashes involving my health and that of other family members, and that is why Saxon with the DIVE was supposed to help me so much!) Still puzzling it out... Thanks for all the suggestions and support everyone!
  9. 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!
  10. When I ask her, she says she "hates it all." 🙂 I will look at Horizons 4 right now. Thanks!
  11. Yeah, I pulled my CLE 4 out and I think we will have the same problem..
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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 copied the problems down for her. I tried yummy snacks during math. Nothing has helped. This has been going on for 5 weeks. I think we are going to need to switch, but I really find MM 4 too difficult for me to wrap my brain around and teach every day. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I think she needs a workbook or work text. I really want her to enjoy math again. Help!!
  15. 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 through it before switching to a different Alg in 9th grade. We school year round, so he would have longer than a traditional semester to finish it. Thoughts?
  16. 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!
  17. 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 math sheets. And the quiche! 🙂
  18. Thank you so much for all of this! dd has an average IQ. I will look at all of those links you shared! I am not a strong math teacher and I am not a good spontaneous seize-the-math opportunity kind of person either. I need a few resources and then I can slot them into our day. This year we spend about 15-20 minutes a day on her lesson and she does math drill on the computer a few days a week for about 15 minutes. I sometimes put math sheets (review) in her independent work folder, but she struggles to do those without me right at her side directing her to the next problem. I think for the summer and next year, I would like to have us do 2 math slots most days, maybe 15 or 20 minutes each.
  19. Just adding another example: She has memorized her "2s" multiplication facts to 2x10 because she understands that you double the other number, but she can not show me what 2x2 means, even though we have been over it many many times using manipulatives...
  20. Please don't quote--I probably will delete for privacy. Dd is 10. She has a variety of learning and mental health differences (official diagnoses include OCD--pretty severe, even with therapy and meds she struggles--, sensory processing delays including slow processing speed, and fine motor delays). She also has a diagnosis of ADD-rule out, which apparently means she probably has ADD-inattentive but the OCD is getting in the way of a firm diagnosis. I also strongly suspect that she is on the Autism spectrum, although the eval said no. Eval also says no learning disability in math. We are planning on having her reevaluated in the middle of next school year. Anyway, she is working comfortably on about a late 3rd grade level for everything except math. For math, we have done a combination of Math Lessons for a Living Education level 2/ 3 and Developmental Math (book 5 --for review this year). She has a terrific memory and she has mastered all of her addition and subtraction facts up to 20. She can regroup in addition and subtraction problems and get the correct answer. However, I feel she has no real understanding of math. For example, she can get the answer to 4+___ =9 because she recognizes that 4 and 5 and 9 go together. However, when given a problem like 13+ ___ =21, she has no idea how to figure out the correct answer, even if she has a pile of counting bears or beans (the only manipulatives she will tolerate). I feel like she has memorized enough to get by in our curriculum, but she is not really understanding. Does this make sense? I feel like we do our math lesson and she looks at me blankly like nothing is getting through, unless there is a "trick" she can memorize, and then she is fine. I am unsure how to proceed here. I'm thinking of dividing our math time into 2 different sessions and playing games during one (Ronit Bird stuff??) and working through the curriculum in the other, but do I just keep going in her curriculum even though I don't think she truly understanding? I'm rambling!! Can someone please advise? I need a plan! Thanks!
  21. I really lie the loks of Beyond the Book Report (Season 3) and WIndows to the World. I'll be keeping both in mind for 9th grade! For 8th, I think what I am going to do is just use the resources I have (Thinking in Threes, Writer's Jungle, some MP lit guides, etc), and make a big list of assignments (creative and essay-type) and let him work through the list. So, I'm thinking things like reports related to his science topics, writing an alternative ending for a book he's just read, summaries from history and lit, imitating the style of his favorite author, some of the essays from the Hobbit lit guide, etc. I think he will enjoy selecting his own assignments from the ones I provide. He is going to be outlining in history (I may teach him Cornell style note-taking) and writing mini-lit essays like in the WTM. He keeps a commonplace book on his own. I think I have enough resources to help me review each type of writing before he begins each assignment... Thanks for the advice everyone!
  22. I love that you are so excited about this! I have to check it out!
  23. Thanks everyone. I think what I am going to do is just use the resources I have (Thinking in Threes, Writer's Jungle, some MP lit guides, etc), and make a big list of assignments (creative and essay-type) and let him work through the list. So, I'm thinking things like reports related to his science topics, writing an alternative ending for a book he's just read,summaries from history and lit, imitating the style of his favorite author, some of the essays from the Hobbit lit guide, etc. I think he will enjoy selecting his own assignments from the ones I provide. He is going to be outlining in history (I may teach him Cornell style note-taking) and writing mini-lit essays like in the WTM. He keeps a commonplace book on his own. I think I have enough resources to help me review each type of writing before he begins each assignment...
  24. Ha! Good point! You are totally right! I will look into all of these. Thanks!
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