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  1. Noel Streatfeild -- the "Shoes" books etc. Wholesome, may feel a bit formulaic at times, but I can't recall a single one that my 11-year-old and I haven't enjoyed together.
  2. A question for current/recent Singapore Dimensions Math users — since The Geometer’s Sketchpad is not available for purchase any longer, what do you use instead? We have encountered some activities involving The Geometer’s Sketchpad in Singapore Primary 6B, and it looks like it is referred to in Dimensions Math 7 as well. Any recommendations for easy to use software for geometric explorations?
  3. Would the transition from Singapore Primary Mathematics Grade 6 Standards Edition to Dimensions 7 be relatively smooth?
  4. Farrar, thanks for the feedback! Do you have a recommendation for a writing program to suit our situation?
  5. Thanks a lot to everyone for your valuable feedback! A bit of background information - it is a mixed 6/7 grade class. It sounds like the kids have a wide range of math skills in that class, and there is a lot of differentiation going on; e.g., someone was independently working on AOPS Prealgebra last year in that classroom. It didn’t even occur to me that afterschooling in general might be an issue since it is part of family life and not part of school. I would love to read the old thread that moonflower mentioned. I haven’t found that thread on these forums yet. (I looked.) If anyone ha
  6. Looking for afterschooling wisdom from experienced parents. My daughter was homeschooled through 5th grade. She will start 6th grade at a local Waldorf school in September. At home, I am planning to continue working on our math curiculum (Singapore Primary Math 6 grade) and incorporate additional instruction in other subjects through her school project assignments and reports as needed. Any feedback or advice? This child is a self-motivated, serious music student (~ 15 hour / week commitment.)
  7. My daughter (11) started violin at 6.5, fairly late by Suzuki standards. She begged for a year before I gave in. We did a Kindermusik program for two years before starting Suzuki violin. Within a couple of years she she caught up with peers who started at two or three years old. At 11, she is still very enthusiastic about violin, loves playing solos and performing with her orchestra and string quartet. I am not a musician, and my focus as a Suzuki parent has been on happy relationships with music and within the Suzuki triangle (child-parent-teacher.) I would let the child take the lead in
  8. If you are looking for depth, you could enrich any math curriculum with 6-grade Singapore supplements such as Intensive Practice and Challenging Word Problems.
  9. At that age, my daughter loved Violet Mackerel by Anna Branford (had to order the last two books from ebay in Australia since only the first six were published in the USA) and Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Ryland.
  10. DD is finishing up Singapore Math Primary Mathematics 5A (Standards edition) Textbook + Workbook. Occasionally we supplement with Intensive Practice. Textbook+Workbook alone are too easy for DD, and we do not have time to work out all the problems in Intensive Practice on a regular basis. I am wondering if in the future we could replace the workbook with Intensive Practice; i.e., work through Textbook+Intensive Practice in entirety, and use the workbook only as a supplement for chapter reviews. Any opinions or advice? Many thanks in advance.
  11. Another delightful not-a-Christmas book that happens around Christmas time -- The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
  12. Great thread. My sweet 5th grade girl reads well, but strongly prefers large-print, well-spaced, illustrated editions for independent reading. Read-aloud editions usually work well, if we can find them. Any recommendations (as well as suggestions how to alleviate the transition to "normal" books)? Our library system doesn't have a good way to search for "unabridged, illustrated, large print". And regular large print editions tend to be awfully crowded with non-existent margins...
  13. Many thanks for the awesome recommendations! Please keep them coming! ?
  14. My 10-year-old daughter would like to learn about the history of the Universe (Big Bang and on.) My first thought was to start with George's Secret Key to the Universe by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. Perhaps someone in the Hive has a ready-made list of resources suitable for a curious fifth grader? Many thanks in advance.
  15. Dear creative math teachers, I am looking for resources (ideally, open-and-go) connecting music and fractions for a 4th grader. I would like to breathe some life into fractions. My daughter is at grade level in math and a passionate musician (a strong player and a fairly advanced violin student), but I am not sure that she sees and appreciates the connection between her math and music studies. Many thanks in advance!
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